On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that's a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we've gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the 2021 games that are launching this year.
Release: March 13
Developer: Mazen Games
Launch price: $7.49 | £5.99 | AU$10.87
If life isn't stressful enough for you, this fun-looking videogame has an extremely stressful premise: you, a scientist, have just accidentally consumed a chemical that gradually shrinks you. As you're shrinking, navigating your laboratory becomes more and more complex, as you'd expect, with the goal being to concoct an antidote before you basically shrink into nothingness. This results in a lot of platforming and quite a bit of chemistry-themed puzzle-solving, but you're on a time limit. It's a fun idea and apparently there's a lot of settings to play with, but it may inadvertently give you nightmares.
Release: March 13
Developer: Thylacine Studios
Launch price: $17.99 | £13.94 | AU$26.05
The Siralim series is perfect for those who want Pokémon amped up way past eleven, and this particular Siralim outing—the fourth main instalment—is for folk who want Siralim dialled up past eleven. It's a monster collecting RPG with baffling scope, and the studio reckons Ultimate could keep you busy forever (after dabbling in Siralim 3 I'm inclined to believe them). Like previous Siralim games this one is in Early Access, and will stay there for six months or less while Thylacine Studios balances and polishes it.
Release: March 14
Launch price: $20 | £15 | AU$28.95
Here's a surprise: an old Japanese Nintendo DS indie strongly inspired by The Incredible Machine unceremoniously arrives on PC. As you can see in the trailer above, it is unmistakably a DS game, and the pace of it is almost agonisingly slow. But you might have caught wind of its existence on the internet, or you might have played it back when it released... either way it's a neat little curios saved from the dismal fate of obsolete console obscurity. It's tough, but it's also famously funny.
The Dark Side of the Moon
Release: March 12
Developer: Tayanna Studios
Launch price: $14 | £10 | AU$19.95
The FMV adventure revival continues with The Dark Side of the Moon, a story about a father searching for his two lost children. Like most FMV games it's very much a branching narrative affair, with hard choices being the central gameplay element, but there's some pointing and clicking to be done here too. "Explore the quaint little village of Marywine, solve puzzles, make some startling discoveries and help unravel what's really going on in this sci-fi thriller," reads the Steam description.
Cyanide & Happiness - Freakpocalypse
Release: March 12
Developer: Explosm, Skeleton Crew Studios
Launch price: $18 | £13.94 | AU$26.05
It's a Cyanide & Happiness point and click adventure, with all the quirk and humour that entails. You play as a "ginger-headed orphan" who has no friends, so a big part of the game is mere survival in a cut throat high school, but it's the interactions and the humour that is the main draw here: if you burn through the story without clicking on everything you're only getting part of the picture. Obviously, you'll want to be fond of the whole C&H vibe to get much enjoyment out of this, but if you do, this is the first of a proposed trilogy.
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