Five new Steam games you probably missed (September 20, 2021)

The Amazing American Circus
(Image credit: Klabater)

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. 

The Amazing American Circus

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Release:‌ September 16
Developer:‌ Klabater
Launch price:‌ $18 ‌|‌ ‌£13.94 |‌ ‌‌AU$26.05

Here's a deckbuilding RPG, but instead of smiting slime with cards, or goblins and monsters with cards, you're putting on a circus. Specifically, a roaming circus in late 19th century America, which according to the game's Steam description is "full of bizarre folklore, brutal crime, and social inequality." In addition to fighting card duels against 32 audience types (with the power of entertainment)  you'll also need to manage your circus camp and build up your talent from the 15 performers available. This looks like a really novel take on the deck builder, especially if you're tired of canned fantasy tropes.

Severed Steel

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Release:‌ ‌September 18
Developer:‌ Greylock Studio
Launch price:‌ ‌$22.49 ‌|‌ ‌£17.54 ‌|‌ ‌AU$32.35

Here's a rare beast: a new single player first-person shooter that doesn't look like it was made in the 1990s. Severed Steel has an elegant art style reminiscent of Superhot or the Syndicate FPS (remember that?), and it's all about movement and destruction. The voxel environments have a huge degree of destructibility, there's bullet time and a stunt system, and the AI is "dynamic" and "unscripted." It's getting a bunch of really good reviews on Steam, and there'll be a lot to sink your teeth into if the included level editor becomes popular.


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Release:‌ September 17
Developer:‌ Something We Made
Launch price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 ‌|‌ ‌AU$26.05

In Toem you play as a cute little bug (or mouse? hard to tell) with photographic eyes. That gives you the power to solve problems and mysteries, which is what you'll spend the bulk of your time doing here. Toem is basically a free roaming adventure game about taking nice photos for people in a peaceful monochrome town, and there even appears to be a "honk" button, which more games should have, frankly. Definitely one to queue up next time you're looking for a zen experience.

Bright Lights of Svetlov

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Release:‌ ‌September 15
Developer:‌ Vladimir Cholokyan
Launch price:‌ ‌$5 |‌ ‌£4 |‌ ‌AU$7.50

Bright Lights of Svetlov is a first-person narrative and exploration game set in a 1980s Soviet town. The protagonist goes about their daily domestic business in this town, which has a "carefully depicted atmosphere of [the] USSR," and during that time the player will learn of a family's "gradual descent under harsh trials." It's a short affair—developer Vladimir Cholokyan writes that it has a 1.5 hour runtime—so approach it as an enveloping, filmic mood piece. 

Mandinga - A Tale of Banzo

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Release:‌ September 17
Developer:‌ Uruca Game Studio
Launch price:‌ ‌$8 |‌ ‌£5.79|‌ ‌AU$11.50

Mandinga is ostensibly a JRPG, but it's set in 1820s Brazil and is developed by a Brazilian studio. It follows the adventures of two heroes, Akil ("a Muslim with diverse knowledge") and Obadelê ("a strong capoeirista warrior"). The Steam page doesn't have any details on why these heroes are together and what their shared goal is, but Mandinga definitely looks and plays like a ye olde JRPG: there's dice-based turn-based combat, and a gorgeous pixel art world to explore.

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Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.