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.
Thanks in part to the website WhatsOnSteam.com, we’ve gone through every game that’s launched on Steam in the last week to find the diamonds in the rough. This list, updated every Sunday, won’t include the Grand Theft Autos or the Fallout 4s of Steam, focusing instead on the games that may have been easy to miss.
These games seem the most promising, already have positive user reviews, and may be worth a closer look.
Released: February 14
Developer: Atelier 801
Publisher: Atelier 801
After three years in development, this 2D isometric MMO hit Steam last month to generally positive reception. It’s a cooperative game, with players required to collaborate in the murder of (wait for it) zombies in order to scavenge for resources, survive, and become better equipped to kill even more zombies. So it’s a neat action MMO, and its clean cartoon art style will probably be the deciding factor for whether you want to try this free-to-play game. You’ll need to manage things like hunger, thirst and fatigue, and there’s a whole camp building element where you can customise and decorate a little zombie apocalypse pad all of your own. It’s only a 250MB download, so it won’t take long to at least sample these wares.
Released: February 14
Developer: Lucas Molina
Publisher: Lucas Molina
All modern roguelikes have a twist, and if they don’t have a twist, that itself is the twist. But Roguemance has a louder twist than others: each combat scenario is a date with a procedurally generated companion. In the developer’s words: “combat is where you get to know them and find out if they are a good fit for you. Compromise or die!” You’ll be doing this on the heart-shaped island known as Heartipelago (cute), and if you love pixel-art, you’ll probably be sold on the vibrant, pastel hues seen within.
Released: February 15
Developer: Piece of Cake Studios
Publisher: Piece of Cake Studios
Just out of Early Access, Hacktag is a 2-player cooperative game focused on stealthily infiltrating sci-fi environments for (no doubt nerfarious) corporations, played from an isometric point of view. There are two classes, the Stealth Agent or the Hacker Agent, and each has a different view of proceedings based on the nature of their playstyle. Cooperative play can be had both online and locally, and while the focus appears to be on multiplayer, there is a single-player mode which allows you to take control of both agents. “In 2029, in a parallel world inhabited by anthropomorphic animals, you are a mercenary who secretly accomplishes missions for corporations struggling for leadership. To succeed you will have to team-up with a partner and infiltrate corporations.” Did I mention there were anthropomorphic animals for some reason?
Ambition of the Slimes
Released: February 16
Publisher: Flyhigh Works, CIRCLE Entertainment
This is an isometric tactics RPG reminiscent of games like Disgaea, except you play as slimes, “the weakest of RPG characters” according to the developer's blurb. So as you can probably imagine, it’s not an easy game: bouncing slimes are first against the wall in most fantasy RPGs. While the game hasn’t had a rapturous response on Steam (it’s currently got 0 reviews), it’s very cheap and has also been released on Nintendo Switch, where some of the early reviews are saying it’s worth a look. It’s got a neat art style, too.
The Fall Part 2: Unbound
Released: February 13
Developer: Over The Moon
Publisher: Over The Moon
Here’s the second episode of a side-scrolling science fiction series which, according to studio Over The Moon, “will break your protocols”. You play as an AI which has been attacked and infected with… something, from which you must escape. If you’re lucky, you may also get revenge on your attacker. If you played the first The Fall instalment, you probably know what to expect. For everyone else, expect a nice mix of exploration, action and puzzle solving. It’s quite narrative driven, which is a problem if you haven’t played the first, but is far less of a problem, since you can buy a bundle with the first included for the same price as standalone.
These games were released between 02/13-02/19. The first page of this list is updated every Sunday and previous weeks are archived on the following pages. Some online stores give us a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Read our affiliate policy for more info.