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.
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin
Released: April 20
Developer: Double Fine, React Games
Publisher: Double Fine Productions
Yes, it’s a new Psychonauts game, but hold your horses: you’ll need a VIVE or Oculus Rift as it’s VR only. If you’ve got one of those, it looks great: the adventure follows directly from the original Psychonauts, with the protagonists heading to the nominal Rhombus of Ruin in order to rescue Truman Zannotto. “When the rescue party itself is kidnapped and held prisoner in the Rhombus, [protagonist] Raz is immobilized and must use only his psychic powers to reunite his friends, reveal the identity of the kidnapper, and free Truman before the madness of the Rhombus consumes all their minds.” Sounds bananas, though it is a year late: it’s been on PlayStation VR for over a year now. Still, definitely worth a look for VR enthusiasts.
Released: April 18
Developer: Rablo Games
Publisher: Rablo Games
A lot of people hate playing healer in MMOs, but everyone knows they’re important. And they’re especially important if the other members in your entourage are idiot jerks. That’s the setting for Healer’s Quest, a light ribbing of the genre which tasks players with keeping “a bossy tank, a handsome archer, a depraved mage, and a raging barbarian” alive. There are 22 spells to learn, skill trees, upgrades, loot… in other words, it’s actually an RPG, and by all reports a pretty good one. If you like stats and meter juggling and, uh, RPGs, it looks like a neat breath of fresh air.
Released: April 20
Developer: Nuclear Strawberry
In Early Access for at least two years, 2D platformer Copy Kitty has just launched proper. As the name suggests you play as a kitty who can copy, which is to say, it can copy the attack moves of its enemies to wield against them. So it’s A Taste Of Your Own Medicine: The Game. You can mix up to three of these copied abilities at once, and there are apparently 175 different combinations, so the novelty promises to endure. There’s a story mode with 13 worlds, an endless mode with 37 environments, as well as a level editor and the ability to play as an alternative character -- which reportedly mixes things up a fair bit.
For The King
Released: April 20
Developer: IronOak Games
Publisher: Curve Digital
For The King is a popular strategy RPG which has just exited Early Access. A roguelike / tabletop hybrid, you’re tasked with leading a “make-shift party” to avenge a murdered king in a lush, polygonal fantasy world. Both single- and multiplayer is supported (the latter both locally and online), and each attempt is different thanks to procedurally generated maps, quests and events. “Brave the relentless elements, fight the wicked creatures, sail the seas and delve into the dark underworld. None before you have returned from their journey. Will you be the one to put an end to the Chaos?” Me? Probably not, given my track record with roguelikes, but this looks cool.
The Spatials: Galactology
Released: April 19
Developer: Weird and Wry
Publisher: Weird and Wry
Released in 2015, The Spatials was a neat space station builder with sim elements. The Spatials: Galactology is its follow up, or rather, it’s a “reimagined” version of the original with “deeper, more rewarding simulation”. That means the nitty gritty of building your space station is much more customisable than before, and there are a bunch of systems you’ll need to tinker with to keep your station alive: manufacturing, research, healthcare, and my favourite: emotional breakdowns. This revamp of The Spatials has been in Early Access for a while, but it’s now 1.0 and getting pretty decent reviews, though some have noted its complicated interface. Worth a look, I reckon.
These games were released between 04/16-04/23. 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.