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Five new Steam games you probably missed this week

Tartarus

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Released: November 22
Developer: Abyss Gameworks
Publisher: Abyss Gameworks
Price: $19.99 / £15.99

Tartarus is a first-person puzzle and action game set on a doomed space vessel, but instead of playing as a preternaturally heroic space warrior of some sort, you’re playing as a cook named Cooper. This Cooper has been tasked with helping save the doomed vessel, and must do so by searching out and making sense of the various computer terminals used to operate the ship. According to the studio, one must “use specific Terminal commands, which are very realistic” to bring the ship back to life. It’s an interesting concept, kinda like a mix of Prey and Hacknet, maybe? Whatever the case, Ian liked it when he went hands-on earlier this year.

AirMech: Wastelands

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Released: November 25
Developer: Carbon Games
Publisher: Carbon Games
Price: $19.99 / £14.99

Newly launched into Early Access, this action RPG takes place “following a global collapse of modern civilization”. Crucially, it also involves Mechs, which will be obvious to anyone who has a) read the title of the game and b) played the earlier AirMech Strike. Unlike that RTS, this RPG is set across a large world and involves all the progression systems you’d expect. Cooperative play is supported, and a large part of the appeal seems to be in customising your Mech. Of course, it’s Early Access so far from finished, but it looks like something worth investigating.

Haque

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Released: November 23
Developer: SuperTry Studios
Publisher: SuperTry Studios
Price: $14.99 / £11.39

Haque is this week’s obligatory pixel art rogue-like, and while it doesn’t look to offer any huge twists on the genre, the trailer looks promising for anyone keen on proper old school permadeath agony. The game features randomly generated protagonists, turn-based combat, crafting, “dozens” of enemies and (importantly!) a screen grime slider. Probably work a look or a Wishlist for the next time you get a hankering for punishing retro gaming.

Fariwalk: The Prelude

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Released: November 23
Developer: AIHASTO
Publisher: AIHASTO
Price: $1.99 / £1.49

A first-person horror game which actually acts as a prelude (hence the name) to the forthcoming Fariwalk series, which will release episodically next year. The story goes that humanity is on its last legs, and the few remaining survivors are searching for one another in a world full of monsters. First-person horror games are rife on Steam at the moment – and a lot of them seem pretty low effort – but the trailer for Fariwalk has a sinister mood that stands apart. It’s also very cheap, so easy to take a punt on.

John The Zombie

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Released: November 23
Developer: Minimal Lab
Publisher: Minimal Lab
Price: $9.99 / £7.99

This is a third-person open world action game about being a zombie. You play as John, formerly a mad scientist hell bent on bringing the dead to life, whose experiments clearly went wrong because now he’s a bloody zombie. To survive, John must eat brains, and he can even level up enough to drive vehicles. This looks like a mix between Dead Rising and Goat Simulator (note that a goat features heavily in the trailer), and while I can’t attest to the amount of polish this may or may not have, it looks pretty good for a laugh. 

These games were released between 11/21-11/27. 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.