Five new Steam games you probably missed this week


Steam Page
Released: October 12
Developer: Ghostbutter
Publisher: Ghostbutter
Price: $9.99 / £6.99

A very strange looking game starring a travelling doctor tasked with diagnosing and curing a cast of, frankly, terrifying looking patients. As someone on the Steam page has already pointed out, it kinda looks like a supernatural healthcare take on Papers, Please, but instead of determining who can / cannot enter a state, you’re treating “arachnocough” and scooping out the innards of clams growing on criminal sharks. It doesn’t get much better than this, folks.

Yono and the Celestial Elephants

Steam Page
Released: October 13
Developer: Neckbolt
Publisher: Plug in Digital
Price: $14.99 / £11.39

This is a puzzle game focused around the nominal Yono – who is an elephant – and their remarkable ability to solve puzzles using their trunk. With an isometric viewpoint and bright pastel aesthetic, it comes as no surprise that this released for Nintendo Switch last week as well, and the devs warn that a controller is “recommended” for this game. There are four towns, three “deep dungeons” as well as caves, forests and light combat aspects. Oh, and you’ll also “discuss ascetic virtue ethics with the undead, existentialism and freedom of will with the robots, and political philosophy and the roots of power and authority with the humans.” 


Steam Page
Released: October 11
Developer: Anxious Neck Games
Publisher: Anxious Neck Games
Price: $6.99 / £4.99

It’s a retro-styled Metroidvania, and god knows we don’t need any more of those, but just look at it. Nakawak is styled after ye olde Game Boy side-scrollers, and that’s what piqued my interest in the first place. As Nakawak – a kind of bi-pedal rat-like creature – you’ll explore The Undercity, searching out close to 20 upgrades and beating all three of the terrible bosses within. The developer reckons you’ll get around “three to four hours” from the game, and is promising “an alternative, expanded, colorized edition” will release next year or the next – in case Game Boy monochrome repulses you.

Hanako: Honor & Blade

Steam Page
Released: October 11
Developer: +Mpact Games
Publisher: +Mpact Games
Price: $9.99 / £6.99

Set in a “beautiful, fictional” interpretation of 16th century Feudal Japan, Hanako is an Early Access adventure game with a focus on PvP combat. It’s designed for online scraps and, as such, doesn’t have much in the way of single player content at the moment (though the devs hint that it may come in the future). The cell-shaded aesthetic is bright and fluid, and there are three character classes and four campaign maps to brawl across. The full version is expected in between 6 and 12 months time.


Steam Page
Released: October 14
Developer: keyreal
Publisher: keyreal
Price: $14.99 / £11.39

Yes, I know: it’s been a slow week for this column. It’s true that Speebot isn’t the most remarkable-looking topdown platformer / puzzler out there, but it still looks like a bit of fun. You’re a robot (a speedy robot) tasked with hopping around a bunch of platforms suspended in water. There are four worlds, 200 levels and an in-game level editor, so if what Speebot offers proves appealing to you, there’s not really much reason to ever stop playing it. 

These games were released between 10/8-10/15. 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. 

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.