I love a good deal. It's a rush to find a big discount on something I really want to buy, and with PC games you usually don't have to wait very long for the next Steam sale (opens in new tab) to get what you want. But it's also exciting to play a game that didn't cost very much to begin with and discover how much you love it.
The best cheap PC games can hold your attention for months. Cheap doesn't necessarily mean short or simple. Sometimes the most creative indie games cost only a few dollars, and some classics from the '90s and 2000s can be picked up for a song even outside big sales. But there are so many cheap games on Steam now, sorting through them can be exhausting. That's where this guide comes in: It's a collection of the best cheap games we've reviewed and written about, broken up into categories to help you find something to play. And I really do mean cheap: Nearly every single game here costs $10 / £10 or less.
Before we get to the regular cheap PC games, we have a few resources you should check for deals and outright free games every week.
What's extra cheap right now: Deals and free games
Freebies you can grab right now (opens in new tab): Twitch Prime freebies, free weekends on Steam, limited betas and Epic giveaways, updated every week.
Epic Games Store free games: Epic gives away at least one game for free every week. Check here for the latest giveaway.
The best free PC games (opens in new tab): Our curated list of great free and F2P games, including what we're playing right now and tons more recommendations broken down by genre.
Xbox Game Pass PC games (opens in new tab): For $10 per month, you can play more than 100 PC games via Game Pass. Here's an up-to-date list of them all.
Cheap gaming PC deals (opens in new tab): Maybe you're looking for a deal on PC hardware to go along with those cheap games.
Top five(opens in new tab)
The best cheap PC games: 5 must-plays
The best new cheap PC games, and a couple all-timers.
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The best cheap PC games: Multiplayer
Looking for something to play with (or against) friends? Grab these for just a few bucks.
- Halo 3 (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - The peak of Halo multiplayer, and one of its finest co-op campaigns. Grab the great standalone ODST (opens in new tab) campaign for another $5.
- Drawful 2 (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - Maybe the best Jackbox party game ever. Draw funny pictures with your friends. Laugh. Never fails.
- Portal 2 (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - The campaign is an all-timer, but you have to stick around for the brilliant puzzles of the co-op campaign and so, so many good fan-made levels.
- Gunfire Reborn (opens in new tab) - $12.99 - A new co-op loot shooter, a bit like a tighter roguelike Destiny or Borderlands. Cool weapons and abilities, still evolving in Early Access.
- Among Us - $4.99 - The breakout game of 2020 can run on a potato and happens to be a fantastic take on the Werewolf "hidden identity" game. Don't trust any of your friends.
- Left 4 Dead 2 (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - Another Valve classic. All of its campaigns are great co-op replay fodder, but head to the Steam Workshop for infinite options. Shoot zombies 4ever.
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The best cheap PC games: Just one more run...
These action games and roguelikes may be over in an hour or in just a few minutes, but they're made to keep pulling you back in again and again.
- FTL (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - A stone cold classic roguelike about managing your crew and upgrading your ship on a perilous interstellar journey.
- Post Void (opens in new tab) - $2.99 - Post-comprehension? This hallucinogenic FPS may make you queasy, but you'll never play anything like it.
- Super House of Dead Ninjas (opens in new tab) - $6.99 - Perfect throwback to 16-bit platformers. Chain hits to power up and see how long you can keep your combo going.
- Devil Daggers (opens in new tab) - $4.99 - All hell's out to get you, and you'll be lucky if you survive a minute. How many runs can your nerves and reflexes handle?
- Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy (opens in new tab) - $7.99 - You're the man in the jug. You have a hammer. How far can you climb?
- Nuclear Throne (opens in new tab) - $11.99 - One of the great action roguelikes, this top-down shooter gives you tons of fun characters to try, and the shooting's delightfully twitchy.
Classic PC games(opens in new tab)
The best cheap PC games: Classics
Some of our favorite '90s and early 2000s PC games that we'd still recommend to anyone today.
- Quake - $4.99 - This FPS campaign is still a masterful display of level design 25 years later, and fans are still making custom maps to this day
- Fallout: New Vegas - $9.99 - You can get a whole lot of RPG for 10 bucks. Our favorite Fallout concentrates tons of quests and interesting characters along the Vegas strip.
- Star Wars: KOTOR 2 - $9.99 - Another Obsidian great. No game has offered such a thoughtful approach to Star Wars in the 15 years since.
- Broken Sword (opens in new tab) - $5.99 - A classic point-and-click adventure that still holds up in 2021.
- Final Fantasy 7 (opens in new tab) - $11.99 - The remake isn't on PC yet, but you can grab the original on Steam. Definitely grab an AI upscale mod (opens in new tab), too.
Story and adventure games
The best cheap PC games: Bite-size stories
These modern indie classics and adventure games may look small, but they tell big, unique stories that will stick with you.
- Undertale (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - What briefly looks like a straightforward RPG turns into a sad, funny, and affecting adventure. And what an ending.
- The Norwood Suite (opens in new tab) - $9.99 - Explore a surreal, mysterious hotel, dense with interactive scenery and bizarre characters. There are many small stories to discover here.
- Papers, Please - $9.99 - As an immigration inspector, it's your job to scrutinize passports and turn away those who break the law. Prepare to be confronted with increasingly uncomfortable decisions as a story develops from this simple premise.
- West of Loathing - $10.99 (opens in new tab) - One of the funniest games ever, and a surprisingly thorough RPG to boot. Also features "over 50 hats" and "a drunk horse." (It's actually a ~40-hour RPG, but easy to play in small bursts).
- Her Story (opens in new tab) - $4.99 - Her Story kicked off a new era of small, creative story games with a brilliant design that has you piecing together a story nonlinearly via an archive of interview clips.
- The Lion's Song (opens in new tab) - $7.99 - One of our favorite modern adventures, a set of connected episodes set in early 20th century Austria. This is art that has something to say about art, with stories following a musician, a painter, and a mathematician. In the end it brings them all together and incorporates the choices you made in each earlier episode.