Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (August 8, 2022)

On average, a dozen new games are released on Steam every day. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be hard to keep up. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play, unless you sort through every game released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we did. If nothing appeals to you this week, we’ve rounded up the best PC games (opens in a new tab) you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games (opens in a new tab) which start this year.

gigabash

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Released:‌ August 5
Developer:‌ Passion Republic Games
Introductory price:‌ ‌$35 |‌ ‌£27.79 ‌|‌ ‌AU$53

Every once in a while, a game about giant monsters fighting each other comes out, and the world rejoices. The latest kaiju brawler comes in the form of GigaBash, which adopts the format of Smash Bros. and MultiVerse, though played from a top-down perspective. Matches can accommodate up to four players in free-for-all or 2v2, and in addition to the kaiju-inspired beasts themselves, there are also “mecha titan hunters” that function more like superheroes . While online and local multiplayer seem to be where the meat is, GigaBash also features four single-player campaigns that follow the undoubtedly emotional and nuanced origin stories of some of the monsters. Sounds like a ton of fun.

Zapling Past

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Released:‌ August 6
Developer:‌ 9FingerGames
Introductory price:‌ ‌$12.79 |‌ ‌£9.91 ‌|‌ ‌AU$18.36

Here’s a weird Metroidvania featuring a multi-limbed alien. As Zapling, you’ll explore a grotesque pixelated world in search of bosses, from which you’ll adopt the expected array of Metroidvania power-ups. Somewhat ominously, Zapling switches between the skulls of these Fallen bosses depending on which skill you want to use, so if you want to climb walls, for example, you’ll need to don the Ratking’s skull. These bosses are spread across six biomes ranging from gardens, mountains, and a place called “Grimtown”, and along the way you’ll collect comic panels that piece together the history of the ruined planet the game is on. takes place.

Plate !

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Released:‌ August 5
Developer: ‌ It’s happening
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$14.39 |‌ ‌£12 ‌|‌ ‌AU$20.76

Frenzied board games about culinary drama are all the rage right now, with Overcooked! the most popular. At a glance, Plateup! shares a lot in common with this phenomenon, right down to the art style and the exclamation point in the title, although there are some (admittedly minimal) differences. Alone or with three friends, you’ll develop and manage your very own restaurant, strategically placing cooking elements and ovens to streamline productivity. Once that’s done, the usual chaos or cooking and serving begins, and if you manage to complete 15 whole days in business without everything falling apart, you win. It’s a neat roguelite take on a thriving genre.

Bonraiser Minions

Bonraiser Minions

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Released:‌ ‌August 5
Developer: ‌Anthony Case
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$1.59 |‌ ‌£1.35 |‌ ‌AU$2.36

Boneraiser Minions is what happens when the developer behind Skelly Selest and Staimium Immortaly creates a clone of Vampire Survivors. Like those two previous games, Boneraiser Minions has a distinctive take on pixel art, walking the line between outright horror and Adult Swim psychedelia. As hordes of enemies rush towards you, you’ll have to avoid them while using “the bones and souls of slain heroes” to grow your own horde of minions. It’s a bit more complex than it looks, and there are a variety of game modes to dive into. Boneraiser Minions is in Early Access and will remain there for three months while new items are added and old ones are polished.

Vanaris Tactics

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Released:‌ August 4
Developer:‌ Matheus Reis
Introductory price:‌ ‌$9 |‌ ‌£6.47 |‌ ‌AU$13.05

While the screaming masses continue to demand a new Final Fantasy tactic, the quiet wise among us know that the past few years have seen an abundance of great modern alternatives. Vanaris Tactics is the latest, and unlike most competitors, it’s no more than 50 hour affair, so you can even finish it. It’s a “short narrative tactical RPG experience that tells the story of refugees fleeing their occupied homeland”, and as you’d expect, it’s about moving little pixel people into sensible positions in order to inflict pain on your enemies. There are fifteen encounters in all, with the usual mix of RPG number counting and ability management.