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 you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games launching this year.
Released: May 18
Introductory price: $13.49 | £11.69 | AU$19.35
Recursive Ruin is a first-person puzzle game set in “an infinitely recursive landscape”, a concept that will draw immediate comparison to Manifold Garden. But whereas Manifold Garden explored labyrinthine Escher-like structures, Recursive Ruin draws its visual cues from the world of fractals, and not only will you have to navigate these endlessly expanding patterns, but you’ll also enjoy a far-flung relationship. be realistic with gravity. The setting is cool, but also expect to encounter some really weird characters, including but not limited to your fellow cat Behemoth. It’s a surreal, narrative-driven affair that seems to bring something truly unique to the first-person puzzle formula.
Dread X Collection 5
Released: May 21
Introductory Price: $9 | £6.47 | AU$13.05
Dread X horror compilations hardly need an introduction these days, but for the uninitiated: they are collections of indie horror minigames, usually wrapped in a theme, and the theme of this new collection is entertainment. That means you should expect alien-themed parties, ritualistic celebrations, gory karaoke booths, a terrifying sports center and more. As always, this fifth installment features a variety of genres, ranging from psychological first-person to bloodier third-person affairs. Naturally, many of them look like they were originally designed for the PS1.
Released: May 20
Developer: Marvelous Inc.
Introductory Price: $22.49 | £18 | AU$31.45
Deadcraft is a game about killing masses of zombies, but in an interesting twist, the player character is also a “half-zombie”. This means you’ll be building your own undead army to take on another undead army, which will double the zombie carnage (I guess?). You’ll build your zombie army by planting the aggressive zombie corpses in the ground and “growing” them, while collecting new weapons and tools to equip them. Overall, Deadcraft is what happens when a game developer asks: what if we made a zombie game, but with even more zombies? And heck, are you a zombie too? It’s a zombie festival.
Virtual circuit board
Released: May 21
Developer: Reverie Foundry
Introductory Price: $13.49 | £10.25 | AU$19.35
Launched in Early Access last week, Virtual Circuit Board is a sandbox “logic simulator” that basically gives you the tools to create logic circuits of any complexity you like. Be careful though: Virtual Circuit Board is not presented as a game in itself, because there are no predefined problems to solve. On the other hand, you will have to set your own goals, and the Reverie Foundry studio recommends having “some basic knowledge” of logic gates and also some programming knowledge. So it’s niche stuff, but it might just be what the doctor ordered if you’ve spent many hours playing with Minecraft redstone blocks.
Released: May 19
Developer: Cosmonaut Studios
Introductory price: $27 | £22.49 | AU$40.45
Here’s another first-person puzzle game, though Eternal Threads lets you manipulate and make sense of time, rather than non-Euclidean fractal worlds. Set in contemporary England, your job is to examine the decisions and events that led to a deadly fire and manipulate that past in order to avert disaster. The seven days before the fire are available to explore immediately, and you’ll need to constantly move back and forth throughout this time in order to figure out what happened and ultimately stop it.