Every day, around a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think it’s a good thing, it can be understandably difficult to keep up. Potentially exciting gems will certainly be lost in the deluge of new things to play, unless you sort through all the games 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 list of the 2021 games that will launch this year.
Release: October 9
Developer: Dark Pixel
Introductory Price: $ 9 | £ 6.47 | AU $ 13.05
The child protagonist of Night Reverie has one problem: their house has gone completely nuts, which makes it a surreal and disorienting place very different from home. It is the child’s job to try to solve the mystery of Why this has happened, which involves navigating the eerie dreamy landscape, solving increasingly obtuse puzzles, and interacting with a “unique character group” that appears to involve a human rabbit and an oversized cat . The pixel art is lovely and the whole thing gives off strong Alice in Wonderland vibes.
The Dark Ages: The Final Position
Release: October 8
Introductory Price: $ 19.79 | £ 15.74 | AU $ 28.75
Age of Darkness: Final Stand is a real-time strategy to fend off nightmares. But beware: these nightmares, which resemble zombies, swarm more than 70,000 people. So you’ve got your work cut out for you, more than in the other popular game with a lot of villains, They Are Billions. Of course, it’s not just about defending yourself against these monstrosities, as you will also have to build and strengthen your colony in a fantasy and dark hellish landscape. It sounds calming. The game is in early access and will stay there for “at least a year” as it benefits from a full campaign mode, polish, and more.
Release: October 9
Developer: Hamsters Gaming
Introductory Price: $ 13.49 | £ 10.25 | AU $ 19.35
Shelter Manager looks like Fallout Shelter, but simulation depth is the goal here and it’s definitely not an idle game. In the aftermath of an unspecified global disaster, you’ll build, upgrade, and populate a habitable underground bunker, which naturally involves the occasional braving of the outside world, and most importantly, waging resource wars against other bunkers. In addition to everything you will need to micro-manage the daily rhythms of your underground community, from managing morale to controlling how long they sleep. It all sounds incredibly depressing, but also fun.
Release: October 5
Developer: Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich
Launch Price: $ 25 | £ 19.49 | AU $ 35.95
This steampunk themed puzzle game is all about propelling little capsules – are they for the mail? – along similar small railways that connect all the houses in a neighborhood. To do this, you will need to solve a series of physics-focused problems, but you will also need to “find and activate hidden mechanisms such as springs, telephones, and various incandescent lights.” It’s an interesting game, mixing a speculative steampunk aesthetic with Russian styles from the 1970s, all in a beautifully detailed 3D environment. It is certainly the only Russian steampunk puzzle to be released on Steam this week.
Released: October 10
Launch Price: $ 10.79 | £ 8.39 | $ 15.57
This has been a bountiful year for citybuilder fans, and Stonedeep is the last to scratch that itch. You will be building underground dwarf settlements in a style quite similar to Terraria. Gathering resources is important, but so is choosing your colony’s specialization (Culture? Military? Trade?) And defending against monsters. The game has been in Early Access for a while, but hit version 1.0 last week, so if you’ve been waiting to get started now is the time.
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