Get that toilet out, it’s time for more Steam releases.
What can I say about this week’s Steam releases other than to say it might be the worst week I have seen in a long time. Over 250 releases of which nine might be worth looking into. If you’re a fan of hentai puzzle sliders and trashy Unity games, this list unfortunately won’t cater to your tastes. For everyone else, you might find something worth playing or at least adding to your wishlist until the next Steam sale.
#1: Pixel Shinobi Nine demons of Mamoru / Ametist Studio
Pixel side scrolling action games are a dime a dozen these days, so in order to stand out from the crowd you really have to have a good presentation. Pixel Shinobi, at least judging by the trailer, seems to have fluid animations, fast pace gameplay, and a ton of challenge. Pixel Shinobi promises to combine stealth, platforming, and RPG mechanics in a game where you play as a ninja to stop a demonically possessed military leader on a campaign of bloodshed.
89% of 126 users agree that this game is worth the $8.24 asking price. Check it out.
#2: Warfork / Team Forbidden
Warfork looks like a cosmetic overhaul of Quake 3 and plays a lot like Quake 3. If you really like Quake 3, you’re probably going to enjoy this game as 91% of 137 reviewers on Steam agree. Even better, the game is free to play. Check it out.
#3: Devious Dungeon / Woblyware Oy
Devious Dungeon looks like a quaint little game. I initially assumed that it was a roguelike given the graphics and user interface, but it appears to be more of a platformer with RPG elements than a Rogue Legacy type game. It’s $4.24 and oddly enough the developer is already talking about the sequel coming out in Q4 2019. It promises five worlds, 68 levels, randomized levels, and plenty of loot.
Check it out.
#4: Ikeda : The Scrap Hunter E.P. / Trent Kaniuga
Ikeda is a free to play side scrolling hack and slash game that challenges you to obtain hard to reach scrap in order to achieve 100% completion. The only DLC for the game is a $5 gold patron badge that doesn’t do anything except support the developer and get you a fancier menu screen.
Following a tip from an old friend of his landlords, Iggy Ikeda infiltrates an abandoned Neptune Facility in search of the remains of a decommissioned Warthog Mk II tank. You’ll need to wall jump, and slash your way through 6 stages of challenging narrow saw blade corridors, security droids and lasers while grabbing as much scrap as you can.
Check it out, because there is not a whole lot of quality that came to Steam this week.
#5: Last Knight / Enoops
Last Knight looks a lot like the Go! games developed and put out by Square Enix: Tomb Raider Go and Hitman Go. This should be a positive, since those games were very well put together. It looks like a fun game and at 59 cents, what do you have to lose other than your spare time?
#6: Brewer / Slava Victorov
Brewer looks like it takes an established genre and throws a rather unique spin on it. A business strategy game where you open up pubs and brew your own beer. Brewer looks like it has all of the micromanagement aspects that strategy game lovers will pour through for hours. Hire employees, brew the beers, change every aspect of your pubs from the snacks on menu to the number of seats and strength of the drinks. It also looks like the game lets you be a gigantic asshole and ruin the competition by scouting out competing pubs, provoking fights on their property, and even spoiling their beer and calling in the health inspector.
If only you could fill the pub with drunk minors and then call the inspector like in that episode of Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Brewer will set you back $3.59.
#7: DARQ / Unfold Games
You may be familiar with DARQ simply because the developer got in the gaming press over their refusal to sign an exclusive deal with the Epic Game Store. You may not know about the game itself, or that it launched. DARQ is a side-scrolling game that looks right out of Tim Burton’s nightmares. The game is heavily puzzle-based, requiring you to use physics and room manipulation in order to navigate through the dream world.
DARQ tells the story of Lloyd, a boy who becomes aware of the fact that he is dreaming. To Lloyd’s misfortune, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare and all attempts to wake up end in failure. While exploring the darkest corners of his subconscious, Lloyd learns how to survive the nightmare by bending the laws of physics and manipulating the fluid fabric of the dream world.
DARQ is $20 and may constitute the only real “Must Buy” on the list this week. On second thought…
#8: Ion Fury / Voidpoint LLC
Ion Fury is freaking fantastic. As one of the games on this list that I personally own, Ion Fury is a collaboration between 3D Realms and Voidpoint to go back and create a game on the Duke Nukem 3D engine. Yea, this game is running on a (modified) version of an engine older than many of the people that will be playing it. Ion Fury, or Ion Maiden as it was formerly titled, stars Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison, a character that was originally supposed to be a sidekick to Duke in Duke Nukem Forever. Ion Fury is the latest title to star Shelly, with the first being the not-well-received 2016 game Bombshell.
Those familiar with the Build engine games will see Ion Fury as more of the good stuff. Shelly is equipped with a wide array of weapons from her ridiculous handgun (pictured above) to bowling bombs, submachine guns equipped with incendiary bullets, shotgun, and more. Ion Fury is a true successor to Duke Nukem 3D, and even features Duke VA John St. John as the villain Heskel. 95% of the 1,569 reviewers on Steam agree that this game is a hit.
If you’re looking to scratch a retro-shooter itch, you can do so for $24.99.
#9: Wanna Survive / PINIX
Wanna Survive looks like a blend of something old and something new. It is a turn based strategy top-down strategy game that seems to combine Fire Emblem with The Walking Dead. Judging by the trailer, it pits your team of heroes against a massive mob of zombies in a game that is a little bit more fast paced than you might be used to. Help your cast of characters escape the city, deal with permadeath, and manage rations of food as you try your best to survive.
And at $10.79, it won’t break the bank.