On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. If nothing catches your fancy this week, we’ve gathered the best PC games you can play right now and a running list of the new games of 2020.
Release: May 21
Developer: Urnique Studio
Price: $18.99 | £14.49 | AU$26.95
Timelie is a gorgeous isometric puzzle game with an interesting twist: in addition to controlling the player character, you’ll also be manipulating time. Basically, every puzzle or scenario is a video you can fast forward or rewind. You’ll be fixing mistakes using the former, and averting disaster with the use of the latter. In addition to the nameless protagonist, there’s also a cat, which does a hell of a lot to sell it to me in particular.
Release: May 22
Developer: Bugbyte Ltd.
Price: $22.99 | £18.99 | AU$34.99
Launched into Early Access last week, Space Haven is a simulator and strategy game about building a spaceship from scratch and keeping it afloat. In addition to the building elements, there’s a lot of micro-management to attend to: your crew needs to be kept happy and well-nourished, and you’ll also need to “create optimal gas conditions.” On top of that, expect to find other crews in space while you explore the universe. Aside from all this fun stuff, Space Haven also has an art style that recalls XCOM: UFO Defense.
Release: May 20
Developer: Origame Digital
Price: $14.99 | £11.39 | AU$14.50
Umurangi Generation is a first-person photography game set in a “shitty future” version of Tauranga, a city in New Zealand. Given how beautiful that city seems to be after a cursory glance online, the shitty future featured in this game is probably unlike most other video game dystopias you’ve ever visited. Indeed, the art style of Umurangi Generation is its strongest feature, which is lucky, because the game’s all about photographing it.
Release: May 22
Developer: Shiny Shoe
Price: $24.99 | £19.49 | AU$35.95
Monster Train is a deckbuilding roguelike, but don’t scroll on just yet: this one appears to be exceptionally good, a) because Chris wrote as much back in January, and b) because it’s set on a train hurtling towards actual hell. There’s both a single player campaign as well as online PvP, and you’ll be handling over 220 cards, as part of one of five clans, each with ten levels to unlock. If you love Slay the Spire, but always thought it’d be better if it was set on a hell bound train, give this a go.
Release: May 22
Developer: Muse Games
Price: $19.99 | £17.99 | AU$28.95
Embr is a first-person firefighting game with a focus on cooperative play, but go in expecting something more akin to Overcooked! than say, a serious sim. It’s set in a “hyper-capitalist reality where traditional emergency services are a thing of the past,” which accounts for how chaotic and slapdash the responders are. For example: rescuing people by tossing them 50 metres across the map is not something a professional fire fighter would do. Embr is in Early Access and currently boasts around 2-3 hours of gameplay, but heaps more will be added before its official launch.
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