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: April 1
Developer: Andrew Willman
Introductory Price: $14 | £11 | AU$19.95
Crystal Project is a gorgeous retro JRPG with a much more open approach to exploration compared to its contemporaries. Here you and your party have a vague objective – beat bosses, collect ‘crystals’ – but you can do all of these whenever you want, in any order you want. It’s a sandbox JRPG, in other words, which is unusual for a genre that, even in the “open world”, likes to funnel the player along a critical path. The art style resembles Octopath Traveller, with its mix of 3D environments with 2D pixel-art character sprites, but refreshingly (and extremely unlike Octopath Traveller) there are no random encounters. Sounds like a hit for fans of retro turn-based combat.
Released: April 2
Developer: Daisy Games
Introductory price: $4.24 | £3.39 | AU$6.37
It’s Sokoban with an ancient Greek theme, basically. Over 60 levels, you’ll build various Greek buildings and monuments by pushing the correct blocks into place, but those blocks must be the correct color, which means you’ll need to detour to the correct paint block. It’s good, simple, fun, and it’s also presented as a Greek tragedy, in a way. There’s a leaderboard and “infinite undo”, which should make things a little less stressful.
Quixote: Quest for Glory
Released: March 31
Developer: Cubus Games
Introductory price: $1.49 | £1.49 | AU$2.95
Here’s a tactical map strategy based on Cervantes’ classic 15th century novel Don Quixote, so expect some hilarity and probably a scene involving windmills. Launched in Early Access last week, Quijote tackles “the most significant episodes” of Don Quixote, presumably those involving conflict, as the core of the game is about tactical card battles. Card battles against windmills? We can only hope. The Early Access release includes two of the planned seven chapters and is expected to release 1.0 by Spring 2022.
Released: April 1
Developer: Samobee Games
Introductory price: $15 | £11.39 | AU$21.50
Here’s a hybrid of the visual novel and match-3 genres with pixel art so colorful that the team at Samobee Games surely had to invent new colors. It’s a pleasure to watch, although whether the game is fun is entirely dependent on your patience for the match-3 game. It follows the story of Princess Farmer, who has mysteriously acquired the power to, yes, “easily hoist entire rows of vegetables to make matches and smash obstacles”. Something weird is brewing in the woods, and Princess Farmer must figure out what that weird thing is by matching things up. Local cooperative play is supported.
Released: March 31
Developer: Taito Corp, M2 Co. LTD
Introductory price: $25.49 | £21.24 | AU$38.24
Here’s an HD remaster of G-Darius, a brain-melting schmup from 1997. Full disclosure: I’m not a huge fan of playing side-scrolling shooters, but I’m a huge fan of style side-scrolling shooters from the 1990s, and G-Darius has some of the most gorgeous presentations you’ll see, with a soundtrack that feels both contemporary and incredibly futuristic. This pack includes five versions of the original: ‘arcade-perfect’ ports of G-Darius and G-Darius Ver.2, plus HD versions of both. There’s also G-Darius’ console port, with a new widescreen option. If you don’t play it, you should at least look at this.