Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (August 15, 2022)

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 (opens in a new tab) you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games (opens in a new tab) which start this year.

Escape behind the scenes

Escape behind the scenes

(Image credit: Fancy Games)

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Released:‌ August 12
Developer: ‌ Fantasy Games
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$9 |‌ ‌£6.47 ‌|‌ ‌AU$13.05

Hey look, this is another game based on the viral horror concept of The Backrooms (opens in a new tab)born of a strange, unheimlich picture of a desolate desk. There have been quite a few, and I’ve already covered one (opens in a new tab), but this latest four-player co-op take gains a lot of traction. An early access affair, Escape the Backrooms looks like a fairly conventional survival horror jaunt – it has villains – but it also has eight discrete levels, some of which seem to deviate quite drastically from the source material. When playing co-op, you’ll use proximity voice chat, which fits well with the maze-like level design: if you lose your friends, you won’t be able to talk to them. If you can’t get enough of this mesmerizing and spooky setting and have friends similarly fascinated, this sounds like a spooky way to spend an evening.

drop of moon

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Released:‌ August 12
Developer:‌ Moonroof Studios
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$9 |‌ ‌£6.47 ‌|‌ ‌AU$13.05

Here’s a whimsical farming game with glorious pixel art, which may make you think of Stardew Valley. It’s a roguelite take though, so it might not be as relaxing. The farm you are tasked with plotting and maintaining is located on top of a “shifting mountain” harassed by an unearthly mist: when this mist arrives, your farm disappears. The idea is to grow and harvest enough produce between these mist visits to earn money in the nearby village. As the game progresses, you’ll learn a few ways to keep the mist at bay. Moondrop is in early access and will remain there until early next year, during which time it will receive new content and the usual optimizations.

The Mangotronics Employment Collection

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Released:‌ August 14
Developer:‌ Various
Introductory price:‌ ‌$8 |‌ ‌£5.75 ‌|‌ ‌AU$11.60

Here is a collection of nine games around the theme of employment. Each game is short and sweet, and ranges from first-person physics puzzles based on production lines to visual novels about dreaded job interviews. There’s also a game about working behind the counter at a fast food joint and, uh, a game about throwing projectiles at presumably annoying customers. It’s not without violence then, but what is job except violence on our desire for true freedom (and more time to play games about jobs)?.

Tyrant’s Blessing

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Released:‌ ‌August 9
Developer:‌ Mercury Game Studio
Introductory price:‌ ‌$20 |‌ ‌£15.49 |‌ ‌AU$28.95

Last week, I pointed out that we live in a golden age for tactical RPGs. And here’s another, with all the elements you’d expect: pretty fantasy pixel art, a gaggle of characters to recruit and customize, and tough decisions at every turn. According to Mercury Game Studio, Tyrants Blessing isn’t all about min-maxing: “your ability to plan, adapt, and strategize” is more important, apparently, so expect to have to think while you explore the colorful world of Tyberia. to annihilate the Tyrant.

Pud Pud in a strange world

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Released:‌ August 10
Developer:‌ Ocean Software
Introductory price:‌ ‌$1.79 |‌ ‌£1.52 |‌ ‌AU$2.65

Old and forgotten retro games are often unceremoniously re-released on Steam, and Pud Pud in Weird World is the latest. You may not have heard of it, but it’s an Ocean Software thing originally released for the ZX Spectrum in 1984. It’s theoretically a platformer, but it’s damn weird. You are a yellow ball with wings who must survive in a crazy and surreal world. How is this achieved? By discovering hidden bowls, of course! Listen, lore and building a cohesive world weren’t big concerns for video games in the early 80s, but if you want to try something weird for a little over a dollar, this might be fun.

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