Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (August 29, 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.

Midnight Fight Express

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Released:‌ August 24
Developer:‌ Jacob Dzwinel
Introductory price:‌ ‌$20 |‌ ‌£16 ‌|‌ ‌AU$29.95

Midnight Fight Express is a beat ’em up crime saga about Babyface, a reformed criminal whose quiet, rehabilitated life is thrown into chaos by a drone warning of impending city-wide disaster. A group of thieves plan to take over the entire city, and Babyface has until dawn to stop them. That, of course, involves beating the ever-loving crap out of these thieves, whether that be with his fists, ax, or knife, or with the many and varied environmental objects strewn about. All of Babyface’s abilities are upgradable, so there’s a bit of freedom when it comes to evolving your own fighting style, and there are ability trees, a range of cosmetic customizations, and an online leaderboard. . Sounds like a blast if you like combos, gratuitous cartoon violence, and crime fighting.

islets

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Released:‌ August 24
Developer:‌ Kyle Thompson
Introductory price:‌ ‌$20 |‌ ‌£15.49 ‌|‌ ‌AU$28.95

Islets is a beautiful Metroidvania with a Ghibli art style reminiscent of the recent Greak: Memories of Azur (opens in a new tab). Protagonist Iko must collect a handful of floating islands, which involves visiting them via an airship and completing their dungeons. Once they’re conquered, they join together, which is a neat twist on the Metroidvania map’s sprawling formula. It’s otherwise a fairly unorthodox affair, with the usual handful of upgrades, enemies, and boss fights. Isles is described as “surprisingly wholesome” on their Steam page, and it certainly sounds like some sort of “warm blanket” game, something to wash away the Sunday night terror.

Hot Rounds League

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Released:‌ August 24
Developer:‌ Ultimate Studio
Introductory price:‌ ‌$9.89 |‌ ‌£7.51 ‌|‌ ‌AU$14.19

Someone in the Hot Lap League Steam reviews wrote, “Good game, but why should I play it when I can play Trackmania?” It’s a good question, I guess, but one answer that comes to mind, and one that I can relate to, is “because some people can’t get enough of Trackmania”. If you like arcade racing games with big jumps and gravity-defying loops, this is probably the best you’ll find this side of a new Trackmania, and there’s plenty to sink your teeth into. : over 150 tracks, heaps of customization, global leaderboards and daily challenges.

BROK the Investigator

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Released:‌ ‌August 27
Developer:‌ Cowcat
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£16.19 |‌ ‌AU$26.05

The Steam page describes BROK: The InvestiGator as a “punch and click” adventure, which is ideal for those of us who are averse to adventure games without a bit of biff. Brok is the protagonist: he’s an alligator on a mission to uncover the truth behind the tragic death of his wife. It has a “light cyberpunk” setting, although the tone is more of a Saturday morning cartoon, and although there is a mode to play Brok as a point and click adventure, the real innovation here is being able to break through the riddles to death, rather than solving them. This adventure is fully voiced and has multiple endings to achieve during its 20 hours of gameplay.

tuin

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Released:‌ August 26
Developer:‌ Sokpop
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$5 |‌ ‌£4 |‌ ‌AU$7.50

The latest from microgame specialists Sokpop is an idle game (think Cookie Clicker) about maintaining a farm. You’ll buy a plot, choose your crops, set up all sorts of useful farming equipment, then go play another game, or watch YouTube videos, and more. There’s a little more “thinking” here than your average idle game, because farming isn’t as easy as building a cookie empire, but everything can be automated if you’re smart enough, and you can even buy charming pet companions to roam your country. As usual, the gorgeous simplicity of Sokpop’s art style is a big part of the appeal here.

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