Five New Steam Games You Probably Missed (March 28, 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 you can play right now and a running list of 2022 games launching this year.

animal shelter

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Released:‌ March 24
Developer:‌ Game Incubator
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.94 ‌|‌ ‌AU$26.05

This simulator is all about caring for abandoned animals, and yes, that naturally includes petting them. But this first-person management game also involves taking care of the hunger and health needs of cats and dogs, as well as preparing them for their future adopters. Not only that, but you’ll also need to build your animal shelter, dragging and dropping pieces to make sure everything is designed for optimal furry friend management. When the stress gets too much, you can go out and play ball with them. The simulator is surprisingly detailed, with lots of cool features, like the ability to dress up and photograph the animals in your care.

The maker of the planet

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Released:‌ March 25
Developer:‌ Miju Games
Introductory price:‌ ‌$18 |‌ ‌£13.49 ‌|‌ ‌AU$26.09

Launched in early access last week after a lot of anticipation, The Planet Crafter asks you to clean up a planet to make it habitable. That means traversing nasty planets in first person and doing whatever you can to make it the next planet Earth. The first step is to gather the resources to build a base, but after that you can terraform the planet, build machines to adjust its atmosphere to a livable level, and then add wildlife. All the while, you’ll have to manage your own thirst and your own oxygen – it’s a survival game, you know. But it’s a unique game, appearing as a marriage between No Man’s Sky and Subnautica.

A memory blue

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Released:‌ March 25
Developer:‌ Cloisters Interactive
Introductory Price:‌ ‌$7.19 |‌ ‌£5.39 ‌|‌ ‌AU$10.35

A Memoir Blue is an “interactive poem” about a famous swimmer reflecting on her troubled past. It takes the form of a series of vignettes as Miriam delves into her memories, which mix “sacrifice and grief with victory and pride as she reconnects with her inner child and deepens the love she shares with her mother” . It’s a short and sweet affair, with an art style that evocatively mixes hand-drawn art with 3D models.

high rise city

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Released:‌ ‌March 24
Developer:‌ Fourexo Entertainment
Introductory price:‌ ‌$21.24 |‌ ‌£18.69 |‌ ‌AU$30.55

City builders are popular these days, especially city builders with a twist, and you can add Highrise City to that list. It has a heavy emphasis on resource and economic management, which means you’ll spend more time focusing on production chains than plotting your metropolis’ layout, although you’ll also be doing the latter, of course. Highrise City is in Early Access and should be complete later this year, with more maps and buildings expected, as well as additional support and Steam Workshop support.

sun imp

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Released:‌ March 24
Developer:‌ Sunwolf Entertainment
Introductory price:‌ ‌$20 |‌ ‌£16 |‌ ‌AU$28.95

Last year we gave away enough new Metroidvanias to serve most people for a lifetime, but here’s another gorgeous one to add to the pile. Imp of the Sun seems pretty orthodox, but its Peru-inspired setting is a big plus, as is the fast-paced fluidity of its action. As Nin, you’ll explore a vast, interconnected map, seeking out and defeating the Four Guardians in order to rekindle the sun.

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