Games on Steam is a weekly installment that tackles the latest and greatest Indie games from this popular platform. Today, we will look for a mysterious tree, face off deranged mutants, colonize titan, conquer deadly temples, and play with yarn.
To start, we have a special farming sim / RPG. Sun Haven is a lively medieval town filled with interesting characters. You can choose between dozen of characters, such as miner, farmer, mage, fisher, and warrior, before embarking on your journey. As you gain experience, you can focus on growing brute strength or choosing a nonviolent path through an interesting story. Sun Haven lets you explore 3 unique worlds with up to 7 friends, and gives you a lot of freedom in customization. The game is still in early access, but it has a strong foundation that can easily be expanded into something amazing.
Legend of Mana
The wait is over, as Square Enix finally releases remaster of its ’90s cult RPG. Legend of Mana tasks you with finding a mysterious Mana Tree which visits you in dreams. To do this, you will have to explore the dangerous lands of Fa’Diel and meet interesting characters along the way. Without a linear storyline, you will have to pass through the game multiple times to see how all the pieces fit together, which adds to playability. Although the real-time combat is still a little clunky, Legend of Mana more than compensates with the sheer amount of content, epic scenes, and a great soundtrack.
Touhou Blooming Chaos 2
Touhou Blooming Chaos 2 mixes elements of shooter, RPG, and adventure in one neat package. In it, you’ll explore a randomly generated labyrinth filled with youkai minions and epic bosses. You can play as one of the 10 characters, all with unique strengths and weaknesses. If you are looking for an addictive and quick shooter which also lets you deeply customize your character, then this one is for you.
Set in a far distant future, Scarlet Nexus follows the story of Yuito and Kasane – elite psionics. While they have different motives, both are engaged in the fight against Others – a species of deranged mutants who wish to feast on humans. The game has a great combat system that gets more complex with numerous abilities. Scarlet Nexus also has an intriguing storyline that’s fully revealed only after you complete it with both characters. Overall, I’d recommend this game to fans of Nier Automata and anime in general.
Storybook Brawl is an 8-player auto battler reminiscent of Heartstone Battlegrounds. With 30+ heroes to try, it offers a solid amount of content – considering that it’s still in early access. There’s also a decent amount of depth to it, and creative strategic solutions are more often rewarded than not. Storybook Brawl is easy to learn, and, since it’s free to play, there’s no reason not to give it a spin.
Here we have an action-adventure in the vein of Indiana Jones. Phantom Abyss places you in a randomly generated temple filled with deadly traps. Your goals – to survive and retrieve sacred relics from its treacherous depths. This isn’t easy, but you can learn from other players’ mistakes, by watching their phantom runs to see where they went wrong. The stakes are high, as you have only one shot at completing each temple. In short, Phantom Abyss is very fun to play and provides enough challenge to keep you glued for hours.
Labyrinth City: Pierre the Maze Detective
In Labyrinth City, you take the role of detective Pierre, who has to find a Maze Stone taken by Mr. X. This is a magical artifact with the power to turn the whole world into a giant labyrinth, so you better act quickly! In essence, this is a hidden object adventure that also has a bunch of fun mini-games to keep things fresh. Labyrinth City plays out like a children’s book that’s come to life, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Industries of Titan
Next, we have an interesting mix between a city builder and a strategy game. Set on one of Saturn’s moons, Industries of Titan tasks you with building powerful factories and fight against other corporations for valuable land and resources. Titan’s precious materials are tucked neatly in its ancient ruins, and getting to them isn’t easy. On top of that, you will also have to meet the needs of the Council, citizens, and your employees to create an economy that’s actually stable in the long run. While still in early access, the Industries of Titan has a lot of potential. By fixing some of its kinks, this might become one of the best city-builder games on Steam in 2021.
Surv1v3 is a zombie survival game made exclusively for VR. Set over a year after the release of the deadly V1V3 virus, it’s your job to search for the cure and survive in the meantime. To do this, you will have to incorporate different tactics: hide, pretend to be a zombie, or simply shoot your way through the levels. The game has advanced bullet physics, which makes it realistic and immersive. It can be played in both single-player and co-op (up to 4 players) mode and has a pretty good story. All in all, if you are a fan of games like Left 4 Dead you would be doing yourself a disservice by passing on it.
Kittens and Yarn
Let’s end this edition on a cute note, with an adorable point & click Indie. Kittens and Yarn tasks you with solving increasingly complex puzzles by untangling yarn. As you might’ve guessed, this is a minimalistic and relaxing game ideal for decompressing after work. While its controls are simple, later levels provide a solid challenge without being too hard. Overall, Kittens and Yarn is one of the better casual games on Steam that doesn’t overstay its welcome.
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