Hope you got a breather from the hours of trailers for upcoming games during last week’s game conferences because Steam Next Fest is now before us. It’s a week-long event where Steam users can play demos and preview upcoming games, chat with developers, and provide feedback on new titles. The demos will only be available to play during the week of the event, which runs from June 13 to June 20.
While I was able to write about every game demo during Steam Next Fest from last October, Valve has a seemingly bottomless catalog of demos for you to explore this time around. Here’s a quick rundown of games I found intriguing that might suit you at this month’s Steam Next Fest.
ArtoDeveloped by OrionGames, is a picturesque action RPG where you make your way through different environments while battling it out with monstrous creatures and enemies† Between upgrading weapons and refining your skills in art-based combat, you will discover the mystery hidden within Artothe colored world. Arto is scheduled for release on December 1.
Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator
Brewmaster: Beer Brewing Simulator† Developed by Auroch Digital, it does exactly what the name implies: you make your own brewskies, bud. In this chill sim, you’ll customize your own brewery, come up with recipes for your liquid libations and label, and bottle your delicious suds for shipping. If you especially love one of your recipes, you can share it with your friends via the Steam Workshop.
the cub† created by Demagog Studio, the developer behind Wasteland Golfis a post-apocalyptic platformer, or ‘Limbolike’, as Kotaku staff writer Ari Notis described it† You play as a child who parks for his life through abandoned cityscapes and overgrown forests, fleeing from hostile animals and returning Martian settlers who hunt them in search of the secret behind their immunity to Earth’s noxious climate.
Cursed to wave
Cursed to wave† Developed by Chuhai Labs, is a roguelite sports game that gives you the unenviable task of returning to the world of the living after escaping a dungeon-like afterlife of purgatory. While keeping track of rudimentary details like the number of pairs, you’ll also need to overcome alien hazards like spike traps, exploding boxes, and space-bending teleporters.
The fridge is red
The fridge is red, developed by 5WORD Team, is an episodic first-person psychological horror game where you sit in a chair and try to keep an eye on the creepy objects and disturbing people in the liminal space around you. Be warned, failing to do so could result in a horrific failure where your character is eaten alive by a fridge, which is almost poetic when you think about it.
goodbye world† Developed by YO FUJII, is an atmospheric puzzle platformer where you play as two ambitious female developers named Kanii and Kumade as they navigate the grueling landscape of game development. In the 13 chapters of their story, you help the couple get their first game off the ground as they work part-time to fund their passion project and stay afloat. although goodbye worldThe story is soul-crushing meta, the soft, pixelated art style finds a way to be warm and charming. Ganbatte, Kanii and Kumade.
Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim
Kaichu: The Kaiju Dating Sim† Developed by Squiddershins, is a dating sim where you are a Kaiju looking for love. You play as a Gigachu, who goes on a date with six other hopelessly romantic Kaiju, who pronounces what you seek in a partner while inflicting mutual destruction on mankind’s most beloved landmarks. kaichu is expected to land later this summer.
The last time I saw you
The last time I saw you† Developed by Maboroshi Artworks, it is a coming-of-age love story set in 1980s Japan. You play as a teenager named Ayumi as he wanders through the melancholy countryside in search of the mysterious girl he saw in his dreams, who may also have cast a curse on his town. You know the type.
Metal: Hellsinger† Developed by The Outsiders, is a rhythmic first-person shooter where you play as a half-human, half-demon determined to destroy demons. If that premise doesn’t sound hardcore enough for you, defeat hordes of demons while listening to a soundtrack featuring songs from metal icons like System of a Down‘s Serj Tankian, Lamb of God‘s Randy Blythe, en Jinjer‘s Tatiana Shmayluk. Metal: Hellsinger comes out on September 15.
moonscars† Developed by Black Mermaid, is a pixel art metroidvania in which you play as a warrior made of flesh and clay named Gray Irma, who makes his way through the bowels of the earth in search of her creator and the truth behind her existence. During moonscarIn the side-scrolling, non-linear world, you fight against hordes of fearsome generals, corrupt monstrosities and allies defectors seeking your destruction. moonscars will be released later this summer.
Nitro Kid† Developed by Wildboy Studios, is a roguelike deckbuilder where you are a kung fu master straight out of the 80s. By building a stack of kung fu action martial arts moves in gridded battle zones, your mission is to rescue kids with special abilities from an evil mega-corporation in Miami, while crashing into 30 fresh synthwave tracks.
Power Chord† Developed by Big Blue Bubble, is another deck-building roguelite, this one inspired by genre notables Kill the spire and darkest dungeon† Instead of dishing out kung fu action, share devious licks from your guitar as you and a team of musicians fight off demonic gangs in a rock and roll battle of the bands.
There is no light
There is no lightdeveloped by Zelart, is a dungeon crawling souls-like action RPG in which you are an abandoned hero who rejects his god and fights against hordes of monsters in search of his kidnapped son. There is no light seems to focus on fast-paced action, stunning-looking pixel art, and Lovecraftian monsters, including the great Cthulhu himself. It is due in September.
signalis† Developed by rose-engine, is a pixel art sci-fi survival horror game inspired by the work of Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Hideaki Anno. (Imagine that trio on a road trip together…) You play as Elster, an android who awakens from cryostasis in an abandoned spaceship on an alien planet. Your goal is to help Elster find her lost mate and her ‘lost dreams’ as she battles horrific aliens in the narrow corridors of the dilapidated starship. signalis comes out on October 27.
The Ghost and the Mouse
The Ghost and the MouseDeveloped by Alblune, is a puzzle platformer where you play as a cute “with a big heart” electric mouse – and not owned by Nintendo – named Lila, as she tirelessly restores electricity in the quiet French town of Sainte-et-Claire.
There you have it, 15 of the 1,000-plus demos you’ll be able to watch during Steam Next Fest. If any of these games caught your eye or you’re brave enough to delve further into Valve’s catalog of games, follow them and long to keep up to date with their release dates. It’s an easy way for you to keep track of when these games come out and helps increase their visibility so that your fellow players can flag games that have caught your eye as well.
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