We’ve already covered the best deals in the 2022 Steam Autumn Sale, with all the discounts on big games from this year, as well as bargains on classics you won’t want to miss. But what about the deep cuts—the games that aren’t already on your wish list and probably aren’t even on your radar?
Steam sales are a great time to try something different without having to shell out too much money. Before this year’s Steam Autumn Sale ends on November 29, take a look at these overlooked and underrated games. One of them might be your next favorite.
Based on Ryan North’s book based on William Shakespeare’s play, To Be or Not To Be, Hamlet is transformed into a choose-your-own tragedy that is actually a comedy. In this version of the story, the further you deviate from actual events, the funnier it gets, and considering you might end up traveling through time or fighting secret ghost wars, it gets pretty far from the English teacher’s version.
Objects in space (opens in a new tab) | $4.99/£3.89 (80% off)
A complicated spaceship sim where you captain a rustbucket junker and have to fly it by staring at banks of monitors and flipping switches. You can take on contracts, be a trader, bounty hunter, smuggler or pirate, and either interact with other ships or hit the emission control button and run silently whenever you see one. It’s halfway between Elite and a realistic submarine sim.
A digital card game based on a physical one, in Sentinels of the Multiverse each deck represents the powers and equipment of a superhero. You pit them against super villain decks in single player or co-op. Think of cartoon battles reimagined as Magic: The Gathering battles.
Regalia is a Polish role-playing game that is not gloomy and inspired by folklore, but crazy and inspired by anime. It’s the kind of game where you spend time between turn-based challenge matches deciding which NPC to hang out with so you can unlock more of their story. These stories turn out to be as gleefully ridiculous as the characters, and given that one of the characters is a vampire barber-ice wizard, it’s pretty ridiculous.
Assault Android Cactus (opens in a new tab) | $4.99/£3.87 (75% off)
Before they became “the studio that made Unpacking”, Witch Beam was the indie studio that made a twin-stick shooter called Assault Android Cactus. It’s an arcade action game where you fight your way through a spaceship full of robots gone rogue, each level shifts and reconfigures itself as you play and the music builds in intensity. It’s like a disco full of lasers.
Akane (opens in a new tab) | $1.24/£0.99 (75% off)
Akane combines simple controls with hyper-difficult action. Surrounded by cyberpunk yakuza who can kill you with a single hit, you have a gun and a katana that you use by extending a line with your mouse and whizzing along it. In Akane, your lifespan will be measured in minutes, if you’re lucky. The kind of game where you die and immediately try again, and again.
A top-down stealth game where you control a robot Roomba out for revenge. Imagine Shadow Tactics or Commandos, only you have a powerful vacuum attachment that allows you to suck up all the blood and bones left behind by the messy dismemberment of each guard. Sometimes a cat climbs on top of you for a ride.
Tokyo dark (opens in a new tab) | $4.49/£3.30 (75% off)
An adventure game where you are a Tokyo detective looking for her missing partner. You get to explore famous places like Akihabara and Shinjuku, as well as the city’s dark underworld, solve puzzles and balance your sanity, professionalism, investigation and neurosis stats.
Neon texture (opens in a new tab) | $1.79/£1.19 (90% off)
A low-fi cyberpunk stealth game for lovers of games like Deus Ex and Thief. You’re an ex-spy on the run, and since this is the dystopian future, there are cameras everywhere. Luckily, there are also vents everywhere, perfectly sized for you to crawl through, and you also have plenty of spy gadgets to play with.
Death in Vinland (opens in a new tab) | $4.99/£3.87 (75% off)
A ship full of Vikings is wrecked on a mysterious island, possibly a magical one, and it’s up to you to keep them alive. Imagine a survival game that plays like a management sim where you have to assign tasks and distribute food every day to ensure your settlement clings to the rocks make it to another day. Additionally, turn-based tactical combat breaks out whenever you encounter enemies.
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