Five new Steam games you probably missed this week

Five new Steam games you probably missed this week

On an average day, about a dozen new games are released on Steam. And while we think that’s a good thing, it can be understandably hard to keep up with. Potentially exciting gems are sure to be lost in the deluge of new things to play unless you sort through every single game that is released on Steam. So that’s exactly what we’ve done.

Thanks in part to the website WhatsOnSteam.com, we’ve gone through every game that’s launched on Steam in the last week to find the diamonds in the rough. This list, updated every Sunday, won’t include the Grand Theft Autos or the Fallout 4s of Steam, focusing instead on the games that may have been easy to miss.

These games seem the most promising, already have positive user reviews, and may be worth a closer look.

Magic Wand

Steam page
Released: June 25
Developer: thecatamites
Publisher: harmony corp
Price: $4/£3

Magic Wand is a strange and interesting mix of an old school RPG with some very new ideas. At first glance I wasn’t into the art style, but the more I’ve seen the more it comes off as an excitingly unique direction. The whole thing gives me Earthbound vibes, if only because of the sheer oddness of it all. Magic Wand came out late last year on itch.io, but has finally made its way to Steam, good reviews and press already in tow.

Ticket to Earth

Steam page
Released: June 28
Developer: Robot Circus
Publisher: Robot Circus
Price: $15/£11 (15% off for launch)

Ticket to Earth is a combination of a ‘Match 3’ puzzle game and turn-based tactics combat game. I’ve seen puzzle-RPG combos before, but never quite like this. The tactics board you are fighting and moving around on is the actual puzzle grid as well, and it’s almost like you are playing two different but intertwined games at once. Ticket to Earth is being released episodically with only the first episode out right now, but buying it once will get you access to all the episodes for free as they arrive.