This is Steam Punks, where we take a look at the top PC Steam games each week, cutting through the clutter and showing you the best hidden video game gems. We all know about the big releases of course (another version of Skyrim, anyone?) but here are some smaller titles that are still well worth your time.
The charming new Zelda-style adventure Minit askes you to complete your quest with the restriction of 60-second lives. It’s not the first RPG-style game to explore this time mechanic, but Minit sets itself apart with its incredibly focused design, and its unbridled creativity in its quests, characters, and wealth of secrets.
The Adventure Pals is an off-the-wall, Cartoon Network-inspired action platformer which Jess finds very comforting to play. The difficulty echoes something along the lines of a Kirby game, and there’s a lot of joy in seeing what kinds of bizarre characters and designs the game can surprise you with.
Airmech Strike, is the latest in the Airmech series of games, this time with a MOBA twist, which has just graduated from Steam Early Access. Even if you’ve got genre fatigue, the fast-paced, shoot-em-up nature, along with some actual real-time strategy components might be enough to win over that part of your brain. With its focus on 1v1 and 2v2 matches, along with simple fact that you get to fly around in a transforming robot, Airmech Strike a low-investment game that is worth giving a shot, even just to watch some AI opponents explore.
Finally, Train Valley 2 is a Steam Early Access tycoon puzzle game that lets you play at your own pace in order to think about the logistics of a rail network and create the most efficient infrastructure possible. It’s got a lovely, calming low-poly graphical presentation so if you like your micromanagement tasks to be a little more chill, Train Valley has got your back.
Minit is also available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The Adventure Pals is also available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.