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On Steam This Week: The Stanley Parable and Others


Marcus Estrada

It looks like Steam releases are going to continue pumping out at a breakneck pace for some time to come. This week saw the release of almost thirty games on the service (that are not Early Access). Some are old titles being brought back to sale on the digital storefront while others are brand new titles. As with before, there are just too many games to write about specifically. Instead, the titles will be listed along with their price, official synopsis, and a link.

 

140 - $3.99

"140 is a challenging minimalistic platformer with abstract colorful graphics. Rhythmic awareness is required to overcome obstacles controlled by an energetic, yet melancholic electronic soundtrack."

 

Anachronox - $6.99

"Join Sylvester "Sly" Boots and Stiletto Anyway as they trek across six bizarre planets investigating a galaxy-crushing mystery, searching for artefacts from an extinct alien race and unlocking the secrets of a powerful, advanced technology. It's your turn. PICK YOUR POISON."

 

Bad Hotel - $3.99

"1. Build Hotel. 2. Make Music. 3. Stop Tadstock. An insane hybrid of a tower defense game and a procedural music toy with tons of bullets (and healthy number of Wu-Tang references and credit crunch satire). The hit game for iOS now available on Windows and Mac!"

 

Bridge Constructor - $7.99

"Become an appraised bridge engineer and architect in Bridge Constructor. Create and design your own constructions and watch the cars and trucks pass over them - or see them fall and crash while your inferior creations collapse due to weight and the laws of physics!"

 

Cabela's African Adventure - $39.99

"Explore the vast wilderness of Africa on foot and by vehicle, where you“ll go head to head with the most ferocious beasts on the planet as you attempt to take down the biggest of the "Big 5:" The Rhino, Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo & African Elephant!"

 

Dark Matter - $13.49

"Dark Matter is a 2.5D side-scrolling survival horror game, set in a derelict spaceship besieged by a sinister alien presence, and infested with deadly parasites. As the Ensign, you must explore fetid hallways and abandoned facilities, scavenging for parts and blueprints, expanding your arsenal to up to four deadly weapons and freely customize each to fit your combat style against intelligent, reactive enemies. Dark Matter delivers a hard-hitting take on the survival horror genre in deep space, with a heavy emphasis on tactical combat and exploration."

 

Democracy 3 - $24.99

"Democracy 3 simulates the motivations, loyalties and desires of everyone in the country. A custom-designed neural network is used to model individual voters, each which varying memberships of voting groups, political parties and pressure groups. Each voters income is modelled, along with their levels of complacency and cynicism. This is the most sophisticated political strategy game ever created."

 

Eador. Genesis - $4.49

"Eador: Genesis is an indie turn-based strategy game created by Alexey Bokulev. It has inspired the development of Eador: Masters of the Broken World. Take the role of a mighty Master and shape the destiny of Eador, on land and within the astral plane itself."

 

Eleusis - $11.99

"Eleusis is a 3d first-person adventure game for Windows developed by Nocturnal Works using the technology of the unreal engine. It takes place in a seemingly abandoned village in Greece where the player character, while trying to seek refuge, finds himself in the center of a whirlwind of mysterious events."

 

Goodbye Deponia - $17.99

"More chaos, more destruction, more Rufus. Not one, not two, but three Rufuses cause all kinds of crazy mayhem in the long-awaited adventure comedy Goodbye Deponia: The Organon plans the destruction of Deponia, the lovely Goal has (once again) disappeared, and anti-hero Rufus just can't seem to stop getting in his own way."

 

I Have No Mouth, and I Must SCream - $4.99

"Assume the roles of five different characters, each in a unique environment Challenging dilemmas dealing with powerfully charged emotional issues Provocative psychological and adult-oriented themes Based on Harlan Ellison's short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", on the ten most reprinted stories in the English language."

 

Knights and Merchants - $3.49

"KNIGHTS and MERCHANTS recreates the era of the Middle Ages. Apart from the purely fictitious geography of our world, all game elements and scenes are based on the Anglo-Saxon period, 1200 A.D. And we haven't used imaginary elements like fabled creatures, either. The player takes on the role of an ordinary captain in the Palace Guard."

 

Megabyte Punch - $11.99

"Megabyte Punch is a fighting/beat ”em up game in which you build your own fighter! As you travel through different environments, you battle other creatures to get their parts. Parts have their own powers and bonuses, like gun arms for a shoot ability or powerful hips for a devastating pelvic thrust attack."

 

Pacific Surfliner LA - San Diego Route - $39.99

"It“s not all beaches and surfing in California – the stunning Pacific Surfliner® LA – San Diego route for Train Simulator takes you through some of the US state“s most stunning scenery, past golden beaches and into sprawling cityscapes."

 

Pool Nation - $9.99

"Pool Nation, is the ultimate pool game - with eleven addictive game modes, including the adrenaline pumping Endurance, extensive career modes and seven exciting online modes including the new Speed Pool! Not forgetting the Box of Tricks coming soon to Steam, giving you the ability to imagine, build and share your most outlandish trickshots with the world. Utilizing a variety of objects, including Ramps, Pikes, Loop the Loops and Speed up strips, the Box of Tricks is limited only by your imagination. "

 

Secret Files: Sam Peters - $9.99

"Bigfoot, the Abominable Snowman, the Loch Ness Monster - cryptozoologists are trying to track these creatures down and research them. One also appears in the legends of the Ashanti people in Ghana. These tell of human-like creatures that lurk in the trees at night and take their victims off to their caves to suck their blood: the Asanbosam. Right after journalist Sam Peters has escaped from a volcanic eruption on an Indonesian island caused by terrorists, her boss sends her to Africa. Soon enough, strange things start happening at Bosumtwi, a mysterious crater lake. Could the Asanbosam really exist? Sam Peters is searching for the answers in this thrilling tale of the Secret Files series."

 

Space Rangers HD: A War Apart - $19.99

"Space Rangers HD: A War Apart remasters and expands the world of the cult classic Space Rangers 2. The game is developed by the SNK-Games team in close cooperation with fans of the series. The biggest of the improved features is a new scenario dedicated to the pirates threatening the galaxy."

 

The Stanley Parable - $11.99

"The Stanley Parable is a first person exploration game. You will play as Stanley, and you will not play as Stanley. You will follow a story, you will not follow a story. You will have a choice, you will have no choice. The game will end, the game will never end."

 

Super Amazing Wagon Adventure - $2.54

"Super Amazing Wagon Adventure is a fast-paced 2d shooting game with a random story. You control a group of three migrants traveling west along a wagon trail. The game consists of short scenes that are sequenced together in a semi-random way to tell a crazy adventure story."

 

Talisman: Prologue - $6.99

"Talisman Prologue is an adaptation of the classic fantasy board game Talisman by Games Workshop. This version focuses on single player experience. An epic tale of dice rolling and card drawing takes you on a quest throughout the land to rescue Princesses, slay Dragons and recover lost artefacts."

 

Tetrobot and Co. - $10.79

"Tetrobot is the world's most popular and reliable robot, but he's not perfect. That's why I, Maya, have built him a microscopic little brother, Psychobot. Help me guide Psy through Tetrobot's cogs and circuits: by swallowing blocks of matter and spitting them out, we can repair anything."

 

Truck Racer - $23.99

"Take the wheel of a truck hurtling along at top speed, blow away your opponents and claim victory! Drive on 48 tracks in vehicles that can be completely destroyed. Customize every aspect of your truck, from engine to paint. Rise to all the challenges in Championship mode and upgrade your truck."

 

Urban Chaos - $6.99

"Urban Chaos throws you into the heart of a modern urban jungle at the turn of the millenium. To succeed you'll need a lethal combination of stealth, physical agility and martial art skills as you interact with the city around you."

 

Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Special Editions - $9.99

"Get into the hot seat and play classic Millionaire for a chance to win a virtual million dollars! This all new version of ”Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” lets you play solo or challenge your friends. You keep game play fresh and fun with a constant expanding library of question packs offering hundreds of new questions."

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