Killer Chambers by Village Bench is a very hard, claustrophobic, sadistic, but above all, fair platformer. The game challenges players to survive claustrophobic rooms filled with traps until one turn of an hourglass, but one hit is all it takes to lose. Killer Chambers will soon be receiving an update to make it 100% compatible with the Steam Deck, so check out the video below to see the game in action
Astro Ace is a retro-style space shooter that isn’t afraid to challenge players. The goal is to take down endless waves of enemies while racking up a high score in the process. Although very difficult, the experience point system keeps players hooked with a steady stream of new unlocks, and the game is addictive enough that minutes can quickly turn into hours if you are not careful.
Gameplay: Astro Ace can be frustrating, and it takes a lot of practice to get anywhere, but beating your previous high score is quite a thrill.
Graphics: The visuals can get a little cluttered, but the ship designs and different effects have just the right combination of retro and modern.
Sound: The soundtrack and sound effects, apart from the Wingman Support, are unobtrusive and provide a good backdrop for the arcade action
Car Detailing Simulator by Games Incubator, GameFormatic, and PlayWay is all about renewing cars and restoring them to their former splendor. Run a detailing business on your own terms using a broad and diverse set of specialized tools. Take on jobs for money and reputation, or buy old car models yourself to give them a new lease on life. Check out the video below to see Car Detailing Simulator in action, and be sure to wishlist the game ahead of its release on April 13, 2022
Regular Factory: Escape Room by mc2games is an escape room game that challenges players to solve puzzles, decode secret codes, find hidden objects and investigate different rooms in a secret factory. All the puzzles are based on logic, and the atmospheric setting will keep players on their toes as they try and unravel the truth. Check out the video below to see some of the puzzles in the game’s first area, and be sure to wishlist Regular Factory: Escape Room ahead of its release on 13 April 2022
B.I.O.T.A. by Small Bros and Retrovibe is a 2D metroidvania action-platformer set in a mining colony infected by an alien plague. With a team of 8 veteran mercenaries to switch between, players must take on the 40+ horrific monsters that mutated out of the miners. The 8-bit visuals can be customized with 54 unique 4-color palettes, and an energizing chiptune-synthwave soundtrack backs the action. Check out the video below to see the first few areas of the game in action, and head over to Steam or GOG to try out the free demo before the game releases on 12 April 2022
JANITOR BLEEDS is a first-person, retro-themed horror title set inside the confines of an old arcade. Players must explore the arcade while avoiding a malevolent entity that has escaped the confines of a sinister arcade machine. Finding tokens and playing this arcade game, called JANITOR, is also the only way to influence players’ surroundings in the actual arcade, which makes for interesting puzzles. There’s not much here that hasn’t been done before, but JANITOR BLEEDS is brief and entertaining enough to keep players hooked to the end.
Gameplay: Exploring the creepy arcade is fun and avoiding the entity isn’t too much of a chore.
Graphics: The low-poly visuals ups the creepiness of the game, but the art style is not for everyone.
Sound: The sparse music and creepy chiptune theme of JANITOR BLEEDS keeps the game suspenseful
Magnet Crusher by ToccGames is a fast-paced arcade game where players must master the magnetic force to fend off waves of enemies. Players can only destroy enemies with a puck controlled using two magnets. This means that the pulling force of the magnets is needed to dodge, weave and gain distance before smashing enemies. The Steam version of the game also provides access to the ad-free mobile version of Magnet Crusher, allowing players to enjoy cross-progression. Check out the video below to see a few levels from the game’s Adventure Mode
Train Station Renovation – Germany by Live Motion Games features new stations for players to clean, fix and decorate. Along with nine unique new stations, the game also adds over 30 items that players can use for furnishing purposes. Rounding out the package is updated graffiti scattered across the new stations and ten brand new songs for the soundtrack. Check out the video below to see the tutorial for the base game as well as a look at the first station from the Germany DLC
Submerged: Hidden Depths builds on the solid foundation of the first game with a bigger world, better visuals, and more things to do. Unfortunately, the game is still devoid of challenges, but its accessibility and lack of threats make for a very relaxing experience. While it will not appeal to everyone, it is a great title for fans of the first game or anyone looking for something calming to play between more challenging titles.
Gameplay: The game is devoid of any challenges but enjoyable and relaxing to play.
Graphics: Beautiful environments coupled with excellent water and weather effects.
Sound: The haunting soundtrack and immersive sound effects complement the visuals nicely
Thief Simulator by Noble Muffins, PlayWay, and Console Labs is a game that is all about doing anything that a real thief does. Players must observe their targets, plan the best approach, find and steal as many valuables as possible and then sell the loot to buy useful equipment. The game is 70% off until April 4, 2022, as part of the Steam Simfest Hobby Edition sale, so check out the video below to see Thief Simulator in action