Steams Next Fest for June 2022 starts today! With hundreds of demos its easy to get overwhelmed in your hunt for games. Here is a handful I was able to check out that I feel are worth a download and your time.
Isle of Arrows by Gridpop (Daniel Lutz)
Isle of Arrows takes tile placement of a board game like Catan and mashes it together with a tower defense game. It has a beautiful minimalist art style that fits perfectly here and has a lot of character. Build and protect your fortress one card at a time in this great tower defense game from the creative director of Hitman Go and Lara Croft go. Seriously this is one addicting tower defense game. I’m currently at 10+ hours in the demo, I just cannot stop playing. There is a ton coming to the full version as well so make sure to try the demo and wishlist! You can see my coverage of the demo here.
Final Profit: A Shop RPG by Brent Arnold
Final Profit has me very excited. I’ve been dying for a game to scratch the same itch that Recettear did all those years ago and I feel Final Profit could do just that. As a queen in exile you decide the only way to save the Fae realm from a corporate take over is to beat the system from the inside. A game with lots of tongue in cheek humor about capitalism, RPG mechanics and story, and some automation, Final Profit was a fun demo and has me excited for the full release.
Flooded by Artificial Disasters
Now Flooded is an interesting take on a city builder game. They call it a reverse city builder. You need to build up and utilize your resources to the best of your ability all while the world is flooding and you’re loosing land. If you manage to do things well enough you will be able to have your cities flee to higher ground. I got big T-30 vibes from this demo and I loved it. Stressful but accessible and fun.
Dave the Diver by MINTROCKET
Dave the Diver combines the exploration of the ocean with running a sushi bar at night. Explore the mysterious “Blue Hole”, catch exotic fish, and uncover mysteries of the deep. Grow with your friends as you build your sushi restaurant. This demo had me hooked and I truly can’t wait to see the release for it.
Summoners Fate by D20 Studios
Summoners Fate is a roguelike that utilizes a card system for combat. I seriously can not get over how beautiful this game is. The art, even from a top down perspective, is truly amazing and will have you in awe. As you travel the multiverse, you will fight all kinds of enemies, gain spells, gain summon cards to aid in your fights, and find precious treasure.
Baladins by Seed by Seed
Baladins is choose your own adventure style game inspired by tabletop role playing games. A game designed for 1-4 players and playable online, you can cover a whole campaign with you and your friends in 1 hour sessions. The art is also just amazing. It has a paper Mario meets animal crossing look that just oozes adorableness. While this demo is a touch short, it shows how the game works and this one has me very excited to get my old DnD group together for some gaming fun.
I hope you check out these games above and have some fun. There are so many games in the Next Fest demo festivals so clearly these are just a handful that really stood out to me so far. Have you found an awesome demo? If so share it here in the comments below!