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Navigating the Steam Game Festival: Tons of RPGs on Feature, Most with Demos

Steam Game Festival Graphic for February 2021

Valve/Steam have been going hard on their virtual festivals since last spring, and each time, they seem to gain more and more developer support. This week’s latest Steam Game Festival includes a massive selection of featured titles, and by and large, most of them have demo versions available too.

But if you’re tired of hitting that “load more” button and losing your place in that paginated list of games, worry not—I did it for you. Okay, I also did it for me because I like checking out early demos and got tired of the store UI. To let us browse the things that matter most—RPGs, graphic adventures, and visual novels—below is a list of titles included in the event, and in most cases try out. Several games also feature live or recorded gameplay streams by the developers if you just want to peek (or, in the case of Genesis Noir, listen to hours of jazz music). So let’s go!

8-Bit Adventures 2 screenshot with two characters standing on a wintery cliffside watching a city burn in the distance.
8-Bit Adventures 2

RPG

RPG-Adjacent Simulation

Don't Forget Me screenshot of a man standing in a dim living room with boxes, neon glass tables and a crystal chandelier with neon buildings seen outside the window.
Don’t Forget Me

Point & Click/Graphic Adventure

(Eight of these titles are noir and/or detective-based. A big theme this year!)

Two girls having a standoffish disagreement in Perfect Gold The Alchemy of Happiness.
Perfect Gold: The Alchemy of Happiness

Visual Novels


Whew! I made an effort to cover as much as I could here, though of course there’s much more in the Festival to see. Some fringe/multi-genre games may not be listed above, but there’s certainly games for all tastes. Especially if you’re into detective games, games with animal protagonists, or the surprisingly large overlap between them!

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While not within our coverage, I do have to give a personal shoutout to the not-Pokémon Snap game Alekon, the adorable Chicory: A Colorful Tale from some of the folks from Celeste and Night in the Woods, and the stylish action-platformer Foregone.

The Steam Game Festival is on now and runs until February 9th at 10:00am PST. While not all demo versions expire at the end of the festival, that is often the case as these things go, so if you want to try some of these games out, I urge you to set aside some time this weekend!

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

1 Response to Navigating the Steam Game Festival: Tons of RPGs on Feature, Most with Demos

CriticalGames
CriticalGames

Hey Mike, developer of 8-Bit Adventures 2 here. I just wanted to say thank you very much for including the game alongside all these other awesome demos! It's really handy having a curated list to look through like this =) Anyway, it's much appreciated, so thanks again!

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