The Steam Next Fest event for October 2022 has officially kicked off, bringing with it hundreds of playable demos of current and upcoming PC games as well as special developer broadcasts and bargains across the store.
You can check out all the action here, or jump straight to the schedule for developer streams and VODs here. You’ve got between now and October 11th at 4AM (AEDT) to play as much as you can before the vast majority of the demos disappear again.
Keen to get stuck into some playable demos but not sure where to begin with the sheer volume on offer? Here are a few of our picks:
A gorgeous, post-climate disaster city builder in which you unite clans by making tough choices and surviving even tougher conditions. We played this at Gamescom and loved it, so check it out for yourself by downloading the demo here.
Survive above the surface of a ruined earth in an airship that’s uniquely yours, or venture below if you dare. We loved our time with this game in a recent preview, so grab the demo while you can and give it a go.
Once exclusive to the now-doomed Stadia, Wavetale is coming to other platforms and should be on your radar if you love story-driven action adventure games with gorgeous aesthetics. Pick up the demo and check it out!
A survival city builder set in the deep sea depths, with all the complications that come with trying to run a civilisation under the ocean. Like constantly having to put your phone in rice, I guess? Get wet in the playable demo here.
I adore this bloody game! It’s a slice-of-life sim with a truly beautiful, painterly art style and immaculate vibes. Come for the fishing and farming, stay for the incredible characters. The demo is available here.
It’s a game where you send cars flying into obstacles at ridiculous speeds while you unceremoniously eject the poor driver and bounce them around the environment until you can re-materialise your wrecked ride. If that doesn’t make enough sense, play the demo and see what I’m talking about.
I’ll forgive you for not remembering Zeno Clash, the weird and wonderful brawler from ACE Team. But I won’t forgive you for not having a go at Clash, which manages to somehow be even more weird and more wonderful. The demo is here.
How did we miss this? The demo for the excellent genre mash-up that is Thirsty Suitors is back! This is easily one of the most exciting indie joints coming out in future so you’d do extremely well to check out this demo if you haven’t already.
Honestly, there is so much more you can get your hands around during the Steam Next Fest so make sure you head over to the landing page and jump on as much as you can before it’s all over!