steam next fest 2023

Steam Next Fest Is Back And Here Are Fifteen Must-Play Demos

So many demos, so little time.

The Steam Next Fest event for February 2023 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 February 14th at 5AM (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:

Tray Racers!

The world ended…But the fun didn’t! Race solo, or with your pals across the adorable post-apocalyptic world of Tray Racers! Grab a tray, surf the dunes, and get ready to SLIDE, DRIFT and TRICK your way to the finish line in this cute and colourful party racer, built for online multiplayer! YAHOOOOOO!

Download the demo here.

I Am Future

You’re alone on a skyscraper roof in a flooded city. Welcome to the cosiest post-apocalypse ever. Build, craft, farm, fish, cook — with a view.

Download the demo here.

Planet of Lana

A young girl and her loyal friend embark on a rescue mission through a colourful world full of cold machines and unfamiliar creatures. Planet of Lana is a cinematic puzzle adventure framed by an epic sci-fi saga that stretches across centuries and galaxies.

Download the demo here.

The Star Named EOS

Capture photos and step back in time to experience the moments held within them in The Star Named EOS. Solve a variety of puzzles to help a young photographer uncover the truth about his mother’s disappearance and rediscover the beauty that is to be found in the world.

Download the demo here.

Mars First Logistics

An open world physics simulation game. Build mechanised rovers and transport awkwardly shaped cargo across the surface of Mars. Earn funds, unlock new parts, and use your ingenuity to establish a new space colony! Playable solo or in online co-op!

Download the demo here.

System Shock

System Shock is the fully fledged remake of the ground breaking original from 1994, combining cult gameplay with all-new HD visuals, updated controls, an overhauled interface and all-new sounds & music; it even has the original voice actor of SHODAN, one of gaming’s most iconic villains. Witness the rebirth of one of the greatest and most influential games ever created.

Download the demo here.

The Last Case of Benedict Fox

Take on the last case of Benedict Fox and dive into a twisted world of secret organizations, forbidden rituals, and cold-blooded murders. Explore the memories of deceased victims as you search for clues and fight demons in this fantastical Lovecraftian Metroidvania.

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Download the demo here.

Bramble: The Mountain King

Bramble The Mountain King is a grim adventure set in a world inspired by dark, Nordic fables. Explore the beautiful yet dangerous and twisted land of Bramble in your endeavour to rescue your sister. Traverse a wondrous landscape and survive deadly encounters with Bramble’s many hideous creatures.

Download the demo here.

Rusted Moss

Rusted Moss is a twin-stick shooter Metroidvania where you sling around the map with your grapple, blasting your way through witches and rusted machine monstrosities alike. This wasteland once harbouring mankind has since fallen, and Fae long forgotten now knock on humanity’s door…


Become a crew member of an Interdimensional Express Train! Discover a new world full of mysterious creatures, enemies and places. Upgrade and customize your train, gather new materials and build better weapons. Play solo or online ?o-op with up to 4 people.

Download the demo here.

God of Rock

The God of Rock has gathered the universe’s greatest musicians to clash for musical supremacy. Battle to the beat by hitting notes in rhythm and unleash harmonic attacks against opponents in this competitive rhythm-fighting game hybrid.

Download the demo here.


Once upon a Village.. Set in a wholesome fairytale world, Fabledom is the ideal laid back City builder. Enjoy the growth of your settlement, trade and use diplomacy to ally or challenge your neighbours, and most importantly, find yourself a prince or princess and live happily ever after!

Download the demo here.

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened

Experience a nerve-racking Lovecraftian adventure, rebuilt from the ground up with modern graphics and gameplay. Become Sherlock Holmes, and find yourself at the heart of the terrifying Cthulhu Mythos as you investigate a series of mysterious disappearances in Europe and the US.

Download the demo here.

Bleak Sword DX

Pure, thrilling, and wonderfully cruel, Bleak Sword DX is a dark fantasy action game challenging warriors to fight their way through compact, cursed diorama battlefields.

Newly updated for PC, Bleak Sword DX expands on the critically acclaimed Apple Arcade version with elegant controls, three new game modes, and multiple gameplay and graphical improvements.

Download the demo here.

Mail Time

It’s Mail Time! As a newly trained Mail Scout, put on your pack, grab those letters, and deliver them across Grumblewood Grove! The forest animals eagerly await the sight of your mushroom hat in this cozy, cottagecore light-platformer adventure!

Download the demo here.