You can play demos of these 52 E3 games at Steam Next Fest right now a muscly dude called Knife Leopard surrounded by character stats


E3 is over for this year, but Steam has timed the next instalment of its games festival, now called Steam Next Fest, so you can immediately get your hands on demos of a large number of games across every showcase. Even if you try to play only the games shown off, you'll likely have a hard time fitting it all in—most of the demos are only available until June 22— but this list should help you decide what games you absolutely have to try for yourself. 

A Tale of Paper

A side-scrolling adventure where you play a little paper person who uses origami to get around their maker’s workshop. 

AK-Xolotl

An area bullet hell shooter featuring cute pixelated animals that can be enjoyed in multiplayer. It's weird but lots of fun, and made our list of the best demos of Steam Next Fest

Apico

As the name suggests, this is a bee farming simulator, featuring a cute pixel art style and some seriously chill music. 

Arietta of Spirits

A story-focused adventure with reaction-based battles about a girl who starts to see ghosts after her grandmother's death.

Blooming Business: Casino

In this management sim, the animals are getting in on casino management. Makes sense they'd need you to help them, what do animals know of casinos.

Button City

The Button City demo isn't exclusive to Steam Next Fest, but it's still worth mentioning for all friends of bright colors and low-poly animals—this is a chill story about making animal friends where you play a number of minigames. 

Bear and Breakfast

Animals running various establishments seems to be a theme of this E3, but Bear and Breakfast looks particularly good, as there is a lot of detail to this cozy hotel sim. 

Black Book

Another previously announced game, Black Book is a card game/RPG hybrid where you summon demons as a young sorceress who has sold her soul. 

Death Trash

One of our most highly anticipated games, Death Trash is a stunning real-time action RPG where you play a heavily-armed punk exploring a post-apocalyptic world full of appealing creatures like the… flesh kraken. 

Despot’s Game

This demo, too, isn't only available for Steam Next Fest—Despot's Game is a roguelike tactics game with screens full of both allies and enemies to handle, which sounds interesting, and the animations are gorgeous to boot. 

Dodgeball Academia

Eye-catching turn-based RPG about a boy who wants to become the top player at—you guessed it—Dodgeball Academy. Should be good fun for sports anime fans. 

Dolmen

The slick action RPG that tosses you onto an alien planet is one of the first games to come out of Koch Media's new publishing label Prime Matter.  

Freshly Frosted

Cute factory builder in the style of Factorio about making donuts. 

Frogsong

2D adventure about a frog trying to make the world a better place. 

Gloomwood

This stealth horror FPS packs some serious atmosphere, and is one of Morgan's highlights of E3

Grime

A surreal metroidvania where you wield mutated weapons. 

Happy’s Humble Burger Farm

Survival horror set in a fast food restaurant, featuring mascots reminiscent of Five Nights at Freddy's, only… worse. I'm decidedly unhappy with this. 

Industria

First person shooter set both in Cold War Berlin and a spooky parallel world. 

KeyWe

A cute co-op puzzler about two Kiwi birds becoming postal workers. 

Kitsune Tails

A platformer inspired by Super Mario World and Japanese folklore that lets you control a little foxtailed lady. 

Kraken Academy!!

This game describes itself as a "colourful fever dream", and seeing as you both manage everyday school life while working together with kraken to uncover a supervillain via a time loop, that's… fair, honestly. 

Lake

This beautiful game about a woman returning to her hometown during a holiday to deliver mail made our list of unmissable Steam Next Fest demos, thanks to some seriously good writing. 

Mechajammer

Stylish turn-based squad RPG with a dark cyberpunk atmosphere. 

My Lovely Wife

A mix of dating-, management- and alchemy-sim that tells the story of a man grieving his late wife. Be aware this game contains sexual content. 

Naraka Bladepoint

This 60-player battle royale with ranged weapons and Asian melee weapons is already out in Early Access, but you can try the demo before the full game drops this August.

No Longer Home

Story-driven adventure with a magical realism touch that feels strongly like Kentucky Route Zero. 

Norco

Point and click adventure that "explores the industrial swamplands and decaying suburbs of South Louisiana". A safe bet for all fans of Southern gothic. 

Omno

Puzzler with a fun sense of movement where you play a small pilgrim who zips across the land and floats across the sky. 

Please Be Happy

LGBTQ+-friendly visual novel about a fox who turns into a girl and has to learn about human emotions. 

Potion Craft

This demo is around permanently, which is great, because you shouldn't miss it. Potion Craft is exactly what it says on the tin, potion crafting and selling. Fraser loved it and can give you a better idea of why it rules in his preview

Princess Farmer

Adorable symbol matching-meets-farming game. 

Rainbow Billy: Curse of the Leviathan

Colourful exploration game with visuals in the style of old Fleischer cartoons, similar to Cuphead. 

Road 96

Narrative road trip adventure where situations are procedurally generated. Comes highly recommended by Rachel. 

Rubi: The Wayward Mira

Lush pixel metroidvania about a girl out to save her planet. 

Sable

Explore the desert as Sable, a nomad on a pilgrimage to understand herself and others better. We can't wait for this game, here's everything you need to know, as well as a preview of the demo. 

Soup Pot

It's a game about making tasty snacks in a pot, what's not to like? 

Tamarindo’s Freaking Dinner

A first person horror adventure. The horror really comes through in the trailer, but more in a "I'm not sure what just happened" sort of way. 

Terra Nil

Now here's a unique idea: Terra Nil is a reverse city builder, where the goal is to leave earth as you found it and save the environment by getting rid of the traces of erstwhile cities. 

The Big Con

An adventure game heavily influenced by 90s cartoons and general 90s nostalgia. I feel ancient. 

The Legend of Tianding

An action side scroller with great animations and a really interesting art style that includes comic book panels. 

The Lightbringer

A "poetic puzzle platforming adventure" about ridding the world of demons with the help of your sister's ghost. 

They Always Run

2D platformer where you play a mutant bounty hunter out to catch rogue robots. They always run, but you'll always get them in the end. 

Toodee and Topdee

While the name takes a bit of getting used to, Toodee and Topdee is an inventive game reminiscent of Fez, exactly because it isn't only… toodee, but allows you to switch into 3D to alter your perspective in order to solve puzzles. 

Trash Sailors

This hand-drawn multilayer sailing adventure made its debut last year at the PC Gaming Show and had another short outing at E3 this year. It's a bit like Overcooked on a raft, with the same manic energy, just that this time you're, er, fighting for your life instead of a meal. 

Trifox

Animals wielding semi-automatic weapons is definitely a thing now—this time it's a fox. Playing either an engineer, warrior or mage class, you'll send him at waves of enemies in this twin-stick action adventure. 

UnMetal

A satirical 2D stealth game that freely riffs on Metal Gear Solid. 

Unpacking

Unbelievably soothing "unpacking sim" about taking stuff out of moving boxes and getting settled into a new place. 

Venice 2089

Surf through a Venice threatened by climate change on your hoverboard to chill tunes and hang on with the city's residents. 

Warhammer 40k: Battlesector

Withe the Sisters of Battle confirmed for Warhammer 40k: Battlesector, now's a good time to give the game a gander before its release in July.

Wartales

Tactical, turn-based RPG set during the Middle Ages.

White Shadows

Another game that dropped in on a showcase after officially being announced last year, White Shadows is a striking puzzle platformer that will probably remind you of Limbo quite a bit. 

Wolfstride

The last game on our list is also in black and white, and comes with a striking anime look, and Rachel really enjoyed the mech combat, too.

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