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5. Nev­er­win­ter Nights: En­hanced Edi­tion Price: £15.49 from Steam (fave.co/2jirkji)

Fif­teen years af­ter the orig­i­nal game hit Mac, Nev­er­win­ter Nights: En­hanced Edi­tion de­liv­ers a spruced-up ver­sion for mod­ern de­vices. Ported by the same team be­hind re­cent re­vivals of Bal­dur’s Gate, and other beloved old-school com­puter role­play­ers, this is an­other D&d-in­spired clas­sic that en­joys new life in 2018. This bun­dle includes the com­plete orig­i­nal cam­paign and both ex­pan­sions, along with more than 40 hours of ad­di­tional quests. Steam users seem mixed about the ac­tual im­pact of the vis­ual up­grades, but new graph­ics op­tions, higher-res­o­lu­tion UI el­e­ments, and im­proved mul­ti­player and mod­ding sup­port all seem like strong im­prove­ments over the orig­i­nal re­lease.

6. Fri­day the 13th: Killer Puz­zle

Price: Free from Steam (fave.co/2i0gzf2)

When you think of the Fri­day the 13th hor­ror film fran­chise, what kind of video game adap­ta­tion would you imag­ine? There’s al­ready a pop­u­lar sur­vival hor­ror game – only on PC, sadly – but Fri­day the 13th: Killer Puz­zle is some­thing very dif­fer­ent: Yes, it’s re­ally a puz­zle game. Blue Wiz­ard Dig­i­tal’s game is ac­tu­ally a re­skin of their own pop­u­lar Slay­away Camp, as you tac­ti­cally nav­i­gate the en­vi­ron­ments to lead Ja­son to his prey. It’s sim­ple but strate­gic. It’s also free-to-play, with 100+ in­cluded lev­els and a few pre­mium episodes up for sale if you fin­ish the free stuff.

7. For The King

Price: £12.39 from Steam (fave.co/2jg­b­jeh)

For the King blends tra­di­tional Ja­panese role­play­ing com­bat with table­top de­sign and rogue­like el­e­ments and serves up a fairly unique con­coc­tion. With the tit­u­lar king slain, you’ll em­bark on a quest for re­venge, whether you choose to ad­ven­ture on your own or with lo­cal or on­line pals. Across pro­ce­du­rally-gen­er­ated maps, you’ll bat­tle bad­dies, make tac­ti­cal de­ci­sions, and fur­ther the rather charm­ing-look­ing quest. Just note that many Steam re­view­ers say that the game is very dif­fi­cult.

8. The Ad­ven­ture Pals

Price: £10.99 from Steam (fave.co/2i29krs)

It can’t help but draw com­par­isons to Car­toon Net­work’s Ad­ven­ture Time thanks to its name, look, and car­toon­ish weird­ness, but The Ad­ven­ture Pals looks like an en­ter­tain­ing quest all the same. You’ll play as a young boy whose dad is kid­napped on his birth­day, send­ing you off on a grand jour­ney to de­feat the evil Mr. B: a man who’s try­ing to turn old peo­ple into hot dogs. Like we said: weird. But that ought to liven up this side-scrolling plat­form-ac­tion af­fair, which finds you teamed up with Sparkles the Gi­raffe and Mr. Rock (a pet rock) to over­come the myr­iad chal­lenges ahead. You can play it co­op­er­a­tively with a pal, too, in case you could use a hand (and have an ex­tra con­troller/key­board).

9. Ter­rorhythm

Price: £15.49 from Steam (fave.co/2hed­kej)

In an un­for­tu­nate fu­ture in which sound is out­lawed by a to­tal­i­tar­ian regime, will you be brave enough to buck the sys­tem and use the power of mu­sic to fight back? That’s the far-fetched yet in­trigu­ing con­cept be­hind Ter­rorhythm, a mu­sic-based brawler that launched into Steam Early Ac­cess this month. It’s strongly in­spired by PC favourite One Fin­ger Death Punch, as you stand in the cen­tre of the screen and bat­tle waves of ag­gres­sive foes that ap­proach from ei­ther side. You’ll need to time your at­tacks to the beat to gain an edge on the en­e­mies, and un­like that afore­men­tioned game, Ter­rorhythm also lets you up­load your own mu­sic tracks for oneof-a-kind skir­mishes.

10. Dead in Vin­land

Price: £15.49 from Steam (fave.co/2jh8hj3)

Like the ear­lier Dead in Ber­muda, CCCP’S Dead in Vin­land is a sur­vival game about mak­ing the most of a bad sit­u­a­tion. This time around, you take com­mand of a Vik­ing fam­ily who winds up stranded on a mys­te­ri­ous is­land that con­ceals some sur­prises within its shores. Sur­vival is the name of the game. Part of the ex­pe­ri­ence is con­cerned with scav­eng­ing ma­te­ri­als to keep your fam­ily safe and healthy, all while en­dur­ing hard­ships and es­tab­lish­ing a camp. But part of it is also about bat­tling the is­land’s strange in­hab­i­tants in turn­based skir­mishes, with some slick hand-drawn art­work amidst the menu-heavy ap­proach.

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