With Steam's new Greenlight addition -- a user-driven voting system that dictates which indie games will get a spot on Steam -- we've seen an overwhelming amount of games get posted for public examination. Yes, many of them are terrible - horrifying, in fact - but the ones that stand out seem like they could genuinely be a lot of fun.
And that's where our new Greenlight Spotlight video series comes in! We'll be looking at the Top 7 best Steam Greenlight games each week and compiling a list of the best games to watch and upvote. It took a solid hour to go through the first 600 games listed on Greenlight, so having done all that oh-so-hard work for you, enjoy our favorite picks from the list:
You can find each of the games here:
That's all for Week One of the Greenlight Spotlight!
Here's a transcript of the video, for those of you unable to view YouTube at work:
Oozi: Oozi: Earth Adventure draws on the days of Rayman in its classic 2D platforming style; playing as Oozi, an alien who crash-landed on Earth, it is your goal to fight your way back to your space suit and return home. The game boasts 5 hours of story mode, 20 levels, and 4 boss fights, as well as beautifully drawn art and a fantastic overall aesthetic. Everything seems to flow together in a single, cohesive theme with Oozi.
Exoplanet: First Contact: This one doesn't have as much gameplay information on it yet, but we do know that it's a space-western - much in the spirit of Firefly - which casts our hero into an open action/RPG in a visually stunning world. The RPG is flexible and doesn't confine us to statistics, but rather focuses on the player's ability and will to create his or her own character personality. We find ourselves fighting against captures, eventually working free into the environment - but that's when more problems arise.
Positron: If the word "Lightcycle" means anything to you, you may be familiar with Tron's light-based racing motorcycles; Positron draws inspiration from Tron and creates a maze-like, digital-driven world where you force other riders to crash into your trailing light beams. The most agile and creative rider will be able to escape tricky light mazes and force enemies to crash to their electron-scattering deaths.
Knightwasher: In this, ahh, rather unique game, you play as a washing machine. But not just any washing machine! A knightly one! With your trusty lance, you bounce around from place-to-place and joust other appliances and enemies. The first word of Knightwasher's trailer is, rather fittingly, simply "huh?" -- and that's about the feel of the game. It's a comedic action RPG that throws our brave washing machine into a beautiful medieval world.
Forced: In classic arena-styled co-operative combat, Forced allows up to four players to work together in tactical battles to drive enemies into the dust. The game focuses heavily on action-heavy teamplay, using a mark/combo system similar to D&D's to encourage co-operative play. The tension is high as our heroes fight their way through a slew of arena combatants, with their only goal being to escape with their lives.
UnEpic: In this parody RPG, our hero interrupts a game of D&D for a bathroom break -- that's when the lights flicker and he finds himself transported into an actual castle, with actual weapons, armor, and questing. In this self-deprecating RPG, you can platform your way through levels, craft items, and spec out your character in true action RPG style.
Bleed: You may have heard of this one from the Dream, Build, Play contest: Play as the pink-haired rebel in this twitch-platformer; similar to Contra in difficulty and style, as you work your way up to becoming the ultimate videogame hero. Bleed is an action-focused platformer with mechanical fluidity and difficult gameplay.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.