Start Steam Next Fest Off Right With 10 Must-Play Demos

A large crop of indies is ready to be harvested in this week’s Steam Next Fest! Kicking off today and running unto Oct 16, the platform’s festival has a reputation for laying out a table brimming with delights. But the free feast can be overwhelming, and it’s impossible to try everything. So, here are the previews you absolutely can’t miss:

Another Crab’s Treasure

Aggro Crab’s upcoming underwater Soulslike is a first and foremost kind of demo. If you haven’t played through this cute-but-challenging title by the end of the week, did you really experience Steam Next Fest?


This is probably the most dangerous of all the week’s offerings. As a survival/action title in the vein of Valheim (seriously, it’s got a lot of Valheim running through its veins), this demo eats time like you wouldn’t believe. My time limit is capped at eight hours, and I’m already down to one with all the building, crafting, wingsuiting, fighting, and exploring I’ve been doing. But, y’all, my base is starting to look sweet.

Laika: Aged Through Blood

Not it’s first time around the Steam Next Fest track, anyone that missed out on this dusty, bloody, motorvania last time around needs to pick it up before the end of the week — especially since the game’s October 19 release date is just around the corner.


Dreaming of the newly past summer now the fall weather is starting to set in? This painterly demo is ready to bring you back to the joys of the warmer season as you color the world around you.

Doggy Don’t Care

Come be a silly fuzz making mischief and living its best life in Doggy Don’t Care. I got my first glimpse of this game during wonderful The Mini Indie Showcase and have been itching to play it ever since.

Simpler Times

One of my highlights of Summer Game Fest, Simpler Times is a contemplative mood type title. So, if you’re looking to slow down and appreciate the little moments in life, this is one demo you don’t want to miss.


KarmaZoo has been on my radar for some time. So, I can’t wait to see how the up-to-ten-player cooperative platformer actually works. Will I be able to play all fifty characters and try every one of their abilities to mine that precious, precious karama? We will find out.

Snufkin: Melody Of Moominvalley

With its nostalgic hand-drawn look and engrossing gameplay, this is one demo you’ll want to prepare for by cuddling up in a blanket and making a nice cup of tea.

Turnip Boy Robs A Bank

I got my hands on the much-anticipated sequel to Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion earlier this year, but I can’t wait to sink deeper into my life of vegetable crime. Robbing banks with a hard-pickled crew is a ridiculously fun time.


Europa’s stunning imagery caught my eye some time ago, and its sci-fi premise — and android setting out to learn the story of the universe’s last human — has my attention. This is the first time the game’s had a demo open to the public, and I can’t wait to go hands-on.

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