6 Free to Play Games on Steam In 2020
We all love a good game, well I assume our readers do too. But we don’t always have money for the latest hot games. There are always Sales on Steam to check out. But even then, sometimes you just want something fun and free to check out. So without further ado here is a short list of Free to Play Steam Games to check out.
Note, I will be trying to cover more obscure and lesser-known titles as games like Dota, Team Fortress 2 and CS:GO are by the stage already well-known games. We also ran a list of Free Switch Games some of them are available on Steam as well. But we’ll try not to double up too much.
Free to Play Steam Games
First up on our list of Free to Play Steam Games, we have Brawlhalla. Brawlhalla is developed by Blue Mammoth Games and published by Ubisoft. The game is a platform brawler in the style of the Super Smash Bros franchise. Brawlhalla has been around since 2017 and has been receiving constant updates, new characters, new costumes and more. The game has even managed to do some fairly high profile crossovers with properties like Adventure Time and Stephen Universe.
Brawlhalla is a solid game and does contain paid components. However, it is not a pay to win game and the stuff you can buy is mostly cosmetic. You can pay to unlock the entire roster of characters like most of these style of games or you can spend your time to unlock them. Either way, you’ll end up with a large roster of fun characters and you can compete with friends or strangers online to see who brawls harder.
A relatively new entry to Steam (launched January 14th 2020), Darwin Project has already made a significant impact. Developed and published by Scavengers Studio. Darwin Project is a unique mix of Survival, Battle Royale and reality TV. The game uses a 3rd person action-game control scheme for fighting, looting and crafting. Using what the developers have called the “manhunt” system, this system allows players to track each other using in-game elements to avoid the hide and wait it out aspects normally associated with the genre. They have also introduced a new feature called “Show Director” which is an audience participation role. Essentially the Show Director acts as an intermediary between the audience and the players. Spectators will be able to vote on various things and the Show Director will be able to implement them in the game. This could be anything from nuking the battlefield to closing off an area.
With hunting, fighting, scavenging, crafting and more, Darwin Project is well worth checking out. It’s also quite graphically impressive to boot.
Mega Hasan is a relatively short (32-levels) platformer game. Developed by Tameem Hamoui, published by Cold & Old. The game is a throwback to classic platformers, notably Megaman. Much like another free Steam game, we covered recently (Ghosts’n DJ’s) the game takes the template of an older classic title and adds a silly story and new coat of paint on top of it. The game is essentially a cross between Megaman and Super Mario and is set over four worlds Mountain, Desert, Spooky Forest, and Metropolis. You will guide Mega Hasan through these worlds in search of his missing wallet. The game also has time-based leader boards so you can try to prove you’re the best platformer out there.
It’s a relatively short game unless you really want to top the leaderboards. But for free it’s worth checking out for anyone after an old-school platforming adventure.
Soviet Jump Game
Soviet Jump Game is another relatively new game like both Darwin Project and Mega Hasan it was a January 2020 release. This game also like Darwin Project is a battle royale with a twist. Developed by Fantastic Passion and published by YouTube superstars the Game Grumps. Soviet Jump Game is an off the wall, purposefully chaotic, glitch-filled 2D battle royale game. The objective is to jump on your comrades’ heads to be the last survivor. You can find various items and power-ups to increase your odds of victory. It’s bizarre, and somehow both minimal and maximal at the same time. The game is still in Early Access and players have complained of long wait times due to lower player counts. However, this also means that you have increased chances of playing with/against your friends if you set up a game together. Silver-linings.
Game is free, game belongs to community, communism at its finest.
Zom Nom is a 2.5D Platformer game, similar to Mega Hasan in the use of classic elements. However, Zom Nom uses a 3D art style and Barry your zombie can both spit and slap…so there’s that. Again it’s a January 2020 release and quite a short experience. But again it’s also free. Barry will need to jump, spit and slap his way through levels, defeating the humans, feasting on their brains and using his own to solve puzzles. Both developed and published by Team Zom Nom. Zom Nom is a fun little game for fans of side-scrolling platformers and silly zombie-based humor.
It seems to be a bit of an experiment for the developers, and I for one admire the choice to release the game for free, as the worst thing you could do as a developer is charge people for a project that arguably isn’t up to snuff. However, in Team Zom Nom’s case, the feedback has been pretty positive, which makes it a good idea to keep an eye on them for what comes next.
And finally on our list of Free to Play Steam Games. Swing-Dunk is currently in Beta testing as the title may have tipped you off on. The game is currently free to play but that may change after the beta has ended. However, the game did come out last year (but at the tail end December 23rd). Both developed and published by BucketPlay.inc. The game is a basketball-racing hybrid similar to the hugely popular Rocket League. However, Swing-Dunk has its own gimmick in the titular Swing-Dunk manoeuver, when you connect with the ball it essentially becomes a mace swinging around your character, using this light lasso you can swing the ball vertically to slam it through the hoop. This gives you much more control over the ball than Rocket League and makes defensive play much more important as well.
It’s an interesting idea, and the art style is quite bright and fun too. It seems to be pretty under the radar at the moment so if you want to build up some skill best to start now.
So there we have it, 6 Free to Play Steam Games, ranging from a fairly well-known platform brawler to some fairly obscure single-player platformers. And there are plenty more out there still. Enough for a few more lists, so if you want us to sift through some more Free to Play games in the future just let us know and we’ll do our best to bring you some more great games.
One half of the YouTube brother duo, The Game Bros with Sirhc and Ar0n, Chris is a lover of games, movies and other great things you can do from home.
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