The next Fest of June 2022 has come to a close, with hundreds of demos across various genres for gamers to try. This recurring event is a great way for Steam to allow players to experience and wishlist some titles, while indie developers get some hype for their upcoming releases.
It''s a pretty difficult process to even through all of these demos, so we took the time to do them for you. Below is a list of the most popular demos from different genres and developers.
10 Cult Of The Lamb
- Planned Release Date: August 11, 2022
Cult Of The Lamb puts you in the shoes of a lamb that was going to be slaughtered for cultish purposes. Thankfully, The One Who Waits keeps you informed as long as you spread their name across the land and, ironically, make your own cult.
Alongside avoiding unknown entities, this game seamlessly blends love with creepiness. Despite the hack-and-slash fighting elements, fun minigames and camp-building gameplay are included. You get more followers to grow your cult and wreak havoc on a world that failed to wipe out your kind.
The full release will focus on the cult-building aspects and provide you with a larger procedurally-generated world to explore to gain ultimate power. When you are the lamb-god, who needs the lamb of God?
9 Arcane Waters
- Planned Release Date: Q4 2022
If you want an open-world pixel adventure that brings the finest elements of MMORPGs to a world of pirates and skeletons, then Arcane Waters will call to you like a siren. You get to play with other players, craft, farm, discover treasure, and fight creatures.
Even the demo version of the game has already great online play, with fun yet straightforward ship battle gameplay as well as on-land battle. There is already a growing marketplace and guild area, with more than 6,000 players on the servers.
It''s exciting to see how expansive this game will be when it''s fully released. Plus, its Steam Deck-compatible and you can pet cats.
8 Eyes In The Dark
- Planned Release Date: July 15, 2022
Eyes In The Dark is a period film that takes a lot of inspiration from silent films and then transforms it into a thematic and eye-catching world. Its really remarkable that they were able to create such a engaging space while keeping everything black-and-white.
It''s a fun side-scrolling roguelike that allows you to explore a huge house to save your grandpa, with an interesting use of the flashlight to reveal the world around you. A pocket watch also gives you the ability to restart if you die. Additional zones and tinkering will be available on launch.
7 Ghost Song
- Planned Release Date: Q4 2022
Metroidvania is a really popular genre that a lot of Next Fest demos took on, but Ghost Song really stands out because of its world-building. The art style and soundtrack do a stunning job of sculpting this chaotic and ominous world.
Everything about this game makes you feel isolated and relieved of disappointment, with so many ways to explore the long-forgotten world of Lorian. The combat system is straightforward to understand, with tons of frightening beings trying to attack you. There are a lot of things in the story that have yet to be fully revealed, so it''ll be interesting to get more answers from the whole game.
6 Hard West 2
- Planned Release Date: Q4 2022
While it may be difficult to think about this as Red Dead Redemption 2 becomes a reality, Hard West 2 actually excels at imposing itself apart from the wild-west supernatural oddness. The demo pulls no punches, putting you in control of Gin Carter and his posse as you face off with the evil.
This is enough to draw joy, but the gameplay genuinely feels good. Combat is done with turn-based movement and guns, but out of battles, you get to explore the world freely with some RPG elements and party banter. With RNG-based encounters, tons of side quests, and some deck-building to improve your party scores, the entire game is definitely one to watch.
- Planned Release Date: TBA by Summer 2022
Glitched starts like any other adventure game with some exciting dialogue. Then, your demo is purposefully crashed and the entire concept is flipped on its head. Suddenly, you are in charge of an NPC who is aware of you as the player.
This was one of the longer demos, with every choice affecting how the character acts and how the world responds. It uses an essence system to alter the traits and guide your player, and you may take pauses to actually talk to him one-on-one. Exploration is encouraged because of hidden story elements and the presence of Rewardo, who rewards you as you progress.
Your choices are real, and the characters are engaging, and your demo save can carry over to the full game. It really feels like it fits the box of fantastic story-driven RPGs.
4 Terra Nil
- Planned Release Date: TBA
Terra Nil is a straightforward game to enter, but that is really the beauty of it. With this game, you may have a great time playing, and the demo version already feels like a complete title.
Terra Nil''s goal is to bring a wasteland back to life, which makes sense considering it is considered as a reverse city builder. It''s really quite stunning with a premise that immediately supports diving in. The entire release will have even more biomes, animals, regions, and a sandbox mode.
3 Monster Roadtrip
- Planned Release Date: Estimated October 2022 to April 2023
The third game in the Monster Prom series. While previous entries were more focused on dating, this basically allows you to take on a fun trip with your friends. The story can be played solo or on the road co-op.
There are still dating elements that will be introduced in the entire game, but the biggest difference is how diverse the possibilities are. As you go from stop to stop, it''s not just a visual novel. Engaging characters, a great art style, and a powerful narrative make this game a game worth waiting for.
2 There Is No Light
- Planned Release Date: September 2022
There Is No Light is a Hunger Games narrative that doesn''t shy away from being completely horrifying. However, if you''re interested in Soulslike games, you may be interested in seeing that style transformed into a top-down pixel game. In this game, you can play the same game as you like, but you may be fined for failing.
As the story progresses, it is also an RPG, so you have to make positive choices. Plus, the world is large, ominous, and just requires to be explored. The full release will have even more enemies and limitations in its karma system, which is sure to make the game a welcome addition to anyone''s library.
1 Metal: Hellsinger
- Planned Release Date: September 15, 2022
Metal: Hellsinger is a raucous and unsettling rhythm FPS that is truly one of the most exciting titles to come out this year. Instead of shooting like a madman, you have to time your attacks to do more damage with the beat. The gameplay is well-suited to shooter and rhythm patterns and does a great job of hyping you up as you make your way through the darkness.
The appearance of Jinjer, Lamb of God, and System of a Down is amazing. At the moment, you can see what other tracks and deeper story levels are brewing.