Steam Game Festival (June 16-22)

The Steam Game Festival launches today – and runs until June 22. It celebrates upcoming games – that is, there will be demos and game developers will have Q&As about their games. But most of all, there will be demos! I didn’t even notice the announcement until the developers of Starmancer pinged everybody in their Discord channel to tell all of us about their demo. This one is surely a demo I am going to try. Starmancer is a building/simulation game where you’re going to build your own starbase. Since it’s a rather open kind of game, they will allow you to play the game for 60 minutes. After that, you can start a new game and play that one for 60 minutes again. This is only bad if you’re like me – I start a game, then go afk do something else, read blog posts, watch a Twitch stream etc. and then, after 20 minutes, remember that I actually started a game.

Another recommendation I can give you right away is Chinatown Detective Agency. I already did play the demo when the game was on Kickstarter and wrote about it here. It’s going to be a point & click detective game where you’ll be playing as a private investigator. The game is set in a futuristic Singapore. I backed the game during its Kickstarter campaign and I can’t wait for it to release. But well, the Steam page says “Early 2021”. That’s still a while.

A third one that I’m curious about is Hammerting. It’s a game with dwarves. Nothing else needs to be said. But just in case you want to know more: It’s another building game. I’ve seen comparisons with Craft the World and I guess there’s definitely a resemblance. The demo may show us if the game can live up to that comparison – or if it’s not like Craft the World, show us its own strengths.

These are just two demos I want to play – and a third one I already know. I am pretty certain the amount of games on my wishlist will increase even more in the next couple of days.

Please note: Right now, not all demos are available yet and I have seen players report that the Steam pages timed out for them. I assume too many people want to get their hands on the demos at the same time and Steam is trying to stagger their release.


  1. Was pretty impressed with the demos for the Steam Game Festival, and I got a couple of them downloaded! I was hooked for the one that was called Buddy 1984, I think… that’s the name….


    1. Buddy Simulator 1984 – never heard of it. I’ll have to check that one out!
      I tried to get into Starmancer and it is certainly a game that I know I would love – if only I understood why I got stuck in the demo and how to fix what’s wrong. -.-

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