It's been a good month to be an indie developer on Steam Greenlight. On Oct. 16, Steam added 37 new titles to its user-directed Greenlight program, making a total of 59 new games added to the popular digital download platform this month.
Steam Greenlight is a very straightforward process: Indie developers submit their software to the program along with $100. The money goes to charity, and the Steam community gets to vote for its favorite titles. Valve (the game developer that owns the platform) examines which games are popular with fans, and ultimately gets final say on which ones wind up on Steam.
Indie developers and PC gamers both generally love Steam, so getting a title "Greenlit" can be the difference between major financial success and total obscurity. If unconventional independent games are your thing, be sure to check out this list of the next 37 titles to successfully make it through the Greenlight program.
Keep in mind, too, that Greenlit games are in various stages of production. Some of them will be available right away, and others are still months or years away from completion. Also remember that Greenlight does not vouch for a game's quality so much as its popularity among Steam fans.
Steam Greenlight games list — Oct. 16, 2013, update
- "Aartform Curvy 3D 3.0": not a game, but a tool for 2D artists to learn 3D sculpting
- "Alien Swarm FP": not a game, but an extensive mod that puts Valve's "Alien Swarm" game in first-person
- "Axis Game Factory": not a game, but a toolkit for game design on Windows, Mac and Linux
- "Blood of the Werewolf": a side-scrolling action game featuring classic horror movie monsters
- "CastleMiner Z": a "Minecraft" analogue with horror elements, originally for the Xbox 360
- "Elder Sign: Omens": an adaptation of the popular horror board game of the same name
- "The Fall": an action/adventure title with a focus on storytelling, and mysteries to solve
- "Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold": a traditional point-and-click adventure game set in the Old West
- "The Fifth Day": a survival-themed game in which you play as an intelligent machine in a post-apocalyptic world
- "Fotonica": a 3D platforming game with simple, abstract graphics and a focus on timing and rhythm
- "Fortress Forever": a multiplayer, first-person shooter based on Valve's own Source engine
- "Fran Bow": a point-and-click adventure/horror game with a young, female protagonist
- "Half-Life 2: Capture the Flag": a multiplayer "Half-Life 2" mod that pits two teams against each other
- "Hot Tin Roof": a quirky side-scroller starring a detective and her feline sidekick
- "Ikaruga": a classic "bullet hell" shooter that first premiered on the Dreamcast
- "Infinity Wars - *Animated* Trading Card Game": a digital collectible card game in the vein of "Magic: The Gathering"
- "InkFish": not a game, but rendering software that makes digital images look like paintings
- "J.U.L.I.A. Enhanced Edition": a sci-fi adventure game in which you explore uncharted planets
- "Metal War Online": a massively multiplayer vehicular combat game from Eastern Europe
- "Montague's Mount": a first-person horror game that claims to be based on a true story
- "Neighbours from Hell Compilation": a humorous strategy game originally released on the GameCube and Xbox
- "Neverending Nightmares": a horror game based on the creator's real-life obsessive-compulsive disorder
- "Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart": a popular, casual game complete with undead pirates, love stories and black magic
- "Portal Remake Mod": a fan-made expansion for "Portal 2" with new campaigns and puzzles
- "Ravensword: Shadowlands": a popular mobile RPG with quests to complete, monsters to fight and skills to master
- "Real World Racing": a racing game with overhead graphics like the 16-bit classics
- "RimWorld": a strategy game that tasks you with constructing a colony on a hostile alien world
- "Starship Corporation": a strategy game in which you can construct, trade and staff your own spaceships
- "Steam Marines": a sci-fi strategy game in which you guide a squad of marines through a hostile environment
- "Tiny Barbarian DX": a retro side-scroller inspired by the "Conan the Barbarian" mythos
- "TowerClimb": a side-scrolling platformer in which content is randomly generated as you play
- "The Sparkle 2: EVO": a simple, freeform game in which you control a sea creature and see it evolve as it competes for nutrition
- "(un)Lucky7": a puzzle game with a sci-fi/horror storyline and seven intriguing characters
- "Underhell": an episodic first-person shooter with a dark story and a mystery to solve
- "Universum: War Front": a sci-fi strategy game in which you customize your hero
- "Violett": an offbeat point-and-click adventure game about a young girl who moves into a haunted house
- "Wrack": a retro first-person shooter with colorful robots and unusual weaponry
There are still plenty of titles waiting to be discovered on Greenlight, so be sure to check it out and vote for your favorites.