Best 1980s Games on Steam

Steam currently has 4,223 1980s games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. 1980s game rankings were last updated on 5/21/2024.

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1. Vampire Survivors

Mow down thousands of night creatures and survive until dawn! Vampire Survivors is a gothic horror casual game with rogue-lite elements, where your choices can allow you to quickly snowball against the hundreds of monsters that get thrown at you.

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Vampire Survivors holds the #1 spot for "best 1980s game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 229,867 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 226,535 positive reviews and 3,332 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 10/20/2022
Developer poncle
Publisher poncle
Steam App Id 1794680

2. Counter-Strike

Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.

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Counter-Strike has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 236,898 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 230,876 positive reviews and 6,022 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Counter-Strike on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/1/2000
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 10

3. Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat.

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Hotline Miami has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 94,622 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 92,040 positive reviews and 2,582 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $1.99
Release Date 10/23/2012
Developer Dennaton Games
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 219150

4. Duck Game

Enter the futuristic year of 1984, an age where ducks run wild in a frantic battle for glory. Blast your friends with Shotguns, Net Guns, Mind Control Rays, Saxophones, Magnet Guns, and much, much more. This is DUCK GAME. Don't blink.

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Duck Game has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 37,307 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 36,028 positive reviews and 1,279 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 6/4/2015
Developer Landon Podbielski
Publisher Adult Swim Games
Steam App Id 312530

5. Tiny Rogues

Tiny Rogues is a challenging fantasy rogue-lite bullet-hell dungeon crawler with rpg elements. Build a new unique character each run and fight one monster-infested room after another! Discover unique weapons, collect magical items and level up to become more and more powerful!

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Tiny Rogues has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,039 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,839 positive reviews and 200 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/23/2022
Developer RubyDev
Publisher RubyDev
Steam App Id 2088570

6. HROT

HROT is a single-player retro FPS set in a small socialist country neighboring Soviet Union (Czechoslovakia) after an unspecified disaster in 1986. Those times were dark and terrifying and so is the game.

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HROT has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,921 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,778 positive reviews and 143 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play HROT on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 5/16/2023
Developer Spytihněv
Publisher Spytihněv
Steam App Id 824600

7. Anomaly Agent

ANOMALY AGENT is a cyberpunk action-adventure featuring fluid combat, a time-bending story, quirky characters and a catchy synthwave soundtrack! Punch or shoot through mobs of enemies, impact the story with your choices and stop the anomalies before the world plunges into chaos!

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Anomaly Agent has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,288 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,075 positive reviews and 213 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $11.99
Release Date 1/24/2024
Developer Phew Phew Games
Publishers
Steam App Id 2378620

8. Retrowave

Neon lights, palm trees, synthwave, '80s supercars speeding down an endless highway... Welcome to the world of Retrowave!

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Retrowave has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 14,702 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,061 positive reviews and 641 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Retrowave on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $1.49
Release Date 5/6/2022
Developer RewindApp
Publisher RewindApp
Steam App Id 1239690

9. MULLET MADJACK

MULLET MADJACK is a single-player fast-paced FPS that brings you directly inside a CLASSIC ANIME. Power up your character and reach the last floor; Beat your best time or try again. Haste makes waste… OF YOUR ENEMIES!

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MULLET MADJACK has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,753 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,721 positive reviews and 32 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $17.99
Release Date 5/15/2024
Franchise Epopeia Games
Developer HAMMER95
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Steam App Id 2111190

10. Boneraiser Minions

Amass an army of deamonic undead to fight endless waves of heroes intent to end your boneraising ways! In this gothic-horror auto-battle roguelite, use the bones of slain heroes to raise your minions, collect powerful relics and spells, and unlock meta upgrades, all to survive King Gigald's crusade!

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Boneraiser Minions has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best 1980s games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,818 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,646 positive reviews and 172 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.74 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $3.74
Release Date 3/9/2023
Franchise Caiysware
Developer caiys
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Steam App Id 1944570

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Counter-Strike on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Hotline Miami on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Duck Game on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Tiny Rogues on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). HROT on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Anomaly Agent on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Retrowave on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). MULLET MADJACK on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Boneraiser Minions on Steam. Steam Store.

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