Best Addictive Games on Steam

Steam currently has 476 Addictive 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. Addictive game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition

Zombies are invading your home, and the only defense is your arsenal of plants! Armed with an alien nursery-worth of zombie-zapping plants like peashooters and cherry bombs, you'll need to think fast and plant faster to stop dozens of types of zombies dead in their tracks.

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Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition holds the #1 spot for "best Addictive game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 125,748 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 122,663 positive reviews and 3,085 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. At the moment, it is possible to play Plants vs. Zombies GOTY Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 5/5/2009
Franchise PopCap EA
Developer PopCap Games, Inc.
Publishers
Steam App Id 3590

2. 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 #2 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 95,022 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 92,424 positive reviews and 2,598 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 10/23/2012
Developer Dennaton Games
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 219150

3. Papers, Please

Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.

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Papers, Please has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 68,299 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 66,404 positive reviews and 1,895 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/8/2013
Developer Lucas Pope
Publisher 3909
Steam App Id 239030

4. One Finger Death Punch

Experience cinematic kung-fu battles in the fastest, most intense brawler the indie world has ever seen! With the unique 1:1 response system of One Finger Death Punch, players will feel the immediate feedback of every bone-crunching hit. Pay tribute to the masters using five classic kung-fu styles mixed with additional weapons.

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One Finger Death Punch has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,221 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,892 positive reviews and 329 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 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 $4.99
Release Date 3/3/2014
Developer Silver Dollar Games
Publisher Silver Dollar Games
Steam App Id 264200

5. Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Create, discover, and download new player-created maps, scenarios, interfaces, and more!

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,547 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,943 positive reviews and 7,604 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization® V on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 9/23/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
Developers
Publishers
Steam App Id 8930

6. Super Hexagon

Super Hexagon is a minimal action game by Terry Cavanagh, with music by Chipzel.

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Super Hexagon has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,216 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 23,456 positive reviews and 760 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 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 $2.99
Release Date 11/27/2012
Franchise Terry Cavanagh
Developer Terry Cavanagh
Publisher Terry Cavanagh
Steam App Id 221640

7. Peggle Deluxe

Take your best shot with energizing arcade fun! Aim, shoot, clear the orange pegs, then sit back and cheer as 10 whimsical teachers guide you to Peggle greatness.

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Peggle Deluxe has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,305 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,078 positive reviews and 227 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. At the moment, it is possible to play Peggle Deluxe on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 3/6/2007
Developer PopCap Games, Inc.
Publishers
Steam App Id 3480

8. FTL: Faster Than Light

This "spaceship simulation roguelike-like" allows you to take your ship and crew on an adventure through a randomly generated galaxy filled with glory and bitter defeat.

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FTL: Faster Than Light has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 71,287 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 68,152 positive reviews and 3,135 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 FTL: Faster Than Light on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/14/2012
Developer Subset Games
Publisher Subset Games
Steam App Id 212680

9. Mini Metro

Mini Metro is a strategy simulation game about designing a subway map for a growing city. Draw lines between stations and start your trains running. As new stations open, redraw your lines to keep them efficient. Decide where to use your limited resources. How long can you keep the city moving?

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Mini Metro has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 14,772 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,213 positive reviews and 559 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/6/2015
Developer Dinosaur Polo Club
Publisher Dinosaur Polo Club
Steam App Id 287980

10. Game Dev Tycoon

In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

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Game Dev Tycoon has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Addictive games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 41,954 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 40,010 positive reviews and 1,944 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 Game Dev Tycoon on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/29/2013
Franchise Greenheart Games
Developer Greenheart Games 💚
Publisher Greenheart Games 💚
Steam App Id 239820

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11/27/2012
95
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3/6/2007
94
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9/14/2012
94
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11/6/2015
94
$9.99
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232
8/29/2013
94
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253
9/28/2011
93
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8/30/2006
93
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10/11/2011
93
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5/6/2022
93
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2/15/2008
93
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250
3/27/2014
93
$14.99
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326
7/8/2009
93
$9.99
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405
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93
$14.99
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428
12/7/2010
93
$4.99
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). One Finger Death Punch on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Sid Meier's Civilization® V on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Super Hexagon on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Peggle Deluxe on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). FTL: Faster Than Light on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Mini Metro on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. Steam Store.

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