Best Episodic Games on Steam

Steam currently has 360 Episodic 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. Episodic game rankings were last updated on 5/19/2024.

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1. The Wolf Among Us

From the makers of the 2012 Game of the Year: The Walking Dead, comes a thriller based on the award-winning Fables comic books. As Bigby Wolf you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

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The Wolf Among Us holds the #1 spot for "best Episodic game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 33,018 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 32,291 positive reviews and 727 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Wolf Among Us on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 10/11/2013
Franchise Telltale Games
Developer Telltale
Publisher Telltale
Steam App Id 250320

2. The Walking Dead

A five-part adventure horror series set in the same universe as Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series.

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The Walking Dead has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 67,280 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 65,389 positive reviews and 1,891 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 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 $14.99
Release Date 4/24/2012
Developer Telltale Games
Publisher Skybound Games
Steam App Id 207610

3. Half-Life 2: Episode Two

Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure. As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions.

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 39,627 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38,466 positive reviews and 1,161 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 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 $7.99
Release Date 10/10/2007
Franchise Half-Life
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 420

4. Life is Strange - Episode 1

Episode 1 now FREE! Life is Strange is an award-winning and critically acclaimed episodic adventure game that allows the player to rewind time and affect the past, present and future.

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Life is Strange - Episode 1 has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 164,214 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 157,939 positive reviews and 6,275 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Life is Strange - Episode 1 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

5. Grimm

The true meaning of the word fear... Once upon a time, fairy tales were valuable cautionary yarns filled with dire warnings and sage advice. However, over time, the stories have become so watered down with cute woodland creatures and happy endings that they have lost their true meaning and purpose. No more!

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Grimm has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 30,210 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 29,299 positive reviews and 911 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Grimm on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 1/6/2014
Developer Spicyhorse Games
Publisher Spicyhorse Games
Steam App Id 252150

6. The Walking Dead: Season Two

The Walking Dead: Season Two continues the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the undead apocalypse. Left to fend for herself, she has been forced to learn how to survive in a world gone mad.

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The Walking Dead: Season Two has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,595 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,520 positive reviews and 1,075 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Walking Dead: Season Two on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 12/17/2013
Developer Telltale Games
Publisher Skybound Games
Steam App Id 261030

7. Being a DIK - Season 1

Being a DIK is a choice-driven adult Visual Novel focusing on the fun parts of college life. The game is packed with humor, sex, romance, drama and a rich story. Play as a young male attending college at B&R and guide him through the experience.

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Being a DIK - Season 1 has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,773 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,417 positive reviews and 356 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Being a DIK - Season 1 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 2/14/2020
Developer Dr PinkCake
Publisher Dr PinkCake
Steam App Id 1126320

8. Half-Life 2: Episode One

Half-Life 2 has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards. Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17. Also features two multiplayer games. Half-Life 2 not required.

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Half-Life 2: Episode One has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,807 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,534 positive reviews and 1,273 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Half-Life 2: Episode One on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 6/1/2006
Franchise Half-Life
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 380

9. FreshWomen - Season 1

FreshWomen is a choice-driven adult Visual Novel focusing on the best parts of life. Become a freshman attending Minerva Bay College, romance girls and solve a mysterious incident. Your journey will be filled with comedy, drama, and lots of sex.

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FreshWomen - Season 1 has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,909 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,273 positive reviews and 636 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play FreshWomen - Season 1 on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 8/19/2022
Developer Oppai-Man
Publisher Oppai-Man
Steam App Id 1350650

10. Tales from the Borderlands

Tales from the Borderlands is a five-part episodic game set on the unforgiving world of Pandora between the events of Borderlands 2 and Borderlands 3. This is a story full of Borderlands' trademark humor, following two adventurers on their quest for greatness.

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Tales from the Borderlands has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Episodic games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,077 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,266 positive reviews and 811 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 Tales from the Borderlands on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 11/25/2014
Franchise Borderlands Franchise
Developer Telltale Games
Publisher 2K
Steam App Id 330830

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