Best Experimental Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,352 Experimental 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. Experimental game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. Inscryption

Inscryption is an inky black card-based odyssey that blends the deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles, and psychological horror into a blood-laced smoothie. Darker still are the secrets inscrybed upon the cards...

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Inscryption holds the #1 spot for "best Experimental game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 112,278 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 108,882 positive reviews and 3,396 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/19/2021
Franchise Daniel Mullins Games
Developer Daniel Mullins Games
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 1092790

2. Wobbledogs

A 3D pet simulation where you raise your own personal hive of mutating dogs, physically simulated all the way down to their guts! Wobbledogs is a casual and chill sandbox for players of all ages who want to care for their very own virtual pets in a surprising, unique, and stress-free environment.

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Wobbledogs has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,661 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,493 positive reviews and 168 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/15/2022
Franchise Secret Mode
Developer Animal Uprising
Publisher Secret Mode
Steam App Id 1424330

3. Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to)

A game about writing nice letters to real people. Write and receive encouraging letters in a cozy room. Trade stickers and listen to chill music. We're all in this together. Sometimes all you need are a few kind words.

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Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,722 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,573 positive reviews and 149 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 9/12/2019
Developer Popcannibal
Publisher Popcannibal
Steam App Id 1070710

4. Gorogoa

Gorogoa is an elegant evolution of the puzzle genre, told through a beautifully hand-drawn story designed and illustrated by Jason Roberts. Winner of Debut Game at the 2018 BAFTA Games Awards, as well as Best Mobile Game and the Innovation Award at the GDC 2018 Choice Awards.

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Gorogoa has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,142 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,760 positive reviews and 382 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.49 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 $4.49
Release Date 12/14/2017
Developer Buried Signal
Publisher Annapurna Interactive
Steam App Id 557600

5. Trombone Champ

Honk, blow, & toot your way through over 50 songs, collect all 50 unique Tromboner Cards, and uncover the mysteries of the Trombiverse. Do you have what it takes to become the true Trombone Champ?

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Trombone Champ has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,535 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,364 positive reviews and 171 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 Trombone Champ on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 9/15/2022
Developer Holy Wow Studios LLC
Publisher Holy Wow Studios LLC
Steam App Id 1059990

6. Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk

A short story about what sort of challenges everyday little things can be. Help the girl buy milk, be the first not to disappoint her.

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Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,008 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,254 positive reviews and 754 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 8/26/2020
Developer Nikita Kryukov
Publisher Missing Calm
Steam App Id 1392820

7. Virtual Cottage

Virtual Cottage gives you a comfy place to rest and be productive without any distractions. Open the game, set yourself a goal and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Virtual Cottage has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,246 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,043 positive reviews and 203 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 Virtual Cottage on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/7/2020
Franchise DU&I
Developer DU&I
Publisher DU&I
Steam App Id 1369320

8. Juice Galaxy

Juice Galaxy is a happy place to fly around and smack things and drink juice. And explore things. And just, flip around doing stuff.

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Juice Galaxy has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,155 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,096 positive reviews and 59 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 Juice Galaxy on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/22/2023
Developer Fishlicka
Publisher J4D3D LLC
Steam App Id 1708150

9. BABBDI

Find your way out of BABBDI. A short, first person exploration experience.

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BABBDI has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,453 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,361 positive reviews and 92 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 BABBDI on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/22/2022
Developers
Publisher Lemaitre Bros
Steam App Id 2240530

10. Townscaper

Instant town building toy

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Townscaper has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Experimental games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,991 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,171 positive reviews and 820 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.39 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Townscaper on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $2.39
Release Date 8/26/2021
Developer Oskar Stålberg
Publisher Raw Fury
Steam App Id 1291340

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96
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8/26/2020
95
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Virtual Cottage steam charts
407
10/7/2020
95
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Juice Galaxy steam charts
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11/22/2023
95
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93
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Coffee Talk steam charts
29
1/29/2020
93
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Manifold Garden steam charts
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10/20/2020
92
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Windowkill steam charts
35
2/23/2024
92
$4.99
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Warsim: The Realm of Aslona steam charts
7
12/20/2022
92
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Kukoro: Stream chat games steam charts
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92
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92
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Inscryption on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Wobbledogs on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 18). Kind Words (lo fi chill beats to write to) on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Gorogoa on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Trombone Champ on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Milk inside a bag of milk inside a bag of milk on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Virtual Cottage on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Juice Galaxy on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 6). BABBDI on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Townscaper on Steam. Steam Store.

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