Best Kickstarter Games on Steam

Steam currently has 224 Kickstarter 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. Kickstarter game rankings were last updated on 5/20/2024.

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1. A Hat in Time

A Hat in Time is a cute-as-heck 3D platformer featuring a little girl who stitches hats for wicked powers! Freely explore giant worlds and recover Time Pieces to travel to new heights!

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A Hat in Time holds the #1 spot for "best Kickstarter game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 49,527 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 48,494 positive reviews and 1,033 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 10/5/2017
Developer Gears for Breakfast
Publisher Gears for Breakfast
Steam App Id 253230

2. CLANNAD

From the world renowned visual novel studio Key, the highly rated story of CLANNAD is now available on Steam! Improved visuals, achievement integration, and Dangopedia make this the best version of CLANNAD to date.

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CLANNAD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,665 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,536 positive reviews and 129 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $44.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run CLANNAD on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $44.99
Release Date 11/23/2015
Franchise VISUAL ARTS
Developer VisualArts/Key
Publisher Sekai Project
Steam App Id 324160

3. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the complete Shovel Knight collection, containing all 5 games in the epic saga! Dig, blast, slash, and bash your way through a fantastical, 8-bit inspired world of pixel-perfect platforming, memorable characters, and world-class action-adventure gameplay.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,542 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,923 positive reviews and 619 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $39.99 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 $39.99
Release Date 6/26/2014
Franchise Shovel Knight
Developer Yacht Club Games
Publisher Yacht Club Games
Steam App Id 250760

4. NEKOPARA Extra

About half a year before the opening of the patisserie, La Soleil where the catgirls work with Kashou. Back when Chocola and Vanilla were still kittens when they first arrived at the Minaduki household and before they opened up to the other catgirls.

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NEKOPARA Extra has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,649 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,557 positive reviews and 92 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 7/27/2018
Developer NEKO WORKs
Publisher Sekai Project
Steam App Id 899970

5. Grim Dawn

Enter an apocalyptic fantasy world where humanity is on the brink of extinction, iron is valued above gold and trust is hard earned. This ARPG features complex character development, hundreds of unique items, crafting and quests with choice & consequence.

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Grim Dawn has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 92,365 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 86,592 positive reviews and 5,773 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Grim Dawn on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 2/25/2016
Franchise Crate Entertainment
Developer Crate Entertainment
Publisher Crate Entertainment
Steam App Id 219990

6. Freedom Planet

Fight your way across the celestial world of Avalice where cats are green, motorcycles drive up walls and monster girls do most of the buttkicking! Freedom Planet is a cartoony, combat-based platform adventure that pits a spunky dragonoid and her friends against an alien attack force.

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Freedom Planet has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,608 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,387 positive reviews and 221 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 7/21/2014
Developer GalaxyTrail
Publisher GalaxyTrail
Steam App Id 248310

7. Muv-Luv Alternative (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ)

Playtime's over. Time for despair. Experience the definitive version of a masterpiece in the Muv-Luv trilogy's thrilling conclusion. Note: therapy not included.

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Muv-Luv Alternative (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ) has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,581 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,472 positive reviews and 109 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $39.99 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 $39.99
Release Date 2/28/2018
Franchise aNCHOR Inc.
Developer aNCHOR Inc.
Publisher aNCHOR Inc.
Steam App Id 802890

8. Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project

"Life is like a waiting room, except people don't leave in the order they enter." Narcissu is a thought provoking visual novel series about terminal illness, living, dying, and the relationship between those leaving and those left behind. There are no miracles, no heroes, no villains in this story.

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Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project has achieved a Player Score of 90, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 562 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 548 positive reviews and 14 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.99 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 $2.99
Release Date 1/27/2016
Developer stage-nana
Publisher Sekai Project
Steam App Id 426690

9. Darkest Dungeon®

Darkest Dungeon is a challenging gothic roguelike turn-based RPG about the psychological stresses of adventuring. Recruit, train, and lead a team of flawed heroes against unimaginable horrors, stress, disease, and the ever-encroaching dark. Can you keep your heroes together when all hope is lost?

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Darkest Dungeon® has achieved a Player Score of 90, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 136,117 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 124,686 positive reviews and 11,431 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 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 $24.99
Release Date 1/19/2016
Franchise Red Hook Studios
Developer Red Hook Studios
Publisher Red Hook Studios
Steam App Id 262060

10. Muv-Luv (マブラヴ)

One of the most highly-acclaimed visual novel series arrives on Steam, newly revamped and officially in English! An interdimensional love story that takes high school romance on a roller-coaster ride through the depths of despair, culminating in a sci-fi grand finale of epic proportions.

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Muv-Luv (マブラヴ) has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Kickstarter games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,296 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,225 positive reviews and 71 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 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 $29.99
Release Date 2/28/2018
Franchise aNCHOR Inc.
Developer aNCHOR Inc.
Publisher aNCHOR Inc.
Steam App Id 802880

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). NEKOPARA Extra on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 4). Grim Dawn on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 23). Freedom Planet on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Muv-Luv Alternative (マブラヴ オルタネイティヴ) on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology Project on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Darkest Dungeon® on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Muv-Luv (マブラヴ) on Steam. Steam Store.

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