Best Lore-Rich Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,617 Lore-Rich 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. Lore-Rich game rankings were last updated on 5/25/2024.

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1. 东北之夏

DongBeiZhiXia (a summer in the northeast of China)is a free visual novel, which tells the story that the protagonist followed parents' wishes to make one's living in Shenyang, met two online anchors Huniu and Daojiang by chance, and experience affairs one after another with Shamate.

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东北之夏 holds the #1 spot for "best Lore-Rich game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 11,698 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 11,440 positive reviews and 258 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free 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.

Release Date 1/9/2023
Developer 庄不纯工作室
Publisher 庄不纯工作室
Steam App Id 2121360

2. A Date with Death

Fight against & romance the one hunting for your soul in A Date with Death, a romance chat simulator where you date(?) the Grim Reaper himself. Create your own character, decorate your apartment, and chat away with the charming yet dangerous Grim Reaper through text and video calls.

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A Date with Death has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,607 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,523 positive reviews and 84 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 A Date with Death on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/7/2023
Franchise Two and a Half Studios
Developer Two and a Half Studios
Publisher Two and a Half Studios
Steam App Id 2415010

3. Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons.

桜を見ながら西瓜を割り、紅葉を見ながら鍋をつつく こんな季節に誰がした! イレギュラーでシーズナルなシューティング幻想!

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Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons. has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,470 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,407 positive reviews and 63 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Touhou Tenkuushou ~ Hidden Star in Four Seasons. on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 11/17/2017
Developer 上海アリス幻樂団
Publisher Mediascape Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 745880

4. Murders on the Yangtze River

"Murders on Yangtze River" is an Ace Attorney-like detective game that takes you on a journey through early 20th century China as you solve a series of intriguing cases. Use your logical reasoning and deduction skills to uncover clues, interrogate suspects, and solve the mysteries.

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Murders on the Yangtze River has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,945 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,683 positive reviews and 262 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 Murders on the Yangtze River on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 1/31/2024
Developer OMEGAMES STUDIO
Publisher OMEGAMES STUDIO
Steam App Id 1746030

5. Slay the Princess

You're here to slay the princess. Don't believe her lies.

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Slay the Princess has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,805 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,516 positive reviews and 289 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $17.99 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 $17.99
Release Date 10/23/2023
Franchise Black Tabby Games
Developer Black Tabby Games
Publisher Black Tabby Games
Steam App Id 1989270

6. Cruelty Squad

An immersive power fantasy simulator with tactical stealth elements set in a sewage infused garbage world

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Cruelty Squad has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,088 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,559 positive reviews and 529 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 not possible to play or run Cruelty Squad on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/16/2021
Developer Consumer Softproducts
Publisher Consumer Softproducts
Steam App Id 1388770

7. Scarlet Hollow

From the developers of Slay the Princess, return to the crumbling coal town your family built generations ago for the funeral of your aunt. You won't be able to save everyone. You might not even be able to save yourself. Welcome home.

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Scarlet Hollow has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,012 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,995 positive reviews and 17 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly 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 6/11/2021
Franchise Black Tabby Games
Developer Black Tabby Games
Publisher Black Tabby Games
Steam App Id 1609230

8. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

EPIC FANTASY REBORN The next chapter in the highly anticipated Elder Scrolls saga arrives from the makers of the 2006 and 2008 Games of the Year, Bethesda Game Studios. Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world open for you to explore any way you choose.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 315,731 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 299,483 positive reviews and 16,248 negative reviews — making it "Very 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 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 11/10/2011
Developer Bethesda Game Studios
Publisher Bethesda Softworks
Steam App Id 72850

9. Tinykin

Catch hundreds of tinykin and use their unique powers to bring Milo back to his home planet and back to normal size!

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Tinykin has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,039 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,007 positive reviews and 32 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 8/30/2022
Developer Splashteam
Publisher tinyBuild
Steam App Id 1599020

10. Homicipher: Prologue

Homicipher is an adventure horror game where you’ll decipher a language, fall in love and escape. Players will face various horrifying men in this strange world. Your aim is to decipher their language and eventually find a way to escape. Meanwhile, a peculiar feeling also starts to bloom.

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Homicipher: Prologue has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Lore-Rich games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,234 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,224 positive reviews and 10 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free 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.

Release Date 5/31/2023
Franchise Gamera Games
Developer 八名木(yatsunagi)
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 2423320

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