Best Nonlinear Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,562 Nonlinear 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. Nonlinear game rankings were last updated on 5/26/2024.

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1. Purrgatory

A slice-of-death visual novel about making friends, cracking cat puns, and waiting for eternity to pass.

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Purrgatory holds the #1 spot for "best Nonlinear game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,934 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,894 positive reviews and 40 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, it is not possible to play or run Purrgatory on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 8/23/2021
Developer Niv (Darvin Heo)
Publisher Niv (Darvin Heo)
Steam App Id 1713610

2. 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 #2 spot for the best Nonlinear 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

3. Bloody Hell

A short but sweet game about an Angel on a Bloody Bullet-hell mission to kill Satan! Dash, Double Dash, Grapple & Blast your way through Hell to fulfill your Holy Mission. Will you be able to kill Satan? Or will you fail to master your abilities and DIE in this BLOODY HELL?

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Bloody Hell has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,502 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,416 positive reviews and 86 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, it is possible to play Bloody Hell on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 1/27/2023
Developer Pun Intended
Publisher Pun Intended
Steam App Id 2056220

4. Fear & Hunger 2: Termina

F&H 2: Termina is oppressive, relentless and hopeless. A mix of jRPG and Survival Horror. Turn-based combat meets resource management. 3 days to explore the wicked town of Prehevil and find out about its dark secrets. 3 days until the pale and sickly green moon rises at its apex. Termina is upon us!

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Fear & Hunger 2: Termina has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,955 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,782 positive reviews and 173 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $11.99 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 $11.99
Release Date 12/9/2022
Developer Miro Haverinen
Publisher Miro Haverinen
Steam App Id 2171440

5. Pseudoregalia

Deep within the realm of sleep, Sybil finds herself pulled to a distorted castle. Grow strong, and unlock new abilities to build up a deep movement system, fight enemies, find secrets, and free the weary soul of Castle Sansa, in this retro-inspired 3D Platformer Metroidvania.

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Pseudoregalia has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,881 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,635 positive reviews and 246 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Pseudoregalia on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 7/28/2023
Developer rittzler
Publisher rittzler
Steam App Id 2365810

6. ANIMAL WELL

Explore a dense, interconnected labyrinth, and unravel its many secrets. Collect items to manipulate your environment in surprising and meaningful ways. Encounter beautiful and unsettling creatures, as you attempt to survive what lurks in the dark. There is more than what you see.

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ANIMAL WELL has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,546 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,235 positive reviews and 311 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 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 $24.99
Release Date 5/9/2024
Developers
Publisher Bigmode
Steam App Id 813230

7. Minishoot' Adventures

Fly into a charming handcrafted world and go on an adventure that mixes up open exploration with crispy twin-stick shooter action. Fight your way from the shiny overworld to the deepest caves, improve your ship and overcome the dungeons' bosses to rescue your friends!

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Minishoot' Adventures has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,200 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,150 positive reviews and 50 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 Minishoot' Adventures on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 4/2/2024
Franchise IndieArk
Developer SoulGame Studio
Publishers
Steam App Id 1634860

8. Pilgrims

Pilgrims is a playful adventure game, created by the team behind Machinarium and Samorost. Roam the land as you please and make new friends, share a laugh with your fellow travelers and help them complete their little stories, your way. How many different solutions can you find?

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Pilgrims has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,233 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,091 positive reviews and 142 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $2.09 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 $2.09
Release Date 10/7/2019
Franchise Amanita Design
Developer Amanita Design
Publisher Amanita Design
Steam App Id 1049280

9. Antichamber

Antichamber is a mind-bending psychological exploration game where nothing can be taken for granted. Discover an Escher-like world where hallways wrap around upon each other, spaces reconfigure themselves, and accomplishing the impossible may just be the only way forward.

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Antichamber has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,544 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 15,727 positive reviews and 817 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 Antichamber on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/31/2013
Developer Alexander Bruce
Publisher Demruth
Steam App Id 219890

10. Manifold Garden

Rediscover gravity and explore an Escher-esque world of impossible architecture. Witness infinity in first-person and master its rules to solve physics-defying puzzles. Cultivate a garden to open new paths forward, where an eternal expanse awaits.

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Manifold Garden has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Nonlinear games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,932 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,667 positive reviews and 265 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/20/2020
Developer William Chyr Studio
Publisher William Chyr Studio
Steam App Id 473950

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93
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92
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91
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Purrgatory on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Juice Galaxy on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Bloody Hell on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 22). Fear & Hunger 2: Termina on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Pseudoregalia on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). ANIMAL WELL on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Minishoot' Adventures on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Pilgrims on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 12). Antichamber on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Manifold Garden on Steam. Steam Store.

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