Best Nostalgia Games on Steam

Steam currently has 246 Nostalgia 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. Nostalgia game rankings were last updated on 5/24/2024.

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1. Counter-Strike

Play the world's number 1 online action game. Engage in an incredibly realistic brand of terrorist warfare in this wildly popular team-based game. Ally with teammates to complete strategic missions. Take out enemy sites. Rescue hostages. Your role affects your team's success. Your team's success affects your role.

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Counter-Strike holds the #1 spot for "best Nostalgia game on Steam" with a Player Score of 96. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 237,068 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 231,038 positive reviews and 6,030 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Counter-Strike on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/1/2000
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 10

2. Papa's Freezeria Deluxe

Return to Calypso Island to serve seasonal sundae treats in Papa's Freezeria Deluxe! Craft sundaes in the Freezeria for all your quirky customers while earning tips, points and Special Recipes. Switch gears and take a trip in the Food Truck to concoct your own chilly creations and see who shows up!

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Papa's Freezeria Deluxe has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,271 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,212 positive reviews and 59 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 Papa's Freezeria Deluxe on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $5.99
Release Date 3/31/2023
Franchise Papa Louie Games
Developer Flipline Studios
Publisher Flipline Studios
Steam App Id 2291760

3. Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade

Deep under the central desert of Kronus, a vast honeycomb of skull-lined tunnels and funeral chambers house the awakening Necron menace. Eons ago, these were the boulevards and squares of a great necropolis built to house the bones of the races who had fallen to the Necrons, and ultimately were where the Necrons themselves retire to...

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Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,074 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,798 positive reviews and 276 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.24 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.24
Release Date 8/7/2007
Developer Relic Entertainment
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4580

4. TY the Tasmanian Tiger

G'day, Mate. Explore the wilds of Australia with TY the Tasmanian Tiger, the charming Aussie platformer.

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TY the Tasmanian Tiger has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,488 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,439 positive reviews and 49 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 12/12/2016
Developer Krome Studios
Publisher Krome Studios
Steam App Id 411960

5. Neighbours from Hell Compilation

INTRODUCING THE GAME OF NEIGHBOURHOOD NASTINESS AND COMMUNITY COMMOTION! Living next door to you is a real Neighbour From Hell and it's now time to have your revenge! This compilation includes the original Neighbours From Hell and it's sequel Neighbours from Hell 2: On Vacation.

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Neighbours from Hell Compilation has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,792 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,725 positive reviews and 67 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 Neighbours from Hell Compilation on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 11/7/2013
Developer JoWooD Vienna
Publisher HandyGames
Steam App Id 260750

6. Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition

Unreal Tournament is the original King of the Hill in the frag-or-be-fragged multiplayer gaming world. As the undisputed 1999 Game of the Year, Unreal Tournament grabbed the first person shooter genre by the soiled seat of its pants and knocked it around the room with its never-before-seen graphics, brutal edge-of-your-seat gameplay and...

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Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,068 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,922 positive reviews and 146 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 Unreal Tournament: Game of the Year Edition on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 3/17/2008
Publisher Epic Games, Inc.
Steam App Id 13240

7. Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe

The feeding frenzy begins again! Swim and swerve through underwater worlds, chow down on smaller fish, and chomp your way to ocean supremacy. But watch out: boatloads of pesky predators are looking to make lunch out of you.

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Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,960 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,907 positive reviews and 53 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. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Feeding Frenzy 2 Deluxe on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 8/30/2006
Developer PopCap Games, Inc.
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Steam App Id 3390

8. Total Annihilation

What began as a conflict over the transfer of consciousness from flesh to machines escalated into a war which has decimated a million worlds. The Core and the Arm have all but exhausted the resources of a galaxy in their struggle for domination.

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Total Annihilation has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,197 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,083 positive reviews and 114 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. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Total Annihilation on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 12/18/2015
Franchise Wargaming Group Ltd.
Developer Cavedog Entertainment
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Steam App Id 298030

9. Rome: Total War™ - Collection

Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.

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Rome: Total War™ - Collection has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 15,605 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 14,758 positive reviews and 847 negative reviews — making it "Very 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 Rome: Total War™ - Collection on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 8/28/2007
Developer CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Publisher SEGA
Steam App Id 4760

10. Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

Rise of Nations is back! Play the updated classic with full Steamworks integration and enhanced features!

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Rise of Nations: Extended Edition has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Nostalgia games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,647 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,908 positive reviews and 739 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 not possible to play or run Rise of Nations: Extended Edition on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 6/12/2014
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Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 287450

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Warhammer® 40,000: Dawn of War® - Dark Crusade on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). TY the Tasmanian Tiger on Steam. Steam Store.
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Rome: Total War™ - Collection on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Rise of Nations: Extended Edition on Steam. Steam Store.

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