Best Old School Games on Steam

Steam currently has 6,592 Old School 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. Old School game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. The Henry Stickmin Collection

A choose-your-own-path where failing is more fun than succeeding.

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The Henry Stickmin Collection holds the #1 spot for "best Old School game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 44,023 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 43,423 positive reviews and 600 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 8/7/2020
Franchise Innersloth
Developer PuffballsUnited
Publisher Innersloth
Steam App Id 1089980

2. ULTRAKILL

ULTRAKILL is a fast-paced ultraviolent retro FPS combining the skill-based style scoring from character action games with unadulterated carnage inspired by the best shooters of the '90s. Rip apart your foes with varied destructive weapons and shower in their blood to regain your health.

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ULTRAKILL has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 112,782 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 110,438 positive reviews and 2,344 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 9/3/2020
Franchise New Blood Interactive
Developer Arsi "Hakita" Patala
Publisher New Blood Interactive
Steam App Id 1229490

3. 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 has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 236,898 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 230,876 positive reviews and 6,022 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

4. Touhou Mystia's Izakaya

A brand new pixel art restaurant simulator based on the Touhou Project! Play as Mystia, the owner of a small izakaya. Collect ingredients by day, cater to the customers by night, learn recipes from familiar characters, and become the best izakaya owner in all of Gensokyo!

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Touhou Mystia's Izakaya has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 20,598 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,325 positive reviews and 273 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 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 $5.99
Release Date 10/1/2021
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Steam App Id 1584090

5. Firework

An accidental fire at a funeral forces the police to re-investigate a closed case of massacre. Lin Lixun participates the re-investigation by chances. As the investigation goes deeper, the past of the victims gradually emerges. However, the case becomes more bewildering.

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Firework has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 38,455 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 37,671 positive reviews and 784 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. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run Firework on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 2/4/2021
Developer Shiying Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1288310

6. DUSK

Battle through an onslaught of mystical backwater cultists, possessed militants & even darker forces as you attempt to discover just what lurks beneath the Earth in this retro FPS inspired by the '90s legends.

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DUSK has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,674 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 21,118 positive reviews and 556 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 12/10/2018
Franchise New Blood Interactive
Developer David Szymanski
Publisher New Blood Interactive
Steam App Id 519860

7. CULTIC

Death is only the beginning. Crawl from your grave and gear up to fight your way through the ranks of a mysterious and twisted cult. You, your guns, and your dynamite will have to shoot, slide, blast, duck, dodge, and maybe throw a gib or two to survive in this old-school-inspired shooter.

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CULTIC has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,792 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,705 positive reviews and 87 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 10/13/2022
Franchise 3D Realms
Developer Jasozz Games
Publisher 3D Realms
Steam App Id 1684930

8. 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 #8 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 10,852 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 10,593 positive reviews and 259 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

9. DOOM (1993)

You’re a marine—one of Earth’s best—recently assigned to the Union Aerospace Corporation (UAC) research facility on Mars. When an experiment malfunctions and creates a portal to Hell, the base is overrun by blood-thirsty demons. You must shoot your way out to survive.

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DOOM (1993) has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,584 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,049 positive reviews and 535 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 DOOM (1993) on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 8/3/2007
Developer id Software
Publisher id Software
Steam App Id 2280

10. Post Void

Post Void is a hypnotic scramble of early first-person shooter design that values speed above all else. Keep your head full and reach the end; Kill what you can to see it mend; Get the high score or try again.

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Post Void has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Old School games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,767 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,508 positive reviews and 259 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $2.99
Release Date 8/6/2020
Developer YCJY Games
Publisher YCJY Games
Steam App Id 1285670

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). The Henry Stickmin Collection on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). ULTRAKILL on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). Counter-Strike on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Touhou Mystia's Izakaya on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 3). Firework on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). DUSK on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). CULTIC on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 17). Murders on the Yangtze River on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). DOOM (1993) on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Post Void on Steam. Steam Store.

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