Best Programming Games on Steam

Steam currently has 456 Programming 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. Programming game rankings were last updated on 5/25/2024.

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1. Baba Is You

Baba Is You is a puzzle game where the rules you have to follow are present as blocks you can interact with. By manipulating them, you can change how the game works, repurpose things you find in the levels and cause surprising interactions!

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Baba Is You holds the #1 spot for "best Programming game on Steam" with a Player Score of 95. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,881 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,456 positive reviews and 425 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $10.49 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 $10.49
Release Date 3/13/2019
Developer Hempuli Oy
Publisher Hempuli Oy
Steam App Id 736260

2. Opus Magnum

Opus Magnum is the latest open-ended puzzle game from Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem, Infinifactory, and SHENZHEN I/O. Design and build machines that assemble potions, poisons, and more using the alchemical engineer’s most advanced tool: the transmutation engine!

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Opus Magnum has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,598 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,460 positive reviews and 138 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 Opus Magnum on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/7/2017
Franchise Zachtronics
Developer Zachtronics
Publisher Zachtronics
Steam App Id 558990

3. TIS-100

TIS-100 is an open-ended programming game by Zachtronics, the creators of SpaceChem and Infinifactory, in which you rewrite corrupted code segments to repair the TIS-100 and unlock its secrets. It’s the assembly language programming game you never asked for!

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TIS-100 has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,749 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,627 positive reviews and 122 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run TIS-100 on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $3.49
Release Date 7/20/2015
Developer Zachtronics
Publisher Zachtronics
Steam App Id 370360

4. Godot Engine

Godot Engine is a feature-packed, cross-platform game engine to create 2D and 3D games from a unified interface. It provides a comprehensive set of common tools, so that you can focus on making games without having to reinvent the wheel.

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Godot Engine has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,394 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,231 positive reviews and 163 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 not possible to play or run Godot Engine on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 2/24/2016
Developer Godot Engine
Publisher Godot Engine
Steam App Id 404790

5. Turing Complete

Learn CPU architecture with puzzles

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Turing Complete has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,787 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,680 positive reviews and 107 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 Turing Complete on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/2/2021
Developer LevelHead
Publisher LevelHead
Steam App Id 1444480

6. Bitburner

Bitburner is a programming-based incremental game. Write scripts in JavaScript to automate gameplay, learn skills, play minigames, solve puzzles, and more in this cyberpunk text-based incremental RPG.

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Bitburner has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,958 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,663 positive reviews and 295 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 Bitburner on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/10/2021
Developers
Publisher Fulcrum Games
Steam App Id 1812820

7. Arctic Eggs

A Sci-Fi Cooking game where you take up the role of a Poultry Peddler stuck in Antarctica and longing for a way out. Cook your illegal eggs for those who look hungry.

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Arctic Eggs has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 780 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 766 positive reviews and 14 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, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/16/2024
Developers
Publisher The Water Museum
Steam App Id 2763670

8. SHENZHEN I/O

BUILD CIRCUITS. WRITE CODE. RTFM.

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SHENZHEN I/O has achieved a Player Score of 92, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,918 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,734 positive reviews and 184 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play SHENZHEN I/O on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 11/17/2016
Developer Zachtronics
Publisher Zachtronics
Steam App Id 504210

9. Hacknet

Hacknet is an immersive, terminal-based hacking simulator for PC. Dive down a rabbit hoIe as you follow the instructions of a recently deceased hacker, whose death may not have been the accident the media reports.

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Hacknet has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 24,100 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 22,543 positive reviews and 1,557 negative reviews — making it "Very 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 not possible to play or run Hacknet on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/12/2015
Developer Team Fractal Alligator
Publisher Fellow Traveller
Steam App Id 365450

10. Software Inc.

Construct and design buildings for optimal working conditions. Hire people to design and release software, so you can defeat the simulated competition and take over their businesses. Manage and educate your employees to make sure they are skilled and satisfied with their job.

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Software Inc. has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Programming games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,668 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,291 positive reviews and 377 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $22.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Software Inc. on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $22.99
Release Date 5/1/2015
Developer Coredumping
Publisher Coredumping
Steam App Id 362620

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). Baba Is You on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Opus Magnum on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). TIS-100 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). Godot Engine on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). Turing Complete on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 22). Bitburner on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Arctic Eggs on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). SHENZHEN I/O on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Hacknet on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Software Inc. on Steam. Steam Store.

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