Best Retro Games on Steam

Steam currently has 9,297 Retro 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. Retro game rankings were last updated on 5/21/2024.

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1. Vampire Survivors

Mow down thousands of night creatures and survive until dawn! Vampire Survivors is a gothic horror casual game with rogue-lite elements, where your choices can allow you to quickly snowball against the hundreds of monsters that get thrown at you.

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Vampire Survivors holds the #1 spot for "best Retro game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 229,867 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 226,535 positive reviews and 3,332 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 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 $4.99
Release Date 10/20/2022
Developer poncle
Publisher poncle
Steam App Id 1794680

2. Pizza Tower

Pizza Tower is a fast paced 2D platformer inspired by the Wario Land series, with an emphasis on movement, exploration and score attack. Featuring highly stylized pixel art inspired by the cartoons from the '90s, and a highly energetic soundtrack.

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Pizza Tower has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 57,936 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 57,072 positive reviews and 864 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 1/26/2023
Developer Tour De Pizza
Publisher Tour De Pizza
Steam App Id 2231450

3. Aseprite

Aseprite is a pixel-art tool to create 2D animations, sprites, and any kind of graphics for games.

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Aseprite has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,463 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,309 positive reviews and 154 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 not possible to play or run Aseprite on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 2/22/2016
Developer David Capello
Publisher Igara Studio
Steam App Id 431730

4. 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 #4 spot for the best Retro 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

5. Katana ZERO

Katana ZERO is a stylish neo-noir, action-platformer featuring breakneck action and instant-death combat. Slash, dash, and manipulate time to unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display.

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Katana ZERO has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 64,879 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 63,622 positive reviews and 1,257 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $8.99 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 $8.99
Release Date 4/18/2019
Developer Askiisoft
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 460950

6. Celeste

Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight platformer from the creators of TowerFall. Brave hundreds of hand-crafted challenges, uncover devious secrets, and piece together the mystery of the mountain.

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Celeste has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 93,094 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 90,879 positive reviews and 2,215 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 1/25/2018
Franchise EXOK Games
Developers
Publisher Maddy Makes Games Inc.
Steam App Id 504230

7. 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 #7 spot for the best Retro 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

8. Hotline Miami

Hotline Miami is a high-octane action game overflowing with raw brutality, hard-boiled gunplay and skull crushing close combat.

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Hotline Miami has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 94,622 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 92,040 positive reviews and 2,582 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 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 $1.99
Release Date 10/23/2012
Developer Dennaton Games
Publisher Devolver Digital
Steam App Id 219150

9. Papers, Please

Congratulations. The October labor lottery is complete. Your name was pulled. For immediate placement, report to the Ministry of Admission at Grestin Border Checkpoint. An apartment will be provided for you and your family in East Grestin. Expect a Class-8 dwelling.

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Papers, Please has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 68,188 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 66,297 positive reviews and 1,891 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/8/2013
Developer Lucas Pope
Publisher 3909
Steam App Id 239030

10. Undertale

UNDERTALE! The RPG game where you don't have to destroy anyone.

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Undertale has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Retro games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 225,240 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 217,703 positive reviews and 7,537 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 Undertale on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 9/15/2015
Developer tobyfox
Publisher tobyfox
Steam App Id 391540

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Firework steam charts
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96
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Vampire Survivors on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 7). Pizza Tower on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 5). Aseprite on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 18). ULTRAKILL on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Katana ZERO on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 2). Celeste on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 3). Firework on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Hotline Miami on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 11). Papers, Please on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 13). Undertale on Steam. Steam Store.

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