Best Science Games on Steam

Steam currently has 954 Science 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. Science game rankings were last updated on 5/25/2024.

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1. Portal 2

The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends!

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Portal 2 holds the #1 spot for "best Science game on Steam" with a Player Score of 98. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 392,776 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 387,759 positive reviews and 5,017 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 4/18/2011
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 620

2. Portal

Portal™ is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.

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Portal has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 156,983 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 154,612 positive reviews and 2,371 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 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 $0.99
Release Date 10/10/2007
Developer Valve
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 400

3. STEINS;GATE

Developed by 5pb. and Nitroplus, STEINS;GATE was awarded Famitsu magazine's coveted annual Game of Excellence award and was voted one of the most emotionally charged “tear-inducing games” ever made, in a Famitsu poll. It is a gripping and moving Visual Novel, which has already spawned manga and anime adaptations.

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STEINS;GATE has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 16,839 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 16,422 positive reviews and 417 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play STEINS;GATE on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 9/8/2016
Franchise Science Adventure Series
Developer MAGES. Inc.
Publisher Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
Steam App Id 412830

4. WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition

Live the life of a wild wolf in a realistic ecological simulation set in Yellowstone National Park.

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WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 7,827 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 7,639 positive reviews and 188 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 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 $19.99
Release Date 7/26/2019
Developer eduweb
Publisher eduweb
Steam App Id 926990

5. Universe Sandbox

Create & destroy on an unimaginable scale with a realistic physics-based space simulator. Explore the beauty of our universe and the fragility of our planet. Use science to bend the laws of gravity, collide planets, boil away oceans, fire epic space lasers, and customize your universe. VR optional.

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Universe Sandbox has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 23,793 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 22,906 positive reviews and 887 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Universe Sandbox on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 8/24/2015
Developer Giant Army
Publisher Giant Army
Steam App Id 230290

6. Portal Reloaded

Portal Reloaded is a free, community made modification for Portal 2. The mod builds on the concepts of the main game by allowing you to place a third portal, which enables traveling between two different timelines. Thinking in four dimensions is vital to solving 25 brand new mind-bending puzzles.

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Portal Reloaded has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,730 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 19,005 positive reviews and 725 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 Portal Reloaded on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 4/19/2021
Developer PORTANIS
Publisher PORTANIS
Steam App Id 1255980

7. Portal Stories: Mel

Portal Stories: Mel is a community made, free modification for Portal 2 based in the Portal universe. It tells the story of Mel, who meets a new personality core and faces an undiscovered threat to the Aperture facility.

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Portal Stories: Mel has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 21,585 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,762 positive reviews and 823 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, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 6/25/2015
Developer Prism Game Studios Ltd.
Publisher Prism Game Studios Ltd.
Steam App Id 317400

8. Besiege

Besiege is a physics building game about constructing mechanical machines to annihilate armies, obliterate castles and overcome challenging obstacles. Conquer the campaign or skirmish with friends in Multiplayer!

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Besiege has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 47,098 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 44,993 positive reviews and 2,105 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.74 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Besiege on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $3.74
Release Date 2/18/2020
Developer Spiderling Studios
Publisher Spiderling Studios
Steam App Id 346010

9. Kerbal Space Program

In Kerbal Space Program, take charge of the space program for the alien race known as the Kerbals. You have access to an array of parts to assemble fully-functional spacecraft that flies (or doesn’t) based on realistic aerodynamic and orbital physics.

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Kerbal Space Program has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 120,907 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 114,849 positive reviews and 6,058 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $39.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Kerbal Space Program on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $39.99
Release Date 4/27/2015
Franchise Private Division
Developer Squad
Publisher Private Division
Steam App Id 220200

10. The Talos Principle

The Talos Principle is a first-person puzzle game in the tradition of philosophical science fiction. Made by Croteam and written by Tom Jubert (FTL, The Swapper) and Jonas Kyratzes (The Sea Will Claim Everything).

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The Talos Principle has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Science games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 29,876 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 28,534 positive reviews and 1,342 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play The Talos Principle on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.49
Release Date 12/11/2014
Developer Croteam
Publishers
Steam App Id 257510

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Soures & References

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). WolfQuest: Anniversary Edition on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Universe Sandbox on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 14). Portal Reloaded on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, March 24). Portal Stories: Mel on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Besiege on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 15). Kerbal Space Program on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). The Talos Principle on Steam. Steam Store.

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