Waking More: Valve Greenlights 13 New Games

By Nathan Grayson on December 1st, 2012 at 9:00 am.

'What a neat picture of a lightbulb' isn't really something I expected to think today.

Like somewhat rusty clockwork, the not entirely predictable Steam Greenlight machine has whirred to life again – granting the wishes of hopeful developers who dared perform the dark rituals needed to invoke its promotional might. This time around, 13 games made the cut, and – as is becoming a happy trend – it’s a fairly diverse selection. Well-ish known standouts include Waking Mars, Primordia, and StarForge. Oh, also, there’s productivity software this time too, so thrill to that. (How does one thrill to something? I’ve never understood that phrase.)

The full list of newly greenlit games is as follows:

  • Blackspace
  • Darkfall Unholy Wars
  • Dawn of Fantasy
  • Dragon’s Lair
  • Euro Truck Simulator 2
  • Gear Up
  • Kinetic Void – Space Adventure
  • The Light
  • No Time To Explain
  • Primordia
  • Sang-Froid : Tales of Werewolves
  • StarForge
  • Waking Mars

I’m quite pleased to see Waking Mars and Primordia on there, as both are utterly delightful and deserve far, far wider recognition. StarForge’s star-bound forgery/shootery/lootery, meanwhile, probably takes the cake for most ambition. I’ve also been interested in Sang-Froid‘s frigid/froigid take on, um, wolf defense for a little while now, and Kinectic Void was doing exceedingly promising space game Kickstarters before it was cool. Also, those two rhyme, and I actually didn’t do that on purpose. Oh, and let’s not forget Euro Truck Simulator 2, because I wouldn’t be surprised if it was actually the Citizen Kane of games.

Now then, how about that productivity software, eh? First, GET PUMPED, and then read these names: Action! Screen Recorder, Bandicam: Game Recorder, Construct 2, Display Fusion, HitFilm 2, and You Need A Budget 4. That last one, especially, I feel like I’ll have trouble with, as I haven’t experienced the gripping narrative arc of Need A Budgets 1-3. Oh well.

At any rate, see anything you like? Also, what do you think should be next? Plenty of games have been criminally overlooked by Steam’s various selection processes, but which ones should be counted as felonies?

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  1. conti027 says:

    Awesome to see Blacspace going to steam. It looks fantastic. I was sad the kickstarter for Blackspace didn’t meet its goal.

    • AngoraFish says:

      Blackspace’s Kickstarter clearly helped it score well in Greenlighting. Given that the game itself finished well short of it’s $350K funding goal, however, the game is very clearly a long way away from being made, if ever.

      Surely Greenlight should be about games that are a little closer to being actual, finished games?

      • Kitsuninc says:

        Weird, I thought Greenlight was only for finished games in the first place. If an unreleased game gets in, does that like, mean it’s got a reserved place for when it gets released or what?

        • InternetBatman says:

          That’s what I thought too. Steam has been releasing a lot of betas, like Don’t Starve, and Dota 2 is in perpetual beta.

          Personally I think they need a better system of handling these things, and Greenlight is just the first step.

          • SavageTech says:

            There’s a pretty big difference between betas from bigtime developers and betas from unknown indies. DotA2 beta is obviously going to be on Steam because Valve is developing it, and Don’t Starve is by Klei Entertainment of Shank/Mark of the Ninja/Eets fame. Both of these games can be reasonably expected to come out in working order because the developers have some credibility; the same cannot be said for indie developers without significant pedigree (i.e. a large number of Greenlight participants).

            While Steam is a great platform for beta releases because it can push updates frequently and quickly, I think there should be some more requirements for putting alpha/beta games on Steam Greenlight. It’s perfectly fine to say “We’re working on this game, vote for us so you can eventually buy it on Steam and/or get early access to the beta” but debacles like what happened with Towns make me question the value of allowing unfinished indie games into the system.

        • Junon says:

          Towns was greenlit and made available at whatever its then-current build was. I just started it up and it reports v8a.

          But yes, it was released in an alpha state and drew the ire of many because the store page gave absolutely no indication that the game is not done. They’ve since added this initial line to the description in the store: “Towns is continually being developed and updated to bring you the best experience possible!”

          The rest of the description, and especially the screenshots, remain a bit deceptive with regards to the current state of the game.

          The whole thing has almost turned me off of Greenlight entirely.

      • conti027 says:

        It might not be done but I’m glad it will be on steam when it is.
        I wouldn’t say it has a long way to go before being done.

        • AngoraFish says:

          We know for a fact it’s at least $350K short of getting made.

    • PatrickSwayze says:

      Yeah this was one of the few things I backed on Kickstarter that didn’t make it and I don’t understand how.

      From it getting greenlit it seems to have secured a lot more funding and will now be better than ever.

      Can’t wait to blow some asteroids up!

  2. godofdefeat says:

    I really do hope that Euro Truck Simulator 2 will be released on Steam.
    It´s so simple, yet… so good.

    • Zeewolf says:

      Now that it’s been greenlit, it obviously will be. The devs have been pretty clear that it was a major goal for them.

      I agree, it’s very good. It’s a bit sad to see all the negative comments about it, from people who obviously haven’t played it and just automatically dismiss it because it’s about what they perceive as a boring theme and has the word “simulator” in the title.

  3. onyhow says:

    Yay Waking Mars!

    The overlooked? Japanese games…I really want Bunny Must Die and Suguri on Steam…

    • Chizu says:

      I’m really hoping to see BMD and Suguri get onto steam aswell, specially considering Rockin’ Android already have stuff up on the store :/

    • KDR_11k says:

      If Steam keeps the current release rate those games will never make it. There are more than 10 good games added per month so it’s likely that a lot of games will NEVER reach the top ten and will forever stay buried.

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    Llewyn says:

    Oh, foolish me, I hadn’t at any point realised it should be pronounced Kinetic Vwa.

    • SuperNashwanPower says:

      Croissants, to rhyme with hot pants

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        phlebas says:

        Boys’ pants, surely?

        • SuperNashwanPower says:

          Depends how hard you are trying to deliberately mispronounce “croissants” in order to tease a journalist :)

  5. PixelProspector says:

    Games that should definitely get greenlit:
    Gas Guzzlers (combat racer), Syder Arcade (horizontal shmup), Toki HD Remake (platformer)…
    I have created a steam list where I list ~80 promising games that are on Greenlight…
    and a video called “19 Greenlight Games in 2 Minutes”
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=93298208

    • godofdefeat says:

      Gas Guzzlers?
      Thanks for reminding me!

      • PixelProspector says:

        You knew Gas Guzzlers already? Nice!

        I stumbled upon the game via a YouTuber called phreakindee (aka LazyGameReviews). He tested the game and did some Duke Nukem voice acting during his review…
        Then after the devs saw his video they asked him if he would be interested in doing some Duke Nukem voice overs…. He said yes and reported about it here.
        http://lazygamereviews.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/im-in-a-video-game-well-my-voice-is/

        Anyway….it would be really good if the game would get greenlit because combat racers on PC are pretty rare….and being on Steam would mean there would be enough people online for multiplayer matches.

        Btw Gas Guzzlers was made by ex-Serious Sam devs…

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    Vartarok says:

    For Christ sake, what the bloody hell are you waiting for giving the greenlight to La Mulana? ;__;

    • Shepardus says:

      Seriously, if there’s one game that deserves to be greenlit, it’s La-Mulana…

  7. SuperNashwanPower says:

    Hello RPS journo-tronimanator-ists

    Talking of steam greenlights, please can you tell me if you are going to review Miasmata? It is out on Steam and I would love to know Wot You Think :)

    I am still holding my breath for ROUTINE…. wonder when that will come out.
    Blackspace is on my list of future covetations

    • hello_mr.Trout says:

      i am slighty wary of blackspace, re it’s tower defense allusions – i think the tech they’ve developed would be more applicable to a straight up awesome rts/supcom type game, & was disappointed during their kickstarter that they talked about setting up your base then defending against various swarms/hoards of enemies approaching from designated directions. altho, it’s entirely possible i might just be biased towards wanting a conventional rts with fully destructible terrain however

      • SuperNashwanPower says:

        I have just been wanting that whole 2001 vibe from something. ROUTINE really seems to nail it and the 80’s sci fi vibe. I want to go into SPAAAAAA etcetera.

        • Skabooga says:

          I can’t wait for Routine to come out, it has such fantastic art direction from what’s been shown!

    • lokimotive says:

      I second the request for a Wot I Think for Miasmata. I’m very curious as to how the game actually works.

      • captain nemo says:

        Third’ded for Miasmata. I’m having fun with it, though it’s a bit wonky in places. Nothing major though.

        • The Random One says:

          Go forth with the wot I think, for I have fourthed it.

          I was under the impression it was still under development, and since Greenlight has a habit of dumping games on beta into the store page I didn’t know what to make of it…

  8. Yosharian says:

    K so I totally read that title as ‘wanking more’.

  9. Hatsworth says:

    None of my favorites greenlit. Shantae, La-Mulana, Mutant Mudds, Jets’n’Guns, Bunny Must Die, Heaven Variant, Rhythm Destruction, Pulsen, Cloudbuilt, Oniken, Suguri etc. Only surprised about La-mulana though.

    Sang-Froid : Tales of Werewolves actually looks like it contains enough crazy to be interesting.

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      Jackablade says:

      Sang-Froid looks rather like a modern take on Crystal Dynamics’ “The Horde”. Which is a great thing as far as I’m concerned.

  10. CommanderZx2 says:

    For those commenting on here how many games have you rated on Greenlight?

    According to steam I’ve rated 977 items, which it says is everything.

    • Hatsworth says:

      981, burn! Gotta get ‘em while they last.

    • InternetBatman says:

      344 here with 80 votes. Of the ones I’ve voted for Towns, Giana, Flyn, Waking Mars, Miner Wars, and (I must have been drunk) Postal 2 have been successful.

      • Phantoon says:

        YOU WERE DRUNK! THEN YOU NEEDED TO PEE! And then you realized…

        POSTAL 2 IS THE MOST REALISTIC GAME EVER!

    • KDR_11k says:

      Everything, i.e. 979 items. 114 yes votes out of that.

  11. Gink says:

    Greenlight Expeditions: Conquistador, and Eador: Masters of the Broken World already! :(

    • Zeewolf says:

      Yeah, and Cradle!

      But these games are “fortunately” not finished yet. So there is still time for them to be greenlit before release. It was more important, IMO, to get stuff like Waking Mars on Steam this time.

  12. Tarn says:

    We thought we’d give Greenlight a shot as something of an experiment, as we really had no idea whether high end video software would be a good fit with Steam. Exciting that Valve think so (or think the community thinks so…), and it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

    The curious thing is that in the post-production world we come from, HitFilm 2’s price is extremely competitive. But on Steam, surrounded by games which rarely go above £40 (even the other productivity software tends to all be sub-£100), HitFilm 2 is in a very different context. Source Filmmaker’s success at least indicates that a strong filmmaking community already exists, but it’s going to be fascinating to find out what kind of response we get.

    (I work at FXhome, the developers of HitFilm 2, in case that wasn’t obvious!)

    • RodeoClown says:

      We thought a similar thing (I’m one of the You Need a Budget devs).
      Not sure how this whole “selling software on a games store” thing will work out, but it’s potentially awesome :)

      Good luck with Hit Film 2!

  13. Chizu says:

    I’ll be honest, most of the stuff greenlit in this round doesn’t do a great deal to excite me, Theres basically nothing here I actually voted for :v

  14. JackDandy says:

    Still, no La Mulana while shit that isn’t even finished yet gets Greenlit.. It’s a goddamned shame.

  15. Eddard_Stark says:

    Happy for Primordia, Blackspace and The Light. Will also be following Starforge and Waking Mars, those might turn out nice. Sadly, they skipped my favourites again. I mean, seriously, some nice but early concepts and the likes of Euro Truck Simulator 2 (with all due respect) or Yogventures previously over Drakensang: the River of Time? Keeping my fingers crossed for Age of Decadence, Eador, Cradle, Alea Jacta Est to make it on the list next time but the way people vote/Valve greenlight titles makes a bit worried.

    • malkav11 says:

      Well, Drakensang is in the uncomfortable position that (despite being an excellent and commercially released game) it is already on Steam. Yes, I understand that it’s not on Steam for all regions and the Greenlight entry is to try to fix that. But that’s likely to get significantly less interest and attention than getting stuff onto Steam at all.

      • Eddard_Stark says:

        You’re right, my bad, didn’t notice Drakensang: RoT is available in other regions. Here’s to hope it gets released everywhere, never too many good party-based RPGs these days.

  16. KingKio says:

    Darkfall: Unholy Wars was only listed 2 days ago and has been greenlisted. I would say that is a pretty impressive insight onto how loyal these niche game communities can be.

    • Harkkum says:

      I think that the release of Darkfall should be celebrated by re-issuing Eurogamer review of the game.

    • trjp says:

      I think that’s more an insight that Valve choose what the fuck they want because there’s NO WAY they got into the Top 10 in the 2-3 days they were on there.

      By comparison Black Mesa – which has a MUCH bigger community, had MUCH more press attention on Greenlight etc. managed top 5 in about 7-10 days.

      Sorry but Darkfall was a fix/bodge/dishonest act on Valve’s behalf – we’re back to the ‘walled garden’ system, just they’re letting monkeys press buttons as well.

  17. Dys Does Dakka says:

    Next time, I would rather like to see Eador and Steel Armo(u)r – Blaze of War on the Greenlight list.
    One might even hope for APOPSTAR coming to Steam some fateful day.

    -Get voting, chaps; chop-chop!

  18. Feferuco says:

    What about BED SIMULATOR!?! Damn it!
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=107925422

  19. InternetBatman says:

    I’m glad for functional reasons that they don’t show the top 100, but I would really like to see where some games are. If a game is in the top hundred now, I figure it’ll get released eventually.

    Personally, I’d like to see Incredipede, Dino Run, DLC Quest, La Mulana, Unepic (I really like Unepic), and Dark Scavenger in the next list.

    • trjp says:

      Valve think you’re not upto knowing things like that – apparently if they show you which games are most popular, you’ll not vote for anything else

      Yes, they really do think that – and having that low an opinion of your ‘community’ bodes well for them I reckon…

    • Lazarus_Soma says:

      I’m kind of curious why do you want DLC quest on steam anyway? since its basically just a marketing demo to get you to play the devs other game, and what with it already being on desura and all that.

  20. Shadrach says:

    Very happy to see Waking Mars there, and I’ll probably purchase it again on Steam, unless the bundle I got it provides a key. It’s worth it, one of the games I’ve enjoyed the most this year.

  21. Shortwave says:

    Blackspace looks amazing to me, I can’t wait.
    I just bought Miner Wars 2081, it’s pretty awesome but needs a lot of polish still.
    I was iffy about the only online stuff but at least for me, it’s been no big issue.

    I’ll pretty much buy anything that lets me fly around space.. >.<

  22. Engloutie says:

    I would like to see Kairo on Steam.

  23. Frank says:

    I only remember thumbs-upping Sang-froid and Waking Mars from this batch, but now that I see how frequently this is happening I’m not worried about the chances of my favorites like Eador, MaK and Dungeon Dashers (though it looks like Escape Goat might never make it…). So, no criminal oversights here, I reckon.

  24. cool4345 says:

    … so i’m not saying that valve should be running things differently or anything like that, but really?

    2 point and click games, one of which was made over 10 or 20 years ago apparently.

    -A game which looks kind of like a halo rip-off.

    – an interactive story… thing.

    – A minecraft clone.. IN HD! (to be honest i did vote for this one, but only because it looked to be the best minecraft clone i’d seen on greenlight so far)

    -A truck simulation game. admittedly it does look quite well made, but very dull at the same time.

    -A game that i think was available on newgrounds for free not too long ago, made in flash. (No time to explain)

    Those games do look okay, but really, they’re not games that i’d have imagined would have been among the first to be released via greenlight. Maybe later on. There’s plenty of other games on greenlight that i’ve seen that actually look more unique and more interesting than quite a few of those titles in that list, such as omegalodon, dino run SE and so on.

  25. Skabooga says:

    If I had to recommend one game on Greenlight, it would be Centration:
    http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=92911540

    It is still in the early stages of production, so that might be a black mark in the eyes of some, but its concept is basically “multiplayer Alien”. Note the distinct lack of ‘s’ on that last word. So it has the potential to be my dream game, the game which, if I had the proper skills and profession, I would be making right now.

  26. j3w3l says:

    Project zomboid was greenlit as well.. fun little zombie survival game

  27. Caiman says:

    A more interesting selection than the previous one, for sure. It is frustrating to see unfinished games get prioritised over finished ones, but then Greenlight isn’t about that. That game “The Light” concerns me though, given that the trailer is using Thomas Newman’s “Road to Perdition” soundtrack uncredited, and I’m 99.9% certain the guy wouldn’t have been able to afford the license! Does Steam normally endorse such dodgy stuff?

    No La Mulana, no Pinball Arcade, no Retrobooster, no Syder Arcade. Sigh. Interesting to see Primordia get on there this time, showing that Steam isn’t selecting the top X titles but rather choosing trends (Primoria was rocketing up the charts, but was around the top 40 by the time it was Greenlit, pleasantly surprising the devs).

  28. dustin says:

    As a Kinect game developer, you should probably fix that “Kinectic Void” typo. I got freaked out and excited for a second.

  29. Gurraymold says:

    Escape Goat hasn’t been greenlit yet. That’s a capital offence right there.

    You know what’s even worse though?

    “Unfortunately my “% towards being top 100″ falls a little bit each week, currently at 63%. I can’t really keep up with the level of traffic of other games it seems. I think to get Greenlight level support you need a massive army of fans. My recent release of Soulcaster on Newgrounds has generated a good amount of traffic, so if I can somehow harness that to build a community for all my games, I might stand a chance. I appreciate your support!”
    -MagicalTimeBean [author]

  30. soco says:

    While I didn’t vote for everything that was approved this round, and some I think just aren’t for my tastes, I am really happy about a few of those.

    More importantly I really like this thread. Not so much that there are so many good games that haven’t gotten the greenlight, but that there is a great list of some favorites that I have now gone through and voted for and can now keep an eye on.

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I’ll toss out one of my own so hopefully some others give it some love:

    Akanerio. American McGee’s hack and slash: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=93002362&searchtext=

    Incredipede: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=92701947&searchtext=