That Was Fast: Crawl, NIKO, 48 Others Greenlit

By Nathan Grayson on March 5th, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

What Steam Greenlight will look like if it becomes overly bloated with subpar approvals, basically

Seems like only yesterday that we were posting about Crawl’s spiffy new hot-pink-emblazoned Steam Greenlight page, and that’s because it was. In what has to be some kind of record, it’s already emerged from Valve’s crowd-run dungeon with keys to the Steam kingdom in hand. Why, before you know it, Crawl will probably be learning to drive, graduating from college, and serving minimal time for its first white collar crime. They grow up so fast. Other standouts from this week’s 50-strong Greenlight selection include NIKO: Through The Dream and open-world horror-thon Memories of A Fisherman.

Here’s the full list, courtesy of Valve’s kindly update elves:

  • 100% Orange Juice
  • 18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2
  • Age of Blood: The Scourge
  • Atajrubah
  • Backstage Pass
  • Crawl
  • Crio-Dead:Memory
  • Decadence
  • Diadra Empty
  • Dino Storm
  • Disrupt
  • Doom & Destiny
  • Fall Weiss
  • Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel
  • FreeFall Tournament
  • Gang Beasts
  • Grow
  • HuniePop
  • HyperSonic 4
  • KLASH: Psychic Warfare
  • Livalink
  • LogicBots
  • Lost Squad
  • Lucent Heart
  • Magicians & Looters
  • Memories of a Fisherman
  • Monstrum
  • My Lands
  • NIKO: Through The Dream
  • NOWHERE
  • Paper Dungeons
  • Prison Tycoon Alcatraz
  • Project Temporality
  • Red Goddess
  • ReVeN
  • Rift Rush
  • Robot Rescue Revolution
  • Sierra Ops
  • Star Rift
  • Steel Armor – Blaze of War
  • Strategic War in Europe
  • Super Chibi Knight
  • Telepath Tactics
  • The Curse of Blackwater
  • THE DARK TRIAD: DRAGON’S DEATH
  • Vampire Hurts
  • Vendetta Online
  • Volt
  • Wildlife Park 3
  • ZED – Absolution

The games are many, but the ones I have any more than a passing familiarity with are sadly few. Crawl looks incredible, NIKO alluringly mysterious, and Memories of a Fisherman promisingly ambitious, but beyond that there’s… uhhhhh. Oh, hm, Fleish & Cherry in Crazy Hotel looks like a madly detailed throwback to ancient Disney animation, and Atajrubah is about Arabian folklore and architecture. Those could turn out interesting.

Also, there’s 18 Wheels of Steel: Extreme Trucker 2, which quite obviously wears its trucker hat on its sleeve. Can it unseat Euro Truck Simulator 2 as the most quietly evocative piece of art gaming has ever produced? Time will tell, but regardless I think someone needs to install a truck stop in the Louvre stat.

See anything you like? See anything you despise with every last screeching fiber of your black heart? Also, what’s still missing? Has anything – both recent or older – slipped through Greenlight’s abyssal cracks?

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28 Comments »

  1. NPC says:

    NOWHERE is the one that catches my eye. It is SOMEWHERE on that list, which is good.

  2. Anthile says:

    I’ve of heard of like four of these games and I’m the kind of person who reads gaming news on a daily basis. I don’t know, I guess at this point Valve greenlight at a faster rate than the indies can produce interesting games and we end up with shovelware and crappy mobile ports.

    • Baines says:

      We were getting that even before Steam just started waving games through Greenlight in bulk.

      Honestly, we get it even outside of Greenlight.

    • The Random One says:

      Because obviously any game you haven’t heard of is shovelware.

    • Scumbag says:

      Of all this bunf, how much will actually get put out? I’m sure there are games from the first couple of batches that have yet to be released.

      • kalirion says:

        Not sure about percentages, but greenlit games get released all the time on Steam. Just the current front page “New Releases” list includes, without scrolling:

        Diehard Dungeon
        Mars Colony Challenger
        Tower of Guns
        Vanguard Princess
        One Finger Death Punch
        Chuck’s Challenge 3D

        That’s 6 out of the last 10 releases!

        • Baines says:

          Thanks, I hadn’t noticed that Vanguard Princess had been Greenlit, much less released. And they even added a Steam key on Groupees for people who bought it in the Doujin 2 bundle. Mind, Vanguard Princess is a five year old game, and even the official US release pre-dates the Steam offering by a full year, so it isn’t a surprise to see it make it onto Steam after getting Greenlight approval.

          But Scumbag is right about games getting Greenlit but still not making it to Steam. Many such probably aren’t finished. (I doubt the Greenlit Clang will ever see a real release.) But there are also cases where games that were released elsewhere and/or are completed can continue to sit in limbo for many months after successfully passing through Greenlight.

          Curiosity led me to test Scumbag’s guess about the earliest Greenlight approvals. Of the first ten approved titles (Sept 11, 2012), five have seen full Steam release, two more are in Early Access release, and three have seen no Steam release at all. Those three are Black Mesa, Heroes & Generals, and Routine.

          (Black Mesa’s last news post was Nov 2013 promising a paid release “soon”, to be followed by a new free release. Heroes & Generals last news post was Nov 2012, saying that they were now partnered with Square Enix, advertising their game’s website, and offering a sign-up for beta keys. That website currently says the game is still in beta. Routine’s last news was February, saying that there is still a good amount of work to do.)

          Greenlight’s second batch of approvals was news posted Oct 15, 2012. This batch was for 20 games. Seven of those 20 games have yet to see any form of Steam release. Those seven are: Blockscape, Lost Story – The Last Days of Earth, NEOTOKYO, Perpetuum, Secret of Grindea, The Intruder, Yogventures! (Perpetuum’s Greenlight page advertises that the game saw launch on its own website in 2010. As for The Intruder, it may or may not be an abandoned project.)

          So, 30% of the first batch have yet to make it to Steam two and a half years later, and 35% of the second batch have yet to make it.

          The release presumably get worse as you move to batches that have been approved more recently.

    • frightlever says:

      If this was a book blog and… I don’t need to go on, do I?

      Curiously, books probably take around the same man-hours to produce as an indie game, with some being produced in weeks and some taking years.

      Hmm. I have a couple hundred obscure games on Desura, from bundles. Every so often I’ll spend a weekend winnowing the pile of unplayed games, sometimes giving a game no more than a couple of minutes before moving on to the next. I’ve also got a LOT of unread books on my Kindle but I can’t imagine starting a book and not finishing it. Hmm.

  3. RedViv says:

    Super Chibi Knight! ♥
    Full-time focus got funded on Kickstarter AND getting the green light from our steamy saviour of PC gaming. Wonderful.

  4. Chizu says:

    FINALLY, Diadra Empty has made it through. I adore that game, and its been stuck in purgatory on greenlight for a long, long time.

  5. niklaspersson says:

    I find it really interesting how this type of visual style has evolved the last few years, both glitchiness and lowres 2D graphics with high artistic aims. This has to be the epitome of contemporary retro+glitch aesthetics in games! What happens now? Does it move back towards high-poly 3D in more colors than the eye can see? Or will it move in another direction, perhaps black and white VR with 40s cinema lighting set in the future? Text based games but with three dimensional immersive sound? Actual arcades as sole way to play games?

    • The Random One says:

      Glitchy 3D graphics evoking tilted N64 cartridges are already showing up in the megaobscure hipsterspheres – Crypt Worlds, Goblett Grotto, and a few more.

  6. stringerdell says:

    read about gang beasts on here, its fantastic. very glad it got greenlit

  7. NotToBeLiked says:

    Saw the Giant Bomb dudes play Gang Beasts, and even as just a technical proof of concept that game looks like digitized awesomeness!

  8. minstrelofmoria says:

    I just don’t feel like I can keep up. I try to promote the good games that are slipping through the cracks and not getting reviewed, but with so many games getting greenlit at once, I don’t think I can sort through them all to find the good ones. The best I can do is pick one or two and promote the hell out of them.

    (In other words, I’m gonna keep pestering you guys until you finally do that promised Wot I Think on Our Darker Purpose.)

  9. golem09 says:

    Still missing from the greenlight bunch:

    Catacomb Kids
    Fancy Skull
    Full Bore
    Among the Sleep
    Chasm
    Parallax
    Fract OSC
    Routine

    Vote more.

  10. Lemming says:

    Still no Spud’s Quest :(

  11. botonjim says:

    I’d love for Antharion and Cloaks & Spells to be Greenlit. I think they’re about the only games I care about still stuck in Greenlight.

  12. Noburu says:

    I recognized exactly two games on that list. Hoping most dont turn out ot be trash.

  13. cpt_freakout says:

    Telepath Tactics, hooray!

  14. SillyWizard says:

    What the hell are all these games and who the hell is making all this stuff.

  15. mwoody says:

    Wow, Huniepop got in. A porn game on Steam; that’s a first! I never thought they’d make it, but I’m happy to see they did.

  16. welverin says:

    I’d like to see Derrick the Deathfin make it.

  17. Argent says:

    Those Umgah sure get around. Lots of unknowns in the list and many of them will suck which is great because the ones that don’t will freshen up the alternative list of clones like Battlefield 2226, the Sims Pets 14 and Police Academy 7.

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