This Week in Games: Jul 8 – 13


This week features a PC multiplayer open-world survival game, a hamster simulator launching on consoles, a turn-based western base builder, a relaxing alchemy-themed adventure, and a web3 looter shooter with NFT elements. But before we get to the full list, here are your highlights:

If this was last year or any of the years of the Pandemic it seemed like every week there was a new Multiplayer Open World Survival Game but now they are a bit further apart with Once Human launching on Wednesday being the first one we have seen in a little while. Dropping on Steam and via the Epic Games Store this much like most of them is a PC gamer still with resource management being.. less fun with a console controller, but this one has definitely benefited from a lot of the graphical improvements over the last few years as you and your friends (or not) survive in a post-apocalypse world filled with not zombies for once but aliens.

Now for the main event, the big cheese, the thing you have been waiting for – Hamster Playground aka Hamster simulator. Build enclosures, mazes, train your Hamsters and more. If you are a PC gamer you can already pick this up minus the DLC for absolutely free on Steam as it released sometime ago, but if you are a console gamer then you can play this on Xbox, PlayStation and Nintendo Switch from Thursday.

If you are all Red Deaded out but still want more Western in your gaming then Governor of the West is a turn based base builder where you build out your olde western town. This is not quite SimCity because on top of building your town you also get to build your gang of outlaws to work for you so you can be a feared governor across the lands. It drops just for Steam on Saturday.

Falling more on the Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom side than Minecraft is The Last Alchemist on Steam this Saturday. In a world of little mushroom friends who are probably all Fungi you are the last Alchemist who will explore the world, build your workshop and solve puzzles with SCIENCE! (Sorta). Honestly this one has more of a chill relaxing game vibe but still with some sort of mission or objectives to help you follow.

Honourable Mention: And our honourable mention this week is not so much an honourable mention but… look it is a thing that now exists and we thought you’d want to know. Over Trip on the surface looks a lot like Fortnite with it being a 3rd person over the shoulder shooter but this may be the first in a new generation of web3 looter shooters that features acquiring + buying NFT tokens. It appears only on the Epic Games store on Thursday.

If you bought any of these on the release day, tell us how it went! Also, as always did we miss anything? Something you are looking forward to more than anything else? Tell us in the comments

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Lifeless Moon (Xbox Series X|S)
Kubits Gallery (PlayStation)
Whispering Paws (PlayStation)
Ocean Playround (Steam)
VHS (Steam)
Was God Birthed!? (Steam)
Chibi Reboot (Steam)
Banana Cat (Steam)
Happy Sheepies (Steam)
Danger and Deadlier (Steam)
Mango 64 (Steam)
Feed Da King (Steam)
Banana Extreme (Steam)
Sliding Bears (Steam)
Mnemonic (Steam)
Invention 5 (Steam)

Let’s Journey (PlayStation)
Spin Rhythm XD (PlayStation)
Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)
Maisa: Galactic Bounty Hunter (Epic Games Store)
Pizzeria (Steam)
HackeRPG (Steam)
Start Running (Steam)
Butanooo! Simulator (Steam)
Kubits Gallery (Steam)
Questbound (Steam)
Box Clicker (Steam)
Pig Knight (Steam)
Ark of Charon (Steam)
The End (Steam)
Adrenaline Injection (Steam)

Naheulbeuk’s Dungeon Master (Xbox Series X|S)
True Colours – A Date With Deception (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)
Retro Battle (Nintendo Switch)
Lifeless Moon (Epic Games Store)
Once Human (Epic Games Store, Steam)
OverTrip (Epic Games Store)
Power Solenoid (Steam)
DOG (Steam)
Lemon (Steam)
Crack it Up! – Prologue (Steam)
Spell Boy (Steam)
Burkina Faso: Radical Insurgency (Steam)
Calmed by the Dark Shin Neon (Steam)
Last victim. House of Fear (Steam)
Time Treker (Steam)
Time Re (Steam)
Breaking Bricks (Steam)
Cats And Mice (Steam)
Royal Card Clash (Steam)
Get To The Top (Steam)
One more! (Steam)
Color Splash: Horses (Steam)
Block-ed (Steam)

Ogre Tale (Xbox Series X|S)
SunnySide (Xbox Series X|S)
True Colours – A Date With Deception (Xbox Series X|S)
Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (PlayStation)
Romopolis (Epic Games Store)
Prune & Milo (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Steam)
The Boys Escape (PlayStation)
Alaskan Road Truckers: Highway Edition (PlayStation)
OGRE TALE (Nintendo Switch)
WEJAM (Nintendo Switch)
Gluck (Nintendo Switch)
Moonshine Inc. (Nintendo Switch)
Princess Maker 2 Regeneration (Nintendo Switch, Steam)
Danger Stunt Drive: Extreme Racing Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
Primal Survivors (Nintendo Switch)
Bleach: Brave Souls (Nintendo Switch)
Muv-Luv Remastered (Nintendo Switch)
Muv-Luv Alternative Remastered (Nintendo Switch)
Night Reverie (Nintendo Switch)
Busway Islands – Puzzle (Nintendo Switch)
Let’s Aim! Shooting Gallery (Nintendo Switch)
HoneyLand (Nintendo Switch)
Brawl Arena: Arcade Shooter (Nintendo Switch)
Sunlight Scream (Nintendo Switch)
Avocado (Steam)
Heirs (Steam)
Litha and the Sunhouse (Steam)
Motorbike Simulator MX Driving (Steam)
Daydreamy (Steam)
Leaf Clicker: Grow Your Green Thumb! (Steam)
Alessia’s Dollhouse (Steam)
Flappy Horse (Steam)
Hookah Haze (Steam)
Normal Days (Steam)
Cake Platformer (Steam)
Festival (Steam)
StockSim (Steam)

Alaskan Road Truckers: Highway Edition (Xbox Series X|S)
Busway Islands – Puzzle (Xbox)
Disaster Band (Xbox)
Hamster Playground (Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)
Neon White (Xbox Series X|S)
Parasol Stars: The Story of Bubble Bobble III (Xbox Series X|S)
Prune & Milo (Xbox Series X|S)
TimeMelters (PlayStation)
Deathchron (PlayStation, Nintendo Switch)
Infinite Inside (PlayStation, Steam VR)
True Virus (PlayStation)
Cola Riders (PlayStation)
Ballz (Nintendo Switch)
DROS (Nintendo Switch)
VACUUM BALL (Nintendo Switch)
Toon Roads : Superbike (Nintendo Switch)
siMarket Supermarket Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
Shy Dogs Hidden Orchestra (Nintendo Switch)
Offroad Truck Simulator (Nintendo Switch)
Anomaly Pools (Nintendo Switch)
System Malfunction (Steam)
HITM3 (Steam)
Hexpire (Steam)
Shahmaran (Steam)
Primal Slideee (Steam)
Hamster Combat (Steam)
MonCon (Steam)
Burning Skies Arcade (Steam)
Enelia: Dawn of Madness (Steam)
SuperSpec Rallycross (Steam)
Anger Foot (Steam)
Fuse The Bomb (Steam)
Merchant Isle (Steam)
Horticular (Steam)
GEE GrotEsquE 2 – iskra Perfekta (Steam)
River God: Enshrouded Current (Steam)
Wine Hunt: Aim Fidelity (Steam)
Eternal Escape: castle of shadows (Steam)
Joe Biden Vs. Jeo Boden – Escape From MAGA Chapter 2 (Steam)
Meme Mayhem (Steam)
The Old Gentleman (Steam)
StellarDefender (Steam)
Cluminati (Steam)
Dollar (Steam)
The Nameless City (Steam)
Sweet Home 2: Look and Find Collector’s Edition (Steam)
Halmaverse (Steam)
She Could Fly: Documentary Escape Game (Steam)
Sleep Stream (Steam)
Fruit: Chain Effect (Steam)
Hello World (Steam)
Infinity Blaster (Steam)
Eternal Vampire (Steam)
The Adventures of Detective Donut at Shao-Lu Temple (Steam)
Crimson Asylum (Steam)
DOKODA (Steam)
ZOMBIE RAID: No One Survives (Steam)
Chocolate Factory Simulator: Prologue (Steam)
Koverpark Haunted Subway (Steam)

Cosmic Mirage (Xbox Series X|S)
DayD Tower Rush (Xbox)
Deathchron (Xbox Series X|S)
Thief Simulator 2 (PlayStation)
Cubic Riders (PlayStation)
Vac Attack (Nintendo Switch)
Falling Number (Nintendo Switch)
My Virtual Pet (Nintendo Switch)
Envelope (Steam)
siMarket Supermarket Simulator (Steam)
Colesseum Enigma (Steam)
Spotless (Steam)
Rapta (Steam)
Governor of the West (Steam)
The Last Alchemist (Steam)
The Dragonhood (Steam)
Super Dark Deception (Steam)
Zero Division (Steam)
Back To Home (Steam)
Crypto Skoof Tycoon (Steam)
Short Adventure (Steam)
Space Drop (Steam VR)
Rally Mechanic Simulator Prologue (Steam)
Adventure in the Dungeon (Steam)
Factory Islands (Steam)
Chronocide (Steam)
Inn Tycoon: Prologue (Steam)
Dessert Storm Girls (Steam)
Knightess (Steam)
Within: Hannah’s Journey (Steam)
Cursed Bet (Steam)
Project Unknown (Steam)
Crazy Corn (Steam)
Holidays (Steam)
Moen (Steam)
Counterpick Labs (Steam)
Chrono Club – Race Against Time (Steam)
Solitar: Retro Picks (Steam)
Astro Combat (Steam)
Catch the Vandal (Steam)
Kevurah Horror Tale (Steam)
Golf Bash: Online (Steam)
Baimason’s Thing Finder Puzzle (Steam)
Monsters (Steam)
SaveKunkun (Steam)
Drive Me Crazy (Steam)
MouseVentures (Steam)
Descending The Woods (Steam)
The Renovator: Origins (Steam)

Andrew B

Current Resident of Reality C-137. Possible Robot from Westworld. Does lots of random stuff.