Earlier this year Steam threw open the doors for hundreds of indie games to offer free downloadable demos for the Steam Game Festival. Steam Next Fest is basically the same event, and we couldn’t be happier.

Play hundreds of demos and watch wall-to-wall live streams from streamers and developers throughout the week (and weekend) of June 16 through June 22.

It can be daunting to sift through that many demos and find new indie games. Thankfully Steam has personalized recommendations based on your library.

You can also hop over to different categories such as strategy, simulation, RPG, and platformer. Each category includes a helpful, one minute highlight reel montage of demos, so you can get a quick look and the kinds of demos you can find.

For example, the Adventure video (above) features Omno, Brok the Investigator, Leif’s Adventure, and Sable. The categories may be a bit too broad, however, as “adventure” includes everything from point and click adventure games and action-platformers to first-person puzzlers and crafting sims.

The Steam Next Fest lasts through June 22. If it’s like the the Steam Game Festival, some of the demos will remain available, while others will be disabled after the event ends.


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Eric has been writing for over five years with bylines in Dicebreaker, Pixelkin, Polygon, PC Gamer and Tabletop Gaming magazine, covering movies, TV shows, video games, tabletop games and tech. He reviews and live streams D&D adventures every week on YouTube. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla.