Steampunk, for us, is one of the most beautiful aesthetics and setting for a video game. Mixing both technological advances and the Victorian-era, the theme itself is a marvelous setting for gamers to wander and explore.
And to give this theme the spotlight it deserves, we’re naming 5 of the best steampunk games for gaming computers you might want to try:
BioShock Infinite is a popular FPS video game which was released in 2013 by Irrational Games and 2K Games. The game is set on the year 1912 in an airborne steampunk-inspired city called Columbia. Its world is filled with giant balloons, propellers, reactors, and machines for quantum levitation. The setting is perfect with all of its technological advances and Victorian backdrop, adding to the game’s excellent plot and storyline.
Syberia is a graphic adventure video game from Microids which was first released in 2002. It follows the story of Kate Walker as she travels across Europe and Russia, trying to answer the questions in her life. Along the way, she learned of the mythical island known as Syberia. The game was critically acclaimed for its graphic design, containing elements of clockpunk fiction — with tools powered by wind-up gears and springs.
Dishonored is an action-adventure video game from Arkane Studios and Bethesda Softworks which was released in October 2012. The game gained a following from fans who loved its storyline, well-developed characters, and intriguing setting which is designed based on London and England. Its world is filled with Victorian-inspired setups, where technology and supernatural forces collide. The game itself is pure eye-candy for fans of the Steampunk genre.
Frostpunk is a unique city-builder game described by its developer, 11 Bit Studios, as the first survival society game. It features a steampunk ice age setup, where the player must build and maintain the last city on Earth, making sure that your people will survive. The game involves optimization and resource management while facing challenges that will question the player’s morality. It was released on April 2018 and has already garnered multiple awards including NVIDIA’s Indie Spotlight Award Winner.
Thief is a stealth adventure video game from Eidos Montréal and Square Enix, which focuses on the story of Garrett, a master thief who steals from the rich to help the unfortunate. The game is set in a dark fantasy world called “The City,” a fictional world inspired by Gothic, Victorian, and steampunk aesthetics, ruled by a tyrant Baron Northcrest. The game follows Garret on his mission to find the cure for the mysterious disease that plagues the city to save the people.