How To Find Free Games On Steam

This is a tutorial on how to find and download free games on Steam. If you’re familiar with the Steam client store or website, you might know the layout can be incredibly open-ended. I use it every day, and it is one of my most useful resources. This allows for some exploration of methods to filter new games posted. Steam is considered one of the most essential clients for finding new game releases for digital download on PC. It is home to tens of thousands of retail, but also free, games.

This isn’t a terribly complicated process, however, for the Steam client, or website, the interface can be a little layered. Not bad, just slightly hidden! To find free games on Steam, there are a few shortcuts to know. You can use it not only to find free games but also to sort them. This can be based on release date or even genre (also known as tags on Steam.)

Get Free Games on Steam Through the Steam Client

If you do not already have Steam, start by going over to store.steampowered.com and setting up an account. If you already have Steam, skip to the next part. There is a green button in the upper right of the main store page labeled “Install Steam.” Download and install the client. Set up an account, or use an existing one, then follow the steps to verify your account.

Download the Steam Client
Download and Install the Steam Client

Steam has been around since digital game delivery first existed and is considered a pioneer in this type of service. As such, you may already have a Steam account that you’ve forgotten about! You can either set up a new account or go through the recovery process for your old account. Usually, this involves a process of verifying Captcha, or you might just need to verify an email.

At any rate, you should now be logged into your account with the client before moving on to the next step.

Finding Free Games From the Front Page

Next, if you are not already there by default, go to the Steam store page. This is the first section on the client menu and will be denoted by the main page of the client. Steam has many promotional events occurring throughout the year, so if you’re unfamiliar with Steam content, this is a good place to see what it’s all about.

The Steam Store Page
The Steam Store Page

Once, you are in the Steam Store, look for the search box in the upper right of the page. Click the magnifying glass in the corner. I’m not sure why this is how this page is accessed, but it is the quickest way.

Click the Magnifying Glass (It’s tiny!)

Sorting Free Games on Steam

On the right side of the all products page, you are now at, there is a section called “Narrow by Price.” Drag the price slider in the upper right all the way to the left, so that the price range says Free.

Narrow Price to Find Free Games on Steam
Narrow by Price (Slide Left for Free)

It should look something like this:

Free Games on Steam
Free Games!

Okay, you’re almost there. Actually, you pretty much are, but there are a few more tips I have to offer that will make this task a little more rewarding in finding exactly the type of free games you want.

Initially, you’ll only see the most popular free releases in the list of games available. If this is what you wanted, you are done, but I’ll show you how to take it a step further.

Next to the price slide in the upper right, there is a dropdown menu that’s labeled “Sort by.” Click it and change the selection to “Release Date.”

Sort Free Games on Steam by Release Date
Sort By Release Date for Newest Free Games

You should now see a list of all the most recent free games on Steam.

There are a variety of types of free games in this list, classified as either free, free-to-play, or demo. While demos are a type of free game and plenty of fun, they are not typically the whole game and just a preview copy. If you want to try demos, you can find them with this method, but you can also filter out demos as well.

Select Game Type and Narrow By Tag

Below the price slider, look at the sidebar menu that says “Select Game Type.” Click “Games.”

Select Games Only
Select Games to Filter Out Demos

Now, all of the games on the list will be labeled as “Free” or “Free to Play.” Choose something that looks interesting, download it if you wish, and play–or browse through and look at the other games.

You can even sort the genre of games by selecting from the “Narrow by tag” list. This is a fun system in the Steam store interface that allows you to narrow down exactly what type of game you want within hundreds of unique descriptors that games are listed in.

You Can Even Sort By Genre

A small note: some games are listed as either free or free to play, but there is no overall difference between each type of game. The only difference I have found is sometimes free-to-play is a temporary tag, but not necessarily. Free games are invariably just simply free.

A Note About Links That Lead to Games that Aren’t Available

What the Add To Wishlist Button Looks Like in Steam

If you go to a page that says free but it’s actually a closed Early Access or there’s no game at all, this is just a consequence of the game being listed incorrectly. It can be a little annoying if it happens with a game that looks interesting. If you’d like, you can resolve this by adding the game to your wishlist so that you’ll be notified when it’s released.

Have Fun!

That’s all for this tutorial. Potentially, you’ve found this page by watching one of my YouTube videos. If you found this tutorial useful, please see some of my other articles! If you are actually looking for free games that I’ve reviewed, be my guest and go here for my reviewed free games! Thanks for reading MrDavePizza! Enjoy your games.

Burnstar: It’s Like a Sauna in Here

I got Burnstar for under $2 on eShop and it’s also on Steam for around $5. That’s not bad really. And this game is actually good fun. It is cheaper than a burrito from Chipotle too. This is one of those games that doesn’t have a sweeping lore setup for burning a bunch of junk. It’s just cool looking, fun, and the sound design is funkalicious. You can play this game either as a single-player or co-op. (What are co-op games?) I think co-op would probably be easier, but I did alright on single-player. This game is $2 you have nothing to lose really.

Lurked the Nintendo eShop this morning for a good match for a new section of my site I’m expanding about frugal gaming. Yep, cheap games! I’ve received a lot of positivity reception for my research on this subject, so here we go.

Burnstar: No Mas Pantalones

I’ve seen so many games that look good at first and then you start playing and that illusion breaks away like flimsy cardboard. This is not the case with Burnstar. Also, this game IS family-friendly, I have no doubts there. It’s E for Everyone, but despite the action atmosphere of the game, there’s no bad energy about it. Pretty rare to lineup those two in a row sometimes. Probably the only issue you might have is deciding your strategy for the puzzles. That’s up to you though, as it should be!

Burnstar Review
Burnstar Map

There are four player options, however, you really only need to play as the main character to begin with. I guess the other characters have either more of a support role for co-op or maybe for solving different types of puzzle. I’m looking back now and thinking that freezing obstacles might have been pretty useful at one part.

Burnstar: Puzzle Inferno

You start off with a grid with various obstacles and objects. Not everything is important, but some things are. As you’ll be reminded in the intro, your job is to burn the goo. There’s purple goo everywhere. It’s flammable, and if you can set fire to it, you can burn entire pools of it for stars. Most importantly though, burn the goo! You collect stars to achieve enough completion that you can grab the big star and move to the next level. This shouldn’t be too hard (at first), because there are star outlines painted on squares throughout the grid. If you can light those grids on fire with explosives, you’ll be able to get all your starts to move on. It is not always obvious what to do though. There are some boxes that are more flammable than others, like the big red boxes.

Burnstar Puzzle
Purple Slime Level

As you progress through the world map, you’ll encounter different obstacles. When I reached Haunted Isles there was a block that kept chasing me. I took a break there. There is a timer in the upper right corner, but you’ll never run out of time. I really like that, however, I’ve been so coddled by games past that I thought maybe the game crashed when it didn’t display “Game Over” as I ruined every opportunity to get enough stars. That’s actually a good thing though, because you can spend time to figure out how the puzzle might work. Either way, not an issue. Also, you can uh, get captured–by a saw or one of your explosives.  The puzzle simply restarts then and it’s no big deal..

Conclusion

I kept on trying to think of a game that was like this, but I couldn’t. It’s really not a lot different than your average puzzle game, but the style and design is really unique and fun. I did not feel any annoyances with the graphic quality or anything. Honestly, I do not totally understand why this game is so inexpensive. There are 80 LEVELS! That is boatload. 

My only issue at all was during the last puzzles I tried as I moved around the island. I got kind of confused by what I was supposed to do with the blocks that chased after me in Haunted Wilds. There are only a few areas like this I think, but I did not spend enough time to figure it out. If it were Co-Op, it would have been so easy. A lot of games these days do expect us to play with other players, but that’s not my thing. Maybe it is yours, and even if it’s not, check this game out, not much to lose really. I think you’re going to go far.

The Big Journey: Roll a Dumpling Eating Cat!

Hey, when you say “roll around a dumpling-eating cat,” do you mean that literally? You do? Really? Okay, I’m in. Play The Big Journey and roll around a cat, who should be named Alpuss Dumplingdore (do not deny what a perfect name that would be.) Alright, alright. There’s nothing that bizarre about this game. Firstly, The Big Journey is unique, however, once you jump in, it’s pretty fleshed out. Secondly, despite the weird concept, it’s highly rewarding. Finally, I think we’re all a little bit used to those by now, us gamers, aren’t we? So, next up, let’s play!

The Big Journey: Put A Steam Dumpling in Your Cat

I wasn’t super drawn to this game at first. However, I got this Windows game for $0.49 on Steam! WOW. I think that is an awesome deal for a game I actually liked. Steam has a situation where many cheap games are literally garbage. I’m so sorry for saying that. (As a retro edit, I can’t believe I said this at all!) On we go, however. I scoured the garbage heaps. I now have this ruby steaming in the sun though. This is good because it has confirmed some things about the game market I’ve been wondering about. This is especially relevant regarding the really cheap games that cost less than a dollar.

The Big Journey has full controller support and looks beautiful. I don’t know the whole backstory behind The Big Journey, but I see on Steam it was a 2017 Google Indie Games Contest Finalist. This makes sense because it is actually quite polished. I think this is what we need in computer games, simple, beautiful, and fun! I really do think I’d love to review those sweeping epics more. I’m not sure that’s where the majority of the market is anymore either. however, if you’re a game developer please do not quote me on that, because I honestly don’t know.

The Big Journey: Put Some Other Things in Your Cat

Anyway, you’re a cat. You roll around. You eat dumplings. What else is there? There are some random animal dudes like an Owl and a Rabbit you meet along the way. There are a couple of mobs here and there. There are some bugs collecting. Tight-quartered tunnels through large mountains filled with… bugs and dumplings. It’s really easy to pick up. You bounce around on jelly. Oh, and I almost forgot, you can tilt the entire world left and right with your L and R buttons to assist in your rollin’ around. Hot dog!

Closing Comments

The Big Journey has 25 stages, which is a nice high number without being too excessive. That’s more than I can usually bear in Super Mario for one. although I guess there’s probably like 32 or so? That’s just rough math of 4 stages and 8 worlds.

Not much more to say, but I’ve included a 10-minute video of gameplay. This game is $0.49 cents, which is an excellent deal, so just get it. If you run into a temporal existence where this isn’t the case, I think the most it has ever been being about $4.99 on Steam. Word.