These are the best games that we recommend for under $10 in the Steam Winter Sale.
Looking for some games to beat over the holidays? Well, good news — Valve's Steam Winter sale is now live, with thousands of great games discounted over the next few weeks.
The sale runs from December 21, 2022 until January 5, 2023.
There are a ton of awesome discounts on plenty of big titles (like Persona 5 Royal and Sonic Frontiers), but we figured we would share some of the best pocket money-friendly buys — so, today we're going to look at some awesome sub-ten dollar games that you can pick up in the Steam Winter sale, most of which are playable on the Steam Deck too.
Oh, and it's worth remembering that if you still have some Christmas shopping to do, then all the games featured in this festive sale can be gifted (but a Steam gift card is always a solid option too).
Let's dive in.
Steam Sale Bargains:
ElecHead — $7.99
There's 20% off this charming, award-winning single-player indie 2D action game from 2021.
It has plenty of retro appeal, a distinct style, and will appeal to any puzzle platformer fan.
‣ ElecHead on Steam (Deck Verified)
Spiritfarer: Farewell Edition — $7.49
You can save a decent chunk of change on this one, as it's currently 75% off. It's a management game from 2020 about... dying. As a ferrymaster to the deceased, you'll build a boat to explore the world, care for your spirit friends, and release them into the afterlife. A pretty cozy, yet emotional, indie experience.
‣ Spiritfarer on Steam (Deck Verified)
Brotato - $3.99
This 2D top-down arena shooter came out earlier this year in September, and it sees you take on the role of a weapon-wielding potato taking on hordes of aliens in roguelite runs. Oh, and it's also nominated for a Steam Award.
‣ Brotato on Steam (Deck Verified)
Alan Wake — $4.49
This 2012 third-person action-adventure from Remedy is a really intense psychological thriller with plenty of unique twists and turns.
Award-winning horror that's worth playing ahead of the series' return next year.
‣ Alan Wake on Steam (Deck Verified)
Sayonara Wild Hearts — $7.79
Worth getting for the soundtrack alone — this is a pop album in videogame form. Expect arcade-style action in which you ride motorcycles, skateboard, and shoot lasers at 200mph.
Super stylish, and looks great — it's short, but you'll have a fun time with it.
‣ Sayonara Wild Hearts on Steam (Deck Verified)
New Super Lucky's Tale — $9.89
There's currently a sizeable 67% off this recently Steam Deck verified cartoony 3D platformer. If you love games such as Spyro, Banjo-Kazooie and the like then you'll find a lot to love here. It's a delightful modern take on the best games from that era.
‣ New Super Lucky's Tale on Steam (Deck Verified)
A Short Hike — $5.19
There's 35% off this lovely, award-winning 2019 indie adventure in the Steam Winter Sale. If you're not familiar, you're tasked with exploring an island and climbing up the Hawk Peak mountainside up to the summit.
It's a very chill, relaxing experience — yours for just over five dollars ($5.15).
‣ A Short Hike on Steam (Deck Verified)
Vampire Survivors — $3.99
This highly addictive time survival rogue-lite exploded onto Steam earlier this year and has since racked up over 165,000 positive reviews.
If you don't know what the deal is, here's what you need to know: You're tasked with surviving until dawn, battling thousands of supernatural night creatures along the way.
It's a rad bullet-hell experience that's well worth checking out — and now is a great time to buy as a fresh 'Legacy of the Moonspell' DLC dropped recently, fleshing things out even further.
It's currently on sale with a 20% discount, making it just $3.99. You can get a bundle with the new DLC included for just $4.62. A superb sub-five dollar buy.
‣ Vampire Survivors on Steam (Deck Verified)
Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling — $7.99
This award-winning and critically acclaimed RPG from late 2019 will instantly appeal to Paper Mario fans. You take on the role of three bug adventureres on a quest to find the everlasting sapling.
‣ Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling on Steam (Deck Verified)
Cities: Skylines — $8.99
A quick glance at my Steam profile reveals I've put in over 600+ hours into this superb city-building experience.
It's a hugely flexible sandbox sim with an equally massive modding community. If you've ever wanted a good, modern take on Sim City that adds so much more to what came before, this is it.
‣ Cities: Skylines on Steam (Deck Playable)
Horace — $5.99
A massive 2019 pixel-art platforming adventure from Paul Helman and Sean Scapelhorn that's a real love letter to videogaming.
It's a 15+ hour romp packed with plenty of pop culture references and solid 16-bit vibes. A modern indie classic.
‣ Horace on Steam (Deck Verified)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $7.99
CD Projekt Red's huge 2015 hit sees you play as monster hunter Geralt of Rivia, exploring a massive fantasy-themed open world.
This award-winning story-driven RPG is currently on sale with a sizeable 80% off, meaning you can get this much-loved game for less than $8.
‣ The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (Deck Verified)
Dicey Dungeons — $3.74
Terry Cavanagh's excellent take on the roguelike deckbuilder is on sale with a huge 75% off. It's a fast-paced dice-based experience with plenty of neat ideas.
‣ Dicey Dungeons (Deck Verified)
Stardew Valley — $8.99
ConcernedApe's modern farm sim classic has a nice 40% discount in the Steam Winter Sale. A warm, heartwarming game from start to finish.
‣ Stardew Valley on Steam (Deck Verified)
Katana ZERO — $8.99
This super stylish neo-noir action platformer moves at a super fast pace and features satisfying slash, dash combat — it nails the execution. It's down 40% until January 5.
‣ Katana ZERO on Steam (Deck Verified)
Hollow Knight — $7.49
Not played Hollow Knight yet? Well, there's still time to check out this much-loved award-winning 2D Metroidvania from Team Cherry before its sequel Silksong arrives.
It's currently half-price (50% off) — meaning you can pick it up for under $8.
‣ Hollow Knight on Steam (Deck Verified)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes — $4.49
A perfect slice of frustrating couch co-op for the holidays. You and a small group are tasked with defusing a bomb, but only you can see the explosive.
Local multiplayer that involves everyone, with a huge 70% discount.
‣ Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes on Steam (Deck Verified)
Celeste — $4.99
This 2018 amazing 2D precision platformer is a wonderful, although challenging, journey to the top of the mountain and something of a journey of self-discovery too. Absolutely superb soundtrack.
It's 75% off at just $4.99.
‣ Celeste on Steam (Deck Verified)
Peggle Deluxe — $0.99
Look, it's Peggle, ok — a super fun distraction of sorts. This version of the arcade puzzler hit has 55 levels to take on. Aim your shot, shoot, and clear the pegs. It's simple but compelling. A great budget pick-up with a massive 80% off.
‣ Peggle Deluxe on Steam (Deck Playable)
Street Fighter V — $4.99
What better way to prepare for the upcoming Street Fighter 6 than getting in some budget-friendly practice with the iconic battler that came before it?
This 'fifth' mainline entry in Capcom's long-running head-on-head fighter from 2016 features cross-platform multiplayer, a slew of playable characters, and a mechanically brilliant core experience.
‣ Street Fighter V on Steam (Unsupported on Steam Deck)
DRAGON BALL FighterZ — $8.99
If you want something a bit more recent than the above Street Fighter, and something that's a ton more anime then look no further than this. This features spectacular looking fighting with plenty of 'all-powerful' fighters from the long-running anime. A huge 85% off until early January.
‣ DRAGON BALL FighterZ on Steam (Unsupported on Steam Deck)
Other Great Steam Deck Verified Sale Games:
All of the below games are verified to run great on the Steam Deck.
- Sonic Mania - 75% off [$4.99]
- Katamari Damacy Reroll - 75% off [$7.49]
- GRIS - 75% off [$4.24]
- What Remains of Edith Finch - 75% off [$4.99]
- Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered - 80% off [$9.99]
- Death's Door - 50% off [$9.99]
- Carrion - 60% off [$7.99]
- Castle Crashers - 80% off [$2.99]
- Moonlighter - 80% off [$3.99]
- Axiom Verge - 70% off [$5.99]
- Untitled Goose Game - 50% off [$9.99]
There are literally thousands of other titles on sale right now, so you can always see the full selection over on Steam if you want more. However, we are adding more great games to this post as we find them if you want us to do the searching! 👀
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