Jan 22, 2024 5 min read

Best Games Under $10 in the 'Steam Pirates vs. Ninjas Fest' Sale

Here's a look over some of the very best bargains that you can snag in the new Steam Pirates vs Ninjas Fest sale. All are under ten bucks and Steam Deck friendly.…

Best games for Steam Deck under ten dollars in the Steam Pirates vs Ninjas sale

Here's a look over some of the very best bargains that you can snag in the new Steam Pirates vs Ninjas Fest sale. All are under ten bucks and Steam Deck friendly.…

Yes, it's seemingly time for yet another Steam sale.

This time it's another with a curious theme — hot off the heels of the Capitalism and Economy Fest comes a new swashbuckling sneaky sale — yup, it's the Pirates vs. Ninjas Fest.

I guess this sale is an attempt to answer the age old question of who would win in a battle between pirates and ninjas? Maybe some of the games discounted can help shed some light on just that.

You can find all of the discounted games right here (and the page even has dedicated 'Pirates' and 'Ninjas' buttons should you wish to narrow things down) — but as ever, we've gone through all of the games on offer and found the buried treasure amongst the bunch. Here's our recommendations for the best games under ten bucks in the Pirates vs. Ninjas sale — all of which should play nicely on the Steam Deck too!

This sale is on now for the next week, ending at 10am PT on Monday, January 29th.

Let's get to it...

💸 Steam Pirates Vs Ninjas Fest Sale Bargains:

Trek to Yomi - $7.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

This award-winning side-scrolling hack and slash from 2022 is absolutely dripping with style — its visuals being a clear nod to classic Japanese Samurai cinema. It sports a beautiful muted black and white look, and offers up a gripping story and satisfying combat. It tells the tale of a young swordsman named Hiroki — he has sworn to protect his town and the people he loves against all threats.

Trek to Yoni on Steam

Ghostrunner - $8.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Here's another award-winning game. This time it's a slick, fast-paced first-person action platformer. One that's packed with precision sword fighting, a grim, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic setting, and sci-fi cool. There's a demo available too should you wish to take it for a spin and give it a vibe check before grabbing it.

Ghostrunner on Steam

The Messenger - $4.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

There's a meaty 75% off this much-loved, award-winning, celebrated Metroidvania from 2018. It's a slick ninja-themed platformer from the same team behind Sea of Stars. It begins as something of a classic 2D action platformer and evolves into a big time-traveling adventure that's "full of thrills, surprises, and humor".

Less than five bucks, and Verified on Steam Deck. Good stuff.

The Messenger for Steam Deck


🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Koei Tecmo return to give the Musou treatment to One Piece yet again. There's currently a generous 75% off this over the top 2020 anime hack and slash.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 for Steam Deck

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse - $9.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

The hair-whipping belly dancing genie Shantae teams up with a pirate in this 2015 2D platformer from WayForward, all in an effort to lift a curse.

The game is packed with fun dialogue, a memorable cast of characters and catchy music to boot. Nintendo World Report called it a "must-play".

Shantae and the Pirate's Curse for Steam Deck

Katana ZERO - $8.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

This stylish neo-noir, action-platformer from 2019 has a boatload of overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam. It executes on offering up "breakneck action and instant-death combat" — you have to slash, dash, and manipulate time to "unravel your past in a beautifully brutal acrobatic display". So kick ass and look good doing it, basically.

Katana ZERO for Steam Deck

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire — $9.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Obsidian's 2018 celebrated RPG sequel sees you captain a ship on a dangerous "voyage of discovery across the vast unexplored archipelago region of the Deadfire".

A charming, swashbuckling isometric adventure that's currently 75% off.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire on Steam


🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

There's an insane 90% discount on this Steam Deck verified 2019 3D open-world anime action adventure game. You join Luffy and the Straw Hat Pirates as they explore a new island locale.

One Piece World Seeker for Steam Deck

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM 4 — $7.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Anime fighting action from 2016. This Naruto brawler is currently 60% off and offers up plenty of epic ninja roughhousing. A bunch of other Naruto fighting games are also on offer right now.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 on Steam

💰 Some other honourable mentions

Looking for some more suggestions? Here's a handful more real quick:

Yarr, that's a wrap! Let us know if you snagged any sneaky loot in the comments below (also, recommendations welcome!)

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