Jul 5, 2023 13 min read

The Best Games Under $10 in the Steam Summer Sale

These are the best games you can get for under $10 in the new Steam Summer Sale.

The Best Games Under $10 in the Steam Summer Sale

These are the best games you can get for under $10 in the new Steam Summer Sale.

It's that time again! One of the biggest Steam sales of the year is now here, bringing discounts across thousands of great games over the next two weeks.

The Steam Summer Sale runs from June 29, 2023 until July 13, 2023.

As ever, we've gone through all of the games on sale and picked out the best, highlighting the finest Steam Deck friendly budget buys you can snag. These are the very best sub-ten dollar games that you can grab in the Steam Summer sale — all pocket-friendly purchases that won't break the bank.

Each and every one of the games listed below are either Steam Deck Verified or Steam Deck Playable titles too — so you can buy them confident in knowing that they will work on Valve's handheld.  

Ok, let's get to it. Here are the very best bargains in the 2023 Steam Summer Sale - there's over 50 games here worth checking out...

🎮 Steam Summer Sale Bargains:

Alan Wake - $4.49

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Remedy Entertainment are gearing up to release the long-awaited sequel to Alan Wake later this year. So, before Alan Wake 2 arrives in October it may be a good idea to refresh your memory of the mysterious and creepy events that went down in Bright Falls during the original, now cult, game from 2010.

‣  Alan Wake for Steam Deck

Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy - $1.99

🎮  Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Love really frustrating gaming experiences? Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a real gruelling test of patience — a difficult and punishing climbing game from 2017 in which you scale a mountain with a hammer and a pot. It's also only two bucks right now.

It's Steam Deck verified, but I'd advise playing with a protective case on your precious handheld as this game is bound to have you throwing things...

‣  Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy on Steam Deck

Loop Hero - $4.94

🎮  Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

An innovative and unique tactical roguelike which sees you wield an expanding deck of 'mystical' cards that you can use to place down various enemies, buildings, and terrain along 'each unique expedition loop' as you journey on your "quest to shatter the endless cycle of despair".

‣  Loop Hero on Steam

LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures  - $4.94

🎮  Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Ok, I'm only really including this as there is a new Indy movie out now — as such, I figured some of you may wanna scratch your adventurer itch, and play some classic Indiana Jones missions from the first three movies, LEGO style.

These games generally hold up well, so why not make some time to crack that whip, and bust some bricks.

‣  LEGO Indiana Jones on Steam

Stuffo the Puzzle Bot on Steam Deck

Stuffo the Puzzle Bot  - $7.49

🎮  Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

This laid-back 2D logic puzzler is relatively new, having only launched in March of this year. In it you play as a little problem solving robot who has to resolve a series of bite-sized mind-bending puzzles by using the various blocks you find to climb, push and teleport your way to the exit.

‣  Stuffo the Puzzle Bot for Steam Deck

SoulCalibur VI  - $5.99

🎮  Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Soulcalibur VI is the latest in Bandai Namco's long-running fighting game series. This one was first released back in 2018, and just like the old games features guest characters. I have fond memories of playing as Link on Soulcalibur II — and this sixth entry features Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher.

If you grab the Deluxe Edition (also under ten bucks) you get more characters too, including NieR's 2B.

‣  Soulcalibur VI on Steam

Grand Theft Auto IV - $5.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Cousin Roman can now annoy you where ever you go thanks to the Steam Deck friendly GTA IV.

This version of Rockstar's 2008 open-world sandbox crime hit is the Complete Edition of the game featuring the base game and two DLC add ons: The Lost and Damned & The Ballad of Gay Tony.

‣  Grand Theft Auto IV on Steam

Castlevania Anniversary Collection  - $3.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

There's a big 80% discount on this one. It's a great way to experience a huge chunk of the early Castlevania games that helped define the platformer genre. You get eight games here, including the original, Super Castlevania, Belmont's Revenge, and more.

‣  Castlevania Anniversary Collection on Steam Deck

PAYDAY 2 for Steam Deck

PAYDAY 2 - $0.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

The bank heist, crime spree co-op shooter has a huge 90% discount during the Steam Summer Sale - a good excuse to get some practice in ahead of the long awaited PAYDAY 3 arriving in September.

PAYDAY 2 on Steam Deck

LOVE 3 for Steam Deck

LOVE 3 - $4.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

If you like precision platforming you'll love this.

Love 3 is the latest minimalistic 2D challenge platformer from Fred Wood. It has a lovely retro feel to it, tight controls, plenty of satisfying pixel perfect jumps to overcome, and you can set your own checkpoints as you go. This does one thing really darn well — oh, and all the levels from the first two games are here too.

LOVE 3 on Steam Deck

South Park: The Stick of Truth  - $7.49

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

This turn-based comedy RPG from 2014 sees you start an adventure as the new kid in town who has the difficult job of trying to become cool. You can expect the trademark South Park adult satire, plenty of toilet humour and that all important South Park art style — it looks just like an episode of the show.

The 2017 'Fractured But Whole' follow up is also on sale with an 80% discount — you can get both in a bundle for around $15 too.

‣  South Park: The Stick of Truth on Steam Deck

Monster Crown for Steam Deck

Monster Crown - $4.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

This is one of a number of Pokemon-like games for Steam Deck, and this creature collector has something of a dark side.

It takes place on an island that's facing a new, malicious threat and your task is to team up with a a group of monsters to "prevent the return of tyranny".

Has over 200 monsters, online battle and trading, plus a neat unique decision tree which can actually change the end game.

‣  Monster Crown on Steam Deck

Borderlands 3 - $8.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Shooter for loot in what is likely the best game in series — Yes, it's more of the same, but it's the Borderlands formula at its best. This humourous third mainline entry, from 2020, is much grander in scale, with multiple open worlds to explore. It will keep you busy.

Borderlands 2 is also on sale, at under five bucks.

‣  Borderlands 3 on Steam

Among Us - $3.74

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Find the impostor on your spaceship in this online PvP game of social deduction. A great bit of fun, particularly if you can get a group of pals on voice chat to help your sleuthing along.

Among Us on Steam

Ape Out on Steam Deck

Ape Out - $3.74

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

I first played Ape Out on the Nintendo Switch when it initially released back in 2019 — and it left quite the impression. It's a violent top-down wonderfully stylized smash-em up action game in which you are one very angry ape. It's really intense, has a great energy about it, and is all set to a frenetic jazz soundtrack.

It's currently on sale with a 75% discount, and it's Steam Deck Verified.

‣  Ape Out for Steam Deck

Grapple Dog - $5.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

This charming 2D action title from Medallion Games is an accessible, tightly-designed platformer with a rad grapple-hook mechanic at its core. You play as dog Pablo who is on an adventure across six worlds to take down a robo-overlord. The game reminds me visually of early GBA games. It's good fun.

‣  Grapple Dog for Steam Deck

Please, Touch the Artwork - $2.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

A calm, casual and award-winning puzzler from Thomas Waterzooi in which part of the fun is just exploring and seeing what does or does not work. You're encouraged to be curious, play with art, and ultimately see what happens as a result. There's over 160 paintings for you touch, including iconic pieces.

‣  Please, Touch the Artwork on Steam

Stardew Valley - $9.89

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Something of an essential. ConcernedApe's slice of life farming sim is something of a modern classic. It currently has a 34% discount, meaning you can grab this much-loved life sim for under ten bucks. It's a heartwarming game from start to finish, and will no doubt consume your summer if you've not played it before.

‣  Stardew Valley on Steam Deck

Vampire Surivors - $3.74

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Who hasn't got this one yet? It's pretty much a Steam Deck essential at this point. But hey, if you are yet to grab it, now is a good a time as any — especially as a new co-op mode is on the way soon. A bargain at under four bucks.

Vampire Survivors on Steam Deck

Brotato - $3.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

In a similar style to Vampire Survivors, this is a well-liked 2D top-down arena shooter roguelite.

As you might have guessed, you take on the role of a rather angry looking weapon-wielding potato who is tasked with taking down hordes of aliens.

‣  Brotato on Steam Deck

Slay the Spire - $8.49

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

A much-loved deck-builder that aims to combine the best bits of various card games with roguelike gameplay. The result? Something that has been described as a highly compelling and satisfying single-player experience.

Slay the Spire on Steam Deck

Resident Evil 2 - $9.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Capcom's PS1 zombie classic got a full on remake back in 2019, giving Racoon City a complete overhaul — adding in plenty of great little quality-of-life improvements, glorious new visuals, and much welcome fresh controls and camera options.

Resident Evil 2 on Steam Deck (Deck Verified)

Buck Up and Drive! - $5.51

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

I hadn't heard of this game prior to spotting it on sale, but felt it worth including here as it just looks rad - total Dreamcast vibes for me. It's an arcade driving game released in early 2022 with what looks to be pretty intense gameplay, absurd stylings, and generally over the top action - be sure to check the trailer to see it in motion.

Your car can backflip and even grind rails like something out of a Tony Hawk game — worth a look I'd say.

‣  Buck Up and Drive on Steam Deck

Subnautica - $9.89

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

If you suffer from thalassophobia you'll probably want to avoid this one. But for those of you who don't, you'll find a creepy underwater adventure here that's an excellent survival sim in the deep ocean.

‣  Subnautica on Steam Deck

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 - $7.49

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Falling blocks meets puyo-popping in this unison of two classic puzzle gameplay loops. This refined sequel offers up another joyous slice of intense competitive puzzle action (with online play) and new modes

Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 on Steam Deck

Yoku's Island Express - $3.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

This is a really unique Metroidvania, infact it’s probably the most unique variation of the genre that’s ever been released.

It boldy blends the open world, upgrade-based progression that fans of the genre know and love with rad pinball mechanics. It's a combination that works really well, and is ultimately a Steam Deck Metroidvania experience unlike any other.

Yoku's Island Express on Steam Deck

20 Minutes Till Dawn for Steam Deck

20 Minutes Till Dawn - $3.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Vampire Survivors fan? If so, the name of this game should give you a good idea of what to expect.

It's a bullet-hell survival roguelike where you have to last the (20 minute) night and take down endless hordes of Lovecraftian creatures. It only launched earlier this month on June 8, but initial player reviews seem very positive.

‣  20 Minutes Till Dawn on Steam Deck

Severed Steel - $9.99

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Playable

Run up walls in this stylish, and rather intense FPS that has John Wick meets Matrix style action. Sharpshooting — and it's currently 60% off.

‣  Severed Steel on Steam

Dome Keeper for Steam Deck

Dome Keeper - $10.79

🎮 Steam Deck compatibility: Verified

Ok, so this one is 79 cents above ten bucks, but we can let one slide right?

This 2022 roguelike from Bippinbits and Raw Fury is a sci-fi 'survival miner' game in which you have to juggle digging deeper underground to gain resources, versus heading back to the surface to protect your dome from monster attacks. 40% off and Steam Deck verified.

‣  Dome Keeper on Steam Deck

💵 Other great sub ten dollar picks:

...that's it!

Those are our highlights for the best games you can grab in the Steam Summer Sale — without breaking the bank. Of course, there are thousands of games discounted across the store right now, so be sure to check out the full range of things on offer.

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