Ruby Recommends: Her Selection Of Steam Next Fest Demos

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos

Hello again gamers, goblins and ghouls. I’m back this week to give you another Ruby Recommends!

This week it’s a little different. Given the malleable nature of the name, I had a thought. Why don’t I just recommend certain games? In a current and timely manner?

Of course, the YouTube era of Ruby Recommends isn’t going anywhere, but with Steam Next Fest running until early next week, I thought I’d come over here and recommend some of the available demos that I’m giving a crush go. David also has his list of recommendations, for which I lovingly created his own David Recommends feature image.

Kotaku writer Isaiah Colbert also has a great list of Steam Next Fest game demos they’re pumping for, so you can check that out. here (we have some demos in common, great minds are alike).

So here’s what I’m trying this weekend, maybe you can too. All links to games’ Steam pages will be provided at the beginning of each thread.

Ruby’s Next Fest Steam Demo Pick

Worship of the Lamb

Image: Digital Devolver

Worship of the Lamb is an action-roguelike dungeon crawler created by Massive Monster. I’ve been hyped for this game for a while now, so you bet your sweet bippy I’ll give it a red shot. You play as a possessed lamb saved from death by a “worrying stranger,” and now you must build a loyal cult as a nice thank-you gift.

Pasha Roots

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Crytivo

Pasha Roots is a Stone Age Life Simulation by Soda Den. As a big fan of Stardew Valley, I was ready to try this game the second I saw its trailer. You have to create a stone age community, discover regular things that would be amazing new ideas for people of the time, harvest crops, befriend woolly mammoths, and get married.


Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: HiWarp

NAIAD is a puzzle exploration game created by HiWarp. I’m an incredibly nervous person who would love nothing more than to go swimming as a little darling with multi-colored hair. And that’s exactly what you do in this game. You are Naiad and you simply cross a river and interact with the beautiful flora and fauna as you swim.

Nine Floors

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: RedCandleGames

Nine Floors is a hand-drawn 2D action platformer from RedCandleGames, the makers of Detention and Dedication. This game gives me fat hollow knight vibes, and mixed with the lore-rich nature of RedCandleGames’ work? I’m in. You play as the hero Yi in the land of New Kunlun, and you must roam the deserted land to defeat the 9 Sols you have awakened.


Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Afterburner

Railway is a train-based puzzle game created by Afterburn, the creators of Golf Summits and inbento. I love puzzle games like this. Nice and simple with colorful visuals, and you’re playing a dog? Yes please! You have to go to different areas and repair the train links in order to help everyone get home.

frog rifle

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Top Hat Studios, Inc.

frog rifle is a 3D platform game made by Molegato. This game is an ode to the PlayStation 1 and Nintendo 64 era platforms, and has been a highly sought after title for many people for quite some time. Me understood! You play as Renata, an explorer with a frog gun, and you must travel the land to rescue your world-renowned archaeologist parents.

The Spirit and the Mouse

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Armor Games Studios

The Spirit and the Mouse is a puzzle platform game created by Alblune. You can’t tell me that this game which takes place in France and follows the path of a mouse isn’t at least a a bit inspired by Ratatouille. I mean, you can if you want, but I refuse to believe it. You play as a little mouse who assumes the role of a magical electrician to help the inhabitants of Sainte-et-Claire.

Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Chibig

Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara is a 3D platform game made by Chibig, the creators of Summer in Mara. The game also takes place in the same universe as Summer in Mara, a game that I loved due to the fact that almost everyone you meet in the game hates you, finds you boring, or tries to trick you in some way. You play as Koa and must explore the lands of Mara with your best friend Napopo to recover stolen pirate loot.

Cursed at golf

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Thunderful Editions

Cursed at golf is a golf-based adventure by Chuhai Labs. This is another game I’ve been excited about ever since it was announced because I love the goofiness of it all and feel a powerful force inside of me to become a golf legend. You play as the cursed golfer and must fight your way out of golf purgatory lest you want to be Cursed at golf for the rest of your days.

Flight Neko Delivery

Ruby recommends: her selection of Steam Next Fest demos
Image: Fractal Phase

Flight Neko Delivery is a Death Stranding-like delivery simulator made by Fractal Phase. This game makes me feel like Kiki from Kiki’s Delivery Service took a week off and demanded that her cat Jiji take over for a bit instead. You play as the feline witch Onigiri, and you must deliver packages around the world, earn money from them (it’s a livelihood!) and use that money to refuel grand designs on your little witch house.

Those are my picks, and I’m very happy to spend this weekend playing through all of them. Maybe I’ll love them and pre-order, and maybe I’ll hate them and not do that. That’s the beauty of a demo, baby!

And you? Have you downloaded any Steam Next Fest demos to try out? Let us know!

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