Steam Base Builder Fest is in full swing, offering deep discounts on the best the genre has to offer. The problem is that it’s a very dense genre, so you might find yourself stuck on exactly what to buy. Well, that’s where we’re coming from, as we’re going to recommend some of them below. We’ll also explain what each of them has to offer so you know what you’re getting into before you drop the cash.
The basic building genre is quite varied and includes sandbox adventures like Valheim, complex kingdom builders like Dwarf Fortress, and simulation games like Jurassic World Evolution. If there’s something you want to build, there’s a game that lets you do it.
You can view the full list of games for sale at Steam. It can recommend games to you pretty well, but like Netflix, it’s easy to get lost in the sheer number of options. So read on below for our recommendations.
The best Steam Base Builder Fest games on sale
Below we’ll round up what we think are the best Steam Base Builder Fest games on sale right now.
While it may not be discounted as deeply as many of the other titles on this list, Dwarf Fortress has the potential to keep you going for much longer. Don’t be fooled by the minimalist, old-fashioned images either. This is an incredibly complex experience that has stood the test of time.
In a nutshell, you must build a dwarf fortress and then manage it so that your dwarves can survive an auto-generated world. That makes it infinitely replayable, with new encounters every time you start up a new world.
2021 indie darling Valheim is getting a good chunk of this sale, and you should definitely check it out. It’s an open-world Viking adventure with pleasantly old-fashioned visuals. You build a base, fight enemies and live life the way you want.
In fact, with so much included since launch, it’s easy to forget that Valheim is still in early access. There’s a lot more to come, and now’s a good time to start.
Satisfactory is a visually stunning open world factory building game played in first person. You build huge factories, mine a planet for natural resources and make things by hand.
Of course, you can also just explore the alien planet you’re on, as well as take part in battles. There’s an awful lot going on in this sci-fi adventure.
Are you short of money? Well, we recommend checking out ASYM Altered Axis. This upcoming base builder, which now has a demo available on Steam, combines base building with stealth strategy.
Basically, you gather a bunch of friends, and one of you creates a base and lays down traps and defenses. The rest of you must then attack this base, avoid the traps and collect resources, then escape. It’s quite fun.
Although it had a rough launch, Fallout 76 has slowly but surely become one of the most popular games of its kind on Steam and consoles. It’s basically an online version of Fallout, where you create a character, complete missions and build your own base on the wasteland.
It’s quite a unique proposition, offering similar gameplay to Valheim or Ark, but in a persistent online world with both friends and foes.