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Steam’s Next Fest spotlights a game TikTok loves

Now’s your chance to play some new games

an image of a giant creature with a town on its back.
Stray Fawn Studio’s The Wandering Village.
Image: Stray Fawn Studio
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Players looking to get their hands on a whole lot of games for free can do so at Steam’s Next Fest. The digital event, live now, allows players to tinker their way through “hundreds of demos” of games, including Annapurna Interactive’s upcoming Neon White, and The Wandering Village, a game popular with TikTok users that was featured in Polygon’s own Cool WIP column.

Next Fest is already underway and will run until Monday, Feb. 28. The virtual festival gives players the chance to try new games and interact with their developers, through talks and livestreams. You can check out the complete list of what’s happening over on Steam.

There are hundreds of demos, according to Valve, so getting started might seem a little daunting. Here are a few cool games to check out in case you need a place to start.

  • Stray Fawn Studio’s The Wandering Village, which is a town-building game where you will construct developments atop the backs of giant, wandering beasts. The Wandering Village has more than a few fans over on TikTok, and Windows users can try out a demo as part of the event.
  • For faster-paced action, there’s Annapurna Interactive’s Neon White, which looks like a wicked fast first-person shooter.
  • Or if you’re looking for a strategy game, there’s Hero’s Hour, which will allow you and your friends to build cities and armies to expand across a procedurally generated map.

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