Steam Next Fest has returned and brings with it an incredible roster of upcoming indie titles and demos. With so many games to check out, it can be difficult to time for them all. Below, you can find our recommendations for the best platformer games in this Steam Next Fest—give them a download and check them out yourself.

Table of Contents
The Cub

Eyes in the Dark

Frogun

Ghost Song

Glimmer in Mirror

Heart Abyss

Moon Scars

Nine Sols

The Spirit and the Mouse

The Cub

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The Cub is a story-rich challenging platformer reminiscent of SEGA classics. It tells a haunting tale of a child left behind on a ruined earth in a hand-drawn platformer with a delightful soundtrack. As the wealthy return and try to capture you, it is up to you to lead the Cub on a difficult journey and avoid capture.

Eyes in the Dark

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Explore Bloom Manor as Victoria Bloom in Eyes in the Dark. Armed with the power of light, it is up to you to overcome the darkness that has engulfed the manor. This “roguelight” title combines randomly generated levels with platforming and light-based combat to create a unique experience. Use your flashlight and various tools to defeat the dark creatures save Bloom Manor.

Frogun

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Hop into a modern take on the old-school platformer in Frogun. You control Renata in a PS1/N64 era adventure as she explores mystical ruins in search of her missing parents. Fortunately, you have the aid of your parent’s invention, the Frogun, a frog-shaped grappling hook that will help you overcome platforming challenges and dangerous enemies in various ways.

Ghost Song

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A haunting and desolate world awaits you in Ghost Song. Play as a Deadsuit waking from a long slumber and explore the moon of Lorian in this atmospheric Metroidvania. Explore winding caverns and more to uncover Lorian’s many secrets. You will also acquire powerful weapons and upgrades to defeat various enemies on your journey with a mix of ranged and melee attacks.

Glimmer in Mirror

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Glimmer in Mirror is a story-rich Metroidvania where you play as Shiro, an amnesiac girl, in a desolate world. You will meet various NPCs and monsters, some delightful, some not so much, but all unique. Along your journey through beautiful forests and historic ruins, you will acquire new skills and companions that give you unique abilities, allowing you to tackle platforming challenges and combat in different ways.

Heart Abyss

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Heart Abyss takes place in the world of Holspic, where humans and beastmen wage eternal war. You play as multiple characters, including Leon and Ray, as you uncover the story-rich plot of Heart Abyss. Use elements of strategy and precise movement to survive in this war-torn world. Be prepared to fight for your life in this dark 2D platformer.

Moon Scars

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A hauntingly beautiful and grim world awaits you in Moon Scars. Play as the clayborne warrior, Grey Irma, on a quest to find the Sculptor and discover the purpose of your existence. Master Grey’s combat skills and learn new abilities to defeat the unforgiving darkness and enemies that call it their master. Each challenge and death will teach you a new lesson and bring you closer to the truth.

Nine Sols

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Nine Sols combines Taoism, cyberpunk, souls-like combat, and hand-drawn art to create a unique and delightful title. Explore a forsaken realm inspired by Asian myth and culture as you slash, deflect, and battle the various enemies. Your goal is to seek vengeance and slay the Nine Sols who rule this world. Along the way, you will explore a vast world and uncover many secrets and powerful weapons to aid you on your quest.

The Spirit and the Mouse

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Explore the French village of Sainte-et-Claire in Spirit of the Mouse, a heartwarming puzzle platformer. Lead Lila, a tiny mouse with a large heart, as she makes new friends and completes good deeds for those in need. Spirit of the Mouse has a strong narrative that you unravel as you explore the village with electricity-based powers, solve puzzles, and help the locals in various mini-games.

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