I’m not just talking about the first game in the series but all of them, even the latest entry (sure it may be the worst of the bunch but if you have nothing better to do and are looking for a steampunk fix then its worth a shot). In this series you play as man named Garret, you must use stealth to steal your way through a world filled with magic and industry, plenty of steamy industry too. It was the first series to successfully pull off a first-person stealth game and if you can put up with those old school blocky graphics then you can still enjoy its smooth gameplay today.
The earlier entries in the Bioshock series always contained elements of steampunk however they were perhaps more akin to other retrofuturistic genres like dieselpunk. Bioshock Infinite however is all steampunk and it is so much better for it. Set in a floating Columbia, you’ll be able to enjoy its many charming steampunk features such as a Victorian fashion sense, steam powered everything, floating airships and old timey music too. It’s a bright and cheers version of the genre but still has a sort of sinister undertone that seems somehow fitting for the genre and you’ll be glad to know that both the story and gameplay are awesome too, this game fires on all cylinders and won’t disappoint you.
This is something of a spiritual predecessor to Thief, only this time you’re an assassin making your way through a dark, steam powered, retrofuturistic city that is somewhere between London and Edinburgh, firmly cementing it as one of the most Victorianesque fictional cities ever imagined. This takes the steampunk vibe and turns it up to 1866 by using towering gothic clocks, looming smokestacks, and the sort of weapons you can imagine haunting Tesla’s greatest nightmares. It’s gameplay is also highly enjoyable and even more addictive so it’s certainly worth taking a punt on this series.
Not all games have to be intense first-person action-based thrill rides, Machinarium is a quaint adventure game filled with tough puzzles, charm and plenty of steam powered robots. You play as just such a robot who has woke up in a junkyard, missing an arm and a leg, a gang of troublesome and cruel robots want to melt you down but you’ve got more pluck than they gave you credit for, and so your adventure begins. It’s a side scrolling point and click game set in a grungey world depicted by some pretty gorgeous artwork that you never get bored of, from its landscapes to its characters there is always something to appreciate on screen. It has a simple interface that responds well and throws some pretty challenging puzzles your way, as any good adventure game should do. You’ll love exploring this world in all its steamy goodness.