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Steam Deck Verified highlights for April 2024

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Here's another wonderful selection of games to add to your Steam Deck, after looking over what has been recently Steam Deck Verified steam deck verified to give you hopefully the best experience. It's been a little while since the last one too, so maybe you've missed something great.

Each will list the ProtonDB rating or if they have a Native Linux version for players who wish to know.

Since they're Steam Deck Verified they should be download and play, with no fussing. Although that's not always the case, it's the official rating system from Valve.

Balatro - ProtonDB Platinum

"The poker roguelike. Balatro is a hypnotically satisfying deckbuilder where you play illegal poker hands, discover game-changing jokers, and trigger adrenaline-pumping, outrageous combos."

Dicefolk - ProtonDB Gold

"Wield magical dice and build a team of powerful Chimeras to stop a mysterious evil in this tactical roguelite adventure. As a Chimera Summoner, recruit and create your perfect team of mythical beasts and command them to victory using unique dice mechanics."

Sokobond Express - Native Linux

"Sokobond Express is a beautifully minimalist puzzle game that combines chemical bonds and puzzling pathfinding in novel ways."

Phantom Fury - Releases today April 23rd

"Shelly “Bombshell” Harrison is back in this highly interactive mix of first person action and road movie adventure. Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey around the USA. Use an enormous arsenal of weapons and skills to battle treacherous soldiers and vile mutants, all while trying to save mankind."

Wildmender - ProtonDB Platinum

"A desert gardening survival game. Start from a tiny spring and cultivate a blooming garden. Explore a vast world amid the sands and uncover its mysteries. Can you defend against the relentless forces of nature and mysterious wraith corruption, to bring life to a dying world?"

Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance - Releases June 14th

"Embark on this definitive version of the critically acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei V, massively expanded with a brand-new storyline featuring new locations, demons, and choices to make that will dictate the fate of all existence."

Forgive Me Father 2 - ProtonDB Platinum

"Embark on a journey into the darkest nightmares to restore your sanity. Blast your way through hordes of possessed enemies, unlock an arsenal of deadly weapons and unearthly abilities, and get ready to face even more Lovecraftian madness in this action-packed FPS sequel."

Harold Halibut - ProtonDB Gold

"Harold Halibut is a handmade narrative game about friendship and life on a city-sized spaceship submerged in an alien ocean. Join Harold as he explores a vibrant retro-future world in his quest to find the true meaning of ‘home’."

Pepper Grinder - Native Linux

"Pepper Grinder is an action-packed 2D adventure blending traditional platforming with an alternate drilling mode that allows you to dive in and out of the earth like a dolphin swims through water."

Samorost 3 - ProtonDB Platinum

"Samorost 3 is an exploration adventure and puzzle game from the award-winning creators of Machinarium and Botanicula. Travel across space to nine unique worlds teeming with colorful challenges, creatures and surprises to discover, brought to life with beautiful artwork, sound and music."

WRATH: Aeon of Ruin - Native Linux

"Blast, slice and shred through your enemies in this hardcore FPS inspired by the icons of the '90s, powered by the legendary Quake-1 Tech. Taking place in a realm left to rot, take up arms, unearth long-forgotten secrets and hunt down the Guardians of the Old World."

I will also give a potentially honourable shout out to Fallout 4, which is getting an update on April 25th that Bethesda say will bump it up to Steam Deck Verified. But that remains to be seen. You can also grab that in the current Fanatical Fallout Bundle.

So there's a good few more picks to get you going!

What have you been playing recently?

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Pengling Apr 23
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Man, there are a lot of really pretty-looking games in this month's list. It's such a refreshing change from the grey-and-brown morass that gaming largely became for a number of years!

QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?
PathBlasters (Native Linux) (thanks again for the heads-up on that one, Liam! ), Stardew Valley (Native Linux), a whole lot of Stumble Guys (Proton), and, emulated, the hidden challenge-mode "The Battle" in Wario Blast Featuring Bomberman! (Game Boy).
Soulprayer Apr 23
QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?
Dwarf Fortress, Helldivers 2 and yes, shame on me, Melvor idle.
Eri Apr 23
QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?
I came back to Helldivers 2 this weekend after more than a month without playing, left it right before the release of the Cutting Edge warbond so I'm having fun trying all the new stuff and changes. I finished my first run of Fallout 1, I never got the patience to get to the point when your character is not that horrible or get used to the dated feel of it, until the TV show hype helped. I'm also playing Stardew Valley with mods to improve the vanilla gameplay without adding content.
tamodolo Apr 23
I refuse to buy DENUVO games. It's too problematic and cannot be circunvented easely to prevent the game to give headaches. So I just will not buy a game that have DENUVO on PC. I'll preffer the console version for DENUVO games and with a large discount because these games DO NOT deserve money as they cause inconvenience and bad service.
robvv Apr 23
Quoting: tamodoloI refuse to buy DENUVO games. It's too problematic and cannot be circunvented easely to prevent the game to give headaches. So I just will not buy a game that have DENUVO on PC. I'll preffer the console version for DENUVO games and with a large discount because these games DO NOT deserve money as they cause inconvenience and bad service.

Mostly agreed. I picked up a copy of Ghostwire: Tokyo as one of Epic's free offers. At one point I had to wait 24 hours to play it as I'd changed the wine version too often whilst configuring. I believe the Denuvo cancer has since been removed from this particular game.
Pyrate Apr 23
QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?

Just started Touhou Luna Nights, great start so far, I think there's some lore I'm missing on but it doesn't seem to matter. I'm also playing Mirror's Edge and it's really fun, should be short too which I prefer so I should be close to finishing it. No one on the game's ProtonDB page seemed to have bothered to fix some of the technical issues so I'll try not to forget to do my part and share how I fixed those and post to the ProtonDB page. Before those two I was playing Alan Wake and found the game to be too boring so I flushed it, a shame as I do love Remedy's games.
ToddL Apr 23
QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?

Great list of games you posted, Liam. As of now, I've been playing Alan Wake Remastered through Geforce Now and once that's done, I'll either go back to Battlefield 1 to complete the war stories or jump into Alan Wake 2. Otherwise, it's back to the sea of installed games that I've forgotten about but need to complete before starting another round of backlog cleaning.

What a great time to play a library of games that'll last you for a long time and it's hard to resist new games that keep coming out every year. Poor wallet
CatKiller Apr 23
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QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?
I've platinummed Horizon Zero Dawn and, since then, been cracking on with Full Void.

The little one's been playing Potions, Rota and Dead Cells.
GetBeaned Apr 23
QuoteWhat have you been playing recently?

I'm on a comedown from playing a boatload of first person shooters the past month. I replayed DOOM, DOOM 2, Quake, Quake 2, and Heretic last month, and finished DOOM 64 and Amid Evil for the first time this month. I was thoroughly impressed by DOOM 64. In tone it's much more akin to Quake than DOOM, but the gameplay very much feels like - as I've seen some say - the "true" DOOM 3. Amid Evil was rather great too, a couple of dud episodes, but I loved how much enemy variety there was.

I'm now playing Fallout 1 for the first time. I grew up with consoles so the CRPG genre as a whole is kinda foreign to me. To be frank, Baldur's Gate 3 is my first proper foray into that kind of game, but it's given me the confidence to give these older classics a chance.
Huh, Sokobond Express – I got the precursor Sokobond (another good Steam Deck game) years ago because I love chemistry, but I've never finished it since the puzzles get quite challenging with a number of chemistry-related mechanics (making and breaking bonds between atoms, atoms that can form a variable number of bonds depending on their free electrons, rotating molecules, noble gas atoms that don't bond, etc.).
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