The name Skyrim probably conjures up images of dragons and warriors, assassins and factions, orcs and elves and other familiar fantasy elements. What you likely don't associate with it is a "time travel murder mystery set in a mythological city", but that's exactly what indie developer Modern Storyteller delivered in 2015 with The Forgotten City, a highly-acclaimed Skyrim mod. And soon even those without access to Bethesda's popular Elder Scrolls RPG will have the chance to play it for themselves in a new "re-imagined" version of the game coming next year.
The late 1970s brought us many memorable (and some cringe-inducing) cultural elements, including the rudimentary first home PCs and Ridley Scott's classic movie Alien. Indie developer Benjy Bates is hoping to both recapture the nostalgia of that bygone area and scare the pants off while he's at it in the text-based horror trilogy The Outpost Nine, which has just debuted on Steam.
Most adventures games are more about the journey than the destination, but that is especially true of Shifting Tides' appropriately-titled The Sojourn, a fantastical 3D puzzler coming next year.
For such a visual medium, a surprising number of games have started using blindness as a central gameplay conceit in recent years. The latest such title to do so will make sighted people happy they can see, however, as indie Italian developer Lunar Great Wall Studios has pulled back the veil on its beautiful upcoming fantasy adventure Another Sight.
Many fairy tales involve someone being held prisoner by a wicked witch or wizard, but in indie developer Fairy Forest's newly-released The Tower of Beatrice, you're a thief actually trying to break into the eponymous keep.
Killmonday Games knows a bit about offbeat stories told from a child's perspective, having successfully debuted in 2015 with the impressive Fran Bow. Now the two-person indie team is returning to that same universe with a new interactive story called Little Misfortune.
With the advent of virtual reality, it seems like the artificial world is more lifelike than ever, and that goes double for Chiaro and the Elixir of Life, an upcoming VR-exclusive sci-fi/fantasy adventure that was recently funded through Kickstarter.
The PlayStation 4 often seems to the catalyst for stylish open-world adventures, and that looks to be true once again in Friend and Foe Games' upcoming Sony exclusive Vane.
If the name Yeli Orog sounds eerily alien and possibly terrifying, then you've probably got the right idea about the new FMV-based, Myst-style adventure coming soon on Steam.