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The 15 best games on Steam by user rating

What are the best games on Steam? User reviews are an important indicator of this. Before we introduce you to the top 15, please note: The list is about the highest average rating from players, sorted according to the SteamDB scoring algorithm.

The relativizes the rating depending on the Number of Reviews and prevents games with very few ratings from showing up too high. That is why the rating on SteamDB differs from that on Steam.

Last update: March 3, 2021
New: The Henry Stickmin Collection, Helltaker, People Playground, Hades
Away: Counter-Strike, Katana ZERO, Left 4 Dead 2, Mount & Blade: Warband
Updated: Places 1-15

15th place: Slay the Spire

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Rating: 96.36 percent
Positive reviews: 86.549
Negative reviews: 1.848

Developer: Mega Crit Games
Genre: Card Battler, Roguelike
Release date: January 23, 2019
GameStar rating: 86

Slay the Spire is a game made by card game fans for card game fans. In the popular mix of Deck building, dungeon crawler and roguelike the indie game made it into the top 15 best-rated Steam games within a very short time.

There is a choice of three warriors who come with different starting requirements and decks of cards. With one of them you fight your way through the dungeon step by step in card-based battles until you face the big final boss in the third act of the plot.

Slay the Spire is a shining example of a successful Early Access, in which it was able to gather a loyal fan base, so that a good year after its final release it can boast around 87,000 positive reviews on Steam. Incidentally, Slay the Spire also convinced in the GameStar test!

Place 14: The Henry Stickmin Collection

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Rating: 96.53 percent
Positive reviews: 20.337
Negative reviews: 207

Developer: PuffballsUnited
Genre: Adventure
Release date: August 7, 2020

At number 14, some of us may frown - what is the Henry Stickmin Collection? Others may have fond memories of her now good old days of browser games. Because that's exactly where the stick figure character Henry comes from, who goes on numerous adventures in his games and repeatedly fails in spectacular ways. At least if you make the wrong decision.

In the style of "Choose your own adventure" you rob banks, infiltrate airships and escape from prison by using teleporters, calling friends, faking illnesses or spraying neurotoxins. Henry Stickmin is a real retro classic and will make fans of the old games smile again.

In the collection, the games were not only brought to Steam, they were also completely revised, refreshed and in some cases newly animated. This means that they were able to deliver over 20,000 positive reviews to this day, only 200 people were disappointed - this extraordinary game collection ends up in 14th place among the most popular Steam games.

13th place: Helltaker

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Rating: 96.55 percent
Positive reviews: 86.322
Negative reviews: 1.656

Developer: vanripper
Genre: Puzzle adventure
Release date: May 11, 2020

Helltaker's success can probably be traced back to a number of reasons. First, the game is free on Steam. Second, you play a number of in it Puzzles with a good flow. Third, the game has an awesome soundtrack. And fourth ... yes, fourth, it features sexy demon girls in comic style.

You can invite them into your hell harem. Sounds like one of those clumsy erotic games on Steam at first, but Helltaker actually tells a charming and funny story with two possible endings in his approximately two hours.

As a result, the game was able to collect more than 86,000 positive reviews with only 1,600 negative votes and, in keeping with the theme of hell, it ranks 13th among the most popular Steam games.

12th place: Euro Truck Simulator 2

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Rating: 96.55 percent
Positive reviews: 390.259
Negative reviews: 9.884

Developer: SCS software
Genre: simulation
Release date: October 12, 2012
GameStar rating: 72

Even if simulation-averse gamers may have never heard of Euro Truck Simulator 2, there are incredibly fascinating stories - and numbers - in this game. Since 2012, the program has been continuously expanded with new updates, DLCs and landscapes. No less than 400,000 people gave their rating on Steam, 97 percent of them positive. So you can say: gamers love Euro Truck Simulator 2.

The principle is quickly explained: As a trucker, you take care of orders, get your truck valuable freight and drive the container once through Europe. The main game and the DLCs try to reproduce as many European locations, cities and streets as possible true to the original - and so you chug from Rostock to Riga, look at the scenery and enjoy truck life. Of course there is also a GameStar test for Euro Truck Simulator 2.

11th place: People Playground

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Rating: 96.71 percent
Positive reviews: 31.060
Negative reviews: 355

developer: mestiez
Genre: Sandbox
Release date: 23rd July 2019

Whoever loved to build deadly roller coasters in RollerCoaster Tycoon will have a lot of fun with the People Playground - which is based on its whole gameplay an extremely macabre idea builds up. Here you throw stick figures into extremely dangerous situations and try to kill them in the most creative, funny or spectacular way possible.

You can let them hit collapsing buildings in the sandbox, chase them down a bridge on the roof of a car or even recreate famous movie scenes from Star Wars and Co. The possibilities of the weapons, buildings and machines to be built are almost endless and something about the brutal and tongue-in-cheek simulator apparently appeals to the players - so much so that People Playground has collected over 31,000 positive and only 355 negative reviews. This makes it an unusual number 11 on our list.

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