Dwarf Fortress official key art but without the text

[Update #2]: Steam's sizable Summer Sale 2023 has now arrived and will stick around all the way until July 13th.

[Update]: Steam has now launched the Puzzle Fest celebrating all flavors of brain-busting games.

Continuing with the recent trend of showcasing fun and interesting gameplay concepts, Steam has now launched the Base Builder Fest. As you might imagine from the name alone, this festival encompasses all sorts of different games - everything from the survival orientated Subnautica and Valheim to the city or colony management sims like Cities Skylines and Rimworld.

So if you ever wanted to take a dip into the wide world of base-building games, this would be a pretty good time to do so as the vast majority of the Base Builder Fest participants are currently on sale. Better yet, a fair few of them also have free demos available, so you can give them a proper try before deciding whether they're truly worth your time and money.

For those of you unsure where to even start, allow me to share with you a couple of my favorites. Here's the brief list, in no particular order:

Subnautica - survival/exploration (-67%, ~10€)
Dwarf Fortress - colony sim (-10%, ~26€)
RimWorld - colony sim (-20%, ~26%) 
Northgard - city-builder/RTS (-70%, ~8€) 
Timberborn - city-builder (-20%, ~17€) 

As always, this is just the very tip of the iceberg. So if you have even a bit of interest in these types of games, I'd highly recommend snooping through the Base Builder Fest yourself and seeing what there is to see. Chances are good you'll find a good chunk of games that are right up your alley, especially if you're willing to look through the numerous indie games that are more than willing to risk everything to attempt to bring life to a unique and exciting new idea.

Whatever your plans may be, you might want to hurry as the Steam Base Builder Fest will only be running until 10am PST on January 30th. Enjoy!