Best single-player games on steam

1.Portal 2

Paid: $9.99
Portal 2 is a first-person puzzle video game developed by Valve that features a humorous story. In the game, the "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has been expanded to allow you to design co-op puzzles for you and your friends.
  • Lauren Morrison

    by Lauren Morrison

    I have played Portal 2 with my sons for years. We have played it on the X-box but recently my husband moved us to Steam. While the picture is a bit sm More

  • Xiang Pan

    by Xiang Pan

    This portal game gave justice to the first one and has proven that not all sequels suck. It provided me with countless hours of gameplay and excitemen More

  • Aaryan Subramanium

    by Aaryan Subramanium

    This is a great answer. The solution fits the topic perfectly and is satisfactory to anyone searching under this topic.

2.Half-Life 2

Paid: $9.99
Half-Life 2  is a first-person shooter video game.It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life. Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is woken by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine.
  • Carolyn Watson

    by Carolyn Watson

    If you are looking for the best single-player game on Steam, Half-Life 2 is a really good option to consider. It is a first-person shooter game (FPS)  More

  • Carl Roberts

    by Carl Roberts

    This is my first ever suspense single player that actually scared the crap out of me. It literally scares the hell out of you for you never know when  More

  •  Ana María Leal

    by Ana María Leal



Paid: $4.99
This game was the next major game to be released by id Software after the success of Doom. Quake brings a more Gothic flavor to the FPS genre and, like its predecessor, has spawned copycats and sequels over the years.
  • Grace Perkins

    by Grace Perkins

    This is a classic first shooter game that really opened the door for future games like this. This game was ahead of the other offerings by a large mar More

  • Xu Pan

    by Xu Pan

    Very classic game most of the first person shooters we know nowadays came from this very basic programmed game and I am very proud to have played this More

  • Jane Howell

    by Jane Howell

    Quake is the successor to Doom and a great game to try if you like first player shooting games. This one has a darker theme reminiscent of a more goth More

4.Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Paid: $14.99 Free trial available
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a cross-platform fairytale themed adventure. Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. 
  • Deborah Johnston

    by Deborah Johnston

    This is a very emotionally touching game. It reminded me and my brother that we always have each other no matter what. Literally drove me to tears whi More

  • Arthur Morgan

    by Arthur Morgan

    I am a huge gamer. With Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons I was able to easily play and play with my family. This was a great game on Steam to come togethe More

  • Arjun Yadav

    by Arjun Yadav

    probably not the best


Paid: $9.99
Portal is a first person puzzle platformer created by Valve
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  • Eduardo Rosas

    by Eduardo Rosas

    This is simply one the best games I have ever played the humor mixed with adventure and excitement is like the perfect brew for a game.

  • Kevin Bowman

    by Kevin Bowman

    Portal is the greatest single player game ever made for PC, simple as that. If you have not played this game get it and love it.

  • Christina Russell

    by Christina Russell

    This is a great single player player game. One of the best theyve published in awhile


Paid: $19.99

Cuphead is an indie run and gun platformer action video game heavily focused on boss battles and inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. It was developed and published by Studio MDHR for both Windows PC and Xbox One gaming console.

  • Rakesh Gavde

    by Rakesh Gavde

    Cuphead is a fun side scroller type game that will have you feeling incredibly engaged. It's a rather simple game to learn how to play but it's incred More

  • Vincent Adams

    by Vincent Adams

    This is a really difficult game and is really kind of frustrating but let me tell you this, it is simply magnificent.

  • Theresa Fuller

    by Theresa Fuller

    I don't care for this game at all. The graphics are good, but it's all just a bit too weird for me. It has dark vibe that just isn't for me.

7.Pit People

Paid: $19.99

Pit People is a strategy action role-playing video game by indie game developer The Behemoth. It was released on March 2, 2018, and can be played on Microsoft Windows PCs and Xbox One video game consoles.

  • Martha Watson

    by Martha Watson

    Pit People is a fairly average role playing game. The premise isn’t anything unique, but it’s fun nonetheless. There doesn’t seem to be much strategy  More

  • Danielle Diaz

    by Danielle Diaz

    This is a great strategy RPG game it simply must make the big scenes and have people play it and be addicted to it! It requires a very powerful mind t More

  • by Shreyas Chavan

    Pit People gave me such a great time. I couldn't find a new game to play, but this one definitely helped cure my boredom. It was fantastic and I would More

8.Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

with in-app purchases

Warhammer 40K: Freeblade is a free-to-play multiplayer action and adventure video game from Pixel Toys. It can be played on Microsoft Windows computers, and iOS and Android mobile devices.

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  • Carlos Áviles

    by Carlos Áviles

    While the Warhammer universe has always fascinated me, this game assumes you are already a massive fan going in. The lore was so dense I could barely  More

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    by Zhaaligkeer .

    article title: "what are the best single player games on steam" #3 "warhammer 40k: Freeblade is a multiplayer game" ..... am I missing something here  More

  • by Jesús Gallegos

    looks alright but i would say it is far from the best

  • Aaryan Nair

    by Aaryan Nair

    Warhammer 40k is an amazing multiplayer game. My buddies and I have logged thousands of hours on this game. It's still good as a single player game bu More

9.Supreme Commander

Paid: $12.99

Supreme Commander is a real-time strategy game developed by Gas Powered game and published by Square Enix. It features a world of strategy and tactics in a world filled with war and conflict. Terrain and graphics have a realistic touch to it as well as the feeling of command.

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  • Kelly Ford

    by Kelly Ford

    f you want the best RTS ever made, buy this and forged alliance, and then go to There you'll have a community of joes and p More

  • Louis Jones

    by Louis Jones

    Supreme Commander is a Real time Strategy game that harkens back to the golden age of RTS games back in the late 90s and early 2000's. If you played T More

10.Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf

Paid: $17.99 with in-app purchases
Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free-to-play squad-based turn-based strategy with upgradable characters and perks. Plus collectible cards representing the arsenal of weapons and abilities. 
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  • Benjamin Baker

    by Benjamin Baker

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a turn based single player game. It is available on the Steam platform for Windows. It is what you would expect a Warh More

  • by Hansika Jindal

    Oddly not a multiplayer. A odd for the franchise.

11.Don't Starve: Pocket Edition

Paid: $4.99

You are Mr. Wilson, a Scientist who has been appeared in a strange place. There you will have to try to survive and fight against unknown creatures. 

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  • Zhang Li

    by Zhang Li

    Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is fun survival game on Steam for single players. You are the scientist Mr. Wilson who has to fight off creatures in a st More

  • Jason Stephens

    by Jason Stephens

    This is a good game to spend hours on but the strategic idea is too common these days. It is exciting and gets you nervous but if the price is too muc More

12.Don't Starve

Paid: $14.99

Don't Starve is a survival game developed by Klei Entertainment. It is full of strange creatures, dangers, and surprises. You'll need to gather resources, craft items, structures and, of course, don't starve. 

  • Zachary Rodriguez

    by Zachary Rodriguez

    An interesting and exciting game to play. The game has decent graphics and is very fun to play. You have to find different items to craft things and s More

  • Harry Ramirez

    by Harry Ramirez

    This game is actually very interesting and very underrated it has various versions in different consoles and platforms but whatever platform you play  More

  • Ashley McDonald

    by Ashley McDonald

    This game seemed like a good single player game. The graphics were okay and the story line was interesting.

13.Unreal Tournament 1999

Paid: $9.99
In Unreal Tournament 1999, you and your team of Bots are fighting in a tournament to attain the crown of Unreal Grand Master. You'll fight against ruthless galactic scum and keep your team working effectively.
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  • Michelle Howard

    by Michelle Howard

    This is the single-player game I have been searching for. There is so much going on-you'll never be bored. When I got the game I played for hours and  More

  • Frank Barnett

    by Frank Barnett

    Classic unreal games turned into one of the most successful mobile games and high platform games ever created!

  • by Adam Curtis

    Unreal Tournament 1999 is the classic original game for the computer. This is the amazon version which is a standalone box. The graphics are dated and More

14.Orcs Must Die! Unchained

Free download
Orcs Must Die! Unchained is an action tower defense game with team-based gameplay! Bust skulls with your friends in PvE co-op Survival, or put your teamwork to the real test in Sabotage Mode.
  • by Xu Chang

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained is a fantastic single player game available on Steam. It offers many hours of entertainment through a tower-defense style gam More

  • Emma Baker

    by Emma Baker

    This can also be played single players and would be fun to have the option to play with friends simply amazing.

  • Mildred Greene

    by Mildred Greene

    Orcs Must Die! Unchained is available on Steam for PC. It's an action game with team-based gameplay, and is not a great choice for those interested st More

15.Orcs Must Die! 2

Paid: $14.99

Orcs Must Die! 2 is an action video game with the objective of defending towers and mines from the orcs. It is developed by Robot Entertainment and was released in July 2013 for MS Windows platform.

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  • Joyce Wang

    by Joyce Wang

    Orcs Must Die! 2 is a good sequel to the original. The endless waves mode is a great way to have some fun. Good strategic fun.

  • Jeremy Carlson

    by Jeremy Carlson

    Kinda like the old Warcraft 3 game? with the orcs and everything else.

  • Ralph Martinez

    by Ralph Martinez

    way better options out there


Paid: $14.99
N++ is a platformer arcade video game about darting obstacles and avoiding enemies while collecting gold. It was developed and published by Metanet Software Inc. and was released on August 26, 2016.
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  • Arnav Tata

    by Arnav Tata

    After a boring day at work, feeling like a ninja just feels so good! I love this game, and so it would seem do many others based on the Steam and Meta More

  • Brian Bailey

    by Brian Bailey

    N++ is a really fun game. Steam always seems to come up with more great suggestions for me! Highly addicting.

17.Total War: WARHAMMER

Paid: $59.99

Total War: WARHAMMER is both a turn-based and real-time strategy game developed by CREATIVE ASSEMBLY and published by SEGA. It features a world of ceaseless battles that is being led by different races in the quest for dominance and peace.

  • Jordan Simpson

    by Jordan Simpson

    This is kind of neat game, kind of like an RTS, but a little more cinematic than I was expecting. The mechanics are pretty good, though it seems overl More

  • by Bobby Hudson

    I declare War! I also declare War is one of the most fun, all-out gonzo extravaganza's I've had in my time playing video games. What a blast. What a f More

18.BattleBlock Theater

Paid: $14.99

BattleBlock Theater is a comedy co-op multiplayer video game developed and published by The Behemoth and was first released on April 3, 2013. Through this game, players will control a prisoner to play through games. 

  • by Guillermina Montoya

    I like this. I love that it's a little different than a lot of the games i've played before. It gives me the option to play as one player AND it's on  More

  • Aaron Jones

    by Aaron Jones

    seems okay but i would not say it is the best

19.Warhammer 40,000: Regicide

Paid: $9.99
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide is a turn-based strategy game developed by  Hammerfall Publishing, released on September 9, 2015. It has various gameplay modes to choose from namely: single player, multi-player, local multiplayer, and many more. 

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  • by Howard Nelson

    There is a lot about this game that I liked. The interface and graphics are top notch but it falls short on the controls and response. Sometimes the c More

  • Ashley Wong

    by Ashley Wong

    It still a popular franchise. The mashup game play made it confusing.

20.Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II

Paid: $19.99
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II is a fast-paced and action-oriented real-time strategy (RTS) game based on the Warhammer 40,000 universe. It has a sequel named Dawn of War III which was released in April 2017.
  • Justin Jensen

    by Justin Jensen

    I'm not a big fan of RTS games, but I liked this one. I spent hours playing it and had a great time.

  • Andrea Welch

    by Andrea Welch

    It follows well with the rest of the franchise. Still very engaging.

21.Defense Grid: The Awakening

Paid: $9.99
Defense Grid: The Awakening is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it's up to you to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around a base.
  • Aaron Russell

    by Aaron Russell

    This was a decent game back in 2008 when it was released with the current technology of the time. This is a game which appeals to people of many ages  More

  • Reyansh Jindal

    by Reyansh Jindal

    Standard Tower defense game, really nothing special, unique or ground breaking. If you're not sick of the genre by now, then go for it, there are plen More

22.DG2: Defense Grid 2

Paid: $14.99

DG2: Defense Grid 2 is an action tower defense game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment. Published by 505 games, this game is a sequel to Defense Grid: The Awakening. It introduces new worlds and threats to test your tower placement strategies. With a bold new look, a compelling single-player campaign, and the addition of new game modes, online player-versus-player and multiplayer co-op, every play-through brings fun new opportunities and challenges.

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  • Sandra Cole

    by Sandra Cole

    I like tower defense games and my spouse loves them. I don't know which of us played this game more. We do have to work not comment on each others pla More

  • Howard Payne

    by Howard Payne

    One of the best TD games ever made!


Did you know that early single-player games like Speed Race (1974) and Space Invaders (1978) only gained popularity after the rise of two-player games like Tennis for Two (1958) and Pong (1972)? A single-player video game is a game where actions and input throughout the course of the session only come from one person. Due to the lack of encountering other players in this specific game mode, single-player games usually rely on an engaging and intriguing story that’ll captivate its player, couple with a variety of interesting side characters that are usually designed to be as unpredictable as a real, thinking human being.

The perfect examples for single-player games that managed to captivate its audiences for long periods of time are games from The Elder Scrolls and Fallout series, both developed by Bethesda Softworks. On top of that, Bethesda turned up as Metacritic’s top-ranked major publisher for 2017, despite their focus on single-player games and the sudden surge of popularity in multiplayer games in all gaming platforms. Back in 2015, Fallout 4 sold over 12 million copies and generated over $750 million in its first 24 hours. Some gaming developers now consider story-driven, single-player games as “non-enjoyable”, although many other developers and gamers beg to disagree.