Steam Summer Sale 2023: 10 Highly Rated Base Building Games on Sale at Lowest Prices Ever

I got really into base building games lately, and was searching for base building games during the Steam Summer Sale 2023. 

What are base-building games?

Like most game genres, the definition for base-building games is rather loose. Most base-building games are a mix of several genres. Personally, I look for games where:

  • You own and build a fix base: I like the progression
  • There are elements of exploration: This keeps interest level high
  • There are some strategy elements involved: I simply prefer such games

I tend to avoid base-building games that are FPS or zombie related. I’m just not interested in the gore that comes with those. 

Anyway, if you’re also into base-building games, here’re 10 highly rated ones on sale at historically low prices now!

10 Highly Rated Base Building Games on Sale at Lowest Prices Ever

Base Building GameSummer Sale DiscountPrice (USD)Rating
Kingdom Two Crowns-80%$3.9989%
Subnautica: Below Zero-67%$9.8989.93%
Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition-50%$19.9985.09%
Patch Quest-40%$8.9989.80%
Forever Skies-20%$2.9985.20%

1) Astroneer $11.99 (-60%)

A base-building, exploration game where you explore different worlds as an astronaut.

The graphics are cute and the sound track is rather relaxing. This game was launched in 2019, but is still worth taking a look at if you’re into base-building games. 

Some spoilers that give you an idea of the gameplay:

Astroneer is rated highly at 90.5% on SteamDB, 4.3 stars on Google and 76 on Metacritic. 

Astroneer is also available on Nintendo e-shop, if you prefer to play on the Switch, you can get the game here.

2) Kingdom Two Crowns $3.99 (-80%)

Released back in 2018, Kingdom Two Crowns is a base building, strategy game where you play as a monarch protecting your kingdom from monsters.

As part of the Kingdom series, this game needs little introduction. It is rated at 89% on SteamDB with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam and scores 85 on Metacritic.

3) Subnautica: Below Zero $9.89 (-67%)

Underwater base building, exploration adventure RPG that lets you explore both land and sea while fighting off monsters on an alien planet.

Below Zero is a sequel to the original Subnautica game, but you do not need to have played the original to enjoy this survival game.

What attracted me to this game was its strong personable story; you play an explorer looking for your lost sister on an alien planet, piecing together clues on what happened to her as you navigate nature and build your base.

It is rated at 89.8% on SteamDB with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam and scores 83 on Metacritic. Subnautica is also available on Nintendo e-shop, if you prefer to play on the Switch, you can get the game here.

4) Age of Empires IV: Anniversary Edition $19.99 (-50%)

Age of Empires needs no introduction. The series is a historical real time strategy game published by Xbox Game Studios and continues to captivate players even today. 

Build your empire, conquer lands and expand your control. You’ll need to manage your army and civilians, assets and more efficiently as you play as the monarch of different civilisations:

It is rated at 85% on SteamDB with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam and scores 81 on Metacritic.

5) Dysmantle $8.99 (-55%)

Dysmantle is a post-apocalypse survival game where you can head out to explore, fight and gather resources. At the same time, you build your base, farm, harvest, fish, cook and do everything else to survive (minus any romance).

For what it offers, I thought Dysmantle was a hidden gem.

Though zombies are not really my thing, this game isn’t too gorey. Plus, you get to farm, fish and destroy everything outside your shelter. What else is there to ask after a bad day at work? 

This pretty much sums it up: 

To sweeten the deal, it is currently going for just $8.99. Dysmantle is rated at 89% on SteamDB with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam.

6) Crashlands $2.99 (-80%)

Another hidden gem, Crashlands is an action RPG released in 2016. You build your survival station, craft items, explore new areas and more. Watch their whacky trailer:

Crashland might feel a little weird initially because it was originally designed for mobile gameplay. It is relatively unknown but has seemed to capture the hearts of players. It is rated at 85.5% on SteamDB with a ‘Very Positive’ rating on Steam.

It’s going for just $2.99 and the dialogue is pretty hilarious. 

7) Patch Quest $8.99 (-40%)

This is a Metroidvania Roguelike with a monster collection element. The base-building element is minimal, but you do get to build your Base Camp.

Unlike some of the heavier feeling games on this list, Patch Quest is filled with cutesy monsters. Here’s the gameplay:

This game is rather new, having just released in March 2023. While it is little known, this game is rated at 89.8% on SteamDB and is scored 80 on Metacritic. Some of the gameplay elements reminds me a little of Moonlighter. Plus, the monsters are cute.

8) Forever Skies $23.99 (-20%)

A first person exploration, survival open world RPG, Forever Skies lets you build a high-tech airship base, fly around looking for resources, and more. 

You play as a scientist exploring the remains of Earth, searching for a cure against a virus that could wipe out what’s left of humans. And, you get to fly around in an airship!

This is one of the newest games on this list, having just released on 23 Jun 2023:

This game is rated at 85% on SteamDB with a “Very Positive” rating on Steam. Do note that it is still in early access, so there may be updates along the way.

9) Satisfactory $16.49 (-45%)

What a wordplay. Satisfactory is an open world, factory building game with elements of exploration and combat. It is a first person game with multiplayer options, so you can play along with friends. 

It is currently in early access and is currently being developed and published by Coffee Stain Studios. There’ve been constant updates and the gameplay looks interesting enough. 

This game is highly rated at 95.76% on SteamDB and 4.8 stars on Google. It hasn’t been rated on Metacritic yet as the game is still in early access.

Though I don’t really like FPS, Satisfactory is an exception, mainly due to its base building and exploration elements. And at the current discounted price, it’s almost a no-brainer.

10) Valheim $11.99 (-40%)

Another base-building game in early access, enter the Norse mythology themed world to build your own town in Valheim:

There’re elements of exploration and survival in this procedurally generated world.

While I play RPGs solo, if you like to play with friends, Valheim allows you to play co-op with up to 9 other friends:

Velheim remains relatively unknown despite what it offers. This game is highly rated at 94% on SteamDB and 4.7 stars on Google. It hasn’t been rated on Metacritic yet as the game is still in early access.

Again, at its current price, I think there’s no harm giving this game a try if you like Vikings, the ability to explore worlds on boats and fight monsters…all while building your town.

Base building games in my watchlist

Despite my attempt to remove games with first person shooting and zombies, some made it into the list because their trailers caught my heart.

At the top of my current watchlist are Dysmantle, Astroneer and Forever Skies. But I’ll be deciding which of these will be added to my cart closer to the end of the Summer Sale 2023.

In the meantime, I’ll be playing these 5 games that I just bought!





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