The Steam Games You Can Play For Free This Weekend


If you’re active on Steam, you’re probably very familiar with Steam’s free weekend sales, where a couple of games are given a free-to-play trial period for players who may not otherwise try them. This weekend’s games have been announced, so let’s take a look at what’s free to play on Steam right now, as well as discounts for the games themselves.
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Steam’s latest free weekend kicks off with Two Point Hospital, a business simulation games released last year in which you play as a hospital administrator who runs a hospital–including designing the layout and hiring staff–with the goal of quickly curing patients of various made-up, comical illnesses. In GameSpot’s Two Point Hospital review, critic James Swinbanks described the game as “modern and enjoyable,” with “irresistible charm and wit.”

“The exaggerated, cartoon look and relaxed approach to management make it inviting enough for most players, while the deeper aspects of its economy are enough to keep seasoned players engaged,” he wrote.

Two Point Hospital is free to play now through Monday, March 18 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. It’s a great time to give the game a try, as new items will be available in-game this weekend, and the second DLC, Pebberley Island, launches on Monday. If you like Two Point Hospital, the game will also be 33% off all weekend.

If you like digital collectible card games like Hearthstone, you’ll probably like Faeria, which is also free to play on Steam this weekend. A cross between card game and board game, Faeria is a strategy game with a unique living board that you can shape into lakes, mountains, deserts, and more, creating your own unique territory (which allows for unique abilities) while also pursuing your opponent. All 300 cards can be collected in under 50 hours, according to Steam. Free to play through Sunday, Faeria is also 50% off at just $12.49 until Monday, March 18 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. The premium bundle is also on sale for just $28.56 (61% off).

Several developer tools are also free on Steam this week and through the weekend. Create the RPG of your dreams with RPG Maker MV, or make a retro-style pixel game using Pixel Game Maker. If visual novels are more your jam, then you can use (you guessed it) Visual Novel Maker to bring your story to life. And of course, they’re all discounted to purchase this weekend: RPG Maker MV is just $20 (75% off), Pixel Game Maker MV is $63.74 (25% off), and Visual Novel Maker is $36 (40% off) until Tuesday, March 19 (you get an extra day with these).

For an even better deal, the Maker Series is available as a bundle for $76.14 (63% off), with several different packages and DLC for RPG Maker and Visual Novel Maker. Pixel Game Maker is still in Steam Early Access, so that software isn’t part of the bundle and will continue to be updated.

While not part of this weekend’s free-to-play Steam sale, it’s worth mentioning that Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT’s free edition is now available indefinitely on Steam. The RPG is a console port of Dissidia Final Fantasy, which traded turn-based action for real-time battles. In our Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT review, GameSpot’s Alessandro Fillari felt the game faltered in many aspects, but did offer a diverse range of interesting characters, clever combat, and a charming story. Since it’s now free to play, you might as well check it out.

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