The Top 12 Classics-themed Video Games Coming in 2022

If you find yourself thinking that you can't get enough Achilles in your Action Shooters, or are crying out for more Dionysus in your Dungeon Crawlers, fear not. A whole bunch of new games set in the Classical world, or drawing on our favourite mythological stories, are currently sitting in the “almost ready” pile on Steam. Add these to your Wishlist and you’ll have a Steam library to rival that of Alexandria.


We can’t promise anything, least of all that these games will be any good when they launch, but we can keep you updated and start some hype around this fine selection of upcoming Classics-themed video games. We really are too good to you sometimes.



Screenshot from Frogs showing a group of paid mourners explaining to Dionysus that "We're not really professionals. We're just enthusiast mourners."

THE FROGS

Genre: Point & Click, Puzzle, 2D, Adventure

Release Date: September 2022 (Demo out now)

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1589610/The_Frogs/

The Frogs is a point-and-click adventure game based on the play by Aristophanes. Play as Dionysus as you survive awful puns and break all the fourth walls. It's an ancient Greek comedy with Renaissance art and 18th century classical music... and that identity crisis is just the tip of the iceberg.



Screenshot from Achilles: Legends Untold showing Achilles in a workshop.

ACHILLES: LEGENDS UNTOLD

Genre: RPG, Soulslike, Action

Release Date: April - June 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1314000/Achilles_Legends_Untold/

End the conflict between Hades and Ares in this souls-like action RPG. Battle gods, defeat mythological creatures, and gather resources alone or in co-op in Achilles: Legends Untold. Whether or not the game is any good, it certainly looks beautiful.



Screenshot from Romans: Age of Caesar showing the game map of Rome with the Colosseum and Circus Maximus.

ROMANS: AGE OF CAESAR

Genre: MMO, Strategy, RTS, Free-to-Play

Release Date: 2022 (Demo out now)

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/872570/Romans_Age_of_Caesar/

Build Rome together - though perhaps not in a day. A co-operative grand strategy MMO from a team of veteran city builders, Romans: Age of Caesar is the latest historical strategy game from Firefly Studios. It looks like a SimCity for the ancient world.



Screenshot from Sokobos showing a Pac-Man-style game map.

SOKOBOS

Genre: Puzzle, Minimalist, Logic, Casual

Release Date: 1st April 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1655890/Sokobos/

This minimalist take on the game of Sokoban incorporates Greek iconography and art styles to create what looks like an addictive little game for all ages.



Screenshot from The Amulet of Amunrun showing a burial chamber and sarcophagus.

THE AMULET OF AMUNRUN

Genre: Escape Room, Co-op, Adventure, Puzzle

Release Date: TBA (Demo out now)

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1393580/The_Amulet_of_AmunRun/

Dive into AmunRun's pyramid in this cooperative escape room game to recover the Pharaoh's amulet. Collaborate & communicate with pals to work out the ancient enigmas that will lead you to the funeral chamber and avoid falling into deadly traps on your way out.



Screenshot from Imperium BCE showing the game world, from north Africa to Britain and into Syria and beyond.

IMPERIUM BCE

Genre: Grand Strategy, City Builder, RTS

Release Date: Spring 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1707610/Imperium_BCE/

Can you ever have enough grand strategy games? We think not. Although the interface looks a little basic, this may well be a game worth checking out if you like to control every aspect of each turn. You can build cities, control armies, use both spies and diplomats to achieve different political goals, make technological discoveries, trade, and sign laws.



Screenshot from Ozymandias showing options for construction, including the seven wonders of the ancient world.

OZYMANDIAS

Genre: Strategy, 4X, Turn-Based, Empire Sim

Release Date: TBA (Demo out now)

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1768280/Ozymandias_Bronze_Age_Empire_Sim/

Build an empire in a single sitting. All the strategy of a classic 4X in a faster format, which also shines in multiplayer. A Bronze Age history game that looks too good to miss.



Screenshot from Horror of Minos showing a first-person character approaching a statue in a dungeon.

HORROR OF MINOS

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Surreal, Adventure

Release Date: 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1792210/Horror_of_Minos/

Explore the mythical ancient ruins beneath the island of Minos. Piece together what happened to you and your team. Beware the spirits and beasts that lurk below. A single-player, first-person, horror game inspired by Penumbra and Amnesia.



Screenshot from Wacky Chariots showing a chariot being customised by colour, charioteer and wheels.

WACKY CHARIOTS

Genre: Arcade, Racing, Multiplayer, Driving

Release Date: 31st May 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1849970/Wacky_Chariots/

We love a low-budget, high memeability game. Wacky Chariots includes 8 game modes, more than 30 available tracks, and a bunch of customisable gear to pimp your ride.



Screenshot from Pharaoh: A New Era showing the walls of a city under construction.

PHARAOH: A NEW ERA

Genre: City Builder, Diplomacy, RTS

Release Date: TBA

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1351080/Pharaoh_A_New_Era/

Another city builder, this time set in Egypt. This is a full graphical 4k remaster of the original, with a modernised UI, full map, and mission editor.



Screenshot from Kredolis showing a ruined statue and temple.

KREDOLIS

Genre: Puzzle, Adventure, First-Person, Exploration

Release Date: 2022

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1602110/Kredolis/

This Myst-like exploration game takes place on a mysterious island full of Greek architecture and esoteric puzzles. Find your way home or enter the sunken lighthouse into the depths of Atlantis.



Screenshot from Builders of Greece showing the Acropolis of Athens.

BUILDERS OF GREECE

Genre: City Builder, Simulation, RTS

Release Date: TBA

Link: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1273100/Builders_of_Greece/

Okay, I know, another city builder. But after you’ve built Rome and Egypt, maybe you want to have a go at Greece as well? Builders of Greece looks pretty outstanding, and is another in the upcoming series of games like Builders of Egypt and Builders of China.



Let us know if you end up playing any of these upcoming games, and keep us updated if you find any others. BRB, planning my strategy.





Miri Teixeira is a video-games journalist and co-founder of Working Classicists.


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