As of November 2019, Steam Shovelers is no longer being actively updated. This site will remain in place as an archive of reviews and writing clips for our former writers. Thanks for all the good times.

The Journey Down

The video game equivalent of Cod Reggae

Orwell: Ignorance is Strength

Not all satire is meant to make you laugh.

LiS: BtS Farewell

In like a lion, out with an “…Ok”

Where the Water Tastes Like Wine

Gather stories and watch them evolve in this charmingly dark Southern Gothic-inspired game

The Mind’s Eclipse

See what happens when technology and humans fuse

Dishonored: Death of the Outsider

Eye For An Eye Last year’s release of Dishonored 2 left something to be desired. A slew of technical issues and an unfocused story with a rushed opening chapter hampered a game that otherwise made some great improvements on the Dishonored formula. Death of the...


Move Over, Dark Souls! There's A New Meme In Town I've written and re-written this review several times since I started playing Cuphead. I had been immediately charmed by the fantastic, hand-drawn animation and vintage jazz soundtrack; it was like watching all of my...

Batman: The Enemy Within Ep. 1 – The Enigma

One Foot In Hell, The Other On A Harley Quinn Rollerskate The first Telltale Batman series was a bit of a let down. The dialogue was wooden and stunted; the writing fell rather short of the usually superb narratives Telltale produces. And it felt more like yet another...

PLAYERUNKOWN’S Battlegrounds Review

Step into the 90-person murder sandbox

Brawlout Early Access Review

A new challenger enters the, “Best Non-Smash Smash game,” arena. How does this one fare? It’s complicated.

Drifting Lands Early Access Review

The prettiest space shooter with a sexy soundtrack comes with a side of innovation.

Conan Exiles Early Access Review

Let me tell you of the days of so-so adventure…

Days of War Early Access Review

A World War II shooter, how original…

The First Tree

Beauty isn’t everything

Daydream Blue Steam Pile Review

What kind of Vive game doesn’t support Vive controllers?

HEPH Steam Pile Review

Wherein a developer shows us his one-eyed monster, literally and figuratively.

The Last Hope: Trump vs Mafia Steam Pile Review

Got a case of the post-election blues? This won’t help.

Rock-N-Rogue: A Boo Bunny Plague Adventure Steam Pile Review

Five Nighs at Freddy’s meets Diablo II and…