There are countless anime games available on the Steam platform, and the list will keep growing as more and more games get ported or get released on the PC. In this blog post, we will tackle all the best anime games on Steam.

It will include classic games remastered like Ni no Kuni, legendary titles like Dragon Quest XI S, and everything in between.

We’re rounding up a massive list of the 15 best anime games on Steam, and it will include a few series as a few franchises have more than three great games to their name.

Before we get to the list, we need to classify anime games as different definitions are often used.

The definition of “anime games” has been used a lot in different conversations with different meanings. People usually call games “anime” if there is any animation used. Whether it is Western-style or Japanese, they still call them anime games.

However, this list will only contain anime games based on the definition “cartoon made in Japan.”

Animation in Japan has a distinct art style, which is considered to be the anime games. However, games like Final Fantasy are JRPGs that are different from the cartoonish anime we typically see from shows.

This list will not contain games like Final Fantasy and Helltaker but instead focus on games similar to Dragon Quest, Persona, and games alike. The definition is highly controversial, and the list will become too long if we use the definition loosely.

Code Vein

GenreAction, Anime, JRPG, Souls-like
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperBANDAI NAMCO Studios
Length25 hours for the main story; 50+ for completionists
Release DateSeptember 27, 2019

Code Vein is one of the most challenging games on the list. It is a Souls-like game, which means it is going to be extremely difficult and involve a lot of deaths.

The gameplay or combat mechanics are smooth and mirrors the Souls games, but the game is more ‘anime.’

Code Vein has a deep character customization system. You can even import characters created by the community for your playthroughs. These designs could make your character look like other iconic characters, such as Lightning from the Final Fantasy series.

Atelier Series

GenreExploration, JRPG, 3D
Where to Buy?Steam
Release DateMarch 24, 2023

The Atelier series is a popular series of Japanese role-playing video games that has been ongoing since 1997. The series is known for its distinctive focus on alchemy-based gameplay, which involves gathering ingredients and crafting items in order to progress through the game.

The games are typically set in a fictional world with a medieval or fantasy theme, and the player takes on the role of a young alchemist who sets out on a journey to hone their skills, uncover secrets, and ultimately save the world from a looming threat.

Each game in the series features a unique cast of characters, with the protagonist usually accompanied by a group of companions who provide support and assistance on their journey. The games also feature a turn-based battle system, where players can use a variety of abilities and skills to defeat enemies.

One of the defining characteristics of the Atelier series is its emphasis on time management. Each game typically has a set amount of in-game time in which the player must complete their objectives, whether it be crafting a specific item or defeating a certain enemy. As such, players must carefully manage their time and resources in order to make progress.

Overall, the Atelier series offers a unique and engaging gameplay experience that combines alchemy, exploration, and RPG elements in a colorful and immersive world.


Makoto Combo
GenreJRPG, Story Rich, Anime, Turn-Based
Where to Buy?Steam
Release DateOctober 21, 2022

The Persona series is a popular Japanese role-playing video game series that began in 1996. The games are developed by Atlus and are known for their unique blend of traditional RPG gameplay with social simulation elements.

The games are set in modern-day Japan and follow a group of high school students who are forced to confront supernatural phenomena and save the world. The series is known for its complex characters and mature themes, which often tackle issues such as identity, mortality, and the human psyche.

Gameplay in the Persona series typically involves exploring various environments, battling enemies, and interacting with non-playable characters. Players are also able to build relationships with these characters through a social simulation system, which can affect the game’s story and ending.

The Persona series has received critical acclaim for its storytelling, characters, and gameplay. Each game in the series is self-contained, but they are loosely connected through recurring themes and motifs. The most recent entry in the series, Persona 5, was released in 2016 and has since spawned an expanded version, spin-off games, and even an anime adaptation.

Dragon Ball Z

GenreDepends on which DBZ title (Fighting)
Where to Buy?Steam

Dragon Ball Z is probably the most influential anime of all time. From its success, there have been countless Dragon Ball Z games released since the 1980s.

There are a few games to choose from which have different gameplays – Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. All of them are great, especially to fans of the anime series.

Dragon Ball Z Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Z Kakarot is an open-world fighting game where you are free to explore the Dragon Ball universe as you fight against other characters in the series. Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 2D fighting game where you duel against another player using your favorite Dragon Ball Z characters.

All three of them are great, but it depends on which genre you would prefer to play.

Ni no Kuni

GenreJRPG, Story Rich, Anime
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperLevel-5, QLOC
Length40+ hours to beat
Release DateSeptember 20, 2019

Ni no Kuni’s series is inspired by the works of Hayao Miyazaki from Studio Ghibli. The developers are also from Studio Ghibli and published by Bandai Namco. The first game in the series is a turn-based JRPG, while the second one takes you to a classic tale with the whimsical aesthetics you see in Studio Ghibli films.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is a remaster of the 2011 version released on the PlayStation 3, while Ni no Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom is a great sequel that followed seven years after.

If you are looking for a wholesome, feel-good JRPG, the Ni no Kuni series is the best way to start. It might feel like a kid’s game to some, but you can try other JRPGs on the list if this is not your type of game.

Doki Doki Literature Club

GenreAnime, Psychological, Horror, Cute
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperTeam Salvato
Length1 hour to beat
Release DateJuly 1, 2021

Doki Doki Literature Club is the only free game on the list. It is a short game that caught the attention of everyone for its immersive visual novel gameplay. Without giving out any specific spoilers, expect a lot of twists as the game plays around your emotions.

Visual novel games are based on story-telling, which involves a lot of reading. The dialogues are engaging, as well as the colorful characters you meet in the game.

Doki Doki Literature Club should be a fun experience for all anime lovers out there. Since the game is free, it will be easy to try it out. Make sure to check out all the secrets, as you are in for a surprise.

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

GenreJRPG, Anime
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperNihon Falcom, Engine Software BV, PH3 GmbH
Length60+ hours for each title
Release DateApril 9, 2021

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel is a series of Japanese role-playing video games developed by Nihon Falcom. The games are set in the fictional world of Erebonia, a land filled with magic and technology, and follow the story of Class VII, a group of students at the prestigious Thors Military Academy.

Gameplay in the Trails of Cold Steel series is typical of traditional RPGs, with players navigating the world, battling enemies, and engaging in dialogue with non-playable characters.

One of the key features of the series is its emphasis on character development, with players able to build relationships with their classmates through bonding events and other activities.

The games also feature a unique battle system known as the “Orbal Arts” system, which allows players to customize and upgrade their characters’ abilities using various “Orbment” devices. The series also places a heavy emphasis on storytelling, with a detailed and intricate plot that spans multiple games.

Each game in the series is set in a different part of Erebonia and features a different cast of characters, though there are recurring themes and plot elements that tie them all together.

The series is known for its high production values, including detailed graphics, voice acting, and a rich musical score.

Here is a chronological order to play the series:

  1. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
  2. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
  3. The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky the Third
  4. The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero
  5. The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure
  6. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
  7. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
  8. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
  9. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV

All of these games are available on Steam.


GenreVisual Novel, Anime, Story Rich, Romance, 2D
Where to Buy?Steam
Length60+ hours to beat
Release DateApril 28, 2004

Clannad is another visual novel on the list. It is based on the Clannad anime series that broke won the hearts of many. You experience it thoroughly with the fantastic visuals in their video game version.

While the game might cater to the fans of the anime series, it is also a great way to start if you have not watched the series yet.


GenreAnime, Mature, Puzzle
Where to Buy?Steam
Length13 hours to beat
Release DateJanuary 10, 2019

If you loved the Persona series, Catherine is another game you should try out. It is from the same maker (Atlus). The game was released in 2011 on the PlayStation 3, and it only made its way to Steam in 2019.

It follows the same path as the Persona series with different gameplay. It is more of a puzzle and mature-oriented puzzle game with a ton of animations. However, the story elements are quite controversial as it heavily objectifies women. The game tackles mature topics bravely.

The game’s twists are a classic signature of Atlus’ games. You should give the game a shot if you are a fan of JRPG games in general.

I am Setsuna

GenreJRPG, Turn-Based, Anime
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperTokyo RPG Factory
Length20 hours for the main story; 45+ for completionists
Release DateJuly 19, 2016

I am Setsuna is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Tokyo RPG Factory and published by Square Enix. The game was released in 2016 and is known for its nostalgic gameplay style and emotionally charged story.

The game is set in a fictional world where perpetual winter has gripped the land, and a young girl named Setsuna has been chosen to sacrifice herself to appease the demons that threaten the land. The player takes on the role of a mercenary named Endir, who is hired to escort Setsuna to her destination.

Gameplay in I am Setsuna is reminiscent of classic RPGs, with turn-based battles and exploration of various environments. The game features a unique combat system known as the “ATB system,” which allows players to strategically time attacks and abilities based on a character’s speed stat.

One of the key features of I am Setsuna is its emotional and melancholic story, which explores themes of sacrifice, loss, and redemption. The game’s music, composed entirely of piano and strings, adds to the game’s somber and reflective tone.

The game has received critical acclaim for its nostalgic gameplay style, emotional story, and atmospheric presentation. It has been compared favorably to classic RPGs of the past, such as Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI.

Scarlet Nexus

GenreAction, Anime, JRPG, Adventure
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperBANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.
Length25 hours for the main story; 60+ for completionists
Release DateJune 25, 2021

Scarlet Nexus is an action role-playing video game developed by Bandai Namco Studios and released in 2021. The game is set in a futuristic world where humans have evolved to possess extra-sensory powers called “Psionics,” which they use to fight against hostile creatures known as “Others.”

The game’s story follows one of two playable characters, Yuito Sumeragi or Kasane Randall, both of whom are members of the elite Other Suppression Force (OSF). The player must navigate various environments, battle enemies, and uncover the secrets of the Others and their origins.

Gameplay in Scarlet Nexus is fast-paced and action-packed, with players able to utilize a variety of combat abilities and Psionic powers. The game also features a unique “Brain Punk” system, which allows players to read the minds of enemies and uncover weaknesses.

The game’s visual style is inspired by anime and features highly detailed environments and character designs. The game’s soundtrack, composed by a team of well-known Japanese composers, is also highly praised.

Scarlet Nexus has received positive reviews for its engaging gameplay, intriguing storyline, and impressive presentation. The game has been noted for its unique take on the action RPG genre and its exploration of themes such as identity, memory, and the power of the mind.

Tales Series

GenreJRPG, Anime, Action
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperBandai Namco Studios Inc.
Release DateSeptember 10, 2021

The Tales series is a long-running franchise of Japanese role-playing video games developed by Bandai Namco Studios. The series began in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia and has since spawned numerous sequels and spin-offs.

The games in the series are known for their fast-paced, real-time combat systems, which often include a variety of flashy special moves and abilities. The games also typically feature extensive character customization options and an emphasis on story and character development.

Each game in the Tales series is set in a different world with its own unique lore and characters, though many of the games share recurring themes and motifs. The games often explore complex themes such as friendship, love, and the nature of power and authority.

The Tales series is also known for its anime-style visuals, with highly detailed character designs and environments. The games also typically feature a high level of voice acting and an epic orchestral soundtrack.

The series has received critical acclaim for its engaging gameplay, memorable characters, and deep storytelling. Some of the most popular entries in the series include Tales of Symphonia, Tales of Vesperia, and Tales of Berseria.

Dragon Quest

GenreJRPG, Turn-Based, Story Rich
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperSquare Enix

A few Dragon Quest games are available on Steam, but only two games are probably worth your attention. They are Dragon Quest Builders 2 and Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age.

For Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age is an instant classic. It turned out to be one of the greatest Dragon Quest games of all time. Do not be fooled by the “XI” as you do not need to play the other games of the series to enjoy this gem.

This title is the last entry in the series from creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and composer Koichi Sugiyama. It is a beautifully made game where the game challenges you at the perfect pace of story and progression.

The turn-based combat system is basic enough for new players to enjoy and has enough customization and tactics for experienced players who are used to the Dragon Quest games.

For Dragon Quest Builders 2, it is also a standalone experience. You do not have to play the first version to play this game. Dragon Quest Builders 2 is exactly as the title sounds. It is a block-building RPG game where you explore, harvest, build, and battle in a single-player campaign.

You can compare it to games like Minecraft but with an exciting twist. It will open up your creative mind while you explore the open world and learn how expansive the world is. The amount of content is endless. You can also enjoy the 4-player online sandbox mode with other friends.

Steins Gate: My Darling’s Embrace

GenreVisual Novel, Adventure, Funny
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperMAGES. Inc.
Length14 hours to beat
Release DateDecember 11, 2019

Steins Gate is another visual novel based on the popular mind-boggling anime series. However, this title is a slapstick romantic comedy game as you go through an alternate timeline considering “What if” scenarios with your lab members.

You start as the main protagonist, Rintaro, and answer calls from your phone and make everyday life decisions as you create your own story.

This is quite a niche choice on the list because it is only appealing to those who watched the anime series. Watch the series and see if it is your cup of tea. If you cannot get enough, this game is worth every penny.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy

Ace Attorney
GenreDetective, Visual Novel, Story Rich, Mystery
Where to Buy?Steam
DeveloperCAPCOM Co., Ltd.
Release DateApril 10, 2019 (trilogy)

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is a collection of three Japanese visual novel adventure games developed and published by Capcom.

The games were first released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance, and have since been remastered for various platforms including Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.

The games follow the story of Phoenix Wright, a defense attorney who takes on a variety of cases ranging from murder to theft. Players must investigate crime scenes, interview witnesses, and present evidence in court in order to prove their client’s innocence.

Gameplay in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is centered around the courtroom, where players must use logic and evidence to cross-examine witnesses and expose contradictions in their testimony.

The games also feature “Objection!” sequences, in which players must present evidence or use a character’s special ability to counter an opponent’s argument.

One of the defining features of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is its quirky and humorous style, which combines serious courtroom drama with offbeat characters and dialogue. The game’s characters are highly stylized and often have exaggerated personalities and expressions.

The Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy has received critical acclaim for its engaging gameplay, memorable characters, and entertaining storylines. The games have been praised for their unique blend of humor and drama, as well as their creative use of the visual novel genre.