Valve originally released the Early Access route in March 2013, which lets developers fund their game with the help of customers who can also give feedback during development. Minecraft was developed in a similar way, with the game being available for purchase during the alpha and beta before the official release in November 2011.
Early Access on Steam has gathered criticism since launching, with developers not finishing their games, or in some cases letting people buy a game that doesn’t work. While this has been a problem, games like Nuclear Thrones, Assault Android Cactus, and Prison Architect have used Early Access to their advantage to create enjoyable games. Here are great examples of games that are currently in Early Access that are already worth your money and time.