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Developer: Valve Corporation
Rating: Medium Maturity
Keep up with the Steam gaming community 24 hours a day
As some of you may know, Steam is a service that lets you play games online, make purchases, and chat with fellow gamers in style.
The multiplatform nature of the service means it is able to work on almost all computers, and a vital part of the service is now available on your smartphone. The official Steam app lets you chat with friends and become a fully-fledged member of the Steam online community. You can join new groups and catch up with the movements of your friends once you have signed in with your account details, and you will be able to use the community-based features in a similar way to the full desktop offering. Everything from groups to friend invitations are included, and it is certainly one of the better implementations we have seen of a desktop community service.
Besides the community features, you can purchase games and view screenshots in great detail to make an accurate judgement, read key features, check all of the technical game information, and add titles to your wish list should you want to consider them for later. The Catalog includes featured games, new and popular titles, which are plentiful in number and diversity, plus a Specials area where you can take advantage of time-limited special offers. For those times when you are not near your desktop, this feature alone could mean the difference between picking up a bargain and missing out. There are many other features included that are too numerous to cover, but this is most definitely a complete solution.
We found the service to be a little slow in normal use and the heavy use of graphics, which to be fair are probably required, did make everything feel a little cluttered at times. Even on larger-screened phones, this phenomenon was noticeable, but these are relatively minor quibbles for what is ultimately a very professionally put together mobile gaming solution. You can now carry Steam with you wherever you go, and the most difficult part will be putting the app down!
A complete and diverse gaming app that offers almost everything the hardened gamer could want.
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