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Hey, I've been thinking how pity it is that one of the best games are so unknown, that I thought of making this threat.
As underrated game, we are talking about game that is:
You may list any number of games You want, but it must meet both conditions mentioned above.
Mine is pretty simple. It is WARP. Game that has very good rating, yet not many people seem to know it. It's discussed nowhere on the Internet. No artworks, no forums, no anything. Literally as people wouldn't know that game exist. I have seen only one fanart of this game. There are videos on YouTube from it, but YouTube has many things in its repertoire, as people will always send and upload things even barely known there. But it still isn't that popular or known.
WARP is puzzle platformer action stealth game. You are an alien called Zero, who has been abducted from his world and people makes experiments on aliens in the underwater facility. You have the ability of warping (who would have thought!), but You constantly gain more and more powers. The gameplay is varying with playstyles. You can be more stealthy, use more agility or just think things through. Or combine all of it! It's very unique, but it's not just unique. The unique gameplay is actually pretty fun, nice and satisfying. To complete the game You need few hours at most, it's not super long game, but it really is something else. You have to hide from enemies, otherwise You are sitting duck for them. But You can use Your brain and agility to go through the facility. Will You be a genocidal maniac or rather quiet stealthy poor little alien? Maybe both? Maybe none? You decide how You play.
So what are Your underrated games? Also, please, say something about the game(s) You are mentioning, so people will understand what is it about.
PS Also my game, WARP is Steam game, but it needs EA things. It's not invasive, You just login and that's all. You use Origin as a DRM, so it requires You to have an account there + makes it unable to family share. Though the game is cheap. And currently it's even cheaper as it has 80% off and it cost only two dollars.
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I'm love this game https://store.steampowered.com/app/900270/Reventure I can't speak much about this because I don't speak English. The game is super entertaining you have to discover each possible ending of your hero, it has a very good sense of humor
I even have this one on my wishlist!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/438420/Zenith/ . The gameplay, of course, is not to say that outstanding, but the world itself, the narrative, the hero and the characters, the ridicule of the fantasy genre, I haven't seen anything like this before. Sometimes it felt like I was reading a book by Terry Pratchett. Moreover, he can be found in the game =)
I wanna pick this up since it's on sale but it's not the lowest recorded price I'm thorn 👀
You could try trading for it. It was in a very cheap Pick & Mix bundle on Fanatical in 2019 so I'm sure there are plenty of keys around.
You were right, thanks! Followed your advice
I like when the game has good narrative and story/characters. Sometimes it matters the most in some games :)
Bruh, you said "Terry Pratchett" and I bought it right away.
DIVINATION - definitely.
DIVINATION is a short, cheap game about divining the future as a fortuneteller, there are multiple endings. It was actually a gift from one of my friends, I wish there was a longer version.
I've seen the screenshots on Steam page. It looks interesting.
Late response, sorry, recommend for that price + quality + playtime.
While it suffers from many of the problems common to RPGs of that era, it has something I've never seen in any other game - real competition.
The plot involves trying to find multiple "map pieces" - and there are several other NPCs looking for them. If you take too long getting to a particular map piece, you may find that someone beat you to it.
You can exchange information with NPCs to try to find out who has which piece, and where they are, but they don't stay still - by the time you get to where a particular NPC was, he/she may be gone already, or may no longer have the map piece. At the same time, if you exchange information, NPCs may discover which pieces you have, and your competition may decide to come after you
it also has one of the best skill systems I've ever seen in any game, whereby you can assign skill points when you level up, but you also gain skill points by doing, so, for example, you need to assign enough skill points to swimming to learn the basics and not drown, but after that, your character becomes a better swimmer each time you wade through the water. Likewise, your character can pick up a new weapon, and slowly learn to become a grand master through use alone
Crusaders was great, I remember getting to where the first piece was supposed to be and not finding it and thinking I just missed it somehow, then kept searching for hours. Once I discovered that everything was missible if you took too long I tried to basically speedrun it, but that didn't turn out too well. The new weapon types like guns were interesting too.
The character transfer from Bane of the Cosmic Forge was utter shit though. I mean literally the worst of any transfer mechanic I've ever seen. The whole "your skills went to waste while you were traveling" thing where each character starts at level 5 with a few randomly picked spells they had in Bane, and if your equipment at the end of Bane was too 1337 it would disappear too. I ended up having to grind for days to get not quite as 1337 gear to drop in Bane so I transfer characters to Crusaders that weren't naked. And then redo the character import intro dozens of times to get something approaching useful spells to start off. I think I had to spend something like 4 days redoing stuff in Bane so my imported characters actually had a headstart and weren't pretty much new characters with a few random spells.
I wasn't a big fan of Bane. I only play it if I want to torture myself.... and if I want the diamond ring
edit: still a better transfer than to Wizardry 3. "your party is long-dead, and their descendants are named after them". If all I get is the same name and class, I may as well do that myself
Now pick up Wizadry 8 and transfer your save from 7 to 8.
Now? how about 20 years ago when 8 first came out?
And yes, I have completed the entire trilogy with a one-character party - faerie ninja cane of corpus for the win
Edit: 8 is a fun game, and I'd be hard-pressed to say whether I prefer 7 or 8. Conceptually it's very interesting. I don't think there's any other game that plays like it. I attempt to do a run though the trilogy every few years - if you can look through the flaws, it's an absolute masterpiece not so much #6. It's good, but it shows its age far more than the sequel that only came out 2 years later
Sounds interesting! That skill system. I even have those games in my library, probably from some bundle. I have to give it a try some day.
I can think of another RPG that tries to have an element of competition, and that's The 7th Saga. That game is not great, but it has some cool ideas.
Interesting, but rather not my piece of cake.
Magicians & Looters. Funny writing, smooth gameplay, smart level design and puzzles, interesting characters, etc. The graphics may look quite unappealingly bland at first, but they're actually pretty good too.
Actually it looks neat IMO. I added it to my wishlist.
That would be Sunset, a game by an arthouse Belgian duo Tale of Tales; they'd released several interactive art pieces before that (the most well-known is probably The Path), but Sunset was their first actual game - and their last, of course. People predictably mistook it for a boring maid simulator while completely ignoring the subtle humanistic story, it was a huge commercial failure, and Tale of Tales abandoned developing games altogether.
You made it sound very interesting. I noticed I have that one in my library, but completely forgot about it. Installed it now. Thanks for pointing it out!
One of the very few games on my ignore list apparently. (Noticed a very unusual icon from Steam Web Integration)
I rather like niche games. when only small people can see the value of it. Though it doesn't really look like something I would play. However I added it to my Steam wishlist.
Paper Mario for N64
I think Paper Mario is very well known. Heck, it's still getting installments to this day.
Those aren’t the original though. The franchise may still be alive but that first game on a not-so-popular system is definitely underrated for how truly excellent of an RPG it is.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1082710/Bug_Fables_The_Everlasting_Sapling/ draws some inspiration from early Paper Mario games.
Yeah already at the top of my wishlist :D
It looks pretty nice. I've added it to my wishlist. Also... BUGS!? Cute little bugs!
It's in my top 5 favorite games for sure. It came out at the very end of the N64's lifespan, so a lot of people missed it.
I'm still on the hunt for a copy under $100. One day!
They're over $100 for the cartridge??? Wow, I'll cherish mine even more knowing that!
And if you have the box and manual, you're looking at $300!
The loose cart was hovering at around $50-$60 before the pandemic, but the lockdowns really inflated the used game market.
It's Legend Of Zelda with a shotgun.
Looks like a Final Fight Remake.
Bud Spencer & Terence Hill - Slaps And Beans
Old school pixel art beat 'em up of Bud Spencer & Terence Hill movies.
For those who don't have Shotgun Legend. You can get it for free. There are 90% off coupons for it on Steam with which its price goes down to 10 cents. You can fully recoup that cost by selling the cards the game drops.
The Bud Spencer game made mainstream news here when it was released. I'd guess most of the purchases came from the few European countries where they are considered legends. It's interesting how in the English speaking countries they are basically unknown.
Shotgun Legend is already on my WL - Can you point me in the direction of one of these 90% off coupons? I have a steam wallet balance of $0.12 so that would do it :)
"Is there a coupon for..." topic, you has to be a member for it to show up, the application is immediately accepted.
Hey Thanks for the lead - Turns out there WAS a 90% Coupon on the list - I asked for it and received it a few minutes later.
Shotgun Legend is now in my library - I'm stoked, thanks again !
I checked it beforehand, didn't want to give false hope ^^
It's great, that nobody else took it beforehand - have fun!
I've got the Bud Spencer and Terence Hill game already on my wishlist. The TakeOver has awesome visuals. About the Shotgun Legend... is it some kind of parody game? Because it looks like one. Especially that it really is pixel by pixel almost identical to Zelda.
Legacy of Kain series
hands down the best writing and story in a game. It needs a remake and or remaster ASAP and hopefully a sequel :(
I've already bought all of them on Steam! But the remakes/remasters are rather not possible. I heard that there is problem with copyright owning. So it's sadly not an option. This is bad, but we can't do anything.
A very charming game about two people trying to became famous theater players.
The game consists mostly of minigames (some pretty unique), exploring and interacting with NPCs.
And interacting with people in this game is a thrill. The conversations are pretty creative and got quite a personality.
Sound very interesting! Wishlisted :D
https://store.steampowered.com/app/342490/Shipwreck/ and https://store.steampowered.com/app/412270/Stories_of_Bethem_Full_Moon/
For zelda-like game
I really like this kind of games. Got two new games on wishlist!
hope you'll have fun with them later! :)
I love the story of this game
I have it on my wishlist since... Forever!
I got it from chrono.gg ( rip) and its one of the best game i play that year
Oh. Chrono.gg is saying goodbye. I've stopped using it after they removed the points so suddenly. They gave my no choice of even spending those points on games. And I've been collecting the coins for few years straight. Then one day they told, "nope". And people bought whetever leftover games were there, not giving a chance of even buying those games. I don't actually cry for Chrono.gg. They weren't okay with people, and the shop was getting worse and worse every month, so the only choice was to collect as much points and pray that they will give the better games in the shop some day. But instead of it, they made it impossible to spend those points, because all the games were bought by people who had collected those points for years.
Its was good when they start but saddly all the multi accounts people ruined all, i see GAs with 6 copies from users here
No idea..... but Warp does look good. I hate when steam does not have a video showing a game. Screenshots are not near as good. So I looked up some gameplay on youtube. This is my kind of game.
I wish it was on sale on HB as I have some credit to use in the next couple weeks to reset the expiry clock. But $2 on sale right now on steam seems not bad.
..... I broke the piggy bank. $1.99 Can. I just now bought it on steam. I may even play it some day. lol.
Pretty sure it is game's dev/publishers putting those up so... not really Steam's fault they didn't put any.
Ya, I meant when steam "the game page" only has snapshots. I'm aware the content is set by the dev/pub. I was just meaning the page, not the company. That may not have been clear. :)
What Serale probably meant is that the screenshots and videos are put on Steam Store page by developers and publishers, so Steam does not interfere with it in any way (as long as it doesn't breaks the ToS etc). And the trapdoor is a small dev... or rather was a small dev, that made also a Fez and after they announced making third game, they canceled it and just got disbanded. So they probably won't change or add anything.
And I agree, that sometimes videos are necessary. I actually bought this game so long ago after one Minecraft Let's Player decade ago (2009-2011 more or less) decided to play it. And it caught my attention immediately.
Fez.... I forgot about that one. I had it wishlisted for a long time and I won it almost a year ago. Looks very good. I need to make a list of ones I want to play so I don't forget about them. lol.
By order of interest :
You play an archeologist who decipher an imaginary language discovering word after word. Scenario is linear but it makes you travel on multiple planets and makes you want to know more about the universe you explore.
Archeologic adventure + imaginary languistic : super rare gem
It's made to tell a great story, no replayability or artificial grind, but careful rythm of the game can be quite slow so it's for relatively patient players. And unfortunately game is only avaible in english and there is a lot to read.
It's underrated because there are just 1000 reviews on Steam and for this sort of rare gem, it's sad that it didn't reach 98% positive !
You play a Paris night taxidriver. Listening NPC you learn more about their individual story and try to find who is the serial killer. Memorable game too, unfortunately it's 3 different scenarios but the murderers don't change, so it's made to play it once, but you won't regret.
Just 123 reviews despite bundle and 76% shitty score. Playing that you would see it obviously deserves more than 85%.
A single player tetris like with city building aspect, AI is fast, reactive and very very clever. There is a vague scenario about ecology to introduce the different specialized characters, scenario is nothing exceptional but characters decks are quite interesting. But the game shines because of its AI.
90% is a good review score, it's just that it didn't sell well at all despite it's reasonable price. It has been bundled so i guess many people ignore that they already have it in their library.
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Archeology, detective system, those games are interesting.
However, I did not correspond to my spaces Language....XD
Thank you Kappaking, i just noticed that too ! (｡◕‿◕｡)
Thank you it was super tasty ! ;)
Happy Cake Day! =)
Sorry to be late, thank you very much it's very nice, wish you a very nice week !
No problem. I recently didn't thank everyone for it, because I didn't want to hijack that thread. :D
Have a nice upcoming week, too!
I hated Night Call to bits :D
But at least I have Heaven's Vault, and I'm looking forward for some investigative mood for it :)
Sorry for the late answer and thanks for your wishes, i'm sorry you didn't like Night Call, but the game could feel repetitive especially before the most recent update. Heaven's Vault is totally different, but it can't please everyone either because of its very very slow pace.
I love all of these. And second the recommendations. I did start a second play through on Heaven's Vault though because while the overall story doesn't change much, you can try different choices and the language gets more complicated to translate... and maybe find things you missed before.
Night Call absolutely feels underrated. I'd love to see more stories get added myself.
You're right about Heaven's Vault, unfortunately i deleted my 1st playthrough save by mistake facepalm, i don't know if it's the case but i hope the more complicated sentences will reveal you new revelations during your second playthrough.
About Night Call, dev just added an update to avoid getting back the same NPC and help discover the rare conversations.
Recently i played this short (3-4h) indie gem, maybe you'll like it too ? It's a game you play with a headset, using the sound as a guide, but much better than a blind legend, the story and tone are fantastic ! The sales look disastrous and it's sad because it's quite cheap and a game unlike any other.
(Thank you, i 💙 you too !)
Woah. This concept is very unique. I would like to try it.
Hm, not sure I'd be able to get into a game with nothing to look at...? If I am understanding the premise correctly. I don't always trust my hearing and my ability to retain information and even use subtitles when most wouldn't. The joys of ADD and generalized anxiety.
If I may counter with a recommendation though. ♥ Cat Lady - The Card Game
A casual little card game themed around cats. Hands are short, making it good for a quick play when you don't have a lot of time. Play vs AI or locally against a friend. It's on Steam, but it's also on Android (and presumably other mobile stores as well).
Yes it's the sort of experimental game, so unfortunately probably not for everyone, Blind Drive is fully focused on hearing (but there is almost nothing to memorize), it's a game of reflexes and contradictory injunctions.
Thanks, i like cards game and cats game are cute, that's a good idea ! (Based on your recommendation, i was going to suggest Fort Meow, but i've seen you already tried it !)
The first one sounds very interesting. Added to wishlist. I have the rest in my library and it had to be in some bundles I bought. Though I haven't played them yet. I have to play all my games I own on Steam. At least give them a try. But they are just in my "vault", catching a dust.
Maaan Concrete Jungle is a game made with love. Such lovely characters with full voice acting and story, I don't have enough good words to say about it, I hope I'll play it from start to finish someday.
Whenever it comes to ''hidden gem'' threads etc, I put emphasis on Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers Maybe I should replay to see if it still holds as fun game. It is short 3d physics based platformer. You get amazing tools to literally shape the world around you.
Agree. The story may seem a little flimsy but the gameplay is very unique and it's easy to tell a lot of love and devotion have been spent on making the game.
It's astonishingly polished, and it has such freedom for such few tools and little world. I really enjoyed it!
Oh my... I have this game on my wishlist since the beginning of the world. So long that I actually don't remember when and on which occasion I added it.
Phew, somehow it's a much greater challenge to answer this question for games, than for movies.
Actually only one game comes immediately to my mind: Hegemony Gold: Wars of Ancient Greece
An incredible and unique strategy sandbox. With several flaws and rough edges, but such a joyful experience.
Sadly the second part was a total blunder and the third Hegemony game is good, but somehow most of the magic is lost.
Unfortunatelly this game is not for me. I suck at any kind of strategy, which makes me not a fan of this genre :( I wish I at least could play them with some basic thinking. But well...
A widely overlooked gem I keep recommending: Milkmaid of the Milky Way.
It's a one man project, an old school point and click adventure game with a totally unique setting (1920's Norwegian Fjord), a gripping and touching story, beautiful pixel art, astounding atmosphere and it rhymes!
In the 4 years of its existence it only accumulated ~350 reviews. Rightfully so very positive (wait, shouldn't it be overwhelmingly positive?). But there should be way more of them! It's also not expensive at all and goes on sale regularly for around 1€.
Those games have something in them that makes them beautiful. I really like such productions.
There are many games that I consider underrated but one stands above all. Betrayer is an extremely atmospheric game and has descent combat and unique mechanics, story and art style. It's unlike any other FPS I've played but for some reason it did not sell well, not long after release, it was bundled and then sold for $1, the developing studio (Blackpowder Games) closed after finishing the game.
Damn, I need to play this one then as well. I guess I have it since ~2015, from Groupees.
That seems only game given here so far.
Not the best game, but was fun to beat.
My pick as well.
I have this in my library for so long. 2018. But I see some people got this game even earlier. 2015!? Nice!
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Well, it lead the way towards Breakout which in turn lead to Arkanoid.......
Open Sorcery. Really great storytelling.
I've added it to my wishlist some time ago. I like games like that.
I believe it is really underrated because it was bundled a few times (I believe) so most people took it for "cheap game to idle" but man, what a ride.
Kalimba - ibb & obb gets a lot of praise and is such a well known indie, Kalimba was infinitely more fun to me and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys platformers... the co-op is so much fun, but it's only like 1 world of co-op, whereas the solo gameplay had like 3 worlds and bosses, so I don't quite understand what the Devs were thinking there. Still amazing game and it's on sale right now, the dlc are worth picking up too, especially the dark void co-op.
Underhero - again, it's not totally overlooked, but I feel like it deserved more 'hype'. I absolutely fell in love with it while playing.
Can't think of anything else right now, but again Kalimba is great, imo. -75% off right now.
OH MY GOT. The Kalimba one looks super cute and cool! Insta wishlist. And I got Underhero, though I have no idea where from. Though it too looks like something I definitely wanted to play. I may have bought it on Steam Sale. It says May... could that be Summer Sale, possibly? Or is it too early. Hmmm.
the best, if not the only, true rhythm platformer
Nice! And I got it in my library already. Even more nice!
I love this one. It's the only rhythm game I truly enjoyed.