Hidden gem game recommendations



  • A Kingdom for Keflings and A World of Keflings. They are city builders where you are this giant who has to control a bunch of workers to collect materials and then you build stuff. Very therapeutic.



  • I have a bunch more that I need to note down but here's a weird one to start: Utopia.

    http://utopia-game.com/shared/

    It's a browser game! A fucking old one. A friend's father introduced me to it, it's actually one of the longest running MMO games, though don't go in expecting WoW.

    It's quite hard to describe but essentially you're in charge of a kingdom, nested within a set of kingdoms. You gain power by raiding other kingdoms. Whilst it is possible to play mostly solo, better success is found via good team communication and constantly scanning for new targets, then planning organised raids.

    Deep strategy and a dedicated if somewhat odd player base, if you need something to ease the pain of wage slave desk work then give Utopia a go, though going by the guy who introduced me you'll probably get wrecked by retirees the first few times.



  • There's so many, but one game I really loved that didn't get a ton of attention was Warhammer 40K: Space Marine. I have had a general interest in the 40K series mostly because the minis for the tabletop game looked insanely cool. Once I read up on it I feel in love with the Lore of these space marines. How they genetically altered those worthy into these mix of the Hulk and Captain America. Then if that wasn't enough, top that super being off with this freaken power armor that puts Iron Man to shame (I dont know this for a fact, just that their power armor is the shit). What makes these game so cool though is they make these Space Marine feel like they are these uber powered beings.

    You get a scale for how big these guys are when you walk up to normal humans that are like waist high, and the loud hollow thud their footsteps make when in a full sprint. All of this bleeds into the combat as well where you're encouraged to thin the horde of orcs from a distant with your ranged weapons then slam into them with extremely satisfying hand to hand combat. Hitting big orcs with a chainsaw sword just feels so good. When you've beaten an enemy down enough you can perform MK style finishing moves that give your character health back. This aspect of the gameplay loop is forcing you to get into the griddy battles face to face with your enemies, which is exactly what the space marines do.

    Lastly, while I love Space Marine a ton, this first entry just showed a ton of promise while barely scratching the surface of the 40K universe as I understand it. There's so many things they could add to a second game that would just put it over the top. I would love to go up against different armies, be able to use vehicles like their tanks, mechs and motorcycles. The real killer would be if they could make it a Co op campagin where you could play with a small squad of space marines.

    Anyways, sorry for the long post.



  • Binding of isaac.

    It looks like such a simple game. I showed it to my friends who straight away told me it was stupid or too hard but there is so much more to it.
    Its a rogue type game where you run around and collect power ups and defeat enemies.
    The main attraction of the game though is that instead of losing your last power up when you pick up a new one, they all merge together.
    For example. I can be walking around, pick up a power up that makes my "bullets" magnetic, so they draw enemies towards them. Then i pick up a power up that takes away my "bullets" And instead gives me one "bullet" that floats around the room. Combine that with my magnet power up and i have a kind of black hole that is destroying everyone.
    There is literally hundreds of power ups and the creator of the game has stated how much hard work it is to hard code the game so that all power ups work with each other and create new scenarios. There is literally thousands of different ways you can end up. As you play the game you unlock new powers ups so they can appear in future runs of the game.
    It is the ultimate rogue type game.



  • Tokyo Jungle. If your PS3 is still hooked up and you haven't played it, I can't stress just how great it is. Sure, it's a little ugly, and the two-player is horrifically broken, but man... There's just no other game like it. You play as animals trying to survive in a post-human, decaying, side-scrolling Tokyo. Fight, eat, breed. Unlock new animals and buff items. It's all about tight gameplay and progression. Cost me 99 cents on a PSN flash sale, and I sunk over 100 hours into. Best gaming value ever!



  • @Ellis I thought Blinding of Isaac was really cool as well but the art direction just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I wonder if you're friends might have felt the same. A similar game that I ended up really enjoying was Enter the Gungeon, have you gotten to try that one?



  • @TheMarcV said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    @Ellis I thought Blinding of Isaac was really cool as well but the art direction just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. I wonder if you're friends might have felt the same. A similar game that I ended up really enjoying was Enter the Gungeon, have you gotten to try that one?

    I have not to be honest. I watched jim sterlings video review of it. He talked about how he liked the art style of that one, everything was bullet and ammo based. He praised it, and it takes alot for him to praise a game haha. I will have to have a look



  • @Ellis
    If you fancy an LP from a dedicated fan, Something Awful forum member Xaiter has a great set of videos on it, a couple of the goons did real work in digging around the code and working out many of the game's idiosyncrasies.

    Youtube Video



  • @flower_arrangement I will have a look, thank you mate. I used to watch northernlions play through videos but he was more concerned about keeping up his win counter then trying to finding out new things in the game.



  • Echochrome rates in my top 3 all time puzzle game list, and even when it was on PSPlus I never saw/see people talk about it. 100% worth checking out if you haven't.



  • There's this game on steam called "Before the Echo" (though I usually just call it Sequence since that's what it was called when I played it, not sure why the name changed) that I got years ago in a steam sale and figured "eh, this might be okay." Instead I got a really, really solid rhythm/RPG game that mixed the two genres excellently. If I had any complaints it would be that it could have used more songs to play against mobs and the like but the ones it did have were a blast. I just looked it up and it's dirt cheap right now due to the summer sale so I say you should definitely buy it.

    Another great game is "Cleopatra Fortune" which I only know about because of an arcade game collection on the PS2 that was dirt cheap at the secondhand shop. Really cool game, not sure how to properly describe it so just watch some footage from youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDxqNEwcwiA

    Last game I want to highlight is one you might have heard of since Kyle did a video about it back in the GT days, but "Gitaroo Man" is seriously one of the best rhythm games ever (in my opinion) if not the best. Definitely an underrated game that deserves more love.



  • Bruce Lee for Game Boy Advance. Great action platformer. Not exactly hidden, but deserves as much attention as it can get, Power Stone games.



  • Stretch Panic! So many people sleep on this game! It might be one of the most creative games on PS2, it's certainly the most creative Boss-Rush game I've ever seen. It's not stated explicitly (or at all) in the game (the whole story is in the manual, and only the manual), but you play as an orphan named Linda who has a whole bunch of vain sisters. Basically demons of vanity possess your sisters turning them in to warped versions of their perfect beauty (i.e the one who loves space turns into a satellite, the one who loves horror movies turns into an ax murderer, the one who loves science turns into a mad scientist with a giant mech.). And then you've got to go and exorcise all these demons with the help of the demon who possessed your scarf because you weren't vain enough to get possessed yourself. With the scarf you can literally stretch the world (and your sisters and big boob girls). Basically this game is insane. But, it's also really fun and well designed (and the soundtrack is rad).
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  • @matt HECK YES ! loved that game, I would love to play it again (on the proper console), unfotunately my GBA broke



  • Game is over 5 years old but I LOVED Recettear: An Item Shop Tale. For those of you that haven't heard of it (which is 95% of people it seems), it's a simple RPG where you are the item shop keeper like you would see in 16-bit JRPGs. You can go questing to find items and then you go back to your shop and sell the items to other adventures.

    Best of all as of today 6/23 it's 75% off on the Steam Summer sale:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/70400/



  • @Demmue said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    Game is over 5 years old but I LOVED Recettear: An Item Shop Tale. For those of you that haven't heard of it (which is 95% of people it seems), it's a simple RPG where you are the item shop keeper like you would see in 16-bit JRPGs. You can go questing to find items and then you go back to your shop and sell the items to other adventures.

    Best of all as of today 6/23 it's 75% off on the Steam Summer sale:

    http://store.steampowered.com/app/70400/

    SOLD



  • One of the best Playstation games, and one of Squares best games, lemme tell you about Einhander. You like scrolling shoot em ups? You like music that stays in your head for days? Cool and inventive stages with a focus on racking up huge score bonuses while grabbing gun parts off of enemies is seriously good game design for the time. Track down this game. Emulate it if you gotta. Remember playing this every day after school and having a blast. Almost never seen a soul on the internet talk about this game and its one of my favorites.



  • @Tommynaut21 said in Hidden gem game recommendations:

    One of the best Playstation games, and one of Squares best games, lemme tell you about Einhander. You like scrolling shoot em ups? You like music that stays in your head for days? Cool and inventive stages with a focus on racking up huge score bonuses while grabbing gun parts off of enemies is seriously good game design for the time. Track down this game. Emulate it if you gotta. Remember playing this every day after school and having a blast. Almost never seen a soul on the internet talk about this game and its one of my favorites.

    You have found a fellow Einhanderian my good ally! My roommate had this game and I got hooked on it for a week, playing nothing else. I was obsessed with it and managed to get the' red/magenta(?) fighter with OP stats. I'll always hate you gorilla-robot boss.

    PS - Dat boss music :musical_note:

    Edit: OP fighter is called Selene



  • @Mechanoid Music is seriously incredible. Games so short that I would probably beat it every week of my 3rd grade year. Square was really on fire during the PS1 era. Every game that put out was the game to get at the time



  • @Tommynaut21 Square used to be pretty special... bummed. sigh