My Opinion, Reviews, Video Games

Some Awesome Games You May Not Have Heard Of

Looking for a new game to play? I have found a ton of awesome games on Steam for really great prices and I want to share them with you. They are not triple-A titles by any stretch, but they are a great way to burn a couple hours. Some of them are co-op only and some are single-player.

Phoning Home

This is a really fun single-player game of exploration and problem-solving. You play as a small robot that was shipwrecked on a planet while looking for natural resources. You’ve got to find a way to contact your home planet and get back home. As you explore this new world, you run across another stranded robot and the two of you must survive together on this inhospitable land. It’s a mostly chill experience as you figure out different puzzles and challenges that you come across.


Hot Tin Roof: The Cat That Wore A Fedora

Picture this. You’re a classic noir investigator. Your sidekick? A talking cat named Franky. Your mission? Solve a string of murders by interviewing various rats, pigeons and other cats. It’s up to you to dive into the dirty underbelly of a city full of mobs, secrets, and perhaps a conspiracy? This is a super fun, hilarious, 3D sidescrolling game. It’s mostly a puzzle game. You get a revolver with different types of projectiles that you have to use to figure out all the different levels. Also, you save by going to the bathroom, so there’s that.


Maize

This game is very hard to explain. Honestly, I think the Steam blurb is as close as you can get.

Maize is a first-person adventure game about what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and create sentient corn. And that last sentence is pretty much the least ridiculous thing about the game.

It’s a surprisingly beautiful game where you explore an abandoned farm and try to piece together a truly bizarre storyline including a sentient teddy bear and talking corn. I really don’t know what else to tell you. Go play it.


We Were Here

This is a really interesting co-op game. The game has a built-in walkie talkie system for communication and that is supposed to be the only method of communication that you use. Then you are separated within a mysterious castle and must work together to solve puzzles and be reunited. You will sometimes be solving the puzzle and sometimes you will have the answer that you need to communicate with your partner. It’s very straight-forward but still challenging and fun. There are also several sequels that I also recommend.


Whispering Willows

This is a great 2D scrolling adventure game with an interesting story. Basically, your father has gone missing and you’re trying to find him. This leads you on a crazy adventure through haunted catacombs, a spooky mansion, and the surrounding grounds. You have a special amulet that allows you to astral project yourself into a ghostly apparition of yourself. Using this ability you can talk to ghosts and solve puzzles. You meet a crazy cast of characters and explore a beautiful world of mystery. It’s a short game but a good one!

whispering willows


The Initiate

This is basically an escape room game, but it is a really great one that is very fleshed out and complex. The story is you wake up in this weird house and have to find your way out. You are contacted by a strange man talking about how this is your trial, set forth by a secret society looking to recruit you. It’s then up to you to explore the space, crack codes and puzzles, and unravel the mystery of who your captors are and what exactly they want from you. It’s a tense game that always keeps you on your toes, wondering what will happen next.


The Painscreek Killings

This is another investigative game. You are a journalist that is sent to the small community of Painscreek to investigate and report on the abandonment by all the inhabitants. Your editor thinks that you will find some sort of interesting story among the ghost town as to why everyone left. Instead, you seem to find secret after secret of the previous inhabitants. Secrets that were meant to remain hidden. This is a great game if you love the tension and a good atmosphere. At times it feels like a bit of a walking simulator, but one in an immersive world with a great story and a cast of characters that feel really real, despite never actually appearing.


What are some of your lesser-known favourite games to play? Leave them in the comments!


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