We’ve now approached a time wherein there are a couple of dozen new Steam releases each and every day. There’s no possible way this quantity of games can be covered in anything approaching a comprehensive fashion. Now, more than ever, great games can slip through the cracks, overshadowed by the other titles which all too quickly shunt them down the New Releases column and off the front page forever.
Truly, we have never been blessed with more games. It’s glorious. Whatever your tastes, whatever you feel like at that particular moment, there’s always something you haven’t played that could be your next favourite game. It’s actually finding them that’s the problem though, panning through the dirt in the hunt for the next shiny gold nugget.
With so many games out there now, the best people to find them are us, the gamers. I thought it would be neat if we could each highlight some unsung gems. The more obscure, the better. Shedding a little more light onto some games which perhaps haven’t received the attention they deserve.
I’ve got a couple I’d like to highlight. The first one’s Train Valley, an unassuming little puzzle strategy game about building tracks and directing trains to the right stations. It starts off simply enough, but before long it becomes an exercise in zen-like organisational skills and impeccable timekeeping. For the £5 I spent on it, I didn’t expect to be playing it 12 hours later. It’s not a huge game, but there’s a decent amount of varied content which makes it a game worth playing for puzzle fans. It’s also done enough to warrant a sequel, pleasingly, and the gorgeous Train Valley 2 should be out in Q1 2018.
Secondly a shout out to Orwell, which in truth has garnered a decent sized audience in the months since its launch. You play as a government investigator in an Orwellian society, spying on the citizens an effort to determine who is behind a string of bombings in the fictional city. You can snoop through Facebook profiles, listen to phone calls, and click through a bunch of fake websites, harvesting information on the civilians you’re profiling. Seemingly simple on the surface, there’s some tricky decision making to be had which presents an interesting take on the morality of surveillance, even if it is a bit on the nose.
Over to you now then, what do you think are some of the most overlooked games on Steam? Any gems which absolutely no one seems to be playing? Let us know!