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6 hidden game gems of 2017

Here are six games, most people missed in 2017, but in all honesty, they should have.

2017 had some amazing titles. So much so that a lot of people are considering it the best year of recent times. But as such, there many good titles that got swept under the rug. Maybe they were overshadowed or maybe there just was not enough buss about them. But whatever the reason is, these games should not be left in the dust and forgotten. Each title on this list encompasses a different genre, and as such, there is not listing. These are just 6 games that deserve more attention.

Also, some of these games are Kickstarter successes, but I did not include in my previous list to save myself from redundancy.

River City Ransom: Underground

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

Starting off, we have a sorta sequel to a classic. River City Ransom: Underground is a beat'ep up, open world, action RPG. It has the same style of the original, not only in its goofy story. But it also expands on everything, the combat is more complex, the RPG elements are stronger, the music is upgraded and it's more open. Yes, this is more or less an open world with a lot of small things to do and beat up. So much more to beat up! It's questionable if this is the best beat'em up, but it's a strong contender.


by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

What is a terrifying monster for a game? A mutant animal? A human-like creature with elk horns? A giant bear? Or maybe, it's the ever growing, ever changing, ever consuming, forest. Darkwood is a top-down survival game, with rouge-lite levels, foraging, and crafting. And it's terrifying. The game does so much good and should be experienced by more people than just hardcore horror game fans. Also, these developers are in my personal favorites, submitting and supporting their game in pirate sites.


by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

How does one simplify a city builder? Make it a neighborhood builder! Get a small patch of land, and created the best vertical acceding neighborhood you can. You can go straight forward or make it with a wild and silly ecosystem. The overall vibe I got from this titles is chill and cool. It's not that complex and not much stress inducing. It's rough at some points, but not so much that ruins the overall quality of the game.

An enjoyable title, but not much for the hardcore city sim people.


by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

Here is a single dev, narrative-driven masterpiece. It has a beautiful art style, puzzles, platforming, a good sense of foreboding atmosphere and a nice sense of goofiness. Like you are a priest who is chasing a powerful monster that has kidnapped your daughter, you go through what seems like a foresty, wintery hell… all the while the villain calls you a “pissy wissy” and does crotch chops. As of writing this, there is a popularity spike, since certain popular YouTubers have picked it up.

Super Fancy Pants Adventures

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

At first, I thought that this title would be only for and others like me, who played the original Fancy Pants, back during the golden age of flash(at the hight of Newgrounds and the such). But the game is amazing on its own merits as well. Fluid movements and animation, great gameplay flow and an overall chill vibe. While everyone praised Sonic Mania for the great momentum base platformer of 2017, but Fansy Pants gives it a literal run for its money!

Tokyo 42

by Lyubomir Atanasov
by Lyubomir Atanasov

A stylish game, with a fair difficulty and a cool setting. Play as person frame for murder, doing wet work for a company so you can clear your name, by constantly changing your appearance, building jumping and just firing at everyone.

A mix of an open world crime game, like GTA or Saints Row, a setting similar to blade runner and a style all of its own. The biggest crime is that the game was so overlooked in end of year lists.

This article was originally published on @thetubich