Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed (Year 3)

Top 10 Underrated Games I've Reviewed (Year 3)

Still rooting for the underdog

A.J. Maciejewski

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When I started Video Chums three years ago today, I had no idea how many games I'd end up reviewing. Over the past year alone, I reviewed 217 titles and this list contains 10 of those games which I feel deserve much more attention.

10 Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic

Once I began playing Pixel Heroes, I didn't get it as it seemed like a half-assed retro-inspired roguelike RPG. However, after playing it for hours, it all started to click. The hilarious game world, high degree of challenge, and rewarding unlockables eventually won me over and now it's one of my favourite indie roguelikes of all time. [Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review]

9 Unbox: Newbie's Adventure

For some reason, I keep going back to Unbox: Newbie's Adventure. Heck, I just recently put together a trophy guide for it and even reviewed it for our very first video review. There's something about its ridiculous fun-filled world and unconventional gameplay that makes it one of the best 3D platformers that I've ever played. [Unbox: Newbie's Adventure Review]

Unbox: Newbie's Adventure screenshot
Look, mom! I'm a Christmas present!

8 Linelight

To be honest, I don't usually enjoy minimalist video games. However, Linelight had me hooked with its assortment of clever situations and innovative gameplay mechanics that gradually get introduced throughout its rewarding campaign. [Linelight Review]

7 Mario Sports Superstars

Wait, what's a Mario game doing on an underrated games list? Well, for some reason, many game reviewers didn't enjoy Mario Sports Superstars and it went by mostly unnoticed when it first released. That being said, I absolutely love every second of gameplay here whether it's through soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, horse racing, or the plenty of extra game modes. I still boot it up for a good time every now and then. Plus, you can play all of the sports online which is unheard-of for 3DS. [Mario Sports Superstars Review]

Mario Sports Superstars screenshot
Now that's a baseball game I'd actually pay to see

6 Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure

I'm a huge fan of Nihon Falcom and remember obsessively playing Gurumin when it came out on PSP back in the day. Now that I can enjoy this adorable action RPG adventure in 3D, I'm one happy dude. [Gurumin 3D: A Monstrous Adventure Review]

5 Flinthook

Speaking of awesome developers, Tribute Games are masters of creating new and exciting experiences that feel like long-lost retro classics. Their latest project is a roguelike with action-packed gameplay that'll keep you hooked. Literally. [Flinthook Review]

Flinthook screenshot
Space treasures are harder to come by than you'd think

4 Tokyo Xanadu

Did I mention how much I love Nihon Falcom? This action RPG masterpiece combines elements from two of their best franchises (Ys and Trails of Cold Steel) to craft a memorable and satisfying campaign that's hard to put down. I love it so much that I'm planning on playing through the remake (Tokyo Xanadu eX+) later this year so stay tuned for my review of that in November! [Tokyo Xanadu Review]

3 Ittle Dew 2

The Legend of Zelda has been the source of inspiration for countless indie games. However, Ittle Dew 2 forges its own identity by offering a super-cute and downright hilarious game world. There are so many secrets to uncover as you adventure to build a raft and escape the island that you'll play for hours and still discover goodies scattered around its vibrant world. [Ittle Dew 2 Review]

Ittle Dew 2 screenshot
It may not be quite as amazing as Zelda but it'll do, too

2 Has-Been Heroes

To be frank, some games make me angry just by thinking about them but not for the reason that you'd expect. Has-Been Heroes makes me mad because most reviewers didn't actually learn how to play it correctly before writing their reviews. Almost every review for Has-Been Heroes mentions how much luck is involved which only proves that the reviewer didn't understand the gameplay enough to realise that luck has very little to do with it. To be fair, maybe it could have used a better tutorial but my point remains. Nerd rage aside, Has-Been Heroes is an intensely challenging and incredibly unique roguelike that'll definitely keep you addicted. That is, as long as you have patience and take the time to gradually learn all of its gameplay intricacies. [Has-Been Heroes Review]

1 Blaster Master Zero

I love Blaster Master and even reviewed the NES original back in 2015. Therefore, I had high expectations for Blaster Master Zero and thankfully, it went above and beyond those expectations. Inti Creates did a phenomenal job of improving every aspect of the original and adding tons of additional content. In the end, it's one of the best retro remakes that I've ever experienced. On top of that, you can play as a handful of awesome DLC characters including Gunvolt, Ekoro (from Gal Gun), Shantae, and even Shovel Knight! It truly is a shining example of how to modernize a classic game. Here's hoping we see more games like this soon! [Blaster Master Zero Review]

Blaster Master Zero screenshot
Shantae in Blaster Master?! Sold!
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