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

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

Another year's worth of hidden gems

A.J. Maciejewski

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Video Chums debuted two years ago today and it has given me the opportunity to play many buried treasures. Here, I count down the ten most underrated games out of the 191 that I've reviewed within the past year. Enjoy!

10 Infinifactory

If mind-bending practical puzzles are your thing then Infinifactory will blow you away. It was created by Zachary Barth who made Infiniminer back in the day which acted as the inspiration for Minecraft. He may just be the most underrated developer in gaming history and this gem of a game only further proves that notion. [Infinifactory Review]

9 SwapQuest

I have loved path-building puzzlers ever since Pipe Dream on NES. SwapQuest combines that classic gameplay with many complexities and RPG elements to form one of the most addictive puzzle adventures that I've ever played. If you own a PlayStation Vita then you need to add this colourful noodle-scratcher of a game to your collection. [SwapQuest Review]

SwapQuest screenshot
Taking a walk through the meadow is trickier than I thought...

8 Perfect Universe

One thing that game developers do that impresses me is create a wide variety of content. Perfect Universe is not only a collection of many fun sports and gameplay styles; it also boasts an incredibly imaginative game world. I'm still captivated by its charming visuals, physics-based gameplay, and sense of child-like wonder. [Perfect Universe Review]

7 Overcooked

Local multiplayer games are all the rage. Considering it's such a crowded genre, the fact that Overcooked stands out as much as it does is a testament to its awesomeness. I played through the entire campaign with my wife and it was one of the best cooperative experiences in my gaming career. This is local multiplayer gameplay in its purest form. [Overcooked Review]

Overcooked screenshot
The wife and I cook up some fun

6 Extreme Exorcism

Sometimes, a game is underrated due to the fact that the majority of people don't fully grasp the concept before judging it. On its surface, Extreme Exorcism is your average 2D single-screen battle arena game but when you really get into it, you'll realise its genius. Basically, you fight previous versions of yourself. Therefore, most gamers will play it like any other 2D platformer. However, as soon as you strategize and start to plan ahead; it clicks and you'll finally understand just how awesome it is. [Extreme Exorcism Review]

5 Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power

Trine 3 is one of those sequels that doesn't quite live up to its predecessors. However, that doesn't mean that it's a bad game. In fact, it's one of the best 3D platformers in recent memory. I loved my time traversing its vibrant stages while figuring out all of the puzzles and exploring every nook and cranny. Consider me a Trine fan for life! [Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power Review]

Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power screenshot
Amadeus performs some trickery by the river

4 Kromaia Omega

A massively underrepresented genre in gaming is aerial combat. I just reviewed Strike Vector EX and it blew my mind how great it was. However, last year's Kromaia Omega took the genre to an even higher level with its stylish visuals, nausea-inducing six degrees of freedom flight gameplay, and epic boss battles. It's strange for sure, but one heck of a game. [Kromaia Omega Review]

3 Klaus

For the first half of Klaus' adventure, it just seems like your average 2D puzzle platformer. For this reason, it was severely underrated because most gamers didn't push through to the end. When you reach the glitch world, you'll understand how incredible Klaus is as the gameplay turns from interesting (albeit familiar) to mind-altering and downright jaw-dropping. Just read the review. [Klaus Review]

Klaus screenshot
You'll think fondly of Klaus' glitch world for years to come

2 Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book

The Atelier series has never really got the recognition that it deserves. Therefore, when this title released earlier this year, I must admit that I wasn't expecting much. I thought it would be good because I'm a fan of the series but I definitely didn't expect it to be as fantastic as it is. Sophie is one of the most endearing game characters ever and her adventure is full of wonder, addictive quest-based gameplay, and a memorable cast that'll make any fan fall in love with the series all over again. They really outdid themselves with this installment and I can't wait to see what's ahead for Atelier. [Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book Review]

1 Stranger of Sword City

RPGs don't get much more old-school than the first-person grid-based dungeon crawler. Stranger of Sword City's difficulty is brutal, its world is gritty, and I love it. Understandably, this kind of game isn't for everyone but if the idea of a tough-as-nails old-school RPG that's incredibly satisfying to master appeals to you then Stranger of Sword City is sure to amaze. [Stranger of Sword City Review]

Stranger of Sword City screenshot
If only I looked that badass in real life...
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