The Steam Winter Sale 2023 has arrived, bringing with it a treasure trove of hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. In this article, we will showcase 20 underrated games that deserve your attention before the sale ends. These games may not have received the spotlight they deserve, but they offer unique gameplay experiences that are sure to captivate you. From survival horror to retro platformers, there is something for everyone in this eclectic selection.
You Will Die Here Tonight
One such hidden gem is “You Will Die Here Tonight” by Spiral Bound Interactive. This game is a modern reinterpretation of the classic Resident Evil Gaiden for Game Boy Color. It combines classic zombie-mashing survival horror with a unique first-person minigame mechanic. The non-linear gameplay and challenging true ending make it a must-play for fans of the genre. Don’t let this game fly under your radar!
Corn Kidz 64
If you’re feeling nostalgic for the Nintendo 64 era, look no further than “Corn Kidz 64” by BogoSoft. This platformer captures the essence of classic N64 collectathon games like Banjo Kazooie. With its sassy late 90s cartoon dialogue and beautiful stretch-and-squash animation, this game is a joy to play. While it may be on the shorter side, clocking in at around 5-7 hours, it leaves a lasting impression.
Don’t be fooled by its minimalist graphics, “Eigengrau” by Martin Mauersics is a twin-stick shmup that packs a punch. Inspired by WarioWare, each stage introduces a core theme and expands on it without overwhelming the controls. The beginner-friendly difficulty options, alternate modes, and co-op mode make this one of the best shmups in recent years. Prepare for a thrilling ride through this hidden gem.
“Frebbventure” by AlmyriganHero is a 2D adventure platformer that crams in too many ideas for its own good. Despite its wonky aspects, such as difficulty spikes and inconsistent art, it is one of the most fun and memorable platformers of the year. The ridiculous story, genre shifts, and charming details like an enemy encyclopaedia with color commentary from playable characters make this game a standout. Keep an eye out for its upcoming sequel!
For a charming arcade game reminiscent of QBert, look no further than “Vividlope” by Jaklub. Guide a cute rabbity creature through 3D mazes, coloring tiles while avoiding or fighting critters that spawn in. The bonus challenge of coloring the remaining tiles without touching any visited ones adds an extra layer of fun. With a long story mode, an endless mode, and a level editor with Steam workshop sharing, there is plenty of content to keep you entertained.
Treachery In Beatdown City: Ultra Remix
“Treachery In Beatdown City” by HurakanWorks and NuChallenger was one of 2020’s most interesting indie RPGs. This turn-based tactical game takes inspiration from Final Fight and Streets Of Rage, with a political plot and a scathing sense of humor. The recent “Ultra Remix” expansion has doubled the size of the game, making it an even more enticing choice. Try out the demo, “UN Trouble,” for a taste of what this game has to offer.
Imagine if “Celeste” and a metroidvania had a baby – that’s “Kandria” by Shirakumo Games. This game combines the precision platforming of “Celeste” with a big, explorable world. The Nier Automata-esque story, fishing minigames, and stylish swordfighting add depth to the gameplay. The inclusion of a full level editor and sharing system allows for endless creativity. Explore the world of “Kandria” and embark on a memorable adventure.
If you’re craving a Star Fox and Space Harrier experience, “Ex-Zodiac” by MNKY is the game for you. This visually stunning game captures the essence of the SNES era while offering modern resolutions and framerates. The on rails and free-flying combat, as well as the bonus stages inspired by Space Harrier, provide an exhilarating experience. Keep an eye out for the upcoming levels that will complete this already outstanding game.
“Stella Pastoris” by Cryptomnesic Softworks combines a one-bit aesthetic with a unique setting and gameplay mechanics. Lead a cult of flesh-and-blood monks escaping a machine cult in this action-RTS hybrid. Protect your monks as they venture out of their colony ships, while managing resources and defending against invaders. With multiple plots to follow and different endings to discover, this game offers replay value and a compelling experience.
“Stop Dead” by Gridsnap Games is a twitchy speedrunning FPS that will keep you on the edge of your seat. In this game, stopping for even a second means certain death. As a telekinetic wrecking ball, you can pick up objects to use as projectiles or shields. The stylish comic-style shading and fluid movement make it feel like you’re skating through the maps. While still in early access, the game offers hours of fast-paced action.
“Quester” by Thousand Games is an excellent deconstruction of old dungeon-crawling RPGs. Lead a band of adventurers through a monster-filled labyrinth, while gathering resources for survival. The tough combat, character building, and non-linear exploration make this game a standout in the genre. Dive into the world of “Quester” and experience the thrill of dungeon crawling.
After years in early access, “Doomsday Hunters” by Moregames is finally a finished game. This roguelite shooter offers an isometric take on games like Enter The Gungeon. With its optional challenges, stat modifiers, and a wide range of unlockable guns, this game offers endless replayability. The unique art style and bizarre enemies add to the overall charm. Don’t miss out on this content-packed gem.
Moons Of Darsalon
“Moons Of Darsalon” by Dr. Kucho! Games is a compelling hybrid of Oddworld, Worms, and twin-stick shooter. With highly destructible levels and commands to bark at your followers, this game offers a unique gameplay experience. Explore the planet, protect your monks, and uncover the secrets of this mesmerizing game. The retro aesthetic and atmospheric soundtrack add to the overall immersion.
Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands
Based on a webcomic, “Deathbulge: Battle Of The Bands” by Deathbulge and Five Houses is a silly JRPG with a musical twist. Enter a Battle Of The Bands contest with a group of eccentric characters and kick down every door in your path. The game features a Final Fantasy-inspired job system and a clever take on Active Time battle mechanics. Dive into this humorous and quirky adventure.
“Killbug” by Samurai Punk is a movement-shooter game that will test your reflexes. As a mantis armed with a machine-pistol and sword, you must fend off waves of bugs. The health bar mechanic and telekinetic abilities add depth to the gameplay. While the game is still in development, the current levels offer an intense and satisfying experience. Prepare for a wild ride in this action-packed gem.
“Empty Shell” by CC ARTS is a spiritual successor to Teleglitch, offering an intense and atmospheric roguelike shooter. Viewed through a fuzzy security camera’s eye, you must navigate an abandoned research facility filled with otherworldly creatures. The dark and tense gameplay keeps you on your toes, with every door potentially hiding aggressive enemies. Immerse yourself in the eerie world of “Empty Shell.”
“Spellmasons” by Octavia Blue combines turn-based tactics with wizard simulator elements. Create your own spells by combining components from your spellbook and wipe out enemies on each floor. The cooperative multiplayer option allows you to team up with friends for even more strategic gameplay. With its depth, unique mechanics, and community mods, this game offers endless possibilities.
“Akka Arrh” by Jeff Minter is a vector graphics game that offers a zen-like experience. Set off a bomb and watch as the chain-reaction explodes every enemy in the level. This simple concept is made challenging by invading critters and recursive fractal explosions. Despite its simplicity, “Akka Arrh” is strangely compelling and offers a unique gameplay experience.
Temple Of Snek
“What if Snake had a story and complex puzzles?” That’s the question “Temple Of Snek” by Aetheric Games answers. Slither through a death maze, eat intruders, and grow your serpent. But be careful not to bump into anything or yourself. The game’s synchronization to the music adds an extra layer of challenge. Whether you’re a puzzle enthusiast or a fan of the classic game Snake, “Temple Of Snek” offers a unique twist on a familiar concept.
“Interior Worlds” by sodaraptor is a game that combines soothing and spooky elements. Wander through empty urban spaces, snap photos, and uncover the occasional cryptid. This meditative and dreamlike experience will transport you to dark and lonely places, where objects can startle and shadows move. If you’re a fan of atmospheric games, “Interior Worlds” is a must-play.
The Steam Winter Sale 2023 is the perfect opportunity to discover hidden gems that might have slipped under your radar. From survival horror to retro platformers, the games showcased in this article offer unique and captivating gameplay experiences. Don’t miss out on these underrated titles before the sale ends. Dive into these hidden gems and embark on unforgettable adventures.
Remember, the world of gaming is vast and full of surprises. Keep exploring, and you might stumble upon the next hidden gem that will leave a lasting impression. Happy gaming!