Total Nerd 16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before  

Inigo Gonzalez
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There are tons of truly amazing PC games out there, more than enough to satisfy entire lifetimes. It makes sense, since PC gaming has been around for decades. The bench is super deep. Sure, there are some really good AAA games out there, but there are way more PC games no one knows about. Often, they can be more entertaining than the bigger titles.

Fun indie PC games have to be, well, really fun simply because they don't have the budget to render super-shiny graphics. In other words, they actually work super hard on the gameplay, character development, and story. That makes their titles shine. Check out these little-known PC games; hopefully you'll pick up a few and play 'em!

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StarCrawlers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before
Photo:  Juggernaut Games

Have you ever played oldschool first person dungeon crawlers? There are some seriously amazing ones out there: Stonekeep, Arx Fatalis, and Legend of Grimrock, just to name a few. Almost all of them are fantasy, which is of course fantastic, but where are all the sci-fi dungeon crawlers? You know, stuff with pulse rifles, power armor, mecha fighters, and a dystopian, oppressive feel. Well, you can count all of 'em on one hand. You can count the good ones with a single finger. And that's StarCrawlers

In StarCrawlers, you play as a galactic mercenary, and it's exactly as awesome as it sounds. With innovative graphics, classic gameplay mechanics, and an engaging story rife with corporate intrigue, this relatively obscure game is well worth your time. 

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Evil Genius

Evil Genius is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before
Photo: Elixir Studios

Evil Genius features base building and invader repulsion, similar to Dungeon Keeper, except with a '70s veneer. What more could you want? This game is a bit like tower defense, before tower defense became a thing.

Because this title has more strategic depth, it's far more engaging than simply "keep invaders out," especially because of all the superspy hijinks. Beware James Bond John Steele, one of the super agents who breaks into your lair. He wrecks bases like nobody’s business. Seriously, take him out no matter the cost. 

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Oh... Sir! The Insult Simulator

Oh... Sir! The Insult Simulato... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before
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This game is truly, deeply amazing. Basically, you and a friend get together to hurl insults at each other. For points! Depending on the words you have access to, it’s possible to string together a gigantic phrase that one-shots whoever you’re dueling with. 

Play with your bestie, or your family, or some random stranger. Whatever. Just insult them to your heart’s content. What are you waiting for, you one-eyed badger who smells like your fathers socks? Get to it!

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NEO Scavenger

NEO Scavenger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before
Photo:  Blue Bottle Games

Look, survival roguelikes are an amazing experience. In NEO Scavenger, you wake up in an unfamiliar land that’s been devastated by... something. You'll have to play the game to find out. Anyway, the land is filled with empty cities and homes, all begging to be scavenged (which you need to do to survive). Despite the engaging fantasy, the game is also grounded in a kind of stark pragmatism. The most valuable item? A high-quality Pearson "Yukon" Canvas backpack.