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16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before

Updated January 2, 2018 1.2k votes 243 voters 21.1k views16 items

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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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    NEO Scavenger

    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.

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    StarCrawlers

    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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    Restaurant Empire 2

    Most restaurant games involve putting food together, physically serving patrons, and taking their cash. This one goes a bit deeper. It’s more like a Sims game than anything else. You get to build menus instead of dishes, deal with business matters such as employee training (rude waiters suck!), and manage both interior and exterior decor. 

    Also, you have to be on your A-game whenever a food critic steps into your restaurant. If you’ve got rude staff, terrible decor, and overpriced food, no amount of deliciousness is going to save you from losing precious star ratings, and ultimately, income.

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    You get to build prisons. Boom. Sold. 

    Prison Architect is a game that requires a sarcastic or cynical player. It has a ton of social commentary bubbling just underneath the surface. While you might begin the game wanting to give your prisoners a decent life, it isn't long until you start calculating just how... cozy you can make their cells, just so you can cram in more prisoners. The game is all about making more money at the expense of human misery, and it might make you learn something about yourself in the process.