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16 Obscure PC Games You've Probably Never Played Before

Updated January 2, 2018 980 votes 241 voters 20.9k views16 items

List RulesVote up the little-known PC games you're going to pick up right after this.

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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    UnReal World

    This isn’t a shooter made from the unreal engine, but rather a survival roguelike set in Iron Age Finland. While most roguelikes are typically hack and slash, this one is different. UnReal World takes far more patience and careful planning than most other roguelikes out there. You see, there are plenty of ways to die, from predatory animals to pirates and more, but winter is the real killer. If you hit winter unprepared, you'll end up starving or freezing to death. This is a game for people who want a little more depth in their RPGs.  

  • Photo: Prison Architect/Introversion Software

    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. 

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    Stranded Deep

    While Minecraft was certainly the pioneer of sandbox crafting games, others have come in its wake, such as Savage Lands and 7 Days to Die. Stranded Deep is much different, as it isn’t set in a dark fantasy landscape or amidst a zombie infestation, but rather a handful of islands in the middle of the ocean. 

    This poses a pretty different problem, since all of the things that can kill you do it slowly. Agonizingly. Well, except for the sharks. They'll take you apart pretty quickly. Just... don't fall in the water, okay? 

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    Guild of Dungeoneering

    Photo: Gambrinous

    Alright, so this one is a bit of a mouthful. The game is a turn-based dungeon crawler, with hints of base-building and CCG mechanics thrown in for good measure. Basically, you use cards to build the dungeon around you, from the hallways to the monsters to the loot. 

    Your deck also has combat cards, which better allow you to combat the monsters you place in said dungeon. Then, you kill the monsters you play and explore the dungeon in order to gain levels and loot. It's simple, ridiculous fun.