Mainstream games lost their appeal? Need something more niche? Check out these cool less-known games.

When the market is full of amazing AAA games, high-budget productions, and viral indie titles that make their way to the front pages, it’s easy to miss some hidden gems that don’t get deserved recognition and attention.

Read on and learn more about some of the best games you’ve never heard of before.

Children Of The Sun 2024-04-09 puzzle-shooter René Rother
Snufkin Melody Of Moominvalley 2024-03-07 adventure Hyper Games
Indika 2024-05-02 Horror Odd Meter
Mullet Madjack 2024-05-15 Shooter HAMMER95
Balatro 2024-02-20 Card game LocalThunk
Crow Country 2024-05-09 Horror SFB Games
Coral Island 2022-10-11 Adventure Stairway Games
Gravity Circuit 2023-07-21 Indie Domesticated Ant Games
Halls Of Torment 2023-05-24 Bullet Hell Chasing Carrots
Jusant 2023-10-31 Action-Adventure DON'T NOD
Lethal Company 2023-10-23 Horror Co-op Zeekerss
Moonstone Island 2023-09-20 Indie Studio Supersoft
Nova Lands 2023-06-22 Indie BEHEMUTT
Unavowed 2018-08-08 Adventure Wadjet Eye Games

Gravity Circuit

Release date:2023-07-21
Developer:Domesticated Ant Games

Old-school 2D platformers were incredibly charming. As such, it’s not surprising to see modern developers trying to follow in their footsteps.

Gravity Circuit is a 2D platformer focused on action and getting in one piece through increasingly difficult levels filled with enemies, traps, and obstacles. Upgrade your character, obtain new abilities, and face powerful bosses who will test your skills to the absolute limit. It’s certainly not the easiest game around, but successfully completing each new mission and solving a new puzzle feels rewarding.

Key features
  • An action-packed 2D platformer with an admirable retro pixel art style
  • Character progression
  • Smooth, responsive controls
  • A large selection of retro background music

Halls of Torment

Release date:2023-05-24
Genre:Bullet Hell
Developer:Chasing Carrots

If you played and liked Vampire Survivors, you may fall in love with this one.

Halls of Torment is an example of a game that would come to life if Diablo had a baby with Vampire Survivors. The game loop is simple but very addictive. As you begin a new game, you enter the dungeon, where hordes of enemies start coming from all directions. Your objective is to survive as long as possible. Level up, upgrade your abilities as you progress further, and don’t be afraid of death – dying allows you to unlock more perks that should make future attempts easier.

Key features
  • Addictive gameplay focused on eliminating countless foes
  • Several unique characters to choose from
  • Lots of replayability value and permanent upgrades
  • Old-school 3D visual style


Release date:2023-10-31
Developer:DON'T NOD

Even things like climbing can be turned into an exciting video game.

On the list of hidden gem video games, one can’t forget about Jusant, a combination of platform and puzzle, where you’ll spend most of the time climbing a desolate tower full of mysteries to discover. As such, Jusant offers quite a novel experience – climbing can be found in certain video games as one of the options for world exploration, but it’s very rarely made the main focus. It’s also worth pointing out that it’s more of a piece of art meant to be savored, compared to a regular game.

Key features
  • A climbing game focused more on experiencing the journey
  • A variety of simple puzzles to solve
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Beautiful, stylized visuals

Moonstone Island

Release date:2023-09-20
Developer:Studio Supersoft

A small and simple game, but don’t let its appearance fool you, as it has much more to offer than first meets the eye.

Inspired by games like Stardew Valley, Moonstone Island adds or changes enough to be worthy considered a game of its own. Collect dozens of creatures and participate in turn-based card battles. Create relationships with the townsfolk, build a cozy home to return to, explore the open world, craft useful items, and conquer the dungeons to reveal hidden secrets.

Key features
  • Monster taming and turn-based combat with the use of cards
  • A peaceful, relaxing atmosphere combined with pixel art style
  • Open-world environment
  • Character progression, crafting, and lots of customization options


Release date:2018-08-08
Developer:Wadjet Eye Games

Lastly, a real treat for the fans of good old point-and-click adventures, an underrated genre focused on telling compelling stories.

One can argue that the golden era of point-and-click adventure games is long gone, but it doesn’t mean we don’t get an occasional jewel that’s worth to be cherished. Unawoved is a perfect example of that. Join the crew and help them investigate a case that involves ghosts, evil spirits, forbidden rituals, and other paranormal phenomena. Choose your companions, meet fantasy creatures, and listen to light-hearted dialogues in between the more tense parts of the investigation.

Key features
  • A classic, time-proven point-and-click gameplay formula
  • A captivating story with unexpected twists
  • Story choices with consequences
  • Praise-worthy voice acting


Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t take much budget to make an outstanding game. A passion for the project and a clear artistic vision are far more important. Sadly, smaller games often end up being buried under a pile of titles that can afford to spend more on marketing. The low popularity of smaller games may lead players to believe that the game is not worth their time, but there’s quite a lot of hidden gems to choose from – you just need to know where to look.