It never fails. Every year, there’s at least a few underrated games that somehow manage to sneak under the radars of even the people who would probably enjoy them most.
Rather than try to keep up with every single release to see what you’ve missed, why not just let us do the work for you? We’re going to be updating this list as we go along, but for now, here are the most underrated games of 2019.
Yoshi’s Crafted World
We don’t blame you if you think that Yoshi’s Crafted World is too easy. We’ve made that very complaint on this site. However, that doesn’t mean that the game is without merit.
Actually, Yoshi’s Crafted World is a stellar overall game. Even its easy early levels exemplify the creative design that these games are known for. Besides, it’s worth playing the game just to gawk at some of its later levels.
Yes, Katana Zero is a retro action game, but it’s not just another retro action game. Actually, this slick action game has a chance of ending up on the shortlist of the year’s best titles.
Katana Zero‘s use of time manipulation immediately sets it apart, but it’s the game’s incredible music, fantastic word, and silky smooth action that really sets it apart.
If you’re the kind of person who loves city building games but isn’t ready to commit dozens of hours to one, then Islanders might be the perfect game for you.
Islanders allows you to build miniature civilizations across several islands. However, it’s actually closer to a puzzle game that requires you to perfectly place city pieces in order to maximize your score. It’s utterly addictive.
If you’re the kind of person who loves city building games and is ready to commit dozens of hours to one, then Anno 1800 might be the perfect game for you.
This intense strategy title is perfect for any gamer who wants to build a digital empire. It’s one of the best builders the genre has seen in the last few years.
Baba is You
Baba is You‘s concept sounds utterly ridiculous at first. A puzzle game where you change the rules of the puzzles as you play? How would that even work?
It’s hard to explain how it all works, but there’s no denying that it does. Baba is you is one of the most clever and original puzzle games ever made. It challenges you to not only think outside of the box but create a new box entirely.
Pikuniku is a great game in two parts. The first part deals with the game’s clever puzzles which require you utilize some truly creative thinking.
However, it’s Pikuniku‘s world and humor that set it apart. Don’t be fooled by this game’s colorful graphics and cutesy characters; it houses one of the darkest (and funniest) stories in any game so far this year.
Be warned: if you’re the kind of gamer who easily falls prey to addictive gameplay loops, Forager will consume a lot of your free time.
While Forager is listed as an “idle” game that continues even when you aren’t actively playing, you’ll most certainly want to be active while playing this game. This resource gathering and management title is one of the best we’ve played since Stardew Valley.
Risk of Rain 2
The original Risk of Rain was a simple, but addictive, 2D action roguelike based around upgrading your character. Risk of Rain 2 recaptures all of that magic but converts the original into a 3D experience.
The result is one of the most brilliant action games out there. This incredible roguelike plays best in co-op, but even solo players will get swept up in its brilliant action set pieces and fantastic upgrade system.