5 hidden gems you may have missed in 2022

5 hidden gems you may have missed in 2022

These are the closing moments of 2022 and can be a great time to look back at the year and see what hidden gems players may have missed.

Given below is a list of five games that may have flown beneath that radar this year but are still absolutely worth giving a chance. These five games include a third-person shoot-’em-up on roller skates, an absolutely funny FMV game set in a dystopian future, a relaxing yet immensely satisfying puzzle game on trains, a game based on running a collectible card shop that is frequented by the sexiest customers you might have ever seen and a pixel adventure about avoiding disaster in ridiculous ways.

These are the closing moments of 2022 and can be a great time to look back at the year and see what hidden gems players may have missed.
These are the closing moments of 2022 and can be a great time to look back at the year and see what hidden gems players may have missed.
  1. NOT FOR BROADCAST

Release date: January 25

If you played this FMV television studio simulator, 2022 kicked off in a bizarre way. And if you didn’t, you should really look into it now. In the game ‘Not for Broadcast’, you’re a custodian at a TV studio and make the mistake of answering a ringing phone. Now you’re in charge of deciding what viewers across the country should see and what they shouldn’t when they turn on their TVs. On the fly you will be managing different news feeds, switching to commercials, keeping the camera on live broadcasters, cutting to different angles, attempting to bleep swear words, and eventually you start making decisions on how much propaganda to feed the rapt audience.

Not for Broadcast is really very silly and slapstick and not at all serious. However, it does satirise issues like wealth, the police, political parties, and even the pandemic. The performances and writing are sharp and there are lots of humorous points while you struggle to keep viewers from changing the channel.

  1. KARDBOARD KINGS

Release date: February 10

It may not sound super sexy while telling that you run a collectible card shop, but oddly enough, hotties frequently visit your little store in Kardboard Kings. You play as the new owner of the shop and are guided by an extremely helpful parrot. All you do is buy cards online and then put them out for sale in your shop. You will have to try to turn a profit by selling high and buying low. Along the way, you can meet and flirt with characters by having branching text-based conversations.

But, you should not let the sexy customers overshadow the fun of the business sim, either. You can be updated with the trends in the card market with daily news feed. Also, the cards themselves are all made very beautifully making me wish that they actually existed. There’s humour, romance, intrigue and the day-to-day bustle of managing customers and making your shop appealing. I certainly loved this game about card games.

  1. ROLLERDROME

Release Date: August 16

A lone hero has to fight to the death in an arena in a dystopian future—this sounds familiar. But here, style is just as important as success. Plus you’re on roller skates this time. Apart from just knocking off heavily armed goons, you’re also racking up points with sick tricks, putting on a show and taking out enemies with panache. The makers of the OlliOlli series: Roll7, have built a stylish, slick and fast-paced action game where the combat feels almost like a dance, and it’s your partners who are the goons and trying to kill you. 

Rollerdrome is pure in its ambition and vision. Sam Greer’s review is one of our highest review scores of the entire year. He says:

“No skill trees, no unlockable abilities or experience points to grind”

“No obstacles between you and the exhilaration on offer. It’s a game that knows exactly what it wants to be and lets nothing get in its way.”

  1. RAILBOUND

Release date: September 6

Railbound, from developer Afterburn, is a chill puzzle game presenting you with tiny train cars and some broken track pieces. And to make the train cars link up with the locomotive, you just have to reroute and place the little track segments, then watch them choo-choo while steaming happily away. The challenge will progressively rise upto 150 levels and will provide you with different environments introducing new puzzle elements such as gates, tunnels and switches that automatically change the direction when a train car passes over them.

While playing Railbound in September, Wes wrote: 

“Each click of the mouse lays down a piece of rail with a satisfying little thunk, and the pieces elegantly snap together when you drag the mouse in the right direction”. 

“I find clicking on everything in Railbound delightfully tactile, to the point that I’m now a little worried I’m going to be a model train guy in 20 years.”

  1. MCPIXEL 3

Release Date: November 14

It’s a heavy dose of utter silliness to cap off our list. McPixel 3 (however, there was no McPixel 2) is an adventurous game with 100 levels in which you have to solve a particular situation in each level. You only have seconds to decide: What will you do to save the day? Whether you’re a dinosaur moments before a massive meteor strikes the Earth, or you’re in a speeding train headed for a cliff, or even you’re stuck in a burning house.

Well, it is completely ridiculous and unexpected what you’ll do at the moment. Andy wrote:

“It’s an absolutely bonkers collection of puzzles in which McPixel saves the day in astonishingly bizarre ways, like disarming a cruise missile by peeing on it, saving people from a car bomb by kicking a man in the nuts, or crashing a barbecue and stuffing bratwurst into his paints”. 

“If that doesn’t sound like it makes sense, well, believe me, it doesn’t.”

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