For each game like Elden Ring that smashes the doorways off gross sales information and will get the gaming world abuzz for months, there are dozens of smaller video games that do not make fairly as large of a splash. Right here within the closing moments of 2022, it is a good time to look again on the the yr and see what hidden gems you will have missed.

Beneath you will discover 5 video games which will have flown beneath that radar this yr however are nonetheless completely price your time. There is a third-person shoot-’em-up on rollerskates, a soothing but immensely satisfying puzzle game about trains, a splendidly humorous FMV game set in a dystopian future, a pixel journey about avoiding catastrophe in ridiculous methods, and a game about working a collectible card store frequented by the sexiest prospects you’ve got ever seen.

Listed here are 5 hidden gems from 2022. 

Not for Broadcast

Launch date: January 25

2022 kicked off in a weird method for those who performed this FMV tv studio simulator. And for those who did not, you owe it a glance now. In Not for Broadcast you are a custodian at a TV studio who makes the error of answering a ringing cellphone, and now you are in control of deciding what viewers throughout the nation see and do not see after they activate their televisions. On the fly you handle totally different information feeds, swap to commercials, maintain the digicam on reside broadcasters, minimize to totally different angles, try to bleep swear phrases, and ultimately begin making choices on how a lot propaganda to feed the rapt tv viewers.

Whereas it sounds prefer it might hit a bit heavy with social commentary, Not for Broadcast is way extra foolish and slapstick than critical, although it does satirize points like wealth, political events, the police, and even the pandemic (although on this game the lockdown is because of killer toy robots). The writing and performances are sharp and there is plenty of laughs as you wrestle to maintain viewers from altering the channel.

Kardboard Kings

Launch date: February 10

Working a collectible card store does not sound prefer it’d be tremendous horny, however oddly sufficient your little retailer in Kardboard Kings is ceaselessly visited by hotties. Because the store’s new proprietor, guided by a particularly useful parrot, you purchase playing cards on-line, put them out on the market in your store, and attempt to flip a revenue by shopping for low and promoting excessive. Alongside the way in which you meet and flirt with characters by way of branching text-based conversations.

And do not let the horny prospects overshadow the enjoyable of the enterprise sim, both. A day by day information feed can tip you off to tendencies within the card market, letting you capitalize on scandals or occasions that enhance or crater the worth of sure sorts of playing cards. The playing cards themselves are all superbly accomplished, too, making me want the fictional video games they’re made for really existed. There’s romance, humor, intrigue (a mysterious masked customer typically seems), and the day-to-day bustle of managing prospects and your store’s attraction. I do not play card video games, however I like this game about card video games.


Launch date: August 16

The premise sounds acquainted: a dystopian future where a lone hero has to battle to the demise in area. However this time you are on curler skates and elegance is simply as vital as success. You are not simply knocking off closely armed goons, you are placing on a show, racking up factors with sick tips and taking out enemies with panache. Roll7 (maker of the OlliOlli collection) have constructed a slick, fashionable, fast-paced motion game where fight feels virtually like a dance and the goons attempting to kill you might be your companions. Throw in some bullet-time and you have got a violent ballet on wheels.

Rollerdrome is pure in its imaginative and prescient and ambition. “No ability timber, no unlockable skills or expertise factors to grind,” says Sam Greer in our evaluate—and it is one in all our highest evaluate scores of the whole yr. “No obstacles between you and the exhilaration on provide. It is a game that is aware of precisely what it desires to be and lets nothing get in its method.”


Launch date: September 6

Generally you simply wish to sit back, loosen up, and assist some lovable little trains get where they are going. Railbound is a chill puzzle game from developer Afterburn where you are offered with tiny practice automobiles and a few damaged items of observe. You place and reroute the little observe segments so the practice automobiles can hyperlink up with the locomotive, after which—choo choo—watch them steam fortunately away. With 150 ranges to beat, the problem will progressively rise, and totally different environments introduce new puzzle parts like tunnels, gates, and switches that robotically change course when a practice automotive passes over them.

“Every click on of the mouse lays down a bit of rail with a satisfying little thunk, and the items elegantly snap collectively once you drag the mouse in the appropriate course,” Wes wrote when he performed Railbound in September. “I discover clicking on the whole lot in Railbound delightfully tactile, to the purpose that I am now slightly fearful I’ll be a mannequin practice man in 20 years.”

McPixel 3

Launch date: November 14

Capping off our listing is a heavy dose of utter silliness. McPixel 3 (there was no McPixel 2, by the way in which) is an journey with 100 ranges, every presenting you with a specific scenario to unravel. Perhaps you are in a rushing practice headed for a cliff, otherwise you’re caught in a burning home, otherwise you’re a dinosaur moments earlier than a large meteor strikes the Earth. You solely have seconds to determine: What is going to you do to avoid wasting the day?

Properly, what you will do is totally surprising and ridiculous. “It is a completely bonkers assortment of puzzles by which McPixel saves the day in astonishingly weird methods, like disarming a cruise missile by peeing on it, saving folks from a automotive bomb by kicking a person within the nuts, or crashing a barbecue and stuffing bratwurst into his paints,” Andy wrote. “If that does not sound prefer it is smart, effectively, imagine me, it does not.”