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2021’s Hidden Gaming Gems – Game Informer

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2021 has provided gamers with a deluge of incredible games, some of which will fight for Game of the Year titles and other accolades. Sometimes noteworthy games go under the radar. While these titles aren’t unfamiliar, they can get lost in the end-of-year conversation as each determines their preferred rate before embarking on what is shaping up to be another successful year for gaming. What titles have you missed this year that really stand out? We have a few choices for you – and maybe you have some suggestions for us too! Let us know what are your favorite hidden gems from the 2021 game roster in the comments.

Ruin Library

Library of Ruina is a tough game to start, but once you’re on the right track, it’s incredibly hard to let go and absurdly convincing. Combining aspects of deckbuilding, tactics and RPG games, this adventure through a bizarre and at times haunting landscape is an adventure worth taking. Enchanting airs of Mili upgrade major battles and you’ll find yourself listening to them long after you’ve completed the journey. Don’t write this after taking a look at the screenshots, as the Signature Battles themselves exude such a flair on the move. To learn more about the Ruina Library, click here.

Encryption

Inscryption starts out as a sort of dark roguelike deck builder, but doesn’t really just play in a singular genre space. The twists and surprises uncovered along the way make discussion difficult without serious spoilers, but rest assured that you will find mysteries to uncover, puzzles, and curiosities littered throughout the excursion. This is one of those games where saying anything about it except “go play it” probably says too much. A creative little gem, you will be captivated as the tour takes place in all kinds of places, leaving you thinking about questions and digging deeper for answers.

Check out our full review of Encryption here.

Nova Island

There are endless mobile card games to try out. Nova Island is truly a genre blast that is sort of a mix of tactical board game and traditional GCC, where players have to combine hero powers, custom decks, and special spaces to score twenty points before the opponent. This can be done in a number of ways with lots of strategies. Whether you want to create a weird deck that capitalizes on running the basement for points, keeping your movers out of sight in the penthouse, or fighting the battle in the hopping hall or mezzanine, the calls are yours.

Playing probability is the name of the game, and it makes every game interesting even if you’re in a metagame mirror match. Each location only has a certain displayed percentage chance of giving points to the controlling player on each turn. In addition, there is no cash shop or monetization at all. That’s right, not even cosmetics. Like what? Try this game, it’s too good to go unnoticed.

Iron tails

In one sentence, yes, it’s kind of like Redwall meets Soulsvania. That’s all you really need to know here. With great boss fights, weapons and armor to master, and plenty of action on every screen, Tails of Iron is a stimulating challenge that should satisfy those looking for a terrible adventure that’s more than a little gruesome and grim, but contains some cool battles and quests to explore. Guess if you need another hook Doug Cockle voices the narrator. That’s right, Witcher’s Geralt!

Lost to chance

This burtone dice and card battle is a whimsical mishmash of horror and fantasy, action and strategy, and more. This world of black queens, quibbling royalty and clumsy allies is the recipe for fun while dragging you into its enchanting setting. Maybe I’m just really a Nightmare before christmas fan who loves how this game pulled off this ultimately bizarre fusion of elements, but either way you should give it a whirl. I bet you will appreciate it.

You can check out our full Lost in Random review here.

Obviously, that handful of games aren’t even starting to scratch the surface of all the great stuff coming out in 2021. What were some of your favorites that probably won’t make the list of giant games of the year or you think? that people may have missed? Let us know in the comments!

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