2021’s Hidden Gaming Gems – Game Informer

Players will find a flood of great games on 2021, with some of them competing for game of the Year titles. Some games are overlooked. While these titles aren’t unknown by any stretch, they can get lost in the year-end conversation as everyone determines their favorite fare before heading into what’s shaping up to be another blockbuster year for games. Which titles did you miss this year that stand out to you? We’ve got a few picks for you – and maybe you have a few suggestions for us, too! Let us know what your favorite hidden gems from 2021’s gaming roster are in the comments.

Library of Ruina

Library of Ruina is a tough game to get going in, but once you’re on track, it’s incredibly difficult to put down and absurdly compelling. The adventure takes you through bizarre, sometimes haunting, landscapes using elements from RPGs, deckbuilding, and tactics games. You will be enchanted by these songs Mili enhance major battles and you’ll find yourself going back to listen to them long after you complete the journey. Don’t write this off after taking a look at screenshots, as the signature battles themselves exude such style in motion. You can find more information about Library of Ruina right here.


Inscryption begins as a sort of dark roguelike deckbuilder, but isn’t truly content to play around in a singular genre space. The twists, turns, and surprises that are uncovered along the way make discussion difficult without serious spoilers, but rest assured you’ll find mysteries worth discovering, puzzles, and curiosities littered throughout the excursion. It is one of those games that you can’t say much about other than “go play it”. A creative little gem, you’ll find yourself captivated as the excursion goes into all kinds of places, leaving you to ponder questions and dig deeper for answers.

You can read our complete Inscryption review right here.

Nova Island

Mobile card games are endless. Nova Island is really a genre-busting blast that’s sort of a mix of tactical board game and traditional CCG, where players must combine hero powers, custom decks, and special spaces to score twenty points before the opponent. There are many strategies to make this happen. You have the option to create a deck that makes the basement earn points. Or you can keep the move-makers out of the penthouse.

Playing probability is the name of the game, and that keeps every game interesting even if you’re in a metagame mirror match. Each round has an 8% chance that the controlling player will win. Also, there’s no cash shop or monetization at all. That’s right, not even cosmetics. Like, what? Give this game a try – it’s way too good to go unnoticed.

Tails of iron

In a sentence, yes it’s kind of like Redwall meets Soulsvania. This is what you need to know. With big boss battles, weapons and armors to master, and plenty of action on every screen, Tails of Iron is a challenging romp that should satisfy those looking for a dire adventure that’s more than a bit grisly and grim but contains cool fights and quests to explore. Doug Cockle is the narration. That’s right, Geralt from the Witcher!

Lost In Random

Burtonesque, this battle of cards and dice is full of humor, fantasy, action, strategy, and many other elements. You will find yourself in this world full of dark queens and quibbling royals. Maybe I’m just really a Nightmare Before ChristmasFan who loves how this game managed to combine so many elements. But, it doesn’t matter if you love the gameplay, give it a try. I bet you’ll enjoy it.

Check out the complete Lost in Random review right here.

This small selection of games is just a fraction of the amazing stuff that will be released in 2021. Are there any games that were not on the big game of the year list? Or that people might have overlooked? We’d love to hear from you in the comments

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