My Super Personal Top 5 Quirky Steam PC Games

My Super Personal Top 5 Quirky Steam PC Games

Steam is home to more games than any sane person could conceivably play. Playing them all would send you insane. Which is perhaps why I’m focusing on the quirky and oddball titles that you should be playing.

You know the format by now, right? Yesterday, I ran down the Wii U download games you should be playing, and on Monday Mark ran through his personal top 5 XBLA games. These are very much personal choices, and you’re welcome to disagree, although clearly you’ll bruise my delicate little ego if you do so.

Don’t Starve

Take the idea of Minecraft, drop it into a world that looks like it was sketched on the back of Tim Burton’s skull, and you’ve got Don’t Starve. Never has a game title been more cruel, as you almost certainly will, and quite a few times. Still, there’s fun in perseverance, and even more fun in discovery as you work out how all the parts of Don’t Starve fit together.

Hotline Miami

I’ve finished Hotline Miami numerous times. I’ve worried about the effect that it’s having on my brain every time I do so, because I cannot think of a game that just… feels… as violent as this one, even though I’ve played games with equal and often more technically violent content within it. That’s a special achievement all of its own, but it’s also married to a game that’s intensely playable; while enemy AI within the game isn’t up to much, it’s your own intelligence you’ll be questioning after rushing into a room full of heavily armed men armed only with a pool cue… and your brilliance shortly thereafter when they’re lying on the floor next to what used to be their brains.

Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe

The thing with Steam is that there’s JUST SO MUCH CONTENT, so this pick really represents what I’m playing — almost obsessively — right now. Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe is Tetris… but you’ve got a gun. And the pieces want to squash you. Also, there are chainsaws, and everything is hectic, and an incessant tune plays. Also, sometimes, you are a Ninja. Yeah, I think that fits the definition of “quirky” pretty well.

Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers

Let’s see… you’re chasing after a pair of magic underpants. Yup, that definitely fits the quirky side of things. You’re also armed with a ray gun that allows you to slice and dice the world as you see fit, so it’s kind of like Metal Gear Revengeance, only if Raiden was suddenly underpants obsessed… which, actually, he might be. But I digress. Tiny and Big: Grandpa’s Leftovers has a unique aesthetic, some excellent musical backing tracks and a nicely open structure that makes you want to experiment… even when you get crushed as a result.

Super Meat Boy

Yeah, I know, Mark picked it for his top XBLA games as well. But I’m not Mark, and I’m not letting him have all the finger-crunching-argh-I-so-very-nearly-made-that-bloody-jump-if-I-just-give-it-one-more-go-oh-go-on-why-don’t-my-fingers-do-what-I-want-them-to-what-do-you-mean-its-3am-and-I’m-screaming-at-the-PC-screen fun. And make no mistake, it is fun.


  • It takes a lot of courage to share something so personal with the world, so I just wanted to say thank you for baring your soul so completely.

  • Don’t know if it qualifies as quirky, but FTL definitely deserves a mention for its exclusivity and I’d also drop in GunPoint, a more recent game that is incredibly charming and tactile.

    Love the picture for Don’t Starve, needs the caption “I didn’t do anything.”

  • According to my Steam profile, I’ve spent over 80 hours playing “Binding of Isaac” and over 40 hours playing “FTL”. And yes, that’s probably accurate. So, yep, highly recommend those two little indie games above all others!

  • Honest truth re: FTL/Binding of Isaac? They’re on my pile of shame, but I can’t (and won’t) put something in a personal top 5 because others liked it. It wouldn’t be personal otherwise!

  • “Take the idea of Minecraft, drop it into a world that looks like it was sketched on the back of Tim Burton’s skull, and you’ve got Don’t Starve.”

    You mean the guy who makes things pretty but garbage in every other respect?

    What an insult to a great game.

    • Then you might want to read what I actually wrote again. “looks” being the specific important bit. Burton produces visually striking works (and I agree, some of them are woeful), and Don’t Starve is visually striking.

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