The Five Highest Rated Games On Steam Probably Aren’t What You Expect

The Five Highest Rated Games On Steam Probably Aren’t What You Expect

Of the 100 billion games on Steam, one for every star in the sky, which are the absolute cream of the crop? Which have users rated the highest? To borrow a cliche from The Bad Internet, the answer may surprise yo — [vomits profusely].

Seriously, though, you’re probably expecting a bunch of Valve games and maybe, like, Undertale, right? I know I was. Steam’s highest-rated games, however, made me do a double-take, so let’s dive in.

One Finger Death Punch

Rating: 98 per cent positive.

What it’s about: “Experience cinematic kung-fu battles in the fastest, most intense brawler the indie world has ever seen! With the unique 1:1 response system of One Finger Death Punch, players will feel the immediate feedback of every bone-crunching hit.”

So basically: Dudes come at you. You punch them with single button presses, which quickly build into rhythmic combos. Stages are brief, but before you know it, several days have passed. You are lost in the flow. Your family mourns you, but eventually, they move on.

Example review: “Day 96: My fingers have ascended beyond this mortal plane.”

Why so many people love it: It’s a pure adrenaline rush. You only ever press a couple buttons, but each strike is like a bolt of lightning tearing the sky asunder. The game just feels excellent. It also grows remarkably complex over time, given how simply it begins. There are few better ways to spend $US5 ($7) on Steam.

Iron Snout

Rating: 98 per cent positive.

What it’s about:Iron Snout is a fast, colourful and brutal fighting game in which you will be helping a piglet fight for its life against hordes of wolves.”

So basically: It’s One Finger Death Punch, except not as good and you’re a pig. Also, it’s free.

Example review: “My wife just caught me playing Iron Snout and told me to play something more age appropriate. Perhaps she would respect me more if she realised I was ranked 150126th in the world at smashing wolves faces.”

Why so many people love it: Pretty much the same reasons people love One Finger Death Punch, except Iron Snout is more overtly humorous. And again, it’s free.


Rating: 98 per cent positive.

What it’s about:Factorio is a game about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don’t really like you.”

So basically: You build a criss-crossing, spiderweb-veining nightmare factory that sprawls for kilometres, planet be damned. Eventually, you realise you are the factory and the factory is you. Then you say fuck it and start a new factory.

Example review: “The factory is an embodiment of madness incomprehensible even to the men who built it, laid every unholy circuit of conveyor belt, a thousand arms madly spinning every second, countless plates of copper and iron in a complex dance the likes of which is unseen in the realm of mere mortals. There are sections that I have no idea how they work, and I BUILT THEM.”

Why so many people love it: Micromanagement.

Portal/Portal 2

Rating: 98 per cent positive.

What it’s about: “Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay.”

So basically: You solve puzzles using portals. Also, there are jokes. And a song. Both Portals are among the greatest games of all time.

Example review: “i don’t mean to give the entire plot away but i seriously felt like saluting the ♥♥♥♥ing flag when jfk used the portal gun to redirect the cuban missiles to chernobyl seriously get this game its the only historically-accurate biographical game i’ve actually enjoyed.”

Why so many people love it: Both Portal games are peerless in terms of design and humour. The first, especially, is a masterclass in games as immersion learning exercises. You start out bewildered and confused, and within 30-45 mins, you’re fluent in a whole new physical, spatial and gravitational language. Then things get even more topsy turvy. The second might be a bit bloated mechanically, and it never entirely comes together, but it’s a mad science lab of ideas, many of which could support entire games on their own. Plus, co-op is astoundingly good, arguably better than single-player. It’s Portal! Duh. Everybody loves Portal.

Hidden Folks

Rating: 99 per cent positive.

What it’s about: “Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles! Rooooaaaarrrr!!!!!”

So basically: You click through a ton of little landscapes to reveal items and cute little folks. It’s fucking adorable.

Example review: “First of all, it gives you the warm memories of sitting in the library staring intently at that ‘Waldo’ cover. Even so, this game shines with its own unique experience, not just latching on to past treasures. Its difficulty ranges from item to item, allowing for various challenges and creative thinking. To help hint to specific locations or events, each item has a small description or summery that leads you along. Also the oral sound effects are not only charming, but helpful for when you are near a certain object or person! I’ve also really grown to enjoy the art and animation style as well.”

Why so many people love it: It’s a simple, cute game anybody can play, executed with oodles of style and inventiveness. Think Where’s Wally, but with minigames and mouth sounds. I’d honestly never heard of it before writing this article, but it’s an utter delight. Is it the greatest game on all of Steam? No, probably not. But I can see why a lot of people adore it.

A few other notes

  • I removed DLC from this list because I specifically wanted to focus on individual games. If I had included DLC, Witcher 3‘s season pass would have come in first, and This War Of Mine‘s “War Child Charity” DLC would have come in third.
  • When I first decided, on a lark, to look at Steam’s highest rated games a couple weeks ago, the third highest-rated game was Ty The Tasmanian Tiger. (Yes, that one obscure mascot platformer from 2002.) Since then, it has fallen a bunch of slots. I really want to know what happened.
  • The sixth highest-rated game is Nekopara Vol 2. Of course it is.
  • Too much love for your boiling blood? Check out my list of the five lowest rated games on Steam.

The Five Lowest Rated Games On Steam

Steam has some damn good games. It also has some extremely bad ones. Which ones, though, have the lowest ratings on the whole service?

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  • Highest rated but by how many people. That’s the problem with some ranking systems. If only 1 person buys your game and they rank it, you can have 100%

    • Yeah, if you look on steam only 849 people have rated Hidden Folks in total. I find it hard to believe that the game (no matter how good it may or may not be) is one of the top 5 when something like Rimworld has 12536 positive with only 333 negative ones.

      • It is looking at a straight percentage of people who rated it who liked it.
        Rimworld is ‘only’ at 96% positive reviews compared to 99% for hidden folk. So at the current run rate hidden folk would be 99% no matter how many people voted. However with a low base that can change very quickly. If hidden folk received 6 negative votes they would drop a percentage point down to 98%. Rimworld would not be affected at all by the same number of negative votes.
        To order anything you need rules and it is a matter of what those say. Steam uses the user review as a straight percentage

    • Factorio has been rated by 16,491 people and has been in Steam’s Top 10 list when first released if memory serves. It has 200k more owners than RimWorld.

      One Finger Death Punch has 9,037 reviews and 600k owners.

      Iron Snout has 10,037 reviews and has been played by around 1M people.

      Your opinion is invalid.

      • You’re only re-inforcing their opinion though. It doesn’t matter how many people buy it, the ranking is based only on those who review a game, which in most cases will be those with strong opinions. So if 600K people buy a game and only 9,037 review it but give it a positive score then that’s a 100% positive rating.

        • By your exact same logic though, if a game is not good, people WILL write negative reviews.
          Seriously, look anywhere on the internet if you want to reinforce that.

          A game with thousands of reviews and an almost 100% positive rating like Factorio, means that veeeeery few people strongly dislike the game, and many strongly like the game. Erego, it’s probably a good game…

          FWIW Factorio is the only one from the list I’ve played and though I haven’t left a steam review I’d easily put it up there with the best games of all time.

          • It would probably depend on how bad the game is. I’m not going to go out of my way to write a Negative Steam review on a cheap, mediocre game. Especially when you factor in how many people likely bought said game for even cheaper during a sale, just for the trading cards and/or badges. Not great ≠ terrible.

        • Ummm… correct? I’m not sure your point though, as the same applies to reviews for every single other game on Steam as well. Nor does your comment seem relevant to OP’s argument.

  • I love Factorio. It just pushes all of my buttons. I have one of those brains that like that sort of stuff though, so I’m very sure it’s not for everybody. In my mind it tweaks the same interests as Minecraft but at a much finer level.

    If you think you might like it, you should definitely check it out. It’s still in alpha (0.15 is just about to be released with full release due by the end of this year) but already very stable.

  • Factorio is an AMAZING game. Definitely one of the best on Steam.

    And the developers are great too! Constantly adding and improving things.

  • Nekopara is some good shit, and the only people who would buy it are the kind to like it thus of course it has high review numbers

    Plus, catgirls, everyone love em, lewd catgirls who throw themselves at you with animated characters instead of the usual static visual novel art

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