Maybe, but it only has about 500 ratings compared to other popular and highly rated HGs which all have over twice that many, and I’ve seen very little discussion about it here on the forum. That, I think, is enough to push into the “underrated” category.
Fair enough, although I still don’t think it’s underrated. A title doesn’t need to be continuously discussed in order to be called “properly rated”.
Well if we’re going by ratings, then it has accumulated 4.7/5 in the App Store, 9/10 in Steam and a whooping 4.9/5 in Play Store. I can’t get any data from the Omnibus since I don’t own an account there.
What we can agree on that it’s a masterpiece.
I just played “The Spy and the Labyrinth”, an old Hosted Game … and I’m really taken with it! It’s got a lot of incredibly bad reviews, but looking over the reviews I think it’s because many players went to it expecting a “normal” COG game, with a conventional story, ROs, a player character with a personality and all that stuff. This one doesn’t have any of those things - but if you go in with adjusted expectations, it’s still really, really good and interesting!
It’s about an American archaeologist who goes missing on a dig in a fictional South American country. You’re supposed to be investigating what happened, and you have access to a big database of documents which you have to search to uncover and reconstruct the story. (It’s a bit like the videogame “Her Story”). The fact that the MC has no personality is really effective: they’re just a pair of eyes through which you can read these documents, and so it’s really easy to imagine that it’s you yourself doing this investigation. The mystery itself is twisty and layered, with many intriguing threads to follow, and it has lots of nice chilling Lovecreaftian moments. I definitely want to play again to see all the secrets I missed. Very different from the usual COG experience, but totally worth it!
Not really an underrated game but I feel like Fallen Hero doesn’t get enough praise it deserves. It launched almost at the same time as Wayhaven Chronicles so I feel like it was a bit overshadowed. But I haven’t played any other game that deals with psychological problems in such a deep and meaningful way.
Lost Heir: Fall of Daria, Lost Heir 2: Forging a Kingdom and Lost Heir 3: Demon War. This is amazing series, but unfortunately very underrated. I don’t know why, world is amazing, story is good and long, and there are so many different choices and endings.
4.9/5.0 with 548 ratings on the omnibus. So yeah, not at all underrated. I think when doing the poll for this, Jason had included any that were under 4.0 or something? Admittedly it had been a while.
The criteria were:
- is it at least 18 months old?
- has it grossed less that XX dollars.
If it’s two months old and still less than XX, then it might not be underrated; it just hasn’t had a chance to earn its proverbial stripes. But if it’s older than 18 months and still hasn’t earned its stripes, then it was a candidate to be considered “underrated.”
We’ll do another poll this spring and run another sale based on the results.
(Really, this is just a tactic for me to help games get over a specific profitability threshold.)
As someone whose first book is now almost certainly a candidate for the next poll, I wholeheartedly approve this message.
I don’t know if these count as underrated but so far here’s my list:
- Avatar of the Wolf
- The Orpheus Ruse
- The Saga of Oedipus Rex
- Choice of the Vampire
This and Choice of Affairs (Choice of Romance?) are likely a lot of people’s first COG. Nostalgia disregarded, it’s still good to this day.
- The Treasure Seekers of Lady Luck
I replayed this (and every other game on this list) hundreds of times. It’s enjoyable.
- ORPHEUS Ruse
- Choice of the Deathless
I was thrilled when the series continued.
- Mecha Ace
I 100% recommend this because it really was so fun to play and replay and actually sold me on the Mecha genre as a whole.
- Hollywood Visionary
Like Choice of Robots, it’s great to play a Choice game where your actions directly contribute to the product you produce by the end of the game. While you can’t create robots to rule over mankind, the ability to see all your creative and personal decisions culminate in both your trial and the reception of your movie is worth so many replays!!
- Sixth Grade Detective
It’s so cute and well written that you just have to play it.
- Sorcery is for Saps
- The Eagle’s Heir (!!!)
- Zombie Exodus
This used to be extremely popular on here but it seems that over time with new COG fans and readers its hype and popularity has definitely died out.
- Paradox Factor
The most clever use of choice games imo, one of the first HG I played and soo interesting.
This surprised me a bit with how much it wasn’t talked about after release despite being truly loved during its time as a WIP on the forums. I think it might have suffered from having shown too much of the full game on the forum so people weren’t incentivized to buy it. (Of course I still did, and there are a good bit of changes from what we saw when it was a WIP, but it wasn’t enough for some people.)
Aww thanks @cup_half_empty
I really like Orpheus Ruse as well. One of my fav underrated games from the official COG line.
I think the reason why ZE died down is because of ZE:SH.
The fog knows your name,
The Sea Eternal,
Sorcery is for Saps,
The Grim and I
Nothing left to burn
Some of my favourite underrated games:
The harbinger’s head
Reckless space pirates
Death at the rectory
An Odissey: Echoes of war
Trees don’t tell
A Study in Steampunk is one of the best things I’ve ever read.
Some of my fav published game that are underated
Wizardry Level C
Doomsday on demande (The second book i think, The first one got over 100k+ download on play store.)
The courting of miss Bennet
It’s killing time
Nola is Burning
Life of a mobster
Machinations: Fog of War
Foundation of nightmares
No proper thief
Best of us
The versus series
Choice of the petal throne
Knight of the fellowship
Gladiator road to the colosseum
The saga of œdipus rex (come on guys, this one is epic yet it have 1k download on play store)
Avatar of the wolf
Vampire house (Sure it have more than 100k download on play store but i feel like it’s underrated cause i rarely see someone mention it here on the forum)
At this rate i think i have read the entirety of the COG Library
oooh I have a few underrated faves
The Grim and I
In Service of Mrs Claus
Mecha Ace: Heroes of the Verdian War
The Eagles Heir
An Odyssey: Echoes of War
Stronghold: Heros Fate
Choice of Deathless 1+2
Runt of the Litter
Double Cross (my first game that I read)
Life of a Mobster