If I'm making this thread, I might as well mention a few, so here's two (and a half):
Evoland is simple, short, and extremely clever. It's also not the most obscure but, I think, just obscure enough to be the first recommendation. This and the next game should also give you some idea of what I mean by "obscure" (as well as the style of games that I like). The central mechanic of Evoland is reliving all of the graphics and gameplay advancements that have been made in RPGs or, to quote the Steam page:
This is a nostalgia game through and through and having played RPGs since the NES first came out, it hits me exactly as such. Despite the not perfect (61) Metacritic score, this is a favorite of mine and sits on my Steam favorites list alongside games like Spec Ops: The Line, Dishonored, The Stanley Parable, and Portal (and soon, Goat Simulator). That said, it's not without its issues. The problems with Evoland are described well in the Steam and Metacritic reviews, and it amounts to: Evoland outlives its welcome once the gameplay and graphics advancement unlocks come to an end and the puzzles and combat system are perhaps a little too simple.Evoland is a journey through the history of action/adventure gaming, allowing you to unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and graphic upgrades as you progress through the game. Inspired by many cult series that have left their mark in the RPG video gaming culture, Evoland takes you from monochrome to full 3D graphics and from active time battles to real time boss fights, all with plenty of humor and references to many classic games.
Bottom line: Is it worth $10? Maybe. Is it worth checking out? If you like the older Zelda games or games in a similar style, definitely. Take a stroll down memory lane and hopefully you enjoy it. Evoland, it's an homage to gaming and that's about it.
Skyborn is a relatively new (Feb 2014 on Steam) game, an RPG Maker game, an obscure enough game that it doesn't have a metacritic reviewer score yet, and is another game that I love. It's also a bit of a short game, with older (read: classic) graphics. There's no hiding that this is another game in the same style as the earlier Final Fantasy games, but the characters are easy to like, the story, artwork, and graphical style are nice and very well done (in my opinion), and the music is exactly what you should find in a classical RPG. The combat system is very simple and maybe a little too easy, but I think the rest of the game makes up for it and the optional content can provide enough of a challenge. I'm always a little skeptical of RPG Maker games, but this one gives me a lot of faith in what can be accomplished with RPG Maker and I would play 1000 games like this.Life under the rule of the winged Skyborn race isn't so bad for Claret Spencer, the star mechanic of an independent repair shop. She can patch up just about anything...but when a certain cravat-wearing customer turns her life upside-down, she finds herself pulled into an epic, city-wide conflict that's going to take a lot more than elbow grease to fix! Join Claret on her journey through a tale of magic, metal and mystery as she unravels the secrets of the Skyborn!
Bottom line: How can you say no to this face?
And the half: I'm currently playing The Book of Legends
This is another RPG Maker game and I have mixed feelings about it. It's not bad by any means, but it's irritatingly not quite as good as I want it to be. It's very frustrating trying to play without a guide (I broke down and bought the guide from the developer website); however, I can put a chicken, a cow, a bear, a wolf, a fox, a raccoon, a falcon, or a horse in my party. How could that not be awesome? Fair warning though: the human characters have skills but the animals, while awesome, have no skills, which is unfortunate. Essentially, it's another RPG Maker game that has a great sense of humor backing up a decent story and O.K. combat but I haven't finished it and I'm not quite certain that I can openly recommend it.
Finally: These are by no means the most obscure games, nor the best games, they're just games that I like and I think are obscure enough to be worth mentioning among other people who enjoy video games and who may not have heard about them or, if they have, may not have considered trying them.
I hope to hear more obscure games worth trying and I plan to recommend more that I have tried.
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Future Recommendations (that have been scrambled): Hstpeapewr and Mhttonoeo