8. Risk of Rain
Windows PC, Steam
Another blend of genres, the side-scrolling Rogue-Lite Risk of Rain was an instant delight. With everything from fast action, loot-a-thon item collecting and even a haunting soundtrack that could have been created by Delia Derbyshire to tease the senses, many have lost days to this unexpected gem. With the number of playable classes, semi-randomized levels, and challenge-based unlocks there is a lot of game to squeeze out of an otherwise sparse amount of content. ~ HappyWulf
We especially liked the fact that the longer you wait to gear up and face the boss, the more baddies spawn, all of which you will have to take down before completing the level. It makes for a much more tactical game than the frantic permadeath-threatening shmup it resembles at first blush.