ByNicholas Montegriffo, writer at Creators.co
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Steam users love to play games, and they sure as hell love to rate and judge them. There are somewhere around 8,000 games available on the Steam store, more than one can hope to play in a lifetime. So which ones, according to the vast hive mind of video game connoisseurs that is the Steam community, are the absolute best games to spend your precious life-hours on? In the parlance of our times, the answer might... SHOCK YOU! Seriously though, it's... weird.

You'd probably expect the of to match up more or less with Metacritic's top games on . Or be mainly Valve games with some critically acclaimed indie darlings like Undertale thrown in. But nope, it's way weirder than that. Here are the surprising top rated games on Steam, ranked by the users.

1. One Finger Death Punch

[Credit: Silver Dollar Games]
[Credit: Silver Dollar Games]
  • Developer: Silver Dollar Games
  • Publisher: Silver Dollar Games
  • Rating: 98% positive
  • Price: $5
  • Store Page

What?

One Finger Death Punch is a fast, intense stick-figure beat'em up where you fight off a steady stream of bad dudes with single button presses that quickly build into rhythmic combos as you string together a series of increasingly complex moves. Twitching and kicking through the relatively brief stages soon takes on a hypnotic quality as you disappear into the flow, racking up kills all the way.

Why people love it:

This game is almost zen in its ability to absorb you both physically and mentally. You're just pressing a couple of buttons over and over again, but the timing is so important that you never feel like button-mashing. The increasing complexity of the game stops you from zoning out. It's pure beat 'em up heroin.

2. Iron Snout

[Credit: SnoutUp]
[Credit: SnoutUp]
  • Developer: SnoutUp
  • Publisher: SnoutUp
  • Rating: 98% positive
  • Price: Free
  • Store Page

What?

Another fast-paced 2D beat'em up where you take on increasingly difficult waves of enemies, so... basically just like One Finger Death Punch, except this time you're a cute piglet, slaughtering wolves.

Why people love it:

Iron Snout isn't quite as good as One Finger Death Punch, but it's free, and you could spend those 5 bucks on a tasty burger. Some players might also plump for Iron Snout's cutesy graphics and silly humor over One Finger Death Punch's slicker style.

3. Factorio

[Credit: Wube Software LTD.]
[Credit: Wube Software LTD.]
  • Developer: Wube Software LTD.
  • Publisher: Wube Software LTD.
  • Rating: 98% positive
  • Price: $20
  • Store Page

What?

Kind of like the base-building elements of an RTS turned up to 11, Factorio charges you with building and creating automated factories that produce goods and interact with each other in different ways. Eventually, your factories will need to defend themselves from alien invaders.

Why people love it:

Like the other games on the list, Factorio masters the complexity curve for maximum addictiveness, especially for micromanagement junkies. You can try to cover the world in increasingly complex factory networks, but the game area is infinite, so there's always that push to build more and more.

4. Portal/Portal 2

[Credit: Valve]
[Credit: Valve]
  • Developer: Valve
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Rating: 98% positive
  • Price: $10/20
  • Store Page

What?

Ok so there are Valve games in the top 5, although Half-Life doesn't quite make the cut. Portal is a puzzle-solving action game with a great sense of humor and a cool gimmick in the form of the portal gun that you use to cause rifts in space-time. Portal 2 is more of that. But better.

Check out the trailer for Portal, one of the most beloved PC games of all time:

Why people love it:

Both Portal titles are fantastically designed games, no bones about it. Aesthetics, gameplay, sound, all of it. Getting to grips with Portal's unique mechanics and mastering the portal gun after a series of challenges is incredibly satisfying. Portal 2 isn't quite as streamlined but is still full of interesting ideas, and has a great co-op mode. Lastly, there's the humor and charm woven throughout the story that made Portal a touchstone of geek culture, spawning many cake-related memes and a song.

5. Hidden Folks

[Credit: Adriaan de Jongh]
[Credit: Adriaan de Jongh]
  • Developer: Adriaan de Jongh, Sylvain Tegroeg
  • Publisher: Adriaan de Jongh
  • Rating: 99% positive
  • Price: $8
  • Store Page

What?

Hidden Folks is a game where you search for objects that are hidden in cute, hand-drawn interactive environments. It's kind of like a Where's Waldo game except you also get to unfurl tent flaps, open doors, cut through bushes and even poke animals in your search.

Why people love it:

Described by one user as "The Dark Souls of hidden object games," Hidden Folks stands out for its complexity, polish and fun interactivity with amusing reactions and sound effects to be found in each landscape. It's charming hand drawn-style no doubt tickles a lot of user's nostalgia for childhood puzzle books, and all the mini-games and secrets keep people clicking.

The Cream Of The Crop

There you have it. The list gets a bit messier if you include DLCs, in which case The Witcher 3's season pass would've topped the list, but in terms of original games, the most uncontroversially popular are mainly indie games.

But what they all have in common is a really well-designed learning curve that increases complexity at just the right rate to keep gamers engrossed. They're also free of the arguments over sequel changes that can cause controversy and bickering over longer running well-known franchises. Still, even if it's basically a popularity contest, the top 5 are all also solid games in their own right.

Have you played any of these games? Think they deserve the acclaim?

(Source: Kotaku)

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