Top 10 Hidden Gem Video Games of 2021

Not every 2021 game got as much love as it deserved. For this list, we’ll be looking at the best games released this year that may have flown under your radar. Our countdown includes “The Forgotten City” (2021), “Eastward” (2021), “TOEM” (2021), “Inscryption” (2021), and more! Have you played any of these hidden gems? What game do you wish more people played? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

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49 Comments

  1. VCS on December 18, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Nothing on NEO: The World Ends With You? ….Watchmojo continues to be a joke, as always. How nice.

  2. hakatom on December 18, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    try grime
    it a true gem

  3. ozmega on December 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    no ruined king?

  4. Bubbly Jubbly on December 18, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I definitely think Blue Fire and Tales of Arise are super underrated.

  5. David Meyer on December 18, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I played The Forgotten City when it was a mod for Skyrim, and it was good, but nothing special. If it made a list like this, they must have overhauled it completely.

  6. Odorumomo on December 18, 2021 at 11:32 pm

    Shin Subarashiki Kono Sekai (NEO: The World Ends With You) was one of the absolute best games this year!

  7. Endy Tusamba on December 18, 2021 at 11:34 pm

    Top 10 Underrated Anime Games

    10. Arknights
    9. Girls’ Frontline
    8. Counter Side
    7. Code Vein
    6. Soul Worker
    5. Nier: Automata
    4. Honkai Impact 3rd
    3. Scarlet Nexus (Which is a game I wished people more played this year)
    2. Punishing Gray Raven
    1. Closers Online (An update came out in the Korean Servers yesterday, and an update came out in the Global servers a day before)

    Honorable Mentions: God Eater, Aotu World, Elsword Online (Even though we all hate KOG), Bakugan Defenders of the Core (Love the story but the voices don’t match the characters)

  8. Jorge Adair Ramos on December 18, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Impgenial

  9. John Bazan on December 18, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Man JRPGs do not get enough attention in the west. Here is some JRPG gems that came out in 2021:
    Caligula Effect 2
    Cris Tales
    YS IX Monstrum Nox
    Mary Skelter Finale
    Blue Reflection Second Light
    Atelier Ryza 2
    Neo The World Ends With You
    Poison Control (very niche I enjoyed it but some wont)

  10. A.J Thomas on December 18, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    I need to get caught up with games since I’ve played much due to the I’ve been stuck on and how understaffed my work field is at.

  11. True Crime Queen TV on December 18, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Love when you upload ❤️ ❤️ Be safe everyone

  12. MaddestMike on December 18, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    Everhood exists because we never truly got Geno in Smash or a Super Mario RPG sequel.

  13. DJGamingSmash on December 18, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    I know all of these already.

  14. Mark Cabaniss on December 18, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    _Balan Wonderworld_ . That is all.

    *Mic drop.*

  15. J McClan on December 18, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Getting behind the times…. Would be much better with time stamps…Like almost every other channel is doing…

  16. Stefan Loncar on December 18, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Top 10 animated Disney Channel shows that should get their own What If series

  17. Romnys Gonzalez on December 18, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    A group of mods did a better job creating a game than Bethetsda since Skyrim.

    I would add Dodgeball Academia, Beyore your eyes,Chicory: A Colorful tale and Psychonauts 2 because honestly… this game didn’t receive the amount of attention they deserved for what they just created. To everyone out there, if you haven’t play Psychonauts 2 please do because you’re missing out of the most unique,original,fresh and visually astonishing games ever.

    Ruined King: A League of Legend Story. A really underrated game than everyone outside of the League of Legend audience ignored completely

  18. CrimsonDragoon on December 18, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I’m surprised that Lodoss War: Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth wasn’t mentioned in this list. It’s a MetroidVania, yeah, but my god the Sprite work is absolutely beautiful.

  19. Lightphaser on December 18, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Good list! It could have been easily extended to a top 20…

  20. DracoNick on December 18, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    I’ve had the pleasure of playing Death’s Door and I gotta say it’s awesome if a bit short.

  21. RDJ 134 on December 18, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    The Gunk is my hidden gem of 2021.

  22. ARIXANDRE on December 18, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    Inscryption and Forgotten City need to come to consoles.

  23. AlexArken on December 18, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    So hype Unsighted’s getting more recognition. My indie of the year

  24. Unknown MSA on December 18, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Inscryption is a masterpiece and should be 1

  25. Andrew Haase on December 18, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Honorable Mention:
    *NEO: The World Ends With You
    -The long awaited sequel to my favorite game of all time.

  26. KurageDaisuki on December 18, 2021 at 11:57 pm

    Before Your Eyes better be number 1.

  27. Bobby Burgess on December 19, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I want to play Inscryption, but I only have a Chromebook. And knowing nothing about gaming computers, I don’t know if my laptop can even manage to run the game

  28. WatchMojo.com on December 19, 2021 at 12:01 am

    What game do you wish more people played? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.
    For all of the best and worst lists of 2021, click here!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkZe-folp2I&list=PLmZTDWJGfRq1Owz6R-P6y1gHlkjxyY7YO

  29. A.J Thomas on December 19, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Top 10 Fans want two TV shows come together in one episode crossover:
    10.) The Office and Parks and Recreation
    9.) House and The Good Doctor
    8.) Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory
    7.) X-Files and Supernatural
    6.) Knight Rider and The Dukes of Hazard
    5.) A-Team and Golden Girls
    4.) Teen Titans and Justice League
    3.) Dexter and Hannibal
    2.) Ozark and Breaking Bad
    1.) The Shield and Sons of Anarchy and Mayans M.C

  30. Sir. Jebach on December 19, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Tf?
    Sorry but i think Inscryption deserves to be higher in the list

  31. Johnjohn42 Kudi on December 19, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Liked and am watching!

  32. Hue Hue on December 19, 2021 at 12:02 am

    WatchMojo great list!! Please do one of these every year fro now on…

  33. Alexiious on December 19, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I haven’t heard on most of these games

  34. Rajdeep Kashyap on December 19, 2021 at 12:06 am

    The real game of the year list.

  35. SHARQ on December 19, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Im almost done with Death’s Door and I am in love. Such a charming little game.
    Highly recommended.

  36. Kodyjay on December 19, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Ah yes. Hidden gems. Such as the one you started off with that was played by Markiplier, one of the largest content creators, for the last few weeks. What more should I have expected from Watch Mojo though.

  37. zagor tenaj on December 19, 2021 at 12:13 am

    Inscryption is fucking amazing!!!

  38. anibal hernandez on December 19, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I wish more people played Cris Tales

  39. Rodolfo Hernandez on December 19, 2021 at 12:15 am

    Death’s Door is the best of all the list, went hyped when saw it’s trailer and went more hyped after playing it on my pc

  40. Lazy Lebanese Lifestyle on December 19, 2021 at 12:15 am

    these games look like more of a ”humble bundle $1 basket” to me.

  41. Julian Ángel Moore on December 19, 2021 at 12:15 am

    A good Watchmojo video?

  42. KajiCarson on December 19, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Deltarune Chapter Two was good!

  43. RetroJ77 on December 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Lost In Random looks like a game that could have been made by Tim Burton, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits looks like a Triple A game even though it was made by a small publishing company. Both are great games.

  44. shoOoterlegend on December 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

    I legit forgot about the forgotten city, that mod was very fun

  45. DogSi Notpalc on December 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Damn it! I keep accidentally clicking WatchMojo videos, instead of the intended (and superior) "What Culture Gaming" videos

  46. Zac Ritner on December 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

    What about Cris Tales? It’s such a charming and whimsical RPG coming from Columbia. I feel like this game has flown under the radar from most gamers.

  47. T. Clark II on December 19, 2021 at 12:18 am

    Little Nightmares 2? It deserves WAY more praise than it received.

  48. Peter Miller on December 19, 2021 at 12:19 am

    For what systems are all these games?

  49. Tommy Gray on December 19, 2021 at 12:19 am

    What about Mind Scanners? A spiritual successor to Papers Please, this game is about performing puzzles to cure people mentally.

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