Best Intentionally Awkward Controls Games on Steam

Steam currently has 84 Intentionally Awkward Controls games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Intentionally Awkward Controls game rankings were last updated on 6/2/2024.

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1. Octodad: Dadliest Catch

Octodad: Dadliest Catch is a game about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about his life. Octodad's existence is a constant struggle, as he must master mundane tasks with his unwieldy boneless tentacles while simultaneously keeping his cephalopodan...

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch holds the #1 spot for "best Intentionally Awkward Controls game on Steam" with a Player Score of 91. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,600 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,998 positive reviews and 602 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 1/30/2014
Developer Young Horses
Publisher Young Horses
Steam App Id 224480

2. while True: learn()

You’re a machine learning specialist who makes neural networks but your cat seems to be better at it. Now you must solve puzzles to build a cat-to-human translation system (who knows what else this cat is capable of!). Earn a fortune, buy kickass cat outfits, learn how machine learning really works!

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while True: learn() has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,750 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,177 positive reviews and 573 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 1/17/2019
Franchise luden.io
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Steam App Id 619150

3. Just, Bearly

An honest comedy about anxiety and feeling awkward, played through painfully relatable mini games.

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Just, Bearly has achieved a Player Score of 87, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 501 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 470 positive reviews and 31 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 5/31/2018
Developer Daniel J Roberts
Publisher Daniel J Roberts
Steam App Id 792030

4. Stilt Fella

Become the fella. Walk on the stilts.

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Stilt Fella has achieved a Player Score of 87, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 847 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 780 positive reviews and 67 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $12.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Stilt Fella on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $12.99
Release Date 2/26/2020
Developer September Games
Publisher September Games
Steam App Id 1133590

5. The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time

The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time is a sandboxy physics game for 1-8 players, with everything from sneaky heists to hilarous stupidity to baking pizzas. With continuous updates, plenty of maps, and hundreds of items, clothes and quests, it has something for everyone.

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The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time has achieved a Player Score of 86, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,335 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,094 positive reviews and 241 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 7/2/2021
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Publisher That Fish, That Other Fish
Steam App Id 1451480

6. A Difficult Game About Climbing

This is a difficult game about climbing.

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A Difficult Game About Climbing has achieved a Player Score of 85, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,355 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,959 positive reviews and 396 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play A Difficult Game About Climbing on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 3/6/2024
Developer Pontypants
Publisher Pontypants
Steam App Id 2497920

7. Make Me LAG

Make Me LAG is the first game that features a revolutionary new control scheme: your character actions are determined by the game frame count! Use external softwares and other tricks to lower the FPS count and control your character to defeat evil monsters and save the world!

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Make Me LAG has achieved a Player Score of 85, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 242 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 225 positive reviews and 17 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Release Date 3/14/2020
Developer 4H StudioLab
Publisher 4H StudioLab
Steam App Id 1215430

8. International Space Banana

SPIN. BOUNCE. STRUGGLE... In Space, nobody can hear you rage.

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International Space Banana has achieved a Player Score of 85, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 91 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 88 positive reviews and 3 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $0.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $0.99
Release Date 3/31/2021
Developer Cool Scooter Software
Publisher PQube
Steam App Id 1331670

9. Cranked Up

Cranked Up is an offbeat and challenging platformer game where you control rocket-powered donuts trying to save the world from an evil pizza.

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Cranked Up has achieved a Player Score of 83, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 38 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38 positive reviews and 0 negative reviews — making it "Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, there is no confirmed information regarding Steam Deck support for this game.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/13/2021
Developer BBlack Studio
Publisher BBlack Studio
Steam App Id 1074500

10. Hand Simulator

There are many different levels where you can play with spinners, plunge into the subtleties of handling weapons, milk a cow, take part in a Mexican duel with your friends, have a good time fishing, play chess or simply chat in an anonymous club.

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Hand Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 83, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Intentionally Awkward Controls games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 36,316 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 30,527 positive reviews and 5,789 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Hand Simulator on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $1.49
Release Date 7/18/2017
Franchise How Fast Make
Developer HFM Games
Publisher HFM Games
Steam App Id 657200

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 28). Just, Bearly on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 2). Stilt Fella on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 2). The Greatest Penguin Heist of All Time on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 7). A Difficult Game About Climbing on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 11). Make Me LAG on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 19). International Space Banana on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). Cranked Up on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, June 17). Hand Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.

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