Best Unforgiving Games on Steam

Steam currently has 180 Unforgiving 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. Unforgiving game rankings were last updated on 5/29/2024.

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1. Will You Snail?

A unique platformer where an evil AI predicts your movement. Dodge AI-spawned traps, solve optional puzzles and uncover the dark secrets of the simulation. Now with a level editor and infinite community-made content!

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Will You Snail? holds the #1 spot for "best Unforgiving game on Steam" with a Player Score of 93. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 2,569 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 2,511 positive reviews and 58 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $10.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $10.99
Release Date 3/9/2022
Developer Jonas Tyroller
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Steam App Id 1115050

2. Super Meat Boy

The infamous, tough-as-nails platformer comes to Steam with a playable Head Crab character (Steam-exclusive)!

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Super Meat Boy has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 34,086 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 32,255 positive reviews and 1,831 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 11/30/2010
Developer Team Meat
Steam App Id 40800

3. XCOM: Enemy Unknown

The XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Slingshot Pack is Now Available!

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 53,976 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 50,927 positive reviews and 3,049 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $1.49
Release Date 10/11/2012
Franchise XCOM Franchise
Developers
Publishers
Steam App Id 200510

4. X-COM: UFO Defense

You are in control of X-COM: an organization formed by the world's governments to fight the ever-increasing alien menace.

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X-COM: UFO Defense has achieved a Player Score of 91, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 3,601 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 3,412 positive reviews and 189 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run X-COM: UFO Defense on the Steam Deck.

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 9/4/2008
Franchise XCOM Franchise
Developer MicroProse Software, Inc
Publisher 2K
Steam App Id 7760

5. Blasphemous 2

The Penitent One awakens as Blasphemous 2 joins him once again in an endless struggle against The Miracle. Dive into a perilous new world filled with mysteries and secrets to discover, and tear your way through monstrous foes that stand between you and your quest to end the cycle once and for all. 

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Blasphemous 2 has achieved a Player Score of 90, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,181 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,560 positive reviews and 621 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 8/24/2023
Franchise Team17 Digital
Developer The Game Kitchen
Publisher Team17
Steam App Id 2114740

6. WORLD OF HORROR

Experience the quiet terror of this 1-bit love letter to Junji Ito and H.P. Lovecraft. Navigate a hellish roguelite reality with turn-based combat and unforgiving choices. Experiment with your deck of event cards to discover new forms of cosmic horror in every playthrough. The inevitable awaits...

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WORLD OF HORROR has achieved a Player Score of 90, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 8,850 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 8,199 positive reviews and 651 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 10/19/2023
Franchise PLAYISM
Developer panstasz
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Steam App Id 913740

7. XENOTILT: HOSTILE PINBALL ACTION

LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN!! XENOTILT, the sequel to the cult hit, DEMON'S TILT. Get ready for another PINBALL FANTASY. XENOTILT shreds the envelope with face-melting gameplay & graphics.

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XENOTILT: HOSTILE PINBALL ACTION has achieved a Player Score of 90, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 352 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 344 positive reviews and 8 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 8/18/2023
Developers
Publisher FLARB LLC
Steam App Id 2008980

8. DEMON'S TILT

TURBO CHARGED PINBALL RETURNS! Now with bigger sprites, more baddies, more secrets & MORE BULLETS! Demon's Tilt pushes the limits of the Video Pinball genre with SHMUP & Hack N' Slash elements.

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DEMON'S TILT has achieved a Player Score of 89, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 828 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 783 positive reviews and 45 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 12/13/2019
Developers
Publisher FLARB LLC
Steam App Id 422510

9. Boson X

Boson X is a fast-paced rotational runner set in a particle accelerator.

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Boson X has achieved a Player Score of 88, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,558 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,442 positive reviews and 116 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Boson X on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $4.99
Release Date 9/15/2014
Developers
Publisher Shape Shop
Steam App Id 302610

10. Red Comrades Save the Galaxy: Reloaded

Vasily Ivanovich Chapaev and his fellow aide Petka realize that someone has stolen the Red banner from the HQ. Although it's not the end of the story yet! Somewhere on the moon, legions of alien invaders prepare to conquer Earth. But could such a little thing really give a scare to the Red Army heroes?

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Red Comrades Save the Galaxy: Reloaded has achieved a Player Score of 87, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Unforgiving games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 772 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 718 positive reviews and 54 negative reviews — making it "Very Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $3.99 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 $3.99
Release Date 2/18/2016
Developer Buka Development
Publisher ESDigital Games
Steam App Id 415610

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). Super Meat Boy on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). X-COM: UFO Defense on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). Blasphemous 2 on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). WORLD OF HORROR on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 29). XENOTILT: HOSTILE PINBALL ACTION on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). DEMON'S TILT on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). Boson X on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 30). Red Comrades Save the Galaxy: Reloaded on Steam. Steam Store.

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