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Cult Classic

Category Subjective

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with Cult Classic, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.21
95% 7,170 votes
8.15
94% 6,674 votes
7.77
90% 2,009 votes
7.77
91% 1,236 votes
7.75
90% 2,143 votes
7.43
87% 637 votes
7.36
100% 21 votes
7.05
83% 340 votes
7.05
100% 10 votes
6.77
87% 23 votes
6.73
84% 32 votes
6.66
83% 30 votes
6.49
75% 193 votes
6.42
83% 12 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with Cult Classic is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as Cult Classic, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Singleplayer 63%
  2. Classic 59%
  3. Adventure 56%
  4. Great Soundtrack 50%
  5. Action 47%
  6. Retro 40%
  7. Story Rich 37%
  8. Indie 32%
  9. Atmospheric 31%
  10. Funny 26%
  11. Point & Click 26%
  12. Puzzle 26%
  13. 1990's 25%
  14. 2D 24%
  15. Comedy 23%
  16. Remake 18%
  17. Casual 17%
  18. Horror 16%
  19. Sci-fi 15%

The Cult Classic tag refers to games that have gained a dedicated and passionate following of fans over time, despite not achieving mainstream commercial success or widespread recognition when initially released. These games often have unique or unconventional qualities that set them apart from more popular titles.

A cult classic game typically has a strong and loyal fanbase that appreciates its distinctive art style, gameplay mechanics, storytelling, or other standout features. Word-of-mouth recommendations and online communities play a significant role in spreading awareness of these games and attracting like-minded players.

There are several reasons why a game may become a cult classic:

  • Niche Appeal - Cult classics often cater to specific tastes or subgenres within gaming that may not appeal to the broader mass market. These games may explore unusual themes, incorporate unconventional gameplay mechanics, or challenge traditional gaming conventions.
  • Innovative Design - Some cult classics push boundaries with their innovative design elements. They may introduce new gameplay concepts, experimental storytelling techniques, or artistic styles that resonate with players seeking something different from mainstream offerings.
  • Underappreciated at Launch - Certain games fail to gain traction upon release due to limited marketing budgets or being overshadowed by larger releases. However, over time, they gain recognition as gamers discover and appreciate their unique qualities through word-of-mouth recommendations or retrospective reviews.

Examples of cult classic games include:

  • Papers, Please A dystopian document thriller where players take on the role of an immigration officer processing paperwork at border crossings.
  • Beyond Good & Evil A action-adventure game featuring an immersive world and memorable characters fighting against corruption and oppression.
  • Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines A role-playing game set in a dark urban fantasy world where players assume the role of a newly turned vampire.

Ultimately, cult classic games have a passionate following that celebrates their unique qualities and keeps them alive through continued appreciation, modding communities, and support from developers. These games often provide players with experiences outside of the mainstream gaming landscape and hold a special place in the hearts of those who appreciate their unconventional charm.

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