Not every game is designed to be a massive breakout hit, but just about every developer hopes that their game will become a massive success when released. Some games are made on modest budgets with modest aims but end up selling like crazy, such as Rocket League. Well, the new year is getting underway, there were a handful of games that managed to depart from the typical model and reach new heights without the standard AAA marketing scheme. Not only that, but there were some surefire original ideas that really stood out as the top 5 breakout hits of 2017.

5. Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy

This has to be one of the oddest games ever released, ever. Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy is an exercise in frustration that also seems to be a simulator for testing your patience. The platformer came out of nowhere and ended up becoming a huge hit with streamers and YouTubers who played the game for their audiences, revealing a completely insane game where you take a man in a pot who must ascend impossibly difficult obstacles using a sledgehammer. The game has already gone on to sell more than 300,000 copies in two weeks, according to Steam Spy. No advertising campaign, no big marketing budget, and nothing but word of mouth helped the game sell like crazy as an end-of-the-year surprise breakout hit.

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