Friday, December 19, 2008

2008 Game of the Year

Game of the Year: none

2008 has been a tough year for us hardcore logic and puzzle gamers on the PC. No game has grabbed me the way any of my previous Game of the Year winners did. I did not experience game lock with any puzzle game this year. No game stretched my mind or made me think in new ways. So, I decided to not award a game of the year this year. Maybe I am just getting old and crotchety but that is the way it is.

Runner-Up: DROD RPG: Tendry's Tale

I am huge fan of the DROD series, and the latest entry DROD RPG is a great game. The DROD games are some of the best and most demanding puzzle/logic games around. They combine a simple interface with deep puzzles. DROD RPG continues the tradition with some really good puzzles. So, why is it not the game of the year? The RPG elements in the game are lacking. Somehow it should be a better game. The relative lack on fan generated levels is also telling. But ultimately, I have unfairly high expectations for any game with DROD in the title.

Honorable Mention: World of Goo

Another almost great game which could/should have taken the top spot. For three fourths of the game, I was thinking, this is it. It was amazing, and I was having a good time. But then came the final chapter with its bit shooting accuracy levels and odd Jengaesque levels. Thought went out the door and so did game of the year.

Over the holidays, I watched my 11 year old nephew play through the first chapter. It was a challenge for him, but he did it. Based on that, I have to say that World of Goo is a better game for children than I thought it would be.

Honorable Mention: Quadrax IV

Again, this is an almost great game. Why the passcodes? Why not tell us where the caves lead to? Why? There are some really good puzzles mixed in which kept me going.

Honorable Mention: iPhone Apps

Maybe the most telling fact about the state of puzzle games for the PC is how much time I spent playing puzzle games on my iPhone. It is a good platform for small puzzle/logic games and always available when an extra five minutes appear. My current favorites: Enigmo, Monster Masyu, Vexed, and Puzzle Maniak.

Previous Winners:

2007 Game of the Year: Chocolate Castle

2006 Game of the Year: Hex-a-hop

2005 Game of the Year: DROD: Journey to Rooted Hold


At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are 20 or so DROD RPG holds in development, although I think they take longer to write than a normal DROD level because of the play-balancing and the scripting.

Did you ever play Obulis? I don't see a review.

At 8:08 PM, Blogger Jimmy said...

I have played Obulis, but have not finished it yet. Once I do, I will write a review.


At 7:56 AM, Anonymous Art said...

DROD RPG isn't really CRPG game it's still logic/strategic puzzle. There are no random elements in the game and not much freedom in exploring to make this game more challenging. It's much harder thing to make good DROD RPG hold, because you must plan and build a hold as a whole and not put separate puzzles as rooms.

At 10:01 AM, Anonymous kamagra said...

I've been playing this same game and i think is one of the best in this category. Most of the gamers can't ignore this game. They did a good work, specially with the last version, yet all you must add some secret tips to understand the first level. 23jj


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