Hey there loyal Appspy readers!
Not much of a response this week, but I more than understand. Not only is asking what your favourite game of the year is time consuming (if you need to go back and remember what you’ve played), but doing so in September is more than a little odd. Still, I would like to thank those that responded. Each person had a different answer, and all games mentioned were fine picks.
It was difficult for me to choose. For one, I had to go back and look at all the games I reviewed on this site this year for reference. Not being the editor, and working under Andrew and now James, I often miss out on the big releases each week. I don’t review them, and in my spare gaming time, i prefer to stay away from iOS and catch up on my PC and console backlog (I’m sure you can understand). That means that my picks are usually quirky little indie titles, either puzzle games or platformers (check out my top games of the year for 2012 to see what I mean).
The game I would have picked as my top game of the year so far is disqualified for not being released in 2013. I’m placing it here as a technicality because we reviewed it in January. That game is TNNS by Action Button Entertainment. It’s Breakout with a twist, in that you can use your finger to gently curve the ball in mid flight, and the levels are bite-sized affairs of trying to get the ball in the hole, around all manner of obstacles. Its random levels, multi-ball, and star collection have me playing it to this day. As I said though, not 2013, so it can’t be my pick.
My game of the year so far is Color Zen by Large Animal Games. It’s a puzzle game with such a simple concept executed so elegantly, that it’s difficult not to admire. Moving shapes and watching their colour wash over the screen while soothing music accompanies these motions is an experience that is simply sublime. There’s a gradual rise in complexity, but like most zen puzzle games you don’t really need to think about the steps you are taking to solve the puzzle, you just kind of work it out automatically by playing. Color Zen just might be my shoe-in for game of the year, but we have four months left, and a lot of games are released in this period. No doubt we will all find some new favourites that will affect our lists when we think about them at the end of the year.
And that’s it for this week. Thanks again to all those that participated. Have a great weekend, and i’ll be back with another question on Monday. Happy gaming all!