Well, I’ve played my first 25 games and it’s been a blast! I’ve only found a couple that I didn’t like very much and most of the rest have been rally rather good… But looking at my votes, I see only two that I have give fives to in most categories and so I think those deserve to be shared with the rest of you as they are really good games and VERY different from each other…
Lets start with what has been (so far) the most complete entry for me, and thats Deity by Blake.
So, why is this game top of the list so far? Well, to start with, it has used the theme in a really original and well thought out way, with no sense of it being “forced” or contrived at all. Secondly, it has a great presentation with a lovely polished feel to it – helped by the excellent graphics and sound – which just invites you to play. As for the gameplay, it’s an original, yet simple, puzzle game where… well… you have to kill people! Yes, it’s also a bit perverse and twisted, but for my money that only adds to the charm! The only down side (there’s always at least one) is that there is a certain randomness to the game, which means that some levels can take a looooong time and require patience from you the player… But hey, aren’t deities supposed to have infinite patience?
My second game to recommend, comes from the programming skills of Free Napalm and is called Gale Axile.
Now, before you rush off to check this out, let me just say one thing. This game is HARD. Still there? Good! Because once you get into the game mechanics and fathom out what you have to do to progress, you’ll find this game ultimately very rewarding… So what is it all about? On the surface, it seems simple enough… get enough resources together to build yourself a spaceship and escape the galaxy of tiny worlds where you have been stranded (the reason for which is quite funny!). But it’s not that simple! You have to eat and stay warm and gathering resources means you have to grow planets (yes GROW PLANETS!) as well as a number of other things. I strongly suggest that you read the manual and give this game a few tries to get the hang of it as it’s a really rewarding game! Oh and the graphics may not be the best but the work well, as does the sound.
So that’s my top two for this post! I really can’t recommend them enough and hope that these guys do well in the competition as both games are pretty unique and innovative and have used the theme in really different and interesting ways. I’ll post again when I’ve played another 25 games!!!!!
PS: Other close contenders for my top pick were Lone World by Haark (fun game, good graphics), Capsule by TrueValhalla (excellent idea, funny) and 6 Degrees of Sabotage by Dukope (great presentation, original idea). All of these deserve a play too!