The Amazing RPS Advent Calendar 2011!

John drew this. All glory to the Walkerman.

It’s here again, again! The RPS advent calendar is almost entirely updated, bringing on Father Christmas’ birthday, and today, in a bit, we will reveal our Game Of The 2011! Amazing.

Here are the rules of the calendar:

1. The games are in no particular order, except number 24, which is our game of the year.

2. That means that number 5 and number 17 are on an equal footing as a game of the Christmas, do you see?


  1. Man Raised by Puffins says:


  2. Innovacious says:

    The bear’s “leg” scares and confuses me.

  3. frame says:

    Door 24 contains proper bear legs?

  4. Will Tomas says:

    This feature makes me inexplicably happy. Your enthusiasm for the medium comes over brilliantly in it. Over four years of reading RPS, and this has definitely become my favourite feature of the year, every year. And what a year of gaming we’ve had!

  5. adonf says:

    All hail Horace the Endless Bear!

  6. Vroomparrot says:

    Will Horace be going skiing?

    • Ondrej says:

      Of course he will! How can you even ask…

      Props for that, btw, made me want to play it NOW :)

    • Shadram says:

      I’m pretty sure that at least one part of his infinite length is skiing right now. Other parts are sailing, biking, paragliding, and rocketeering to the moon and Saturn.

  7. westyfield says:

    How does Horace fit inside the house? Also, I love the Snow Brian!

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      “How does Horace fit inside the house?”
      Any way he chooses.

    • Dances to Podcasts says:

      When he sits around the house he sits AROUND the house. :)

  8. Zak T Duck says:

    Hi Horace. Remember back in March when you had me publicly burnt to death for heresy (or maybe that should be Horacey)? Those were good times.

  9. Meat Circus says:


  10. duncanthrax says:

    Horace? Should’ve called him “Wowbagger”.

  11. Juan Carlo says:

    So Skyrim seems a foregone conclusion for GOTY given how this blog has basically converted into “All Skyrim Posts, All the Time” over the past month. That is, unless they decide to count Minecraft as a 2011 game.

    A bit of a shame, I think. I’m pulling for Witcher 2 personally. It may not be a revolution in gameplay, but I do think it’s a revolution in world design, immersion, and creating believable characters in a video game–which for me goes a long way. While Skyrim is a great Bethesday game, doing what Bethesday does very well, but I’m not sure I’d call it “Revolutionary” at doing much of anything.

    Other games I hope to see on there:

    Avadon: The Black Fortress
    Binding of Isaac
    Dead Island (yeah, very flawed, but I loved this one regardless)

  12. aircool says:

    I got a Lego Star Wars advent calendar :))

    I’m am 39 years of age :((

    I do not care :))

  13. wcaypahwat says:

    I’m not sure there’s enough days….

  14. PJ says:

    Bloody hell.


  15. unless says:

    I am really confused about what’s going on here. I thought there were twelve days of Christmas? What’s this calendar stuff?

    Having grown up non-Christian can be a real bummer this time of year :(

    • Harlander says:

      Non-Christian and not immersed in the Western secularised Mammon-fest of Christmas?

      Don’t get me wrong, I love me some secularised mammon-fest (except for the Christmas pop, that can DIAFAFAIC).

    • unless says:

      Well, obviously I know some of it, like “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Even a lot of it, as I’ve celebrated Christmas with some of my partners’ families over the years. But this is just baffling to me.

    • Kieron Gillen says:

      It’s an Advent calender. Wander to any newsagents. They’re full of the fuckers.


    • Treebard says:

      Don’t worry, they’re clearly saving the best 8 games of the year for Hanukkah.

  16. Moni says:

    I want a Horace the Endless knitted bear for Christmas. I would cuddle it forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever, and ever.

    • Shooop says:

      And you would be waiting for it to be finished forever, and ever, and ever…

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      Perhaps some sort of Klein bear? I’ve seen knitted Klein bottles.

  17. TooNu says:

    Once again I will make this my new homepage for the next 24 days!


  18. Nighthood says:

    If To the Moon doesn’t get on here I’ll be very disappointed.

    It’s one of my GOTYs, along with Human Revolution.

  19. Tams80 says:

    HORACE!!! I do so love you!

    All hail Horace! May his endlessness guide us to where the good games lie.

  20. Azeltir says:

    The link for day 3 is broken: “http” is spelled as “hhttp”, which is an abomination before Firefox.

  21. Meat Circus says:

    We need to talk about Frozen Synapse.

    • Wizlah says:

      What a shame.

    • Henke says:

      This. Frozen Synapse is clearly – CLEARLY! – the best game of the year. RPS covered it so they KNOW of it’s existance so how can it be that it is not on this list? What happened?

  22. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    Surpriiise, Door number 24 is just rockpapershotgun itself. a bloggo-videogame!

  23. JB says:

    “That means that number 5 and number 17 are on an equal footing as a game of the Christmas, do you see?”

    I have to call “bollocks” on this. Number 17 has clearly been cast down by Horace (Praise be to His endlessness), whereas number 5 sits, basking in His ursinity at His left paw (Glory be to His infinitenessnessness).

  24. PhilWal says:

    1. Total War: Shogun 2
    2. Don’t Take It Personally Babe, It Just Ain’t Your Story
    3. Serious Sam 3: BFE
    4. The Witcher 2
    5. The Dream Machine
    6. Orcs Must Die
    7. Cthulhu Saves The World
    8. Battlefield 3
    9. Saints Row: The Third
    10. Portal 2
    11. Fate Of The World
    12. Terraria
    13. Batman: Arkham City
    14. Dead Island
    15. Realm Of The Mad God
    16. The Binding Of Issac
    17. Rage
    18. Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
    19. To The Moon
    20. Dungeons Of Dredmor
    21. Bastion
    22. SpaceChem
    23. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
    24. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

  25. Vinraith says:

    Well, might as well start a list of notable absences here. If I were making this calendar, it would have included:

    Anno 2070
    Pride of Nations
    Distant Worlds: Legends

    • Gregg B says:

      Poor old Frozen Synapse.

    • Unaco says:

      I guess you could say it was…. Left out in the cold.

    • Chibithor says:

      What about Bulletstorm?
      I feel like I’m the only one that both liked it and still remembers it came out this year.

    • Vinraith says:

      Frozen Synapse wouldn’t make my list personally (I didn’t really care for it) but the intent here was for other people to list games they’d have put in their own lists, more than commenting on mine.

      I didn’t play Bulletstorm, but ditto.

  26. Araxiel says:

    A image with windows that you click on…what kind of sorcery is this?!