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We usually do our enormous GAMES OF THE YEAR posting fest at the end of the year (as would seem logical) but because it seems silly to reserve praise for special occasions we’re doing a Games Of The Half Year collection to tell you about everything we’ve loved playing so far. It can double as a summer holiday recommendations list too!
We’ve listed ours in alphabetical order to prevent genre-based punch-ups in the staff chatroom. We’d also invite you to list any gems we haven’t mentioned or might not have played in the comments below.
Just hit the left and right arrow keys to navigate the Games Of The Half Year or click on the arrows next to the images to get started!
ARMAGAD (also Tetrageddon Games) [official site], an updated collection of IGF Nuovo Award-winning oddities from Nathalie Lawhead, is now out. It contains games such as Froggy, sure, but Tetrageddon is… so much bigger and weirder. Loading Tetrageddon launches you into a fake desktop, an interface filled with hidden games, desktop companions, animations, chatbots, flirtbots, and… stuff. After a fair bit of fiddling and playing, I suspect I’ve still not seen half of what’s in there. It is playful and delightful – and briefly pay-what-you-want.
Electric Love Potato is not a game. However, nor are Windows or Twitch and we post about those. Creator Natalie Lawhead (of Froggy and the IGF-winning Tetrageddon Games) calls the free virtual desktop assistant “a game enhancer”, explaining that “Like the Oculus Rift, Mouse, or Keyboard, Electric Love Potato will take your game, browsing, or workday, and take it to a new, positively reinforced, level… from the bottom right of your monitor (where it prefers to operate).”
Could this be The Year of the Desktop Imaginary Friend? Perhaps Windows 10’s Cortana will also sing and offer recipes.
Winners have won, partiers have partied, and another year’s Independent Game Festival awards are done. It was a less predictable list of finalists this year than in recent times, and in turn the winners weren’t ones you could spot a mile off or who’d already won in years past. I’m happy about that, though it does leave me in the mildly awkward situation of not having played most of the winners yet.
Sci-fi exploration title Outer Wilds (which we’ve only ever mentioned here, more fool us) proved to be the festival darling of 2015, taking home both the Grand Prize and the Excellence In Design award. while This War Of Mine also wandered off with a gong. The full list is below, you’ll be unsurprised to hear.
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What will 2015 bring you? Love, perhaps? Long-lost inspiration? Terrible power? Terrible wealth? Great loss? Great joy? A much-needed change? Monkey Fortunetell can read your future from how you shake and cast a barrel full of monkeys, but its main menu makes one thing clear: no matter what else, 2015 will be a year for boogying hard. It’s a free little treat from Froggy creator Nathalie Lawhead, glitch-o game maker Rachel Simone Weil, and musician Torley.
Look, come on, you have to see this person dancing around in a monkey suit:
It seems grossly unprofessional to open a post with a huge chunk of a game’s marketing fluff but:
FROGGY is the legendary froggame that forever changed frogtelling in the frogindustry with its groundbreaking narrative. Many critics have heralded it as the Citizen Kane of frogs. FROGGY’s most notable achievement was the accurate representation of frogs, for which it won many frogminations in froggytainment, and PC Frogger’s Frog of the Year award.