Friday, January 11, 2013

Top Ten Games of 2012

I played about sixteen games in 2012. In no particular order, here are the ten games I thought were the best.
  1. Twilight Phenomena: Lodgers of House 13 was a rocking horror game.  The plot makes no sense in retrospect, but it had a good number of scares.
  2. Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective was so-so.  The scenes and mysteries were good; the solutions to the mysteries were bad.  The game gets bonus points for having Sherlock Holmes actually resemble Sherlock Holmes, unlike the last few adaptations.
  3. Inappropriate Llama Disaster was a quick, ridiculous game.  It's hard to go wrong with silly llamas on roller skates.
  4. The Grunts: Beard of Bees was a quick iPad game.  You'll play it twice, then delete it.  The concept of the game--based off a children's book--is ridiculous enough to be humorous.
  5. The 7th Guest really shouldn't be on this list, because it's not very good.  And that makes me sad, because there is clearly a good game inside it, just waiting to be released.  Hmmm...okay, I'll say that I'm giving this game bonus points, because the iPad version cut out the annoying "memorize a 25 note sequence" piano puzzle.  Getting rid of that was definitely a good call.
  6. Resonance was good enough, I suppose.  The inventory system was kind of weird, but the Gruff Cop character was fantastic.  I should replay it someday, to determine how much I like it.
  7. Cherry Tree High Comedy Club was a nice effort.  Replaying the game to get the special ending is a humongous pain, though; it needs a fast-forward button.
  8. Death Upon an Austrian Sonata was rather fun. I would not recommend spending the extra money for the collector's edition, though.  Many puzzles in the epilogue section feel like they were removed from the main game for a reason.
  9. Nancy Drew: The Deadly Device was fantastic!  They did a great job of charting out the game and how things should go.  Storywise, it fits perfectly into a three-act layout, with the first and third acts being distinct and balanced in length.  I liked the characters, too; I'm going to keep doing the Victor impersonation for a while now.
  10. Nancy Drew: Tomb of the Lost Queen was our first experience with the new interface and the larger screen.  It was a good transition to the new system, and I happened to like exploring in the game.  Other people had issues with it, but I didn't think it was that bad.


2NancyDrew said...

iv got 2 questens 4 u and i really really really hope youll awnser them #1 have you ever listend to the band owl city? #2 (has to do with #1 and is not really a questen) i think you look like Addam Young hes the singer in owl city if you havent listend to owl city you should listen to eather Rainbow Vains, Vanilla Twlight,or Good Time!

I hope you dont hate me for alwies asking you questions

Katie said...

Michael, have you ever played the Adventure Company Agatha Christie games? They're a little old now, but I think you'd like them! :)

Stephanie TheWildfireEffect said...

This is such a great fit for you,

You must try out the interactive web series Guidestones if you like games and Nancy Drew like mystery stories.

Here is a brief overview, please let me know if you loved it like I do.

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