84 points, 5 votes, 2 TOP GAME votes (includes votes from 2009)
JimD: Picross in 3D stops being a pen and paper logic puzzle and turns into a hammer and chisel logic puzzle! Chipping away at a big block until you’re left with a little 3D sculpture is just hugely satisfying. And the chewiness of the puzzles is just right too, they’re consistently challenging, sometimes infuriating, lots of fun. Even the time limits are perfectly judged (man, the number of times I’ve lost a star by being 5 seconds too slow…). So somehow this has ended up being my game of the year.
Forksclovetofu: As killer as apps get; easy to pick up and play and immediately engaging. Holds up phenomenally well; I’ve played it for two years running now!
abanana: My most played game of the year.
Nhex: I actually don’t like this nearly as much as the previous one – it’s not even in the same league IMO – and yet I’d find myself going back to this in little free moments, so it must be pretty good despite my natural distaste for it. (So much orange.)
Euler: only played it a little bit due to getting it only pretty recently & due to Pic Pic obsession when I want a puzzle game, but it’s fab & will be a regular puzzling mainstay in the near future.
72 points, 5 votes, 1 TOP GAME vote
Euler: Definitely not a game that easily justifies its value to non-gamers—it’s just point and click and kill and level and repeat. Even so, it hits a sweet spot that reminds me why I can never allow myself to play WoW. At least Torchlight goes to sleep when I do.
BNW: The amount of inventory shuffling and identifying gets annoying. They put in vendors to do just about everything except identify your shit. I have been playing this as an alchemist summoner who runs from battle and makes his minions kill everything. Sometimes it gets so chaotic I can’t tell what I have summoned that is still alive.
Webber : Prettier Diablo with mods. I really like clicking on monsters and then watching them die and then clicking on the things they drop and putting them on and then doing it over and over again.
Dyao: This takes everything annoying about Diablo 2 and smooths it out.
Forksclovetofu: As a longtime proponent of the theory that Diablo 2 is the best game of the past decade, this was a no-brainer of a pick. Sure, it wears thin after about twenty hours and in retrospect I almost wish I’d spent my vote points on Shadow Complex/SMT: Devil Survivor/Arkham now that I played them, but no real regrets.