Best of Casual Gameplay 2010
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Another year has come and gone, and while you might be ready for 2011 to rock you like a hurricane, let's not forget the past so soon. We happen to think 2010 deserves a bit more than a parting affectionate fist-bump or an awkward promise to keep in touch. That's right, dear reader; it's time for the Best of 2010, where you and others like you with a passion for games, creativity, innovation, and fun come together to vote for the best of the best in every category. From adventure to puzzle to emu breeding, they're all here, and we need your help choosing the winners. I wanted to invite all the developers for a massive last-one-standing cage match, but apparently there were *finger quotes* legal and moral issues.
While console games have seen enormous advancement, 2010 proved that the developers of casual PC games are no slouches either; rather than slowing down, the field appears to be gaining steam. Where Flash was once the darling one-and-only, Unity and HTML 5 are now strutting their stuff and making us realise not only their potential, but the advancements that must lie ahead. 2010 was an inspiring year that featured not only mega-hits by favourite recurring developers, but also break-out new talent that showed us there was plenty of room at the podium.
It was, to say the least, an extremely interesting year, and saw the emergence of not only solid genre classics, but many experimental new titles that fused multiple genres together to create something entirely new and unique. Thus, you might find a game categorized somewhere in a place you don't feel is its 100% best fit. We've also had to trim out some titles to keep the categories manageable. In the case of any popular series, we've chosen the best titles for voting. Best of 2010 also features games we've only covered in the last year, not only the games that were released then.
How long do you have to participate? Glad you asked! Voting takes place from January 24th to January 30th; just click the "Vote" button next to the title of your choice. Remember, you can vote for one game in each category, once per day. Check back with us after January 30th when we announce the winners you chose, and the staff highlights any of their own personal favourites.
This event is so important to us because, even more than the games, it's about you; our reader. The person who keeps coming back to us day after day, providing us with valuable feedback, but, more importantly, also a sense of community that has turned this site into a place over the years where everyone feels welcome, and developers receive thoughtful, constructive criticism and feedback about their games. That's all you guys; we're just the glorified word monkeys. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for letting us entertain you, and we wish you golden ponies, sunshine, rainbows and lollipops in the coming year.
But hey, who cares about that, right? On to the games!
Here are the categories:
- Action or Arcade
- Action Adventure
- Point-and-Click Adventure
- Interactive Art or Experimental
- Interactive Fiction
- Point-and-Click Puzzle
- Role Playing
- Simple Idea
- Simulation or Strategy
- Defense Strategy
- Webtoy or Sandbox
- Word or Tabletop
|And the nominations are... >>|