Games of 2010

Better late than never! Here’s a selection of games released in 2010 which I absolutely loved. Unfortunately, I now have to accept that I simply don’t have time to explain why I loved them in detail, but they’re all amazing games and I recommend you check out as many of them as you can.

They’re in the more or less arbitrary order that I’d planned to post them, with one exception; the last game I was planning to post – my favourite game from 2010 is Phenomenon 32.

Minecraft by Mojang
Shareware, 14.95 EUR, download, (writeup)

REDDER by Auntie Pixelante
Free, Play online, (writeup)
Super Crate Box by Vlambeer
Free, Download, (writeup)
Fractal by Cipher Prime
Shareware, $9.99, Download, (writeup)
Sleep is Death by Jason Rohrer
Pay what you want, Download, (writeup)
Fish Fish Bang Bang by Rob Fearon
Pay what you want, Download, (writeup)
Hero Core by Daniel Remar
Free, Download
Space Funeral by thecatemites
Free, Download, (writeup)
Cactus Block by chuchino
Free, Download, (writeup)
L’Abbaye des Morts by Locomalito
Free, Download, (writeup)
Digital: A Love Story by Christine Love
Free, Download
The Terrible Whiteness of Appalachian Nights by Increpare
Free, Play online
Recettear by Carpe Fulgar
Shareware, £12.99 Download
5 Colors Pandora by Jordan Magnuson
Free, Download
Desktop Dungeons by QCF Design
Free, Download
Looming by Gregory Weir
Free, Play Online
The Sense of Connectedness by Brog
Free, Download
Teppoman 2 by Ikiki
Free, Download
Norrland by cactus
Free, Download
Prosopamnesia by Agj
Free, Play Online
Super Meat Boy by Team Meat
Shareware, £11.99 Download
Feign by Ian Snyder
Free, Play Online
Air Pressure by Bento Smile
Free, Play Online
Where we Remain by Two Fold Secret
Free, Play Online
Playpen by Farbs
Free, Play Online
suteF by Ted Lauterbach
Free, Download
A Slow year by Ian Bogost
Shareware, $19.95 Order
Marvel Brothel by Nicoisas
Free, Download
Pirate Kart II by The Glorious Trainwrecks Community
Free, Download
Phenomenon 32 by Jonas Kyratzes
Free, Download

18 Comments so far

  1. mosh on March 31st, 2011

    Excellent list Terry. Played some, will have to try others.

  2. Terry on March 31st, 2011

    Thanks! That’s high praise coming from you 🙂

  3. Christopher 'Jack' Nilssen on March 31st, 2011

    Ah, thank you for filling in some of the blanks for me, as I arrived on the scene somewhat late last year. Cheers!

    Also, good on you for not applying a silly ranking metric to them. 😉

  4. Jasper on March 31st, 2011

    Excellent list man, most of my favourites are included (bar maybe Give Up Robot 2.) There are some there I’ve missed, so this’ll act as a good to-do. It definitely is time I played Digital: A Love Story.

  5. Terry on March 31st, 2011

    This is by no means a comprehensive list! I loved Give Up Robot 2 – most of the games here I actually picked because I had something in particular to say about them (though of course that seems silly now that I didn’t end up saying anything about them).

  6. Ryan on March 31st, 2011

    Indeed, bunch of great games. Super Crate Box really took me by surprise… I was addicted for weeks until I finally unlocked everything and got tired of playing Ambush. : P

    Teppoman 2 is a lot more fun after you watch a few videos to learn the various moves available to you.

    Abbaye and Hero Core are both so full of retro goodness it hurts. I love showing friends Abbaye and getting their awkward looks of, “So… what’s the catch?” : D

  7. Geoff on March 31st, 2011

    Terry, have you had a chance to play FoldingStory? I think a creative guy like you would really enjoy it. It’s an online version of the paper-and-pen exquisite corpse game. Lots of fun, lots of laughs, and a perfect browser-based distraction.

  8. Terry on March 31st, 2011

    @Geoff: I haven’t heard of it, but I’ll check it out.

  9. Attilio Carotenuto on March 31st, 2011

    Gotta try all of them, thanks for the advices!

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  11. agj on April 1st, 2011

    Some of these games are indeed among my favorite of recent memory. Don’t know if I deserve to be among them, but I appreciate it!

  12. Terry on April 1st, 2011

    @agj: In my post about Prosopamnesia, I actually planned to post about all your experiments along those lines last year, which I found fascinating!

  13. Ava Avane Dawn on April 1st, 2011

    And here’s a list which includes your name on it! 🙂

  14. Mushyrulez on April 1st, 2011

    Wait, I’m pretty sure Recettear was released in 2007, not 2010…?

    Though I guess most of us (not including me) played it in 2010, so, eh.

  15. Terry on April 1st, 2011

    @Mushyrulez: True, but virtually everyone played it last year, when it was translated!

  16. Edmundito on April 2nd, 2011

    Thanks for making this list! Some of these games I’ve played before, and others I’m now checking out. I often wonder how small but interesting games can fall through the cracks of time and become forgotten or unnoticed by people…. and if there is a way to make these games easier to find.

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