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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2011-02-16 12:02
Subject: First and Second Game of the Year
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Location:Sweden
Tags:browser game, multiplatform, pc
Didn't manage to complete the challenge last year, but I'm back and hopefully ready to do one better. January wasn't as successful as I'd hoped, but I'm back on track now.

1. Puzzle Quest 2 - PC/multiplatform (DS, XBL, phones, etc) - 10 Feb 2011
I loved Puzzle Quest, and so my expectations for the sequel were high. Generally, I guess you could say they were fulfilled — the computer opponents cheat a little less in the sequel, which is nice (in the original game they tend to get off-the-board chains a little more often than chance made seem plausible), but your helper characters are less present, which is boring. I also find I preferred the way you moved around the map in the first game over the way you explore the dungeon in the second.
Where PQ2 really shines, though, is the battles (and minigames) themselves. There's a wide variety of opponents, and some really interesting minigame modes and "special" enemies. I'm especially fond of the door-bashing minigame, where each match generates a "door" tile, and you have to match a set number of door tiles to bash the door open, and the awesome synergy you can get between your character's abilities.
Bottom line, it's not quite more of the same, but it's also not quite not more of the same as the first game. Definitely would be worth paying full price for (my copy was cheap through my WildTangent subscription).

2. Arkandian Crusade - browser game - 16 Feb 2011
Amazingly well-made and well-thought-out turn-based RPG that I ended up playing through in two days (during which I did little else — it's not a short game). The main plot is split up between dungeon-crawling mode and "defense mode", and both playing modes are well-polished. The game doesn't seem to take itself too seriously, either, which I think is a bonus (when a plot NPC buffs your character, the character exclaims something along the lines of "oh, wow, I feel like I can take ten more hit points' worth of a beating now!"), and the in-game achievements are well thought-out, even if one of them seems like it'll be a bitch and a half to accomplish.
Much higher quality than I'd expect from a free game, and I'll gladly play the promised future installments of the series.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2010-09-01 13:32
Subject: Fifth Game of the Year: Beautiful Katamari
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Location:Sweden
Tags:xbox 360
5. Beautiful Katamari - Xbox 360 - week 34 2010
I'd had dire warnings about this game, about it not living up to the previous games. Either it's been too long since I played the prior games, or it wasn't that bad, because I had fun rolling around creating planets and constellations, and some of the new types of goals are rather interesting (if frustrating). The King of Cosmos is still a jerk, the Prince still takes his verbal (and physical) abuse in stride, and the Queen, once again, doesn't intervene. Nothing significant new aside from the level layouts, really; if you want to see a game that revolutionizes the franchise you're in the wrong place. If you just want more joyful rolling up of stuff because hearing the people scream as their office building is suddenly attached to a big sticky ball of stuff is bloody hilarious, you might be in for a treat.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2010-08-17 22:28
Subject: Fourth Game of The Year: A Kingdom for Keflings
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Location:Sweden
Tags:pc, xbox 360
4. A Kingdom for Keflings - Xbox 360/PC downloadable - 30 Jul 2010
There's very little about this game I didn't adore. The control scheme is charming (you walk around as a giant in the world of the "keflings", little industrious people), the way buildings are constructed is at least in my experience quite original (put down building elements in the right configuration and they will convert into a house) and the whole game is just plain cute. Very enjoyable all-around; I'll be coming back to it even though I've already beat the game.
At the very least, do check out the demo if you have the chance.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2010-06-28 21:57
Subject: Second and Third Game of the Year: Dr. Wise and Pokémon TCG
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Location:Sweden
Tags:gameboy color, pc
2. Dr. Wise - Medical Mysteries - PC - 6 May 2010
I don't know what I expected this game to be, from its description, but it probably wasn't a near-pure hidden object game. Nevertheless, it was well made, and the titular character's verbal abuse of the player character and her colleague (very reminiscent of, well, Dr. Cox of Scrubs, I guess) was entertaining enough. Not an incredibly strong game, and short, but it wasn't horrible.

3. Pokémon Trading Card Game - Gameboy Color - 28 Jun 2010
Way back when, I collected Pokémon cards. In fact, I still have the cards. I did not, however, have a Gameboy, so I never played this game until now. Digitized TCGs are nice because you don't have to actually remember any rules — anything you can do, the game will let you do, and anything you can't, it won't. So this game features a nice selection of cards from the first three sets, plus a number of promotional cards (I'm unsure whether it has all the cards from Base 1, Jungle and Fossil, or just most of them, as I don't recall offhand how many cards there were in those sets, and the sets in-game don't match the real sets anyway), which are used to fight duels with card club members. Like in the "real" Pokémon games you have a rival, and you have to defeat eight Gym Club Leaders to gain access to the Elite Four Card Masters in order to become a Pokémon League Champion obtain the Legendary cards. I'm rather impressed with how close they've managed to make the plots fit, while still retaining some semblance of logic to the plot.
I'll probably go back to it some time soon to try to collect the remaining ~20 cards or so that I didn't get while working through the main plot. Trouncing computer opponents to have them give me free booster packs of cards, yes please.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2010-04-01 22:42
Subject: First Game of the Year: Simplz Zoo
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1. Simplz Zoo - PC - 6 Mar 2010
Cute casual zoo game obtained through WildTangent, in which new animals and buildings are purchased with resources obtained through a matching game played between each level. I found it quite unique and enjoyable, and would recommend it especially to people who enjoy games like Bejeweled as well as games along the lines of Facebook's casual zoo-building games.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2009-09-29 20:17
Subject: Seventh Through Tenth Game of the Year: WildTangent Potpourri ;)
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Location:Sweden
Tags:pc
7. My Kingdom for the Princess - PC - 14 Aug 2009
My Kingdom for the Princess is a limited real-time strategy game which I played through as a free trial through WildTangent. In it the player has to collect resources to build bridges, break down rocks, and otherwise clear the way for the player character of the prince to escort the princes to see her sick father.
The story is told through charming little comic book type screens displayed between sets of levels, and the events are very reminiscent of some of the quirkier children's story books out there, with the prince and princess enlisting the help of a giant eagle to cross the ocean and other similar hijinx at various points. It is a very cute game, and well worth a play-through.

8. Posh Botique 2 - PC - 14 Aug 2009
Basically your typical click-customers-and-merchandise game, with little minigames added for helping customers choose their ideal items from the ones offered for sale. Played through on the free trial time offered by WildTangent, and I'm somewhat glad I did, because while it did keep me entertained for the time it took me to complete it, I'm not really into fashion and didn't see much of any replay value in it. The minigame between stages where you had to find obscurely hidden objects in your shop for the newspaper reporters so they'd give you favorable reviews was more annoying than interesting, I thought.

9. Magic Farm - Ultimate Flower - PC - 15 Aug 2009
This game, I actually purchased, after finding it as a free trial on WildTangent. You progress through a series of gardens, planting flowers or produce, watering them, killing pests, and harvesting them when they're ripe. Throughout the game you get to follow a sometimes rather quirky plot, as you help the main character in her search for her parents who left in search of the Ultimate Flower. Once you've grown this flower, the game officially "ends", but unlike many such games, it continues with a decent number of quests that can be completed afterward, meaning it has quite some value beyond the initial playthrough. If you enjoy clicking games, I can't reccomend this one highly enough!

10. Bookworm Adventures - Fractured Fairytales - PC - 5 Sep 2009
This little word puzzle game was mentioned in the WildTangent newsletter, and its quirky storyline (as well as the fact that hey, it's a word puzzle game!) caught my interest. Fairy tales have escaped from their books, and are wreaking havoc, and only through assembling letters into words can the Bookworm defeat these rogue fairy tale characters and save... I guess fairy tales? I'm not quite clear on what I was saving. Unfortunately the game, when it ends, doesn't seem to have any real closure, it's more of a "the story continues in the next game" vibe, which is a shame as it was moderately interesting. Worth a try, but probably not worth spending money on.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2009-08-10 09:45
Subject: Sixth Game of the Year: Call of Atlantis
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6. Call of Atlantis - PC - 4 Jul 2009
Cute little puzzle game available through WildTangent. It's got tile-matching, find-the-hidden-objects and match-object-to-other-object parts, though primarily tile-matching. It also has a storyline which, far as I could tell by skimming the text, gives a lot of information about ancient mediterranean culture. Nice little brainless relaxing game. Can be completed in the trial period if you're crazy like me and play straight through it.
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2009-06-26 19:09
Subject: Fifth Game of the Year: Winemaker Extraordinaire
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5. Winemaker Extraordinaire - PC
Another WildTangent game, also playable for free if you complete it in only a few sittings, much like Orchard. Longer than Orchard, or at least it felt longer, this game has you making wine in the winery inherited from your grandfather to restore an old winemakers' club which has been torn apart by conflict. During the course of the game you aquire more vineyards and learn increasingly complicated blends that make more and more expensive wine. The game also contains several minigames which affect the wine's quality and how many bottles you can make in a day, as well as letting you plant some of the more expensive local grapevines in your vineyards, and which I found a pretty nice refresher. There was also only rarely a need to sell wine to get the money to progress, which I thought was nice; most of your cash will come from the money you get as quest rewards in exchange for providing certain wine to the former members of the winemakers' club, until you've convinced them that you're worthy and they give you their small piece of the recipe for the Wino Ultimae - your grandfather's ultimate wine blend.
Obtaining this recipe and manufacturing 10 bottles of Wino Ultimae is the objective of the game, which was quite well-made.
And the boy and I shared some laughs over the fact that a flight ticket from Italy to Australia or Canada is all of $25, yet a bottle of late-game wine can be $400+. I wish overseas travel was that cheap!
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2009-04-04 15:51
Subject: Fourth Game of the Year: Orchard
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Tags:pc
4. Orchard - PC - 4 Apr 2009
This game is available through WildTangent, and can be played for free provided you complete it in 1-2 sittings (most of their games can only be started about twice before they start asking you to pay to play - a full game will require you to put down around $20, though if you subscribe to their "club", you can get enough credits for more than one game for that money). It's not a terribly long game, the plot of which consists of you receiving a letter from your Granduncle Fred saying you're welcome to take over his orchard if you can handle it. Over seven levels you get to listen to a peppy soundtrack and build up an orchard to make money. Initially the game tutorial gives you a lot of guidance and pointers, but this lightens up as you progress, until all you have is the six sub-goals that need to be completed (in order) to allow you to progress to the next level. It's a pretty cute game, the only real annoyance I found with it is how you have to wait for each number to be added in order if you want to see your balance for the previous day; there's no voluntary "economy panel" type access available in the game.
I think it's probably best summed up with "cute". (Also, GEEZ PEOPLE, who pays $600-$1k for fruit products in a single trip? Your customers are crazy!)
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User: quoting_mungo
Date: 2009-03-26 15:58
Subject: Third Game of the Year: ForumWarz
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Location:Sweden
Tags:browser game
3. ForumWarz - Browser game - 26 Mar 2009
Someone on my friends list on LJ kept mentioning this game, so I decided to give it a try. What do you know, being a make-believe Internet troublemonger turned out to be rather amusing. Actual trolling of forums isn't something I can get behind, as that can hurt people's feelings, nor do I find people's reactions to trolling particularly amusing... Except in this game they're irate and nonsensical in an almost-authentic-yet-exaggerated way that really works for me. You play as one of a number of classes and attack computer-generated fake forums by posting off-topic bullshit, which will eventually derail a thread to the point where it gets "pwned". Derail enough thread and you will have "pwned" the entire forum! Each class has different abilities at their disposal to accomplish this - for instance my character, a Camwhore, could choose to post "bra shots", which would put a random photo of a woman's brasserie-clad chest on the forum and inevitably annoy the natives.
The drawback of ForumWarz is that once you complete the storyline of "Episode 1" you cannot play the game at all, as your character's ISP suspends their account for excessive bandwidth usage, and there is no warning that you're about to complete the first episode, meaning your character is sitting in limbo waiting for you to shell out $10 in support to the game in order to unlock the next episode. That I can't really say I can get behind - if you choose to play the game, I suggest looking on the Spoilerpedia (the game wiki) to find out what the last mission is so you can avoid completing it.
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