We’re currently wrapping up our game, and even though it is hard work, we make a point out of taking time off to clear the head and recharge. Being a games company it probably comes as little surprise that we do this by playing other games : ). We did a quick round in the office and asked people what they were currently playing (apart from our own game!) and why.
When making games it is important to keep track of what else is out there. I tend to make a point out of not just playing the same type as I’m currently doing, but trying out as many genres as possible.
All of the above is just my intellectual excuse for playing a bunch of great games! 😀
Anything from Spry Fox is usually worth playing, this title included. Soft learning curve, cute visuals, and the ever-steady design makes this game a wonderful experience
Road Not Taken is a puzzle game about surviving life’s surprises. You play as a ranger adventuring through a vast, unforgiving forest in the aftermath of a brutal winter storm, rescuing children who have lost their way. Randomly generated levels deliver a limitless supply of possibilities to explore and challenges to overcome. Your actions will influence not only your own story but that of the villagers you hope to befriend and the town you call home.
You SWEAR never to play this game again after 5 mins! But then end up playing it for an hour, again… This game is a really good way to reboot the brain. Just don’t play it intoxicated ; )
Jump and fly your way through danger in this rhythm-based action platformer!
An incredibly simple idea and execution. Wonderfully complex game experience. The visuals and sound are amongst some of the best I’ve come across. Very rich on attention to detail, too.
A strategic driving game from the award-winning maker’s of Smash Hit. Does not Commute is a temporal paradox in which you have no one to blame but yourself. What starts out as a relaxing commute in a small town of the 1970’s quickly devolves into traffic chaos with hot dog trucks, sports cars, school buses and dozens of other vehicles. You drive them all. Plan ahead. Don’t be late.
Don’t let the teen aspect fool you: OXENFREE is really well done, and at times a wee bit creepy. Works best if you dedicate time to it, and put some headphones on, so no playing at the bus stop!
Oxenfree is a supernatural thriller about a group of friends who unwittingly open a ghostly rift. Play as Alex, a bright, rebellious teenager who brings her new stepbrother Jonas to an overnight party on an old military island. The night takes a terrifying turn when you unwittingly open a ghostly gate spawned from the island’s cryptic past. How you deal with these events, your peers, and the ominous creatures you’ve unleashed is up to you.
Because of its simplicity, yet depth, you’ll find yourself play it way more than you would think. Once you get into it, you’ll attach a lot of feelings and character to the different cards.
Sit on the throne as a benevolent (or malevolent) medieval monarch of the modern age and swipe your royal fingers either left or right to impose your will upon the kingdom. Survive the seemingly never-ending gauntlet of requests from your advisors, peasants, allies, and enemies while maintaining the balance between the influential factions of your kingdom. But beware; each decision you make might have implications and unfortunate consequences down the road that could put your reign and family’s dynasty at risk!
Surprisingly detailed physics sandbox game. An aesthetically pleasing and simple graphics style makes this game pleasing tinker with.
Unleash your engineering creativity with an engaging and fresh bridge-building simulator with all the bells and whistles! Play the fully featured campaign with 100+ levels of challenging physics puzzles or make your own puzzles and bridge designs in the Sandbox.
This one really stands out from the rest of the endless runners. When you play, there are moments when you just have to mutter ‘neat!’ to yourself because the looks, the sound and the feel of it is ‘Just Right’. A rare thing
Join Alto and his friends as they embark on an endless snowboarding odyssey. Journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighboring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way, you’ll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders – all while braving the ever-changing elements and passage of time upon the mountain.
Clever. Sometimes a bit too clever for me, but then the charming visuals save it, and I give it one more go. Adding time as a thing you can manipulate and use, works really well.
Causality is a puzzle game about manipulating time, altering the sequence of events and changing the outcome of each level. Set across strange and alien landscapes, help a group of stranded astronauts find a route to safety. Travel through time, work with your past selves and solve paradoxes as you take on this uniquely challenging puzzler.
The core mechanics just work, and the random element, as well as the developers very generous content updates, makes this title very durable. A bit clunky controls on the iPad, but you sort of get used to it.
Death Road to Canada is a Randomly Generated Road Trip Action-RPG. You manage a group of jerks as they explore cities, find weird people, and face up to 500 zombies at once. Everything’s randomized: locations, events, survivor personalities, and skills. There’s a different story every time you play.
Very well designed game. It can be a bit tough to get into, but the payoff for sticking to it is immense. The graphics are also nice and consistent. The developers are quite generous with new content, so the game has a lot of hours in it.
Card Thief is a solitaire style stealth game played with a deck of cards. In Card Thief you move through a deck of cards as a stealthy thief. Sneak in the shadows, extinguish torches, pickpocket guards and steal valuable treasures without getting caught.
About the Author:
Sune Jensen is Head of Production at Fantastic, yes. He loves good games, sazeracs and vintage furniture.