Today’s Flushie is the best non-MMO video game I played this year. Shut up and listen, fool!
Toss Firefly, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica and Rogue-likes together, and you might end up with this clever, addicting, and downright difficult space adventure title. It stands out not for its graphics (which are Flash-adequate) but because it puts the emphasis on managing the inside workings of a starship instead of piloting it and hitting the “fire” button. Tough choices and the nearly inevitable doomed fate keep you on your toes through each round. I’d really, really love to see it on a tablet, however!
- The Simpsons: Tapped Out — The gameplay is unabashedly Farmvillian, but the Simpson facade, humor, and relaxing “check in and check out” nature of the game made it A-OK in my book.
- Mass Effect 3 — I haven’t actually finished it yet, but what I saw was a return to form and very good. I hear the ending is AWESOME so don’t tell me otherwise.
- Punch Quest — A silly 16-bit-esque endless runner on mobile devices that stands out due to its insanity and laser-raptors.
- Knights of Pen and Paper — A surprisingly excellent mobile RPG that puts us in the shoes of a D&D group sitting at a table, working through quests.
- The Walking Dead — I’ve only scratched the surface of this adventure game, but I can already tell that it’s in its own league of scariness and thought-provoking decisions.