2012 Flushies: Best Non-MMO Game

ftlToday’s Flushie is the best non-MMO video game I played this year.  Shut up and listen, fool!

Winner: FTL

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.

6 thoughts on “2012 Flushies: Best Non-MMO Game

  1. magnoz December 21, 2012 / 9:33 am

    I really liked Mass Effect 3. From the moment I was allowed to import my ME2 character until the end it was really great. I heard about it’s original ending being not so great but fortunately I just bought it a few weeks ago. This included the reworked ending which was cool (I don’T know the original ending). I just was a bit disappointed because I thought it would last longer: I really did everything there was to do — every side mission, exploring and gathering everything in the galaxy map, buying every single fish from the shops, etc. Only thing I skipped were most of the planet description texts, I read everything else. So I was a bit surprised when it was over after 45 hours, which made me feel empty, like after finishing a book series you have “lived” in for a few thousand pages.
    I envy you for not having finished it yet. Enjoy!
    PS: Since I only listen to TL;DL on my phone let me say that I really enjoy the podcast. You two keep it up, thanks for the entertainment!

  2. SynCaine December 21, 2012 / 10:15 am

    No LoL? Or do you consider that an MMO? Or do you not play?

    Going to pick up FTL on Steamsale soon, heard too much good stuff about it.

  3. Syp December 22, 2012 / 4:05 pm

    I didn’t play League of Legends this year, but I did for about a month in 2011. It’s a fine game indeed with a great business model, but it’s PvP (which isn’t my thing) and definitely requires a lot of time to master that I don’t have. So I haven’t been back, but I don’t think down on it or anything.

  4. B.J. Keeton December 28, 2012 / 2:19 pm

    My wife played through JOURNEY on the PS3, and honestly, I’ve never seen a game like that. I don’t get wrapped up in the emotional connection of indie games too often, but JOURNEY made me relax just by listening to it and watching the flowy, not-so-gamified gameplay. I’d definitely have to say it’s the best of 2012, even this late. It’s superb, Syp.

  5. Gordon November 29, 2013 / 10:12 am

    I also played League of Legends, it’s a nice game.

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