Tin’s Top Ten Games of 2019

It’s that time of year again where I rank the best games I played from best to least-best, I talk a bit about them, and you read my rankings and my thoughts and then complain because that KFC dating game isn’t on the list. Somehow I managed to avoid playing any truly awful games that came out this year, so there won’t be a worst games list this year. Let’s focus on the positives instead! I guess.

10. Dr. Mario World

Has science gone too far?

9. Trials Rising

8. Xenon Racer

7. Hypnospace Outlaw

Look at the cute squid!

6. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening

5. A Short Hike

4. Dicey Dungeons

3. The Jackbox Party Pack 6

2. Super Mario Maker 2

1. Tetris 99

Bonus Awards!

Most Innovative Gameplay: Baba Is You

I really enjoyed playing Baba Is You until I realized that it’s fundamentally a Sokoban game, and that I don’t like Sokoban games.

Best Short Game: stikir

stikir is a game about the developer’s process of making the game. I beat it in under 30 minutes, but the visuals and dialogue left a lasting impression, especially as a game developer myself.

Coolest Style: Crossniq+

This game absolutely nails the Y2K aesthetic found in many video games of the time, in terms of both the visuals and the audio.

Most Similar to Burnout 3: Dangerous Driving

Dangerous Driving is a game made by the developers of Burnout 3 with the intention of being as similar to Burnout 3 as possible. They definitely succeeded.

Best Re-release: Halo: Reach

I hadn’t played a Halo game online in close to a decade before Reach was released on PC, and after playing a bunch of multiplayer matches, I was reminded of two things:

  1. I am really bad at Halo.

Best 2018 Game I Didn’t Play Until 2019: Sonic Robo Blast 2 Kart

This fangame has no right to be nearly as good as it is. It’s genuinely one of the best kart racers I’ve ever played. It would probably slot in at #4 on last year’s list.

Most Disappointing: New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

Super Mario Maker lets you press ZL to spin jump.

Worst Game of 2019: Mario Kart Tour

I played the beta of Mario Kart Tour and the controls were terrible. The controls are somehow just as bad, if not worse, in the final version. Even if it didn’t have tons of in-app purchases, it’s simply not a fun game to play.

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