The outcomes are in, the votes have been counted, and I’ve had my tea – we’re able to announce the winner of the 2018 Pocket Techniques Reader’s Alternative Recreation of the 12 months Award.
And the winner is…
Meteorfall: Journey (Evaluation)
Securing just below a 3rd of the votes, vibrant solitaire deck-building card recreation Meteorfall: Journey conquered the hearts and minds of not solely Matt, who did our official evaluation, however the readers as properly.
The power of character on this recreation comes from its rogue-lite components and its wonderful portrayal of deck-building mechanics through its distinctive heroes. Meteorfall’s win can be a testomony and a reward to devs willingness to throw out common, and free, updates which have added new playing cards and content material for gamers to take pleasure in.
As was mentioned within the evaluation:
Meteorfall does a fantastic job of providing you with a collection of easy but significant choices that aren’t obscured by a morass of guidelines. Struggle or flee? Assault or move? You might be left to determine which specific swing or roundabout to leap aboard. Your hero’s developments completely mirror that of your enemies, guaranteeing that your quest is lastly balanced and all the time difficult. Difficult that’s until you may have performed numerous deck-builders equivalent to Ascension and Dream Quest, during which case it’s possible you’ll discover the sport a little bit too straightforward and missing in problem. Additionally, since you solely draw and play a single card at a time the luck aspect is kind of excessive, which can frustrate some gamers.
Effectively completed Slothwerks, very a lot earned.
It’s not all in regards to the winner although – there have been 13 video games in whole eligible to win the award, and the remaining two-thirds of the votes went to those different video games. Specifically:
Insurgent Inc. and One Deck Dungeon got here joint second, representing a fifth of the vote between them. That is particularly good-going for Insurgent Inc., because it was added after the vote was open.
WinterSpring Video games’ Card Quest, the pixel dungeon crawler the place you battle with playing cards, got here in a good third with 10% of the vote.
Wildcard Nominations – The Better of the Relaxation 2018
We additionally allowed voters to appoint some other recreation launched in 2018 as a ‘wild card’ nomination, in order that video games that didn’t meet the factors for the primary award might nonetheless be celebrated and highlighted. We gained’t go into what number of of you (too many) didn’t appear to fairly have the ability to comply with directions on this, however we nonetheless received some good solutions we’ll share with you now:
Stardew Valley’s cellular port received a fait few votes, though just one individual was eager sufficient to say why: “It’s the perfect one,” they mentioned. Honest sufficient.
Insurgent Inc. received some further right here as properly, as not everybody was ready to return and alter their solutions. One individual mentioned, “A posh, multi-layered technique recreation with an intuitive interface. Late entry however positively GOTY materials,” whereas one other was taken with its “.. properly refined premise and execution”.
Other than that, there wasn’t actually a transparent consensus amongst the remainder of the votes, however we did see a large breadth of video games nominated, together with:
Six Ages: Trip Just like the Wind
Pocket Run Pool
Don’t neglect to take a look at our retrospectives on how they 12 months’s been for technique and board video games on cellular, and we’ll see you on the opposite facet! Comfortable New 12 months!