“We don’t need to have just one favourite. We keep adding favourites. Our favourite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change.” – Lloyd Alexander
Top Picks from 2022
Rachael’s Top Picks
Lost in Play
Lost in Play is a delightful point-and-click puzzle game about a brother and sister who are playing make-believe and travel too far. Lost, they must embark on an adventurous journey back home, encountering many perils along the way.
Ghost on the Shore
Ghost on the Shore is an emotional new exploration game in which players take on the role of Riley. Accompanied by a mysterious and headstrong ghost she must venture across the abandoned Rogue Islands to uncover their troubled past.
Beacon Pines is a cute and creepy adventure game with a twist. Players can sneak out, make new friends, organise heists and collect words that can be used to alter the course of fate!
Karisvale is a narrative-focused, top-down detective game by solo developer Brendan Tighe. Players must explore the titular town as they take on the role of Shaymus O’Malley, an experienced private investigator who has been hired by Karisvale’s mayor to find a missing person.
Arise: A Simple Story is an emotional puzzle-platformer in which players traverse past memories, solve puzzles and manipulate time in order to change their surroundings. It is a story of happiness and hardship and is sure to pull on the heartstrings!
Tamaster’s Top Picks
Sunday Gold deserves a place among this year’s picks thanks to its hard-boiled characters, dystopian setting and crude humor that pulls no punches. Not only that, but it also manages to innovate in gameplay, by seamlessly blending together RPG, point-n-click and puzzle games. Definitely a title to try out if you want something different – originality is a scarce commodity in this day and age, after all.
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Don’t let the cutesy aesthetics and colorful palettes fool you: this second yearly pick conceals a fierce sleeping beast underneath its surface (on higher difficulties, at least). A mix of traditional platforming, metroidvania-style open-world and unforgiving souls-like combat, Kena caters to both casual and hardcore players with its scalable difficulty – also excels in narration, visual design, music and voice acting on top of that.
No matter how far mankind evolves, greed and selfishness follow us as a shadow, always. This sci-fi narrative adventure puts player choice at the center, and keeps tension up with a good dose of resource management and hard decisions that influence its diverse, relatable, empathetic character roster. With deep themes such as the nature of life, transhumanism and the consequences of corporatocracy, this is a game that not only entertains but elicits more than a few moments of introspection.
David’s Top Picks
Last in Space
Last in Space is a minimalist strategy shooter game taking place in the final frontier, developed and coded for the TIC-80 fantasy computer. As the last survivor of the human species, you must travel across several dimensions to eradicate the hive (not us, we’re innocent) and prevent the hostile zorg from infesting too many planets! However, the hive is too strong and the zorg will quickly rush you, so you need to hop from planet to planet and build facilities to aid with your survival!
Belle Boomerang is a 2D platformer featuring a young lady with her ever-trusty boomerang. With the King and Queen suffering from a horrible curse, she sets out on an adventure to remove the curse and bring back prosperity to her land!
There were so many great games released during 2022 that picking just ten was a tough challenge. Our honourable mentions include Lucy Dreaming, a pet shop after dark and Martha is Dead. We can’t wait to see what all these indie developers have in store for us next and we’re excited about all the games 2023 promises to bring – in particular, we’re very excited about Dead Pets Unleashed by Triple Topping!
We’d also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to our readers and wish you all a happy and healthy new year!