Ryan Dorkoski
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Game dev, collector, and reviewer. Game mechanic theorist [nextzenmechanics.com] . I run the infamous Indie-Game-Saturday event.

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This space is dedicated to tracking the best games so far this year.

At the end of each year, for the past several years I have given an Indie GOTY Award to the title that I think outshined everything else in that given year. I edit my review with an acknowledgement for the game that wins.

The only real 'rule' is that the game must have been released in that year. No Early Access titles. Winners and candidate titles all share similiar attributes: they are innovative, indie games that change the current paradigms through thinking outside the box and propelling video games forward as both art and entertainment as a whole. These suckers are addictive. They will emotionally move you and you will not see the world the same after experiencing them.

The Current 2018 Indie GOTY Candidates, In No Pariticular Order:

The Winner's Circle

2017: Everything
2016: Starward Rogue
2015: Sanctuary RPG: Black Edition
2014: The Talos Principle

Long Haul Games

While there can be a correlation between time played and GOTY material, that is not always the case. The best crafted games in the world don't have to yield dozens of hours of entertainment, but obviously it is telling when someone gets a lot of mileage out of a title. This is an ongoing list of games that for whatever reason have given me at least 15 hours of fun. I've been getting lots of requests for suggestions on what to play, and I gotta tell ya that you can't go wrong with any of these games. These are notable titles that I by-all-means recommend. I'll note the approximate number of hours I have played so far.

Notes about the list:
+Yes, there are other games that I've logged more than 15 hours - but I have mixed feelings on them and don't necessarily recommend them.
+The categories are certainly debatable, but I put them where I felt they fit best .

Immortal Redneck - 30 hours

Twin-Stick Schmup
Nex Machina - 80 hours
Starward Rogue - 50 hours
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth - 750 hours (alt account plus the original)
Neon Chrome - 25 hours

Cook, Serve, Delicious!!! 2!! - 40 hours
Everything - 25 hours

Rocket League - 18 hours
ShellShock Live - 24 hours

HuniePop - 20 hours

Story Driven
LISA - 18 hours
The Talos Principle - 25 hours
Night in the Woods - 16 hours

Tales of Maj'Eyal - 25 hours
Sanctuary RPG: Black Edition - 18 hours
Caves of Qud - 140 hours
Grim Dawn - 22 hours

City Builder/Colony Management
Banished - 30 hours
Gnomoria - 50 hours

Crypt of the Necrodancer - 120 hours
The Metronomicon - 22 hours

Coffee Break
One Finger Death Punch - 30 hours

XCOM: Enemy Unknown - 20 hours
FTL - 50 hours
Space Grunts - 20 hours
HyperRogue - 16 hours

Spelunky - 50 hours
Super Meat Boy - 80 hours
Cave Blazers - 15 hours

Tower Defense
Plants vs. Zombies - 100 hours

Minecraft [minecraft.net] - 1,000s of hours
Stardew Valley - 50 hours
Don't Starve/Don't Starve Together - 70 hours

The Hexcell Series/Matthew Brown Puzzle Games - 30 hours
Stephen's Sausage Roll - 23 hours
Paint it Back - 23 hours
Slayaway Camp - 19 hours

Local Co-op/Versus
TowerFall Ascension - 25 hours
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I gotta tell ya, I *love* food. Not just love in the ordinary way, but in a head-over-heels deep-love-affair kind of way. We follow a strict eating plan 6 days a week and then feast on Saturday. I take pictures of my food. I keep a folder on my desktop with food pictures like some people keep of their children.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! 2!! has hands-down the best, most artisticly pleasing food I've ever witnessned in a game or otherwise. It looks real yet still has an artistic style that is just beautiful. The artist deserves every bit of praise they get, and more. Go check out the last trailer on the store page at the end of the screen shots. Man.

But this title isn't just about the artwork (did I mention that part is outstanding?!) - the game is redonkulously addicting and is overflowing with charm. I'm tempted to describe this almost as a typing challenge style game, but it's definitely more than that. You can play with the keyboard, the mouse, or a controller. I am willing to bet the keyboard is the way to go, but I'm very grateful for options.

You are a chef who prepares food. You can work at a number of different restaurants and as you play you level up. Leveling up earns you a ton of cosmetic items to build your restaurant as well as increase your rating. Money is earned to buy new recipes/dishes that you can serve. You can play local co-op which is awesome. The game is not short on content, that's for sure.

+Artwork is probably the best I've ever seen for a niche thing like food
+Music is great
+The controls have tons of options and feel great
+Super super addicting and just fun to play
+Local co-op!
+Price is cheap considering there is a ton of content

-While not everything was ready for release, it'll get there for sure

Worth full price. What a wonderful gem.

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Ryan Dorkoski Mar 22 @ 3:06pm 
Hey thanks Engel!
Engel Mar 22 @ 3:03pm 
Ryan Dorkoski Mar 22 @ 4:34am 
Hey thank you! I very much appreciate the note. I will keep this wishlisted (I'm still very much in Cook Serve Delish 2)!
陆仁钾 Mar 22 @ 4:32am 
Hi Ryan, Pizza Connection 3 seems more serious about management than its precursors. The game prioritizes data adjustment since everything is shown in data. Learning curse's smooth, but the graph is somewhat outdated by 2018 measure.
That's all for the first impression, hope it helps.
Ryan Dorkoski Mar 14 @ 8:07pm 
Ah you are very kind my frriend:) Thank you for that.
Tartrazine Mar 14 @ 8:06pm 
So an article about Steam reviews popped up on my Google feed and it mentions a name that sounded surprisingly familiar... https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2018/03/14/why-users-write-steam-reviews/