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:
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 .
I am pleased to announce that Cultist Simulator is the first candidate for iGOTY 2018. ---
Cultist Simulator is pure freshness. It's like the devs took the stale idea of crafting, and breathed new life into it. Not to mention that the whole sort of Lovecraftian universe and building a cult is just fantastic. The only downside is the sheer depth and learning that it takes to be able to fully appreciate the whole thing. No matter, it's time well spent.
I'm not going to explain how the game works, because that's the fun part. Just go for it.
Pros: +Totally awesome and unique idea that works oh-so well +The universe and theme are fantastic +It's a layer cake of learning +Addicting once you get your bearings
Cons: -You need to play a good bit before it all clicks (or at least, I did)
These types of games are what I live for; they are why I love indie gaming.