January theme - list of games

The monthly theme includes games that we most enjoyed playing in 2019. It doesn’t matter what the game’s release year is - what matters is that you played it in 2019 and enjoyed it so much that you would like to see other assassins experience it too. You can nominate up to 10 games. Feel free to also tell us why you liked these particular games, I’m sure a lot of us would love to hear why these games were special to you.

I would really really really appreciate it if you could include a “clean” list of games somewhere in your post. Please use this format to make skanda’s life easier. :)

* [Name of game 1](Steam store page link)
* [Name of game 2](Steam store page link)
* [Name of game 3](Steam store page link)

The list also includes the winners of the BLAEO Game Awards 2019.


10 games that aren’t nominees so far, with some quickfire thoughts

  • Blasphemous: amazing metroidvania with a kickass soundtrack and amazing pixel art; hard but fair
  • Celeste: hard but great platformer with a heartwarming message
  • Fell Seal: Arbiter’s Mark: so far the best attempt at creating a Final Fantasy Tactics-like experience in a game on PC
  • GRIS: eye-meltingly gorgeous art; soothing experience
  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice: mental illness is hardly ever explored seriously in games, the use of binaural audio is pure genius; very hyped for the sequel
  • Mhakna Gramura and Fairy Bell: another soothing experience with gorgeous art; feels like a literal fairy tale
  • NieR: Automata: the amount of emotions I felt and the fact that it couldn’t get out of my mind for weeks after beating it made it go straight up in my list of best games of all time, just don’t stop at the first ending
  • Pyre: novel use of “losing” as a way to make a choice and move the story forward; every single character is interesting in their own way
  • Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice: great premise, near flawless execution; hands down the GOTY for 2019 for me, although I haven’t played the 2 titles which might challenge it for the title in my book - A Plague Tale: Innocence and Disco Elysium
  • Yakuza 0: I’d pick all 3 Yakuza games on PC so far, 0 is just the best starting point; they’ve all been exceeding my expectations both in gameplay and in storytelling

* [Blasphemous](
* [Celeste](
* [Fell Seal: Arbiter's Mark](
* [GRIS](
* [Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice](
* [Mhakna Gramura and Fairy Bell](
* [NieR: Automata](
* [Pyre](
* [Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice](
* [Yakuza 0](

Oh wonder what I can come up with, not gonna be in order since screw that! Also totally gonna be cheeky with putting series up to since if you play 1 you should just do the rest!

Lost in Harmony Turned out to be an amazing game with a great story and music to go along with

BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION Come on! They are a classic for a reason

Corpse Party Series I’m just a big fan of corpse party as a whole that I even have the anime dvd to it

Adam Wolfe Has to be my favourite hog of all time now, I just loved the style to it and I weren’t a female for once!

Remember Me Not my typical game I would ever touch but it was amazing and felt so bad ass in combat!

Walking Dead Series Final season is the only one with a page so that link I guess. It’s not unheard of that the 1st game is the best but especially the last season they all have great stories and an amazing end if you own them all

HIGURASHI WHEN THEY CRY Cant believe I almost forgot to put this damn. One of the best stories I’ve ever read and can’t wait for it to be completed

FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster Just being biased with this one since my favourite game of all time

The Wolf Among Us My favourite telltale game even my brother liked it

* [Lost in Harmony](
* [Corpse Party](
* [Adam Wolfe](
* [Remember Me](
* [Walking Dead](
* [FINAL FANTASY X/X-2 HD Remaster](
* [The Wolf Among Us](

Here’s my list: (yes there is a pattern in things I’ve played this year)

  • A Short Hike: A short game but my favourite experience of 2019.
  • DemonCrawl: A roguelike twist on minesweeper. Don’t let the minesweeper label fool you, if you like roguelikes, you’re in for a treat
  • Dicey Dungeons: Another addictive roguelike I’m trying to spread…
  • Cat Quest and if you like it, have also a look at it’s sequel (the 2 stories are not linked)
  • Slay the Spire Just in case somebody hasn’t played it yet
  • SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech Very slay the spire-ish in the Steamworld universe.
  • Subnautica Really had a great experience with that one, if you love exploring and are not afraid underwater
  • Assassin’s Creed Odyssey This game is huge, took me a LOT of time to play through, but I loved the trip to antique greece.
  • The Outer Worlds Not on steam yet, but available both on the Xbox pass/Ms store/Epic, really fun first person RPG with an interesting cast of characters.
  • Detention I’m usually not into scary games, but this game was really interesting, despite the fairly simple design.
* [A Short Hike](
* [DemonCrawl](
* [Dicey Dungeons](
* [Cat Quest](
* [Slay the Spire](
* [SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech](
* [Subnautica](
* [Assassin's Creed Odyssey](
* [The Outer Worlds](
* [Detention](
* [Fantasy General 2]( 
* [Europa Universalis IV](  
* [Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden](  
* [Star Wars Episode I Racer](  
* [Baldur's Gate: Enhanced edition](   
* [Heroes of Hammerwatch](   
* [Shovel Knight: King of Cards](  
* [Age of Empires II](  
* [Resident Evil 0](  
* [Warhammer 40,000: Gladius - Relics of War](    
* [Pillars of Eternity](
* [The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt](
* [Assassin's Creed Odyssey](
* [Baba Is You](
* [A Plague Tale: Innocence](
* [The Book of Unwritten Tales 2](
* [Shadow of the Tomb Raider](
* [Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden](
* [Truberbrook](
  • American Truck Simulator - Surprisingly good trucker simulator. But IMO it’s too repetitive game
  • Beholder - Mix of immersive sim and point-and-click adventure in dystopian setting
  • Borderlands GOTY Enhanced - I liked the original, so I like this game too
  • DOOM - One of the best game of the decade
  • Evoland 2 - Mix of many old games with original 2D/3D mechanic. But ending sucks
  • Life Is Strange - This game has too many flaws, but it still has enjoyable story, characters and soundtrack
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider - Metroidvania in 3D, I like them
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited - It has a very unusual gameplay where you can write down anything you want and it just appears at the level
  • Valkyria Chronicles™ - I don’t like anime cliches, but everything else is awesome
  • ZOMBI - For some reasons I really like this FPS. I don’t know why exactly
* [American Truck Simulator](
* [Beholder](
* [Borderlands GOTY Enhanced](
* [DOOM](
* [Evoland 2](
* [Life Is Strange](
* [Rise of the Tomb Raider](
* [Scribblenauts Unlimited](
* [Valkyria Chronicles™](
* [ZOMBI](
  • 20XX - A megaman roguelite that I kinda bought on a whim - the stacking powerups sometimes have some pretty crazy results.
  • 428: Shibuya Scramble - My favourite VN of 2019 - strikes a great balance of humour vs serious story.
  • CODE VEIN - The amount of time I’ve spent just customizing my character in this is ludicrous. Not just in terms of character appearance either - you can mix’n’match almost every skill you learn from various “bloodcodes” to make whatever build you desire at any given time.
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair - An improvement in almost every single way compared to the original Danganronpa - Naturally, you shouldn’t be starting the franchise with this title though.
  • Flowers -Le volume sur printemps- - Maybe the most wholesome VN I’ve ever read. “Please forget your troubles and enjoy this beautiful yuri world.” The only downside is that JAST is taking their sweet time releasing the last 2 games
  • Hades - A roguelite made by Supergiant, ‘nuff said. This game had no right to be my favourite roguelite of 2019 considering the fairly low diversity of enemies/rooms but alas, here we are.
  • NEOVERSE - Maybe the most competent roguelite card game since Slay the Spire.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus - A roguelite where the strongest point is… the writing? Even if you’re unfamiliar with the Adeptus Mechanicus, this game will make you feel like you understand everything about the faction.

I had a few more picks but they were already on a certain fat cat’s list and having 8 games is better because reasons

* [20XX](
* [428: Shibuya Scramble](
* [Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair](
* [Flowers -Le volume sur printemps-](
* [Hades](
* [Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus](

The amount of time I’ve spent just customizing my character in this is ludicrous

And equal to your total playtime for the game

they were already on a certain fat cat’s list





I guess now i have to play Hades this month :sweat: I’ll blame the addiction on you, all is fine.


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  • Cook, Serve, Delicious - A really fun hectic cooking game. When you get started you just can’t stop until you beat every challenge.
  • Rogue Legacy - At first it’s off-putting, but the more you die the stronger you’ll get. The different characters you revive as are clever and funny. It’s great if you like rogue-likes or you’re just getting into them now.
  • Higurashi: When They Cry - CH 1 - I recommend this whole series. In the first one or two games you’re not quite hooked yet, but as you continue you’ll be pulled in a world of mystery, lies, and deceit.
  • Detention - scary, has an interesting story, and teaches some history I wasn’t aware of.
  • Portal 2 - If you haven’t played this just do it! Great puzzles, great humor, great characters.
  • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc - another mystery visual novel. The writing is fantastic, the art is great to look at, and the story never gets boring.
  • The House of Fata Morgana - This game will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. It’s a somber story, with great dialogue, characters, and art.
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance - It still has a lot of work to be done, but full of charm and good ideas.
  • A Short Hike - a short, charming little pixel game that is both calming and somewhat nostalgic feeling.
  • Kind Words - if you’ve had a hard time recently I recommend this game. Listen to some relaxing music, read some nice letters, and de-stress.
* [Cook, Serve, Delicious](
* [Rogue Legacy](
* [Higurashi: When They Cry - CH 1](
* [Detention](
* [Portal 2](
* [Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc](
* [The House of Fata Morgana](
* [Kingdom Come Deliverance](
* [A Short Hike](
* [Kind Words](

Also recommended higurashi. By the 5th game and you get the answers to what happens it makes everything worth waiting for


5 of those games I’d consider favourites, really solid choices!


yes give me more stuff for this month!


Sure thing :P

{distant} May
  • Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows - It may not have the Artifex Mundi style, but there was something about its story and art that made me wish there was a movie based upon it. Seriously, I would watch that in a heartbeat.
  • Downfall - A solid point-and-click about a taboo.
  • Glass Masquerade - Never have I ever felt so immersed while playing a puzzle game.
  • Heart’s Medicine - Time to Heal - I like to think that the very existence of GameHouse is a love letter to PlayFirst’s past.
  • HuniePop - I don’t care what this might say about me; I like it and that’s what matters.
  • Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You - Whose eyes are those eyes?
  • Paradigm - Slavic culture and good music phat beatsies, what more could you possibly ask for?
  • Sound of Drop -fall into poison- - Mystery infodumps aside, I’m amazed there’s so much to be scared of at an aquarium. Oh, and some of the music really stuck with me.
  • The Cat Lady - See Downfall.
  • The Tiny Bang Story - The simple beauty of it is the key. It was amazing to finally be able to play the whole thing after years of knowing about it.
* [Dark Angels: Masquerade of Shadows](
* [Downfall](
* [Glass Masquerade](
* [Heart's Medicine - Time to Heal](
* [HuniePop](
* [Orwell: Keeping an Eye on You](
* [Paradigm](
* [Sound of Drop -fall into poison-](
* [The Cat Lady](
* [The Tiny Bang Story](
* [Hollow Knight](
* [LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes](
* [Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth](
* [observer_](
* [The Walking Dead: Season Two](
* [Lumini](
* [Sins Of The Demon RPG](
* [Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure](
* [Glass Masquerade](
* [Tropico Reloaded](

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey - My favourite AC game, I loved everything about it and really like the direction Ubisoft are taking with the new games in the series.
Baba is You - Innovative puzzle game. Sometimes a bit frustrating in the best way possible.
Forza Horizon 4 - More fun than it has the right to be!
GRIS - Wow! Fun platformer that’s soooo so so stylish! Still amazed by how beautiful every level was.
HITMAN - First Hitman game I ever played and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Shame it’s a bit short.
Lost Ember - My favourite game in this genre. An absolutely gorgeous and enjoyable gaming experience.
My Time At Portia - Started playing it on 15 January, had 47 hours in the game by the end of the month…
Oxygen Not Included - Bought it in August, had 72 hours in the game by the end of the month…
Planet Zoo - Loved playing Zoo Tycoon when I was younger, so this is exactly what I needed in my life!
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - I love the new Tomb Raider games and this one wasn’t an exception.
The Outer Worlds - Interesting world and companions, enjoyable gameplay.


Added all games above this post.

  • System Shock: Enhanced Edition - My first SG Win. Tight level designs, no hand-holding, waypoints or hints unlike modern-day games. A true classic. Such a treat to play considering the original is almost 3 decades old.
  • Layers of Fear - My first horror game that I really liked.
  • Satellite Reign - It’s a stealth game at its core but going in guns blazing is always an option.
  • resident evil 4 / biohazard 4 - First RE game I’ve ever played. Took a while to get used to the controls that I almost gave up on it but I didn’t and I got the hang of it and it was worth it.
  • Tomb Raider - Best one in the trilogy. Fite me. (ง ͠° ͟ʖ ͡°)ง. Just kidding, I haven’t even played the other 2.
  • Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy - Spyro is my childhood. ‘Nuff said.
  • Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe - I really like that at every turn, you’re trying to come up with the perfect balance between speed and quality to come up with the perfect dish(es). Make no mistake, this is a strategy game dressed up as a match-3 (sometimes even 2 or 4) beat-‘em-up.
  • Evergarden - 2048 with a good vibe and additional mechanics. I spent more time trying to make bunnies and armadillos fly or get off my lawn with the power of friendship as opposed to actually trying to get a high score.
  • Dex - Combat leaves much to be desired (I really only used stealth kills and evade-punching throughout the game because the ranged weapons suck) but the story is pretty good (albeit cliché) and it really nailed the cyberpunk atmosphere.
  • My Memory of Us - A game about the horrors of war through the eyes of 2 children just trying to survive. The puzzles are pretty easy but the atmosphere the game builds is just amazing (even more amazing since the art style is cartoon-ish 2D). Also Patrick Stewart as narrator. What’s not to like?

System Shock: Enhanced Edition -
Layers of Fear -
Satellite Reign -
resident evil 4 / biohazard 4 -
Tomb Raider -
Spyro™ Reignited Trilogy -
Battle Chef Brigade Deluxe -
Evergarden -
Dex -
My Memory of Us -


So I’m more a casual player therefore some smaller titles in here which I had fun with.

  • A Boy and His Blob - Nice little puzzle platformer where you companion can change his appearence to different shapes which help you to go on
  • BADLAND - Fast paced platformer/sidescroller - quite difficult at some parts. Nice for short term plays due to a lot of levels
  • Bear With Me + Collector’s Edition - Point&click game with a noir touch
  • Bridge Constructor Portal - Cool but sometimes frustrating game ;) A lot of nice references to Portal :D
  • Farm Together - Beautiful game to spent some time and get creative (what I’m not therefore I visited other users farms much more than my own)
  • HIVESWAP - Interesting start of a game, Act 2 is still not out :(
  • Hue - Colourful puzzle platformer with an interesting story
  • Last Day of June - Point&Click with a touching story, quite short
  • MouseCraft - Puzzle game similar to Lemmings, but no mouse has to die what is good because we all love mice, don’t we? ;)
  • The Room Three - Puzzle game, the final of the trilogy. Not as good as the other ones IMHO but still a very good game
* [A Boy and His Blob](
* [Bear With Me]( + [Collector's Edition](
* [Bridge Constructor Portal](
* [Farm Together](
* [Hue](
* [Last Day of June](
* [MouseCraft](
* [The Room Three](
Lucky Thirteen

Well, here are my nominations in case someone wants to take a look:

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
A great action RPG with a slight touch of choices & consequences.
Asura: Vengeance Edition
Very good fast-paced roguelike with a bit of perma progression.
An awesome top-down shooter with unlockable weapons and bonuses to customize your playstyle.
Darksiders Warmastered Edition
Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition
Both Darksiders games are very enjoyable sort of action adventures. In the second game, you play as Death, which is awesome by default.
Very well made roguelike with unique graphic style. A bit glitchy at times, but stil provides hundreds hours of fun.
Lifeless Planet
An intriguing mix of platformer and a walking sim. Can recommend even if walking sims aren’t your cup of tea.
Plague Inc: Evolved
A strategy game where your goal is to infect the whole world with all sorts of super-deadly diseases. Includes a plague that turns people into vampires and zombie outbreaks.

* [Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning](
* [Asura: Vengeance Edition](
* [JYDGE](
* [Darksiders Warmastered Edition](
* [Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition](
* [Unexplored](
* [Lifeless Planet ](
* [Plague Inc: Evolved](

A Book of Beasts and Buddies - It was just such a lovely little game that made me grin and giggle like a little kid. I’d really like people to try it out. Plus it’s free! :D
Lydia - Also a little hidden gem. I absolutely loved the way they delivered the story.
Dropsy - This game is just fantastic. The best out of all the games I’ve played. The gameplay is good and the story is wonderful. I just love that it made me bond with the characters and get really emotional.
My Brother Rabbit - This is so lovely. I rarely rate a HOG high since they all seems to be the same plain story, laughable voice acting with acceptable gameplay. This one has dramatically reduced the first two and improved on the core thing that’s the gameplay, and the minimal story actually works really well with the setting.
Year Walk - This one is not for everyone. Even I feel eh on some parts, but it excels on all the others and that’s why I went on a Youtube playthrough binge-watch spree. I know I’ve played a great game that’s gonna stick in my mind if I’m doing that.
The Sexy Brutale - Same as above. Binge-watching videos after finishing a good game is something I really like to it. It often happens when I come across a game who’s story made me really intrigued and I’d love to see or hear what other people has to say and their reaction to the game.

* [A Book of Beasts and Buddies](
* [Lydia](
* [Dropsy](
* [My Brother Rabbit](
* [Year Walk](
* [The Sexy Brutale](
  • Bioshock : a classic I’m sure most of you have played already, but I had not
  • Dreamfall Chapters : quite simply my favorite game of all-time. Backed it on Kickstarter.
  • My Brother Rabbit : Really nice HOG/point-and-click
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail : Great action RPG. Difficult to 100%
  • Evo Explores : Nice little well-designed puzzle game
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings : I love LEGO games when I’m interested in the source material
  • Sickness : A sort of twisted VN, with some disturbing themes. Be sure to check out the paths/endings/artwork that was added well after release
  • SOMA : Great horror / 3D isometric point-and-click. Gore, but no jumpscares.
  • Torchlight II : classic Diablo clone ARPG
  • TSIOQUE: delightful point-and-click, great with kids; backed it on Kickstarter
* [Bioshock](
* [Dreamfall Chapters](
* [My Brother Rabbit](
* [Dust: An Elysian Tail](
* [Evo Explores](
* [LEGO The Lord of the Rings](
* [Sickness](
* [SOMA](
* [Torchlight II](
* [TSIOQUE](<code>

I was absolutely loving Dust but got overwhelmed at how many side quests I had halfway through (while playing on hardest difficulty for the 100% like you). Need to return to it one day, was my biggest surprise of the year for sure! More than meets the eye.


Actually, I was never going for 100%…I know my limits. I was playing on Easy, although I think I would have been able to do Normal as well. I was super happy to get 28/30 on this one, missing the one to beat the game on Hard, and get 4 stars in every challenge. Glad you liked the game!


Think I managed to avoid any duplicates from others, have seen a handful I’d have already strongly recommended. :)

  • Redout: Enhanced Edition - One of my favourite games ever, adrenaline rush city & incredible soundtrack.
  • HITMAN™ 2 - My first Hitman game and was impressed by nearly all fronts, super immersive and fun.
  • Unheard - An ASMR-like detective mystery game. Highly recommend having headphones to play, but very immersive and nice voice acting.
  • Slipstream - A retro racing game that’s a blast to play & has one of my favourite soundtracks.
  • Minit - An intuitive smooth puzzle experience, was worried the 60 secs could become frustrating but it wasn’t at all, a nice lil adventure.
  • Do Not Feed the Monkeys - The characters are stereotypical, but if that doesn’t bother you I really enjoyed managing everything & solving cases. Who knew spying on people could be so hectic.
  • Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition - Had a blast playing this in coop, responsive controls & nice humour. A solid platformer for sure.
  • Gato Roboto - A wonderful short metroidvania, cute characters and overall smooth experience!
  • Distance - A simple to learn/tough to master, platformer-esque racing gaming that really packs a punch. Recommend playing both campaigns for the full effect. There’s also loads of workshop maps!
  • PLANET ALPHA - The box puzzles are the weakest part imo but a gorgeous, immersive journey on another planet. If you don’t mind a more atmospheric, almost chaotic survival-walking-sim-platformer? and can be patient at times (some of the enemies are tough) I recommend checking it out. Not perfect, but it left an impact! Been itching to replay it.
* [Redout: Enhanced Edition](
* [HITMAN™ 2](
* [Unheard](
* [Slipstream](
* [Minit](
* [Do Not Feed the Monkeys](
* [Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition](
* [Gato Roboto](
* [Distance](

Sorry was indecisive, hopefully didn’t mess anything up! Ended up switching out TABS was tough choice, had a few honourable mentions. ;_;


Thanks for adding PLANET ALPHA. I’ve added it to my ever-growing Attack Plan for the month, which is really just any game I have that made the 2019 list of games.


Yeah I added it last minute over TABS because I think a lot of people are sleepin’ on it. Definitely not a game for everyone, but certain types of people could really enjoy it & don’t want ‘em to be turned off by the reviews like I was. If you do end up playing, whether this month or later on, hope you have fun with it! And if you hate it well…wasn’t me who recommended it. 😎 haha


Just finished PLANET ALPHA. Awesome game. I’d call it a puzzle-platformer / action-adventure hyrbrid, maybe? More of the former. Thanks for the nomination / recommendation!


Yay I’m really happy to hear it, thanks for letting me know. I’ve been wary of recommending it to anyone so far, wondering if it’s more of a ‘me’ game. Glad to see another person on the liking it boat. :D


Yeah, the game’s gorgeous. And the platforming wasn’t too difficult for my old hands. And the puzzling was fun…some neat solutions some of which I had to get from a walkthrough vid.


Since I just finished my game report for the year and realized I’d like to highlight a few games, I can totally post them here as well <3

Games appear in the order I’ve finished them this last year :)

* [Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc](
* [BioShock™ Remastered](
* [Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series]( 
* [Quantum Break](
* [Coming Out on Top](
* [Batman: Arkham City - Game of the Year Edition]( 
* [Batman™: Arkham Origins](
* [Batman: The Enemy Within - The Telltale Series](

Goodness, you are quite the Batman Queen!


Ha, it sure looks like it! <3


Yay, my favorite BLAEO post is back! :)

I haven’t finished as many games as I’d hoped to this year, but the tail end of the year was fairly busy, cutting most of my gaming time. On the interesting side, I’m trying out Stadia instead of bothering to save for a new PC, and that’s been surprisingly good. I’m very aware that it’s not for everyone, but it’s mostly working out well for me, apart from the vastly smaller library compared to Steam. Missing that, and since Stadia was working so well, I’m also now trying out Shadow – also good, so far – playing Dying Light on there, resuming from a cloud save from playing that on GeForce Now. Streaming gaming is definitely a reality now, and far better than the days of OnLive.

But I haven’t finished a game on any of those services… yet. The games I did finish and really enjoy this year were…

Overcooked was a fun one to play 2-player local co-op. Still waiting for the DLC to go even cheaper though.

And Icycle was a win on SG that had caught my eye earlier, but not enough for me to take the money-spending risk on. I’m happy to report that it was exactly as whimsical and pleasant and fairly (as opposed to unfairly) challenging as I’d hoped. Excellent game reminding me of the absolute best of the old Flash games, which is where its roots actually lie.

Additional mentions for games beaten this year go to…

The Red Strings Club has some excellent writing and a nice cyberpunk-esque world contained in its small scale story. Relaxing and adventurous with interesting game design choices.

It’d been a while since playing Life is Strange, and I think that distance made me appreciate Before the Storm more than some other gamers have. I think it gets a bad rap. It pushes a certain angle of the LiS universe that a segment of the population was happy to see in the original, but I didn’t follow that particular line of story, so it felt a little forced in BtS. Even with that, it was mostly just nice to be back in the LiS universe. The original is undoubtably still better, but BtS is a nice little follow-up if you don’t already have your expectations of the LiS universe set in stone.

Almost want to also include Alice: Madness Returns, but it took me so long to get through it, I just can’t really recommend it like I think I could it’s predecessor. It’s beautiful, but the gameplay is a little repetitive and kinda drags through a sluggish but alright story. Also… currently no longer on Steam…

Hope to get a chance to play many of the other nomination from others this year!
I’ll probably make a list again, like I did for last year. Still missing a couple though….

* [Icycle: On Thin Ice](
* [Overcooked](
* [The Red Strings Club](
* [Life is Strange: Before the Storm](

I didn’t play many this past year, plus some have already been mentioned, so my list doesn’t have 10 games.

Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood - Really nice game, perhaps fit to play together with kids if you some lying around. Didn’t finish it yet ‘cause I find a bit hard to move those pens with the mouse and consequently got stuck. perhaps is easier with a controller..
Please, Don’t Touch Anything - this game.. oooh, this game! you start and know nothing.. do some stuff and the you’re stuck, nothing to do. then you start analyzing everything and bam! a whole new world opens before your eyes. still need to get several endings.
Pool Panic - started recently, can’t say if it’ll be more tedious than fun in the long run.. for now seems ok, with some nice ideas here and there.
Runestone Keeper - 37h to beat it once. In my defense I have to say that many times I’ve tried to speed through without much planning, that was kind of stupid from me. Find the setup that better fits your play-style and I think you’ll beat it way sooner than me.
South Park: The Stick of Truth - Made me laugh a lot. If you don’t like SP humor you may not like this.. luckily, there’s also a “light” RPG component to help you cope with it :) on the other hand, if you like SP, go get this!
The Banner Saga - if choices in a game matter for you, this will satisfy you. it was a pain (in a positive way) to proceed. Sometime the pace may be a little too slow though.
The Journey Down: Chapter Three - Playing the previous installments first is a must. May not be the best trilogy out there but if you’ve played TJD 1&2, you owe to yourself to end the story. If you, like me, have played those time ago, you may not remember everything.. at times felt a bit rushed :\

[Max: The Curse of the Brotherhood](
[Please, Don't Touch Anything](
[Pool Panic](
[Runestone Keeper](
[South Park: The Stick of Truth](
[The Banner Saga](
[The Journey Down: Chapter Three](
Trilled Meow

Aviary Attorney
Hatoful Boyfriend
Jolly Rover
Katamari Damacy REROLL
LEGO Jurassic World
Midnight Mysteries 4: Haunted Houdini
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
Richard & Alice

* [Aviary Attorney](
* [Hatoful Boyfriend](
* [Jolly Rover](
* [Katamari Damacy REROLL](
* [Kona](
* [LEGO Jurassic World](
* [Midnight Mysteries 4: Haunted Houdini](
* [Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower](
* [Richard & Alice](

Added all games above this post.


Happy new year, fellow assassins!
Some of the good ones have already been mentioned so I’ll nominate a few games that I think are worth your time:

[Analogue: A Hate Story](
[Defender's Quest: Valley of the Forgotten (DX edition)](
[Dungeon of the Endless](
[Forget Me Not: My Organic Garden](
[GemCraft - Chasing Shadows](
[Pharaoh + Cleopatra](
[Tametsi]( - I nominated this last year as well, but I finished it in 2019 so it should count. A hidden gem if you like logic puzzle games.
[The Long Dark](
[VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action](

The formatting was given in this very post :P

* [Name of game 1](Steam store page link)
* [Name of game 2](Steam store page link)
* [Name of game 3](Steam store page link)


Massive facepalm! I didn’t even see it.


:) Thanks.


Hope it’s not too late to add a few more!

  • Blitz Breaker - A really solid and shockingly cheap twitch action game. Quite challenging!
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - A huge, beautiful fairy tale in the style I always loved reading, with a fantastic and immensely lovable cast, top-notch writing and localization, and a really fun battle and skill system in the bounds of a traditional RPG. Please play this.
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 - Only played the (massive) demo, but it’s incredibly addictive in gameplay and compelling in plot. The writing and localization are just as great as in DQ11, if more humorous.
  • Forgotton Anne - Really well paced and interesting adventure platformer. Basically a playable movie.
  • GNOG - I don’t know what to call this kind of game where you basically figure out how to play with different kinds of toys, but I want more of them. Color and art design were gorgeous too.
  • Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure - Solid Falcom action game with a cartoony style and a charming cast of characters (with one creepy exception).
  • Later Alligator - Immensely silly and charming game with great alligators.
  • Rabisco - A soothing and clever little action game with a scribbly style and a Kirby’s Epic Yarn-esque soundtrack. Had a big smile on my face the whole time.
  • Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap - Beautiful remake of a game I’d never played, and it turned out to be a lot of fun!
  • Yoku’s Island Express - Cute and fun combination of pinball and metroidvania in a pretty setting.
* [Blitz Breaker](
* [Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age](
* [Dragon Quest Builders 2](
* [Forgotton Anne](
* [GNOG](
* [Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure](
* [Later Alligator](
* [Rabisco](
* [Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap](
* [Yoku's Island Express](

Added all games above this post.


Thanks for your hard work!




Returning to this thread since I finally had time to go through the lists and make a list of my own on BLAEO from here the other day!

Interesting to note: quite a few games made it into the Community Picks this year that were also part of the Community Picks last year!
Here’s a list of those games that’ve made it in two years running!

I’m curious how many of those were played by BLAEO-ers in 2019 just because they were on the list for 2018! (I know I gave The Red Strings Club a bit more to-play priority because it was on 2018’s list!)