#1 is another 2D platformer like Shovel Knight but instead of modernizing classic gameplay; the developers went with elevating 2D platforming to one of the most challenging games released this year. All the more impressive considering that this is a Wii-U title.
#2 this year is another example of the creativity that can be seen from the Indie market. Just like my #1 pick for last year, The Swapper, today’s game tells a lot without needing millions of dollars of development and advertising and continues to prove that Indie developers can stand with AAA in terms of quality.
For #3 we turn to what has arguably become one of the best selling games of 2014, a launch pad for the Amiibo and a celebration of all things Nintendo.
With #4 we have another Indie title that went with a unique premise and one of the most interesting game designs I’ve seen. By combining tower defense and rogue-like design, Dungeon of the Endless from Amplitude Studios stood out with an almost chocolate and peanut butter like game design.