It’s time to play that game in which you stare at a tiny picture with a mosaic of pixelated screenshots and try to make out what game they are from. Yes, it is the Name That Game… um… game.
Last time I’ve done this was in 2010, and it was kinda fun. I especially liked the two nostalgia rounds because finding screenshots for all the old games was a trip down the memory lane. This time I figured I restrict myself to recent or semi-recent games.
Number of these were reviewed here, some were not. Some are indies, some are major studio releases. Most are pretty good, or at very least interesting. Let’s see if you can guess them all:
As usual, the rules are really simple. Each screenshot above is numbered. If you think you know what game it is, post the name, along with the number it in the comments. You can do multiple games per post if you wish. First one to guess a game receives internet points. Whoever gets most internet points wins.
Internet points are inherently worthless and can’t be redeemed for anything, traded or used constructively. But they are, like, points that are on the internet. You know you want them! No one can resist internet points!
Here is something of note: a lot of these screenshots for games released in the past year or so, look remarkably similar to some of the screenshots I posted in the nostalgia threads. While the big releases keep getting bigger and more shiny and polished, the indie scene has been consistently bringing us games that look, feel and play like the stuff that got many of us into gaming back in the 90’s. Personally, I frequently find these smaller, less opulent games more interesting than yet another annual military FPS release. Because a lot of these games are made on the cheap, they can afford to be different, risky and quirky. And that’s a great thing.
The indies are slowly revitalizing the gaming scene by bringing us variety. Projects such as Kickstarter and Greenlight are helping to bring these small and inexpensive games out of obscurity and distribute them to the masses. Whenever an indie game catches on, and starts racking up the big bucks the big studios take notice, and we can probably expect to over time see these ideas percolate to big-budget releases.
I will be posting correct answers below, along with the names of the people who guessed them.
The object of the game is to have your name appear here more often than any other name. Or something like that:
- Don’t Starve guessed by Pariahpism
- DOTA2 guessed by Chris Wellons
- FTL guessed by Pariahpism
- Gunpoint guessed by Prison Architect
- Prison Architect guessed by Chris Wellons
- Shadowrun Returns guessed by moragos
- Hotline Miami guessed by Pariahpism
- Tomb Raider guessed by Pariahpism
- Bioshock Infinite guessed by Prison Architect
- Doshonored guessed by Pariahpism
- — guessed by —
- Reus guessed by セレネ
- X-COM guessed by Pariahpism
- Kerbal Space Program guessed by Pariahpism
- Legend of Grimrock guessed by Pariahpism
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution guessed by Pariahpism
- Terraria guessed by Pariahpism
- Spec Ops: The Line guessed by Chris Wellons
- LA Noire guessed by Pariahpism
- Bastion guessed by Pariahpism
- Dear Esther guessed by Chris Wellons
Honestly, I’m not even sure I still have audience for this. In the past quite a few people commented on these, but lately I think my reader base has been shrinking. This might be due to the fact that my posting frequency has dropped quite a bit over the years, or that I tend to go for long, thought out articles rather than short, easily digestible top ten lists. Anyways, here is something small, short and encouraging reader participation that most people can join in an participate.
Praising or trashing the games depicted in the screenshots in highly encouraged.