Oh yes. There’s no way I could have gone through all those games and not come up with a clear winner. I bet you can’t guess what it is, though. Before I lay it down, let’s collect up all the individual month winners to see if a clue can be found:
January: Game of the Month: Virus 3
February: Game of the Month: You Don’t Know Jack
March: Game of the Month: Fancy Pants World 2 Demo
April: Game of the Month: P.O.D.
May: Game of the Month: Endless Zombie Rampage
June: Game of the Month: Awesome Blossom
July: Game of the Month: Miestas
August:Game of the Month: Too Many Ninjas!
September: Game of the Month: Blocky
October: Game of the Month: Portal: The Flash Version
November: Game of the Month: Against All Odds
December: Game of the Month: Vector Runner
Oddly enough, 2007’s Casual Game of the Year didn’t garner a Game of the Month nod. Weird, huh? However, the impact that it had on casual gaming this year was monumental, and it’ll be quite some time before we see the end of its imitators and sequels. Yup, that’s right… I’ve no choice but to give the nod to none other than (dun dun DUN…..)
Tower Defence: Casual Game of the Year 2007
But wait! Didn’t that show up at the end of 2006? Yes, but like a limited release Oscar candidate in reverse, leaked out to select cities at the end of the year in order to squeak into the nominations, Tower Defence (and it’s numerous spawn) just dominated 2007. I can think of no other game that generated so many knock-offs and updates, nor wasted as much time as Roman Sanine’s loving homage to a Blizzard mini-game. Resource management, ceaseless creeps, and a whole lot of carnage combine into a beautiful peanut-butter/chocolate combination of awesome, and the world is a better place for it.
So here’s to you, Roman Sanine, and your wonderful little game.
That does it for the week (and nearly the year), but check back on Monday as I round up the Year in Music Videos.