When a game uses the term “stealth”, it is often used as just a single option out of a myriad of tools. Mark of the Ninja is one of the few games where a failure to use stealth literally means death. Sneaking past your enemies is just as satisfying as getting the drop on them and ending their lives and the number of tools that are at your disposal allow for an ever changing style of gameplay. Stringing up your enemies frightens others, and that fear is a powerful weapon in and of itself. Bookended by gorgeous visuals, Mark of the Ninja is one of the few platformers that can truly be called both great and unique.
Fly’n hit us by surprise. It stood out amidst an incredulous amount of great platform games that saw the light this year, only adding to the achievement of being our runner up. Fly’n pairs a relaxing musical score with cute, vibrant visuals that will charm the pants off of anyone. It knows exactly how to keep things fun, offering multiple save points for each level and infinite deaths while offsetting these by challenging players to get the highest possible score.