Hailing from one of the same minds behind the gruesome but brilliant Super Meat Boy , The Binding of Isaac is an arcade-style shooter… but you play as a naked child who is fighting monsters in his basement as he evades his violent, deranged mother.
It has a deeply philosophical edge, and unravels a heartbreaking story bit by bit—plus the dreamy, hand-painted aesthetic really sells the surreal tone of the experience. While Fez looks like a retro throwback, it has a very modern, fresh twist: The seemingly 2D pixel settings can be rotated 90 degrees to shift around elements in the world, which is essential to figuring your way through each new area.
Each level challenges you with overcoming enemies and environmental hazards by figuring out the best path ahead, all while flipping switches and stealthily dispatching foes. The wordless side-scrolling game is set primarily in the shadows, with the main character—a young boy—tasked with solving an array of environmental puzzles as he encounters threats along the way. Mini Metro looks like a subway map, but actually running the trains on time requires quite a bit of tactical planning.
How long can you stay in business across these various real-world maps? It has a strongly British tone to the humor, and while you can play solo against the computer, the most confident and cunning insult artists can hop online for richer competition. Peggle essentially blends pinball and pachinko, tasking you with shooting a ball into a grid of colorful pegs.
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This colorful tower defense entry delivers tense action as you build up turrets to protect your little village from the invaders that slowly pour into each stage. The Ultimate version collects all of the content from the various PlayStation editions, delivering a few dozen stages along with online and local cooperative action.
Side note: The Mac App Store version lacks online play, which is why we didn't list it here. It sucks you in with its accessible mechanics, great cartoonish graphics, and impossibly catchy soundtrack, but then pummels you with its steep learning curve. You might already know Plants vs. As the title suggests, Plants vs. Zombies pits the undead against your army of aggressive plant creatures, as you try to protect your suburban home from invaders. Rather than shoot bullets, your gun launches portals that can transport you and the items around you to another location.
And the game builds some fantastic environmental challenges from that premise. Ruling a nation must be tough, right? Depending on your judgment, each decision can either empower your reign or lead to your rapidly-nearing downfall, so choose wisely. Inspired by Rambo and grindhouse films, this ultra-violent, side-scrolling game finds you slashing foes with all manner of blades, firearms, and even a chainsaw.
It maintains its over-the-top nature throughout the compact campaign, which provides plenty of challenge throughout. But while aggressively silly in tone, Shank is also impressively well-built, packing satisfying gameplay and slick hand-drawn graphics—and it can be played in local co-op with a second player plugging in.
If you dig the original, its nearly-as-strong sequel Shank 2 is also available for the same price. Brick-breaking games like Arkanoid and Breakout have been done to death, but the occasional innovator still comes along to shake up the old design. Download here: Star Conflict.
Part MOBA, part RTS, Atlas Reactor borrows those now ubiquitous decision queues and adds a neat twist: instead of each player acting out their turn one after the other, everyone gets to play at the same time. The result? A strategy game in actual real-time as players move units around the map, exchanging actions in a chaotic flurry.
Decision, one of two main modes in the game, forces you to make these decisions in 20 seconds or under for each turn making every match hella fun and hyper intense , while Resolution slows things down into four phases as you plan out your moves and set traps as you attempt to win each 4v4 showdown.
Download here: Atlas Reactor. Back to School Fractured Space When it comes to MOBAs multiplayer online battle arenas , not every game has to be a fantasy-based romp with daggers, spells and cutesy champions.
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Download here: Star Trek Online 4. Paladins: Champions of the Realm Paladins launched just after a certain team-based shooter from Blizzard, and it's hard not see the similarities. Download here: Paladins: Champions of the Realm 5. ArcheAge MMOs set within the confines of a fantasy setting are hardly new — in fact, almost all of them fit that description to a tee — but very few of them manage to offer just as much diverse content as the Korean-made ArcheAge.
Download here: ArcheAge 6. Warface: Blackout Free-to-play shooters in their more traditional, deathmatch-esque form are often a hit and miss affair, but despite all those polished triple-A offerings from the likes of Activision and EA, Crytek Kiev has managed to put together a robust little FPS that can be just as exciting and enjoyable as many other entries in the bullet-ridden genre. Download here: Warface: Blackout 7. Download here: Art of War: Red Tides 8.
Download here: Warframe 9. Download here: Star Conflict Atlas Reactor Part MOBA, part RTS, Atlas Reactor borrows those now ubiquitous decision queues and adds a neat twist: instead of each player acting out their turn one after the other, everyone gets to play at the same time. See more Gaming news. Rise sees young Lara Croft a bit more hardened after the sharp Tomb Raider reboot and off on another quest, exploring brilliant environments, climbing with ease, and jamming an ice pick into the face of a hapless foe or two.
And while Tomb Raider pushed towards a more action-oriented approach, Rise allows for more stealth and stalking, giving you the choice on how you approach each encounter. Download Rise of the Tomb Raider from Steam. Treyarch's first-person shooter package is filled to the brim with blasty fun, whether you're into the futuristic, cinematic campaign, the online multiplayer shootouts, or the offbeat fun of the co-op Zombies mode. There's even a cheaper, multiplayer-only version if you're only into the core Call of Duty online experience, and you can always upgrade later.
After creating FTL: Faster Than Light , one of the most brilliant strategic time sinks of the last several years, Subset Games is back with Into the Breach — and it's equally worth obsessing over.
Into the Breach is a turn-based tactics game that's akin to a Final Fantasy Tactics or Tactics Ogre , albeit with futuristic mech suits instead of wizards and warriors. And there are twists: the aliens you're battling telegraph their moves in advance, which means your success is all about planning and executing the perfect response.
If you blow it, then your mech pilots must travel back in time and start over again. How's that for motivation?
Download Into the Breach from Steam.