At my daughter’s preschool graduation she confidently announced that she wanted to be an artist when she grew up. She draws and colors every day. Her desk is a warzone of papers, crayons, paints, Play-Doh, and magic markers.
Like most kids she’s also in love with her iPad, an old hand-me-down. She watches videos and plays games. Nothing had prepared me for how well two of her favorite activities could intersect with the newest Dr. Panda product. Dr. Panda Plus: Home Designer combines the creative joys of drawing with the magic of augmented reality to transcribe your creations into a kid-friendly digital playhouse.
My top ten favorite games of the year, presented in ascending order each day leading into the holidays. Look for my full Top Ten list with categories and awards on December 24!
#10 Pokémon GO
There’s a first damn time for everything – including a mobile game on my Game of the Year list. It’s the first time a mobile game has made my coveted list since I began making them four years ago.
That’s not to say I don’t enjoy mobile games. I have a ton of fun playing digital board games like Lords of Waterdeep and Small World, and dabble in ports of Heroes of Might and Magic III and Dungeon of the Endless.
But never has an original mobile game captured my attention like my #10 game. Leave it to Pokémon to finally break the barrier. Continue reading “My Top Ten Games of 2016: #10”
If you grew up with PC gaming in the ’90s and ’00s, the mobile marketplace has suddenly become one of the most exciting spaces in gaming.
It was the summer of 2000. The summer of Diablo 2, one of the most anticipated games in my teenage life. It was also the summer my family vacationed in Hawaii. That was a magical experience, but I mostly wanted to play Diablo 2. Being away from my PC meant I had to settle with reading the latest issue of PC Gamer. I poured over the review and the few tiny screenshots to get my fix.
I distinctly remember sitting on the plane, clutching my Game Boy Color, and wishing I could be playing my growing library of awesome PC games like Diablo, Starcraft, Fallout, and Baldur’s Gate.
Fifteen years later, as I load up Heroes of Might and Magic III on my iPad, I realize that dream has finally come true.