Turn-Based Strategy Gamer of the Year 2017: Darkest Dungeon04 Jan 2018 1
Fun Fact: I accidentally listed our winner as a RTS game initially, so it got 10 votes over in that category as well.
Still, even without those votes, the quality of Darkest Dungeon was so evident, it won out in the turn-based strategy category regardless. Michael gave it 4-stars when he reviewed it back in August, and had this to say about the game’s victory:
Spend a little more time with Darkest Dungeon and its shadows will grow deeper, much like the game's mechanics. Its hallmark difficulty makes progress painful and knowledge hard-won, but these setbacks make success all the more sweet. For releasing unspeakably old terrors on seasoned and new players alike, the mobile version of Darkest Dungeon made its (black) mark and has consequently won our turn-based strategy GOTY. It was a nigh perfect incarnation of a game that, though relatively recent, is fast becoming a mainstay for genre fans and will continue to spawn nightmares in 2018.
Congratulations to Red Hook Studios for a well deserved win!
Runner-Up: Ticket to Earth
Ticket to Earth’s episodic release schedule made for an difficult prospect. On the one hand, the majority of the game was missing. On the other, what we did have was good enough to earn it 5-Stars from Mr. Skidmore in his review:
There has obviously been a lot of time, effort and love put into Ticket to Earth and I can understand the developer’s desire to start seeing a return for all that investment. But on the other hand, it could be argued that when you pay a premium price you expect to have the full game, not to have to wait an undetermined amount of time for the next chapters to be released.
To some extent Ticket to Earth is a victim of it own high-standards and promise, as you just don’t want to stop playing. The choice is yours, either grab this unique and exceptionally well-executed game now and help the developer to cross the finishing line. Or, wait for the remaining 75% of the game to become available.
Regardless of where you fell on this issue, the updates the game has received since then has earned it the runner-up spot in this category, and we’d be hard pressed to say it didn’t deserve it. Well done!
Staff Picks & Honourable Mentions
Strike Team Hydra came third in the public vote, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Civilization VI. Having that drop onto iPad so late in the year was definitely unexpected (too late, in our case, to be in the running for any awards), but we’ve already got Nick on the job so expect our full review in a week or so.
Bit of a mixed bag in terms of the staff vote. Our winner & runner-up got votes, naturally, but there were also votes for Rogue Wizards (which got 7.8% of the public vote) and Slitherine’s Afghanistan ’11 which got 6.3% of the vote.
Congratulations to Red Hook Studios and Robot Circus for some well deserved recognition.
To keep track of all the winners and runner-up’s during the 2017 Awards, please see the 2017 Awards Index Page.