2016 was a pretty good year for gaming, VR
found its feet, Pokemon came back with an almighty bang and the industry raked
in a reported $99.6 billion. Of course, with that much money floating around, the
market is fast becoming oversaturated with poor quality, get-rich-quick titles,
making it harder than ever to discover those hidden gems.
Fear not, however, devoted gamer, we’ve
done the legwork for you and unearthed 10 absolute diamonds from 2016 that you
may have forgotten about or perhaps never even heard of. Hopefully they can go
a long way towards reinforcing your faith in the world of gaming.
10. Grow Up
A year after releasing the critically
acclaimed Grow Home, Ubisoft Reflections returned with a shiny sequel. Entitled
Grow Up, the game once again focuses on the exploits of B.U.D. (Botanical
Utility Droid) as he cultivates Star Plants in attempt to recover parts of
M.O.M., his spaceship.
It’s a simple goal but, given the sheer
amount of freedom the player is given, one which can be accomplished in a
million different ways. B.U.D.’s world is a vibrant, geometric playground
unlike anything you’ve ever seen before and you can climb on literally anything
you can get your hands onto.
New abilities, such as being able to roll
yourself into a ball, add a layer of versatility to the action and optional
missions, which require you to beat checkpoint-based time-trials, provide
Grow Home’s remarkable success must’ve been
somewhat of a hindrance when it came to developing a sequel and,
understandably, Grow Up didn’t wow the critics in the same way it’s completely
original and unique predecessor did. Nevertheless, this is a lovely little
addition to the series and, with download prices ranging from £4.79 (XBO) to
£6.99 (PS4), it’s well worth its low price-tag.