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2010 Game of the Year Awards

With 2011 in full swing, the staff has reflected on the past year and highlighted the absolute best on each system.

DSiWare Awards


Winner - Starship Defense

The DSiWare service has seen an influx in quality titles this year. Out of them all, 2010's pick of the pack is certainly Starship Defence. This entertaining title truly exemplifies the pick-up-and-play nature of the DS, and though tower defense games may feel played out on the web, Q Games does a terrific job of shaking up the formula while still retaining the core appeal of the genre.

With an open ended enemy advance pattern, players must stay on their toes in order to quickly respond and strategically place the right weapons in the right spot for the right enemies. For those who love puzzles, this game is ideal, as each mission is really just a puzzle that needs to be solved. Though players may initially try a strategy based on building all the cannons money can buy, it will only get them so far. Starship Defence is a gaming experience that requires careful thought and quick planning in order to achieve success. With a small investment of 500 Nintendo points, this title is well worth the price of admission.


Runner-Up - Trajectile

It was a close call for the top spot on DSiWare this year, but both winning spots ultimately went to Q Games. While the staff agreed that Starship Defense offered the better of the two experiences, the competition was stiff. Trajectile offers unique puzzle gameplay that has players using a combination of different bouncing vessels to destroy specific blocks hung above the launch point. Similar in many ways to Arkanoid, players need to plan the path of the ships in order to eliminate as many blocks as possible, while conserving future waves of ships to score the highest amount of points.

With a massive number of levels, stiff challenge, and a mere $5 price tag, Trajectile is an excellent on-the-go DSi game to have always on-hand.

Honorable Mentions

Shantae: Risky's Revenge, Link 'n' Launch

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Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 08:27 PM

*its own right

*tower defense

*a children's book

Matt R Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 09:05 PM

Good effort and nice clean format. Needs one more page at the end. Maybe a short chat log about award debates, favorite game moments or the year in general.

Chuck Jose Staff Alumnus

01/21/2011 at 10:57 PM

Black Ops over Red Dead? John Marston would not take a liking to this.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/21/2011 at 11:28 PM

Somewhere out there, there's a "_____ of the Year" article brewing. Something with zany categories and meaningless victories. It's just not in here. But it's in development.

Matt McLennan Staff Alumnus

01/24/2011 at 02:31 PM

Mind if I gave you a hand with that article, thatguy? ;)

(if school work permits it anyway)

Jason Ross Senior Editor

01/24/2011 at 06:18 PM

Potentially yes, but probably not. It depends on something behind-the-scenes that I might push to move forward within the next week. If it goes through, you wouldn't want to help out with the article. If it doesn't get off the ground, though, then I'll see what I can do.

Nick DiMola Director

01/25/2011 at 06:01 PM

I haven't had the chance to say it, but a big thanks to the whole PixlBit staff in producing these awards. I sprung it on everyone that we were going to be doing them, and everyone voted and produced their write-ups ridiculously fast.

It took me a while to get everything together due to some stuff going on currently in my personal life, so sorry about that. I'll be making an announcement pretty soon letting everyone know exactly what was holding things up on my end.

Also, if anyone has any input for changes for next year's awards, feel free to let us know here or shoot us an email.


03/03/2011 at 07:28 AM

I know it is kinda late but I wanted to chime in on the awards.

First of all. Nice format with the color coding the systems at the top of the page. Maybe have a number one for each genre as well as the systems top 2 games like you have here. Like have the last page have Best RPG for all the systems. As well as all the other genres.

On to the awards. There were alot of good games that came out on the Wii this past year. Money was tight for me so I didn't get all the ones I wanted but I did get a few that were listed namely, Monster Hunter Tri, Endless Ocean: Blue World, Tatsunoko vs Capcom and No More Heroes:Desperate Struggle. Got the first two relatively close to the launch of the respective launches while I got the last two about a week ago. Overall very fun games in their own way.

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