PUZZLE GAMES OF 2018
November 28 | Valve
Dota 2 is getting its own card game, featuring three different boards to play on and a variety of familiar characters. Sean “Day9” Plott let slip that the game might involve constructing barracks, creeps, and lanes, lending a little more MOBA-ness to the formula than Hearthstone has.
2018 | Tha Ltd | Link
Our Samuel Horti described enigmatic Humanity as a mashup of Lemmings and Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator. Tha Ltd hasn’t revealed much, but it looks like we’ll be guiding massive crowds of faceless humans through minimalist obstacle courses, but it also looks like these crowds can collide and fight each other in gargantuan brawls. There’s something hypnotic about watching them relentlessly marching forwards.
2018 | EightyEight Games | Link
Photographs, explains creator Luca Redwood, is a puzzle game that’s not a puzzle game. It’s five puzzle games, each with different mechanics and their own story. And inside those five puzzle games, there’s a narrative game, where photographs, puzzles and audio come together to tell a complete story. It sounds quite different to Redwood’s previous games, You Must Build A Boat and 10,000,000.
2018 ("possibly early 2019") | Mossmouth | Link
A team of all-star indie developers including the creators of Spelunky and Downwell are collaborating on this collection of 50 small games. There's everything from 2D platformers, and side-scrolling beat-em-ups to golf and RPGs. Everything's 8-bit and shares a 32-color palette, and there's a fictional backstory suggesting all 50 games were made by the same forgotten company from the '80s.