An elegant, idiosyncratic galactic roguelike that recalls both the style and unflinching challenge of 80s-era Japanese shoot-'em-ups.
A twitch epic in which the journey from beginner to master is told not via new abilities, but in your hands and muscle memory.
A caustic, often-prickly satire on contemporary game making, with an ingenious core mechanic that is, perhaps, yet to be fully explored.
This eccentric and often hilarious sadist 'em up has more expanse than finesse, but, through humour, makes cruelty a virtue.
Infinifactory is a rare and ingenious treat: a puzzle game that allows players to combine creativity and logic to craft their own solutions.
Her Story is a novel piece of interactive fiction, applying the flexibility of game structure to the ambiance of the murder mystery film.
A long overdue sequel to a puzzle classic, Chip's Challenge 2 has been well worth the wait.
Tale of Tales' latest uses the routine of labour to exquisite effect as a framework to tell a story about class and political revolution.
David Pittman's neon-lit stealth game creeps into politically charged themes of surveillance with grace and style.
Titan Souls' barren landscapes and memorable battles with ancient giants provide a unique, if divisive journey.
The shape-shifting Tower of Guns offers a briefly irresistible Rogue-like that borrows Quake's pacing and Borderlands' outlandish arsenal.
Accessible yet deep, this is the definitive version of the lascivious fighter - but Xbox One owners should beware a buggy release.
Super Stardust's shine hasn't faded with the years, but this remake also fails to make it any brighter with a clutch of superfluous extras.
Storytelling and exploration converge to dazzling effect in Failbetter's luxurious and unmissable curio.
It's principally aimed at the series' fans, but the mesh of interlocking systems ensures that its appeal runs deeper than fan service.
An awful childhood gets a surprisingly arcadey revisit in this blistering action roguelike.
Shinji Mikami returns to horror with a greatest-hits package that recalls - but can't match - Resident Evil 4.
This marriage of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors is surprisingly successful - and strategic.
This gorgeous interactive dreamscape is brimming with new ideas.