2011 was an amazing year for the video games industry, not only with big blockbuster titles and record numbers of sales, but also with less-publicized or independent games getting the critical acclaim they deserve.
While many big titles, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Portal 2, The Elderscrolls V:Skyrim, and LA Noire will all end up on many "Best of" lists this year there was a great deal of other games that were also as good, if not better, that didn't get the publicity these games did. Here's the top games that did not recieve the attention they deserved, separated by the system they show up on.
Tiny Tower, with it's cute art style and addictive gameplay, is not a game to miss. The goal is to build as big a tower as you can and fill it with stores and people. How many floors can you get?
From the people who brought us Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride features main character Barry Steakfries as he breaks into a top secret facility and steals a jetpack. Hilarity inevitably ensues.
Where's My Water?
Created by Disney Interactive, Where's My Water? features a alligator named Swampy trying to get water back to his house to take a shower. This challenging puzzle game features life-like water physics in the puzzle designs.
Anomaly: Warzone Earth
A more mature game than the other three on the iOS list, Anomaly: Warzone Earth is an interesting take on the tower defense game about rescuing parts of a space craft from all over the world. Instead of defending a tower, the roles are reversed as the player is tasked with attacking the towers.
A remake of the 2004 game Cave Story, the player controls the robot Quote as he and his sidekick Curly Brace try to reclaim a powerful crown from The Doctor.
The Professor is back once again, and with him comes his traditional kind of brain-churning puzzles. The story this time shows how Professor Layton meets Luke Triton.
Set in the fictional city of Redfield, OMG-Z is a puzzle game where the player has to create the biggest possible chain of exploding zombies as possible with their weapons that fire an "exploding-zombie pathogen."
As Denim Powell, take on the Dark Knights to revenge your parents deaths. Tactics Ogre features team-building and battling on an isometric field.
A compilation of all 6 of the critically acclaimed games in the Bit.Trip series.
A return to the glory days of 2D side-scrolling games, Rayman Origins features Rayman trying to reclaim the Glade of Dreams as well as establishing Rayman into the hero we all know.
Rusty Hearts is a free MMO on Steam that features frantic hack-n-slash action among the traditional MMO framework.
To the Moon
A dramatic adventure/RPG game from Freebird Games, this is another fine example of video games as an art form.
A mix of RTS and Sim City-style city building, this game has surprising depth.
An action/RPG indie game, Bastion features fantastic gameplay, a top-notch soundtrack, and a narrator who says everything that you do. This sounds like it would be obnoxious, but it is incredible.
Although these games came out years ago, the HD remake of both released this year. If you missed this game the first time around, do yourself a favor and play through both of these gems.
NBA Jam: On Fire Edition
In this remake of a classic, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition takes arcade style basketball into the current generation of consoles.
Set in the Industrial Revolution, with characters who are all Russian Stacking Dolls, this game features innovative puzzles and spot-on humor.
With a play style similar to Super Metroid, Outland is a PSN/XBLA title that wowed critics with it's art style, music, and a nice co-op mode.
the fourth entry in the Disgaea series, this game continues the turn-based strategy combat as seen in previous entries. It features a unique online feature involving building a space ship to raid other people who have the game.
Similar to Ikaruga, Radiant Silvergun features a 2D vertically-scrolling shooting experience with fast-paced action and lots of different weapons.
Child of Eden
From the maker of Rez, Child of Eden is a rhythm-based action game that uses the Kinect to aim and shoot at different objects on the screen.
In this mix of God-game and Lemmings-style puzzle game, you play as an entitiy that can control earth, water, and lava to help The Men survive.
The second Double Fine game to make this list, Iron Brigade (previously known as Trenched) is a take on World War One with mechs in a take on the traditional tower defense game.
Another Tower Defense game, Orcs Must Die! pits you against an unending army of orcs. You are given weapons and traps to help you rid the world of the smelly creatures.
Riding the wave of music games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band, Rocksmith stands out by having players use a real guitar. Not only is it an addictive game, it also teaches you how to play the instrument.
So there are the 25 games that I thought were over-looked in this year of amazing game releases. Have you played any of these, or did I miss any that you did play? Leave a comment with your thoughts!