The Top 5 Browser Games of 2011 - Page 2
Adult Swim Games may have one of the bigger budgets in the browser gaming arena, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t passionate about their work as well. They don’t pander to the most popular genres or try to please the biggest crowds, they make weird and trippy titles that confound and fascinate players from beginning to end. Soul Brother is no exception- it’s a platformer where death is a gameplay mechanic, not a punishment. Each situation calls for one of the different playable animal characters, and the ones you need are always nearby. If you die on the same screen as one of these animals, your soul floats over and occupies it, allowing you to use their unique abilities. Soul Brother is a warped and wonderful alternative to the vanilla platforming that is Super Mario Brothers- it’s a highly polished and well-crafted adventure with cute visuals and a great soundtrack.
1. Kingdom Rush
If there was ever a saturated genre in browser gaming, it’s tower defense. How many times are we expected to place little stationary units that shoot at enemies who march along a per-determined path before they get to the other side of the screen? In all likeliness, we will be doing this for the rest of our lives. The good news is that the formula is far from dead in the right hands, and in the case of Kingdom Rush, a tower defense game can be the most fun you’ve had in a browser all year long. The tried and true gameplay is there- you’re still placing towers that shoot at enemies walking on a pre-determined path towards the other side, but Kingdom Rush has brought it new life. You have to figure out the best places to choose as clinch-points on the map for you to set up a defense, you can have troops defend a certain area so you can concentrate fire on enemies. There are more layers of strategy in this title than other tower defense games, and the fact that it’s polished to a pristine shine helps too.
What browser games do you think were the best of 2011?