The Best 2D Games of 2012

words manifested by: AJ Johnson

END OF YEAR AWARDS
It is time to celebrate the greatest 2D video games of 2012, where we award the best games from multiple genres, offer up some interesting categories, and discuss the year's biggest disappointments. And of course, we have selected what we feel is the overall best 2D game of 2012. If you enjoy watching people and horses discuss great 2D games, then you have strange and wonderful tastes that will be well-satisfied by the video below. Enjoy!



For those who haven't the patience to view the full feature, you may scroll down for a full spoileriffic list of all the winners, but you will make one horse very sad.



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Best Updated Re-Release:
Winner: Spelunky

Most Innovative:
Winner: Offspring Fling
Honorable Mention: Dustforce
Honorable Mention: Out There Somewhere

Best Old-School Throwback:
Winner: Oniken

Best Weirdest:
Winner: Hotline Miami
Honorable Mention: They Bleed Pixels

Most Ambitious:
Winner: Dust: An Elysian Tail

The "It's About Damn Time!" Award:
Winner: La-Mulana

Best Use of Brutal Difficulty:
Winner: Hotline Miami
Honorable Mention: They Bleed Pixels
Honorable Mention: Probability 0

Best Ninja Game:
Winner: Mark of the Ninja
Honorable Mention: Super Ninja Warrior Extreme

Best Puzzler or Puzzle-Platformer:
Winner: Offspring Fling
Honorable Mention: Dustforce

Best Action-Adventure or Action-RPG:
Winner: Dust: An Elysian Tail

Best Action Game:
Winner: Oniken
Honorable Mention: Super Ninja Warrior Extreme

Biggest Disappointment:
Loser: Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit

Best 2D Game of 2012:
Winner: Oniken

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