The Best 2D Games of 2014

words manifested by: AJ Johnson

END OF YEAR AWARDS
Hey, have you ever sat back and wondered... what were the best 2D video games that came out this year? Or last year? Well, wonder no more! We have a long and detailed video showing all of the best 2D video games from 2014.

Heck, you can even go back and find out what the best games were in 2013 and 2012.

This year, we're doing it again. A man and a horse talk 2D games, looking at the best retro throwback, the most innovative, the best of each genre, the most disappointing, the best game of the year, and a few oddball categories along the way. For instant gratification, the video is below. For those who would prefer to read a bunch of text (and make a little horse very sad), you can scroll down to see a list of all the winners.

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Best Updated Re-Release:
Winner: 1001 Spikes
Honorable Mention: Luftrausers

Most Innovative:
Winner: Super Time Force

Best Weirdest:
Winner: The Floor is Jelly
Honorable Mention: GAIA-ttack from Retro Game Crunch

Best Retro Throwback:
Winner: Shovel Knight
Honorable Mention: Super Cyborg
Honorable Mention: Super Win the Game

Best Fire:
Winner: Escape Goat 2
Honorable Mention: Gigantic Army

Most Ambitious:
Winner: Retro Game Crunch

Best Use of Brutal Difficulty:
Winner: 1001 Spikes
Honorable Mention: Super Cyborg

Best Game Starring an Animal:
Winner: Secrets of Rætikon

Best Puzzler or Puzzle Platformer:
Winner: Escape Goat 2
Honorable Mention: Wub-Wub Wescue from Retro Game Crunch

Best Platformer:
Winner: Shovel Knight
Honorable Mention: Freedom Planet
Honorable Mention: Tiny Barbarian DX: Episode 2

Best Action-Adventure or Action-RPG:
Winner: Transistor
Honorable Mention: Shantae and the Pirate's Curse
Honorable Mention: Super Win the Game

Best Action Game:
Winner: Velocity 2X
Honorable Mention: Gunhound EX
Honorable Mention: Super Cyborg
Honorable Mention: Kero Blaster

Biggest Disappointment:
Loser: Super Comboman

Best 2D Game of 2014:
Winner: Transistor

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