The Best 2D Games of 2016

We're back with a look at all of the best 2D games that came out in 2016! Get ready to grip your seats as a bearded man and a freshly-washed horse recount all of the finest 2D gaming achievements of the preceding year, condensed into a solid nugget of pure awardey goodness. We talk the best of each genre, the most innovative and ambitious, the most disappointing, and of course, our numero uno pick for Game of the Year.

If that sounds like the kind of excitement you just can't miss, be sure to check out the video below, or cheat and scroll down for a full list of the winners:









Best Updated Re-Release
Winner: Assault Suit Leynos
Honorable Mention: Odin Sphere: Leifthrasir

Most Innovative
Winner: Four Sided Fantasy

Best Old-School Throwback
Winner: Saving Princess

Best Fire
Winner: Butcher
Honorable Mention: RIVE

Best Weirdest
Winner: Until I Have You

The "It's About Damn Time!" Award
Winner: Owlboy

Most Ambitious
Winner: Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan

Best Use of Brutal Difficulty
Winner: Hyper Light Drifter
Honorable Mention: Salt and Sanctuary
Honorable Mention: Skorpulac

Best Game Starring an Animal
Winner: Seasons After Fall

Best Game Starring a Ninja
Winner: Salmon Ninja

Best Puzzler or Puzzle Platformer
Winner: Seasons After Fall
Honorable Mention: Four Sided Fantasy

Best Platformer
Winner: Blitz Breaker
Honorable Mention: Porter / Jump Porter

Best Action-Adventure or Action-RPG
Winner: Owlboy
Honorable Mention: Hyper Light Drifter
Honorable Mention: Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight
Honorable Mention: Salt and Sanctuary
Honorable Mention: Saving Princess

Best Action Game
Winner: RunGunJumpGun

Biggest Disappointment
Loser: Slain

Best 2D Game of 2016
Winner: Owlboy