BEST OF THE BEST: Part 5 (10/24)

Today we’ll be looking at two awards we started back in 2004: Most Unique Game, and Best All Ages Game. Most Unique definitely offers some of the weirder award winners out there, which is of course what the award is for, while Best All Ages gives props to a game that will appeal to a large cross section of the public, from tiny tots to grandmothers.

14. Most Unique Game
Award Winner in 2004: Katamari Damacy
Publisher: Namco
Developer: Namco
Release Date: 09/21/2004
System Released On: Sony Playstation 2
Genre: Puzzle

Award Winner in 2005: Finny the Fish & the Seven Waters
Publisher: Natsume
Developer: SCEI
Release Date: 05/17/2005
System Released On: Sony Playstation 2
Genre: Action

Award Winner in 2006: Sneak King
Publisher: King Games
Developer: Blitz Games
Release Date: 11/19/2006
System Released On: Microsoft Xbox/Microsoft Xbox 360
Genre: Fucked Up

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, these are the games we found to be the most unique, the most innovative, and the most freaking weird of their respective years. Katamari also went on to win Best Game in 2004, while Finny and Sneak King only won this award. Sometimes it pays to stand out from the back, while other times it only nets you 15 minutes of fame.

I’ve played all three games. Katamari to me was great fun, but the later sequels have really watered down the series for me. Finny was cute and gave you a free stuffed fish for buying it, but in the end, it’s not a game I’d ever play through again due to the controls. Sneak King? Well, it’s hilarious, surreal, and horrible beyond words as you watch the Burger King jump out of a trash crash and flex his groin in the face of construction workers while offering them French toast sticks. It’s worth the five bucks you paid for it when it came out, but that’s about it.

You can read my review of Finny the Fish here, and Liquidcross’ review of Katamari is in this location. Matt Yeager was the poor fool who reviewed Sneak King for us.

15. Best All Ages Game
Award Winner in 2004: Donkey Konga
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Namco
Release Date: 09/27/2004
System Released On: Nintendo Game Cube
Genre: Rhythm

Award Winner in 2005: Nintendogs
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 08/22/2005
System Release On: Nintendo DS
Genre: Simulation

Award Winner in 2006: Wii Sports
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Release Date: 11/19/2006
System Released On: Nintendo Wii
Genre: Sports

Behold! Another category that Nintendo has dominated since we started giving the award out. It’s amazing to me to see how Nintendo consistently gets award after award from the Kliq, if only because I was a diehard Sega fan in the Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast eras.

Nintendo might not make the prettiest games or the most uber popular of games in this era of blood, gore, and boobs, but it does seem to make the games that are the most fun.

As always here are the reviews. Tom Pandich reviewed Nintendogs and Wii Sports. Alex Williams’ review of Donkey Konga can be found here.

Tomorrow we’ll look at two of the meaner awards we’ve given out over the years: Worst Game and Most Overhyped. Oh the fun that will be!