Games of the Year 2022: Playdate Season 1
Playdate is a weird one to cover in this list since it's a game system and not a game itself. But I decided to wrap in all of "Season 1" as an item on this list.
If you haven't heard of it, Playdate is an experimental 1-bit handheld game console that came out earlier this year. They have a cool site that gives the basic rundown so I won't reiterate all of that here.
I've had a lot of fun poking around and playing on this console. I've played a bunch of games I downloaded or bought from itch.io but I've now also completed their full Season 1 content which is why it felt like a good time to add it to the list.
Season 1 is a set of 24 games that were included with the purchase of the console. Each week on "new game day" they deliver the next 2 games to your console. That must mean I've had this for about 12 weeks. The games themselves ranged from tiny arcade games, to full on adventure games, to little experimental music generators. In some ways, it felt almost more like a toy than a console... but in a good way.
I really love the potential of the Playdate and I'm super excited for the future. That being said, none of the games actually held my attention for more than a few days before I got bored and set my console down to wait for the next week's games. The one exception is Pick, Pack, Pup. That game rocks.
- Elden Ring
- FFXIV Endwalker
- Citizen Sleeper
- The Stanley Parable Ultra Deluxe
- Horizon Forbidden West
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge
- Pokémon Legends: Arceus
- Chrono Cross: Radical Dreamers Edition
- Cult of the Lamb
- Neon White
- Halo Infinite
- Vampire Survivors
- Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin
- Playdate Season 1
- Cyberpunk 2077
- Forza Horizon 5 Hot Wheels DLC
- Triangle Strategy
- Mario Strikers: Battle League
- Multiversus Pre-Season
- LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga
- Nobody Saves the World
- Total War: Warhammer 3
I'm still very excited about the potential future of this little experimental console. If they end up doing a Season 2 of content, I will definitely be there on day 1 to try it out!