The Lazygamer Awards 2010 – Best Downloadable Game

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Downloadable games are quick becoming a major part of any gamer’s experience. While not the tiny quick arcade games they used to be, downloadable games have opened gamers up to a smaller, more affordable yet sometimes mind blowing selection of titles.

We had a massive list to choose from this year, but managed to round them down to only five. We are also very happy and proud to have a fantastic local indie game, Desktop Dungeons by South African developers QCF Design make it into our nominees.

Here are the nominees for best downloadable game :

Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Limbo

Super Meat Boy

Dead Nation

Desktop Dungeons

And the award goes to:

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Winner: Limbo

When searching up a screenshot of Limbo to use for this post, I found myself being filled with a strange emotional sensation upon finding the image above and I can’t really think of any better way to explain why Limbo won in this category.

Limbo is quiet, black and white and only about 3-4 hours long but stands tall as an achievement in conveying emotion in a video game as well as possibly being the greatest example of video games as art.

Limbo could never, ever simply be called a side-scrolling platformer because anyone who has played it knows that it’s way, way more than that. A well deserved win.

This is one of the those categories where it feels as though every nominee deserved to win. Desktop Dungeons is not only free at the moment but insanely addictive but sits at a large disadvantage when compared to the other titles in its category thanks to its true indie roots (seriously, someone throw these people a massive wad of money so that we can all benefit). Lara Croft takes runner up with its fantastic gameplay and co-operative mode and then there is Super Meat Boy, which also seems as though it should never leave any awards without a trophy of some sort.

Runner-Up: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light

Last Updated: December 15, 2010

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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