The Geeks World Wide Gaming section presents our favorite games and gaming experiences of 2021.
For my list of favorite games, I have gone with a mixture of remakes, demo, board games and a handheld. They range from teases or long-anticipated games and others that flew under the radar. Enjoy my list of games that made an impression on me for 2021.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition
Published by: UbiSoft
Released on: 01/07/2021
One of the best games of 2021 originally came out in 2010. For the 10th anniversary of the movie Scott Pilgrim, Ubisoft could get the license issues worked out and release the masterpiece on January 8th, 2021.
In a classic 2D beat ’em up, we join Scott and his journey to defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex’s. The game is still the same, but including all the DLC in the release allows fans to play it as a complete game instead of parts. With multiplayer or solo mode options, it allows for multiple experiences.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game – Complete Edition | Ubisoft – $14.99
Published by: Finji
Released on: 10/01/2021
From Finji games comes the cutest, most chill game demo released a limited number of times this year, Tunic. Not coming out until March 16th, 2022, the demo filled a void for fans who have been waiting since E3 2018, when it was announced.
As a Legend of Zelda clone, the demo allows you to explore and wonder about the world around you. You can explore dungeons, find weapons, and battle enemies in the demo. What made the demo stand out was how much you wanted to invest in it. Spending countless hours exploring and finding little secrets made the 3 years wait worth it.
Marvel Villainous Mischief & Malice
Published by: Ravensburger
Released on: 08/01/2021
As an enhancement or stand-alone from the Villainous series, you can play as three different villains Lokie, Madame Masque, or M.O.D.O.K. You must trip up the other villains to complete your mission for world domination.
The game still features the same mechanics as the original and Disney version. But this installment expands what villains need to do to win. Loki can play his cards and abilities on multiple players’ boards, while M.O.D.O.K. is just as chaotic as you expect his mission to be. These additions breathed new life into the franchise that looked to have gone stale.
Marvel Villainous Mischief & Malice | Ravensburger – $24.99
ESPN Trivia Night
Published by: Funko
Released on: 04/30/2021
I love sports and showing off how useless the information I have collected over the years has been. Funko and ESPN bring a fun interactive experience with trivia and skill challenges. There are some reservations as it is from Funko, but their other games like Pan AM, Back to the Future, and Funkoverse.
What makes Trivia Night fun is integrating sports into a physical challenge game. Featuring Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Hockey mini-games to recoup lost points. The trivia is based on different sports and levels of difficulty, making it perfect for the hardcore fans to the novice. Having the mini-games helps level the playing field if trivia isn’t your thing.
ESPN Trivia Night | Funko – $20.00
Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda
Published by: Nintendo
Released on: 11/12/2021
My love for Legend of Zelda hit a new high during a Nintendo Direct where they announced a Zelda version of Game & Watch was to be released this year. Loving the Mario version of Game & Watch that came out last year, this was a must-have for me. It features 3 classic games, Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda II: Links Adventure, and Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.
What makes this great is how versatile the packaging can be used and the size of the handheld. Like the Mario version, it uses USB-C to charge, and the battery lasts for a long time. Mirroring f the original Game & Watch system, it is a great piece for Legend of Zelda fans or Nintendo history buffs.