Best Multiplayer Game of the Year (Posted Dec 28, 2004)

2004 Multiplayer of the Year

There where some great multiplayer games that didn't even get considered this year, like the indie console game Alien Hominid, which features some fun co-operative play, the addictive massively online multiplayer puzzle game Puzzle Pirates, and the cool RTS game I of the Enemy that has some great multiplayer action for up to 8 people.  With that crop of games being left out, the winners had to pull some serious strings to get in.

5th Place - Hamsterball

Developer: Raptisoft Players: 1-4 (vs and Party Games)
Release: February 2004 Dowload Now!
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, DirectX 8+, 700Mhz, 32 MB RAM

Hamsterball may find itself in a finalist in more categories than any other game.  Already winning the Action category and finishing in the top 5 in the graphics category, it honestly wouldn't feel at all out of place in the sound category either.  So why does it make it in the multiplayer category? 

Two good multiplayer aspects make the game great to play over and over again with friends.  First off there is the versus game.  This was an addition from when Hamsterball was first released.  Much like the game Marble Madness you can race a friend through the zany tracks that that this game offers, with the races being split screen so you don't have to worry about leaving your friend in the dust only to find them warped up in front of you.

The other multiplayer mode is a versus game.  That game mode could have simply let you play versus in a single location, but instead it offers a board for every map in the game, each with different obstacles and pitfalls, such as mousetraps and pinball-esque bouncers.  The addition of the multiplayer and versus games were late additions to this game, coming out months after its original release and helping to show the developers commitment to this great title.

Our Review:
"Hamsterball is a great game start to finish, and a wonderful example of all that is right with Indie gaming."

4th Place - Chromadrome

Developer: Alpha 72 Games Players: 1 or 2 (vs)
Release: June 2004
System Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, DirectX 8+, 32MB Video Card, 800Mhz, 128 MB RAM