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The Year's Most Popular (2012) - By Category
« on: December 23, 2012, 01:13:46 AM »
  Doull's Annual Roguelike of the Year poll is up and running here:
http://roguelikedeveloper.blogspot.com/

  Since you can vote for multiple games you like, the numbers can be useful to split games into categories. You can't do, like, best interface or something like that, but you can do the following.

Most Popular:
-Overall
-Big Game (ToME, ADOM)
-Medium Game (Brogue, Doom)
-Small Game (7DRL's and the like)
-Primarily Ascii Game
-Hybrid Game Play (FTL, Wrath of the Lamb, DF)
-Classic Sci Fi (prime, prospector)
-Post Apocalyptic Sci Fi (unreal, cataclysm, others)
-Sex Based 'game' (noxico, seduction quest, are there more?)
-Bandlike (there are a lot!)
-Hacklikes (fewer, but some interesting ones)
-Biggest Disappointment (Diablo III wins. Fuck that game.)
-Best New Game (First released this year)
-Best New Fork (Forkes released this year, like Unbrogue, some nethack ones, I may need suggestions on this one)

Any other ideas? I'll break down the numbers when the poll is over and post it here and we can all bicker over the results and my categorization ("zomg! DCSS is obviously an Ascii only game, the tiles are for noobs! And FTL isn't even a roguelike you traitor!")

I'll reduce the categories to just a couple of interesting ones, once the results are in and we can see the different subgroups more clearly.

EDIT: I planned on doing this last year, but sorta lost steam. That won't happen this year.
« Last Edit: December 18, 2013, 04:04:49 AM by Jo »
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2012, 12:56:25 PM »
Okay. The poll as concluded. Here are some top lists for you!

OVERALL MOST POPULAR 20
Tales of Maj'Eyal (ToME)
1659
ADOM                                    
1445
ADOM II (formerly JADE)          
730
Dungeon Crawl: Stone Soup  
687
Dwarf Fortress                        
605
FTL                                          
454
UnReal World                          
442
DoomRL: Doom, the Roguelike
393
Brogue                                    
349
Dungeons of Dredmor              
280
Sword of the Stars: The Pit      
180
Torchlight 2                              
175
Cataclysm                           
173
The Binding of Isaac                   
150
Caves of Qud                           
138
X@COM                                   
135
TomeNET                                   
133
Sil                                           
130
Diablo III                                     
95
Angband                                     
91

It was a tight race, but ToME4 mustered it's base and pulled it out. The big surprise here was ADOM II pulling in 3rd. Those ADOM guys made a good show. Note last year ADOM wasn't even on the list, and here it is 2nd. Look for ADOM to sweep next year, as development slows down on ToME and ADOM really picks up. [edit: DarkGod has no intent of slowing down! See below...]

The rest of the top 20 are the usual suspects, with some newcomers like FTL, The Pit, Torchlight, Diablo III and TomeNet. I'm pretty sure X@Com scored well last year, my memory is faded, good to see it in the top 20.


MOST POPULAR 5 MONSTER GAMEs
(Huge games, long, complex)
-It's the same as above. All the top 5 games are massive, or at least meant to be massive. No coffee breaks in the top 5 this year.


MOST POPULAR NOT MONSTER GAMES
(games not looking to be nethack, or even close to it)
FTL                                               
454
DoomRL: Doom, the Roguelike       
393
Brogue                                       
349
The Binding of Isaac                       
150
X@COM                                       
135

  A good mix of games in this category. Some nice hybrids in there, the new classic, a past winner and the great (but hard to play) X@COM.

MOST POPULAR 7DRL (After so much time since the 7DRL competition, what games have maintained their popularity, or at least are still memorable some 9 months later? This is different than the competition winners.)
Cogmind                 
70
Zaga-33                 
33
HyperRogue III      
23
I rule, you rule, we all rule old-school Hyrule   
19
SUN CRUSHER!!!    
19

*AliensRL 72 [Has expanded a lot since the original 7DRL version, so I didn't include it]

Those are some pretty sweet games on that list. Mine is on there, but I think we can assume that it was my post on facebook of VOTE FOR ME that got it so many votes. Many great ones just missed the cut. Like Drakefire Chasm.

MOST POPULAR ASCII ONLY
ADOM                                    
1445
ADOM II (formerly JADE)          
730
Brogue  [Their are tiles out there, but are they included in the game yet?]           
349  
Cataclysm   
173
Caves of Qud   
138
X@COM  [Is this ascii only? Close enough I say.]        
135  
Sil                   
130

TOP HYBRIDS OR REAL TIME (excluding Diablo, it has its own list)
FTL                             
454
Torchlight 2             
175
The Binding of Isaac     
150
Diablo III (h8)
95
Desktop Dungeons
83
Red Rogue
55
Spelunky (2 versions)
52
Din's Curse
39
Triangle Wizard
37
Zaga-33 (gets 33 votes? Is it hybrid?)
33
Teleglitch
28
Weird Worlds
22

TOP CLASSIC SCI FI
DoomRL: Doom, the Roguelike     
393
Sword of the Stars: The Pit     
180
X@COM                                     
135
AliensRL                                       
72
Cogmind                                       
70

TOP POST APOCALYPTIC AND/OR SURVIVAL GAME
UnReal World   
442
Cataclysm   
173
Caves of Qud   
138
Rogue Survivor
38

TOP HORROR (This is very hard to define...)
AliensRL   
72
Infra Arcana   
52
Cult: Awakening of the Old Ones   
28

TOP SHOOTER
The Binding of Isaac   
150
Triangle Wizard   
37
Teleglitch   
28


BEST SEX GAME
  There were only 2. Noxico and Seduction quest. Do your own research on that.

*BAND [if you aren't counting ToME and Diablo]
Sil                
130
Angband             
91
FAangband     
25
NPPAngband     
21
Halls of Mist
20
Quickband       
9

HACKLIKES
UnNetHack   
37
NetHack-De   
33
PRIME              
11

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF THE YEAR

-Diablo III. I curse at thee!

TOP NEW GAME  (First release was this year)
FTL                                           
454
Sword of the Stars: The Pit   
180
Torchlight 2                           
175
Sil   [Released this year, right?]                                        
130
Diablo III                                     
95
Cogmind                                     
70

TOP FORK
Sil                    
130
UnNetHack   
37
NetHack-De   
33
UnBrogue           
26
NPPAngband   
21

BIGGEST SURPRISE
-My biggest surprise were the games that just didn't do well. Like Prime, Infra Arcana, Slimy Lich Mummy and others. There are some high quality games on there that just didn't get the attention they deserved. It's okay. It's just a poll. Don't get down.


TOP COMMERCIAL GAMES
(As requested by Darren Grey)
FTL
454
Unreal World
442
Dungeons of Dredmore
280
Sword of the Stars: The Pit
180
Torchlight 2
175
The Binding of Isaac
150
Diablo III
95
Desktop Dungeons
83
Spelunky XBLA
52
Din's Curse
39

*Note: Is ADOM now a commercial game? It's not been released commercially, but it's definitely a money maker now.

So there it is. Feel free to correct me if I made a mistake, I'll fix it.

EDIT: Had trouble with formatting, couldn't get rid of all the spaces between games while also lining up the numbers. Sorry if this post is too long due to that.
« Last Edit: January 04, 2013, 10:53:25 PM by Jo »
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2012, 01:26:19 PM »
Thanks for doing this Jo, it's nice to finally see an organized breakdown rather than that massive list of nearly 300 games. Of course I'm doubly happy to see that both my games are all over the place. That was no doubt in part because I did make sure my players knew about the poll, though it would seem like having the players in the first place is necessary to get results in that department, so the poll is still meaningful overall--I noticed that quite a few other games had similar calls for votes in their own outlets, so I suppose many are on the same playing field.

MOST POPULAR ASCII ONLY
Brogue           349  [Their are tiles out there, but are they included in the game yet?]
Cataclysm   173
Caves of Qud   138
X@COM           135  [Is this ascii only? Close enough I say.]
Sil                   130
The only non-ASCII characters in X@COM are the unit triangles/circles, since I needed an easily readable way to display facing in a single glyph.

Regarding past polls for comparison, I noticed a Korean site that has a full rundown of the poll in all previous years, though they jumped the gun and put this year's results up more than a day ago, so they're not 100% accurate. Check it out here. (EDIT: They've since fixed their numbers.) X@COM did get more votes than last year (whew :D, popularity going *down* might mean I was doing something wrong), but was pushed down a bit due to the increase in popular commercial games this year. At least everyone in the top 18 beat Diablo III (interestingly steep drop after that, actually), now why aren't we all millionaires ;p
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2012, 01:36:00 PM »
Err Jo:
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Look for ADOM to sweep next year, as development slows down on ToME and ADOM really picks up.

I have about no wish to slow down :)

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« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2012, 01:48:22 PM »
Err Jo:
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Look for ADOM to sweep next year, as development slows down on ToME and ADOM really picks up.

I have about no wish to slow down :)

  Oh! HAHA! I thought after releasing 1.0 you were going to do something else. My bad.

  ToME for the 4-peat!
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2012, 01:59:23 PM »
@Kyzrati - That's a good website. Lots of links to games and a good graphic of the poll results. Too bad I can't read most of it. Still it's obviously well done.
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2012, 02:10:34 PM »
Yeah, I just browsed it through google translator, which helped... a little.
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2012, 04:50:00 PM »
A very nicely put together list, Jo!  Shouldn't ADOM and ADOM II dominate the ASCII only section though?

To line things up
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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012, 04:53:26 PM »
While you were posting I fiddled with it a little.

And yes absolutely ADOM should dominate the ASCII only, for now...:-)

I'll change it.

EDIT: And if anyone wants a cleaned up excel file with everything, one that you can actually sort, lemme know and I'll send it out.

EDIT2: I added some categories and expanded some others. Shooter and Horror were added in order to throw some love out to Infra Arcana and Triangle Wizard.
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2012, 05:37:35 PM »
Nice list:)
I must try to play Sun Crusher again - when I tried it out the first time, it crashed, the second - it froze my computer... so I did not try it again. And here it is in top 5! Must be a good game if 19 people still remembered it after 7DRL competition... Shame Drakefire Chasm did not get many votes, I really enjoyed it.

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Re: The Year's Most Popular - By Category
« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2012, 07:38:40 PM »
Spiffy assortment!  I reckon Infra Arcana would've done better if not for the break in dev pace, even if it came back with all manner of goodies, as that probably had it drop off some folks radar.  Somewhat similarly, I expect PRIME to have a nice impact in 2013 as much of it has been done in the shadows of the Incubator and whatnot.

In way the event functions as sort of a mini-ARRP, as it is surely a good portend if a given game just so happens to have a release right around the time of polling.   8)
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2012, 08:00:16 PM »
  About Sun Crusher!!! It was made with the Gamemaker program, which usually creates very stable .exe's. Sorry about the crash, that's the first I've heard of it. As far as the game play there wasn't too much depth. More arcade than Roguelike really. I think it was kinda fun but there are quite a few sharp edges. Don't let the vote counts fool you, it's not even close to being on the same level as Drakefire or Cogmind or those others.

  With some tweaks I think the engine has promise though, and I am thinking of basing my next 7DRL on it. It has a turnbased strategy game style turn sequence (move and shoot, pass the turn, repeat) and revolving planets. So I guess that's sort of original.

  Here is a play through:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782O8LFoF9w
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 11:32:24 PM »
Spiffy assortment!  I reckon Infra Arcana would've done better if not for the break in dev pace, even if it came back with all manner of goodies, as that probably had it drop off some folks radar.
This was a slow year for IA indeed. There's some really ambitious things planned/already implemented though, which will be released sometime during 2013.

Just look at this ongoing changelog (these things are already implemented), it's friggin huge. I'd say it's already bigger than two or three older releases combined :)
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hK73-apyw5XbK9QjKyCMIj_w12RFxfPlmv0ipL4qAL0
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 12:55:18 AM »
Fantastic!   8)
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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2012, 04:51:27 PM »
  About Sun Crusher!!! It was made with the Gamemaker program, which usually creates very stable .exe's. Sorry about the crash, that's the first I've heard of it. As far as the game play there wasn't too much depth. More arcade than Roguelike really. I think it was kinda fun but there are quite a few sharp edges. Don't let the vote counts fool you, it's not even close to being on the same level as Drakefire or Cogmind or those others.

  With some tweaks I think the engine has promise though, and I am thinking of basing my next 7DRL on it. It has a turnbased strategy game style turn sequence (move and shoot, pass the turn, repeat) and revolving planets. So I guess that's sort of original.

  Here is a play through:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=782O8LFoF9w

Thank you for the link:) It definitely looks different and interesting.
Also, I really love the name- it sounds so... enthusiastic ;)