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AIAS 12th Annual Awards. Casual Game of the Year (Nominee).
AIAS 12th Annual Awards. Oustanding Achievement in Game Design (Winner).
Amazon. The Best of 2008 for PC games (in no particular order).
Ars Technica. The five happiest gaming surprises of 2008.
Big Download. 2008 PC Game Awards. Best Indie Game (Winner).
The Brainy Gamer. Best art direction ’08 (Honorable Mention).
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Crispy Gamer. 2008 Game of the Year Awards (6).
The Cut Scene – Variety Video Game Blog. The sixth best videogame(s) of 2008.
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Edge Online. The Hot 100 Game Developers of 2009 (36).
Edge Online. The Top 25 Game Industry Heroes for 2008 (21).
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Eurogamer’s Top 50 Games of 2008 (10).
Gamasutra. Game Developer’s Top Deck 2008 (7).
Progressives. 7 of Diamonds.
Gamasutra. Top 5 Developers 2008 (Honorable Mention).
Independent Game Developers. Development Studio Honorable Mentions.
Gamasutra. Top 5 Downloadable Games 2008 (1).
Gamasutra. Top 5 Gameplay Mechanics 2008 (Honorable Mention).
Top Gameplay Mechanic Honorable Mentions.
Gamasutra. Top 5 PC Games 2008 (Honorable Mention).
Gamasutra. Top 10 Games of the Year 2008 (2).
Game Developers Choice Awards. Best Debut Game (Nominee).
Game Developers Choice Award. Best Downloadable Game (Winner).
Game Developers Choice Awards. Innovation Award (Nominee).
GamePro. 75 Must Have Games. Nintendo Wii.
GamePro. The Best Games of 2008 You’ve Never Played (15).
Game Rankings. Wii Games – Most Popular 2008 (1).
GameSpot. Best Game No One Played 2008 (Winner).
GameSpot. Best Original Downloadable Console Game 2008 (Nominee).
GameSpot. Best Puzzle Game 2008 (Nominee).
GameSpot. Best Wii Game (Nominee).
GameSpot. Top PC Games – Holiday Gift Guide 2008.
GameSpot. Top Wii Games – Holiday Gift Guide 2008.
GameSpy. 2008 WiiWare Game of the Year (Winner).
GameSpy. 2008 Wii Top 10 (4).
GameSpy. 2008 PC Top 10 (6).
GameSpy. 2008 PC Puzzle Game of the Year (Winner).
GameSpy. 2008 Wii Gamers’ Choice Award (5).
GamesRadar. The Top 7 prettiest games of 2008 (5 -Runner-Up).
GameTrailers. Best Puzzle/Parlor Game 2008 (Nominee).
Game Tunnel. 2008 Graphics Game of the Year (Winner).
Game Tunnel. 2008 Puzzle Game of the Year (Winner).
Game Tunnel. 2008 Top 10 Games of the Year (Winner).
Gleemax. 2008 Gleemie Award (Finalist).
Independent Games Festival. 2008 Design Innovation Award (Winner).
Independent Games Festival. 2008 Seamus McNally Grand Prize Best Game (Nominee).
Independent Games Festival. 2008 Technical Excellence Award (Winner).
IGN. Editor’s Favorites of 2008: Erik (6).
IGN. Overall: Best Artistic Design 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. Overall: Best Downloadable Console Game of 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Overall: Best New IP of 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. Overall: Best Puzzle Game of 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Overall: Most Innovative Design of 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. PC: Best Artistic Design 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. PC: Best Family Game 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. PC: Best New IP 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. PC: Best Puzzle Game 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Best Artistic Design 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Best New IP 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Best Original Score 2008 (Nominee).
IGN. Wii: Best Puzzle Game 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Best WiiWare Game 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Most Innovative Design 2008 (Winner).
IGN. Wii: Wii Game of the Year 2008 (Winner).
Jay is Games. All-time Best Games (9).
Jay is Games. Best of Casual Gameplay - Puzzle (downloadable game) (Winner).
Joystiq. Best of the Rest: Alexander’s Picks of 2008.
Joystiq. Best of the Rest: Randy’s Picks of 2008.
Kombo. Industry Roundtable: Game of the Year 2008 (Winner for 3 out of 10 panelists).
Kotaku. Indie Game of the Year (Not Quite Best).
Metacritic. The Best Videogames of 2008.
Best Wii Games (2).
Best PC Games (5).
Moby Games. Best by Year: 2008 (3).
Moby Games. Best by Platform: Wii (2).
msnbc. Top 5 best sleeper games of 2008 (1).
MTV Multiplayer. The Top 10 Best Games of 2008, According to Metacritic (7).
Offworld. 2008 and the Indie Renaissance.
Offworld. Ten Things That Made Me Glad To Be A Gamer In 2008.
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Offworld. The Offworld 20: 2008’s Best Indie & Overlooked.
PC World. The 12 Best Holiday Bets 2008.
PopMatters. Consuming Consumables 2008.
Port City Gamers. 2008 Game Awards: Best game for under $20 (Winner).
Pushing Play. Best downloadable game (Nominee).
Pushing Play. Best independent game (Winner).
Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Notable Releases of 2008 (Notable Release).
Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Twelve Games of Christmas (Winner).
Spike. The Next Great Game Gods.
Spike. Video Game Awards: Best Independent Game 2008 (Winner).
Stuff. Best indie game 2008 (Winner – tied with Braid).
The Game Reviews. A-Z of of Gaming in 2008.
X-Play. Best New Downloadable Game 2008 (Nominee).
VG Chartz. Best Game No One Played (Winner).
VG Chartz. Best Musical Score (Winner).
VG Chartz. Best Puzzle/Misc Game (Winner and Reader’s Choice).
VG Chartz. Game of the Year (Runner-Up).
VG Chartz. Most Innovative (Winner and Reader’s Choice).
Wii fanboy. 2008’s Top Games.
Wii Wii. Top WiiWare Game of 2008 (Winner).
WildTanget ORB. Most Popular Games (1).
Wired. Best of 2008: Top 5 Multiplatform Games (5).
Wolfire Blog. 2008 Top 10 Indie Video Games for the Holidays (1).