Nomination: Disc Jam
So I feel like this may not get nominated because I feel like a lot of people probably didn’t play it, but I’ll use my nomination for Disc Jam, and hope that it gets more love. I had such a blast playing this game when it came out earlier this year, and I still enjoy going back to it time and again.
For those who don’t know, Disc Jam is a competitive multiplayer game that’s kind of like a mashup of Tennis and Air Hockey, but played with a frisbee disc. I feel like most people have at least a little bit of knowledge about at least one of those things, so learning the basic setup isn’t too difficult. What caught me off guard was just how frantic and exciting matches could be, in part because of intentional design choices (like how the speed of the disc increasing with each successive perfect throw, or how number of points a goal(?) is worth is incremented every time the disc is caught and thrown back), but also just because of crazy moments that emerge through regular play, costing you only a few points or helping you win the entire match.
All that said, there isn’t much in the way of extra content (there’s offline and online 1v1 and 2v2 multiplayer), but that’s understandable given the very small development team (2 people); plus, the fact that the actual gameplay is where the game shines. If you’re looking for a fun, frantic, pick-up-and-play competitive games this side of Nidhogg, I say give it a shot!