Yesterday we revealed the Best New App of 2014 as voted on by over 1700 of Phandroid’s readers. Today we will announce the Readers’ Choice winner for Best New Game of 2014. As the name implies, this award goes to the best game that was released (or received a major update) during the calendar year 2014. Tomorrow we’ll continue counting down our categories on the way to revealing the Best Phone, Best Tablet, and Manufacturer of the Year.
Honorable Mention: Goat Simulator
The game you never knew you wanted grabbed enough votes for third place in its category, with 176 readers naming it their favorite of the year for 10% of the total. Goat Simulator might put you in the place of a goat surrounded by detailed 3D environments, but the action is far from normal. It’s a game you have to play to understand the hype.
With 11% of the vote, QuizUp barely edged out Goat Simulator as our runner up. This trivia game pits users head-to-head against other players around the world. The one with the most knowledge and the quickest trigger finger wins. With hundreds of categories to choose from and many more questions, QuizUp rarely gets old.
And the winner is: Monument Valley
Monument Valley tallied 19% of our total vote and is your choice for Best Game of 2014. The platform/puzzle game features gorgeous graphics and environments reminiscent of the work of M.C. Escher. These strange levels unfold in unexpected ways for some truly addictive gameplay.
Here is how the voting looked for Best New Game of 2014: