As part of our look back on the games of 2022, GamesHub asked several people from around the games industry to share their favourite games and industry moments from the past year. Sanatana Mishra from Brisbane-based studio Witch Beam (Unpacking, Assault Android Cactus) was keen to share some of his.
Mishra is currently working on the next title from Witch Beam, a musical puzzle game called Tempopo. Tempopo had a strong first showing at PAX Aus 2022, where it was selected as one of the Indie Showcase Winners. In our preview of Tempopo, we remarked that it was filled with charm and bouncing beats. The game is currently targeting a 2023 release.
Cursed to Golf
What an unexpected treat! It feels like someone taking ‘Find the fun’ design to the limit. Yes, it has layers of powerups and is a roguelike but at its core, this game is about angle and power selection – in a way that somehow feels thrilling from your first hit in purgatory, until your final ascension.
God of War Ragnarok
In recent years it feels like Sony’s first-party studios have developed a formula for the ‘AAA’ game but with Ragnarök, I’ve come to appreciate how this structure lets them tell meaningful stories while keeping a broad audience engaged.
It’s kind of like how great directors rarely break the classic rules of cinema, but will bend them just enough to do new and exciting things.
Technically not a 2022 release, but in the past decade I’ve not played, thought about, or shared a game as much as ElecHead.
It encapsulates a ‘less is more’ design that was so compelling I began to rethink my own designs. It leaves you immensely satisfied without the moments of obligation or boredom that come from the gluttony most games demand you indulge in.
For more on the best games of 2022, explore our wider game of the year coverage:
- Cult of the Lamb wins GamesHub’s Game of the Year 2022
- The Best Games of 2022
- The Best Nintendo games of 2022
- The Best PlayStation games of 2022
- The Best Xbox games of 2022
- The best PC games of 2022
- The best mobile games of 2022
- Meredith Hall on 2022 with God of War, Card Shark, and RMIT Games
- Award-winning developers Fuzzy Ghost on their favourite games of 2022
- Umurangi Generation developer on the impactful moments of 2022
- Tempopo developer Sanatana Mishra’s favourite games of 2022
- Kelsey Gamble’s Top 4 Games of 2022
- David Wildgoose on his Game of the Year for 2022: Elden Ring
Stay tuned for personal lists from GamesHub staff and more special games industry guests.