Cyan Worlds | Spokane | PC and Mac | $30
If you spent countless hours exploring Myst, then prepare to get lost in the world of Obduction. Designed by Myst creator Rand Miller, this game combines thought-provoking puzzles with gorgeous art. After being mysteriously transported to another dimension, you must explore dreamlike landscapes and haunting alien ruins to find a way back home. Obduction has a virtual reality mode for those looking for ultimate immersion.
Lords of New York
Lunchtime Studios | Sammamish | Available in early 2017 for PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile devices
Travel back to the time of bootlegging gangsters and flappers in this stylish poker game. The single-player campaign puts you in the shoes of small-time hood Vince, who is looking to score big at an underground poker tournament run by New York’s most notorious gangs. Alternatively, you can challenge your friends to a round of The Roaring Twenties poker, where cheating is actively encouraged.
Refract | Redmond | PC and PlayStation 4 | $20
Distance is a hypnotic racing game where you must navigate your car through a virtual city that is quickly collapsing around you. The game starts simply enough, but within a short time you will find yourself grooving to the techno beat as you speed past crazy obstacles and make impossible jumps. This is a game that you can easily play during a five-minute break or alternatively enjoy for an entire evening.
Tunnels and Trolls
MetaArcade | Seattle | Available in early 2017 for mobile devices
Here is a mobile game that truly captures the fun of reading a “choose your own adventure” book. Tunnels and Trolls is a text-based adventure game where the choices you make determine if you escape with the treasure or end up a charred dragon appetizer. The starting pack features terrific writing and illustrations, and aspiring writers and artists can easily upload their own creations to share with like-minded fans.
Sega | PC, Mac and Linux | $36
I would highly recommend Motorsport Manager for auto lovers looking to live out their Top Gear fantasies. The game puts you behind the wheel of a powerful sports car as you race to the top of the international circuit. However, you can get super involved in every aspect of running a professional racing team. You can create your own car designs at your test facilities, recruit top drivers, and manage a pit crew.
Golden Glitch (several team members based in Seattle) | Available in early 2017 for PC, Mac, and Linux | $17
Elsinore is the perfect choice for literature lovers looking to solve an intriguing mystery. You play the role of Ophelia, the tragic heroine from Shakespeareís Hamlet. Given another chance at life, Ophelia has just four days to uncover the secrets of Elsinore castle and save her entire family from dying. This game features top-notch writing, a strong female protagonist, and a cast of intriguing characters.
Shoot Shoot Mega Pack
Actual Humans | Available in early 2017 for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4
Iíve included Shoot Shoot Mega Pack on this list for its zany humor and crazy action. The controls are simple: Press one button to move your triangle ship around and another button to fire. However, your friends are trying to blow you up, slam you into the wall, or push you into vortexes. If you win, the game congratulates you on eating your vegetables and getting a full eight hours of sleep.