The WitnessThe colorful, idealized art style was developed to create a pleasant, meditative space the player can really enjoy exploring. While the objects are simplified, they stay true to nature to create believable spaces. There is no excess detail to distract, every corner of the world is carefully arranged to preserve puzzle clarity, and the world is condensed for easy navigation." - Orsolya Spanyol, Artist, Thekla, Inc.
Jonathan Blow
December 19, 2016 9:12 AM EST

The best video games of 2016 are as usual a sundry gathering of delights I both saw and didn’t see coming, a medley of experiences that range from the traditionally exquisite to the exquisitely nontraditional.

TIME publishes its top 10 games list in November to coincide with the start of the holiday season. What you’re reading now is that list slightly reorganized to accommodate late November and December stragglers, as well as a few things I played later than expected.

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