One of the first games I ever backed on Kickstarter, Superhot was definitely one of the hottest games of 2016 for me. I was sold based on the premise alone, easily spotting an awesome gameplay mechanic from its earliest stages. Other games on this list have a clear edge with time spent playing, but the statement that Superhot is able to make in the short time it takes to complete makes it well worth recognizing. Coming up with a truly original idea in a sea of remakes and sequels, Superhot shines in almost every category and is a true crowd-funding success story.
Narrative was never anything I was expecting out of what I had seen of Superhot early on. To my delight, there is an intriguing story hidden in the game with an ending worth playing all the way through to see. The time-based mechanics of the main game seemed like a lofty concept to deliver on, but the passionate Superhot Team managed to pull it off in spades. Every level has you feeling like a badass by the end as it plays the otherwise impossible maneuvers back in real time. The pacing of the difficulty in the game is perfect and manages to challenge you without dealing out an excessive amount of frustration. I would load it up right now and play some more, which makes Superhot an excellent number ten in my top ten games of 2016.