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Denki Top 100

Gary Penn compiles list of the hundred most notable Denki moments.

Denki HQ, Dundee, Scotland December 8th 2008. So this is Christmas - and what have we done? Actually, we've put together the inaugural Denki Top 100. A fact-filled year-end round-up of the greatest, gaming experiences we've ever done.

With our usual disdain for limitations, constraints and notions of propriety, we have not limited the list to those games released over the last twelve calendar months, but instead features ALL of our games which are still being played by gamers around the world...

The judging criteria were based on a complex formula, created by Denki's in-house games legend Gary 'Gaztop' Penn. It's very simple. First you take the popularity of each game with players, multiply this by the revenue it's generated, ADD on the longevity of the game and then apply our own very strict internal scoring system. We then sorted the overall winners using a system of trial by ordeal. Whittling the original list of nearly 200 games down to 10 seemed particularly arduous, what with Christmas coming up, so we went up to 100, just for fun.

1.Word Crunch Deluxe [like Word Crunch, only Deluxe-r]

2.Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

3.Crackdown [yes, THAT Crackdown]

4.InQuizitor [Game + Education oh yes!]

5.SpongeBob SquarePants; Episode 6 - Forest Of Fear

6.Denki Blocks! [The one, the only, the original...]

7.Tomb Raider; The Reckoning [we reckon you liked it]

8.Jumble Fever; Beehive Bedlam Edition

9.Shrek; Episode 5 - Imperial Peril

10.Wall-E

11.Tetris [did you know we even did a multiplayer version?]

12.Barbie; World Fashion Tour

13.Pac-Man [Blinky on the TV, instead of vice versa...]

14.Tom and Jerry; Episode 1 - Mouse Party

15.Bips! [one button magic from the brain of Penn]

16.Sundae Scoop

17.21s [NOT played in 21 seconds, actually a card game...]

18.Ben 10; Episode 3 - Upchuck Unveiled

19.Kingpin Bowling [Contains more pageantry than normal bowling]

20.Polly Wheels 2 [Nothing to do with parrots]

21.Bust-A-Move

22.Go! Go! Beckham [yes, THAT Beckham...]

23.Word Crunch 2 [Like Word Crunch only twice as crunchy]

24.Scooby-Doo Mysteries; Episode 2 - The Case of the Frosty Snowman

25.Pat Sajaks Code Letter Crossword Connections

26.Dexters Laboratory; Episode 3 - Return of the Dorkster

27.Mad Libs [Really very, very crazy Libs indeed]

28.Lego Castle; The Sword of Virtue

29.Robotboy; Episode 4 - Tag Team Trouble

30.Tumbler [need we say more? I think not...]

31.Tom and Jerry; Episode 2 - Merry Christmouse!

32.Jumble Quest; The Lost Pyramids

33.SpongeBob SquarePants; Episode 5 - Snow Woes

34.Sky Sports Darts [darts was invented in 1409 by the 8th Earl of Darts]

35.Codename: Kids Next Door; Episode 4 - Operation G.U.M.D.R.O.P.

36.Fetch! What A State!

37.Barbie; LuvMe3 - Pups New Tricks

38.HULK [Dr David Banner liked this. Hulk, SMASH! he told us...]

39.Golden Balls

40.Polly Pocket; SPLASH!

41.Looney Tunes; Back In Action; Episode 3 - Rabbit Rescue

42.Letter Box [a 4% increase in literafullness followed this game's release]

43.Hot Wheels; Monster Truck Smashdown

44.Boggle [We're told this is Prince Phillip's favourite dice-based word game]

45.Pat Sajaks Code Letter Lost & Found Words

46.Bugz [Like Bugs, only sleepier]

47.Genies Cave [High scorers were granted three faux wishes]

48.Ben 10; Episode 2 - Call of the Wildmutt

49.Nicktoons; Ready Orb Not

50.Robotboy; Episode 2 - Something in the Darkness Drools!

51.Wallace & Gromit in Curse of the Were-Rabbit

52.Shrek the Third [Son of, son of Shrek]

53.Codename: Kids Next Door - Episode 3 Operation R.E.V.E.N.G.E.

54.Reversi

55.Tom and Jerry; Episode 5 - Rickety House Mouse

56.Carol Vordermans Mind Aerobics; Summer Shape Up

57.Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends; Episode 2 - Brotherly Love

58.Number Crunch [Like Word Crunch, only Numberier]

59.Scooby-Doo Where Are You?; Episode 1 - The Mystery of Eerie Isle

60.All Grown Up! [Unlike our previous title, 'Fartastic']

61.Shrek; Episode 1 - Fionas Rescue

62.Weekly Spin To Win [You have to be spin it to...oh you get the idea]

63.Dexters Laboratory; Episode 2 - Mandark Strikes Back

64.Super Breakout [SIX times more Super than non-super Breakout]

65.The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy

66.Shrek; Episode 3 - Godmothers Revenge

67.The Muppets in Backstage Rampage

68.Quick Wit [Perfect for after-dinner speakers and classroom wags]

69.Codename: Kids Next Door - Episode 1 Operation B.I.T.T.E.R.S.W.E.E.T.

70.Jumble Fever; Tropical Edition

71.Courage the Cowardly Dog; Episode 3 - Le Quack Attack!

72.Denki Blocks! Brain Teasers; Volume 2

73.SpongeBob SquarePants; Episode 3 - The Flying Dutchman

74.Tom and Jerry in Dynamice 2

75.Star Trek: The Next Generation - Stranded

76.Barbie in The 12 Dancing Princesses

77.Scooby-Doo Mysteries; Episode 1 - The Case of the Creepy Cowboy

78.Thunderbirds [F.A.B. Oh come on, you were expecting that, surely!]

79.Ed, Edd n Eddy; Episode 1 - Night of the Living Ed

80.Ben 10; Episode 1 - Vilgax Venom

81.Caterpillar Crunch [Almost five times crunchier than regular caterpillars]

82.Jumble Fever; Avatar Edition

83.Courage the Cowardly Dog; Episode 1 - Katz Kidnap

84.Duopolis [Sadly NOT the adventures of two policemen in Glasgow]

85.Tom and Jerry; Episode 4 - Duck and Cover

86.Word Crunch [Like Caterpillar Crunch, but wordier]

87.Codename: Kids Next Door - Episode 1 Operation T.E.E.N.A.G.E.R.

88.Jumble Fever: Halloween Edition [Featured Witches and Pumpkins]

89.SpongeBob SquarePants; Episode 1 - Bikini Bottom Bother

90.The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy in Hells Hamsters

91.Robotboy; Episode 3 - Repair or Despair

92.Shrek Jumble Rumble

93.Codename: Kids Next Door - Episode 2 Operation S.H.I.P.W.R.E.C.K.E.D.

94.Jumble Football Fever

95.Tom and Jerry; Episode 3 - Mansion House Mouse

96.Dexters Laboratory; Episode 1 - Dexter Versus Mandark

97.Shrek; Episode 2 - Disarming Charming

98.Berenstain Bears; Rainy Day Puzzles

99.SpongeBob SquarePants; Episode 2 - Krabby Patty Kidnap

100.Shrek; Episode 4 - Double Trouble

Colin Anderson, the Managing Director of Denki said, Two days! I left the office for two days and this is what Gaz gets the teams to do with their time! That said, I doubt theres many other games companies in the world who could whip up a Top 100 list of their own games, based on some dubious quasi-scientific criteria, while at the same time having fun and avoiding actual paid work in the run up to the holidays? Of course, Id have preferred if they actually got on with what they were meant to be doing building Denkis new games for Xbox Live Arcade and Wii.

Some people say it's impossible to quantify something like joy, added Penn. But they're simply not trying hard enough. This list, this scientific, accurate and extensive list draws a clear line in the sand. It shows that as Denki gears up for new projects and a new future, it builds upon a glorious legacy of triumph, ability and innovation. Ive already put out a call to creators of all stripes to take some time out to visit www.denkiornot.com to see if they are well, Denki or Not. If they are, then I want to hear from them.

ENDS

Notes For Editors:

About Denki

At Denki, we make toys to help you squeeze more fun from every day.

We all know the feeling even on busy days our lives are littered with those odd moments where were bored or waiting around. Wouldn't it be great if we could use those times to give ourselves a lift? Stretch our minds a little? Have some fun?

Thats precisely what we do: build the best toys to brighten your day and lighten your mood. Toys to cheer you up; toys to make you think; toys to make you happy; toys to make your day. Bright toys for bright people. Toys like those in Denki Blocks! and Quarrel.

Were on a mission to brighten the world, and we hope you like what were doing so much youll join in at www.denki.co.uk.

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