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
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]
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]
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...]
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.
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.
Notes For Editors:
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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