Death’s Door (winner)
With a very Zelda dungeon-like feel, the action-adventure game offers a fresh take on the hereafter. You take on the role of a crow tasked with chasing down a thief in a world where no one dies and everyone has outlived their usefulness.It’s developed by Acid Nerve, and it’s the studio’s second game after Titan Souls, which was released in 2015.
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In our write-up on the game, we called Death’s Door “a moody love letter to Legend of Zelda that may be one of the best indies of the year”. And it turns out it is!
“Death’s Door somehow makes death feel both bleak and supremely chill, an impressive feat considering the combat can get chaotic,” wrote Alyssa Mercante at the time. “It’s equal parts Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, and Metroidvania, pulling mechanics and systems from these sources and mixing them together in a lovely cauldron of death draught. Oddly enough, Death’s Door is a Microsoft exclusive, even though it feels like a love letter to The Legend of Zelda sealed with blood-red wax.” You can play Death’s Door now on Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC. Plus, as of today you can also enjoy it on PS4, PS5, and Nintendo Switch.