6. "The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds" (Nintendo, for the Nintendo 3DS) • A few daring innovations on the long-running "Legend of Zelda" formula resulted in one of the most captivating adventures starring everyone's favorite elfy hero, Link. His ability to pop on and off walls added a new depth to the puzzles and made a serious case for playing in 3D.
7. "Gone Home" (The Fullbright Company, for PC) • There just aren't enough games as emotionally gripping — or as beautifully ordinary — as this voyeuristic coming-of-age story that casts players as a college student who's returned to her family's empty house after traveling abroad. "Gone Home" is more than just a mystery set in the 1990s. It's interactive poetry.