Best smaller game I played this year were Shakedown Hawaii and Void Bastards.
Both games are very unique, while also being throwbacks to older, long gone, genres.
Shakedown Hawaii is a throwback to the old 2D GTA top down style. But it also feels very modern.
Void Bastards is really reminiscent of System Shock, and though I'm not a huge fan of these randomized kind of games, I easily consider it one of my favourite games of the year. Just love its style.
"Oi Spunky McFuckface" - I enjoyed that. A bit of loss what to do once everything's maxed, but its one I'll revisit for sure.