Finnish games Alan Wake and Angry Birds chosen as best of the year by Time Magazine

Finnish companies Remedy Entertainment and Rovio have shot up to the pinnacle of the gaming world this year.

Two very different Finnish success stories have topped Time Magazine’s selection of the best games in 2010. Alan Wake, chosen as the best game of the year by Time, is a dark and mature psychological thriller set in a town taken over by a shadowy occult force, while Angry Birds is fun slingshot game for the whole family.

According to Time, lots of video-game covers have a bold M on their lower left corner, but none have felt as mature as Alan Wake does. Alan Wake was produced by Remedy Entertainment, a Finnish game development company founded in 199 and released for the Xbox360 in May 2010 by Microsoft Game Studio. Time praises Alan Wake’s mix of meta-awareness and Hitchcockian suspense, and its ability to turn metaphor into game play.

Angry Birds is a game designed for mobile devices, where the player flings birds of varying sizes with a slingshot in order to topple structures constructed by greedy green pigs that have stolen the birds’ eggs. Selecting Angry Birds as the second best game of 2010, Time describes it as an incredibly addictive game that will drain the phone battery quickly as the player spends hours trying to conquer each level. Angry Birds has so far been downloaded 42 million times, according to its Finnish makers Rovio, one of Europe's leading independent developers of wireless games.

Sources: Time, MicroPC