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Coastal Super-Combat is my vote for the easiest game of 2010. The award doesn't necessarily mean that Coastal Super-Combat is a bad game, it's just way (as in waaaaaaaaaaaaay) too easy.
The game is quite simple, giving you a gun scope that you move around with your finger, and then a button to fire your weapon. You get some other weapons that you can use too, but I never had to use them in my time playing.
After each level you are given a certain amount of money to buy new guns and ammo. I personally chose to buy every other gun on the list, and my strategy worked just fine. You can also spend money upgrading your base defense, but like the alternative weapons, I never saw a real need.
Once you've upgraded your gun and all, each level will take about 45 seconds to complete, leaving you with about a minute or two of fluff animation between each level. Getting through the entire game in one night really isn't much of a challenge, assuming you can persevere through the games easiness.
All hope is not lost though, and with a few simple upgrades, Coastal Super-Combat could be a real winner. The game already has some great graphics (although they do look a bit Fieldrunners-like, but that's another matter) and concept, so the big things are already taken care of.
First, there needs to be a much wider variety of units. There needs to be an abundance of land and air units, and there desperately needs to be some longer ranged units that can strike from farther out. The units also need to be much tougher, unless you hit them in a weak spot, like the head or gas tank. Maybe the game needs to get down to hitting tires and legs to slow units down; the whole aiming system needs to be much more challenging. I'd also like to see some defense help options, such as D-Day-like defensive bunkers, barbed fences, and landmines.
I think that with some love, Coastal Super-Combat could be a really nice game, but in its current form it's a bit too easy to recommend to most. If you simply like shooting things and winning, you'll probably get your money's worth, but if you are asking for a challenge, look elsewhere.