Archive for the Games Category

Swedish Armed Forces – Team Test

Posted in 3 stars, Curiosity, Games, Puzzle with tags , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Ortus

A brief interlude before I conclude my 2 part “Colour my …” review.

This is a cool little promotional feature on the Swedish Armed Forces website (seriously), that tests your mental faculties with a series of puzzles at increasing speed. You can play with 3 other random anonymous people from elsewhere in the world, or if you have 3 friends in an IM conversation or chat room, then the site allows you to generate a unique private url to share so that you can connect and play with them.

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The “Colour my …” Series – Part I

Posted in Games, Platform, Puzzle, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 4, 2010 by Ortus

In this monochrome world, I will search the depths of the earth and the limitless skies for you …

This series of games has been submitted to Newgrounds and Armor Games by a contributor called SilverStitch, and seem to have been inspired by a special someone in his life. All together now, d’awwwww. The thing is, I’m actually a little bit in love with the games. They’re not testing in anyway really, but it’s something akin to being inside an interactive poem at times. One man’s beautiful is another’s hackneyed schmaltz, I know that, but I think that there’s really something here. They certainly touched a nerve with me.

There’s 5 total. I’ll write a bit of an intro and look at the first 2 here, and follow up with Part 2 looking at chapters 3, 4 and 5 of the series.

They’re designed in a high contrast sketched out black and white, and as you progress through the games you will find you need to work a little to bring a bit of colour into the world. And that’s a part of the message at work here. The scores to all the games are written by SilverStitch’s apparent collaborator Coin, and they’re perfect. Simple melancholic piano loops that fit so well with the style and intent of the games.

Anyway, let’s look at them. There’s a story at play, so if you’re going to play them, you should probably do it in order. And I would recommend they are played at night, when you are relaxed, with headphones.

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Robot Unicorn Attack

Posted in 5 stars, Games, Platform, Simple with tags , , , , , , on March 1, 2010 by Ortus

Robot Unicorn Attack has had nearly 2,000,000 plays since Adult Swim put the game up a few days ago on their website. It has gone massively viral part in thanks to the support of one of the internet’s most notoriously hostile websites, where for one day differences were put aside and the constant bickering ceased to allow them to play this game and be in harmony.

WARNING: may result in unexpected tears of joy.

The typical user reaction to stumbling across Robot Unicorn Attack.

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FatCat

Posted in 5 stars, Games, Retro with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2009 by Hol Lucia

Oh wow I’ve been lazy recently. But here it is, another review. Not a H-game this time as it’s a Monday afternoon and tentacles
don’t really appeal right now. Wat? Are you feeling OK? Yes, I’m fine, don’t worry there will be another one but todays theme is
Super Kawaii Neko Flash Madness. So be warned, things are about to get a little bit pinker, and a little bit retro. Intrigued?
I Google searched ‘kawaii flash games’ and found Nitrome.com┬ájust what I was looking for..Super-cute web games
in bright colors, playing similarly to old-school video games from the 80s and 90s. Lots to choose from but we want neko games
(Thats Kitty games to any none Wapanese speakers).

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Fantastic Contraption

Posted in 4 stars, Games, Physics, Puzzle with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2009 by Ortus

I will warn you know, this game has eaten almost every second of my spare time in the last 72 hours. It got under my skin in a way that not many games have before.

What we have here is a physics game. You are presented with an object around which you must construct your Fantastic Contraption from the various tools available to you, making sure that it’s fit to get to the goal zone by negotiating whatever obstacles, puzzles and landscapes that are put in front of you by the devious level designers .

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Rapid Fire Round – Bullet Hell

Posted in 3 stars, 4 stars, 5 stars, Bullet Hell, Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by bigpoppacreamy

Heil, fellow Flashists. It’s time for another Rapid Fire Round, and this time we’re exploring the weird little sub-genre of shoot-em-ups called denmaku, curtain fire, barrage or simply Bullet Hell. Bullet Hell was originally invented by the Japanese, who decided that videogames should not just be a form of entertainment, but some kind of brain-melting, eye-twitching Herculean goddamned quest. As the name suggests, there’s a lot of bullets on screen. Like, seriously, a lot. So much so that, compared to other shoot-em-ups, the main part of your concentration is not on shooting down enemies, but navigating a way through a ridiculous pattern of bullets. These games sometimes have complex scoring systems, based on combos or ‘grazing’ bullets (sometimes you need to be shot at a point directly at the middle of your ship, and ‘grazing’ a bullet with a wing or somesuch actually gives you more points) and are frequently unforgiving, killing you witha single hit. Unfortunately, this genre is not exactly well-represented in the Flash format, with many of these games being impossible-to-find Japanese PS2 imports that you have to remortgage your house and suck off the guy behind the game store counter in a back alley to get ahold of. However, I’ve tracked down a few that might draw your attention.

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Cursor*10

Posted in 3 stars, Games, Puzzle, Simple with tags , , , on January 12, 2009 by sarcolepsy

I’m not dead, just lazy. I’ve been playing games and not telling you about them. Sorry. I figured it was about time I brought you at the very least a short lazy review of a short simple game. So here we have Cursor*10, a short, simple game.

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