Good morning, shiny, happy casual gameplay consumer! Do you feel any different? It's the start of a new year for most of us, and we bet you're just brimming over with resolutions that stand no chance of surviving the week. Here at JiG headquarters, situated deep within a dormant, skull-shaped volcano somewhere in the Pacific, we've decided to keep things simple by making resolutions we can't possibly break! For example, we resolve not to make the Stegosaurus extinct. We also resolve to eat food, and breathe air. We further resolve to continue bringing you the neatest casual games the web has to offer! I also wanted to resolve to do more bike jumps through flaming hoops over Dead Man's Movie Cliche Canyon, but apparently it's too "dangerous" and our insurance won't cover it. Spoilsports.
- Alter - While it's so-sweet style unfortunately isn't backed up with equally potent substance, this point-and-click/platformer hybrid is still clever enough to entertain for a bit. Use the awesome powers of shrink'n'grow to change the world around you and solve the problems plaguing the populace! While the mouse-and-key combo isn't as silky smooth as one might wish, how can you refuse this adorable... little... flame-y lookin'... uh, thing?
- Shrink It - It doesn't represent much of a challenge, but this cute widdle physics puzzler is still fun to play. Once again, you're growing and shrinking the environment, though this time to get your smiley into the target area. Which is a little perplexing, since the game's music sort of makes me think I should be frolicking through a meadow somewhere with an elven hero with too many syllables in his name. Oh well, next time!
- Blasting Agent - I like my platforming heroes like I like my coffee. Short, pixelated, and leaping/shooting its way across a secret frozen enemy base. Why Starbucks never understands my order, I don't know. But I do know that in spite of slightly clunky controls and straightforward gameplay, Blasting Agent is still pretty rad. Kids today still say rad, right? I'm hip!
- The Well - You can probably firmly place this one in the "this seemed better on paper/like a good idea at the time" category, but I'm including it anyway because of how awesome it almost was. A game created to run alongside the BBC's horror miniseries of the same name, The Well is a point-and-click adventure that is extraordinarily ambitious, but trips itself up with strange, awkward gameplay. The storyline is a bit cliched, but if the game itself had been made to be actually, you know, fun, it still would have been a remarkable achievement. C for effort, see me after class.
- Icebreaker: The Gathering - Part 3 of Nitrome's weekly set of levels in its popular series about smelly frozen vikings is now available! Play as the Raven Clan and write sad emo poetry nobody ever, ever reads or cares about... uh, I mean, deal with bouncy moss. Sorry. Easy mistake.