Link Dump Friday
Welcome back to another Friday here at Jay Is Games, teetering on the precipice of Mount Olympus. (We got kicked out of the volcano by some guy in a tuxedo.) How's the new decade treating you? By now we should all be flying around in perfectly temperate hover cars, or at the very least getting our shoulders massaged by wisecracking robot manservants as we peruse our gaming options. At least we can take solace in knowing that despite failing the prophecies of the Jetsons, by the standards of as recently as the 1700s, we'd all be tried as witches. Hooray! While you're waiting for that robotic pineapple pizza dispenser with me, why don't we check out this week's Link Dump Friday lineup?
- Gone to the Dogs - Although it winds up feeling repetitive after a while, this racing/simulator about grooming a dog for the race track is quirky and well made enough to merit at least one playthrough. The lack of any real customization may put some players off, but those of you who have always wanted to pay a man with hair taller than you are thousands of dollars to massage your dog can finally have your dream come true. Which is perfectly natural and healthy, and I am not at all mildly perturbed by it. Really.
- Wheel It - At ten levels, this puzzle game about correctly assembling a group of gears is too light to be much of a meal, but is short and sweet enough to make a light snack. With easily accessible gameplay and graphics that are golden and buttery, Wheel It is satisfying despite its simplicity and lack of any real meaty mechanics. It also has a sort of nutty aftertaste that... wait, what was I talking about? I think I might be hitting the Big Book of Food Imagery a bit too hard.
- Find Tealy 2 - Full of that Finn Family Moomintroll-esque vibe I love so much, Find Tealy 2 (alternate title; Son of Tealy's Revenge) is a fun way to spend a few minutes. The original was perhaps a bit too simplistic, but the sequel adds a bit more of complexity while keeping everything kid-friendly. Of course, I don't know what a non-kid-friendly version of the Tealy games would be like. And I won't until Stephen King starts returning my phone calls.
- Speed Escape - What's this? You got your Weekday Escape in my Link Dump Friday! Oh well, just go with it. Actually three escape games in one, this game has you trying to think your way out of three different rooms in a time limit. Likely too short and simple for your prodigious escapery talents (*flutters eyelashes*), it's still a clever, quick way to sharpen the old gray matter in fifteen minutes or less.
- Soul Arms - Despite featuring a few too many instances of people going "..." or "?!" at each other, Soul Arms is still an ambitious little browser action/RPG that's worth a look for its odd story and scope if you're a fan of the genre. Combat is side-scroll beat-'em-up rather than turn based, but you'll still have to do your share of grinding. Which, let's be honest, you're probably familiar with if you've ever played an RPG before anyway.