Link Dump Friday
Another week has come and gone, and here we are again to celebrate the offerings of the internet. Come, let us join hands this Friday and give thanks for the fork-tender flakiness of physics, the delicious jam of point-and-clicks, and the hearty broth of puzzles. For together, they combine into a tasty buffet of delicious gaming that combats the bland gruel of boredom and provides the savoury spice to the succulent roast of your day!
... what? No, actually, I haven't eaten yet today. Why do you ask?
- Civet's Odyssey - Cute as a button but clunky as a brick, this little point-and-click adventure about the titular character hunting down the lost belongings of his friends is about as adorable as you can get and still function properly. The problem is that a lot of the puzzles are simply awkwardly presented and frustrating to navigate. Which is a shame, because the whole thing is just so friendly and lovable otherwise. It's like someone giving you a big glass of your favourite Kool-Aid, only they forgot to sweeten it. Or, worse, sweetened it with Splenda.
- White Day 2 - Oh, Minoto. Truly, you illustrate the wondrous yet vaguely disconcerting landscape of my dreams! Come, run away with me to a nonsensical realm of your imagining! This is a short point-and-click game about a dog... thing... and you can make a bored bear punch a polar bear... look, man, I don't know. Like all Minoto's games, this one cheerfully defies description with its ridiculous progression and cute visuals. Insane? You bet! Oh, and you can pick up spit in this one too. Awwww.
- Demolition Dude - A fine example of "what is this I don't even", this is a game where you destroy buildings with your head. For cash. It's a physics puzzle (sorta) with a strange premise and stranger execution. Simply click and drag to fire your no-doubt highly qualified expert at buildings, causing enough damage to win each level. It's weird, sure, but you know what they say. "If you want something done right, you've gotta risk massive cranial trauma and do it yourself".
- Stoblobs - I like to imagine that the inside of Tonypa's head is like Willy Wonka's factory, populated by colourful logic puzzles and non-threatening Oompa-Loompas that ferry them to our browsers. This is a prime example, where you match two identical tiles with a clear path between them and try to clear the board without becoming deadlocked. It's extremely simple to pick up and play, and mellow enough that the time can fly by before you notice. You know, just like every Tonypa game, ever?
- Fantasy XF - [Parental Warning: Some content might not be suitable for younger gamers.] Despite suffering from bland area design and uninspired gameplay, this platform/RPG hybrid is often surprisingly funny if you like oddball humour. The graphics are probably pretty familiar to most of us, but the clever writing and tongue-in-cheek dialogue hits more often than it misses. If only it were nearly as fun to play throughout. *sigh* You done me wrong, Fantasy XF... why you always gotta break my heart? At least we'll always have Uno!