Link Dump Friday
Welcome once again to another installment of Link Dump Friday, coming to you live from the secret JiG Headquarters orbiting in a cloaked flying fortress outside an AMC Theater to ensure we'll be first in line for the latest Harry Potter flick. This week we bring you puzzles, adventure, and big blue blobs with itty-bitty stampy feet. It's everything you never knew you needed, all in one convenient web-based package. It's how we show affection. We're way better than cats that way, and we don't even shed. (Well... I don't.)
- A Blob's Tale 2 - The sequel to the lovely but flawed original, this is an adventure platformer about a big blue guy out to rescue his girlfriend from The Forces of Darkness. (tm) It's undeniably beautiful with its soft colour scheme and big, friendly character design, but the awkward controls and lackluster story that dogged its predecessor persist. It's definitely cute, but lacking in polish. Just don't tell that to the big sleeping cave... demon... guy. He might get angry and you... wouldn't like him when he's angry.
- Rebuzz - I know, I know. You don't just come here for games, you come here for intellectual stimulation, you big hunka burnin' brain, you. Here's a series of visual word puzzles designed to whip your thinky-organ into fighting shape. Having to click back and forth between keyboard and mouse control in order to input your answers and then advance to the next level is annoying, but it's still a clever little game. Kind of like the riddle equivalent of an espresso shot. Or, uh... since espresso sucks, something tastier.
- (Don't) Save The Princess - This little puzzle game doesn't want you to save the princess. In fact, it wants you to place down a series of obstacles designed to expedite the hero's demise at the jaws of what I'm sure some people might consider a very intimidating beast. I know it goes against everything video games have taught you, but trust me, it's better this way. I saved a princess once, and the next day, she had fungus growing everywhere in the house. Do you know what fungus grows in?! I could not send her back to that giant fire-breathing turtle fast enough, tell you what.
- Speed Escape 2 - If you're questioning why you would let someone lock you in three rooms (again) and give you five minutes to escape, well, clearly you've never worked around here. Jay makes us solve point-and-click puzzles just to get into the office. (Which is still preferable to the platforming corridor he set up over a lava pit in front of the employee restrooms. Which is still better than the "riddles three" we have to answer each month to get paid. I think he maybe plays too many games.)
- Chain Tower - It's not often that I'm actually rendered speechless, but this Japanese point-and-click game is so weird it just sort of leaves you making vague gestures in the air with your hands while your mouth forms not-words. I guess there's a guy and a puppy dog painting a room, and then you come along and mess it all up? Maybe? It's one of those cases where I'm not sure a translation would have done much to clear things up, but it's still a weirdly enjoyable little bon-bon of craziness.