The weekend is right around the corner, and thus we begin our ritual playing of games to appease the Elder Ones that Saturday may come about. (Bruce Campbell was also supposed to be here for the ritual, but he wouldn't consent to be oiled up.) This week I bring you bears, sharks, meteors, and... uh... a thing! That does some stuff!
- Evolving Machine - You there! You like things, do you not? Well then, try this thing on for size! Not so much a game as a piece of interactive art or even a webtoy, this little dealy-bopped simply encourages you to click on stuff and see what stuff happens as a result of said... stuff. It won't take that long to fool around with, but fans of light, exploratory gameplay puzzles and things can't go wrong.
- Bearbound - Check that bear out. Man. That is some kind of disgruntled bear. Can't say I blame him. In this short little game, made in just 72 hours for Newgrounds' GameJam, you guide the bear around the map looking for a new den, and finding places to shelter temporarily whenever the wind picks up so you don't freeze. Despite the different endings, it won't take you that long to play through. But while it needs a bit more variety to stand flesh itself out, it's still pretty darned adorable for the time frame they had. I mean, I can't even draw bears that well and I'm amazing. These people must be some sort of alien gods or something. It's the only explanation.
- Paranormal Shark Activity - Once upon a time there was a terrible movie, which we won't talk about. Instead, we'll talk about this bizarre arcade game where you must go on the run across a series of floating boxes for as long as you can while pursued by a psychotic looking shark you would not be overestimating by calling freaking massive. If you're like me a suffer a rational phobia of large bodies of water that tend to house things with mouths like an explosion of needles, this may actually be more frightening than that movie thing we're not discussion. All I know is I'm not using any bubblebath tonight... that's how they sneak up on you.
- Berzerk Ball - [Parental Warning: May contain content unsuitable for children.] Geeks are insufferable. I know this because I am one, and there are times when I actually go out of my way to be insufferable. (The technical term for that is "Being Dora".) So if you've ever wanted to take your frustrations out on me or that guy you don't want to stand too close to at the comic shop, then try this launch game on for size. With loads of style and snarky humour, this weird little gem from Berzerk Studio is less a sequel to the original Homerun in Berzerk Land and more of an expansion pack with some new surprises. (Don't despair; the sequel arrives later this year!)
- Effing Meteors - If you enjoyed Effing Hail, then it's probably safe to surmise that you'll enjoy it's effing cousin. The goal? Use meteors to wipe out all the life on each planet before moving on to the next. Yes, global extinction was never so effing fun! Or so effing stylish. While it might not provide much challenge, if you've got a fluffy white cat within grabbing distance, now might be a perfect time to practice your Mua-ha-ha-ha-ha!s to the shrieks of the collapse of an innocent civilization. You know, for next time! (I believe in you!)