Sticks


  • Currently 4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4/5 (66 votes)
| Comments (6) | Views (13)

joyeSticksI've always felt all this nine-to-five punchclock stuff is for chumps. I've said it before and I'll say it again: be like me and pursue the lucrative career of "Canadian housewife". Little did I know that I was not setting my parasitic sights high enough. I should have emulated the hero of the physics puzzle game from Eugene Karataev, Sticks, who literally sits around and lets the money just roll to him. It's good work if you can get it. Of course, it does require some kind of omnipotent "player" force to conjure wooden sticks from nothing to guide the coins to you. A small detail.

Sadly, you are the player and not the hero of Sticks, so you're going to be providing the labor instead of enjoying the fruits thereof. The main part of the game is using the mouse to draw sticks. These humble sticks can serve many purposes, from ramps, to baskets, to pokers, to launch pads, depending on your own ingenuity. In the upper left corner, you'll see a meter that shows how much wood you have left to build, and also how many coins you need to beat the level. (You don't always need to save every coin.) Sticks that overlay each other will be connected by a joint. If you place a stick in the wrong place, double click it to remove it. To clear the entire board, click the rewind button in the upper right. Once you think you've gotten things the way you like, hit [spacebar] or click on the play button in the lower right to see how things play out. If it works, wonderful. If it doesn't, hit [spacebar] again or the stop button in the lower right and fiddle around.

Eugene Karataev is best known for Wake Up the Box, and this game shows the same whimsical art and music, as well as a similar focus on building simple machines. While not breaking too much new ground, the 30 levels should please phuzzle fans and provide a welcome coffee break distraction.

Play Sticks

6 Comments

Anonymous January 18, 2011 8:09 PM

Really cool. Yet more proof that a fun and challenging game can find its genesis in a very simple idea. Kudos.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

It's a simple physics puzzler, but it has atrocious clipping problems. The core game mechanic doesn't work! Back to the drawing board for this one.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Nothin' like dreaming your whole life away lol.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

A bit harder than most but I am absolutely addicted to the music, so much so I find it rather sad when you complete a level and it gets interrupted (I have one of the levels on the go in the background as I type).

The animation and characterisation is great too.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I like it, hope it gets a level pack or sequel. I love the glitches so much. You learn to create little engines and things out of certain combinations of sticks and hinges.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
chibidani Author Profile Page January 23, 2011 2:07 AM

Nice game.

Why doesn't Bob get speared by the wood though?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
488 Views
0 Comments
Monsters &amp; Medicine> Satori Get the door, because it's a throng of monsters demanding your... medical treatment? Build your hospital while bringing life to the dying in this adorable turn-based strategy game from Clockwork Acorn that's good for what ails ya.  ...
568 Views
4 Comments
March> Dora Everyone needs money, fast cars, good grades... but what might you miss if you only focus on what you have in front of you? This short but sweet interactive art piece follows one man through his life and asks the same question.  ...
2,436 Views
9 Comments
Alexandria Escape> Johnny123 This escape game plops you into ancient Alexandria and has you muddle your way out. Bookshelves, statues, steam machines, and weapons all factor in to your daring point and click adventure.  ...
569 Views
6 Comments
Notebook Wars Saga> Tricky It's the famed shooter series that transforms "shock and awe!" into "shock and draw!" Francisco Ferreres' Notebook Wars returns with the first Unity installment of the series: Notebook Wars Saga. The transition to a new engine means losing a lot of the features fans of the series have grown used to, but those looking for a stripped-down throwback or fun on a mobile screen should enjoy this new iteration of shooty fun.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Fear for Sale: The 13 Keys

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!