Link Dump Friday
Take me out, to the black, tell 'em I ain't comin' back. Burn the land and boil the sea, I'll just play Link Dump... uh... Fri-dee... ? Hmmm, kinda catchy! Now where have I heard that one before? It's a mystery! Anyway, welcome back, dear friends and browncoats, to another installment of Link Dump Friday, and another batch of games delivered fresh from the great convection oven that is the internet.
- A Ride Home - I might be tempted to call Gregory Weir the maverick of flash game design, if not for the fact that I hate people who call themselves or others mavericks, so we'll just say he's a pretty clever and creative guy instead. Made with Unity, this very short little experimental science fiction game allows you to explore unfamiliar territory. A little bit, anyway. While it doesn't quite feel like a full game at the moment, it still manages to evoke a sense of loneliness for the few minutes it'll take you to play.
- Watermelon Bomb - Just buying watermelon is a minefield; you never know if what you're going to get is the sweet, succulent, melt-in-your-mouth nectar of the gods or a flavorless mash that dribbles unappetizingly down the back of your throat. Mmmmmm. Fortunately, this chain reaction game simplifies things by just asking you to hurl the fruit. At other fruit. Which then explodes. So you can buy more fruit... also to explode. It, um. It makes sense if you don't think about it.
- Seven Child Goat - Something about goats has always creeped me out, probably because their eyes make them so untrustworthy. Fortunately, Minoto makes everything better. This little point-and-click puzzle game wants you to solve the problem of a marathon monkey treed by a bull, figure out what to do with the lazy bear hibernating in your inventory, and more. By the end of the game, you will be 100% equipped to deal with any goat-related issues that might arise in your future. But you still shouldn't ever trust them. Never turn your back on them. Goats, man. They freak me out.
- Safe Landing - From Alex Miller, the fine soul who brought you Little Rocket, comes... even more little rockets! Kinda. This tricky little game is about trying to land your little rocket on a little landing pad without hitting any obstacles or running out of fuel. It's more mini-game than anything else, but it's simple, tricky, and besides; how can you hate anything with that soundtrack? You can't, that's how! Subject closed.
- What a Dream! What a Nightmare! - When I was a kid, I used to have a reoccuring nightmare about having to run up an endless, crumbling staircase in the dark from a monster that was chasing me, while hands reached up between the steps and tried to grab my ankles. I always thought it was a combination of seeing the Evil Dead when I was four and generally being a weird kid, but it turns out it just means the fairy and the ogre were slacking off. In this avoidance game, your job as a pretty pink fairy is to trick the ogre trying to snare you in his net into catching the nightmares that are trying to hassle the little girl sleeping in the room instead. It's a little odd to get the hang of, but the whole thing is so lovely and simple it's worth checking out.