Link Dump Friday
Don't give up! You're almost at the weekend, and here's another installment of Link Dump Friday to sustain you through the day. If anything can give you a reason to go on, surely it would be multiple, horrible things befalling a rabbit who only wants to be reunited with his true love!... no? Well, what about a man who has nothing left to live for after everything he loved has died and so goes on a quest that will likely ultimately lead to his own self destruction?... no? Geez, picky, picky. Next you'll be telling me you like things that are uplifting and cheerful to motivate you. Weirdo.
- Silk - You guys, you're thinking about your lives too hard. I'd tell you to be a leaf on the wind, but all that gets you is an enormous spike through your chest and a traumatic on-screen death. Instead, I'm going to tell you to relax, let yourself go, and spend a while doodling with this simple but beautiful little webtoy where the only purpose is just to take in the view. Draw lines of "silk" on the screen and then just watch it flow, creating a rippling cascade of colours like the world's loveliest Winamp visualisation. It may seem to lack much of a point, since there aren't any secrets or other elements, but when have you ever needed a reason to appreciate the shinier things in life once in a while?
- Utigawa RA - I have a terrible secret. I think there's a disconnect in my brain whenever I'm expected to handle non-linear puzzle solving... being forced to think "outside the box" just frustrates me. While this is only sort of an escape game, it's about as abstract a puzzle game as you can get, with a minimalistic approach and no instructions. Dearest reader Blue sent this one in and suggested it would make an excellent Link Dump Friday entry (it does!) and also suggested some kind soul might make a walkthrough for it (they might!). What say you, brave readers?! Will you answer the call? The call for... directions and spoiler tags?!
- Epic Fail - I'm seven years old, it's my birthday, and my mom gets me a rabbit. I was in paroxysms of joy. Until the following day when I rushed out to play with him before school and discovered that getting a rabbit for your birthday essentially means getting an uncommunicative, uninterested pet that continually generates a stream of unpleasant chores and will never, ever thank you for scraping out the poo enamel it's trying to lay on the floor of its hutch. Maybe that's why I get some sort of mean-spirited pleasure out of this weird little arcade avoidance game about a rabbit continually trying and failing to reunite with the object of his affections. I have a lot of weird stories about rabbit ownership; I suspect if you grew up in rural Canada, you probably do, too.
- Ancient Powers - If you took Tiny Castle and endeavor and bonked them together while making mwah-mwah-mwah sounds, then you might get something that looks sort of like this single-screen platform adventure puzzler, even down to the retro-ish visuals. While I can't say I support dragging your deceased beloved by her hair to some suspicious old cave so you can dig up the very powers that killed your father is what I would call logical thinking, but I have driven twenty minutes to a convenience store at midnight because I "needed" a cornetto, so I suppose I can't throw stones.
- Another Cave Runner - Almost two years down the road, and Canabalt is still breaking hearts and inspiring developers left and right. This snappy little arcade survival game combines everyone's love of running really, really fast with a rockin' theme and some light RPG elements to make a fast-paced, addictive experience. Come on, who amoung us hasn't had a day that wouldn't be wildly improved by running pell-mell down a corridor, leaping over Indiana-Jones-style boulders, and slashing wildly at everything in reach? Awesome is the cure for all life's woes.