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DoraHappy Friday, dear reader! I hope that wherever you are, the sun is shining and the birds are singing, and after you finish with today's batch of games you plan on getting outside, catching butterflies, running on the beach with golden retrievers... er... chasing hoops with sticks... save kids from wells with the help of plucky collie dogs... whatever it is people do outside. Look, I'll be honest with you. I don't do well under the judgmental glare of the Daystar myself. But maybe these fine titles will provide some measure of comfort when you slink back indoors covered in sweat, bug bites, and newly irritated red flesh.

  • Pokemon Tower DefensePokemon Tower Defense - I love Pokemon, and I don't care who knows it! I also love tower defense games, so this would seem to be a match made in heaven if not for the potential threat of Nintendo's legal department hanging over this title like the Sword of Damocles. Sam Otero brings us this geek-tastic title complete with a story that stays faithful to the original silly, fun source material; a mysterious man and woman are set to attack Professor Oak's lab with a bunch of hypnotised Pokemon and steal all the Rare Candies they can find. Select your Pokemon and go on an adventure, tower-defense style, getting stronger and evolving to save Oak's stash! WATER TYPE FO' LIFE, YO!
  • Epic CharlieEpic Charlie - I have to wonder how epic the protagonist of this platform game can really be if he doesn't have a jetpack or a rocketbike or a group of dogs with bees in their mouths (and when they bark they shoot bees at you). When his mentor meets an untimely demise at the hands of the prerequisite Big Bad, Charlie is blamed by the townspeople and given time to prove his innocence, which appears to involve spikes, enemies, wall-jumping, and more. It is a little disappointing... I mean, now that everyone knows about the "ancient evil struck down my mentor" ploy, when the heck am I going to say the next time I need to strike my mentor down?! "He just got overly enthusiastic cleaning his lightsaber?" "I'm not going to name any names because He Who Must Not Be Named?" Way to make things harder for the rest of us budding megalomaniacs, Charlie.
  • Jhink ToyJhink Toy - Oueo brings us this simple puzzle game with pleasing spherical shapes and the only demand that you "think widely". The goal is to clear the board, which sounds easy enough, at least until you start shifting rows around. See, only rows of one colour will be cleared, while the rest sit there silently mocking your attempts to plan three moves into the future. It's a stylish workout for your brain that will send you out into your day much better suited for any important tasks you might be called upon, like... eh... man, I dunno... sorting magic jelly-beans? Not much call for a glowing thinger mover arounder since Wonka closed up, I'm afraid.
  • From BeyondFrom Beyond - As my great grandmother used to say, there's a little bit of unknowable cosmic horror in all of us, and Super Flash Bros will help you unleash it in their latest arcade game/intergalactic griefer simulator. Ping destruction down on unsuspecting planets, trying to rack up as much damage as possible, though if you're clever you'll make sure to leave at least one author still alive so the next generation of Hot-Topicers can know what mythological horror trend to follow next. Quirky, colourful, and oddly satisfying in a way that sates the galactic voices inside our heads for the time being, it's a fine way to get a little carnage in your day.
  • Alien Attack 3DAlien Attack 3D - You may disagree, but for my money the finest first-person-shooter arcade experience to be had lies with House of the Dead 4 Special. While Alien Attack 3D doesn't have seats that swivel and full surround sound, it still manages to capture that gleeful old rail-shooter arcade feeling quite nicely. You're a prisoner whose reprieve comes in (surprise!) an alien attack on the base you're being held at. Blast your way through headcrab thingies (I still need to play Half-Life, I guess. Priorities!), grab med kits, and admire the swinging camera that faithfully recreates the arcade experiences of yore.

23 Comments

FinFanKain April 15, 2011 1:30 AM

Oh my Gosh, the Pokemon game is great!!! I've only played one stage, and it's fantastic! Absolutely wonderful!

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Viridian Forest is really hard in Pokémon Tower Defense.

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I think it would have been infinitely more entertaining and amusing if, in "Alien Attack 3D", you played a sentient penitentiary which fought against hordes of aliens, like your description eludes to. :)

Jhink Toy seemed easy to me, it was almost tricky to NOT get the highest ranking on each level.

And the Pokemon TD? Classic RPG style: absolutely impossible to get very far without loooots of grinding.

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FinFanKain April 15, 2011 2:29 AM

As short as that is, that's the most fun I've had on a flash game in a while. Good job on the PTD, I can't wait for updates!

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Pokemon Tower Defence difficulty:

Oak's Lab: No skill required

Route 1: No skill required

Route 2: No skill required

Viridian Forest: Requires you to constantly move pokemon around the level, and use the right moves with 100% efficiency.

Pewter Gym: No skill required

Route 3: No skill required

Viridian Forest 2: No skill required

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My Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas!

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Epic Charlie is a thoroughly well made and enjoyable platformer.

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Also, Epic Charlie almost deserves its own post, it's actually a really well constructed platformer!

And "From Beyond" is a great deal of fun as well!

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Zanoushe April 15, 2011 5:07 PM

Pokémon Tower Defense won't load for me. It just kind of sits there and loos like this. Which is too bad, since that's the one I want to play the most.

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mr1black April 15, 2011 5:28 PM

I realy enjoyed the nice puzzle game jhink toy! It hasn't got many levels, but just enough to flex my thinking muscle.

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Can't capture pokemon in pokemon tower defence. Any help?

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Heck yeah, Water type! Let's get Vaporeon up in this biznatch!

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Sozmerlin. Oh Yeah. April 15, 2011 7:25 PM

I'm A water type lover too :)

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Tortferngatr April 15, 2011 7:47 PM

...STUPID BOSS PIKACHUS.

...Honestly, VF 1 is murder.

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I'm awesome at TDs. I'm even awesomer at pokemon. When both are combined, I stink. Viridian Forest is impossible without Charmander, so I started a second file with him.

My fav strategy is to use Ratatta: Focus Energy first then Quick Attack the crap out of everything, tail whip is great for crowd control.

When you finish Viridian Forest, you'll lol at the animation right afterwards. Awkwarddd...

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Tortferngatr April 15, 2011 9:08 PM

...Actually, I found you can beat it with level ten Pikachu (Thunder Wave), a few hitters like Pidgey, and maybe String Shot Metapod. (Poison Sting Kakuna rules all.)

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Pokemon Tower Defense version alpha 2.1 with stage 8 is out! =D
Need to be updated on jayisgames.
beware of swarm because the pokemon on stage 8 are as fast as the butterfree in viridian forest 2!
Killer combo I personally recommend is focus energy + fury swipes for mankey.
Have some pokemon with tail whip/string shots/thunder wave and go for the super effective + crits.

@ Riley : lower the hp of a pokemon you want to capture, drag the pokeball sign on the lower right hand corner to the lower hp pokemon => presto you caught [insert pokemon] !

[Updated JIG version to a2.1! -Jay]

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Monkey Moron April 16, 2011 2:41 AM

Epic Charlie is AWESOME!

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Any tips on beating Pewter gym with a charmander? Can't find any water types in the wild, yet.

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@Riley

You can get through the gym the first time by protecting just one side of the gym. The sandshrew and geodude don't switch their paths, and you can pick them off at your leisure. Brute force is more than sufficient at that point.

I also recommend string shot.

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Has the update made VF1 easier? Because I beat it on my second try, with no mid-fight switching and no previous levelling.

I had Charmander using Ember, three Ratattas using Quick Attack, and two bugs using String Shot. Divide into two teams, each including two hitters and one trapper bug at the front.

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You should make "pokemon tower defence" a normal game review, like you did with "synopsis quest" and the "great dungeon in the sky".

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Glitch! I was fighting the Onix in pewter gym, when I sent my charmander onto field. Suddenly, he dissapeared. He wasn't in my team anymore! I left and reselected my pokemon, he wasn't in my party or team! He dissapeared! I refreshed the page and he came back, though. Any idea why it happened?

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