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Link Dump Fridays

DoraI've got a lov-e-ly bunch of Link Dump Games, (diddly-diddly) here they are all standing in a row, (bum bum bum) one with Bloons, one with cubes, one with spikes fallin' onto yer head...

  • Spike: A Love StorySpike: A Love Story - [Parental Warning: Violence and gore.] If, like me, you have difficulty expressing your emotions, you might find a kindred spirit in this morbidly amusing reflex/arcade game about a lowly but lethal spike trap in a castle. He/She/It falls in love with the plucky hero of the game, and can only express this affection the same way he/she/it expresses everything else... by smashing the hero into a bloody pulp. It doesn't take the hero long to realise he doesn't want anything to do with what you consider romance, and he resorts to increasingly tricky and complex means to try to scoot past you without getting pulverised. Just like high school!
  • CubiumCubium - When your parents or grandparents were kids, they didn't have any video games to keep them occupied. Instead, they had to go outside and play, chasing hoops with sticks, tying tin cans on strings to younger siblings, or tossing pennies at walls. (Apparently.) At its core, Cubium is a simple projectile physics game that hearkens back to simpler times as well, only instead of knocking cans off of fence posts with baseballs, you're hurling orbs at top speed towards stacks of tiny sentient cubes, trying to knock them all off the screen, Blosics style. It's good, wholesome old-timey fun with a little wanton destruction tossed in.
  • Sci-FightersSci-Fighters - If there's one thing every nerd secretly holds to be true in our heart of hearts, it's that we would totally have Kirk's back in the event that we were thrown into an alien deathmatch ring with him. Unless, you know, it was an every-man-for-himself style battle royale arcade avoidance mess... then he'd have to go down. SuperFlashBros wants to throw you in a ring with a slavering alien monstrosity along with several other competitors and an assortment of random power-ups, and see who comes out alive.
  • Bloons 2: Spring FlingBloons 2: Spring Fling - April showers bring May flowers, and a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of... monkeys chucking pointy implements at balloons. Obviously. Bloons is back with a seasonal pack of poppin' for you to try your hands at. Spring seems like the perfect time for Bloons action, especially if, like me, you're old enough to remember lawn darts. Man, this makes me nostalgic for my childhood; running around the backyard, hurling bits of plastic with spikes on the end at each other... memories. Painful, traumatising memories.
  • Animal RacewayAnimal Raceway - Most of us have, at one time or another, wanted a pet we could hug and pet and squeeze and name George, but why stop there? Unleash your favourite critter's true monetary potential in this racing sim that has you train up your hot-shot octopus (mine was apparently named Greasy Dirtyburger, which I deemed appropriate enough to keep) until you can clean up at the racetrack. Really, shouldn't you get a big trophy just for convincing an octopus to wear a pair of racing shorts and walk upright?

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the heat April 29, 2011 1:16 AM

The games are pretty good. But, as is often the case, Dora's reviews are by far the best part!

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Cubium's developers were feeling quite uninspired weren't they. Take 'Blosics' and add 'World of Goo's' design style.

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Spike: A love story is SO HARD. It needs a level selector.

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buttbuttbutt April 29, 2011 12:41 PM

Cubium is... almost exactly Blosics. From the levels, to the between-level screens, to the gameplay. It seems all they added were exploding projectiles.

That's kind of disappointing. :T

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Cubium is a true example of the product of people who can't get good ideas to give ad-filled sites.
I agree with Kevin and butt, they do mention that blosics play a part but completely (what lacks is the instructions) just with stolen designs from World of Goo. I rating was developed for this I would give it 1s everyday for posing two of other peoples works using no effort at all.

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CoochDog Author Profile Page April 29, 2011 8:31 PM

Animal Raceway is fun, but it can get boring playing the same 5 minigames over and over and just watching the races... plus, after just a few rounds at each game, you can generally tear up the competition until you move up to the next league. Maybe if the training games got tougher as you moved up (adding extra keys to the Reaction game, maybe), it would get a little less tedious. I still stuck it out to the end, though, and enjoyed it. Nice game, maybe even worthy of its own review.

And I actually feel kinda guilty for loving Spike: A Love Story as much as I do. Hehehe.

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Animal Raceway seems like a good game to port to Android/iPhone. I agree with CoochDog; some of the minigames became a bit tedious (I'm looking at you Stamina!) and I did not like the lack of control over the race.

All-n-all it was an enjoyable way to waste an hour.

(Did the speed minigame remind anyone of the old Mavis Beacon typing games?)

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