It's you! I thought you'd never come! I was just sitting here, all alone, and I was like, "When is that person going to come by? That person is just so incredibly froopy, and talented, and the way the sun sparkles off their hair when they smile over their shoulders at me in Copper's Field makes my breath catch in my throat!"... uh... maybe not that last bit. But you're still here, and that's still awesome, so the least I can do is provide you another batch of games to start your Friday off right! Let's... let's just pretend that didn't get all awkward, okay?
- Tobe's Hookshot Escape - If Zelda has taught me anything, it's that hookshots are awesome, especially when used irresponsibly. This little arcade platformer game features hookshot use under entirely merited conditions, but it's still fun. Climb up through an endless cavern, avoiding the unseen horrors that lurk beneath the Bottom of the Screen (aieeeeeeeee!), and other perils while you leap for little glowing thingies and a high score. If you want more adventures with Tobe and his rockin' fluffy hair and you have a Windows 7 phone, you can check out the mobile version or keep your eyes peeled for a commercial release coming in June!
- Starcede - How I wish I was a starfighter! But since everything electronic I touch dies with a little digital squeal of pain and betrayal, it's probably best I live out my hopeless dreams vicariously through vertical shooters like this flashy little number. Less "bullet hell" and more "why, yes, these bullets are quite ripping today aren't they, old chum?", it's a simple but well done little blaster with upgrades and a pleasing amount of things that go boom.
- Pogo Rampage - Pogosticks, like the hula hoop, lawn darts, and razor scooters, are one of those childhood toys I just somehow lacked the basic coordination to make work, so this little arcade game about mindless pogo-related violence is extremely cathartic. Pogo-dominate helpless pedestrians and heavily armored vehicles dressed like Lee Adam Harold's Butch for points to spend on various upgrades. Also just for funsies. Now, of course, any kids out there in the audience should never, ever do this sort of thing even if you manage to get your hands on an experimental government pogo-stick, but for the rest of us? Hey, we're adults, mass destruction with children's toys is totally our basic instinct, and we'll get to it right after we stay up past our bedtime and have ice cream for breakfast.
- Shiver Me Pieces - Isn't it nice that we can play puzzles in our browser now and not have to deal with pieces going missing down the couch or being eaten by the family cat? (I try not to blame him; it's not his fault his brain works like a Rube Goldberg machine that breaks halfway through.) Plexus brings us another sea-farin' installment of jigsaw goodness with this slightly more challenging arrangement of pirate-themed pieces. Unlike a regular puzzle, the pieces are cut out all willy-nilly with little apparent rhyme or reason, and you can't smoosh them together to make them fit. Maybe that'll be a feature in the next one?
- The Blocked Tunnel - For years, I hated pickles. Then last year I had what might have been Zeus's own Cuban sandwich at a festival and my feelings changed. Then yesterday I played this odd little point-and-click puzzle game with a withered little protagonist that looks suspiciously like a creepy, mobile pickle... and I think I've been put off them again. But that's not to say you shouldn't enjoy the sketchy, appealing art style as you guide out hero through this short little game to solve the mystery of a blocked tunnel.