Soviet Rocket Giraffe (Go Go Go!)
Those gosh-darn Giraffe-neck-extending Russkies are at it again! No longer content to simply stretch their ungulates up through the stratosphere, now it seems that they won't be satisfied until they've gone across the horizontal horizon as well. Yes, it's Soviet Rocket Giraffe (Go Go Go!), an amusing new launch platformer hybrid from Jmtb02, a guy who knows a little something about launching animals into space. And while some of the elements are more than a little familiar, there's no finer forgotten chapter of the space race than this, comrade.
A mesh of the mechanics of Canabalt and Tiny Wings, the explosions of Toss The Turtle , and the pure insanity of Aggressive Alpine Skiing, Soviet Rocket Giraffe tasks you in the role of a giraffe test-subject forced to grind and leap his ever-longer neck over the sky-roads of the Soviet Empire. For Science! Once your head is launched, you move across the landscape, trying to get as far as you possibly can. The up [arrow]/[W] boosts you up for a jump, while down [arrow]/[S] sends you diving and grinding into the sky-pavement. Travel far or grind long enough to earn double jump-boosts, also activated with up [arrow]/[W]. Points are scored for well-timed jumps, distance leaps, and getting as far as you can without crashing.
The fact that Jmtb02 is so well-regarded in the flash gaming community (an honor which, let's face it, is only slightly above being well-regarded in the stamp collecting community) seems like it must be kind of a mixed blessing. He has released so many innovative, even revolutionary, games that one that is merely short, familiar and fun seems to suffer by comparison. However, if Soviet Rocket Giraffe feels a little superficial, it is by no means not enjoyable. This is a game that you play for twenty minutes on a work-break, chuckle at the humorous rankings and animations, repeat several times to see all of the rankings, then return to work satisfied with your snack-sized portion of gaming consumed. Sometimes, that's all you really need.