Link Dump Friday
I bet you think Link Dump Fridays just happen, don't you? You never stop to think about all the work and research that goes into them, all the blood, sweat, and tears... why, it's a highly scientific process that involves a laptop, reruns of Pawn Stars playing in the background, several popular portals, and staring into space at irregular intervals while thinking up tired jokes just like this one!
- Dude and Zombies - [Parental Warning: Contains violence and gore.] The Dude abides in this zombie defense shooter... or a Dude, anyway. When your car gets into a rather spectacular accident on a lonely country road, it's up to you do repair it while simultaneously fending off the waves of flesh-eating monsters headed your way. A miserly checkpoint system and lack of variety hold it back somewhat, but ultimately it's got a winning style and charm that make it worth checking out. Plus, zombie bunnies! D'awwww, lookit its little OHMYGODYMYFACEITSONMYFACEANYAWASRIGHT
- Farm Hero - Small is Beautiful brings us this aggressively adorable spot the difference game about a chicken and a very special egg. Despite some easy gameplay and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it hint system, this is the perfect game to pull your child onto your lap to enjoy the beautiful artwork together. Or, if you're like me and you don't have kids, play it anyway and then kick back and think about how awesome it is nobody is making you wipe anything off their person and you don't have to share your Playstation with anyone. Awwww yeaaah.
- 100th - There's nothing at all sinister about this charming little platformer about a boy and his balloon. After all, balloons aren't scary! They're shiny, they're squeaky, they make your hair stand on end if you hold them above you, they can stick to you, and... most importantly... they float. And what's so scary about that? After all... We all float down here.
- Wheelbox: The Fallen Star - With a style strongly reminiscent of Little Wheel and gameplay strongly reminiscent of something that makes you want to set something else on fire, this little platformer wants you to guide a little uniwheel robot in search of a fallen star. The cludgy controls and unforgiving gameplay ultimately work against it, but if you have the patience and zen-like skillz, you'll be able to immerse yourself in the beautiful swanky atmosphere... right up until the umpteenth time you go rolling gaily into yet more spiky death. Wheee!
- Colormixer - [Note: People with colorblindness may find this game difficult to play.] Since my artistic talent can be summed up solely by a picture of a stickman with a lopsided head, I was never good for much in high school art class aside from mixing colours. And, surprise! Here's a game that speaks directly to those colourful skills. (Or, rather, colorful. You Americans is so crazy.) You'll be presented with a particular colour and shade, and then, depending on the mode you're playing in, be tasked to replicate it as best you can by mixing other colours together. It's simple and occasionally maddening, but for some of us, it's as close to artistic glory as we're going to get.