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Link Dump Fridays

DoraWelcome back to another Link Dump Friday! Time may march on, but we'll always be here to entertain you. This week we've brought together a hodge-podge of genres to have something for almost everyone. Especially if you've got a thing for ghosts, gnomes, mushrooms, swords, and robots! Which, according to Rule 34, someone most certainly does. You're weird, internet. Never change.

  • Rich Mine 2Rich Mine 2 - There's gold in them thar hills! Or to be more precise, suspended by elaborate ropes and pulleys. Dust off your Cut the Rope skills in this physics puzzle game and help the hapless gnome miner fill up his cart by slicing through the ropes holding the treasure aloft so they drop into his lap. Have to tell you, if Minecraft took this route, hunting for diamonds would be a lot less hazardous and involve a lot fewer surprise lava baths.
  • Mushroom Cannon 3Mushroom Cannon 3 - When they're not being delicious filling in your raviolis and swanking up your pizzas, mushrooms like to be shot into buckets. This is a fact; ask David Suzuki. The goal in this little projectile puzzle is to plunk a mushroom in the bucket as quickly as possible by aiming your cannon and adjusting its power. Do it fast enough and you'll earn some stars (a wise man once said it is always stars) and presumably the respect and admiration of your peers.
  • Bosses!!!Bosses!!! - Shooters are great, especially when they combine arcade action and platforming, but any real fan knows it's all about the boss battles. This game does just that, serving up a succession of increasingly tricky boss fights with none of that boring level junk to clutter them up. Plus, you get a perky robot with a voluminous vocabulary for the tutorial! What could be better?
  • Georg the GhostGeorg the Ghost - Start the Halloween season off gently with Abroy's point-and-click puzzle game about a ghost trapped in a castle. Because you're all spectral and whatnot, you're a bit more worried about things like mirrors and cameras that can capture your ghostly self, so try to pick your course through each scene carefully. After all, if you go down in history as the ghost who was defeated by a unmanned vacuum cleaner, you might as well give up your hopes for legendary status and resign yourself to appearing in mediocre horror films alongside Michael J Fox.
  • Quick QuestsQuick Quests - Undefined knows you're a busy, talented, strikingly photogenic person, and so this turnbased quasi-RPG full of itty-bitty quest objectives should be just the ticket for you to get your hero on. Move around the board gathering items and battling enemies until you feel up to taking on whatever your current quest is, but don't drag your feet; you've got a limited number of turns to accomplish your goal, and the faster you move the better. Essentially, it's just like Final Fantasy minus eleventy hours of cutscenes. (What do you think... was Terra the last good one in the series, or Cecil and Rosa? I'm old, consarnit!)

13 Comments

Ryunosuke October 7, 2011 3:29 AM

The Hemotron 5000 in Bosses!!! was pretty disturbing, and that pretty much came out of nowhere considering the fairly harmless content of the rest of the game. That seems like something worth mentioning in the review, since it's considerably darker than anything else that appears in the game up to that point.

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Quick Quests looks cute but I can't figure out if there is a tutorial. I clicked instructions, but there were none--it just dropped me in a quest, in which I died!! Then it dropped me in another quest (Rescue the Princess), but after wandering around the board looking for a princess, I was suddenly dead again with no warning (not in a battle). Thoughts?

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Billy Nitro Author Profile Page October 7, 2011 10:38 AM

Nuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu! Where is Minoto!?!?!?! There hasn't been a Minoto game in so long ;~;...

@Ryunosuke: I admit I'm not the most perceptive person, but I didn't see what was wrong with Hemotron 5000. I may have overlooked the design in favor of killing the hell out of its face-hole.

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In Quick Quest, you have 500 turns to do your quest. Don't take on any monster on a higher level than you are unless you found some pretty good equipment (level 7 is max).

Just go around, fight low level monsters, don't lose time going for treasures, there are worth little XP.

If you see the monster you have to defeat for your quest early, try to remember where it is and come back (harder said than done).

Collect achievements, have fun.

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Georg the Ghost is annoying. It is jerky, unintuitive, slow, and pixel preceise.

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Ryunosuke October 7, 2011 6:43 PM

@Billy Nitro: I noticed after I commented that this doesn't appear on starter mode, so you might not have seen it the first time through. But what I saw on challenging mode was

The Hemotron 5000 sucks up a little captive person and then attacks by shooting streams of blood.

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Quick Quests was fairly quick and fun game =) no laggy graphics just pure and simple. The achievements kept me going for most of the time. Although I have yet to see the green dragon ( I remember killing two in a row of dragons but they were the undead dragons =( ) , I did rescue the princess =D

Achievement list so far (65/85)

On the wall ~


Portraits (x4)- Collect 3 of each portrait (Queen, King, Penguin, Barron)
Zelda Hyrule Shield - Kill 10 legendary
Arched window - Kill 150
Wall torch (x2) - Kill 10 slimes/snakes
Lightning banner - Kill 10 goblins
Swirl Banner - Kill 10 bats
Wave banner - Kill 10 floaty eyes
Clapse banner - Kill 10 ghost
Flame Banner - Kill 10 rats
Big doors - Kill 10 wolves
Hanged Shield - Collect 50 shields

On the floor ~

Table/ Globe/ World Map/ Abucus/ Statue - Travelled over 50, 100, 200, 300, 400 respectively tiles

Standing Amour (x4) - finish 2 games, 4 games, kill 200, 250 monsters

Sturdy table/ Book of legends /Ancient Tomb/ Ancient test tubes - collect 75, 100, 150, 200 treasures

Stone Plinth/ Royal Blue Pillow / Mystical Potion - recover 10, 25, 50 potions

Standing torch - kill 5 legendary

Rusty Scimtars/Pike/ Warhammer/Halberd - collect 6, 12, 25, 50 swords

Coat / Amour Stand / Big anvil- collect 6, 12, 25 shield

Study bench - died turning question =(

Rug carpet (x4) - kill 1 or 3 legendary + kill 10 spider + kill 100 monsters

Chairs (x4)- collect 5, 10, 20, 50 treasures

Round table/ Urne of Ashes / Footstool/ Feasting table/
feasting chair - kill 10, 25, 50, 300, 500 monsters

Work Desk/ Basket/ Fan mail (x2) - complete 1, 2, 3 ,5 quick quest

Flowers- Save the Princess

Pumpkin - Undefine

Picnic Table/ French Stick/ Turkey/ Cup Bench/ Food Bench/ cauldron- muched 15, 30, 45, 65, 90, 150 food items

TBC...

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In Quick Quests, I have made a minor discovery:

Healing potions are a reasonable substitute for levels. With twelve or fifteen healing potions, a level-three player can take on one of the "!!!" bosses with some hope of victory.

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Just Some Schmuck Author Profile Page October 8, 2011 8:22 PM

I'd like to bring to your attention the game 'Tin Soldier'. It's worth playing for the art style alone.

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Can anyone point to a screencap to all the creatures in Quick Quests? It's nuts to approach something thinking it's a samurai and it's really a ninja, or something. Thanks.

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blakyoshi7 Author Profile Page October 9, 2011 8:33 PM

I really want to like Bosses, but even on low quality the game lags so much as to be unplayable. What a shame.

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"Bosses" is one that doesn't seem like a lot of fun at first, but it's a lot deeper than it first appears. I very nearly didn't give it a proper chance, but I'm very glad I did.

The final boss was pretty funny. But helluva tough time getting there!

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