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When fans love their games, nothing seems impossible. When a game developer appreciates their fans, magic happens. In this case, that abra cadabra turned out Skywire VIP Extended. This quirky, pixelated pop culture trivia game gives incredibly small yet surprisingly detailed characters and hangman-style word blanks as your clues for naming popular figures from the classics—you know, all those fab games, films, music, books, cartoons, commercials and TV shows from the 80s to present. If that isn't enough, click the hint spotlight for an additional description. When you think you know it, use your keyboard to type it in (spelled correctly) and bask in the fanfare while the next VIP is delivered to the stage via cable car.
While you will probably enjoy playing on your own, it's even more fun in teams so you can pool your knowledge. There are obscure-to-some references and if you're not totally hip to all that pop culture has offered, or if your bifocal lenses aren't helping with the visual clues, you might just grudgingly use a lifeline paying Google a visit. The game screen is limited to one size and zooming won't help (it might even mess things up bit, causing buttons to disappear into nether zones). One hundred seconds is often a generous amount of time, though, to mull over possible answers. And of course, being quick and using less hints is the surest way to score more points. Let me add, I commend and metaphorically crown Trivia Master anyone who makes it the full 100 rounds on the first go ahead.
It was not so long ago that we dropped mention of this fan-produced extension of Nitrome's original Skywire VIP. It all started when Max Schramp and Duncan Smith showed their Scratch project to Nitrome, impressing them so much that the duo was asked to make a proper follow-up. Schramp and Smith's talented artwork has been joined with the original artwork of Mat Annal, programming by Heather Stancliffe, and music of Lee Nicklen. Here is the result. Born out of collaboration and enthusiasm, Skywire VIP Extended has that certain unnameable something that makes it easy to pick up and very habit-forming. Is it the wee tiny characterizations of our beloved icons? The equally annoying yet catchy music? Or the deep satisfaction of finally finding an ego bumping output for all that time spent on GameBoy, sitting in movie theaters and watching Saturday morning cartoons? Whatever it is, if you weren't one already, Skywire VIP Extended has fanboy/fangirl maker written all over it.