Link Dump Friday
I said to myself, "Self, what would your ideal day be?" And obviously the answer was to fill the world with ponies, frolic with some frustrating fairies, get trapped in a cycle of suspiciously similar rooms, and then mow down the living dead with the tremendous power of my keyboard! And since this is my feature and nobody puts Dora in the corner, that's exactly what we're gonna do!
- Pony Creator V3 - General Zoi has updated his My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic webtoy to version three, bringing with it the ability to turn your pony's head, poseable wings and tails, and other tweaks and additions... albeit at the cost of some of the content options from the original Pony Creator. Though it says it offers more "show accurate" poses, and it honestly does, some of those poses don't... uh... translate well, or as smoothly as you might hope, to a lot of pony physiques, leaving you with something akin to a bunch of sausages stuffed into a bumpy glove. But with a cleaner presentation and a helpful... help function, making your own pony is easier than before!... in the game, I mean. Don't actually try to make a real My Little Pony. That would get you a jacket that gives special hugs.
- Escape from the Similar Rooms 5 -Hottategoya's simple little escape games tend to be a bit too short and simple at times, but then again, sometimes all you want is for someone to trap you somewhere just a little. This one features slightly more challenging puzzles than usual, as you go back and forth between a series of seemingly identical rooms trying to find clues to solve the puzzles that connect them. It probably won't hold you for long, but it's cleanly presented and a satisfying little diversion for you escape fanatics to start your day with.
- Hoshi Saga 9 - A Hoshi Saga game in a Link Dump Friday? Say it ain't so! And yet this latest installment of the popular point-and-click puzzle game series, which is actually a collaboration between multiple different developers, just isn't quite as top notch as the others. In addition to lacking an English translation beyond the menu, meaning hints are unreadable for non-Japanese players, many of the puzzles are just too abstract and random, dependent on trial-and-error or brute force in a way that lacks the pleasing elegance and brilliant design of its predecessors. If you're up for a challenge and want to experience a creative collaboration, it's still worth checking out, however, and if it ever gets translated we may revisit it in the future.
- Typocalypse 3D - When the zombies invade, I hope you have a high WPM, or else a few good temps on your side. Andreas Grech serves up an undead apocalypse where all you need is a keyboard, typing the words above incoming zombies' heads as fast as possible to take them out. It's not really an original idea, nor is it 100% complete, but gosh is it fun for a simple addictive arcade typing game. This must be what our parents meant when they told us to use our words when we were little!