Bamba Snack Quests 1 & 2
I can say with certainty that I've rarely run across games quite as cute as Bamba Snack Quest 1 & Quest 2. These fun, quirky little point-and-click diversions star a large-headed, unusually plucky baby who must traverse land, sea and even across the street to rescue his beloved bamba snacks from the clutches of an evil squirrel (and then, when things take a turn for the weird, from a giant mosquito). So...adorable...excuse me while I go suck on a lemon to balance the sweetness.
Happily, in addition to being charming, the Bamba Snack Quests are also clever, entertaining and well-made. The gameplay is of the "clear a path" variety, in which the player must utilize elements of each scene in the correct order and combination in order to proceed. The first quest is comprised of eight unlockable chapters, all of which are now available online; the second has seven to solve.
The Quests have a wonderful, cheerful sense of aesthetics. Cartoony characters are combined with colorful, almost photorealistic environments, creating a sort of Roger Rabbit-like juxtaposition of the lifelike and fanciful. The puzzles are, admittedly, somewhat uneven; some chapters are ingeniously clever, some simple, and others head-scratchingly unintuitive. This, along with obnoxiously long load times, is the biggest drawback to an otherwise excellent series. Still, the [tab] key cheat is always available as a last resort, and the enjoyment in playing these quirky, whimsically surreal games is more than worth the occasional annoyance.
Note: While the website is entirely in Hebrew (wow! a new one), the game itself is language-free.
Come on, the baby's hungry!