Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis


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TrickyDibbles 4: A Christmas CrisisWe're not entirely sure what number-th day of Christmas it is right now, but our true loves over at The Podge have given one heck of a gift to us: Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis. Yes, it's time to join those suicidally-dedicated bouncy bipeds as they clear a path for their king through rough terrain. You'll being seeing those little guys a-digging, a-climbing, a-blocking, a-building, a-bridging and whatever actions else needed to protect their monarch. It's Lemmings-style arcade puzzling you'll want to open right away!

Gameplay remains the same as previous installments: Using the mouse, you must help the Dibbles protect their king as he travels from the start of a level to the finish. Click the icons at the bottom of the screen, then place the action-stones in the play area. The first Dibble that encounters an action stone will perform that (usually fatal) action, clearing and modifying the terrain to protect his High Dibbliness. When a Christmas version of an established series is released, it often turns out to be a level-pack except there with more bells on the soundtrack and sprites modified to include floppy red hats. And yeah, Dibbles 4 doesn't exactly break the mold on that count. Still, it has enough refinements and features to be considered a true evolution in the series, and the careful craftsmanship of the developer is on display throughout. So with new levels, new commands, and new animated ways to kill off your squad of helpers, Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis, is slightly-sadistic holiday fun for the whole family.

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LightWarriorK November 30, 2012 10:56 AM

I miss the music from Winter Woes. It was much more fitting for a freezing death, covered in snow. The title music that they've incorporated into the levels just seems too....noble?

Not that sacrifice isn't noble, but the sad way the Dibbles wave goodbye and shiver as they freeze seems more like "resignation" than "nobility." This is their lot in life, and it's sad. The Winter Woes music was hauntingly perfect for it.

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Stuck on level 13 until somebody finishes a walkthrough. I can't seem to find a path through the level that isn't either blocked by pointy holly leaves or involve a drop way too high for my dibbles to survive.

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LightWarriorK November 30, 2012 1:04 PM

Level 13 is tough, but not impossible.

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james.jewell November 30, 2012 5:58 PM

Thanks LightWarriorK. I had originally

put the last boom directly on the ground instead of on a step, then extended from there and put the ramp on that extension. I still am not really sure why that didn't work.

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Just for the record, it's not any day of Christmas yet, because the 12 days of Christmas come AFTER Christmas. Really. After, not before. Advent comes before Christmas. Christmas can't come before Christmas, because that would be, well, just silly.

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@Tricky - not by my definition, no: see above about the 12 days of Christmas (notice, it's not infinite days of Christmas). Last year's Christmas was over on January 6th, and this year's hasn't started yet. (So if you take down your Christmas decorations on the 26th, you're doing it wrong. Just sayin'.)

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