Dismantlement: Alarm Clock
Mankind has created some wonderful things, from the pyramids to the Burj Al Arab. Creation and construction are things that we, as a species, are good at. However, once in a while, it is nice to give in to the flip-side of that nature, the one that finds great pleasure in deconstruction. The ability to take something completely apart, just to see what makes it tick. Yes, yes, that intro can mean only one thing. Dismantlement: Alarm Clock is here and it's dismantling time again!
Dismantlement: Alarm Clock is the fourth in the wildly popular Dismantlement series, created by gam.ebb.jp, amusing little point-and-click puzzlers about tearing common appliances down to their component parts. As with all the Dismantlement games, all you have is a trusty screwdriver and your wits when tackling this particular little problem. A button at the upper right allows you to move back and forth between front and back views, as well as other viewpoints as the game goes on. Click on screws to remove them, click on other things to open them, and click around everywhere to find clues to taking this darned thing apart before that alarm goes off yet again. There is no changing cursor to be found, so be warned there will be some pixel hunting.
Like Radio and Mouse before it, Dismantlement: Alarm Clock will require a lot of going back and forth as well as zooming in and out. Hopefully, you will know how the set controls work on a digital alarm clock, as they play a large role in many of the puzzles.
Analysis: It's always a joy when a new dismantlement game comes out, and Dismantlement: Alarm Clock is one of those great ways to kill a few minutes. Of course, it wouldn't be a Dismantlement without a bomb, would it? Who puts bombs in alarm clocks? Well, those who hate being woken up by one, yes, but still, there's something a little... odd about a game designer who keeps putting bombs in things. Just what do they have against household appliances anyway?
This particular game is especially appealing to all of those who live and die by the clock. After all, when that noisy thing goes off in the morning isn't the first impulse to slam it against the nearest hard surface until there is nothing left but bits? Or is that just me? Moving on...
The only complaint about any of the dismantlement series is that they are over too quickly. Maybe next time the developers should try for something larger. VCR anyone? Or maybe a television set? How about a Toyota? The sky's the limit! In the meantime, have fun dismantling that annoying clock. Just try not to blow up.