Get the Glass
Get the Glass is a 3D board game produced as a part of a new Got Milk advertising campaign in the US. The object of the game is to get the Adachi family around the board and into Fort Fridge so that they can...erm...Get the Glass.
Using the mouse, you throw a single die to move around the board. Most squares result in the picking of one of three types of cards: Fortune cards move you forward, Misfortune cards move you back, and Mastermind cards require you to solve a puzzle. Hot on your tail are the Fort Fridge security guards who will throw you into Milkatraz if they catch up with you. End up there three times and your quest is over. Turns are interspersed with a series of mini-games which you will need to complete successfully to proceed.
Analysis: Graphically, this is jaw-droppingly good. The retro look and feel really evoke a family board game and there is enormous attention to detail from the realistic physics of throwing the die, to the design of the in-game cards. The audio is similarly polished and the "interactive challenges" provide variety and ensure that the gameplay is both engaging and entertaining.
However, all the audio-visual finery comes at a price: don't even think about playing this unless you have a broadband connection, and a fast one at that. Even then, loading times can be agonizingly slow and there are frequent breaks in the action for new content to load. I also encountered a couple of hangs when I ran this in Firefox.
That said, this game pushes Flash gaming to new graphical levels and deserves to be played.