This week's Link Dump Friday was actually written last week in the not-so-distant past. I... suppose that's not quite as impressive as being written in the distant future. But you know what is impressive? Naked royalty, rubber ducks, robots, romance, and massive bodily trauma! Usually searching for all those things in a single sitting would get you put on a special "list" with the government, but today you're free to enjoy all the carefree charm that unlikely combination has to offer.
- Naked King - You could say this game is only here because with a title like "Naked King", how could we resist? And you're right, partially. But it's also a Minoto game, and with that comes all the
crazy weird bizarre whatisthisidon'tevenknowsignature Minoto style we've come to expect. As you may surmise from the title, there is a king, and he is naked (in a Ken doll sort of way), but there is also a monkey, a crab, a fluffy dog, and a very expensive painting. You cannot resist.
- Hanger - [Parental Warning: Contains blood.] Now, far be it from me to tell you what to do with your life, but it seems to me that if you're the sort of person whose limbs fly off in a bloody tangle if you so much as brush against a flat surface, maybe Spider-Man-style swinging isn't the best career decision. There's something undeniably entertaining about flinging yourself around the screen here, and when you develop a rhythm you really start to feel proud of yourself. Then apparently a butterfly sneezes on you and your limbs burst into wet chunks. I just don't know anymore.
- Guy of My Dreams - Don't you love Nerdook? We love Nerdook. And even though this avoidance/action/collection game is a little simplistic, we kind of love it a little, too. The goal is to go through life, picking up important things like roses and chocolate, until you find a guy who resembles the "guy of your dreams" and attach yourself to him without so much as an introduction. (I can verify this is how I met my husband.) The longer you spend with him, the more you learn about his personality, which can be good or bad, and if you dump him for someone else, you'll be sad for a while. At least until you get some more chocolate. I really like this trend in realism these days, you guys.
- Seer - Another Gambit prototype inspired by Oedipus Rex, wherein you help a familiar devil thingy and his rubber ducky navigate the dark ocean to find the lighthouses you need to reveal the truth hidden beneath the waves. It's a little cute, and a little creepy, and, say the developers, "Your reading and interpretation of our games matters as much, if not more, than any intended meaning suggested or intended by the work's creators." What did you get out of it?
- Rescuebot - In this escape game, you play a robot activated after an earthquake who's trying to find the last survivor. There's something adorable about a robot that sets out to save your life with a tube of lip balm, but there's something even more about a robot who rescues... well, you'll see. Short, cute, and not too difficult. Just the thing to get your gears a-churning.