Greetings, Internet of the Future! I hope this missive finds you well, as it was written in the distant past of last week to prepare for the vacation I am currently on. Through the magic of the interwebs, it's like I've never left! (Though I totally have.) This week we bring you airships, whales, foxes playing soccer, and a panda bear on an island with a cave man! As you can see, coherency is very important to us around here.
- Gearlock Episode 1 - Hyptosis, whose work you might be familiar with, created this little point-and-click adventure as an excuse to draw some airships a compulsion I completely understand. (Or at least I would if I were in any way artistically inclined.) In it, you are the Captain of one of the aforementioned spaceships, and awake to find you're being followed and fired upon by people who are apparently after a prisoner you hold. The game is fairly short, and a little confusing, but features some gorgeous production values. Goodness knows I love me some twangy musical scores.
- Evolution - You may remember that Doodle God was rather redonkulously popular, and if you enjoyed it, you'll probably enjoy this similar puzzler where you try to combine various elements to unlock new ones and create life. Although you get to see the effects your creations are having on your tiny island oasis (sort of), some of the combinations can be a bit odd. Thankfully, David Duchovny does not make an appearance, but they are missing the most important combination; JiG + Sunglasses = YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
- Romeo and Juliet - It's about time we checked in on Minoto again, and, uh. Don't really... remember Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed codependency involving a mouse riding an aerosol spray can. Or a penguin in a jet. Um. Well... if you come to Minoto expecting the puzzles to make any sort of sense or have anything other than the most tenuous of connections to the source material, you're the weird one. (I don't know about you guys, but my favourite is still Beard of Santa.)
- Whale of Noise - In this artsy-farsty, open-to-interpretation-sy exploration-type game, you play a whale traversing the depths of the sea, alone, and relying on your ability to sing to navigate through a series of tunnels. The farther you go, the more you have to stretch yourself, singing higher notes as you try to reach a brighter place until... ! Well, I suppose that depends on what you take away from it.
- Escape the Ladies Room - Featuring what I believe to be the only singing/kazoo playing toilet in JiG history, this escape game is a little... odd. Fortunately, if you are among those of us who are just neurotic enough (guilty) to be squicked out by the notion of public restrooms, you will never have to worry about this danger. If you do brave the horror of the Stalls, however, you might want to play this to brush up what to do. It's bound to happen to you sometime.