You wake up one morning to find a package on your front step. Inside the package, there is a kitten. The softest, cuddliest, sweetest, hypoallergenic-est kitten in the world. Carrying your new, purring friend, you wander into the kitchen to find that the cupboards are full of all the breakfast food you like; your favourite cereal, your favourite jam and biscuits... whatever you want, it's there. Mystified but pleased, you head back to your computer, and, after checking the weather to find only flawless, comfortable temperatures where you live, turn to Jay is Games and find out that not only do you have a new Link Dump Friday, but it's also almost the weekend. You sigh in contentment.
Hopefully at least some of that is true for you.
- 60 Second Life - Life is short, and so is this little arcade game where the goal is to move back and forth on the screen grabbing the icons that drop from the sky. Different icons represent different things (friends, love, money, and hobbies) and the amount of each that you get determines the ending text that wraps up how your little avatar spent his or her "life". Part art game, part frenetic click-fest, there's not a whole lot of depth to it, but replaying a few times to see how your epilogue changes based on what you choose to go after is interesting. I don't know how profound it is, but it does make me think I need more money dropping out of the sky in my life.
- Giraffe Got Game - Parody? Maybe, but if you can get past the slow build up and enjoy a bit of nonsense, then this insane little arcade game about a giraffe with various upgrades staving off attacking penguins, balloons, squares, and hang-gliding bombers will be right up your alley. While it's fun for a while, it does get repetitive fairly quickly. Of course, I'm not going to say that to a giraffe. With their freaky, long, grabby tongues, they're already intimidating enough without strapping Tony Stark's arc reactor to its chest and then letting it fire lasers.
- Bird Pax 2 - It's Bird Pax!... 2! The sequel to the original popular avian card game offers the same colourful addictive gameplay of the first, with some new changes including smarter AI and the option to play online multiplayer. The catch with the multiplayer is that there actually has to be someone "in the room" (on the game page at the same time you are) or you can't play. Well, I mean, you can play. Just alone. Hopefully, you guys will find each other out there in the great big sea of the World Wide Web and join together to make sweet, multiplayer music.
- Pig Detective - Who needs context? All you need to know is you're an adorable piggy detective, hot on the heels of some shadowy guy because... well, because shadowy guys are rarely good guys, I guess. It's a point-and-click puzzle game where you need to figure out what has to be done in each room in order to proceed. The obstacles tend to be a bit more abstract than you might expect, but come on; are you seriously complaining about logic in a game where you play a tiny, crime-solving pig?
- Monkey and Secret Army - If you've been following Link Dump Friday at all recently, then you know of my not-so-secret schoolgirl crush on zany, point-and-click game superstar Minoto. This installment puts you in the shoes (figuratively) of a monkey who is trying to rescue his girlfriend from a rampaging giant crab in a playground. And that's not even the craziest part. I know I tease a lot about how weird Minoto's games are, but they truly do always succeed in making me smile... even if I don't quite understand what's going on at the time.