This week's Link Dump Friday is for the irresponsible child in all of us. The little part of your brain that doesn't care how many people would get eaten, you would still totally own a dinosaur right this second if it were possible. The part of us that stares out the window at work and can't help but think it would be so cool if aliens were to land right now and start blowing things up. And of course, the part of us that enjoys selling milk and painting on massive canvasses in church. Here's to you, kid; stay gold.
- Mine Drop - If you've ever wanted to drop a cross between a sheep, a hedgehog, and some swarovski crystals down a mine shaft, then this is the game for you, you weirdo. In this simple puzzle game, the goal is to remove the right terrain beneath your roly-poly friend to carry it safely to the exit without all that pesky "writhing in agony in a pit of lava" business. You know what a pain that is.
- Dinosaur Zookeeper - The best game about dinosaurs in an irresponsible zoo setting is Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. I'm sorry, it just is. Vlambeer's little simulation is still pretty cute, though. Avoid the bloody mistakes of your predecessor by trying to juggle each new dinosaur's space and neighbour restrictions, without your guests being messily devoured (or trampled) before nightfall. It's harder than it sounds, especially since it turns out triceratops are jerks. Man, why can't you be more like Tyrannosaurus?!
- A Dog of Flanders - For some reason, my first reaction to playing Minoto's point-and-click puzzle was to remember both the poem In Flanders Fields and Farley Mowat's "The Dog Who Wouldn't Be". Of course, both of those works of fiction are a bit light in the "screaming, sentient balloon" department, so I suppose Minoto has them beat there. Dog of Flanders also takes home the prize for "most misleading description of a pump handle, ever", so there's that as well.
- UFOwned - If you belong to the X-Files generation, you probably already have a healthy distrust of aliens, and this arcade game isn't going to help much. Using the tools at your spaceship's disposal, your goal is to cause as much damage as you can to the hapless (but not helpless) city below. Why? Because you're an alien, and that's what aliens do when they're not being boring with Mel Gibson or making Donald Sutherland screech at us incomprehensibly.
- Rescue a Chicken 2 - A friend of mine raises a variety of chickens for show and for cuddles, and I could not be more thrilled. Despite being dirty, neurotic, and generally ill-fated without constant human intervention, chickens are pretty adorable and entertaining critters. So of course I'm willing to solve some physics puzzles to help them... even if that means ticking off what looks like every ticked off crow and owl that ever lived. But I'm sure it'll be fine. I mean... it's not like owls are secretly evil... right?