Flash developer and blogger LUT! has a few unique point-and-click adventure games just begging for your attention. They're short, moderately difficult, and one oozes style while the other tries to scare the ActionScript out of you.
Darkness Episodes 1 and 2 - The Darkness games put you in the role of a girl who wakes one night to answer a knock at her front door. A black hand engulfs her and the next thing she knows she's back in her bed and doesn't remember a thing. Upon investigating she finds a few things are a little... different... in her home. No spoilers here, but the plot twists in several directions while taking the time to spook you with some chilling moments. Follow the title screen's advice and turn up the speakers to really get sucked in.
There's an interesting feature where the girl will get frightened and "PANIC!" will flash on the screen. Press the space bar as fast as you can to keep your cool. If you don't, it's Game Over. It really keeps your senses on alert.
The first episode of Darkness is played out entirely in first person while the second shifts to a third-person view. The puzzles in both installments are fairly straightforward, but part two offers a little more challenge.
Tomb of Doom - This room-escape point-and-click game really stands out because the characters and scenery are made entirely out of plasticine, the clay-like substance used to make Wallace and Gromit. You play a Gumby-esque character who falls into a mysterious tomb while taking a walk. Using the items found inside, you must fend off giant scorpions, unlock doors and investigate strange statues as you search for the exit. It's sort of like a light-hearted Indiana Jones adventure with a few quirky quests to keep you from getting too serious.
Solving the puzzles in Tomb of Doom isn't too difficult, but navigating through the maze of doors and nearly identical rooms can be confusing, even with the map. It's a short play, but it's great to see this rare form of animation used in a video game.
The games on the LUT! website are great diversions. The Darkness episodes are especially atmospheric and can easily swipe an hour of your time without you even realizing it. Play.
As a side note, the LUT! website has a few pop-up ads, many of which open when you leave the site. Be ready.
Thanks Bonman for sending these in!