This next game is inherently gratifying to play, and it just feels good even though it's very short. Mr. Figgles is an action arcade game in which the object is simply to collect all the stars on the play field, within the time limit, while avoiding any traps and enemies.
The game comes in two sizes: this free limited Flash version, and a full-sized download for purchase. The free version consists of three (3) levels and a mini-game, and it's all just enough fun for a round of casual gameplay.
Control is entirely mouse driven: just move the mouse to move Mr. Figgles around the play field. A bit of inertia keeps the little guy from keeping up with the cursor, and that is where the fun begins. Try it and you'll see what I'm talking about: It's something that you have to feel to understand.
Between each level you may spend the stars you collect on power-ups, such as to increase Mr. Figgle's speed or size, though the items you may buy are very limited in this free version. And if you don't have enough stars to purchase an upgrade, you can try your luck with the slot machine mini-game to win extra stars. I found the slot machine to be a fun game by itself.
Published by HandY Interactive, Mr. Figgles is an odd name for a very familiar game concept. The core gameplay mechanic of the game has origins that date back to 1988 with Patrick Buckland's original black-and-white shareware game for the Macintosh, Crystal Raider, which was updated and released one year later as the Mac's first color game, Crystal Quest, published by Casady and Greene. I used to play Crystal Raider, and then Crystal Quest, for hours at a time. They are on my all-time favorite games list, and this Flash game is reminiscent of the fun I used to have.
A proven gameplay mechanic supported by gorgeous gradient filled graphics, pleasing music, and sound effects, make this game an enjoyable, albeit short, diversion.