Skywire VIP Shuffle
How're your eyes? How about your trivia? Feelin' all pop culture-y today? You're going to need it for Nitrome's latest word game Skywire VIP Shuffle, featuring all new itty-bitty stars and characters rendered in stunning pixel-o-vision. Once again, you'll be treated to a host of tiny celebrities, real or fictional, whose names you'll have to guess by typing them into the spaces onscreen. Get it right and you can proceed, but if you're struggling, you can click the spotlight in the upper-left corner for a hint, or click the panda with his creepy "I roomed with Slenderman in college" grin to skip the stage you're on.
If you're like me and are terrible with names, relegating everyone except the most beloved characters to "that guy from that show" status, Skywire VIP Shuffle is a bit of a nightmare... though admittedly a fun one. It's surprising just how well some of the characters are represented, and how iconic their designs can be that Nitrome can represent them here with just a few pixels and have them immediately recogniseable with only small details like Bruce Willis' dirty tank top. That said, the randomised progression of levels feels like kind of a weird gimmick to choose, especially since it doesn't add anything, and it can be a little frustrating at times when you're trying to remember a character's name only to realise that this time the game just wants the title of the show they were on, the movie they starred in, and so forth. Still, if you're ready to prove you've got Simpsons Comic Book Guy levels of pop culture recognition and you love it, Skywire VIP Shuffle is another gorgeous dose of wordplay trivia to sharpen your eyes and your brain for the day.