Cool Moose edition
With the review of Tom Sennet's "When The Bomb Goes Off," last week, a grave realization came to hand: our site is tragically void of Cool Moose games! This travesty will be rectified presently. Thank you and have a lovely day.
RunMan's Monster Fracas (Windows, 3.8MB, free) - Run, run, run. I'm gonna get you! is the motto of RunMan's Monster Fracas. The most thrilling of the RunMan series and also the most compelling. Hold the right key to speedily escape from the giant mouth with teeth which wants to chow down on you. Slide down slopes and hop over hills to add moments to your freedom and keep going into the night. The scenery, from springboards to cacti, are interactive (though mostly to your detriment) and the soundtrack, featuring a bag of lollies as an instrument, fleshes out the simple and endearing nature of the game.
Crush! (Windows, 4.4MB, free) - Easily the most fleshed-out and full-featured of Tom Sennett's offerings, Crush! tells the simple story of a monster who wants to smash apart a town. Much to the chagrin of the towns hapless inhabitants, who naturally call in law enforcement officers, then the army to deal with the issue. To dispatch unwanted monster-killers, you can independently pick up whole buildings and enemy helicopters while frying citizens or knocking planes from the sky with laser beam eyes. In all the game employs eight controls for destruction, plus two more for moving your head up and down and walking left and right. Practice makes for good control of your monster by the time the enemies roll in thick.
Acwabatiacs (Windows, 4MB, free) - Want to play a bizarre game? Well, the first question you need to ask yourself is: how bizarre do I want to get? If your answer went some way towards a top-down game where you control a centipede with a bear strapped to its backside which eats sheep... then you're in good company. Acwabatics is a jovial little game where the goal is exactly that, and nothing more. Eat the white sheep for points and sustenance and the rarer gold sheep for bonus health and longer play time. Nothing in this game makes sense... least of all how its so completely and utterly filled with replayability.