A Daily Cup of Tea
It's always a happy day when discovering that Ferry Halim has released a new addition to his Orisinal line of fine Flash games. Just like Grandma's delicate china reserved for those very special guests, Orisinal games offer game play experiences for discriminating tastes.
A Daily Cup of Tea is his latest serving, an action arcade game in which you help two little mice brew their daily tea by collecting all the sugar cubes they can. The mice can run back and forth along the shelves of the china cabinet, and climb their way up to the top. The trick is to have one mouse run along a higher shelf knocking off the sugar cubes, while the other mouse follows below catching them. And there are plenty of baddies to avoid along the way: bees, books and bouncing balls.
Control is with the mice, er, mouse. The mouse controls the mice. Click the mouse pointer above the mice to climb up a shelf; click below them to climb down. Only one mouse can climb at a time, and climbing up takes longer than climbing down. Ferry has made the climbing control feel quite intuitive with a simple click on the upper mouse causing a climb up; a click on the lower mouse causes a climb down.
The game is comprised of seven levels, one for each day of the week. Knock all the sugar cubes off the shelves to move on to the next day. Bouncing balls are all you'll meet on Monday (Day 1), and these are relatively easy to avoid by themselves. The trick is to pass them on the up-bounce. Books begin to fall on Tuesday. They, too, are easy to avoid as they will fall in a straight line path. Come Thursday, bees begin to bumble in a beeline, straight across the same shelf the mice are on. These bad boys require movement up or down to avoid them. Saturday adds sine wave bees on top of all the others adding still more challenge to the task. Collect all the sugar cubes and avoid getting hit by any of the baddies to earn a "Perfect Brew" bonus score and an additional heart. Lose all three hearts and the game is over.
A Daily Cup of Tea is yet another delightful game that showcases Ferry's exceptional talent. The background art appears simple in a natural style, detailed convincingly to resemble a china cabinet, which is consistent with the theme of the game. The gameplay is addictive, as I found myself playing for hours. The multiple level design is nice, as it gives the player a break between levels to blink, and to catch a breath. The soundtrack is especially enjoyable, as is usually the case with all of his Orisinal games. It's an excellent and original design with gameplay that's fun to play. So, what are you waiting for, it's tea time! Click.