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Rating: 4.6/5 (34 votes)
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A Daily Cup of TeaIt'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.

8 Comments

Deathbaron January 31, 2005 10:50 PM

jay how come there isnt a place to just talk to you without posting something on a game, or does it have something to do with "jbibby at gmail.com"?

sorry for posting this if theres something blatantly obvious that i havent noticed yet

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lol. jbibby at gmail.com is my email address. Just replace the "at" with "@", and without the quotes, and without any spaces, and that's my email address. I write it that way to prevent spam. I guess I assumed that people would understand. Sorry about that.

I am also available on AOL Instant Messenger from time to time under the screen name "jayisgames".

Feel free to chat me up, or email me anytime. I'll see what I can do about making my email address more obvious to visitors. Thanks, DB. =)

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AOL Instant Messenger?
...
I suggest reading its terms of service carefully. There was a bit of a scandal about that recently. :)

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I have been playing Orisinal games since 2001..lol
Someone in Metafilter posted it then.*When Metfi was still free.:P* The artwork is wonderful and the music used for each game fits.:D

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Is there a place to read cheats for the Orisinal games?

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It's not the sort of game that would have cheats. I think A Daily Cup Of Tea is one of Ferry Halim's worser creations but even though, its still a good game.

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this game is fun and simple and the little mice are cute XP

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Pandragon November 1, 2008 9:54 PM

What I love the most about this one is that the music is AMAZING. Probably the best music in the whole Orisinal series so far.

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