A Dog for all Seasons
Anyone familiar with Ferry Halim's Orisinal collection of games will immediately recognize his characteristic style of art in the image to the right. Those who are not yet familiar are in for a treat: These playful pups are the main characters in his latest Flash game.
A Dog for all Seasons pits you and four (4) puppies against an array of red balloons of increasing number. The object of the game is to coordinate all of the puppies so that they jump over all of the balloons.
Easier said than done, since coordinating them all grows ever more difficult the further you get in the game. And besides, have you ever tried to keep your eye on four real pups at the same time? You get the picture.
Controls for this game require two hands: one on the mouse, and the other on the space bar. You may click the mouse in front of or behind any of the pups to move that puppy forward or back respectively. To realign all pups together vertically, click and hold the mouse button down where you want all of them to line up.
Press the space bar to make all of the puppies leap in the air simultaneously when a red balloon gets close.
Eventually multiple balloons will begin to appear for which a puppy will need to long-jump to clear them all. To long jump, press space then click where you want the puppy to land beyond the balloons.
For every balloon a puppy fails to jump over, you lose a balloon marker. Lose all eight (8) markers and it's game over.
The best strategy for playing this game is to watch the sequence and pattern of the balloons that appear, and then position the puppies appropriately so that you can make all of the necessary jumps. Remember that all puppies jump at the same time, and you will want to save enough recover time for the next pup to jump.
This game has one of the more complex control schemes of any of the Orisinal games, and yet after just a few times playing the controls feel natural and intuitive. The gorgeous art and animation, as well as the tranquil soundtrack make this another wonderful addition to Ferry's amazing collection. And with the release of Nintendogs just two (2) weeks away, what better time than the present for a brand new Orisinal game to promote playing with puppies.