One more game to leave you with to sweat it out over the weekend. Mark Arenz over at Ridiculopathy.com, author of the previously reviewed Swinger game, has just released his latest creation and it's a unique combination of point-and-click puzzles with arcade mini-games thrown in for good measure.
Carnyville is a uniquely stylized adventure game that makes use of a monetary structure, health meter, and scoring system to increase replay value, but they also add some frustration to the mix as well.
The object of the game, as with most clicky games, is to find and collect various objects that will allow you to progress through the game. It all leads up to a final encounter with the evil carnival boss.
The addition of a monetary structure limits the number of times you can play the various mini-games to acquire necessary items. Some actions will cause you to take damage to your health meter. If you use up all of the health meter, you may continue playing at a cost of 200 points off your final score.
An unusual game for its type, Carnyville offers something slightly different for those who have become jaded with the point-and-click genre. Still, the addition of arcade elements may be disappointing for some who enjoy these types of games. Overall, a very good effort that can be enjoyed more than once.
Note: the servers that the Ridiculopathy website is hosted on are extremely slow, which may be due to this game being brand new and is therefore getting lots of traffic. Be patient. The game will load, though it took about 15 minutes the first time I tried. Beware of the loud carnival music that begins playing once the game is fully loaded.