Point. Click. Point. Click. Point-p-point-p-point click click space. Drag drop. Drag drop. Drag drop click space space. Excellent, now you already know the words, so you can sing along! No, it's not Excel spreadsheet karaoke night, it's Klikwerk, a new music and reflex game by Bart Bonte.
Playing Klikwerk is as simple as following the rhythmic directions as they pop up on the screen. When it asks you to Point, point to the box. When it asks you to Click, click the box. Drag the circles and Drop them on the holes when they appear. Hit [space] when asked for Space. It's like Simon Says, except there is nobody named Simon, and there's no trickery involved. All you have to do is be fast and accurate.
If you can follow the commands quickly after they appear, you'll score 100 points. If a command is left unattended for a longer period of time, it will start to fade, and its value will drop to 50, then 25 points before disappearing completely. It's important to be fast, because scoring 30,000 points or more will unlock a bonus round where you're challenged to follow an increasing swarm of commands as they flood the screen, and missing a single command results in the end.
An-an-analyze. If there are two major downsides to Klikwerk, it's that you've got to be pretty agile with your mouse (which means it's very touchpad-unfriendly), and that you're given only one two-and-a-half minute track to play with. Granted, it's not terribly easy and you might find yourself taking a few attempts to be able to make it to the bonus round, but this game might leave you wanting more.
And that's a good thing. Klikwerk is easy to pick up, but hard to put down. First, you try to get to the bonus round, then you try to increase your top score on the scoreboard. You might find yourself trying to memorize patterns to try to get an edge over the competition. Pretty soon, you'll be singing "Point click-point click-point click-point space" on your morning jog, and that's when you know you're hooked.
Bonte once again succeeds in creating a quirky gaming experience with simple style, but a tricky challenge. You've got to handle more than two commands per second on average, so you need to stay on top of the ball to keep alive. Once you've got that down, the catchy tune is just icing on the cake. Klikwerk is waiting, so as a warm-up exercise, click below to...