Link Dump Friday №178
Welcome back to Link Dump Friday, where sackboys cavort for your amusement, you have to grow your own sushi, and getting out of bed is detrimental to your health. Where bad guys obligingly fly in easy-to-shoot formation, and we all join hands with the sky-squid for a brighter tomorrow. Where little orange men roll you off to be juiced and the snozzberries taste like snozzberries. No, I'm serious. It's weird around here on Fridays.
- Ray Quest - Blast down enemies and upgrade your ship in this good-looking vertical shooter featuring the ability to gain multiple LAZORZ. This genre isn't as prolific as it used to be. More's the pity, since I can't even remember the hours I lost to Gradius 3. Unfortunately Ray Quest kind of runs out of steam; the bosses are too easy and the enemies are too same-y, and the voila! just never happens. Still, it's impressive enough to play through to the end, and with more variety would easily have sucked in any fan of the genre for a good long while.
- Sophiphobia - Sophi wakes up one morning to find herself with a strange predicament in this intriguing but slightly awkward point-and-click escape game. It's got a very interesting premise, but it'll take you longer than it should to puzzle your way off the bed to find it. With more intuitive navigation and a less obtrusive inventory, Sophiphobia could have been a real winner. As it stands, it's still a clever little escape game, and decidedly different compared to Escape The Generic Box of Conundrums. Do you think Jay would buy "I can't risk my life by getting out of bed!" as an excuse for not writing an article?
- Ozee - So here's a little physics-puzzle-platformer apparently inspired by Little Big Planet and brought to you by the creators of Cargo Bridge. Run, jump, collect stars, and race through the world because... well, because! Ozee's world needs a lot more personality than it has to really engage the player, unless you've secretly harboured a burning desire to see a Sackboy run the Ninja Warrior course.
- Wasabi - Sushi can be nasty, but this weird little game about managing a sushi bar isn't. It's part resource management, part time management, and part WEIRD. The gameplay unfortunately isn't that deep, but it's fun and adorable while it lasts. It's Just take it from me, kids; if you ever see a restaurant selling "all you can eat" sushi for a dollar (the word sushi should probably be in quotations there too), you probably shouldn't eat there.
- flowEST - There's not much point to this weird little game about floating doo-dads and happy critters other than to make you smile. Just draw a path to make your little dude sail through the air, linking up with buddies and grabbing the coloured orbs you see. That's... about it, really. But it's so soothing and lovely and weird that it's easily worth the minute or three it'll take out of your day.