Link Dump Friday №200
FIRST! There, now nobody else can have it. On to more important things, like this week's Link Dump Friday! While searching through the internet (which requires safety gear like Ed Harris' diving set-up in The Abyss) I came across some pixels, a magical fly, a know-it-all-genie, some robots, and then I crammed in some fine art on top of it because I thought your horizons could do with some broadening. Enjoy!
- Akinator - I'm thinking of a super villain between one and a billion! Who is it? Well, if you were Akinator, the Web Genius, you'd just have to ask me a few questions and you'd figure it out. This simple little webtoy has you think of any person, living, dead, or fictional, and if you're honest in your responses to his yes/no/maybe/partially/dunno questions, there's a good chance he'll know who you're thinking about. (Though not always.) What's most impressive is that there are times when Akinator appears to guess your person based on a relatively benign set of questions. (Akinator somehow arrived correctly at Donna Noble by asking if she'd been to space, then if she was a gangster rapper. I wish!) Is he looking into your mind? Probably not. (Too dark in there to see much anyway.) But it's still a lot of fun.
- Wolfenstein 1D - Quiet possibly the demake-est of the demakes, this one-pixel line "recreation" of classic Wolfenstein is a clever experiment that's more than a little hard on the old ocular orbs. I, uh. Never played Wolfenstein, so I don't really have much to say about this one, other than "PYEW PYEW ARGH", which is a fairly accurate representation of the gameplay. I was going to ponder how much further you can actually demake something until I realised that by not creating a demake of, say, Earthbound, I have actually created the greatest demake of all time. Or would I have ro make it... then un-make it? Hmmm. That makes sense. Trust me.
- Robot Clashes - Robots, robots, everywhere, and not a drop to drink! That... is how that goes, right? Hmmm. Better check in with fellow word aficionado AdamC; "Robot Clashes is a stylish real time strategy game that pits your robot army against waves of enemy robots. Use the [mouse] to navigate the battle screen, where robot after robot is spawned from your base every seven seconds or so, and lead your robots into almost certain death on the right side of the screen. The game tasks you with upgrading your robots via crates that can be spawned after a given amount of time."... well, that's almost what I said.
- Microcosmic Shooter - Part shooter, part point-and-click adventure, this queer little hybrid tells the story of a boy who goes through something we've all had happen to us from time to time... namely, he gets shrunk by a magical mosquito fly thing in his bathroom and must battle and puzzle his way to safety using his wits and perfume. It's definitely unique, though hampered by the lack of checkpoints or a save function and some fairly liberal attention being drawn to hotspots. Still, ridiculously cute, and fair warning for you the next time you find yourself shrunk by an insect. It's bound to happen sooner or later. Don't be ashamed; everyone goes through it.
- Riddles of Renaissance - [Note: Contains some nudity and depictions of violence.] Ah, the Renaissance! A time when supple hips and the knowledge of how to braise an entire pig were all you needed to be immortalised in some really classy fine art, as long as you had your own flowy robes to drape yourself in. This puzzle game shows you pictures of classic artwork and asks you to find and click on the portion of the image that corresponds to the riddle you're given. Fairly simple, if occasionally a little perplexing. I miss the Renaissance. Back then, art was just beautiful. These days, you can't even argue on someone putting a used Egg McMuffin wrapper under a spotlight and calling it art because someone is going to be moved to tears by the symbolism or whatever. Kids today.