While crafting this week's Link Dump Friday, I uncovered a mysterious pattern that could be a sign of greater things at work. On a standard North American QWERTY keyboard, 33 of the 47 letters used to write the names of the five games below (numbers and symbols don't count) can be typed with the left hand alone. In fact, Starwave doesn't need the right hand at all! Government conspiracy? Alien intervention? Or does my being a lefty subtly influence the games we feature each week? You decide!
- UberTube - A unique 3D arcade game where you rotate a tube with the [arrow] keys to keep tiles beneath your bouncing self. Very challenging, often frustrating, and different enough to be wholly interesting. Also worth noting, this game has the most annoying "death" sound ever heard in video gaming history.
- Spin-In - A sliding block puzzle game that uses rudimentary physics as the central focus of gameplay. Use the [arrow] keys to tilt the game board up, down, left and right. Your goal is to get the smiley face to the exit, but with each tilt blocks slide to fill open spaces.
- Starwave - Another simple puzzle game, this one of a sci-fi nature. Place your units on the grid so they will eliminate the oncoming enemy fleet. When everything's in place, hit the "ready" button and hope all turns out well. If not, re-adjust and try it again.
- Mad Vlad II: Revamped - A vampire-themed adventure platforming game where you control the mad spinning Vlad on a quest to prove he is a worthy master of his castle. Avoid the sunlight as you work your way through a surprisingly cinematic adventure.
- Solarsaurs 2 - We here at JIG strive to bring you the best games so you don't waste your time playing duds. In that spirit, we meticulously crafted a one-line review for this game that's sure to answer any questions you might have. Ready for it? Here goes... "It's like curling, with dinosaurs."