It’s been fun digesting the fruits of the latest Ludum Dare, a competition/celebration where contestants develop a video game within a single weekend. This time’s winner, Evoland, is a cleverly self-referential Zelda-style game that mirrors the development of gaming itself. You start in a silent, monochromatic state of limited mobility and grab practical and aesthetic [...]
Grafighters is a groundbreaking new game that enables players to upload their own hand-drawn characters, customize their fighting style, and watch them come to life in epic battles. It’s the kind of game everyone plays in their imagination as kids, but some grown up college kids in Syracuse, New York, figured out how to make [...]
GameMaki is the best of a new breed of photo-challenge sites that lets you play impromptu, real-life games by uploading photos, or in some cases, just a few words. Share and compete with friends, or make new friends by answering or creating motivational or purely whimsical dares. Two of my favorites: ‘Capture grid-shaped objects’, and [...]
This neat little side-scrolling game is remarkable primarily for its awesome, hand-drawn look. Using the mouse, you maneuver the little fuzzy creature to collect coins — simple enough, but you can’t move backwards, wherein lies the challenge.
Do people still play miniature golf? We’ve got so many gizmos and gadgets to distract us in our own homes these days, it’s a wonder anyone still pays money to hit a ball into a fiberglass clown’s mouth. While Mini-Putt doesn’t have the colorful and often surreal obstacles that make put-put so absurd, it does [...]
Woah, we’ve gotten to the postmodern phase of flash game history where social commentary, appropriation of ironic DIY style, and surrealist absurdity are the order of the day. That said, Jason Nelson’s i made this. you play this. we are enemies. is pretty fun, if you manage to see through the frenetic aesthetic to figure [...]
Let’s see if the man is such a lame duck after all. Check out the league table below the game – it would seem even his own people aren’t altogether happy with him (well, duh). I’m averaging 13, and every hit is providing a nice little pick-me-up for the end of the week.
Auditorium is a vector-based puzzle game where the player uses circular pieces to bend or warp a stream of particles so that they flow into various goals on the screen. Each goal plays a line of music, and when all goals on the screen are activated, they create a sort of symphony. The creators intentionally [...]
Amorphous is yet another addictive game that satisfies the same urge that drives us to compulsively pop bubble wrap. The game is simple: destroy a bunch of green blobs with your mighty sword before they envelop you.
Nanotube is a deceptively simple game in which you use the left and right arrow keys to control a circular wall to block escaping balls emanating from the center. As the game progresses, you have to match the different colored parts of the wall with the colors of the balls. [play also Submarine Zero: Ancient [...]
Here’s another addictive Flash game that combines Tetris with the primal urge to burst bubbles. Scratch that itch, we know you want to. [see also a real life version of Tetris] [more about Bubble Breaker]