They told me this was the Transformer. The Hodge-Podge Transformer, en route to the Ossuary. I don't understand what any of that means. I wish I could go to the Ossuary. The place of bones. That sounds simple and quiet, unlike this terrible place. [more inside]
posted by smcg
on Jan 2, 2014 -
is the new game from Terry Cavanagh
It looks like a simple isometric-view platformer but every level (once the game proper starts) is essentially an optical illusion.
It will do your head in. In the best possible way. [more inside]
posted by motty
on Sep 23, 2013 -
It's debatable whether the troubled World War Z
signals the end of the ongoing zombie craze, but the film that started it all is much more clear: Danny Boyle's
bleak, artful cult horror-drama 28 Days Later
, which saw its US premiere ten years ago this weekend.
From its iconic opening shots of an eerily abandoned London
(set to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's
brooding post-rock epic "East Hastings"
) to the frenzied chaos of its climax
, Boyle's film -- a dark yet humanist tale
of a world eviscerated by a frighteningly contagious epidemic of murderous rage -- reinvented and reinvigorated the genre that Romero built (though many insist its rabid, sprinting berserkers don't really count
And while sequel 28 Weeks Later
with its heavyhanded Iraq War allusions
failed to live up to the original (despite boasting one of the most viscerally terrifying opening sequences
in modern horror), and 28 Months
looks increasingly unlikely
, there remains a small universe of side content from the film, including music, short films, comics, and inspired-by games. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Jun 28, 2013 -
In the new game Avant-Garde
, you play an up-and-coming artist in 19th century Paris, a contemporary of Manet and Bouguereau. Carve and sell allegorical statue groups! Get snubbed by Napoleon III! Subsidize Gustave Courbet's drinking! Compose and promulgate your own aesthetic manifesto!
posted by Iridic
on Mar 8, 2013 -
For about three years, the A.V. Club ran Sawbuck Gamer
, a regular column reviewing the week's most notable free and cheap games across all platforms, from web games to handhelds to console downloadables. It's a treasure trove of content, especially since more literary sister site The Gameological Society took the helm
, and it's publicized great desktop projects like the luscious platformer Frogatto
), feature-rich Super Mario Bros. X
), the evocative faux-web Digital: A Love Story
), interactive fiction gem Rover's Day Off
, and the hyperkinetic RunMan: Race Around the World
). But if you're in the mood for something more immediate, why not start with a list of all the original column's free A-rated online titles? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi
on Oct 24, 2012 -
Samurai meets Minesweeper! Defeat the Seven Daimyos and their Shogun, and restore peace to the land! As the Samurai, you will have to choose your battles carefully to overcome the enemies' forces... [more inside]
posted by smcg
on Feb 17, 2012 -
Super Mario Bros. Crossover 2.0
is out! An expansion on the original game, which let you play as various NES characters transplanted into Super Mario Bros., but using the rules and abilities of those characters from their original games, version 2 offers more special abilities, more characters, and your choice of audiovisual "skins" based on four Mario games from the NES, SNES, and Gameboy, along with one based on Demon Returns
. There's even instructions for playing with a gamepad!
For more information, see the Super Mario Bros. Crossover Wiki
or watch the exciting Super Mario Bros. Crossover trailer!
posted by Pope Guilty
on Feb 12, 2012 -
It's Friday which means it's time to focus
. (On flash fun of course)
posted by aspo
on Nov 4, 2011 -
Friday Flash Fun:
Japanese designer Tesshi-e
makes beautiful, evocative, maddening escape games
. Most recent among them is Escape Hotel 4
. You may like to check into rooms
. Or perhaps you'd prefer to escape from the tatami room
, the small bar
, the hexagon room
, the dome room
or the restroom
. Examine every item carefully, because nothing is quite as it seems. Expect a lot of lateral thinking and a sprinkling of maths. And before you leave, be sure to take one last look for the Happy Coin: Happy coin will bring happiness to you!!
English-language reviews and walkthroughs are here
posted by embrangled
on Oct 14, 2011 -
is a simple Flash game. Shoot the descending circles. Some are big and slow, some are small and quick. Shoot the power-ups to collect them. Soon you'll have a shield and some auto-turrets to help you clear the screen. But beware: it gets harder and more frantic as the wind increases. How long can you survive? A fun Missile Command/Asteroids hybrid. (Via reddit
posted by BitterOldPunk
on Sep 15, 2011 -
: The snails of Snail Town have gone missing! Use your power to climb walls to explore a Metroid-like world to find all the secrets also snails. YAY!
posted by The Devil Tesla
on Jun 28, 2011 -
Japan World Cup.
It's in Japanese, but if you don't understand a word of what's going on here, but just click on random stuff until the race starts.
posted by empath
on May 26, 2011 -
: your friend has sent you a game in the alpha stage of development, but it soon becomes clear that there is more there than just the test level.
posted by The Devil Tesla
on May 4, 2011 -
This year marks a decade of Strong Bad Emails
, sent from Strong Bad's desk. Next to his computer sits a box of floppy discs
, often displaying game titles. If you missed those titles, the detail-oriented Homestar Runner wiki
) provides game titles, summaries, and links
. Many of the games are old computer games like Rise of the Dragon
or Miner 2049er
, and some titles are linked to Lord_Pall
's revived Home of the Underdogs
abandonware game archive. Other games have links to the Videlectrix catalog
, where you can see box art
and play some demos
. Or you can go back to the Homestar Runner wiki, and go to the list of playable Videlectrix titles
, like 50k Racewalker
) Polulation: Tire
) or Peasant's Quest
) (More previous stuff: Peasant's Quest
and Where's An Egg?
posted by filthy light thief
on Apr 1, 2011 -
This is a game about breeding flowers. Each flower's traits are determined by its genes. Pick two flowers and their genes combine to create new variations. There is no aim in this game... Feel free to set yourself one.
-- Rare Breeds: Petunia
. (Flash.) [more inside]
posted by Gator
on Jan 30, 2011 -
was an edutainment game developed in 1971. Schools across America used this game as a teaching tool to prepare children for the impending zombie apocolypse and dysentery."
posted by brundlefly
on Oct 29, 2010 -
is a fiendishly addictive and entertaining Mario Kart clone which has already taken up far too much of my week. Developers Conix Games
also made a top-down zombie shooter in the Robotron tradition called Daytraders of the Dead
, which is just about as addictive.
posted by Kattullus
on Jul 23, 2010 -