Flash Fun Friuesday! In The Painter
, you have to shoot paint around an empty world in order to find your exit.
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The Animal Architecture Awards have just announced the winners of their 2011 contest. Taking first place is Simone Ferracina’s Theriomorphous Cyborg, a (speculative) augmented reality game inspired by Jacob von Uexküll’s notion of the animal umwelt. Not truly architectural, Theriomorphous Cyborg instead shifts how a human participant relates to space and the landscape. Each level in the free-form game takes the player through different modes that relate to the sensory capacities of various animals.
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is an escape-the-
-dream game with a hauntingly beautiful aesthetic that tells the story of a young woman recovering from an accident. It is a cross-platform download or can be played in its entirety for free in Flash
. [more inside]
For those kept off the links -- particularly those with windmills -- by Irene, a flash alternative
(via Kottke). Needs ice cream, but otherwise oojah-cum-spiff (via Wodehouse).
How many video games
can you identify by their sound effects
? How many can you guess from their music
? (part 2, part 3)
Can you name video game consoles by their start-up sounds
Tabletop: Analog Game Design
- A commons licenced book containing a series of essays about digital and non-digital games from some esteemed boardgame veterans: "Much has been written about the videogame revolution, [...] In a scant thirty some-odd years,
we’ve grown from nothing to one of the world’s largest entertainment
forms, grossing tens of billions annually [...] Works that discuss the evolution of the game industry from an historical perspective generally talk about the connection between the pre-digital
arcade and the earliest digital games; I’ve even heard some claim
that “without the arcade, videogames would not exist.” This is, of course, bosh..." [more inside]
Microsoft released Age of Empires Online
last week -- a free-to-play realtime strategy game, and it's getting some pretty good press
. [more inside]
Neutral Milk Hotel: The RPG
"The band's second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, released in 1998 and also produced by Schneider, is notable as a critically acclaimed and widely popular album. [more inside]
is a cute game wherein you use riddles to help you find all the Tanookies (whatever those are) hidden around your house. It's a neat little take on the standard escape-the-room fare.
is a charming flash platformer geared towards young adults which integrates strategy, puzzles and philosophical questions into a world that explores a range of views about mortality.
for Friday fun HTML5/CSS/canvas game. Dodge the round dots in you modern browser. (Has no cats that I've found.)
is a flash game where you bring color to your world.
Kingdom Rush, the best tower defense
This may be the best tower defense game you've ever played. Or at least the cutest. [more inside]
Age of Fable
is a web-based RPG with a whimsical sense of humor. [more inside]
Help the Hero!
- Be the best manservant you can be!
is a Flash game where you use some minor engineering skills to make a dude rich. [more inside]
... not heaven
, but a strange parallel universe... beyond the reaches of time...
Fancy yourself a rocket scientist? Want to build rockets and shoot little green guys into space? Comfortable with your rocket flying apart and exploding into a thousand fiery pieces? Able to press the space bar? Try Kerbal Space Program. [more inside]
This is Zombotron.
You can scavenge for items and kill the undead in this Flash game. Your less-advanced mechanical brethren may even shoot you on site, as they are only programmed to detect motion. Welcome to Zombotron.
is a simple flash-based puzzle game that involves getting your object from point A to B.
Levels you complete can be scrolled through using "x" to move to the next level and "d" to return the level select button to the first level.
The browser saves your progress, so you can close your tab/browser and return to it later.
Friday Downloadable Fun: Pixelships
is a freeware combination of Pokemon and Defender. Destroy, collect, and upgrade 160 pixelized spaceships in a series of randomly generated levels. The sequel, Pixelships Retro
, is now out and is available as shareware.
Beat 'em ups and brawlers
are a game style that goes back to the mid 80s. Your character moves across a horizontal level, left to right, slowly beating up each and every enemy you come across; progress is typically gated at several points, forcing you to defeat the current pack of adversaries before moving onto the next section. A fellow by the name of Ben Ruiz is working on a brawler and has spent quite a bit of time dissecting their gameplay
. [more inside]
Beloved gaming website Insert Credit
is back, and has kicked off its relaunch with an eight page manifesto about game journalism.
During its hiatus fans hungry for intelligent videogame commentary migrated to the forums at Select Button
and Tim Rogers' site Action Button
(Tim uses the IC manifesto to discuss leaving game journalism).
Over at Kotaku, Mike Serrels asks whether something is wrong with video game reviews. Via Gamefilter
Twenty years ago today, the gaming world saw the launch of a truly landmark title: Sonic the Hedgehog
. Developed as a vehicle for a new Sega mascot, the fluid, vibrant, cheery-tuned wonderland swiftly became the company's flagship product, inspiring over the ensuing decades an increasingly convoluted universe
of TV shows, comic books
, and dozens of games on a variety of systems (all documented in this frighteningly comprehensive TVTropes portal
). And while in recent years the series has turned out more and more mediocre 3D and RPG efforts
, the original games remain crown jewels of the 16-bit era. So why not kick off this anniversary by replaying the titles that started it all for free in your browser: Sonic the Hedgehog
(1991), Sonic the Hedgehog 2
(1992), Sonic the Hedgehog 3
(1994), Sonic & Knuckles
(1994). Or click inside for music, remakes, and other fun stuff! [more inside]
showcases awesome and artistic videogame box art. Eastern Mind
writes about obscure Japanese videogames, with a focus on adventures and music games.
Take asteroids, add in an upgrade system and more realistic rock fracturing and you get the frantic experience of Space Rubbish. (Flash)
The official Google Earth plugin
is one free download that makes all sorts of cool stuff possible in your browser. There's a full screen version of the program
(complete with underwater views and 3D buildings) which can be searched by entering queries at the end of the URL. There's a framed version
with support for layers, historical imagery, day/night cycles, and the Google Sky starmap.
Less useful but more fun are Google's collection of "experiments" demonstrating the possibilities of the Earth API, including a "Geo Whiz" geography quiz
, an antipode locater
, a 3D first-person view of San Francisco
, a virtual route-follower
, and MONSTER MILKTRUCK!
, a crazy fun driving simulator that lets you careen a virtual milk truck through the Googleplex campus, ricochet off the Himalayas, or explore any other place you care to name.
Lots more can be found in the Google Earth Gallery
-- highlights include
a look at mountaintop removal mining
a real-time flight tracker
a guide to trails and outdoor recreation
a 360 panorama catalog
geotagged Panoramio photos
and the comprehensive crowdsourced Google Earth Community Layer
And while it's too large to view online, don't miss loading the Metafilter user location map
into a desktop version of Google Earth! [more inside]
To promote the launch of Dino D-Day
, an FPS where you fight Nazis and their resurrected dinosaurs, Steam created a line of WWII-style propaganda posters
that are pure win. (Via
Tuesday Flash Fun: Samegame Fighter
, a turn-based RPG puzzle game. [more inside]
is a text adventure converted into HTML, and the results are pretty great. [more inside]
Edge interviews Ian Bogost
about his abominable social game creation, Cow Clicker
Create a game. The game can be of any theme or genre you desire, but there is one restriction: You're creating a 'new classic,' like Chess, Tag or card games. So, create a game to be enjoyed by generations of players for a thousand years. Prize:
$1,000 to the winning entrant, to be announced and awarded January 1, 2012." Daniel Solis
' Thousand-Year Game Design Challenge
. [more inside]
is an iOS
game available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. It is typically seen as a send-up of the classic game Punch-Out!!
mashed up with roleplaying game
conventions such as experience points and character-modifying equipment. Its defining trait is that it relies upon new game+
to advance your character (actually your character's family/bloodline) and the story.
J. Nicholas Geist over at Kill Screen
has written a review
to match the game.
Like most game companies, Square Enix records every significant activity that occurs in their online environments. Jim Blackhurst took a database of "terminal impact events" in Just Cause 2
and mapped each of the 11 million player deaths to to the geography of the game to create a haunting visualization
is akin to a simpler Dwarf Fortress
with a mouse-driven interface.
WoW... For the rest of us...
A flash side scroller featuring Freud, Marx and more, done beautifully in the style of World of Warcraft. [more inside]
Friday Flash Fun-frustration!
In the form of "Checkpoint", a fast paced platform game similar to N, featuring wall-jumping, spikey things, and a narrator who doesn't appear to like you very much. [more inside]
beta, free for Google Chrome. Previously
is a free political simulation game founded by author Max Barry
back in 2002 (previously
). Loosely based on his dystopian corporate thriller Jennifer Government
, the game starts
by asking players to provide some national trappings and answer a few civics questions, then generates a virtual country with a matching political outlook. Periodic policy decisions
like mining rights and compulsory voting allow players to further modify their country along axes of social, political, and economic freedom
, arriving at one of twenty-seven colorful government types
like Tyranny By Majority or Scandinavian Liberal Paradise. There's also a healthy roleplaying community -- players can discuss current events in the General forum
, practice wargaming in International Incidents
, form cooperative Regions to debate internal affairs (many of which form their own communities
), and elect Delegates to send to the World Assembly
(so renamed after an amusing cease-and-desist from the real-world U.N.
). Their collective history is thoroughly recorded in the 35,000-article NSWiki
, which provides a detailed legislative record
, gameplay guide
, and profiles on many of the 90,000 active nations
, 8,000 player regions
, and countless characters
that currently make up the game world.
Sword & Sworcery EP
is "a brave experiment in I/O cinema with an archetypical video game aesthetic." To put it more simply, it's an arthouse adventure game with unique pixel graphics, available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
. Featuring music by Jim Guthrie
, S&S is inspired by the Legend of Zelda, Carl Jung, Tim Schafer, and David Lynch. Trailer. [more inside]
The I of It.
Flash for a Friday.
Friday Flash Fun
in the (temporary) form of Soul Brother, a retro style 2d flash game from adult swim. You character can jump into a fresh body when killed, which soon proves useful as all the inhabitants of this world have different talents, and thanks to you, very short life spans. [more inside]