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Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: Steampunk Tower
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Thu Mar 14 2013 2:10 PM ]
Tower defense games are nothing new. Neither, for that matter, is steampunk. But how about putting two great tastes that taste great together together? Steampunk Tower has you fighting off waves of steam-powered tanks and floating dirigibles. Hurry up and build those defenses (including a Tesla-inspired lightning gun). Steampunk Tower's unique system allows you to take your weapons offline for repair and reloading. Just be sure you've got a few big guns in reserve as your tower gets bigger and bigger. Those artfully rusty enemies aren't going to give you any slack!
Webgame Wednesday. Girls Like Robots: Nerdfest
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Mar 6 2013 3:11 PM ]
Girls like robots. The cool ones, anyway. This fact is proven by the new Adult Swim game Girls Like Robots: Nerdfest. It's really just a mini version of PopCannibal's popular mobile gaming series. But this cute 'n' cartoony puzzle game is worth checking out in any form. Your object is to seat people at various events. You must follow certain rules, however. Girls, for example, like to sit next to robots. They don't like to sit next to nerds. (Sorry, nerds.) Nerds don't like sitting next to other nerds. Figure out the proper seating chart and it's on to the next puzzle. Nerds!
Webgame Wednesday: Art Game
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Feb 27 2013 12:53 PM ]
Is Art Game a game, a joke, an experience, a comment on the modern art scene, all of the above? Yes. You start by choosing your artist, a male or a female, and then leaping head-first into the cutthroat world of modern art. First, you must create your minimalist masterpieces. This is accomplished though a mini-game whose mechanics should be familiar to longtime gamers. Next, you've got to choose the paintings for your exhibit. Will it be a success or a failure? Oh, fickle muse!
Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: 400 Years
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Thu Feb 14 2013 12:17 PM ]
In the innovative, experimental game 400 Years, you play a big-headed, kind-hearted dude who just wants to save the world. But you've only got 400 years in which to pull it off. Sounds pretty easy, huh? Unfortunately, you'll be doing it through the unusual mechanic of time manipulation. You have the ability to speed the clock, forcing the world to race through the seasons, letting years zip by at the touch of a button. Need a lake to freeze over, so you can walk across it? Just wait until winter. Need a tree to grow to climb higher? Just wait a few years. Suddenly 400 years seems kinda short. You'll spend a lot of time standing around waiting in this unusual game, so patience is something of a virtue. What are you waiting for? Get to waiting.
Webgame Wednesday: Plunger
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Feb 6 2013 6:02 PM ]
Nitrome, one of the Internet's leading developers of awesome free games has released its newest, Plunger. You control a cute robot thing equipped with four directional plungers. Shoot the plungers vertically or horizontally to navigate a maze. Connect various electrical points with your plunger lines and you move on to the next level. This game's unique control scheme makes it a real standout in the platformer category. Just be on the lookout for the game's increasing hazards.
Webgame Wednesday: Fae
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jan 30 2013 2:18 PM ]
Sometimes fast is good. Sometimes red is bad. As true in real life as it is in the zippy action platformer Fae. Jump your little ... head-thing around a maze of platforms and walls. Don't touch anything that's red. And get a move on, this is a race against time, people!
Webgame Wednesday: Westerado
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jan 23 2013 4:54 PM ]
Sometimes you just want to play cowboy, but your wife/
Webgame Wednesday: Google Doodle
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jan 16 2013 1:43 PM ]
Did you know that today is the 112 birthday of Frank Zamboni. " Who's Frank Zamboni?" you ask. Only the inventor of the most awesome vehicle on the planet, the ice-cleaning Zamboni Machine! Well the fine folks at Google sure know who Mr. Zamboni is. Their latest " Google Doodle" is a playable game in which you're tasked with sprucing up the ice after some careless skaters. Plan your route around the rink carefully, you have a limited supply of fuel. Now get on that Zamboni and ride!
“Fresh Prince” Gets Googled
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Tue Jan 15 2013 3:28 PM ]
What happens when you run the lyrics to the theme song from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” through every language on Google Translate? Well, this. Enjoy. Apricot.
Webgame Wednesday: Chromatica
By Devin D. O’Leary [ Wed Jan 9 2013 3:19 PM ]
Chromatica is your basic shape-matching game. Slide the metallic stars, moons, clovers, etc. around the hexagonal grid (so long as there's an open path) and line them up in rows of four or more. Pile up extra-long chains to unlock special pieces. The jewel-like colors and the classical music accompaniment make this one a soothing exercise in puzzle solving.
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