Adult Swim’s awesomely destructive, Atari 2600-style game Mountain Maniac gets a holiday makeover in Mountain Maniac Xmas. You're Santa (or a poor approximation thereof) and are tasked with smashing huge boulders off a mountaintop. Control their descent to cause maximum carnage. And watch out for rampaging reindeer!
Holiday-themed Flash games are uniformly awful. And Thanksgiving-themed games are the worst of the lot. So Armor Games did us a favor when they took their already-entertaining Chuck the Sheep and dressed ol’ Chuck up in a turkey suit for Thanksgiving. You play Chuck, a sheep (or a turkey, I guess), who’s trying to escape the farm in some sort of homemade catapult/rocket. Launch yourself out of the barnyard and try to get as far as possible. Get a move on! You’re about to be sheared. Or served up for Thanksgiving dinner. One or the other. Or both. I'm kinda confused.
Dinosaur Zookeeper has now leaped to the top of my list of dream jobs. Alas, the actual career doesn’t exist. But, thanks to Adult Swim’s game Dinosaur Zookeeper, we can all get some early, on-the-job training until science catches up with us. The game is your basic business sim. Place dinosaurs, build fences, keep the carivores away from the herbivores. Also, try and keep casualties of park visitors at a minimum. That just seems like good business practice for any field.
At last! After three years of hard work, Czech indie game studio Amanita Design is back with Machinarium, another point-and-click puzzle game featuring the compelling hand-drawn art, atmospheric sound and trippy animation that made their earlier games Samarost and Samarost 2 so unique. First, help your robot pal find all his limbs and cross the forbidden causeway. Then … well, I can’t tell you because I’m still stuck at the causeway.
You can play through the first three levels of this Independent Games Festival award-winner for free. The rest of the full-scale game runs $20 and includes the sonorous ambient soundtrack. Games like this make me stop hating Flash while I’m playing them, and Amanita has apparently gone out of their way to make sure it works on Linux. Huzzah!