webgame wednesday

V.22 No.12 | 3/21/2013

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Webgame Wednesday on Thursday: Steampunk Tower

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!

V.21 No.26 | 6/28/2012

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Webgame Wednesday


You are a psychic killbot in the appropriately named Killbot. Your objective is to escape from the secret lab in which you’ve been built. The only way to do that is to disguise yourself in various ways to slip past security posts. After all, who would suspect a robot with a mustache? This puzzle platformer is a real think-piece at times, asking you to manipulate objects with your psychic powers in order to push buttons and steal clothes. The junky, notebook doodle art-style adds a certain low-tech flair to this high-tech adventure.

V.19 No.18 | 5/6/2010

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Webgame Wednesday: Fairune

A healthy portion of our country’s population grew up on Legend of Zelda-style adventure quests. If you’re in a nostalgic mood, check out Fairune. In it, you control a plucky female warrior (nice change of pace there) who must rescue four elemental fairies and save the land from an evil demon. The entire quest probably won’t take you 15 minutes, but it’s a quick, colorful romp through the RPGs of your childhood. BTW: The game’s in Japanese, but it doesn’t make any difference. Use the arrow keys to move and the space bar to open your inventory. That’s all there is to it. Quest away!

V.18 No.50 | 12/10/2009

Webgame Wednesday: Yar’s Revenge

For a certain generation, the word "videogame" is synonymous with the word "Atari." Atari not only produced the first commercial arcade cabinet with the groundbreaking Pong, but kickstarted the home videogame revolution with the seminal Atari 2600. The company is currently in the process of relaunching its brand and has unveiled a new Web site. Not only can you keep tabs on the company's progress, you can play some classic Atari offerings in the online arcade--like, for example, Yar's Revenge. This unique space shooter is arguably the best original game Atari developed for the 2600. Play it now in all its original 8k glory.

V.18 No.48 | 11/26/2009

Webgame Wednesday: Turkey Got Guts!

Oddly enough, there aren't all that many Thanksgiving games, and most of them are kinda super lame (coloring pages, puzzles and the like). I guess the holiday just isn't as easily exploited as Christmas or Halloween. But hey, at least in Turkey Got Guts! you get to play a bad-ass turkey giving farmers a little what-for with your assault rifle. Aim with your mouse, blow some heads off and avoid those grenades. Don't forget to reload.

V.18 No.44 | 10/29/2009

Webgame Wednesday: Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself): Wedding Day

Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself) is one of the best web games Adult Swim has ever given us (and they've given us some fine ones). Now, the makers of this twisted gem have come up with a sequel, Five Minutes to Kill (Yourself): Wedding Day. It's your wedding day, and like all wise-minded brides and grooms (you get to take your pick), your only thoughts are of suicide. Well, the nuptials take place in five minutes. You've got that long to off yourself. What would cause more damage? Sticking a prayer candle in your eyeball or insulting the father of the bride. Think quick!

Webgame Wednesday: Halloween Pumpkins

Halloween is lurking just around the corner. So let's stick with the theme and make even the time we waste at work playing flash games spooky fun. Halloween Pumpkins is your basic stacking game variation on Tetris. But it does feature pumpkins and does get surprisingly strategic as things go along. Make it quick, though, cause that damn witch will mess things up for you!

V.18 No.43 | 10/22/2009
The little robot dude (and friend) from   Machinarium.

Webgame Wednesday: Machinarium

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!

V.18 No.36 | 9/3/2009

Webgame Wednesday: Scratches the Window Labor Game

Hope your Labor Day was a good one. I trust you spent it in the traditional manner--slacking off as much as possible and occasionally thinking about people who are working hard. In belated celebration, I've decided to put you to work on Webgame Wednesday. The most "labor"-intensive game I know is Scratches the Window Labor Game. I can't describe it nearly as well as the original Japanese creators, so I'll leave it up to them: "Scratches the window labor the work is extremely laborious, not only wants the work high above the ground, but also must guard against in the window the person to open the window as necessary to strike flies oneself. In order to live, supports the whole family, has to do the such dangerous work! Helps this pitiful person to scratch the window! Only has all windows wipes brightly, can obtain day-long wages, second days, also is the new challenge!" ... Well, what are you waiting for? Helps this pitiful person!

Webgame Wednesday: De-Animator Rerun

Yes, I know we’ve posted it before, but try De-animator again for the first time! It’s really a great game, and one that I go back to often.

V.18 No.31 | 7/30/2009

Webgame Wednesday: Gamma Brothers

Sometimes you just wanna go out in space and blast some crap to Kingdom Come. Gamma Brothers is retro arcading done right. Simple, pixilated graphics get across the idea of old school outer space carnage quite nicely. The gameplay is basically Galaxian with the control scheme of Robotron. Your (upgradable) UFO can shoot and move in all four directions—which is a handy thing when those damn Space Bugs are closing in on you. Get down with your xenophobic self and shoot to kill!