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!
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.
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!
Webgame Wednesday: Yar’s Revenge
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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.
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!
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!
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 "
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.
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!