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BrainDrop: Another Fine Online Puzzle Game

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I liked this game. A very simple idea executed in a clever way. In BrainDrop you can move each row to left or right (in a limited way). The idea is to drop the gold ball while keeping the other balls safe.

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Fantastic Online Riddle: Ouverture Facile

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Here’s an online riddle with a difference: Ouverture Facile. The difference is instead of those usual static images (as in with most online riddles) Ouverture Facile added some really good Flash element. Have a go and you’re sure to get addicted. More Online Riddles here.

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Tough Puzzle Game: Double Maze

This game is so simple, so addictive and so difficult. I guess that adds up to a near perfect game; Double Maze.

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In Double Maze there’s a two 6*6 grid. The idea is to take your balls and get them to the exit point. The catch is that you control both balls simultaneously and even the first level may get to tough. I have sneaking suspicion that we’ll seeing lots of Double Maze clones in near future.

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Flash Games: Best Of The Best

Here’s my round-up for the flash games I like most. For the sake of brevity I’ve also included my past entries.

doublejeu-200-x-222.jpgDouble Jeu : This game is just fantastic. Many people will define it as “time waster” but I just cannot do that. Your aim is to keep the ball in the bottom half in balance while trying to handle ball in the upper half with your pad (as in pong). Your mouse controls both objects at the same time. My current record is a tad above 29 seconds and I doubt that anybody will ever be over 40-50 seconds range. I even plan it to give it to my students as term project for flash class.

24 December update: My new record is 40.193 seconds

throwpaper.jpgThrow Paper : Simple and addictive. You try to send the paper-made-ball into the bin taking the wind into account.

26 December update: My new record is 17 consecutive hits.

binballwizard.jpgBinball Wizard : The idea behind Binball Wizard is similar to Throw Paper but the setting is more complicated. This time you’re in an office the ball you throw can actually bounce when it hits the object in the office.

shufflethepenguin.jpgShuffle The Penguin : Yet another game on the same theme but this time trying to send the penguin into that hole.

turbochargedpenguins-200-x-152.jpgTurbo-charged Penguins : Excellent game play. Very addictive.

24 December update: My new height is 1374.90 meters.

yetisports-200-x-114.jpgYeti Sports : An addictive classic. Fly my penguin, fly high…

snowcraft1.jpgSnow Craft : Playing snowball has never been so good (except in real life, of course!)

copter.jpgCopter : A classic one-button oldie but still great whenever you have a minute or two to spare

cursorthief.jpgCursor Thief : Fun to play. Your aim is to avoid your cursor from the guy who has many tricks to catch it.

drawplay.jpgDraw Play : Excellent time-waster. You’re trying to reach from the start point to the target but it’s you who draws the path.

pendulumeca.jpgPendulumeca : If you envy spiderman lose no time.

kumonecko.jpgKumonecko : You control a very cute looking pixel-cat. Starts easy then gets a bit tough.

nekojuppiki.jpgNekojuppiki : Combination of Lemmings and creative game-play. Gets difficult pretty quickly. Be sure to check out the other games from Neko Games.

rolypoly.jpgRoly Poly : Creative UI. Instead of moving your cute hedgehoggish creature you rotate the canvas.

tuberacer.jpgTube Racer : Fun time-waster. Not easy at all.

poom.jpgPoom : Addictive, easy looking but very difficult to make a good score.

n.jpgN : Incredible physics game.

boarddots.jpgBoard Dots : Addictive logic game.

blueprint.jpgBlueprint : Good logic game similar to The Incredible Machine.

paths.jpgPaths : Another fine logic game.

troyis.jpgTroyis : A superb logic game where you move with a knight as in chess.

Games that already mentioned in this very blog:

Scribble

Double Wires

Sling, Missile 3D, Winterbells

Line Rider 2

Samorost 2

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Armadillo Run

Have you ever played Bridge Construction Set? Pontifex? What the heck that is you ask?

Some years ago I was introduced a freeware game called Bridge Builder. Your task was to build a bridge from the available materials, cable, iron, steel, suspension cable, heavy steel, hydraulics, and iron & steel decks. Add the budget constraint and you have a real deal.

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Then I met Chronologic, the publishers of Bridge Construction Set, followed with Bridge It and Pontifex and Pontifex 2. I’m not very sure whether the maker of Bridge Builder is actually Chronologic. Anyhow, the so called remakes improved both the graphics and the game-play. If you like mechanical puzzles be sure to give it a try.

However, BCS and Pontifex is old news actually.

Have you ever played The Incredible Machine. TIM is a legendry puzzle game. I don’t even remember when I first played the game; maybe 15 years ago. Then we had TIM2, then TIM3: Return of the Incredible Machine: Contraptions and finally The Incredible Machine: Even More Contraptions.

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The typical puzzle begins with a simple goal: a preset arrangement of items on the screen and a number of items in a tool box that should be placed into the preset arrangement. A start button on the top left corner of the screen initiates the action. You can drop billiard balls onto levers, pull ropes through pulleys, turn on fans or toasters, light candles or firecrackers, and so forth. If the correct items are arranged in the correct way, the contraption will eventually accomplish the intended goal. Fortunately, the puzzles allow for multiple attempts. You can start and stop the action as many times as desired and rearrange the components of the machine as necessary. The movable parts of the puzzle reset themselves after each attempt. This trial-and-error approach gives the game a hands-on feel that will appeal to anyone who likes tinkering with things. Many of the puzzles have multiple solutions, and after you find one working arrangement, you’ll have the option to view the intended solution.

However, TIM is old news actually.

Please welcome my new toy: Armadillo Run.

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Your job is to create structures to safely guide a rolled-up Armadillo to the goal. Assemble materials such as sheets of metal, ropes, cloth, elastic and more to create a path across the stage. The physics in Armadillo Run are remarkably accurate, making building (and destroying) things far more entertaining than it should be. As usual with these games, you have a limited budget and each material costs a certain amount of money. Also, Armadillo Run also lets you play with tension, put destruct timers on objects, and use the occasional rocket or two. The possibilities for what you can build are limitless.

The game comes with over 50 levels of varying degrees of difficulty and a level editor that lets you create anything you like. An active community of Armadillo Run players upload their best level solutions and user-made stages, so the challenge never really ends. Be sure to check out the eternal motion machine, it’s a testament to how accurate the physics are for this game.

Now, it’s time to pass yet another level.

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Flash + Superb Graphics = Samorost 2

Here’s a flash game with really good graphics: Samorost 2. Whether you like the game or now the graphics simply attract you for more.

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As the name suggests this game is sequel to the one of the greatest flash games, Samorost. In the first chapter, which is free online, you try to rescue a cute dog from the aliens. The second chapter, which is a pay-for-play download ($6.90 USD), continues at the point of the first chapter’s cliffhanger ending. What you receive is a zip archive of the entire Samorost 2 game, including both chapters, for a seamless interactive experience.

As with the first, each level in Samorost 2 contains puzzles that must be solved to advance the main character through the adventure. A puzzle usually consists of clicking on an object to activate, a creature to perform an action, or a location to move to. Some puzzles require multiple actions to be performed; some in a particular sequence, and others with precise timing. And while none of the puzzles are very difficult, there are a couple that will require thought and reasoning to work out what must be done.

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It’s Official: Line Rider 2

I’ve introduced you to Line Rider some time ago. A wonderful game which started as a school project has become a hype. Tens of mods appeared immediately. This week the official follow-up has been anounced: Line Rider 2.

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The follow-up includes some notable improvements. And here is the real news; game will soon be available for both the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii. I’m very happy in behalf of the Slovenian creator, Bostjan Cadez for he proved that good, creative, work is always rewarded.

As you will notice there’s contest for the best ride now. Expect to see hundredes of fans uploading their work everyday.

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