Manifold

By John Walker on October 5th, 2007 at 5:21 pm.

Kongregate combine the awesomeness of free games with the hellish nightmare of talking to strangers on the internet. Fortunately, you can ignore the chat windows and concentrate on the games. Or indeed ask for help if you get stuck.

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I draw your attention toward Manifold – a deceptively simple-looking Flash game, involving guiding your little guy from one side of a small screen to the other. Haven’t I sold it yet? Joel Esler’s cunning puzzler makes it more interesting with the inclusion of a Gravitational Manifold Anomaly Device. “Don’t get mad, get GMAD!” Using WASD for movement, you can click and draw on the screen to throw your GMAD at any surface, whereupon it will create a little gravity-defying bubble, propelling you in the direction in which you drew. Using this, you need to thinkum to work out a route past whatever obstacles are in your path.

It’s immediately interesting, and very quickly tricky. But quick and intuitive, and created with a minimalist skill. And free. Oh yes indeed, free.

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16 Comments »

  1. Marco M. says:

    Nice game, thanks for the suggestion. It’s weird though that it seems to make you build a basic library of “moves” then, when you’d think it would require you to put everything together in more complex schemes, it ends. Enjoyable while it last though, and I like the graphic style.

  2. roBurky says:

    That is interesting. It’s just a shame it’s little more than a tutorial at the moment. Is it still being worked on?

  3. Bob Arctor says:

    Tricky?

    Not really. Fun though. Disapointed when it ended.

  4. John Walker says:

    Ooh, get you Bob.

  5. Joel Esler says:

    Hi, Joel here. Long time reader, first-time subject of a post. Rest assured that a more complete version of Manifold is on the way, with time goals, more levels, and more spikey things that kill.

    Any and all delays can be blamed squarely on TF2.

  6. Kieron Gillen says:

    All my delays are blamed squarely at TF2 too. Bloody TF2.

    KG

  7. Seniath says:

    Very fun, and certainly has a lot of promise to it. Though, I will say, it gets a little easy once you get two anomalies, since you can just hug the walls. Takes a while, natch.

  8. EmilyG says:

    You can mute chat if you like — there’s an icon right by the word chat in the tab. So then you only have to talk to strangers/idiots if you do need help.