Have You Played… Caesar’s Day Off?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

It’s a shame about the Indiana Jones & The Shitty Sequel gag, because apart from dating itself like that free, two-minute browser game Caesar’s Day Off is perfect.

Up or down to decide how your dicator’s day goes. Approve of a dinner option or a statue choice and you’re loved. Disapprove and –BAM- lion eats the poor shmoe who let you down. Best lion in games? Best lion in games.

It’s a supreme, near-wordless, perfectly short, high comedy riff on choose your own adventure, and I hate writing about it because it a) spoils the gag and b) risks elevating it to something more than just a very, very good gag. Allow yourself two minutes of smiles, and if you moan that it’s in a browser or your alternative OS or application doesn’t support the plugin or whatever, then I really do hope you get eaten by lions.

14 Comments

  1. John O says:

    Oh boy, that was an enjoyable. Show me your enjoyables? And you showed me.

  2. Kollega says:

    Caesar’s Day Off was great when it came out, and it’s still great now.

  3. Stellar Duck says:

    I have! I loved it then and forgot it was a thing. I just played it again and it’s still brilliant!

  4. Chorltonwheelie says:

    Played it. Forgot it. Played it again!
    Thanks Alec.

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    Aerothorn says:

    I remain slightly annoyed that when I give a thumbs down for “do not kill the gladiator,” that’s interpreted as ‘kill the gladiator,” perhaps because of the film?

    • Scandalon says:

      Your comment confuses me: The whole conceit of the game/joke is the the well-known idea (true, I think) that the Caesar would give a thumbs up to let someone live, down if they should die…

      • sonofsanta says:

        Ah, but this, you see, is the source of Aerothorn’s chagrin: it was a message to the victor, with thumbs up for “yes, kill him” and thumbs down for “no, do not kill him”.

        • Valkyr says:

          Do you have a source for this? I cannot find any confirmation for it on the Internet.

        • Scandalon says:

          Wow, thanks all, I learned something new today, and sorry if I came across badly.

          Wait, The Internet tells me I’m doing it wrong. Er, your mother smells bad, and your haircut offends me! :)

  6. LionsPhil says:

    Since Live Free Play Hard didn’t tag it, I’ve dug up where Hodge dug up it being covered there, for those with a peverse need to read old comments about it.

  7. Klarden says:

    There was another game by the same people, also super simple and amazing: link to kongregate.com

  8. icarussc says:

    I had not played it. And now I have. What glee!