Free Loaders: This boy is bananas

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Banana Boy by J Martinovsky and C Andreasson

Maggot stomping head smasher. You are Banana Boy. You love bananas but also maggots. Maggots are on the ground and you must eat them by slamming your own face against the floor at high velocity and from increasingly tall heights. Bananas, as we all know, are flying creatures. They must be devoured and transformed into large coins by snatching them in mid air. Your head and face will become covered in blood and exposed bone. Do not let that stop you. The ground will become littered with interfering chainsaws. This is of no concern to you. You are Banana Boy. The maggots will succumb.

Path of the Rabbit by Daniel Linssen

Carroty puzzle tiles. Pop down tiles to lay out a path for this humble hopper, who will follow your directions with an endless thirst. You can quench said thirst at water tiles, but you must also battle foxes to get your strength up. Fighting these cute orange snarlers takes away carrots, which you regenerate with each move. But fighting enough of them will give you a bigger carrot meter. As the space fills up, you need to place new tiles on top of the last set and avoid your bunny standing pointlessly at some edge, forcing a restart. It seems very simple, but it’s a tough one to crack. You need to keep an eye on the upcoming tiles, Tetris style, and plan accordingly. Once you burn through all the tiles, you face the final boss. I hope you have built up enough carrots to fuel that brawl. Another solid freebie from the obscenely prolific Daniel Linsesen.

Dungeon in a Bottle by Andrew Jones and Joe Hanna

Oh no, you’re trapped in a bottle again, you fool. And this time the walls are closing in. Escape from being crushed many times over. Each level sees you trying to platform your way to the nearest exit, using the threatening walls themselves as a means of escape. The timing on your walljumps is a little fiddly and the character likes to stick to things sometimes but these are problems you could overcome. I heard you were the best damn wall-jumper in the academy. Show me what it means to be stuck in a bottle which is also a dungeon.

Spikes ‘n’ Stuff by Alan Hazelden

Spike and crossbow dodger. Puzzle through minimalist rooms of spikes and sharp bolts ejected from the walls. All about timing and positioning. Micro-puzzlers like this enjoy murdering your brain and the later levels here are no exception. I am stumped on one of them that forces me through a narrow passage covered by a crossbow. There’s a little delay after they fire, as they reload the next shot, so I know it’s something to do with that. But I just can’t figure out how to get into the right spot at the right time. Damnation upon thee, tiny puzzle.

Intra-System: Trust Issues by Smoke Some Frogs

Decision-making psychopathy test. There’s a man stuck in a strange complex of rooms and passageways, and you have a machine that lets you talk to him. It’s voice-acted so he chats to you when you press the play button on a big panel in your interface. The machine then gives you information on what the “agent” must do to get to the next room without being “punished”. Then you choose whether to pass that information on reliably to him, or to be a heartless jerk by suggesting the wrong options. I was being very helpful, for instance, and only sent him in the wrong direction that one time just to see what happened. After he screamed with all the intensity of a hyena caught in a bear trap, I resolved to help him out. But then the machine told me that he had to do something which sounded WELL DODGE. So I refused to order him to do it. Turns out, that was a mistake. I had to listen to the poor German fellow die. Whoops.

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  1. poliovaccine says:

    I dont quite get the “moral” of that last one. Is it that you either do something psychopathic of your own accord, or else are punished for sticking out your humanity by experiencing the agent’s grisly death and thus being driven that much more towards psychopathy as you attempt to either absorb the trauma or otherwise assimilate/rationalize the implications of what you did, is that the joke? Cus if so, I mean, it’s hardly a universal circumstance with a broader truth to teach… more like a SAW or Sophie’s Choice, hardly the standard human predicament with anything to say about standard humans… but then again I may be totally missing the point to begin with, so hey.

    • Seafoam says:

      It’s like that other psychopathy “test”, you know the one with the woman at the funeral and the attractive man thing. They’re all bullshit because we humans in general love to point fingers.

      Have you seen that TED talk by Jon Ronson? “Strange answers to the psychopath test”, he tells about how we tend to classify psychopathy and other mental illnesses so easily due to confirmation bias. It’s really interesting I recommend it, I would link the video in this comment but I have no idea how people do that.

  2. trjp says:

    That boy needs therapy – psychosomatic..

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    Just reminded me of that – I’ll get my coat…

  3. cpt_freakout says:

    The way in which banana boy’s eyes cry while falling (because of the speed?) make it feel like he actually doesn’t like bananas, but he can’t help himself. Basically the void is banana-shaped and it’s staring right back at his disfigured face

  4. Henke says: