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1 year ago

Adobe to kill Flash Player plugin in 2020

Flash, the browser plugin which massively helped shape games as we know them today, is retiring. Adobe have announced that they will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player "by the end of 2020". The main browsers will remove their built-in support. Browser-based Flash will die in 2020. I will fondly remember it for so very many tower defense games, puzzlers, and platformers, as well…

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6 years ago

Brokedown Fences: Deadly Neighbors

Oh, cack and ashes, the bastards have only gone and brought a cat to the party. The party is the kind where kids chop at each other with knives while their hulking mothers punch each other in the face. Dad's in the background with his rifle, drawing a bead on Sanity Claws, the neighbours' recently purchased feline. Deadly Neighbors 2 is a simple Flash game,…

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Words & Physics, And What Could Yet Be

Words & Physics is so close to being a brilliant game. The concept is amazing: each screen features the challenge of getting rid of the words "REMOVE ME", and you do this by deleting and typing new words into the level. As the title suggests, physics comes into play, meaning you can type letters that push the REMOVE ME block over an edge, or delete…

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Life Flashing By: Dys4ia

There aren't many autobiographical games, unless I've got the wrong idea entirely and the majority of developers fought in make believe versions of wars and have the ability to recover from multiple bullet wounds by standing behind a fence for ten seconds. This new browser-based piece from Anna Anthropy is a chapter of the author's life though and it's an insight into intimate moments and…

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7 years ago

Lair Liar: Keep Your Word To Complete Promises

Being a notorious liar has gave me many opportunities in life: my zeppelin is made of gold, my cat is the last of its species, and I'm typing this from the top of Skull Mountain. But it also made playing increpare's tiny, dungeon crawler Promises really tough, as you need to keep your promises to snatch the keys to complete the game. I don't want…

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Mario, Ryu and Bob Too: Super Mario Crossover 2 Out

Fanfiction often has surprising visits from other fictional places, although the fact that I'm here and not writing on that other lovely PC gaming site means it happens in real-life as well. Super Mario Bros Crossover 2.0 is the gaming equivalent of fanfiction, bringing characters from all over the Nintendo universe and having an office party with them in the Mario world.

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Best In Shoujo: Katawa Crash

Last week there were a couple of games that brought up the question of what actually counts as a game. One of them shouldn’t have, because it turned out to be a passing ice-cream truck. The other was Katawa Shoujo, which occasionally teetered on the edge of that which people were willing to tolerate - that a reviewer could be bored by a slightly creepy…

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(Almost) Free Toy: Windosill For A Cent

The gorgeous and utterly charming Windosill, whose gentle and sometimes dream-like interactions play out in what is still some of the best Flashcrafting out there, has just been released on iPad. And why, pray tell, would that be of interest to those of us who choose a mechanical pointing device over the dubious pleasures of poking at things with out fingers? Settle down and I…

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Star Me Kitten: Hoshi Saga 7

It's on days like today, when there is NO PC NEWS AT ALL, that I remember to return to Neko Games. The creator of the wonderful Hoshi Saga series has always created a new gem since my last visit, and it's just as true today. Today there's Ouka. It's similar to the star-hunting antics of Hoshi Saga, in that you're aiming to complete lots of…

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Prestigious Platforming: The Pretender

Somehow, despite The Internet having my phone number, a browser-based platform-puzzler in which the player controls a Victorian magician rescuing ghosts has existed since 2009 and yet I didn't receive a call about it. Outrageous blaggardry of the first water. The game in question is The Pretender and the release of a third chapter in the top-hatted trickster's adventures and the diligence of Jayisgames has…

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Oh My Goodness, It’s Offroad Parking

If you know me, you'll know I'm an adrenalin junkie. I can't just sit still at a desk all day. I have to get up, leave the house, and do something death-defying, something all-out crazy. Like parallel park. But now perhaps I can combine both sitting at a desk and the raw octane thrill of neatly putting a car into an empty parking space, via…

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Squintillating Platform Perils: Focus

Apparently it's a Monday, which means Garfield is probably absolutely hating his coddled life somewhere, the comical ingrate. I'll never get tired of his feline japes. To alleviate the start of another working week I bring you a browser game that is far more intense than it first appears. It goes by the name of Focus and is a Flash version of a downloadable game…

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Paint The Blue Planet Red: Fisher Diver

Fisher Diver is a Flash game about fishing. Fisher Diver is a game about shooting writhing wireframe abominations in the spine with a harpoon, waiting for them to bleed out and then collecting their lifeless fish-flesh to sell for a few dollars. Fisher Diver has an upgrade system. Fisher Diver encourages you to buy licenses so that you can dive ever deeper and confront increasingly…

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Yeah, Pretty Epic: Unreal In Flash

Last night saw just the latest sign that civilisation is on a nosedive to hell, as the entire internet lost its mind over the prospect of seeing pictures of a new telephone. Subsumed by that news was far more interesting news for people who prefer their technology in a hot metal box: Epic have gotten their Unreal Engine 3 running in Flash. In theory, this…

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Impressions: Wonderputt

Lots of people are talking about Wonderputt, even though it’s a Flash crazy golf game...wait, come back! It’s a Flash crazy golf game with alien abductions and rocket ships! I can’t help but notice that people are still walking away, pretending to have urgent appointments elsewhere, perhaps with more complex and worthy games. Well, forget those games for a minute. I made Wonderputt sound zany,…

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Awww! Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure

Oh my goodness, the cute-o-meter has just started hissing heart-shaped clouds of steam and leaking glitter. Heroic dad Ryan Creighton (of Flash developer Untold Entertainment) took his five-year-old daughter Cassie to this year's TOJam, and together they created the adventure game, Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure. Which has turned out to be the most popular game of the show, to the point where the poor TOJam…

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8 years ago

Handmade Adventure: The Dream Machine

It turns out there's a direct channel to my heart. It's the words, "a Point & Click adventure game made out of clay and cardboard." Gosh. The Dream Machine is looking utterly beautiful. It's a hand-made game by Cockroach Inc., built in three dimensions, and then photographed. Below are screenshots and a trailer, which you absolutely must see.

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For They Are Many: Pixel Legions

At a certain point today I'm going to have to accept that I have other work to do than play Pixel Legions. It's a fantastic game by Pixelante, an arcade strategy in which you must control your armies of pixels in small battles against those of other colours. Wow, it suddenly seems so racist now I type it out. Hey, Pixelante, what have you got…

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