Posts Tagged ‘Ian MacLarty’

Colour-matching tile puzzler Dissembler flips out

Ian MacLarty is very responsibly tidying all his colours away in his new puzzle game, Dissembler. He has splashed colour about with gay abandon before, sending poor Pip into a tizzy with the shifting colourbomb that is The Catacombs Of Solaris and slopping paint all over in Action Painting Pro, but now he wants us to carefully clean colours away. Dissembler presents us with colourful jumbled collages of tiles to flip to align matching sets so they vanish. It’s a bit cheeky that Ian wants us to clean up the colours that he himself spilled everywhere, but I have enjoyed what I’ve played so far. Read the rest of this entry »

Catacombs Of Solaris’ horrific/amazing eyeball trickery

Catcombs of Solaris

Ian MacLarty’s Catacombs of Solaris [Itch.io page] isn’t really a game so much as it is an endurance challenge which has mated with a Magic Eye picture or something. It made my eyes feel like they wanted to crawl out of my face and die as well as being really interesting from an optical illusion standpoint. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: This News Will Make You Sad And Afraid

Tuesdays are for making a cup of tea, compiling a short list of the best free games of the past week, and then stealing the introductory style of Sunday Papers. That’s right, who’s going to stop me? Not you, that’s for sure. You’re just a digital waif floating on the cyber winds. You’ll take what you’re given. So here’s some short games that will entertain, frighten, bewilder, and educate in that precise order.

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Beautiful Nightmare: Doomdream Recreates FPS Dreams

I think of the ultra-bloody mod Brutal Doom as how Doom is to the imagination of an ten-year-old, with all the guts and the gore and the ripping and the tearing. Ian MacLarty’s Doomdream [official site] is a very different imagined take on Doom.

Doomdream’s a curious free little game that MacLarty calls “An impression of my dreams after I’ve been playing Doom all day.” It’s an abstract explore ’em up that doesn’t look like Doom, yet still feels a lot like it. Have a look.

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Art Failure: Action Painting Pro

Action Painting Pro is a platform game in which the screen becomes a colourful mess as each playthrough works toward its conclusion. Different types of brush can be collected and paint spews from the player in an appropriate pattern, the colour changing as objects are collected. To survive and continue with your masterpiece, you’ll have to manage three resources by springing around the screen across the scaffolding that shifts position after every pick up. The resources are hearts (health), dollar signs (money) and artistic abillity (blue diamonds?). All three are effectively time limits that must be regularly topped up, which creates a nerve-jangling pressure that is only heightened by the nightmarish soundtrack.

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