Posts Tagged ‘jostling’

Pistols At Dawn: Free Local Multiplayer Duelling In Duel42

Bang bang.

Hey, here’s a local multiplayer game I’ve just invented: call a pal over to your computer, open Notepad, then whoever is the first to type their name correctly in one uninterrupted block wins. My design philosophy, you might guess, is heavy on shoving.

Far more civil and certainly prettier than my silly idea is Duel42 [official site], a free two-player competitive game which sees two players fight a pistol duel on the same keyboard. Their keys to pace, duck, aim, and shoot are selected at random, leading to a whole lot of confusion and scrabbling and, at the very least, jostling.

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1, 2, 3, 4: ThumbderDome Wrestling

SLAM!

Perhaps a small frisson of sexual energy runs between the you and the person you’re considering thumbwrestling, but it needs time to grow and you fear holding hands might snuff it out. That’s one reason why you choose to instead play local multiplayer thumber ThumbderDome Wrestling.

Perhaps you’re so physically mismatched that your mighty mitts engaging in thumb wars would dishonour the noble and technique-driven sport. Perhaps your opponent is a bit sweaty and gross. Perhaps you don’t have full use of a hand. Perhaps you lack a special move. Whatever your reasons, ThumbderDome is a real game you can play and free for you to grab from itch.io.

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Competitive Grabby Claw Shoving: Fortune Catcher

Grab that ball!

Grabby claw games are difficult, you’ll know if you’ve ever tried to win a cuddly toy to silence a bawling sprog or woo a romantic interest in some weird knowingly-performative courtship ritual. This is mostly because they cheat. Claws can be calibrated to have the grip of a kitten, or even grow weaker a few seconds after grabbing. Some are merciful, while others make you look a ruddy fool for trying so hard to impress that girl. That’s not why grabby claw video game Fortune Catcher is difficult. The prize wandering about makes it tricky, sure, and the claw controls randomising every round is a problem, but the two-player local multiplayer means jostling for control of the keyboard.

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