Posts Tagged ‘kongregate’

Realm Grinder is the new AdVenture Capitalist, and it’s destroying me

I like to think I am strong. I am not strong. I am weak.

I have fallen for another idle, aka clicker game. I thought I had fallen through the black hole that was infinite money generation game AdVenture Capitalist and come out the other side wiser, armoured and immune against such manipulation of my lizard brain. Then, while researching games for this week’s Unknown Pleasures, I came across Realm Grinder. Yeah, yeah, clue’s in the name.

It fuses that same, insidiously compulsive concept – make numbers get bigger, for ever and ever, in part by furiously clicking on the screen and in the main by automatic accumulation over time – with trace elements of a town management game and a fantasy RPG skin. It has me. Pray for me.
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Finger Peckin’ Good: No, Birdie, No!

My face looks like this all day every day

The simplest ideas are so often the best. And so often the most brutally challenging to play too – see Super Hexagon, for a recent masochistic example. Or free browser game No, Birdie, No!, which may just be the cruellest videogame I’ve ever played.

And is brilliant with it.
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Die By The SWOOOORD Colon Lords Of The Sword

Blocks are the new pixels.

Here’s a thought. If Kongregate doesn’t add a mute button I’m going to find everyone involved and poke them in the eye. I’m reminded of this after playing SWOOOORD! Colon Lords Of The Sword for a bit. It’s a dungeon-crawling action game, with randomly generated levels, and incredibly frequent permadeath.

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To Be Different: Ludum Dare 24

Ludum Dare returns tomorrow but there’s still time to influence the global gamejam, with voting on the theme ongoing at this very moment. There are some excellent choices, with a sprinkling of the lost and the lonely, including ‘ruins’, ‘deep space’, ‘end of the world’, ‘trapped in another world’, ‘tunnels’ and ‘abandoned’. There’s also ‘1000 kittens’, which I definitely didn’t just give a ‘+1’ to. Voting isn’t the only way to involve yourself. You could also make a game, either right there at your computer or at one of the gatherings listed here. Keynote video by Seth ‘Dink Smallwood’ Robinson and more details below.

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A Good Steer: Roadeo

A good steer.
The current Indiegames’ browser game pick is a game with a near-genius idea and decent execution. Roadeo is a two-player racing game where one person drives the car, and the other plays as the road. Yep. The car loses by coming off the road, while the road loses by crashing into the other scenery in the map. It can be played competitive or co-operatively. It’s quite the thing. Go take a look, or have a gander at the trailer below. (Try playing solo for maximum confusion.)
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Saving The Company: Profitable Platforming


Here’s a micro-platformer for you to have a bit of fun with. Platforming isn’t all rescuing princesses from castles and saving the world: Sometimes it’s just about cold hard business. Saving the Company is a devious tale of corporate rebellion in the face of plummeting stock prices, and it sees you attempting to enact a company rescue & recovery strategy, through puzzle solving platforming. Sort of. Read the rest of this entry »