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Toys Vs Nightmares: It’s A Bit Like PvZ

If you can't have a Wall-Nut in a game, a man made of LEGO is the next best thing.

More than a bit in fact. Quite a lot, but “Quite a lot” wouldn’t fit in the headline. So here’s the deal with Toys Vs Nightmares: It’s mechanically heavily inspired by Popcap’s wonderful gardening tower defence, Plants Vs Zombies, but instead of using flowers and vegetables to fight off hordes of the undead, you command an army of children’s toys against all sorts of nightmarish monsters. It doesn’t quite match the level of polish that you get from Popcap’s games, but the art is really nice, and it’s certainly got better presentation than most free webgames. There’s even a simple game to play whilst the main game is loading: I’m only sorry I couldn’t include a game for you to play whilst reading this post.

The difficulty seems to be a bit steeper than PvZ, perhaps it’s designed with veterans of the games that inspired it in mind. Play it on NewGrounds here.

Extruded: Intruded

No, really, everything's fine.
It’s Friday night! And I’m distracting myself from the random horror of the real world with some mild invented horror, via IndieGames. It’s a browser game called Intruded, by A Small Game. It’s a sort of 3D puzzle/escape thing, where the difficulty is generated by trickiness of judging what is going on from the surveillance camera-style (think Alone In The Dark with more static) views you get of what is happening to your odd-looking protagonist. It has an disconcerting atmosphere to it that manages to imbue empty, featureless corridors with a sense of threat. It’s very simple, and not quite clever enough, but certainly interesting.