What is the best alphabet of 2015? The RPS Advent Calendar highlights our favourite games from throughout the year, and behind today’s door is…
RPS Feature 2015's best alphabet
I don’t know why John’s Wot I Think of Metamorphabet [official site] talks so much about babies and other varieties of child. Sure, I suppose children might experience some pleasure when a cyclopoid letter B sprouts a hoary beard then a beak pokes through its upper B hole to scream a torrent of bugs, but those snotty idiots are endlessly entertained by you covering your face with your hands. A child’s opinion is worthless. You know who truly appreciates letters being impaled by bug-blasting beaks? Alice. Me. I do.
Maybe you do too, and you can see for yourself as Metamorphabet now has a short browser-based demo on its site.
RPS Feature Adorable, Brilliant, Charming...
Vectorpark’s games have consistently been utterly beautiful and charming little toys, sumptuously animated and delightful to explore. Metamorphabet [official site] is yet another stunning success from the one-man team Patrick Smith, creating the most delightful alphabet-teaching game you could hope for. Here’s wot I think:
Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.
Windosill is a magical diorama full of wonderful, eerie, and often sentient objects to pull, tug, ping, crank, stroke, yank, slide, tickle, and otherwise poke at. It’s a short puzzle game where getting things wrong is just as pleasant as getting them right. Each pretty object has a playful interaction, makes a nice sound, and moves in a pleasant way. Who knew jabbing at an amorphous box filled with eyes, mouths, noses, beaks, and teeth could be so relaxing?
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 shall explain all. In celebration of the game’s move into the touchy realm, it has been made available at a price of your choosing. You can still play the first part of the game for free but for a limited time the full version can be unlocked, to play online or as a download, for anything from a single cent upwards. There’s a short video below.
Okay, this delightful little interactive thing TheBlackBandit sent us isn’t strictly speaking a game – but it is a delightful little interactive thing, and a lovely way to start the week with a higher note after the brutality of the last. In Seasons you control a thing on a unicycle, moving from screen to screen and seeing what happens. That’s it. And it’s quite lovely. Go play.
Vectorpark (Patrick Smith), creator of 2007’s wonderful Feed The Head, offers a gorgeous new downloadable Flash game: Windosill. It’s the gentle tale of a small toy car, quietly trundling its way through a series of screens, each requiring exploration and interaction to discover a small white cube that will unlock the next room. This begins in what might well the shelves of a child’s bedroom, but very quickly enters the amorphous reality that makes Smith’s games so distinctive.