Recently a game called FTL: Faster Than Light came out. I decided beforehand that I don’t like it. I don’t particularly enjoy roguelike games, so it was a given that I wouldn’t like this one. So what if it has a space theme to it and is basically a simulation of captaining a space ship? Oh I was wrong…
Weekend Music Madness has taken a break this Friday, for unknown reasons (friends say it’s pretending to be ill in order to play WH 40k: Space Marine), but instead I bring you something else.
A cute, if slightly creepy and unnerving flash game called Hollow. It’s about headbutting things that want to eat you and falling into holes as a result of not seeing anything. It’s also incredibly atmospheric. Go play. (via RPS.)
As for WMM, we are going to have a serious talk once it comes in for work tomorrow. Rest assured that this transgression will not go unpunished.
No Weekend Music Madness today because, well frankly, you don’t deserve it. Have you done anything nice this week? Anything truly selfless and altruistic? You haven’t, have you? So no music for you. There there, it’s all right, calm down and stop crying. I’m sure you’ll do better next week. Here, have some free flash games instead.
The above is an excellent question. Allow me to answer it with another question. Do cows fly south before the winter?
With that out of the way, here’s what I’ve been spending my time on (and why I didn’t have any spare time whatsoever in which I could post):
There are games that are played for relaxation, entertainment and just plain fun. Mainstream gaming largely falls into this category. You play those games everyday, you have fun, you relax. Then there are games that are meant to be experienced, savoured like aged wine or good ale. This is one such game. And boy, does it make me glad to be a gamer.
Do you like Haiku? Do you even know what a Haiku is? Doesn’t matter. You can pretend you do and create your own with Haiku Hero. It’s very zen-y with its music, backgrounds and fonts. You’ll fit right in after a few tries. Here’s the best one I’ve made so far:
If I were a cow
I would tack stars on my butt
for cows expire fast
The pinnacle of Haiku poetry, I know. It’s a sort of existential poem about how cows ought to not waste their lives, because they can get butchered and eaten at any time. Maybe the cows are actually us. Or maybe I’m just hungry.
Transformice. Something out of the ordinary, a flash game. Gasp!
Basic premise is simple. It’s a platform puzzler. You are a mouse and you love cheese. Get to the cheese and bring it back to your hole to win. Here’s the twist tho, it’s a multiplayer game. There will be multiple mice working together (or being assholes and killing each other) to munch on the cheese. One or two randomly chosen players will be Shaman mice, with special powers to conjure useful items. It’s their job to help their fellow mice… or massacre them, in case they are assholes. There are plenty of maps and the puzzles include struggles against physics, balancing acts, navigating in an upside down world, building bridges and micing a car like vehicle thingy. Watch the video below and be intrigued.
There are also French and Russian servers. English ones at least, are besieged by cheese and mice lovers so if you are stuck at “Loading: 0%” or get a 404 error just keep refreshing. Registering isn’t required but if you do, the cheese you gather gets pooled in the cheese bank so you can buy hats. Yes, hats. For mice.
Protip: You can create your own room with /room “any name” and have friends join it or just practice being a shaman.
If you see a mouse with the name Nevar running around in a top hat (well not yet, but soon!), be nice and say hello. Or I’ll push you into a pit.