[This is my first proper blog post, so please excuse any noobish mistakes]
Online games arenít taken seriously enough. I see loads of blog posts complaining that their favourite game didnít get taken seriously, or got overlooked, but this isnít just a single game, this is a whole market
People think that online games are just bad little games to play while youíre bored at work, and there are many games built especially for that. But there are amazing games online. Iíve had more fun and spent more time on Sonny 2 than I have with loads of my retail £40 ($60) games and my £10 indie games. Games like this are just plain fun. Just because it's free doesnít mean they're crappy
After debating this many times (in my head), I had an idea. That idea was this series, to sieve through all the crappy games and bring you the best online games, to prove that there are some real gems in the online world and that it should be taken seriously.
Here's the lowdown, each post will be on a different topic or genre, and I'll post the best games that come under that topic. So, without further ado, lets get started on our first topic, innovation...
Push is a really interesting yet simple game. It shows how by introducing a single mechanic into an already simple genre, you can completely change a game.
The 'Single Mechanic' that I mentioned above is a unique ability to move the environment with your mouse, which is what the large circle in the picture above is. This circle moves all the blocks around you to its edges, this mechanic is delightfully simple, and yet it produces unique, challenging, and most of all, innovative game play.
The game's graphics are stylized, simple and really nice. Each level is made up of blocks, loads of blocks.
There are also many different of different types of block, all of the affecting the game play in one way or another. This, not only helps the environment bending game play mechanic, but is also graphically appealing. The game uses the simple arrow keys or WASD control method, with the mouse being used for the powers.
Tip: By holding jump when hitting a block directly above, you can stick to it
Play Push here
Time Kufc is made by Edmund McMillen. That should be enough to sell it to you.
This game is actually pretty well known. It is, like most of Edmunds games, innovational, and thatís just the top of the iceberg. It's actually a really hard game to explain, as it uses so many different techniques and mechanics. The most obvious mechanic being the game's layers; this allows you to jump from the foreground to the background, and when mixed with all the other, some more conventional, game play mechanics, it creates a unique game that has to be experienced.
This game also has meaning, it is what I believe Jim Sterling was talking about, a game that has meaning, but is also very fun. The games meaning is subtle and clever, and to experience it fully you must follow my tip for the game.
The game is as aesthetically pleasing as all of Edmund's other games, which is saying alot, as he is one of my favourite game developers (Seriously though, head on over to his website and buy the 'This is a cry for help' CD, you will not be disappointed ( see the trailer for it at the end of this))
Tip: Read the text at the right hand side of the screen to enhance the story and for some good laughs.
Play Time Kufc here
This game is unique to say the least.
At its heart it is a basic shoot-em-up, but the place where the game really shines is the upgrade system, in the game you have to upgrade everything
. I mean that in its most literal sense, you have to upgrade the graphics, the menu; you even have to buy the sound!
This makes the highly addictive, fun and rewarding. It's highly customizable ships lead to your own personal design, as you balance between rockets, machine guns, lightning guns, coin magnets and agility panels. With all these features no wonder this game is one of the most highly rated on Kongregate.
Tip: Start off with a fair amount of coin collectors to collect all your money, you can then sell them later when you have more money
Play Upgrade Completer here
This is The Only Level
The above screen is the game.
That is the only level. Make sense now?
The whole game is you replaying that level, every time a new, unique and quirky twist is applied to the game, whether it be reversing the controls or changing the switchesí function.
The game's main character is an elephant. I thought you ought to know that.
Also jmtb02 is the king of random and elephants. FACT.
You also should know that
That's about all I can write about the game, you really have to play it to get it.
Tip: You have unlimited lives, use them wisely
Play This is The Only Level here
This was created to show people that flash is an incredibly powerful tool, and online games can be amazing. Stay tuned for the second installment...
This Is a Cry For Help Trailer (Some NSFW content): [embed]163621:27451[/embed] read