Alex McGilvray

New Article Series : Awesome Flash Games

November 27th, 2012

I’ve started a small series of articles informing people about some of the awesome flash games there are out there. If you are looking to kill some time and have a web browser these articles can help. I’ll be focusing on both the larger and smaller games. Basically whatever is really fun gets covered. The plan is 3 games per article. There is no set timeline but currently 3 articles are complete and the backlog of games is enough for at least 7.

So without further ado here is part1 of the Awesome Flash Games Series. This one covers Tobe’s Hookshot Escape, Deepak Fights Robots and Canabalt.

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Awesome Flash Games Part 1

November 27th, 2012

Tobes Hookshot Escape

Tobe’s Hookshot Escape is a game where the screen is constantly moving upwards and you have a hookshot that shoots vertically up. If you hit a platform above you the hookshot pulls you up onto the platform. The levels are mostly randomly generated. From a cursory glance it randomly assembles hand build chunks of level data.

The game is great fun, takes about 1 min to figure out the basic gameplay and varies enough to stay interesting. The music is great and the graphics are charming.

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Deepak Fights Robots

Deepak Fights Robots is a sort of platformer puzzle game which has been compared to Bubble Bobble in the past. I think the similarities stem from the one screen levels and the fact that when you beat a level you are picked up and moved into the next level. Although in this case instead of being moved into the next level inside a giant bubble you are picked up by what looks like a stoned helicopter hat.

The main point of the game is to collect little nuclei around the level. Once you catch all the nuclei a large nuclei appears. Picking it up turns you into super-Deepak and gives invincibility and the power to fly. At that point you clean up all the enemies and are taken to the next level.

The author of this game touts on his website that games should have a simple learning curve, be fun and not require learning 16 buttons with specialized functions. He certainly lives up to his design beliefs with this game.

The soundtrack is also awesome. It’s a sort of psychadelic sitar collection of songs.

Game is great fun and really easy to get into. There’s even a level editor if you choose to donate/buy the game for 4.99$

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One of the best one button games around. You are playing someone who jumps out of a skyscraper and you jump from one roof of a skyscraper to the next. There is only one button to jump therefore the learning time is about 15 seconds.

I’m not a huge fan of touch-screen only games but the control scheme on this game makes it great for an Android or iPhone.

This was also the game that launched the Flixel library. Flixel is a wonderful little free library for writing flash games very quickly. I’m a huge Flixel fan.

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Japan Week #06 – Plowing the Rice Fields in Front of my Apartment

November 9th, 2012

Apologies for the lack of updates. I’ve been travelling a LOT the last month during my weekends as well as doing quite a bit of PSP-Vita development. Because of this I  haven’t had a lot of time to post about Japan. I have accumulated various stories and media though. So I’m estimating the week of this post as week 6. It was definitely in the middle of October.

Anyways the rice fields that surroudn my house have all been plowed now. I took videos over the course of the day from our apartment balcony of our immidiate rice field being plowed and put it into a video. This is over the course of about 4 hours.

Also here is some more footage of my neightbors rice field being plowed. This one shows it going from the plowing machine to the truck.

And finally a photo of the action for the youtube deprived :)