Casual Fridays – Back to the Flash

Welcome to Casual Fridays!  This is your fun Friday post where you get reviews of flash games, mobile games and anything else that’s quick, and fun around the net.  We’re moving to a whenever format because life is a little hectic.  We still want to bring you what’s good to play, because there is a sea of games out there, we’re hoping to provide you with a life raft to find the games you want to play.

Continuing on our quest to find a wider variety of games, I’ve gone back to my Kongregate haunts and pulled out some free flash games that are short, but kind of sweet in their own way.  Perfect for those looking to get some fun sized gaming.

Story Hero

This is a wonderful idea for a game.  It’s so wonderful that I’m going to just let the opening image explain the game at first.

A black screen with the words "Press down to use the world you are walking over" with a character with a pink bow and glasses standing on the word "Play."

I once saw something similar to this at the TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), where the person had a game set up that said, “Press A to play” and that’s how the game worked.  You just pressed A to move the plane you were flying in a slightly different pattern.  Here the words in the sentence on the screen are what you use in order to get past the various puzzles that stand in your way.

Character sprite holding a sword with a Griffin sprite at the end of the sentence. The sentence reads, "beyond it, a chest guarded by the sword of a templar knight, from the order of the Stone Griffin."

 

One of the awesome things, the main character is a woman.  Less awesome this is shown because she has a pink bow, and a red skirt.  Back to being awesome, she does have to attack things over the course of the game so she’s not just out thinking the puzzles.

Another slight knock on Story Hero is that it is a short game.  Now, in a game like this you’d rather it be too short than drag out for too long, but I really do think this game could use a few extra lines to beef up the story and make the game a little bit longer.  Thankfully the mechanic of the game is fun enough that you’re not left feeling, “Well, that’s it” when the game is over despite the length of the game.

Finally, I didn’t see an option to have the words read to you.  This would have been a nice option for people with impaired vision to be to play the game.  Just a little decision that would have made the game more accessable.

Completely Arbitrary Number Value Judgement: you should play this game!

Wonderputt

Mini golf is one of those sports that I find incredibly diverting.  It’s not serious, it’s really just hitting a ball around fun and strange obstacles.  Now what if you take this and put it in a fantastically conceptualized fantasy world that changes as your ball travels all over the place?  Yes, it’s awesome and it’s Wonderputt.

With a very simple putting mechanic:  you move the mouse away from direction you want the ball to go, the further away you move the mouse the more strength the shot has.  This isn’t unique, but there isn’t a lot of extra stuff to it.  You only click the mouse when you want to putt the ball, rather than doing a click and drag.

A fantastical putting place with a small stone henge, some cows eating grass, a city, a spaceship, a waterfall, a rainbow and the words Wonderputt on the top of the whole structure.

Nice easy play isn’t the reason why you want to play this game though, even if it helps.  The way the world changes when you complete a hole is really what’s worth your time.  The game is clever, beautiful and fun with every single level change.  You go from putting in a desert, to watching cows eat the fields they’re in to make your path.  You get dark dungeons and space travel.  The goals are clearly laid out, and each section has their own specific challenges that keep the game interesting.

Seriously, cows eating the grass.  Makes me laugh every time.

Completely Arbitrary Number Value Judgement: ‘o’ ‘o’ ‘o’ ‘o’ ‘o’ – five cows 10 under par

 

 

 

Tanooky Tracks

There are point and click adventures, and then there are point and click problem solving games.  While Tanooky Tracks tries to label itself an adventure game, it’s really all about solving the puzzles of the Tanooky’s.  See, Tanooky’s are cute little mischievious spirits that have taken over this oddly shaped house, and the people

A page from a book that says "Decipher the riddles in this book. Every riddle tells you a) one Tanooky's hiding-place, b) what you have to do or which item you'll have to use there to lure out the Tanooky. Search in every floor!

who live there have asked you to go deal with them.  Thankfully, they’ve left a book that gives you all the clues you need in order to discover all the Tanooky’s in the house.

My personal benchmark when dealing with puzzle games, particularly ones with riddles, are how solvable are the riddles.  They can be hard but at no point in time should you be left wondering, “How on earth did they expect you to figure THAT one out.”  Thankfully there are so many clues in the riddles that even if you go for help in solving these riddles you’ll look back and go, “Oh! That’s why they did that.”  Every single thing about the puzzle is used.  Some puzzles help you out with the way the font is used, others reference a specific item and it’s up to you need to use.  Some are obvious but finding the required item is difficult in the cluttered house.

The house itself, while again oddly shaped, is a fun set of three rooms and a rooftop.  There are things everywhere, and many of them can be picked up and used to find those tricksy Tanooky, and all of them are wonderfully illustrated and done a watercoloured like style that helps promote the light and fun feel of the game.

Completely Arbitrary Number Value Judgement: It is a number, one that jumps at you, and possible sits down. In fact it simply doesn’t exist.

That’s all the games for this week.  If you’ve got any comments, concerns, criticisms leave them in the comments.  If you’d like a game to get reviewed you can also leave that in the comments too!

About Jonathan

Jonathan is straight cis-white male parent who does his best to make sure the laundry's done every day, but usually fails miserably at it. He does the Border House's Casual Fridays, as well as any other review stuff that he gets his hand on. He also writes, and blogs about table top games as Firestorm Ink and The Gamish Designer.
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One Response to Casual Fridays – Back to the Flash

  1. feministgamer says:

    So, those were all really cool. Wonderputt is amazing looking! So whimsical and unexpected!
    The only game I played all the way through was the Tanooky one. Enjoyable. :)

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