Continuity

continuity screenshot“Easy to learn, hard to master” is usually considered the gold standard for a casual game. The more time new players must spend, learning how systems and items work, the less casual and accessible the game is. (I love a good World of Warcraft or Icewind Dale, too, playing a game for years and still discovering new abilities for new character classes, and still finding tweaks to my customized hotkeys.) But accessible doesn’t have to mean match-three.

Continuity simply uses arrow keys to solve puzzles, in two modes. The first mode is a slider puzzle, with gentle meditative background music. In this mode, the puzzle is to build a path for your little hero to get the red key and get into the red door.

Hit spacebar to enter the second mode, a platform adventure exploring the path you just made. Again, players will use arrow keys to navigate, trying to get the key and then reach the door.The faster, more energetic music matches the jumping and running challenge.

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There’s a surprising amount of variation in the 30+ levels. Later levels add extra keys, and speed-pausing puzzles, but the real growing challenge, and the real fun, comes from the interplay of the two gameplay modes. Players are building a platform game through a slider puzzle, then playtesting it, switching back to change the layout, playing again, switching back and forth to reach a goal.

Working in games, it’s hard not to play a game and think that it’s just like a popular other title with 1 vector of innovation, the common “like X but with Y” formula. In this case, I played each new level and legitimately wondered how the developers came up with it. So fun. It actually was really easy to learn the game rules, and then quite challenging to defeat the later levels.

Anyway, I discovered the PC version of this game over on Kongregate, but there’s also a mobile version of Continuity 2 for iOs and for Android.

Retro Mobile Ready

mobile readyI recently changed my theme to make my blog mobile-friendly, and in doing so, I went to a very simple theme and then took out a lot of features.

I’ll probably put the header image back, style up the sidebar widgets, and set up a related posts plugin again shortly, but it reminds me now of when I first started on Blogger in 2005. At that time, I thought it might be fun to have a blog, so I picked the green default template and started writing.

Tugging the Table

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Tug The Table is a cute and very casual game on CrazyGames. Ii this game, the little red dude and the little blue dude have decided to play tug of war, but I guess they are out of rope, because they’re going to tug the table. Now, there are two ways to tug this table. You can play against a friend, or against the computer. Either way, you’ll win when your opponent crosses that middle line, so players tug the table by hitting that key as fast as possible and as much as possible. If you want to play against a friend, you’ll both sit at the same computer and hit either the up arrow or the W key. It can get pretty heated, and pretty ridiculous, because as we all know, a lot of really simple games lead to a lot of giggling.

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There’s also an iOS version of this game, for table-tugging on the go. I’m a little worried about this one, because I worry that it might get a little too realistic, and Tug The iPad doesn’t seem like a very good hobby…

The little characters are pretty cute, and sometimes it’s funny to pull the table and then let go to let your opponent fall. Remember, don’t actually do this in a tug-of-war with your friend. Actually, that’s a pretty good rule, don’t actually go around tugging tables in general, only in this cute game.

Tug The Table is currently available on CrazyGames, along with plenty of other Flash games like puzzle game 2048, and evil twin 2584, secret vampire makeouts in Twilight Kissing, and cute buttonmashing adventure Mighty Knight.

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