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Games I Like On 5/7/2011

Rating 4.00 out of 5
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From line drawing dice to planets and ping pong balls, this edition’s selections cover a wide spectrum of topics.  Each of these games takes a slightly different perspective on their genres, and each one is quite enjoyable.  And, for all of you who might be concerned, no animals were hurt in the making of the first game.  It is just make believe, after all.

Smack A Seal – How about an irreverent little castle defense game to brighten your day?  In Smack A Seal you take a hands on approach to defense as you control the main defender, a penguin with a bad attitude and a mean swing.  Your weapon of choice is the bat, though along the way you’ll get mines and machine guns to help defend your turf.  The enemies are the nasty seals, and the prize is a tasty whale that you have stored in your igloo.  The intro sets the whacky mood, and the visual of a while in an igloo with its eye peeking out of a window and its tail hanging out the door is a constant reminder of the game’s slightly dark humor.  At a time when castle defense games are all starting to feel the same, Smack A Seal provides a nice change of pace that is both fun and challenging.  And don’t worry – no seals were harmed in the making of this game.

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Fling Pong The Planets – To be perfectly honest, I’m not really sure why I downloaded this other than the fact that it was free.  As it turns out, however, it’s an incredibly fun game.  In the background are several planets, and your job is to fling ping pong balls into those planets to score points.  The perspective / control scheme takes a bit of getting used to at first, but once you get the hang of it the game becomes a matter of finding the right rhythm to score high on each level.  The graphics are simple but sharp, the music is very nice, and after a while the game becomes extremely challenging, but in a good way.  I’m glad I decided to take a chance with a game I knew nothing about.

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Dicey Dice – This is a simple game of dice and… line drawing?  You heard me right.  Take flight control, replace the planes with dice, and you have your basic premise.  There are six spots on the playing field marked appropriately enough 1 – 6.  As the dice come on the screen you just drag them to the appropriate number without colliding with other dice.  Sounds easy enough, but each level has a challenge with four stages, and the dice get faster as your score gets higher.  Add to that things like bomb dice that block your routes and mystery dice that you have to move from marker to marker until you figure out which number is hidden by the question mark, and this game gets a lot more challenging than it seems.  The visuals are simple, but there’s no need for over the top effects as they’ll just get in the way of the action.  It’s always nice to see a new twist on line drawing games, and even better when they are actually fun.

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That’s it for this edition of Games I Like.  Hopefully you’ve found a new past time in this lineup as well.  Until next time…

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