Time well wasted

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The videogame world has its Halos, Guitar Heroes, Metal Gear Solids and Super Marios and we are grateful for them. But it also has those small budget games and which are usually developed by one or two persons. A lot of them are not any good but there are some that deserve our time. I stumbled on a handful of these games which i have thoroughly enjoyed and i hope you do too.

Crush the Castle (free)Link

My intention when i started playing this game was just to have a look at it for a few minutes. One hour later i was trying to knock down the castle in the final map…….

“The game basically involves knocking down one castle after another with your massive trebuchet machine, as you travel around the map visiting each of the twenty-four locations that the resistance had claimed as their own territories.

You get only a limited number of chances to take out all the inhabitants of a castle. Everything is controlled with the mouse, with additional types of ammunition unlocked once you’ve beaten a certain number of stages during your adventure. A castle editor feature is also included with the game, where players can share castles of their own design with others using a handy copy and paste function.”

Today i die (free)Link

Something different, beautiful and use earphones for sound if you can….

“The two-to-three minute long game takes place in a tall,……., column, with a block of text suspended at the top. You play a girl, floating in water, surrounded by gently rising jellyfish and two angry piranha-like creatures. Everything else that happens is yours to discover.”

If you need more info on how to play the game let me know. Also there two possible endings that i could find.

The Unfinished SwanLink

Ironically this game is still in development but i was really impressed with the art and the idea of how the game plays.  Check the video.

“The Unfinished Swan is a first-person painting game set in an entirely white world. Players can splatter paint to help them find their way through an unusual garden.”

Braid
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This was my favourite game in 2008 and one of the best games i have ever played. Developed by one man, Jonathan Blow, the game was first released on Xbox Live Arcade last year and i simply fell in love with it. I have even downloaded its soundtrack. It costs 1200 Microsoft points on XBLA but it’s now available for the PC for US$15. There is also a demo available you can try.

Eurogamer review – Link

“Braid is beautiful, entertaining and inspiring. It stretches both intellect and emotion, and these elements dovetail beautifully rather than chaffing against each other. Still wondering if games can be art? Here’s your answer.”

About the Author

Costas

Costas Taliadoros is an accountant by profession but a gamer at heart. He was born in Nicosia in 1977 and was raised by Donkey Kong. At a very young age he started piloting F-15 Strike Eagles over the Iraqi and Libyan deserts and has also seen action in an M1 Ambraams tank somewhere in Eastern Europe fighting against the Soviets. As the years went by, he was integrated into Civilization until he finally conquered the world and sent the first human mission to Alpha Centauri. He graduated from the International Superstar Soccer academy and moved back to Cyprus to start his career. In this dark period of his life he fought and swore against 3 more Master Chiefs on a 4-way split-screen all day and night. It was around this period that he also started traveling to Live in many places around the world but mostly the USA. There, he met a lot of young American teenagers who were willing to discuss topics like his mother and the colour of his skin in great detail. It only strengthened his belief that he still has a lot to learn in this life. Nowadays Costas can be found on a couch playing games with friends and foes, with beer in close proximity. He is just a non-professional “writer” who loves games, books, comics, football, and running. He is also writing in the video-game site he co-founded, www.forevergamers.com, and on his personal blog, www.lostingames.net.

  • peter

    Braid was bllody awesome and ive only played the demo 🙂 i wish it were psn

  • Yeah, it’s a fantastic game.

    The PC version will also have a level editor so that people can create and upload their own levels.

    I don’t know of any plans to bring the game to PSN unfortunately.

    • peter

      cool i didnt know they would port to pc. im guessing you dont need a quad core super computer to run it- i will definately get this

      ps i played resident evil 5. its not as bad as i expected solo game. the mercenaries mode imo is miles better than the actual game

      • Braid is one of those rare puzzle games which when you solve a puzzle you will find yourself leaping up in the air screaming “I AM F…. GENIUS!”. Well at least i did…

        Have only played RES5 coop so far and have not tried mercenaries mode gmt. Too many Quick Time Events though.

        • peter

          i like quick time events- i dont feel they over did it. i played both single player and co-op. although co-op is fun i dont like how they split the screen for local co-op,it feels cheap.

          oh and play mercenaries!!

        • peter

          Today i die? wtf man? how does it work

          • Try playing around with the jellyfish and the piranhas until you get a word available i.e shine. Then you can substitute words in the poem depending on the colour.

            P.S Yeah you are right about local co-op btw.

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