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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:11

Time Waster (02-03-2016)

Written by Katy England

Small Worlds'

There is too much noise.

-'Small Worlds'

This is a short and beautiful pixel exploration game. Your character is nothing more than a sprite, so things are so zoomed in they seem blocky and distorted. As you explore, the camera zooms out to give you a better view on the world, and things come into focus.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 21:02

Time Waster (01-27-2016)

Written by Katy England

Make Me Pulse'

If you're feeling blue, sometimes you need something anything - to re-center you. Well, that's what this week's Time Waster is. Visit 2016.makemepulse.com, and just follow the instructions. If you can listen to the music.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 20:27

Time Waster (01-20-2016)

Written by Katy England

Reach the Core'

'Reach the Core' is a fun upgradeable game where you are trying to reach the core of a planet with your remote mining machine to get fuel that your ship needs to keep on trucking. Unlike many 'launch' games, where you propel your avatar as high as can, 'Reach the Core' is different and superior in many ways.

It's less about simple blast physics, or hitting the sweet spot on takeoff, and more about managing your mining bot's battery power and gathering the blocks you need while avoiding or strategically destroying threads in the forms of burrowing insects, mines and lasers (though it is unclear how the lasers function underground they just do). Some of the lasers target your health, others will simply drain your battery, but the end result is the same. If you run out of power, or your drill runs out of health, you have to return to recharge or repair.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:18

Time Waster Z-Type

Written by Katy England

ZType'

'ZType' is an intense shooter with a twist you shoot as you type. Each of your enemies is accompanied by a word; as you type the word, it shoots the object floating menacingly towards you. Speed and accuracy are your friends in this game. If you mistype, you'll still be stuck on that word until you finish it - which means the other ships will be zeroing in on your location, and if they get there you're toast.

Some of the ships do more than just float menacingly at you: they launch new words, or scatter-shot letters across the screen. You then have more threats to deal with in addition to the words already in play.

It's intense.

One of the neat things is that you can get better, learn to anticipate your problem ships and deal with them while maintaining your cool with the simpler words. Then you see how far you can get and try to beat your best score.

Play it for free at http://zty.pe/.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:27

Time Waster: 'Coloruid'

Written by Katy England

'Coloruid' is a challenging and unique color-based game. You have a certain number of moves depending on the level. You can select from five colors (blue, green, pink, yellow and orange) and use them to fill in other colors. What makes this game interesting is that there are physics at play, and the color blobs are not always static. They can ooze out of their designated spots, and when you fill in a color with a new one, each of the boxes shakes, and it can change up your playing field.

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 17:27

Time Waster: 'Coloruid'

Written by Katy England

'Coloruid' is a challenging and unique color-based game. You have a certain number of moves depending on the level. You can select from five colors (blue, green, pink, yellow and orange) and use them to fill in other colors. What makes this game interesting is that there are physics at play, and the color blobs are not always static. They can ooze out of their designated spots, and when you fill in a color with a new one, each of the boxes shakes, and it can change up your playing field.

Tuesday, 29 December 2015 20:10

Weekly Time Waster

Written by Katy England

Look back on wasting time

Wasting time is one of my favorite parts about this job and we've had some doozies! Matt Bellassai's 'Whine About It' segment earned me some critical mail (apparently enjoying the show is enabling his drinking habit which is true, but I still watch it). Enchanted Cave II and GemCraft: Chasing Shadows sucked away large portions of my time. Rusty Lake was also in the running for the epic 'Cube Escape' series that has a half dozen free escape games under their belt.

But the best one had to be Kongregate's 'Cute Overload Challenge.' This was going down the rabbit hole of wasting time, because it wasn't just one game it was a game about playing games. And it cute! And you won cute little 'Kongpanions' for playing it. All of the ingredients for a wasted life. Thank you Kongregate, you win at my being a loser!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 19:32

Time Waster - Icy Gifts 2'

Written by Katy England

This is a charming physics puzzle game where you have to repeatedly help Santa out of a tough spot and save as many presents as you can, as well as the big man himself.

Somehow, Santa Claus and all of his presents have become frozen in ice. You have the power to start chain reactions to free the presents and, hopefully, Santa as well in 45 different puzzles. I know, you'd think that Santa would learn not to take a polar plunge after maybe the first 10 or so, but then there would be no game and no wasted time. So, moving on.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:12

Time Waster - Rocket Santa'

Written by Katy England

'Rocket Santa' is a launch game in which Santa is trying to get gifts to men stationed on the moon. (You realize that you don't need a ton of plot for some of these games.)

Bereft of Reindeer, Santa propels himself with increasingly more powerful rockets and collects 'space cash' on his way up (remember what I said about plot?). It's a simple game, and as you get higher you get more cash to purchase more upgrades and eventually break free of the atmosphere and shoot the moon.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:27

Time Waster - Ultimate Santa Battle'

Written by Katy England

Tis the season to destroy Shadow Demons with your elf sidekicks and get enough money to buy all the children of the world presents for Christmas because that is what 'Ultimate Santa Battle' is all about.

This is an upgrade shooter where you play as St. Nick, buy upgrades as you level up, and try to destroy the minions of evil to the tune of many a rocking Christmas ballad. He knows when you are sleeping, and knows when you have been captured by evil shadow spawn bet you wish you had been good so Santa would save your butt from darkness, eh?

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