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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 19:44

Time Waster - Arrow Hero'

Written by Katy England

A game doesn't have to be complicated or have fancy graphics to be addicting and fun. 'Arrow Hero' takes a page from 'Guitar Hero,' but instead of a fancy fake guitar and rocking music, it's just you and your arrow keys. You have to hit the corresponding arrow, and the more you mess up the faster you lose. They are color coded to make gameplay that much easier, but trust me when I say that it won't save you. Best streak means best score. It's easy to learn, but surprisingly challenging. But it is really fun when you get a good streak going.

Play it for free at acelisweaven.github.io/arrow-hero. It is also available on mobile.

Tuesday, 07 July 2015 19:45

Time Waster - Sugar, Sugar 3'

Written by Katy England

This is one of the most challenging and fun physics games out there right now. The premise is the same as it was in previous games: Sugar pours from the comma separating 'Sugar, Sugar.' You have to direct the flow of sweet grains into the correct cups of coffee. White mugs take white sugar, and various other colored mugs will take the corresponding grains. There are some mugs that will cause you to lose a level if the wrong color grain enters. You control the flow of the grains by drawing lines that can change where the sugar falls. There are teleporters, sugar dyes and reverse gravity buttons. There's a lot of ways to get the sugar to your cup but can you?

Sometimes the flow of sugar seems endless, and other times you may only get a few scant grains that need to find their way into three or four or dozens of different cups.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 20:58

Time Waster - Death Worm'

Written by Katy England

Sometimes it can be hard to find a good time waster. My criteria isn't extreme, but includes finding something that is fun to play, easy to learn and still waste a good chunk of time. Too boring and no one will want to stick with it; too hard to learn and it's not a productive waste of your time. Well, 'Death Worm' is one of those gems that is just easy, fun and delightfully weird.

You play as the titular Death Worm, living under the sands of Egypt. Your goal is to eat things: birds, camels, people, cars you get the idea. The more you eat, the more you can level up and then the more you can eat. It's a beautiful pattern.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 16:50

Time Waster - Cube Escape: Seasons'

Written by Katy England

This is a chilling puzzle/escape game. For those not familiar, an escape game is one where you look for clues to escape your surroundings. 'Cube Escape: Seasons' takes a more cerebral approach. You are in a single room at different points in time, uncovering what happened to the woman who lived in the room and finding out if you are responsible for her grisly demise and to see if there is anything you can do to change the course of events.

This game is both surreal and at times almost unbearably creepy. The mood is perfectly set, and gets increasingly more disturbing as you progress through the four levels. If you don't find your skin crawling at certain parts, well, you're a better player than I am.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015 19:30

Time Waster - GemCraft 3: Chasing Shadows'

Written by Katy England

If you have any pressing commitments, homework that is due or anything that resembles a social life, leave now. Once you start playing 'GemCraft 3,' you will not be doing any of those things. This game and its predecessors are the tower defense games (TDG) that all other TDGs aspire to be.

This game is massive and well-structured. The first few maps serve as a tutorial and even if you're a veteran player, they will help you get the hang of some of the new features.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 17:53

Time Waster - Star Light 2'

Written by Katy England

Often, the little games we play on our phones or web browsers are designed to stress us out there is tension that comes with winning that can sometimes render a game less than fun. But then there are games like 'Star Light 2' that have some challenge to them, but are designed to entertain you in a relaxing way.

This puzzle game is straightforward you have to find images in the stars. You start with a crazy jumble of lines, and use your mouse or touchpad to rotate the image until it makes a recognizable picture. It can seem confusing at first, as the rays go in every direction, but once you get the hang of it you'll be whipping though images quickly.

Tuesday, 02 June 2015 18:10

Time Waster - Clicker Heroes'

Written by Katy England

Clickers are becoming huge and much more advanced. Things have changed from the days of 'Cookie Clicker,' but not as much as you might think. For those who are not familiar, 'clickers' are a form of idle gameplay, which means the game keeps playing itself for you while you do things like write stories, watch your children or even shut down your computer. It's basically math made fun.

'Clicker Heroes' has slick graphics, cute bad guys (if you can call them that, since they're really nice about letting you kill them) and ample rewards for mowing them down. You purchase other heroes who wish to help and level them up to increase your idle damage per second. You can also unlock special powers that allow clicks to be made for you, get more gold, earn gold while you click and more. They all have cool-down periods that vary with the strength of the power itself, but are rarely more than an hour. Earn coins, level up and move on to the next level where the enemies are a little harder and take longer to kill.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 20:28

Time Waster - Royal Squad'

Written by Katy England

The tower defense game has a soft spot in my heart. There is something thrilling about having to plan out much of your defense in advance of an oncoming hoard or five, and 'Royal Squad' delivers a wonderful twist in this game.

You are a troupe of soldiers deep in enemy territory with a handful of archers and an eccentric mage. You are tasked with keeping the evil skeletons, zombies, mages and priests at bay while the main army tries to reunite with the ship. The story involves a spell is on the archers to keep them out of sight from the bad guys (a thin premise, sure, but do you really need a thicker one?).

Monday, 18 May 2015 15:28

Time Waster - Kill the Plumber'

Written by Katy England

The concept of this game is great, and it's really hilarious when it works. And it does work most of the time, but due to some buggy mechanics (or ineptitude on my part) some levels are borderline unbeatable - and basing it on not just my experience but others who have commented as well, level 12 will make or break you.

It broke me, which was a shame, because up until then I'd been having a great time and even laughed out loud on several occasions. The premise is, an insane plumber can't take 'no' for an answer, and it's your job to get rid of him by any means necessary. But you're limited by the kind of actions you can take all based on a popular Nintendo game that featured pipes, plumbers and an inordinate amount of mushrooms.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015 22:05

Time Waster - The Adventures of Red'

Written by Katy England

This is a challenging puzzle game that is the perfect balance of difficulty and fun. In 'The Adventures of Red,' you play as the cute little yellow guy named Red. You are on a mission to get your chocolate muffin. The muffin has been hidden in one of the towers of a castle that is filled with locked doors and hidden keys.

Ever since 'Myst,' puzzles in games have been seen has either a cool challenge or an infuriating roadblock. The puzzles in 'The Adventures of Red' manage to balance the difficulty very well. Each room has a puzzle, but there are clues hidden about the room to aid you on your journey, making the puzzles as much about your powers of observation as they are about being able to tease out the mechanics of the puzzle itself.

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