Time Waster Weekly (367)

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 23:05

Time Waster - Building Rush'

Written by Katy England

Time management games can be thrilling and frustrating. 'Building Rush' is no exception. It's a fun, fast-paced game that places you as the owner of a factory. You have to build a plant, buy trucks and make deliveries to other businesses in the area and watch the area prosper.

The fun really starts to get going when you go beyond simply trying to meet your own goal, but have to actively compete with one or more competitors. Between levels you would be wise to spend your hard-earned profits on upgrades that can improve the movement speed of your trucks, reduce costs, increase profit and increase efficiency in all areas.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014 22:56

Time Waster - Curl Up and Fly'

Written by Katy England

Oh, the cute. There is a lot to enjoy about 'Curl Up and Fly,' but the adorable little armadillo and his buddies really put this on another level for me.

For all intents and purposes, this is a very fun upgrade-rocket game, where you see how far you can shoot an armadillo on a rocket. A few things make this even more fun, not the least of which is that they have given you more control than other, similar games.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:01

Time Waster - Quickies

Written by Katy England

Sometimes you don't want to get sucked into something that will take you hours or days to complete. Sometimes you have only a few minutes before the kids get up or before you have to make some phone calls or hit a meeting. The following games are great for those times.

Bee Nice'

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:57

Time Waster - Gridland'

Written by Katy England

There are some games you can play and stop at will. Safe games. Then there's something like 'Gridland.'

On its face, 'Gridland' looks like a match-three game. But it goes beyond that, adding elements of strategy, leveling up and, above all, risk to the game. It's split into two styles day and night. During the day, you are collecting resources by matching three or more. It starts out with three: wheat, iron ore and wood. As you collect enough, you create enough to build a new building a potter (I think) that allows you to harvest clay.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014 10:09

Time Waster - Demons Down Under

Written by Katy England

You are a bunny. Deal with it.

Not only are you a bunny, but a conjurer of great evil had kidnapped some other cute bunnies, and you're going to make that right. You have to dig into the underground and fight many.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 14:09

Time Waster - Nested

Written by Katy England

'Nested' is technically a clicking game, made by the same developer as 'Cookie Clicker' known for being just what it sounds like, a game where you click things.

But 'Nested' is a different kettle of fish. The game is set up like your desktop folders tend to be, an expandable + that you click on and see what's nested inside. You Start with a universe, inside the universe is a host of galactic super cluster, nested in there are countless galaxies, nested in there are star systems and nebula, planets, stars, continents and more.

Wednesday, 06 August 2014 11:08

Time Waster - SolarMax 2'

Written by Katy England

It's a beautiful, vibrant and colorful universe out there, and it's your job to stamp out anyone who differs from you and conquer all known worlds!

That's right, the world is not enough. You are trying to dominate entire star systems and take over key strategic weapons to destroy your enemies. And in all fairness, they are trying to do the same to you.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014 15:00

Time Waster - Shiritori

Written by Katy England

'Shiritori' is a fun and sometimes frustrating word game that you can play solo or with other real people. I've only ever played against the AI, so I don't know how it stacks up against a flesh and blood human.

The premise is simple: you are given a letter and prompted to come up with the longest word beginning with that letter as fast as you can. Once you're done, your opponent has to make a word from the last letter of your word. Then you have to make one from the last letter of his word.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:06

Time Waster - Glitch Lab'

Written by Katy England

'Glitch Lab' is a fun little pixel platformer with minimal graphics where you have to figure out what glitch will allow you complete the level. Sometimes it's pretty easy, and sometimes you can be led astray.

You play a little figure trying to get from one door to another. Each level has a different glitch you need to exploit in order to win. It forces you to look beyond just your little sprite and take in the entire environment while you're playing and think outside the level. Games are played with forced-perspective, color dynamics and in-game physics. The game also riffs on other gaming conventions, in that there are little coins to collect, but you are told that they are meaningless. Sometimes the environment can kill you, and then sometimes it won't - you have to figure out when it will.

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 23:05

Time Waster - You're Getting Older'

Written by Katy England

Sometimes you feel on top of the world. Like you can do anything! And then you go and visit a website like 'You're Getting Older' and some of the shine gets rubbed off.

It's not all that bad, and it is a bit of fun. You enter the day, month and year of your birth and you get to see all manner of fascinating statistics about your life and how much older or younger other people are by comparison.

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