Friday Fun: Live Puzzle

Chess board jigsaw

Jigsaws can be fun, but I have to admit that I get frustrated easily with them. Live Puzzle is a slightly different take on jigsaws, in that the picture is moving while you’re trying to solve the puzzle. In some ways, that makes it a bit more difficult but, once you get used to it, it’s kind of cool to be able to see whether a piece fits by holding it in place and watching the animation.

You’ll need Flash to play this, and there is sound (the music is particularly annoying, so I switched it off).

–> Click to Play Live Puzzle <–

Friday Fun: M.A.D.

Mutually Assured Destruction game screenshot. Missiles heading towards bases.

Mutually Assured Destruction. Sounds cheery, doesn’t it? Mutually Assured Destruction is actually the basis behind the UK (and other countries’) nuclear deterrent… the idea being, “You attack us, and we’ll attack you… nobody will win, we’llĀ both be wiped off the map”. That’s just mad (aha!).

It might seem like an odd title for a game, but that’s what this week’s Friday Fun is: Mutually Assured Destruction.

It’s a remake of the classic game Missile Command, with power-ups and special abilities, but at its core this is the same old-school arcade game we know and love. You might want to turn the sound down because, while the soundtrack is very grand, it is rather loud :)

–> Play MAD <–

Friday Fun: Vehicles

Cars on platforms

This week’s Friday Fun is a puzzle game – help the “good” cars push the “bad” cars off the screen and earn a gold star if your score is high enough.

You’ll have to work out the right order to do things in, and I’ve been stuck more than once on some of the trickier levels.

You need Flash to play, and you can safely put the sound off.

–> Click to play <–

Friday Fun: Bloons Tower Defence 5

Why fiddle with an already popular theme? Balloon popping monkeys? Check. Balloon popping monkeys? Check.

It’s Bloons Tower Defence 5.

You will need Flash to play… and I’m sure you know what to do…

–> Click to Play <–

Friday Fun: Angry Birds

Angry BirdsYou’re bound to have seen, or at least heard of, Angry Birds – the avian-themed physics game. Did you know it’s available to play online, for free? It’s intended as a technology showcase for Google’s Chrome browser, but I’ve tried it in Safari and Firefox with good results too (sorry, haven’t tried it in Internet Explorer). This is an HTML5 game, so will require one of the most recent browser versions.

So, if you fancy seeing what all the fuss is about, or if you just want a quick game without having to get your phone out, click on the link below and have fun. There is sound… so probably best not to do this at work ;)

–> Play Angry Birds <–

Friday Fun: Death vs Monstars 2

Death vs Monstars 2 game screenshot

OK, that sounds like quite a freaky title for a game but it’s not that bad. Death vs Monstars 2 is a simple little game where you fly around the screen trying to avoid incoming enemies. You’re constantly shooting back and, in a strange way, aim by movingĀ away from your enemies. It took me a little time to get used to it… while you can also lock your aim by clicking the mouse button.

The key to survival is to pick up the coins and use them to upgrade. You won’t last long if you just stick with your basic abilities, so get collecting… and then get shopping.

You’ll need Flash to play Death vs Monstars 2. Sorry, no HTML5 goodness this week.

–> Play Death vs Monstars 2 <–

Friday Fun: Infectionator 2

Infectionator 2 screenshot

Zombies? Oh, go on then. This week’s Friday Fun has you, not trying to stop the zombie spread, but making it happen. Infect populations and watch as your undead army spreads throughout the globe! Mwuahahahaha! …ahem…

You can upgrade your abilities too, if those pesky humans just refuse to succumb to the virus.

You’ll need Flash to play.

–> Play Infectionator 2 <–

Small Worlds [Friday Fun]

Small Worlds ScreenshotI’m not quite sure what to make of Small Worlds. It’s an exploration game but it feels like an art installation too – it’s simple, but the design and the music give it a distinctly melancholy feel.

The graphics are low-tech, but don’t let that put you off. There’s a strange feature that sees the resolution increase as you explore more of the map. It’ll never get up to photo-realism or anything (more Commodore 64) but it’s pretty innovative. I really enjoyed playing this, and it shouldn’t take you too long to complete.

Small Worlds requires Flash and has sound. The music is a big part of this game’s appeal, so I’d strongly recommend keeping the sound on while you play.

–> Click to play <–

Friday Fun: Sushi Cat

Sushi cat screenshotFriday Fun this week is a bizarre game where the aim is to help a cat get as fat as possible so that he can meet his dream “girl” (she’s actually another cat, in case you were wondering).

Drop him in at the top of the screen and he’ll fall down like one of those fairground coin-drop games, eating any sushi he meets on the way. The game isn’t too long, so you’ll be able to complete it fairly quickly. It’s nice and entertaining, though, and has a good mix of easy and more difficult levels.

It uses flash and has sound, but you can put the sound off if you like. Have fun!

–> Click to play <–

Friday Fun: Snake

Snake - the classic mobile phone game

Some retro gaming for you this week – mobile phone retro gaming at that, too. This week’s Friday Fun is Snake, which was a staple of mobile gaming before mobiles got all fancy and clever.

You’ll need Flash to play. See if it brings back memories for you!

–> Click to Play <–