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: 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 moving¬†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: 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 <–

Friday Fun: The Slow Mo Guys

No game this week… instead, this week’s Friday Fun is a video from the Slow Mo Guys. If you’ve ever wondered what a bursting water balloon looks like in slow motion, popcorn, or a flaming tennis ball (yes really!) ¬†you need to check out their YouTube channel.

The one I want to show you today involves a watermelon and hundreds of rubber bands. I really want to try this out :)

Enjoy.

Friday Fun: Qwop

Computer generated athlete running on track

Sports fever has hit Britain! Actually, it’s been a pretty good sporting summer, with the usual Wimbledon tournament, Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France, and the London Olympics (where Mr Wiggins triumphed again).

So let’s go all sporty today. This week’s Friday Fun is Qwop – a fiendishly difficult athletics game. You control a runner using the Q and W keys to move his thighs, and O and P to move his calves. It takes coordination and timing, and you’ll end up doing more than a few backflips before landing on your head.

Speaking of which, I managed to get to 11 metres before keeling over… after plenty of practice! Why not post your best distance in the comments?

–> Click to Play <–

Friday Fun: Command & Conquer Alliances

Command & Conquer game - view of a base

You know, I used to love playing Dune 2 on the PC. What do you mean you’ve never heard of it? It was a realtime strategy game based on the Dune books – and the forerunner of the entire top-down realtime strategy genre. Seriously, Dune 2 is where it all started before the developers, Westwood Studios, went on to make Command & Conquer.

You can still get your hands on plenty of Command & Conquer games, but if you’re after a bit of in-browser gaming there’s a version for that too: Command & Conquer Alliances.

You’ll play against other people, or form alliances with them and, while it lacks some of the flair of the realtime games, it’s still fun to play. You won’t be building an army of Mammoth Tanks and rushing a NOD base, but there’s plenty here to keep C&C fans happy.

One word of warning, this is not a quick game. There’s every chance you’ll keep coming back for a long time.

–> Click to Play <–

Friday Fun: Hey Hey 16k

OK, you need sound (and Flash) this week… today’s Friday Fun is a song all about the halcyon days of 16k computers.

I was talking to one of the parents at nursery the other day about how tech has changed since we were little… how we lived during the time of black & white tellys, before the World Wide Web, and when the remote on the video recorder was attached by a cable.

And, of course, the computers :) Ah, they were great… I learned to program on a C64. So turn up the sound, play the video below, and enjoy the nostalgia!


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