Hey, look, it’s next week already. Well, isn’t that lovely. My apologies for the lack of postage last week, I’ve got some pretty sweet stuff cooked up for the next few weeks, but they’re all bigger games that take more playing to review accurately, and because of my new job I just didn’t have the time to scrape anything together. However, in the spirit of making up for my tardiness I’m going to try a different format from the usual. It just so happens that I’ve played and enjoyed several flash games in the past few weeks that didn’t have quite enough content to justify their own separate review. Well, a few days, an energy drink or two, and an unfortunate encounter with a Swedish Fishmonger later, I realized I should cover multiple games in a good old-fashioned flash game party! One small note: these won’t be getting numerical scores as they’re not really big enough to warrant them. You can assume that since I’m talking about them, they’re pretty good and deserve a look.

                        Game #1 - Tentacle Wars: The Purple Menace

Developer: Gamezhero

Release Date: 3/14/11

Link: http://www.gamezhero.com/online-games/strategy-games/tentaclewarsthepurplemenace-games.html

Concept: Strategy game where you control microbes that spawn bacteria. Your goal is to take over the entire map in each level by sending bacteria to build tentacle bridges between microbes and using electric impulses to kill enemy bacteria.
Who knew the common cold could be so vicious?
The Good: It’s a concept similar to Phage Wars and Civilizations Wars – both very good games – but different enough that it feels like its own new idea. The AI is very good and some of the levels are truly challenging, requiring not only strategic thought but also some dexterity in the mouse-clicking department, since you tell your bacteria what to do by clicking and dragging. There’s also a map editor where you can build and play your own levels and share them with friends, which helps to keep the game fresh even after you’ve beaten its 20 built-in levels.

The Bad: Some of the maps are just plain unfair, and they’re not ordered very well in the main campaign – level 17 is insane, while level 20 isn’t really that bad.

The Extra: Check out the awesome DotA map I spent entirely too much time making here!

                                                Game #2 – Bullet Heaven

Developer: Kupo707

Release Date: 4/1/11

Link: http://www.kongregate.com/games/kupo707/bullet-heaven

Concept: A bullet hell shooter (a top down flight combat game where the focus is on dodging huge numbers of enemy attacks rather than focusing on your own accuracy) based on the Epic Battle Fantasy series. You don’t really need to play that to enjoy this, though. I admit I haven’t.

This will put some hair on your chest.
The Good: There’s a wide variety of enemies and patterns of bullets that continually throw surprises at you, and it’s a really good introduction to bullet hell shooters for beginners, offering cheats you can turn on if you’re struggling and tough-as-nails bonus levels for those who are more experienced with them. There are even multiple characters that are designed for different play styles. I also appreciated the fact that the game tells you upfront it has 1 pixel hitbox, which works well when you’re playing with a mouse, because it’s right under your pointer. The music and graphics are also really good.

The Bad: The music can get a little repetitive, good though it may be. The glowing effects on some of the bullets can also mess up your attempts to dodge shots, so I recommend turning off the glow in the options menu.

The Crazy: BULLETS EVERYWHERE! THEY’RE POURING OUT OF THE WALLS! (Literally, in the final boss’s case… play it and you’ll see what I mean)

                                                   Game #3 – Sushi Cat 2

Developer: Armor Games

Release Date: 3/4/11

Link: http://armorgames.com/play/10471/sushi-cat-2

Concept: You are a cat. That’s right, A CAT. Don’t deny it, you’ve been running from the truth all your life. In other news, you play as a cat who is in love with a pink chew toy. However, a mean dog has stolen your beloved toy, and you’ve decided to solve your problem in a civilized, sensible way: eating absurd amounts of sushi to fatten yourself up and crush anything that stands between you and your toy. You eat sushi by playing plinko, collecting as many pieces of sushi as you can on the way down. Eat enough and you can advance to the next level, and every so often you’ll have gained enough poundage to take care of a problem… only for something else to stand in your way.
The Good: The physics are quite good - at least, I imagine they’re pretty accurate, although I don’t claim to know how high a 300 pound cat bounces. The art is also fantastic and cute enough to melt someone's heart (or give them nightmares). It’s just tough enough to challenge you to think about where to drop the cat next, while not being so hard that it becomes frustrating. There’s also a variety of power-ups that get introduced in each new area and keep the later levels interesting. However, all of that is secondary to the absolutely hysterical cutscenes. *minor spoiler warning* There’s a scene where the dog is sitting in a theater and the cat has to break into it, but busts through a window after eating more sushi to find that the movie is over and the dog has left. All I’m saying is make sure to look at the movie credits. I COULD NOT STOP LAUGHING.

The Bad: Since the cat gets larger the more sushi it eats, there are a couple of places where you can get stuck. The developer realized this and tried to get rid of it by making the physics automatically shove you downward if you’re in one place for a few seconds, but there are unfortunately still a couple of places where you can get completely stuck if you’re doing too well.


 This has been the Freeware Fanatic, saying I really hope some lunatic doesn't get any ideas about frankensteining these games into Tentacle Cat 2: Revenge of the Sushi Bullets. Also, let me know in the comments if you liked this format, I may do it again sometime (or, you could also email TheFreewareFanatic@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter @FreewareFanatic… hint, hint XD)



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