Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Flash Games Flavor

Sorry for the wait everyone.


Today`s blog shall be about flash-games that suit the theme of this blog. I would not consider any of these games horror, aside from the implications of two, but they definitely have a dark lining around them. All of these games share a unique aesthetic, some flashy and others simplistic. The truly notable connection these games share is not only the darkness but the emphasis on story and motivation. If you are expecting a shooter or something action packed I would suggest pass on these games.



1. Looming. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/541333



   I really enjoy Looming, it is a game wholly based on discovery.  The landscape is barren and unusual, set all in gray-scale.  You take the role of an anthropologist and research this forgotten land called Looming.  The aspect I enjoyed the most about this game is that when I was roaming the land it never felt like I came upon the ancient cultures or an abandoned civilization, no, it always felt like I was in a cemetery, which in instances it truly is.

   The atmosphere and discovery is what fuels this game.  The creators efforts to create this land, as well as the history of it and its conflicting inhabitants shines.  A highly refreshing game that acts itself out in a haunting yet fascinating method.


2. Loved. http://www.kongregate.com/games/AlexanderOcias/loved


   Loved is a game that challenges you, both in terms of game-play and thought.  The graphics are very simple and the objectives run the line between easy and moderate at best.  You play an "object", as the narrator may imply, that is to do as its commands.  Your task is to either comply or disobey as your navigate a platform based game.  The world changes with choice and the narrator is always with you.



   I want to say more and what I believe are the intentions but that would ruin the experience.  This game is very short yet poignant, worth digesting.  Do as I say and play this game.  Trust me, I only want what is best for you.

3. Coma. http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/541124


  Coma may be one of the most well illustrated games to be ever be made.  In art direction alone, it is commendable.  Basically a collection and puzzle game, you play the protagonist and make your way collecting items and traversing this eclectic land.  Coma itself is highly suggestive and at no time gives you a straight answer, even at its end, you get a lot of pieces and put them together in forms of dialog, landscape, and color.


   Another short but sweet work.  The efforts of the creators deserves accolades for creating such a rich, well illustrated, and cryptic work that is not over-the-top abstract or surreal.  Even if you do not understand all the events and areas you feel them from the setting and colors.


4. Don`t Look Back. http://www.kongregate.com/games/TerryCavanagh/dont-look-back



  Any of you college students or fans of mythology may instantly realize the basis of this game right from the start.  Your role begins as a pixelated figure lamenting over a tombstone.  You turn away and begin your story.  At some point, which I am willingly keeping secret, the game changes as far as mechanics, you will know when.


   Another monotone game that is both short and easy.  The game has a core idea that is identifiable without any words while at the same time it has successfully disguised as a platformer with all the required jumping and shooting.  As simple as it looks it does pull you in, and the ending really leaves you bittersweet.


5.  The Dream Machine. http://www.thedreammachine.se/


  I saved the best for last.  The Dream Machine is an "in works" game that is not yet complete.  You can go to the main site and sign up for free to play the longest demo available at this time.  Sign up is well worth the effort because once you get into it you realize there is a creative story with an attention to detail and atmosphere.   You begin the game in a dream that seems a bit too coincidental, yet rational.  You wake up and the story flows.



    The Dream Machine is a beautiful point-click-collect-use game all done in the style of claymation.  The visual style itself is a seeming fusion of The Brother`s Quay meets Grim Fandango put best.  My hats-off the artists of this game for the work they put in all the unique sets, fluid motion, and grotesque characters, it it impressive to say the least.  The story is shaping up great from what the demo mention, and as I mentioned, this is one of the two actual games that have shades of horror.  At this point, I am glad the game only has a demo out, it seems episodic and in turn very suitable.  Play it!  By the end you should be very disturbed.  Highly recommended.


Take care guys.

45 comments:

  1. I used to play that kind of games as a kid, but i don't remember them being so cruel

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  2. I like this... btw, Beating Inertia has a new Q&A post!

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  3. Ahaha I feel like such a flash game nerd, I've already played through all of them but #5 which I'm going to go check out now. It looks very cool. Great post man, these are some great games.

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  4. the comments you left on my last blog post were really helpful :)

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  5. these look pretty cool, gonna have to check them out

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  6. cool as post, thanks for popping by <3

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  7. Spooky games are the best, point and click ones usually have a certain D: FACTOR

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  8. Just play old-skool Tetris, nothing can really beat that :P

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  9. WHY ARE YOU SO SCARY D:<

    you should view my page if you need some humor :D

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  10. I've played Looming, Loved, and Don't Look Back. Ive' enjoyed they storyline behind them.A bit creepy but good nonetheless. I'll have the check out Coma and The Dream Machine.

    I also know of another somewhat creepy game if you're interested. It's called "Every Day, The Same Dream" Not exactly scary, but pretty creepy.

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  11. Very nice post, intrigued by your whole blog concept and ideas, can't wait to see more. I remember playing Clock Tower for the original playstation console. Scissorsman was quite possibly the scariest horror villains I have ever faced... Until Silent Hill came along.

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  12. 3rd shift: I have played that game as well and enjoyed it. I really enjoy the conceptual games that are spawned. I was going to include it and LIMBO but felt they deviated in small ways, that being "Every Day is the Same" seemed more a commentary of monotony and LIMBO being more of an APP game.

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  13. I enjoyed your point of view in this post

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  14. Good flash games are few and far between. I'll give these a shot, but I'm super skeptical.. the last one looks good though, reminds me of other similar style titles like Blazing Dragons and the other one... fuck, can't remember what it's called..

    Supportin'!

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  15. I really enjoyed playing Loved. I used to haunt Kongregate frequently, and Loved still stands out as a gorgeous storyline. I love the content today mate, really made me smile :)

    -JKane

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  16. I havent played any flash games in years

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  17. I like your post... GTL and blogging FTW!

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  18. Some massive time killers here! Thanks!

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  19. I played the dream machine demo and it was pretty cool. I really liked the style of it, made me want more hehe.

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  20. couldn't stop playing the dream machine... keep it up!! will keep coming around

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  21. How crap, all of those games I've played before and loved. I am freaking bookmarking this blog!

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  22. The Dream Machine looks awesome! Thanks for bringing it to my attention, i'll be playing it soon for sure, excellent post!

    -NH

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  23. I love how you mix it up but still keep right on thematically. The game suggestions are excellent! Can't wait to read your next entry : )

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  24. Looming was good times, Dream Machine looks pretty twisted. Thanks for pointing that out. I hope you are right about the 'feeling disturbed at the end' bit.

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  25. I really like your blog, glad i found it. :D

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  26. Aghhh creepy! What's with scary stuff. We don't like it yet we can't stop watching and experiencing it. OH world.

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  27. nice work here... btw, I have Hayden Panetierre bubbled on Enhanced by MS Paint :P

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  28. Great blog :) i needed one of these!

    Following :)

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  29. Thanks for the comments on my last blog post!

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  30. If you like these, you might also like another one on Kongregate called 'The company of myself'. I included the link if you wanna give it a shot. It's sortof a puzzle game... but the music kinda draws me in I think.

    http://www.kongregate.com/games/2DArray/the-company-of-myself

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  31. very very great blog bro thnx so much

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