Posted By Shaun K. about 8 months, 1 week ago
D(LC)elightful Treats 09-06-12: Pet Ownership and Other Perilous Activities,
A dog’s life, superheroes, and a carrot bent on a prison break from a fridge are just some of what awaits you in the first Thursday edition of your best source (that’s our story and we’re sticking to it) for free gaming on the net.
Welcome back everyone. It has been a while but D(LC)elightful Treats is back on its new regular night and with a slightly altered format. Namely that the column will now be bi-weekly going forward. Apologies for the lack of warning regarding this change but it was necessary in order to continue our commitment here at Blistered Thumbs to give all of you the best video game site on the net. Going forward I intend to start featuring 20 games a column but for now I going to stick with just ten while I get things going again. So enough with the jibber jabber, let us get on with the games already.
We start things off with an interesting little experimental piece that deals with the five stages of grief. And while the game has some flaws, including problems at times with transitions and animations, I at least respect the attempt and intent behind it.
Our next game is a really strange little thing that defies easy description. At first glance it might look like a fairly standard shoot ‘em up but that belies the utter oddity that abounds in this game. Its bizarre but in a good way. I may have trouble describing what is actually happening in this, the weirdest shoot ‘em up this side of a Parodius game, but not the feelings playing it inspires in me: sheer old-school bliss.
Any number of games have tried to tap into the emotions that come with being a pet owner over the years to varying effect. And yet I find that this otherwise seemingly simple and short story-driven puzzle platformer does as good a job matching the best of what has come before it in this regards. That it manages to do this while also breathing life back into some otherwise well worn tropes is only all the more impressive. Nor does the game ever slack on the challenge even as it builds to one heck of an emotional whammy of a climax. Combine strong writing, clever gameplay, simple yet effective graphics, and a haunting main musical theme and you have the prefect set of ingredients for a memorable gaming experience.
Oh sure, anyone can help one prisoner escape from a jail. Even a dozen or more is not that impressive. Clearing out an entire prison’s worth of inmates? Pshaw, child’s play. Now free not only the entire population of a planet but the planet itself they are standing on from a gigantic intergalactic prison the size of a small solar system via tractor beams and planet sized repulsers while also dodging other planets with tons of nukes and itchy trigger fingers and then we can talk. Good thing for you then that is exactly the premise for our following pick. So what are you waiting for? Impress all of us already and beat the game.
Sometimes it nice to just take on a simple, laid back gaming experience. Take this lovely little pachinko variation that casts you as a young man on a moonlit night dropping lit lanterns into the ocean with the goal of hitting apparent ghost fish as many times as possible. Does it make much sense? No, but then again it does not have to either. Sometimes a game can just be a game.