June 28, 2010

Loved: A Short Story
Creator: Alexander Ocias
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
When Loved begins, it asks for your gender; whatever you say, it flatly contradicts you. If you ask for a tutorial when the game gives you the option, it retorts, "No, you don't deserve it." Alexander Ocias' short story is about basic cruelty,…

June 7, 2010

Human Centipede: The Game
Creator: I-Mockery, Rainbow Cemetery
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
How the major studios missed out on a surefire licensing opportunity like The Human Centipede (First Sequence) is anybody's guess, but their loss is indie developers' gain. The Flash-game version of the bizarre horror film is a…

May 17, 2010

Super Mario Bros. Crossover
Creator: explodingRabbit
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Even clocking in at only eight bits, those old Nintendo characters were fully realized, as Super Mario Bros. Crossover demonstrates. This browser-based game is a re-imagining of the original Super Mario Bros. in which you can play as…

April 26, 2010

Synopsis Quest Deluxe
Creator: Skipmore
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Every annoying convention of early RPGs—endless dialog boxes, lobotomized villagers parroting their one line over and over, item-fetching missions—is present in Synopsis Quest Deluxe, and those design crutches are the source of its wit. Over the…

March 8, 2010

Cream Wolf
Creator: Messhof (Mark Essen) and Pixeljam
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
The latest off-color browser game on Adult Swim Games is getting attention for its hilarious premise first and foremost. You play a werewolf ice-cream man who drives to a new town every lunar cycle, fattening up the local youth before…

February 8, 2010

Muscle March
Creator: Namco Bandai
Platform: Nintendo Wii (WiiWare)
Price: $5 (500 Nintendo points)
It seems contradictory that a game about girthy bodybuilders (and their polar-bear friend) can be so crushingly thin. Based on an unreleased 2006 Japanese arcade game, Muscle March piles so much flamboyance atop its…

January 25, 2010

First-Person Tetris
Creator: David Kraftsow
Platform: Browser
Price: Free
Alexey Pajitnov’s Tetris isn’t just a game anymore—it’s the Mitochondrial Eve for an entire genre. There are more than 40 different commercially released Tetris variants and sequels, and those are just the ones Wikipedia knows about. The number…