Another Friday, another hand-picked selection of absolutely solid browser games to distract you from your work. It’s been a bit of a slow week in terms of Flash releases, or rather, good Flash releases, so there’s one somewhat-oldie mixed in with a couple newer entries.
The theme for this week? Cartoony, wacky, absolutely charming games.
Developed by MochiGames, BioGems was released a month ago, and it’s still one of the most addictive games I’m playing now. It essentially takes the Puzzle Quest formula and refines it into a package that’s simultaneously more strategic and about fifty gajillion times more adorable.
Gameplaywise, it’s your standard match-three puzzle fighter deal, except each gem gives a specific attribute on your character a boost. So blue gems will increase your defense for the next turn, green gems will heal you, and so on. As more battles are fought and won, you can collect jewels which can be used to upgrade these attributes.
I’m a sucker for puzzle RPG type games, so this one sucked me in fairly easily. There’s not much in the way of plot, but you get to play as an anthropomorphic dog fighting spiders and snakes, so it doesn’t really matter now, does it? Play it here.
From Pippin Barr comes one of the more entertaining typing games I’ve played in a while. Safety Instructions is a game in which you’re a passenger on a flight that’s going down fast; using your amazing typing skills, you’ll have to instruct him on how to safely evacuate the burning wreckage and get rescued.
It’s short and it’s simple, but the sheer character in the game is what makes it oh so sweet. Playing through the game once will take a decent typist two minutes, but multiple playthroughs unlock more bonus stages and harder difficulty levels. On top of that, you’re probably going to want to fail each stage once, if only to see the hilarious death animations that result from your ineptitude. Check it out here.
TransDimensional might be one of my favorite exploration-based platformers in quite a while. Created by Willem Rosenthal, it features a robot assigned to a fetch quest who ultimately somehow ends up in another dimension. The controls are simple and the gameplay is nothing to write home about, but the game is absolutely overflowing with character and charm.
The graphics are your standard “indie game” pixel art, but it’s made exponentially gorgeous by the vibrant colors that are used. One of the early stages is perhaps the brightest dark orange I’ve seen in real life in quite a while, so much so that I almost felt blinded. Additionally, all of the characters and NPCs are definitely humanoid, but they’re all ever-so-slightly off-kilter and quirky that you can’t help but love all of them.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but TransDimensional is just a pleasure from beginning to end. There’s a nostalgic air about it that instantly puts me in a good mood, and brightens up my day. Revel in it here.