I *STILL* cannot believe how awesome the Majora’s Mask port to 3DS is. They’ve done such an amazing job. If you have been on the fence on whether to pick this up, you NEED to. Especially if you’re going to be on a plane for goodness-knows-how-many-hours.
So when I get home the first thing I check to see is if I may have missed Steam and/or Good Old Games’s Summer Sales. Looks like I’ve got two days left on both. So I picked up the less-than-a-dollar games of Hexcells, Kami, and Ichi.
Hexcells is Minesweeper on a hex grid. If you’re into Minesweeper, you’ll be into this. If you hated Minesweeper, you will hate this.
Ichi is a fun little physics game. A ball rolls around a screen and you’re in charge of the bumpers that deflect the ball to ensure that the ball rolls over various targets. The physics part of this game is delightful. The fact that it happens in real time makes this a lot tougher for those out there who may be older and not have the timing they did as a younger person. But the game would be a lot of fun for people who still have their reflexes.
Kami is a great game that uses a mechanic that those who have played with Microsoft Paint will recognize as relying on the “fill” tool. By “filling” a particular field within a bunch of different color fields with one of the different available colors, and then doing it again, and then again, you can turn the entire board into one color entirely. This is the goal. There are two ways to play: Zen (and just taking your sweet time to change the board into one solid color) and Zen/Compulsive-Obsessive (mindfully doing it in the fewest moves possible). If you’re one of those people who ever turned a checkerboard into a solid black (or white, I suppose) field in paint just by using the fill tool, you will say “Holy cow… I made up a variant of this game back in the 90’s and didn’t know it!” And then you can either be irritated that you didn’t come up with a way to monetize it or be delighted that you finally have a real game out of this thing that you did to pass the time a million years ago.
(Oooh! And Afterlife is on sale at GOG for $4! It’s Sim City for Escatologists! No religion.)
So… what are you playing?
(Picture is “Untitled” by our very own Will Truman. Used with permission.)