A Normal Lost Phone: 3.5/5 STARS

ANormalLostPhone

What do you know about Sam?  Are they a boy, a girl?  Are they cheating on their girlfriend?  Where did they go on the 18th of January? Where are they now?

One user on Game Jolt commented:

“really hits me like a rock, cried like a baby”

Contrary to my introduction, A Normal Lost Phone is not a murder-mystery.  It’s not terribly suspenseful, but it’s ending is very, very real.  Even though I am not in Sam’s exact situation, their struggle reminded me of myself.  The game is written very well.  The end text, supposedly written by the main character, is minimal, to the point, and believable.  The only real complaint I have is that, in the cellphone’s contacts, there are so many names that are absolutely pointless.  It clutters up a screen that shouldn’t be.

Play A Normal Lost Phone by Accidental Queens here (available in English, French, and Spanish!)

 


SPOILERS

I referred to Samantha during my description as “they” as I wanted her gender to remain ambiguous, as to not spoil the story.  I am aware that she is a woman.

Ludum Dare 34: Growing Ties 2/5 STARS

It’s a simple task: give the men some ties.  Playing Growing Ties for a few seconds will show you it’s not as easy as you once thought.  Press the left arrow key to finish making a tie and press and hold the right arrow key to make the tie longer.  There are people of all sizes waiting for your custom-length, lime-green ties, so get going!

While Growing Ties sounds like a simple web toy, it actually took me some time to get the hang of it.  I realized after some experimenting that, contrary to the upbeat background music, you can take as long as you want to make ties. There is no time limit and the men will not leave if you take “too long.”  Knowing this immediately makes the game less enjoyable, because now you don’t have the mad dash of dropping ties to please customers.  Growing Ties was made in a 72 hours for Ludum Dare 34, and so; the game only has one “level.”  After satisfying twenty customers’ tie needs the game ends, shows you how well you performed, and then are prompted to play again.  I’d say Growing Ties is fun, and good if you want to just chill, but there isn’t much other substance or meaning.

Growing Ties: 2/5 STARS

Growing Ties was created by DR.LUDOS (who brought us the similarly simple but difficult The One Fork Restaurant), with music by Newgrounds user F4llout. The Jam theme was Two Button Controls and/or Growing. Participants were allowed to use one or both of the themes. You can get Growing Ties on your Android phone via Google Play.

Websites You Didn’t Know You Needed

  1. drinkify.org

    “We take no responsibility for your poor, poor liver.”  Drinkify.org

    drinkify.org  Suggests an adult beverage based on the music you’re listening to.

  2. www.payphonebox.com  Find payphones all over the world and call them up!
  3. robotandhuman.neocities.org  A minimalist webcomic for nerds and techies.
  4. www.poseurpatrol.com  A webcomic about goths and their run-ins with poseurs.
  5. clouds.neocities.org  Quotes. On clouds. What more could a girl ask for?

    Poseur Patrol

    Poseur Patrol by Merrily Duffy

  6. www.metal-archives.com  A classic resource used by metalheads, but still a goodie.
  7. www.cutoutandkeep.net  My favorite site for all things DIY.
  8. dragonquest.neocities.org  It’s a video game???

 

Have a link you think deserves to be on the list? Comment below!

This is a Teaching Moment

AAAAAAchoooooo! Man, this internet place is dusty. I’ve been scouring the web for (free)video games, and now I’m covered in cobwebs. It was totally worth it. These are not just any ol’ games, but ones that are educational. That’s Edutainment!

  1. Socrates Jones: Pro Philosopher Anyone can learn about the Socratic method via this Ace Attorney look-alike. Imagine debating the nature of morality with your fav dead philosophers–this is the basic concept of the game. Even the in-game “tutorial,” teaching you how to play the game, is a ridiculously funny conversation between a frazzled father and a deer-repellent salesman. Yes, deer repellent.
  2. Newgenics: Welcome to the Future A basic, clean intro to eugenics and the shapes it takes. I recommend this for kids as young as eight(and you’re never too old for schooling!) to spark interesting discussions about a murky subject.  Note: the handling is a bit crappy and the game doesn’t always respond as desired.
  3. Cellcraft Ahhh, Cellcraft. This goofy little game about platypi covers
    Cellcraft

    Cellcraft

    the basics of cells and organisms. The story is witty, has cute cartoonish graphics, and does a good job explaining the science behind the fun. Come on, kids, get your Golgi Body on!

  4. Parable of the Polygons Racism, in a cool interactive format on your computer! Yeah!

Inculcation

inculcation
[in-kuhl-key-shuh n]
noun
1.The act of inculcating, or teaching or influencing persistently and repeatedly so as to implant or instill an idea, theory, attitude, etc.

I’m not going to blab on and on today… I just thought I’d share this little gem with you all.  It was made a while ago, but never really got it’s due. Let’s change that!

A little taste-test of Inculcation

A little taste-test of Inculcation

Inculcation is a horror point-n-click game. It had a very Exmorits-y vibe for me, but 100 times less scary.  There are a few jump scares, but I didn’t have to play this game while peeking through my fingers.  The graphics are interesting, but could’ve been better. At first I thought the developer was trying to be edgy or unique, but then I decided the graphics were just bland after a few jumps. This could have been much scarier. You can play it in your browser for free here:

www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/515898