Game Type Thing

An archive of enjoyable flash, indie, and abandonware games.

Clock Tower: The First Fear

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I mentioned Clock Tower in the Dark Visions post and if you liked that one, you should give this a try. You play Jennifer, one of a group of orphans recently adopted (sight-unseen) by wealthy recluse Mr. Barrows. You’re taken to his creepy mansion called the Clock Tower and things go pretty much just as you’d expect them to whenever innocent orphans meet scary houses.

The gameplay is unusual and requires a bit of determination. You will run into the horror that lurks in the mansion, and you won’t be a match for it. You’ll have to hide or flee if you want to survive. Be sure to save often. The tense feeling of helplessness the game creates is one of the reasons Clock Tower has been called the scariest game ever made for the Super Nintendo.

Clock Tower was never officially released outside of Japan, but there is an unofficial English translated ROM floating around that just requires an SNES emulator to play.

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Written by Nurse Edna

December 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

Octodad

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“Loving Father. Caring Husband. Secret Octopus.”

My old-timey computer isn’t actually good enough to play this. Looks pretty sweet though. Can’t go wrong with an octopus in a business suit.

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Written by Nurse Edna

December 4, 2010 at 2:00 pm

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Emily Enough: Imprisoned

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You play Emily Enough, a psychotic heiress who reacts rather badly to a birthday disappointment. Now you’re sentenced to spend the rest of your days in the Claxochem Center for Mental Wellness. Oh Emily, how will you get out of this jam?

Explore the wellness center, make friends and enemies with various patients and staff, look for a way to escape, and perhaps commit a murder or two. The art, music, and dialogue are all playful and well done. The story is dark and tongue-in-cheek. It’s not a game meant to scare, but to appeal to those who enjoy a morbid sense of humor.

Navigation can be a bit of a pain, at times you’ll know where you can exit an area, but might have trouble finding just the right place to walk to take you out. All the command buttons are hidden at the top of the screen, you just need to mouse over it to bring them into view. You can also cycle through the actions by right clicking.

I’d like to note that this game was my introduction to the Adventure Game Studio engine, and inspired me to make my own adventure game. But calling the thing I made a game would be extremely generous. It’s more accurately called the room I made that has a few things you can click on. Still, it was a fun and rewarding experience and I encourage anyone who’s ever thought about making their own adventure game to give it a try.

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Written by Nurse Edna

December 4, 2010 at 11:36 am

Gateway II

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Gateway II was created for the second Casual Gameplay Design Competition and won the runner-up prize. It implements the “grow” theme of the competition in what I think is a very clear and creative way. You begin in a stark room empty of everything but a television set and four doors. These gateways open one by one as you collect information about the game’s characters and plot.

The puzzles are pretty classic, and if you’re an avid adventure fan it’s likely you’ll have come across some of them before. And though some of them may be a bit finicky, they are all logical in their way. The atmosphere is chilly, and there is a creepy, voyeuristic feel to the game that fits the story perfectly. Gateway II is not terribly long, so if you’re in the mood for something short and interesting, give this one a play.

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Written by Nurse Edna

December 3, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Dark Visions

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Dark Visions is part Laura Bow, part Alone in the Dark, and part Clock Tower. Strange things are afoot at Dr Mahler’s Manor House/Sanitarium, where you are newly employed. Where is your uncle? Why are the party guests locked in the dining room? Where are the bathrooms? You should probably find this stuff out.

Things are fishy from the start when you arrive at your uncle’s manor. Dr Mahler is nowhere in sight, you’re greeted by an assistant who’s eager to hustle you out of the way into your room, and there’s a strange party going on behind closed doors. It doesn’t take long to decide that you had better search the house for your uncle.

Dark Visions’ 3D graphics are impressive and unusual for a browser game. The length of the game, and size of the house to explore make for a satisfying and immersive experience without dragging on too long. Gameplay is pretty standard for a point-and-click adventure, the three interaction buttons (look, action, walk) are at the bottom of the screen, choose one and click the object or place you want to walk to. The inventory is located at the very bottom, below the text box. There are times when quick action will be required, but you’ll have time to react if you think on your feet.

Dark Visions is a great little game for the browser that feels like a bigger download game. I definitely recommend it if you are a fan of atmospheric gothic horror games.

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Written by Nurse Edna

December 1, 2010 at 11:05 am

Dirty Split

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Solve a murder investigation Mad Men style. Showgirls! Travel! Cocktails! Walter Vanderbuilt has been arrested for the murder of Los Angeles plastic surgeon, Dr. Christopher Bedford. His desperate mother hires private investigator Alan Baxter to prove his innocence. As Alan, you’ll travel all over the country, interviewing witnesses and picking up clues to get to the bottom of this mystery.

For anyone who might be unfamiliar with this type of adventure interface, the interaction menu is brought up by right-clicking on the person or object. Three icons will appear (take/use, look, and talk), just click the appropriate one. The inventory is hidden at the top of the screen, you just have to mouse over it to bring it into view. The Esc brings up the menu to save, load, quit, etc. Easy, peasy.

I did notice some issues with the sound, voices sometimes cut out before the dialogue was finished. And occasionally text dialogue would skip before I had a change to read it. This didn’t take away from overall enjoyment of the game. It’s a very impressive debut from Uwe Sittig, and I look forward to more games from him.

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Written by Nurse Edna

November 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Ute: A Game for Adults

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You’re Ute, a sexually adventurous young lady in a maze of randy gentlemen. Your only goal is to sex it up with as many men as you can get. Grab a fella, lead him into a private corner, and get ready cause it’s business time. Move the arrows in time for a better score, but keep an eye out for passing guys. If one of your other suitors catches you there will be broken hearts all around.

Though mighty explicit, there’s nothing sleazy about the game. It has a lot of charm, and a sweet, lighthearted tone. The animation is fun and adorably filthy.

Go make your grandmother proud and sow some wild oats.

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Written by Nurse Edna

November 29, 2010 at 7:32 pm