Hello dear readers, and welcome to yet another episode of Link Dump Friday. It's me, Dora. Yep, that's right. Dora. And today I'd like to... wait, what's that? You don't believe me? An imposter, you say? Curses! I was sure the hair and glasses were the perfect disguise. Well, even though you're sharp enough to see through my clever ruse, perhaps you'll still take a gander at this wholesome portion of Link Dump goodness I have in my satchel right here...
- Goo Bob - Goo's been a popular subject for casual games in recent years. You can build towers out of it, sling balls of it at things, and in Goo Bob, you can send it along on its merry way, rolling over a landscape filled with various structures, flora, and fauna. This physics-based side scroller has you relying on momentum and gravity to carry you to the end of each level. With its bubbly soundtrack and easy-going pace, Goo Bob just oozes with casual gaming charm.
- Under the Star Night - It's Friday, and that means it's time to relax after a long, hard week. What better way to do this than with Under the Star Night. While the game's Puzzle Bobble concept should be quite familiar (shoot colored bubbles to form matches of 3 or more), its nifty graphics with particle and blur effects aplenty feels new. Couple this with a chill guitar and piano soundtrack, and you've got a refreshing game to get you into the weekend mood.
- Pathos - How many games can YOU make in 48 hours? Bit Battalion accomplished this feat with Pathos, an experimental game that puts you in the mind of a young boy who simply wants to get back home. This mostly point-and-click adventure is a bit slow moving and quite short, but has a nice atmosphere, soundtrack, and storyline. While the game feels somewhat like a teaser, perhaps Pathos is a hint of more substantial things to come.
- Black Thing - Many developers like to make games with traditional heroes. Some are big and burly, toting huge weapons, while others may be lean martial arts experts, resplendent in their outfits and impressive with their skills. Then there's a black glob of mucus that spits parts of itself at walls. Yep, that's you in Black Thing by Karma Team. This alternative platformer uses a concept popularized by the Unfinished Swan where you reveal hidden parts of a level by shooting black globs at it. Find different parts to your giant robot by moving and jumping your mucus across numerous levels. You can also use the included editor to experiment with your own levels. Overall, Black Thing is an interesting, stylized challenge.
- Evilbots - Robots can be so misunderstood. Then again, they can just be pure evil, like they are in this retro-style platformer by Vartagh. Evilbots is a standard jump and shoot title filled with tile-based backgrounds and numerous enemies. Try to collect the coins and zap the robots on your way to collecting the secret blueprints to stop the worldwide robot invasion. One-hit kills add to the game's challenge, while secret weapon upgrades give your character more muscle to take on the robot menace.
- Rapunzel 3 - No Link Dump Friday would be complete without a new Minoto Escape, so here's his latest point-and-click game, Rapunzel 3. Bizarre? Of course. About Rapunzel? Well, maybe not so much. This adventure will, however, have you encountering all sorts of strange characters from drunks and witches, to golf-playing birds and appendages growing from the ground. All par for the course in another short and enjoyable offering by Minoto.
Hope you enjoyed these Friday offerings - Dora should be back with another Link Dump Friday next week. Guess I'll have to take off my disguise before she returns...