Archive for March, 2009

Invalid Tangram – Confucius say: ancient Chinese furniture make great puzzle.

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Okay hope I didn’t offend anyone by the title (you never know who finds offense at mock broken English).  Seriously though the tangram started out as some furniture set that later materialized into a set of wooden blocks for playing.  No really!  Check out tangram on Wikipedia!  Basically the object of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces which may not overlap.  I think I played it once or twice, interesting puzzle.  What does this have to do with our next game?

InvalidTangramSS01 Well our next game just happens to be called “Invalid Tangram” by Josh Szepietowski.  I don’t really know what’s invalid about it though, maybe the bad guys are “invalid” tangrams.  Maybe your ship is, but who knows.  I do know this is a very interesting mix of match-3 and vertical scrolling shooter.  Well in actuality you can match two it doesn’t just have to be three.  Josh made this at the Guildhall at SMU.  Essentially a game development program at Southern Methodist University which is in Dallas, Texas.  As is stated on his homepage — Invalid Tangram has been chosen as 1 of 10 Student Showcase Finalists out of more then 100 entrants in the 2007 Independent Games Festival.  Invalid Tangram was one of four programmer games picked to be shown at The Guildhall 2005 Winter Exhibition.  — Impressive, most impressive.


I win, I win, I win, and you didn’t NYAH!!!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Okay just trying to be funny with the title, I didn’t really mean to stick my tongue out at you.

Interesting that I happen to win the Spell Of Play contest for a free copy of one of their games and exposure to their mailing list. I more wanted the exposure more than the game, although, I really liked the game I chose :-) (TWTPB of course). – Just so I can rub it in! ;-)

In any case if you haven’t yet you should check out their games, they’re pretty cool.

Spell of Play website


Magic Toy Chest – Hermey doesn’t like to make toys!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

MagicToyChestSS01 Elf dentistry aside, our next game involves a toy box.  A MAGIC toy box.  In fact a magic toy CHEST.  What would you expect a magic toy chest to do?  Well I would think make toys.  I mean it’s magic, and it’s a toy chest, what possible magic could a toy chest do, but magically produce toys.  At least that’s what I was thinking.  Didn’t you at least a little bit think about that when I said it?  Apparently the MAGIC toy chest doesn’t like to make toys either.  Nope, it was all a clever ploy by Johnny (or Jimmy, or Timmy, or whoever that kid’s name is), to get you to help him do his chores.  I mean his Mom tells him to clean up the room and does Johnny get industrious enough to do it himself, heck no.  Sure just promise any Joe that there’s a magic toy chest awaiting him and then cruelly snatch it away and tell him he has to help you put away the toys.