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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.


Dyson – I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Well I don’t know much about trees, or poems about them.  But there is a game written about a kind of tree called a Dyson tree.  Just what is a Dyson tree you ask?  Let’s call on our friend Wikipedia for an answer, shall we?  According to Wikipedia, “A Dyson tree is a hypothetical genetically-engineered plant, (perhaps resembling a tree) capable of growing in a comet, suggested by the physicist Freeman Dyson.”  Okay what does this have to do with games?  Well our next game is called, you guessed it, Dyson!



Brainpipe – Brains! I need Brains!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Wait, wait. I’m not talking about some zombie-based game. It’s a strange new game called Brainpipe by Digital Eel. What is Brainpipe you ask? Umm… Good Question!