Okay, so there’s a game coming out next year called Satisfactory, which has been described as a first person Factorio. I’ve been looking forward to, signed up on test it, dying to test it, and all that jazz. Been following it and the news… and then a few days ago it disappeared from the Steam store, and you’d have thought the world came to the end. The developers said “They are looking into it” on the game’s Discord server, and the community seemed to be getting in a tissy. Finally the community manager was allowed to make the announcement…
So the big news then was that the game wasn’t coming to Steam, but would be exclusive to the new Epic Games Store, and a very vocal part of the community and fan base just lost their shit as if it was the apocalypse. With many saying they weren’t going to buy the game now if it wasn’t on Steam. Even though we don’t have all the information yet, we’ll get more on Wednesday (it’s a Friday as I type this), people are jumping to far reaching conclusions.
Here is a simple enough game, my average error was 23 miles on my second time though. All you have to do is move a state to where it goes on the map.
If you get a few major states to fill out a few major spots early on, I think it would go easier. I never was off too much, even my first time though. If they really wanted to make it hard, the states would fade after you grabbed the next one so you don’t have anything to help line it up since after a few states are filled up placing the rest is fairly easy if you remember where basically where it goes and can line it up with the states that are already filled in.
The game takes up a good deal of the screen and covers up my menus and stuff so it will be below the break: Continue reading Fun Game of the Moment→
Another really cool game from the game competition that I talked about the other day. This one is called Sprout, and it by far one very nice game. Fairly easy, I did it without any hints or walkthroughs, but it was still fun. It took me a while to figure out how to get past the desert, but after that I started figuring out the rest of the puzzles fairly easy. It appears to have won first place and the audience award, and with good reason.
In Reunion you use some lights to guide a sleepwalking boy to find his cat around a maze in a side scrolling platform game of sorts. As you draw lines with the lights, how far along the line made with the other lights your leader light goes, the faster the boy will walk or jump. You’ll get it when you play it. It is sort of calming to play. I didn’t finish it though as we are going out today. BuildGrow the Robot is a really cool little game where you grow robots using fuses and Boolean logic gates to power the growth chamber. From Jay is Games, where I got the links to these games:
I can see on some of your faces that you’re perturbed by the words “array” and “Boolean,” but fear not, Starkraven Madd has made the game accessible to the computer programmer and the casual gamer alike by providing a short instructional animation and by the use of special shapes for each logical operation. The rounded boxes (AND) will only activate if the two inputs to it are active. The triangles with the curved bases (OR) will activate if either of the two inputs to it are active. Finally, the small triangles (NOT) will activate only if the input is not active. Although there may be multiple ways to activate the energy levels, Doctor Steel has only provided a limited number of fuses, so you should try to find the optimal solution
Seriously, this is cool, give it a chance. While you are at it, be sure to check out the rest of the games in the Casual Gameplay Design Competition #2, of which Grow the Robot is a part of.
Time yet again for another time waster, this one caught my attention right before bed last night and I ended up playing it until 4 am. Dwarf Complete (Lineage II), is a rpg along the order of Zelda, but far simpler… well it took two hours of my sleep time away from me so not super simple, but you’ll know what I am talking about when you see it. It’s a great deal of fun.
Apparently the game is made by the people who make the Grow games, and the sounds do indeed sound like it, but this is nothing like those games.
The first room you go to in the dungeon after leaving the room you start in (that is directly South of that first room) you may get stuck in this little room. Here is a Rot13 solution for what what was the biggest sticking point for me.
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Once you learn that secret and a few other easy ones, you should be able to solve the game without any other hints. There is one timed puzzle that is a bit challenging, but outside of that I doubt anybody really needs to get hints. (Due to how late it was, I did end up getting a hint on an ice puzzle, but had I been more awake I probably would have solved that one without the hint.)
There is a really cool game called Rooms that you have to try out. Here is a screenshot from their homepage:
The idea is fairly simple. Using your arrow keys you move your character around, getting objects if needed. You then have to move rooms around like the old slider puzzles. So for the screenshot above, you would get the key, go up, then right then move the room down, open the door and then go up. The game uses Flash, so it should play on any computer that can play Flash games. Since so many people were playing it online, they took the online version offline and made it a download only game. Once downloaded and unzipped, you drag the rooms.swf onto the SAFlashPlayer.exe and the game will launch.
Trust me, it is a million times better than I make it sound here.
A senior economist on Congress’ Joint Economic Committee, Dan Miller, says that it is just a question of when, not if, that people will be taxed for virtual assets, even if they are not converted to actual cash.
Let’s say you play World of Warcraft. Your character wins a sword with x number of virtual dollars. If you sell that sword to a trader, your character, gets this virtual dollars to buy other virtual items. Virtual, not real, fake… This guy says that the government should tax that transaction.
Since some people reading this might not understand let’s dive deeper into the insanity. The nearest equivalent would be the Monopoly board game. You own Boardwalk and Park Place, and somebody lands on it and they have to pay you the fee. If this was a virtual, online world, you would have to pay an income tax on that, even though it is fake money. Full details here.
Now of course, this isn’t the IRS or Congress saying they are going to do it, yet, this is just an adviser.
I wonder if one can argue that the virtual character has no representation in Congress and therefore can’t be taxed? Probably not… since the income tax is illegal as it stands and you can’t get away with not paying it…
Here is another fun game to play. It’s called Funny Farm, and I’ll spoil part of it here, the idea is simply to find what word goes in the orange blocks. As you find that word, it might open other paths.
You start with “on the farm” and have to find something like 14 things you would find on the farm. I’ll give away an easy one, cow, this opens up 5 more words. Some of those may link to other words of things you’ll find on the farm. Some will link to other pages where you need to find more words that relate.
A hint. Don’t always think literally. Just because you find Jesus on one page, doesn’t mean that what links to Him is related to Him at all.
Looking for a fun game to play online that forces you to use your brain? Submachine 3 is the game for you. It is relatively short, only 11 levels, and not too hard, I needed a hint on only 2 levels and the one was fairly easy without reading a full spoiler. It is a simple point and click game. Click the mouse on ladders or doors to move around the grid, click items to interact with them.
Level 0 you simply click the black spot on the floor below and to the left of the lever which turns it on allowing you to go to the next level. The item on the floor is your Heads Up Display and will show you where you are on the grid.
Level 1, go to the right and you will see a grid that shows you were the items you must interact with are at. I’ll leave you to solve the rest of that level yourself, it’s easy.
Sometimes the grid board is broken or missing, in which case there may be another hint somewhere nearby, or all the stuff you need are close by.
From there you are on your own. Good luck.
Here is a cool game at Absolute. The idea is to find the shape of 82 Absolute bottles. I maxed out so far with about 61, but that one included some random clicks where I saw the bottle after I clicked. The best I did so far with actually clicking it was 55, but I knew were about 3 more were, but couldn’t get to them in the two minute time limit. Good luck.
One has to wonder what the developer or publisher was thinking, but the new Left Behind: Eternal Forces computer game install spyware on your computer… a very anti-Christ like move… as the game watches everything you do in the game and reports it back to the ad-server, including information about you and where you live, along with where you go in the game, how much time you play it, what ads you watch and more (story).
Whatever you do, don’t buy this game. Write a nice letter to the publisher and tell them how disapointed you are that they would take such un-Christian actions such as spying on their buyers. Let them know that you will tell all your friends to avoid the game because of their spying actions.
There is yet another new Grow game online. Once again the goal is to put the items on the board in the correct order so that everything maxis out. I did this one in about 15 minutes without notes. For example put the Tube on the board first, and after it grows legs (after placing some more items) it walks away, you might place the hole and it falls in, leading to in incorrect solution.
The Rot13 solution is below, with some extra words thrown in to avoid tipping you off with just looking at the cypher, it may be the first word, it may be the second word… actually both apply, but, well… you’ll see if you have to use it, but try not to: Continue reading It Grow’s Again→
Switchball is a marble game along the lines of Marble Madness and dozens of others. What sets this one apart is the ability, indeed sometimes the need, to switch your ball from one form to another. The game uses realistic physics and incredible graphics. Due to those two reasons, the system requirements may be a bit high for some people. However, if your machine meets the minimum requirement then you need to check this title out. Very well worth the download, and this is just an alpha demo, I can’t wait to see what the final demo and game look like. Apparently the game will also take advantage of a physics processor if you have one in your machine… you know, physics processor, one of those ideas I had many years ago but did nothing with… perhaps I should find somebody to patent a few ideas that I still have left…
Plasma Pong is a really cool game, so cool that the author’s homepage got taken down do to bandwidth. The page was redone at Google Base, so without further ado Plasma Pong.
The game uses fluid dynamics to drive the environment that the ball operates in. So if you have lots plasma on your side, the ball will have a harder time getting to you. Of course your opponent is doing the same thing. can suck the plasma and ball into your paddle by using your right mouse button, while the left button sends jets of plasma out. When you release the right mouse button it releases the plasma and ball and/or sends a shockwave. As you progress in the game the fluid dynamics become harder, that is, there is more plasma. It is far cooler then I make it sound here. You have 10 lives, how long will you last?
I learned about the game at Digg, and they give a few mirrors to download the game (NOTE: I haven’t checked these unless I otherwise say so, so use at your own risk, and always virus check a file to be sure the mirror isn’t infected): Mirror 1, Mirror 2 (registration required to get rid of their annoying download box), Mirror 3 (the one I got it from) and finally Mirror 4. There seems to be no torrents for it yet.
Qwyzzle is another Internet Puzzle where each page has a picture, and from that picture and other clues on and around the page you put the correct answer into the text box and it takes you to the next page. Good luck. I was stuck on 10 for ages…
Unreal is one of the cooler technolgies out there in gaming. I find editing Unreal easier and more natural editing enviroments. I for one can’t wait for the power Unreal Engine 3 will give us. In the meantime there is a cool book Mastering Unreal Technology : The Art of Level Design that helps master it today.
There is a new Grow game, Grow Cube. Once again the goal is to find the order to put stuff on the “planet” to get stuff to max out. For example, if the water isn’t there, the seeds won’t take root and grow, and if the springs are put in too early, they won’t have a chance to be where they need to be, and if the ball is put to early it will just drop… at the same time, if you put an item too late, the items that depend on it won’t max out. Have fun.
Minerva is an episodic single player modification for the game Half-Life 2 (previous link for Game of the Year edition, the cheaper standard edition is here). They did a pretty good job. If you have Half-Life 2, you should give it a try.
Grow RPG is a new free online game from the people who made, Grow ver.3. In them, you simply drag one of the items from the side of the Grow globe, onto the Grow globe in a special order to achieve the desired end result. Certain items may make previously placed items grow in power, or stop events from happening. For example, in the RPG version, the enemy at the top, jumps after each item is placed, breaking off pieces of the globe until you place the water, giving the world an ocean. The trick of course is to see how much water you need, how much forest do you need, etc. It’s easier to actually play then to try to describe it, so give it a try. It took me 9 tries to solve the RPG, which has far fewer items then the version 3 does. Good luck and have fun.
Random Musings of Father, Gamer, Author, and occasional YouTuber, and Twitch Streamer, Brian A. Thomas.