Remember when point-and-click adventure games were actually popular?
These days, they’re often associated with children’s educational
software and Web-based Flash games, which hardly push the boundaries of
gaming brilliance. But the beautifully animated Machinarium shakes up
the genre with an intensely engaging storyline and plenty of plot
twists to keep you engrossed all the way through.
Well, the year has certainly settled down into the same old routines that were popular in December of 2009. Whodathunkit? We'd hoped you'd have kept your New Year's resolutions at least a little longer than two lousy weeks, but, then, we're still spending (wasting) just as much time on Lolcats now as last year.
At least we have a little something for you that isn't a waste of your time. That's right, it's our weekly round up of stuff you might have missed while singing along to "The Internet is Made of Cats."
If you don’t mind a game that uses chest size as an indicator of
success and happiness (we certainly don’t), The Movies packs a
ridiculous amount of depth and replayability that’ll reel in gamers,
creative types, and machinima fans. (Ma-shin-a-wha? It’s animation
created by a 3D graphics engine, usually one from a videogame.)
You know a game like Yahtzee has become part of the zeitgeist when the
immortal vampire queen in HBO’s True Blood is featured playing the game
with her minions (“We play to 6 million”). It’s true, and we must deal
with it: Traditional parlor games like Scrabble, Monopoly, and even
cribbage are hot.
Set in an alternate universe circa 1960, BioShock puts you in the role
of Jack, a lone plane crash survivor stranded in the dystopian
underwater city of Rapture. Your mission is to fight psychotic mutants
and robot drones, all while figuring out what happened to bring the
city to its knees.