Monkey GO Happy: North Pole

Monkeys solving puzzles? Charming. Monkeys solving puzzles while wearing Christmas hats? Interesting. Monkeys solving puzzles wearing Christmas hats while helping Santa save Christmas? Amazing! Choose your monkey and go bananas in Monkey GO Happy North Pole, a new point-and-click adventure game in the Monkey GO Happy series from Pencilkids.

The classical point-and-click principle is used in this fun adventure game, making you collect, combine and use items to solve a variety of puzzles scattered all around the North Pole. Before playing, you get to choose between several monkeys to play with: grandpa monkey, grandma monkey, papa monkey, mama monkey, two monkey kids or a baby monkey. In addition, you can customise your favourite banana eating mammal with a Christmas hat.

During this adventure, you get to meet a few recognizable characters: a melting snowman, a hungry penguin, an old fisherman, a few elves and of course the one-and-only Santa! Although they don’t say much (or rather nothing at all), they will help you on your quest to get Santa going on time and save Christmas in an orderly fashion.

Although charming, this game is incredibly short. It can easily be finished within 10 minutes, and when finished, it doesn’t leave you wanting for more. The only hint of story is written in the start menu and leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions.

Altogether, Monkey GO Happy North Pole is a fun and interesting, albeit really short, point-and-click adventure game. Great for introducing kids to the point-and-click genre, or for skilled gamers looking to relax for ten minutes.

Click here to play Monkey GO Happy North Pole!

Skullz

Okay… What the hell was that? It is a general question you will be asking yourself throughout this game made by Pizzamakesgames.

Skullz is a text adventure game, leading you through most of the story via conversation led between you and your companion Yendor, the talking skull. As fits the genre, your options are listed at the bottom of the screen (GO, LOOK etc.), but bigger part of them are just decorative because there is mainly only one option that will let you go further. In addition to the text, the game has beautiful retro style graphics to help set the mood. Even so, it is a wild ride with no guarantee of understanding any of it.

The game describes itself as a bad trip, which can easily be the best description of what you encounter as you are pulled deeper into the story. You get to travel far and wide (while standing in place), explore the dark parts of cyberspace and even fight the eternal being, with very little to none back story to tell you how you ended up in this mess or why. Because it is mainly linear, the game offers little exploration, and puts you in the position of an observer rather than a player whose decisions matter.

Even though it has a short story and a simple design, Skullz is definitely a trip worth taking, leaving you with a fulfilling experience and a lot of questions about the choices made in real life.

Strike Force Kitty 2

It is common knowledge that cats play with almost anything. In Strike Force Kitty 2 kittens have evolved: unlike your ordinary cat which plays with yarn, these kitties play with weapons while fully dressed up as some of the most powerful movie and gaming icons.

In a classic story of an evil empire invasion (in this case evil Fox empire), four brave kittens and their trainer are sent to liberate the lands from the oppressors. Strike Force Kitty 2 is a platform based game in which the only control you have over the kittens is the jump function. Four protagonists start running at the beginning of the level and do so until they reach an obstacle or a worthy opponent. When the obstacle is reached the kittens change their running direction, therefore some planning is required in order to reach higher parts of the map. On the other side, if an enemy is encountered, a fight is started. You have no influence on the fight as the kittens attack automatically, so sitting back and watching is the best option.

Screenshot from Strike Force Kitty 2 gameplay. Credits: http://www.deqaf.com

Deqaf studio, the creators of this cultural masterpiece, show amazing knowledge of the most famous characters from movie, cartoon, anime, comic book and gaming worlds. On your journey you will encounter Terminator, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cowboy Bebop, Magneto, Lara Croft and a whole bunch of other famous characters, each marvelously drawn and recognizable without a doubt. After each successful fight against a costume wearing fox, one part of the set is acquired which means multiple plays of the same level are required to collect all the sets. Each set of clothes gives your kitten special powers such as seeing invisible things or smashing through obstacles. These can then be used to reach parts of levels that were inaccessible before. To keep the furry bunch in good physical condition it is recommended to take them to the gym, where you can train their strength, health or attack speed while the Rocky theme song plays in the background.

Strike Force Kitty 2 is highly entertaining to play, and even more so when you start gathering sets of your favourite characters.

Color Picker

The success formula for a great game is not just about the graphics nor just the plot. Sometimes, simplicity will prevail more than those games that are highly adorned with lavish details. This is probably the secret behind the success of Flappy Bird of Dong Nguyen, 2048 of Gabriele Cirulli and Don’t Tap the White Tile by Hu Wen Zeng. Despite these games’ apparent simplicity, you will be surprised how they become extremely successful, topping the charts of both iOS and Android shops.

Interestingly, another independent game developer could possibly hit the same spot light pretty soon with his new game called “Color Picker“. Peter Lauris is the creator behind this game which is submitted to GameJolt as a part of their #30DayDev Challenge. It is an event encouraging independent game developers to create their own game within the 30 Day period (it’s either you make a game within the 30 days or create 30 games in 30 days). Color Picker is definitely a simple game and as what the title of the game suggests, your main objective here is nothing more but to pick the color that is different from the others.

Sounds like a simple activity from a pre-school text book right? Well, you may not want to underestimate this game because as you progress, the game will become more complicated and frustratingly challenging. Colors will become more and more identical to one another and it is very hard to identify which is the right color to pick. You might also consider to calibrate your monitor to better see the color differences. When you pick the wrong color, you have no other option but to go back to the very start. There is also no pattern involved and the color will change every time you replay the game. Generally, the game really captures the same formula behind those successful games I mentioned above and I will not be surprised to see this indie developer rise to fame pretty soon. For the mean time, feel free to enjoy both browser game (Unity powered) and Android version of Color Picker!