We do hate glitches don’t we? We download games using our own money and we should get what we paid for and glitches are just a big NO! But how if glitches are actually part of the game? How if they are one of the features and highlights of the game? Well, this is how Game Jolt challenged independent game developers, to deliberately use glitches as an integral part of the gameplay.
Detuned, on the other hand, is one of the entries submitted for the “Glitch Jam” event and was lucky enough to get the seventh spot out of many entries. Detuned is basically a short experimental experience with glitch aesthetic made by Paul Lawitzki, Christoph Rasulis and Benjamin Rudolf. Your goal is simple and that is find a way out of the creepy-looking place.
The game takes you to a highly enigmatic and eerie atmosphere. It is presented with an impressive 3D graphical animation and is shown in a first person perspective. You can also constantly hear creepy voices on the background which makes this game even more terrifying.
You can move the camera view by hovering the mouse on the screen but I personally find it over responsive but the good thing is you can configure the controls on the main menu. You can move around the place using the arrow keys and once you saw a glitched platform, all you do is to “detune” it via mouse wheel. If there is one thing you should take as a priority, that is to keep your character away from falling into the forbidden zones, otherwise, you’ll get back to where you left off.
Generally, the game managed to capture a haunting atmosphere. The feeling of playing this game makes you feel like Slenderman might appear out of nowhere. You will in fact , encounter a creepy looking glitch at some point of the game. If you are skillful enough, you can finish the game within 5 minutes. It is just an experimental game after all but if the developers will make something bigger from this game, it could end up with something more terrifying like Amnesia or Five Nights At Freddy’s. Overall, Detuned is a very amusing game that is absolutely worthy enough to spend your time with! Cheers!
Shape Sync is a very simple yet fun and surprisingly challenging shape matching game. This game definitely defines simplicity at its best. First of all, it is not really adorn with any lavish details and all you can see is nothing but three different shapes falling from the upper most screen. It is generally an easy-to-play puzzle but hard to master game that will put your skills in a great test. Basically, your main objective here is nothing more but to get the highest score as possible and this can be done by matching as many shapes as you can without committing a single error, otherwise, the game comes a quick end and you have to restart the game back from the very beginning.
So what really makes Shape Sync fascinating? The game’s increasing rate of difficulty is probably one of its strongest points. As soon as the game begins, you will be prompted to a vector-inspired atmosphere where you will find a shape at the bottom. Three more shapes will fall and you must be quick enough to match the shape at the bottom to the any of the three falling shapes above. You can do so by clicking the correct shape above before they touches the bottom. When you hit the right shape, then you will score a point. The shape at the bottom will change dynamically and the speed will drastically increase as you progress which makes the game even more challenging and more exciting at the same time.
It is also interesting to note that the game saves your best record which encourages the player to play the game over and over again until they break their own score or better yet you can invite someone and challenge each other to see who can score the best! If you are looking for a very light yet addictive flash game, then you might want to consider HomeWorld Arts’ Shape Sync on top of your list. Aside from its web version, the game is also available for iOs and Android phones. Have fun!
Tough Love Machine is another simple yet surprisingly challenging flash game that will surely put your skills and knowledge to the test. It follows a very simple set of rules and mechanics yet it is quite hard to master. Your main objective for this game is to push the two hearts together. You can do so by taking control of two wiggly arms using the two separate set of keys on your keyboard.
It is very challenging and absolutely mind-twisting puzzle game which highly requires the player to establish the most effective strategy to maximize the chances in winning, otherwise, you may find yourself playing the same level over and over again. Tough Love Machine is a game created by Andrew Morrish as his entry for the recently held Ludum Dare Challenge # 30 with the theme “Connected Worlds” along side with Oddly Shaped Pixel’s Awe. Interestingly, the game received mostly positive reviews from other Ludum Dare participants praising it for its clever concept, easy-to-play yet hard to master mechanics, impressive pixel and retro-inspired atmosphere. It is not really surprising why Tough Love Machine managed to make it through the tenth spot of their Top 100 Jam games and that is out of thousands of entries submitted.
As soon as the game begins, you’ll take control of the two arms. One can be controlled using the [WASD] keys while the other can be moved using the Arrow keys. However, be mindful that you can only extend the arms in limited number of moves. You can freely push hearts and cogwheels but you must visualize the puzzle carefully since a single mistake could ruin everything which forces you to restart the level manually and replay the same level until you managed to make it through. The complexity of the puzzle will gradually increase as you progress which makes the game even more challenging and captivating at the same time. Generally, I find Tough Love Machine pretty amusing and something worthy enough to spend your time with. How about you?
I have to be very honest, playing Cognitive Quest, made me realized how dull I am and how much things I need to learn more in order to finish this fiendishly and frustratingly challenging brain training game. BrainExer managed to put an impressive twist to your typical brain exercising games. This time, you are no longer dealing with simple texts, patterns or other numerical figures because Cognitive Quest offers an exciting RPG element on it which makes you enjoy the game while learning at the same time.
Basically, your goal in this game is to take control of a knight and set yourself in a series of mind-twisting and brain-draining adventure. The main intention of the game is not to impress you with an action packed or breathtaking battle scenes but to measure your brain capability and train your so-called “cognitive skills” which commonly refers to memory, thinking, ability to learn new information and more. This game will absolutely put your skills and knowledge to a great test. As soon as the game begins, you will be prompted to a bewildering atmosphere. You will move from one room to another but you might encounter several enemies along the way. On top of that, the next path will be blocked by an enchanting smoke and the only way to dispel them is to defeat the enemy. In order to defeat the creeps, you must skillfully surpass their challenges. Each monster will vary depending on the type of cognitive tasks they will offer. There are 20 cognitive tasks to encounter and 8 various stages to explore ( I personally find the N-Back task extremely challenging).
Each offers a different kind of challenge and when I said “challenge”, that means an extremely hard, undeniably mind twisting, inexplicably brain drilling task! That is how you can describe the challenges offered by Cognitive Quest. Although I have to admit that this game will definitely enhance your cognitive skills. Playing it repeatedly could be very useful for the players, intellectually.
Aside from the game’s wonderful and dynamically changing graphics, other RPG elements that can be found in this game include the treasure chests that are randomly scattered on the map, a mapping system which can be obtained from the merchants who will help you earn other usual items including health potions. Of course, it also has a final boss battle and I have been wondering how difficult this challenge will be, considering that a typical monster is already challenging enough for the player to surrender. Generally, Cognitive Quest offers a very amusing yet challenging approach. After playing this game, you may not look at any brain training game the same way again. Have fun with the Cognitive Quest game!