Archive for the 'Games' Category


Time-wasting never hurt so good

One thing I rarely use my iPhone for is to play games.  I’m cheap and just check out free games and demos to pass some time.  Most games I’ve tried are fairly simple in concept and execution and rarely hold my attention for more than a few minutes.  Every once in a while, there’s a diamond in the rough.  In this case, it’s Stair Dismount, which offers all the fun of pushing someone down the stairs without causing actual bodily harm.  Simple concept, but there’s hours of fun to be had trying to set a high score.

No iPhone? No problem.  The game is free for download on Windows/Mac OS X/Linux at Secret Exit’s website.


Dark Side of the NES

If there’s one thing I gained from wasting many hours of my childhood playing Nintendo, it’s an appreciation for chiptunes.  I find those blips and beeps that passed for music more charming than nostalgic, and they’re a big part of the reason why the theme songs for Super Mario Bros., the Legend of Zelda are iconic.

I don’t keep track of the chiptune scene, but I have enjoyed what few projects I’ve stumbled upon over the last couple of years, namely Beck’s dabbling in 2005 for his Hell Yes EP and the band Anamanaguchi.  Now I’m adding video game programmer Brad Smith’s 8-bit cover of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon to that short list.


Feel the EXCITE

Nintendo has brought a lot of its classic games to the Wii, via re-release on the Virtual Console or through brand new efforts made specifically for the Wii.  Now they’ve given Excitebike the special treatment, releasing Excitebike: World Rally on Nov. 9, 2009 (next week!) for download on the Wii Shop Channel.

The fact that this game exists is a surprise.  I’m curious to see how the update turns out.  It apparently plays the same but it has some motion control thrown in too.  What I’m most excited about is the online multiplayer where you can play against friends or random opponents.  The biggest gripe I had about the original was the inability to play against anyone else.  The 2-player option simply consisted of taking turns and seeing who posted the best track times.  Just by the video alone, Excitebike: World Rally has the potential to be just as frantic and fun as Mario Kart.