Game Reviews

We Review: Level 22

Level 22 from Moving Player Games is a stealth game with a twist. No saving the world here. No Earth-shattering meteors. Not even a mighty megaweapon to disable. Just Gary. And he’s late to work. Hide under the cardboard box with us as we review this unusual game of trying to get to the desk before anyone notices we’re gone.

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Iotacons: Wonderful Pixel Portraits by Andy Rash

Andy Rash is a freelance illustrator from Brooklyn, NY and the man responsible for creating character portraits that are light on the details but are packed with WIN!

Rash calls them Iotacons and these low-res full-body portraits stand no more than 25 pixel tall. His series includes a deadly bride, a band of knights who say “Ni”, a pair of odd-ball Kiwi comedians, and even some characters from the bible. Check out some of these wonderful Iotacons after the jump.

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Goon Tower: The Tallest Tower on the Internet

Whilst the Burj Khalifa may be the tallest man-made structure ever built (828 m), have the most floors (160), and house the world’s fastest elevators (64 km/h), it pales in comparison to the sheer awesomeness that is Goon Tower, the world’s tallest pixel art tower on the Internet.

A collaborative project by the Something Awful Forums from what seems like 2007, the Goon Tower is the world’s largest online building complete with underground levels and hell. Each of the tower’s 400+ storeys was created by a forum member. Including games, movies, music, TV, and a whole lot of cultural references that I just don’t get, the Goon Tower is like a wacky (and often murderous) journey through pop culture.

To see the structure, head to the Goon Tower.

[via Gorilla Mask (NSFW)]

BONUS: MrWong’s Soup’Partments toiwer is equally impressive.

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Very Important Pixels (VIPs)

Belgian illustrator Kristof Saelen has a way with pixels, and in his “Very Important Pixels” set, it’s amazing how he manages to capture a person’s character with a few pixels. So far, his quirky pixel portraits include the Sopranos, Michael Jackson, Star Wars characters, James Bond, and my personal favourite, a set of 80s TV heroes. Have a look at them after the jump.

Flash Games

Magneboy and the Laws of Attraction

The only reason I would stop playing today’s timewaster is this one – to tell you about it ;-) Created by UK-based game house Nitrome, Magneboy is an sliding-block puzzler where you play as an uber-cute clockwork robot who uses its powers of magnetism to cross chasms, create bridges, and shuffle past various obstacles, ultimately to get to the end of each level.

I don’t think it was designed to be difficult – I managed to get to level 26 without too much trouble. Considering that a dead flea has a better sense of direction than I do, it’s safe to say that the learning curve here isn’t too steep. Great music and a retro pixel art design complete the really cool package that Magneboy is.

Play the 50 levels of awesomeness at Nitrome and let us know how you got along.