GAMES: BROWSER GAMES ROUND-UP
(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Browser gaming remains a vital proving ground for rising games design talent, where all that's needed to play is the occasional free plug-in. A recent highlight from this furiously productive scene is Olav & the Lute, which takes its cues from the point-and-click classic Loom, tasking players with overcoming puzzles in a rather sombre netherworld. It's brief and basic, but that's its charm.
For something more upbeat Wreck is an irreverent 2D platformer focused on Miley Cyrus, who is out to assassinate her alter ego, Hannah Montana, with a giant laser cannon-cum-jetpack. Behind the daftness lurks a distinctive distraction that balances absurdity and style adeptly.
Equally slick is Experimental Shooter 2, a bare-bones 2D action game centred on controlling a unicycle cannon in one-screen levels. A hybrid of traditional shoot 'em up and platformer, it proves that there is plenty of room for deft game design in a strikingly simple world. Will Freeman
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