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#336241 - 18/08/2010 20:14 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
frog51
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Boss Ninjas - whup up with a maxed out snow tower on entry, and then use fire towers closer to the treasure. In the meantime, smack em with 4 meteor strikes. Also helps if you have your powerups maxed on freeze and fear as that slows them down!

I only got all brilliants at level 45 (the last four took a while)

Haven't had the no spell thing - sometimes I am hovering there waiting for my mana to reach the right level, but no glitches like that


Edited by frog51 (18/08/2010 20:19)
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#336297 - 21/08/2010 01:38 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: frog51]
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Fun game. Just beat it at level 21. Going to work on Brilliants now. I have 1-10 and 13. From reading though looks like it'll take a while.
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#336299 - 21/08/2010 04:17 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: JeffS]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
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It took me to level 40, but I didn't realize until around level 34 that I could hold down the shift key to repeatedly apply spells or towers. That's what helped me beat the ninja bosses. Before I was clicking the spell, clicking the bad guy, and repeating, which was seriously nerve-wracking.
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#336303 - 21/08/2010 18:34 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
frog51
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Ooooh - wish I had known about the holding shift down thing. I was having to do the click, select, click again thing too!
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#336304 - 21/08/2010 18:52 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: frog51]
Dignan
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Registered: 08/03/2000
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Originally Posted By: frog51
Ooooh - wish I had known about the holding shift down thing. I was having to do the click, select, click again thing too!

I know, right! That was freaking annoying, and the ninja bosses were just too fast for me, plus for some reason the spell button would frequently simply stop working for me. I would click on it and it just wouldn't select, so I'd get screwed over every time.
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#336404 - 25/08/2010 03:14 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Dignan
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Zombie Balloon Heads - The game is quite buggy, at least it was for me, but pretty fun.
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#337048 - 13/09/2010 14:15 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Dignan
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Sushi Cat: The Honeymoon - I enjoyed the first Sushi Cat, which is basically Peggle with slight differences (and is free). This one is pretty fun too.

Doodle God - You have to match elements to create new elements. Some are far more obvious than others. Basically, this game involves an insane amount of clicking, and I'm still not certain it's fun smile
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#337086 - 13/09/2010 23:07 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
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Originally Posted By: Dignan
Doodle God - I'm still not certain it's fun smile

I'll help you out. It's not. It also needs to come with a stern warning for compulsives not to play it.
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#337087 - 13/09/2010 23:38 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: wfaulk]
Dignan
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Originally Posted By: wfaulk
Originally Posted By: Dignan
Doodle God - I'm still not certain it's fun smile

I'll help you out. It's not. It also needs to come with a stern warning for compulsives not to play it.

Yeah, that's what I concluded. Eventually I just decided it wasn't any fun and followed a cheat guide to finish most of it. Even that wasn't fun.
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#337102 - 14/09/2010 07:09 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
frog51
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Originally Posted By: Dignan
Originally Posted By: wfaulk
Originally Posted By: Dignan
Doodle God - I'm still not certain it's fun smile

I'll help you out. It's not. It also needs to come with a stern warning for compulsives not to play it.

Yeah, that's what I concluded. Eventually I just decided it wasn't any fun and followed a cheat guide to finish most of it. Even that wasn't fun.


Me too - so annoying! Leave well alone, I reckon...
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#337119 - 14/09/2010 13:39 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Robotic
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Originally Posted By: Dignan
I also seriously got into Plants vs Zombies, having only purchased it from Steam on Saturday, and already finished everything but some of the survival modes and purchasing items in the store.

My brother recently introduced me to Plants vs. Zombies and I'm not sure yet whether to forgive him. I've lost two nights sleep with that game.
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#337120 - 14/09/2010 14:54 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Robotic]
Dignan
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I friggin' love it. Similar to you, I'm not sure whether I want Popcap to release an Android version, because I'd play it all the time, everywhere I go.
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#337126 - 14/09/2010 16:28 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Robotic
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The last time I was seriously hooked on a game was 1990 or so.
My sister had a game on her PC where some young alien was lost on a planet. You had to navigate the screens left-to-right and get past obstacles. The alien had suction-cup hands. I can't remember the name of the game at all, but I do recall the day I beat the last level. Maybe the name of the alien child had two Os in it?

edit-
Whoa- ok, flood of memories. I also played Duke Nukem on that machine as well as some other one where the protagonist was a whiz kid. Can't remember the name of that one. edit2- Commander Keen!

And, to be honest, I have been caught by other games more recently. Specifically the series of Hidden Expedition and Mystery Case Files from Big Fish Games (all due to my brother, bless or curse him).


Edited by Robotic (14/09/2010 18:04)
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#337152 - 14/09/2010 23:16 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Robotic]
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Commander Keen still lives.

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#337176 - 15/09/2010 16:54 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Phoenix42]
canuckInOR
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Registered: 13/02/2002
Posts: 3162
Loc: Portland, OR
Originally Posted By: Phoenix42
Commander Keen still lives.

Ooh, fond memories. We used to play that (and Duke Nukem) as a multi-player game by splitting the keys up. One person left/right, the other jump/shoot.

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#337182 - 15/09/2010 20:55 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: canuckInOR]
RobotCaleb
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Registered: 15/01/2002
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Originally Posted By: canuckInOR
Originally Posted By: Phoenix42
Commander Keen still lives.

Ooh, fond memories. We used to play that (and Duke Nukem) as a multi-player game by splitting the keys up. One person left/right, the other jump/shoot.


That sounds horrible! smile

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#337203 - 16/09/2010 04:19 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: RobotCaleb]
Dignan
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Because this thread is titled "Time Wasters" and not "Flash Time Wasters," I'm equal opportunity when it comes to productivity killers.

Biolab Disaster - I'm also a sucker for 2D platformers, as long as the controls and gameplay are good. This one is good enough, even if it's an extremely basic and very short game. It's also done entirely in HTML5, and those games are starting to have a sort of vibe to them that's hard for me to explain. Maybe it's the resurgence of sprites or something.

Anyway, like I said, it's really short, but it might be fun to try speed runs.
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#337696 - 28/09/2010 19:27 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Dignan
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Sieger - Basically a first person Angry Birds.
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#337700 - 28/09/2010 21:05 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
andy
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Originally Posted By: Dignan
Sieger - Basically a first person Angry Birds.

Far, far too easy. Just play all the way through in a few minutes, no comparison to Angry Birds.
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#337705 - 28/09/2010 23:22 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: andy]
Dignan
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Originally Posted By: andy
Originally Posted By: Dignan
Sieger - Basically a first person Angry Birds.

Far, far too easy. Just play all the way through in a few minutes, no comparison to Angry Birds.

Yeah, I had the same experience. I just meant the gameplay was essentially Angry Birds (although Angry Birds wasn't the first game with that design either).
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#337706 - 28/09/2010 23:23 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Robotic]
Robotic
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Originally Posted By: Robotic
The last time I was seriously hooked on a game was 1990 or so.
My sister had a game on her PC where some young alien was lost on a planet. You had to navigate the screens left-to-right and get past obstacles. The alien had suction-cup hands. I can't remember the name of the game at all, but I do recall the day I beat the last level. Maybe the name of the alien child had two Os in it?

Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure from Apogee
http://www.retrothing.com/2010/04/ultimate-apogee-software-gaming-guide.html

Trying to remember that name was driving me nuts.

edit-
complete synopsis here (wikipedia)


Edited by Robotic (28/09/2010 23:29)
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#337707 - 29/09/2010 00:01 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
msaeger
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Registered: 23/09/2000
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That game reminds me of playing this one as a kid.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/246545/crossbows-and-catapults
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#337718 - 29/09/2010 14:59 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
Robotic
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Zap webpages with an Asteroids-style bookmarklet!
homepage
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#337720 - 29/09/2010 15:57 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Robotic]
tman
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Registered: 24/12/2001
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Anybody tried Minecraft?

Its an odd game. At the moment the guy is still writing it but you have the ability to dig/mine and anything you mine can be collected as raw material. You either build something with it or use it as a component to create a tool or object.

So collecting wood lets you make a wood mining pick. That lets you collect stone and coal. Stone lets you make a stone mining pick. That lets you collect iron ore. Stone lets you make a furnace. Iron ore + coal in the furnace gets you iron ingots. Wood + iron ingots lets you make an iron mining pick. etc...

Some people have made crazy things with it like a working 16 bit ALU or the Enterprise from Star Trek.

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#337741 - 30/09/2010 15:32 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
wfaulk
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Registered: 25/12/2000
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Continuity is a pretty cool concept. I think it would be better if you could control the panels and the character at the same time rather than having to zoom in and out.
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#337771 - 01/10/2010 10:45 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: tman]
Tim
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Originally Posted By: tman
Anybody tried Minecraft?

I have a few friends who play Minecraft. They refer to it as either an Autism Simulator or the 'cool Facebook game', or something similar to that. One of them has a live feed set up to watch him build, which is just scary to me.

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#337772 - 01/10/2010 11:41 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Tim]
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Are there some instruction for Minecraft? I couldn't figure it out.

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#337773 - 01/10/2010 11:41 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: wfaulk]
Dignan
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Originally Posted By: wfaulk
Continuity is a pretty cool concept. I think it would be better if you could control the panels and the character at the same time rather than having to zoom in and out.

I like it! Very cool design concept, combining those little plastic puzzles with a video game.

The only problem I had with it is that there are several points where it's not clear at all that you can't go from one tile to another. I'll forgive it when the openings across the tiles are different sizes, because that can at least be explained as part of the matching puzzle element. But when both openings are the same size and you get that annoying buzz that you can't go across, it's kind of a bad design.

Other than that I loved it.
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#337774 - 01/10/2010 11:43 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Tim]
Dignan
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Originally Posted By: Tim
Originally Posted By: tman
Anybody tried Minecraft?

I have a few friends who play Minecraft. They refer to it as either an Autism Simulator or the 'cool Facebook game', or something similar to that. One of them has a live feed set up to watch him build, which is just scary to me.

Minecraft looks like the most boring game ever invented. I'd rather play Desert Bus.
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#337775 - 01/10/2010 11:47 Re: Time Wasters for 2010 [Re: Dignan]
wfaulk
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The entirety of the touching edge has to match. So if there's a gap or wall somewhere that is irrelevant to your little dude, it still prevents moving between the sides.
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