Sunday, December 30, 2007

Happy 100!
(And there was much rejoicing in the lands...)

This is my hundredth post here (give or take) and, sadly enough, my last. Yes, I said it!
A Slime Appears
will be going on a indefinite hiatus, taking a vacation from games and its tired ilk. Many thanks to everyone who visited over the year. It's been great. Seeing stats climb every month has been hugely satisfying and heart-warming, but still, I have less time on my hands now and it seems since so many others are doing essentially the same thing, covering the same games and what not, doing it with more dedication, I will take a step back for a period of time and evaluate. If I re-launch, it will be slightly different. Hopefully it'll be more spontaneous and less rigid.
A few more posts might dwindle down this way in the next couple of days - posts that were written but not finished, but otherwise than that, I feel that quality has suffered in favour of quantity, and we can't have that in 2008, right? Special thanks to Gnome, whom I'm secretly hoping is a girl with awesome interests who loves to talk about videogames and stuff, and not some Greek guy who's into retro gaming and RPG's. Still, one can't have everything in life, so I'll just say this: Thank you, everyone who has visited and supported A Slime Appears. I'll be seeing you soon enough. Check in from time to time, keep visiting the recommended links (to the right) while I'm away, and take care.

Sincerely yours,

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Internet game of the week: Thule Trail (Flash)

I actually had a really, really good time playing this, a remake of the educational game The Oregon Trail set in modern times. Basically an imaginative road trip, Thule Trail will remind you of the countless hours you've most surely have spent in some uncomfortable vehicle, on various holiday seasons, but in a fun way, of course.

Playing the game, you must make a number of decisions during the two thousand mile journey from Chicago, guiding your group (which you get to put together before leaving) towards the Atlantis Music Festival in Santa Barbara. Along the way you encounter hitch-hikers, various downhill races, random scenery (rendered truthfully in 256 colours, or something like that) and other nonsensical things.

There's also an element of resource handling featured in Thule Trail. All the things you might bring on a road trip (games and magazines to keep the morale up, music to avoid awkward silences, food and snacks so not to starve to death, gasoline, spare parts...) are needed to complete the game, and running short of them is not recommended. Keep your fellow travellers in high spirits, and their needs attended to. Marvellous.

Click here to take the trip. (via Indygamer)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Internet game of the week: The Tall Stump (Flash)

I'm probably the last person in the universe to discover this game, but I'm gonna go ahead an post this anyway: The Tall Stump was created by three individuals, hailing from such diverse locations as Australia, the US and South Africa. How's that for multicultural team? The Tall Stump is, in essence, a platformer slash adventure game with focus on exploration and the solving of puzzles. As you traverse deeper into the stump you find obscure items and learn to use them in even more obscure, nonsensical ways. Like moist most adventure games, then. Highly recommended!

Click here to play it.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Download of the week: Dive (MAC/PC)

Dive. This might look too simplistic, even for me, but guess what? It's actually really nice, and quite exciting. Use your keyboard or 360-controller to navigate the depths of this simple undersea action game. Dive deep into the abyss, communicate with friendly creatures, avoid dangerous ones. What mystery lurks at the bottom? It actually gets pretty interesting once you're down there...

Click here to download Dive for Windows, and here for the Mac version.