A comedic Flash game in the spirit of the holiday of love.
Howdy folks, and welcome to Overlooked! Sorry about not being here last week, I managed to catch a horrific flu that seems to be plaguing my College at the moment – I nearly fainted for the first time, safe to say it wasn't something I wish to experience again anytime soon. Now, on a cheerier note, Happy Valentines' Day! I'm sure everyone here is happy and fully accepting of the holiday spirit, but I'm also sure at least a fair few of us have had our bad break ups and ex's we'd rather not think about again… and so I bring to you, the wonder of "Whack Your Ex"!
[Disclaimer here before I get into this article: This is fully intended in light humour and is not meant to offend anyone. Also, it's most definitely a "Don't try this at home" situation. Please don't beat your ex with your laptop or stab anyone in the eye. Y'know, just a safety precaution.]
Right so, now onto the structure we all know and love.
The Look Back
Joe - As one of those lucky Europeans, I got to play Another Code R and the thing that struck me the most was the relaxing atmosphere of the scenery. It made the playing experience that much better. Storywise it's a nice coming of age story and once I started playing, I couldn't stop until I played it through the end.
There is also an easter egg in the game that reveals that some people from Hotel Dusk visited the lake that Ashely is currently staying at.
As for suggestions, check out Henry Hatsworth on Nintendo DS. It a well done combination of puzzle/platforming action, starring a ridiculously stereotyped Englishman, who still manages to be awesome!
I'm glad to see you back again! I'm glad you got to play AC:R, it's a great game and as you noticed, we both definitely agree that the environments are stunning. The storyline is surprisingly gripping at parts, and a lot more logical than I expected for a game of its style given the inclusion of scientific explanation of Another, among other things.
I've always loved that Easter egg, it's one of my favourite ones. I'm a bit obsessive when it comes to exploring my surroundings in games, and when I was in that old photographers shack and came across sweet images such as Rosa and her husband, my heart melted! A game was released by Cing in 2009 called "Again" that's another detective story and holds quite a few mementos and Easter Eggs for Hotel Dusk fans, such as the main character being called "J" which was Bradley's alias and the first murder takes place in a Hotel, in room 315. Nice little references and hints, but the game seems pretty horrific so I never gave it a shot. J has the ability to see into the past and you have to use his ability to solve his detective cases and just… I think I'll stick to the realistic titles that don't involve super powers.
Sounds like a less-well-known Professor Layton, and I love Professor Layton so I definitely will! Thanks for the heads up, always helps to have suggestions (really, do you have any idea how hard it is to think of Overlooked games?).
GVIL – Sweet. Just picked up the DS game for under £3 and have seen this for as little as £7.99
Yeah, luckily these games can go quite cheap, I got a CIB (complete in box) mint second hand version of Hotel Dusk for £5! Glad to see I've inspired someone to check them out!
sdelfin - Another game that looks very pretty in the screenshots. The game sounds like it is filled with mystery. So much back story makes my brain tired. Odd fathers, band competitions, bratty kids, bag theft. So much to take in. I can't say I find any of it compelling. Clearly, it's not my kind of experience. Not every game can be. Probably the least appealing thing to me from the description is the motion-control mini game stuff. Simulating the pouring of fluids in a video game doesn't do anything for me and is the type of motion control I cannot stand. This is all just my own impression, of course. I don't usually get this negative, but I just don't dig what I'm hearing about this game and that's refreshing in a way. I don't know how it stacks up within its own genre, but it does look well made. Metal Slug is also well made, and I should play more of that. It's good for the soul.
Cara, the column is very good as always and I thank you for doing it.
I can tell you're definitely not the kind of guy who enjoys interactive story titles so sorry about my last few picks :P The back story and introduction can come across as really childish but once it gets into the whole "mum was murdered in front of me" thing it gets pretty warped. The motion control is definitely not for everyone, it's good for people who can enjoy the "realistic" quality and how it enhances the idea that you are actually part of the story and experiencing it yourself, but I can 100% see why a lot of people would want to throw the controller through their TV. I shall have to look into Metal Slug, however, as I have 0 idea what that is.
You're always so sweet, thank you. It means a lot and your appreciation definitely helps me to love writing it as much as I do!
As said before, this weeks' game is an online Flash game called "Whack your Ex". It's a silly gimmick game like the millions of other Flash games on the internet, and I'm not sure much else needs said as an introduction.
What makes it Overlooked?
It's impossible to know of all the Flash games out there and honestly, if the everyday Joe sits and looks up games about murdering their ex's then I'm slightly concerned. So, as far as I can tell, this isn't going to be a hugely well recognised "title".
Do I agree?
I think Flash games definitely have their place and can often be great. This piece is fairly hilarious and is a good laugh. However I definitely stand by that I'm going to be creeped out if I find out someone is sitting at home avidly using this game to relieve their murderous instincts.
Looking at the Overlooked
Really, the main thing you can do here is play it –
I'm sure everyone here has had an ex they'd rather forget, and although I'm sure many of you are very happy this Valentines' Day (I know I am), it's still good fun to take heed of silly things like this.
So, did your girlfriend leave you for your best friend? Boyfriend ignored you for a month straight because of the new Fifa game? Murdered your family? Ate the last bit of cake that you really, really wanted?
Now you have a way to put all that in the past!
When you start the game you'll see a man and woman and a selection of objects around the floor. Despite how it appears, all the ones on the left do not correspond to the male and all the ones on the right to the female. A few are mixed in.
Simply you just select your weapon of choice and watch one of the characters murder the other. Yay!
Although I'm guessing you'll likely play around yourself, if you'd like to know my personal favourites to try out, here's a list for you:
-Poo (yes that weird brown item in the left corner is a poo)
-Lever (bottom right)
Now, I've rambled on long enough and don't want to ruin the game too much for you. After all, it's not quite a full-fledged, story filled, action picked title!
Hope you've had a lovely Valentines' Day!
And in the spirit of the holidays, here's a few other ridiculous online games for your amusement:
Two player penis fighting - http://www.pippinbarr.com/games/lofidickfight/
Really just what it sounds like. Pick your dick size and fight it out.
New York Shark - http://www.mofunzone.com/online_games/new_york_shark.shtml
Play as a shark, grab a yankee hat and aim to destroy as much as possible in the distance limit you have set. Eat all the passengers off boats, sink planes, bite King Kong's head or blow up the Earth with an asteroid. What will you manage?
You get 3 wishes, which are your lives. Jump around on rainbows to ridiculous music and if you hit the walls, explode in a fiery ball of death. I can't give any explanation that will be good enough to quite explain this one.
Heavy Metal Robot Rainbow Unicorn - http://games.adultswim.com/robot-unicorn-attack-heavy-metal-twitchy-online-game.html