Addictive game

August 17, 2007 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 14 Comments

This game is really cool! Thanks, Jenny!

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  1. I’m going to get you for that. I just stayed at work an extra hour playing that game before I realized the time!

  2. LOL! Isn’t it great? Have you finished all the levels yet? I like the fact that it gives you a code so you can come back later. I plan on waiting a few more months until I’ve forgotten the solutions, then playing them again.

  3. Not yet. I’m up to stage 30, but I haven’t spent a lot of time over the weekend.

  4. OK. Now I’m done. Didn’t realize there were only 33 levels.

    If this was expanded to, say, 100 levels, I’d pay $20 to buy a CD with this game on it. I figure with that many levels, I’ll get tired of it before reaching the end, which is, IMO, the right size for any kind of puzzle game.

    BTW, if you’re interested in more puzzle-type games, I’ve been finding these very addictive: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/puzzles/

    They’re programs to download, not on-line games, but they’re available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Palm OS, which covers most of the popular platforms.

  5. On the one hand, 33 levels isn’t a lot. But on the other hand, I appreciate not being able to indulge in such a seductive time-suck for TOO long.

    Speaking of seductive time-sucks, I miss Lemmings.

  6. ARRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!

    OK. I did the first 32 levels, but level 33 is killing me. Just tell me this. Is there a safe path that I’m missing or do I have to think more “outside the box” like to find a way to reopen the closed bridge or keep it from closing. I’m going nuts here.

  7. I don’t know. It’s been a month; I don’t remember.

    There were a few levels that made me scream, but I forget which ones they were.

    I love forgetting how to solve puzzles like this! After about 6 months, it’s like getting new cool challenging puzzles again!

  8. But it did HAVE a solution right? It’s not like Ha Ha Ha, last level will keep them busy forever because it’s unsolvable. I don’t mind banging my head against the wall, just as long as there is a door somewhere.

    In the mean time, maybe Dave will log on and remember if there is a safe path or if it takes some “trick” to reopen the bridge.

  9. I DID IT!!!

    Whew. That’s a releif. It was a path, not a trick, BTW.

  10. Excellent. Now nothing can stop us.

    Does that happen to you, too? When you don’t look at or think about a puzzle that was challenging, you can go back to it a long time later and still be challenged by having to figure it out all over again?

    For me, the puzzle has to be challenging enough, but I guess it also depends on how novel (memorable) the solution was. I have this wrought iron tavern puzzle that’s like that. Six months go by, and the stupid thing is frickin hard all over again!

  11. Absolutly. Most of the time, I try to forget puzzle solutions so I can do them again. A good puzzle is a precious thing.

    Of course, I also went back and re-read all 30+ of my father’s Nero wolfe books 10 years after reading them the first time becasue by then I had forgotten most of the killer’s identities and even more of the plot twists and witty banter. Heck I like reading those books even when I know who did it. The dialogue between Archie and Nero are just so much fun. Hey… It’s been almost 10 years again…

  12. Nero wolfe, eh? Never ‘eard of ‘im. What’s ‘e, a space pirate or somethin’? Nero wolfe izza good pirate name, ‘e is. Arr!

  13. OK. Now I know I’m odd and all, ’cause I got some of my tastes from my Dad, who likes things from before he was born (Errol Flynn, for example). And I know I had to introduce you to people like Danny Kaye, but Nero Wolfe? Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe? NEVER HEARD OF HIM???

    A few years back, one of the cable channels even made a season or so worth of 2-part shows of a bunch of his novels, so I figured you’d have heard of him.

    OK, here goes. If you like who-done-it type mystery novels, with a great sleuth to save the day and solve the case, then the Nero Wolfe books by Rex Stout are here to make your life happy. There must be 30 books or more. Some collections of short stories, most novels.

    The hero is a detective by the name of Nero Wolfe. And of course, he has a side kick, named Archie Goodwin, who writes the books. But Archie is no Dr. Watson. He may work for Wolfe, but Nero relies on him much more than he’d like to admit. No, Archie’s not the brains behind the curtain; he’s the motivation. You see, Nero HATES to solve crimes, although that’s what he is, a detective. He prefers to spend his time in is Brownstone (that’s a type of house) in NYC focused on his two passions, Ochids (which he grows in greenhouse on the roof), and food (where he is always teaming up with his chef to make some new delicacy). In fact, Nero almost never leaves his house. So although theorectically Archie’s job is to do legwork and take notes, in reality, his main job is to badger, cajole, and needle his boss into action.

    The best part is the banter between the two of them. And oh yeah, the mysteries are good too.

    OK, now you’re gonna say Errol Flynn who, right?

  14. I never was too into mysteries. There was one book with Alfred Hitchcock’s name on it. It had five mysteries, and it was (in retrospect) obviously desined to get kids into reading mysteries. Ever chapter or so, Sir Alfred Hitchcock would interject to say how curious something was or how strange someone was acting and how it seems as if we have a new suspect, and how was our protagonist going to make sense of all these (let’s review them) clues, and so on. There would be one final comment before the last chapter in which the perpetrator was revealed. I liked those, but mysteries in general never stuck. Perhaps I like the narrative more than the plot in general. I don’t know if that’s true. Hmm…


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