Platypus Game – Brilliant, Artistic, and Forgotten

Platypus is one of those games that surprises you by being better, than what you expect. It’s never really gotten the kudos it deserves, and that’s a shame. So, being it’s one of my all time favorite casual games out there, I thought I’d make it the first official review I write for GamesForSail. One of the most obviously striking characteristics of the game are it’s graphics. Now, don’t start rolling your eyes, as it’s not eye bulging graphics you’d see on one of the next gen games like BioShock, or Crysis. More… It’s really old school, but very artistic and creative in a way that embodies the best of what independent games are all about. The original developer Anthony Flack actually handcrafted all the graphics you see in the game in modeling clay. He then digitized all the clay models, and incorporated them into the game. It is incredibly unique and cool to play. Can you imagine the time, passion, and love this guy pored into the game. He’s since lost all rights to the game title, but that’s another story.

As squishy fun as the graphics in this game are, the music is pretty striking as well. It’s unusual for many to find a casual game that doesn’t make you reach for the mute button, and then plug in your mp3 player. The music is catchy, and somewhat reminiscent of the old arcade days of game soundtracks, but in a good way. Really! The original music was composed by Chris Abbot, who was quite involved back in the day writing music for Commodore 64 games. I never get tired of listening to the music of Platypus. Maybe because it brings back great memories of all the games I played into the wee hours of the morning on my old Commodore 64.

Games are of course nothing more than escapism, and any game worth it’s tokens should take you away to some fantastical magical place. Platypus does that in spades. It’s got castles, mountains, oceans, clouds, fruit, land mines, bubbles, trains, guns, stars, and funny little things that fall from the sky. Maybe even a platypus? Sure, it’s just a side scrolling shooter, but imagine a game where you can take in bizarrely beautiful scenery, and blast alien vessels, all the while catching bananas, grapes and cherries as the dastardly pilots parachute to safety. Can’t imagine it, well, of course you can’t. That’s why it’s a game fool.

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Fun Halloween Game Ideas

Fall is in the air and Halloween not far behind, now is the time to start thinking about the great Halloween games for the kids who will be knocking on your doors. Of course if you are throwing a Halloween party you will want to find not only great games, but also spooky decorations, and icky treats as well. A good selection of fun Halloween game ideas and activities will keep the party running smoothly even after the younger goblins have given up the ghosts.

Fun Halloween Game Ideas 1: Halloween Feel Box

Using cardboard (can be from empty cereal boxes and such), divide the inside of a large box into 4 pieces (or however many desired).
Cut holes in the sides of the box – these should be big enough for a hand but not big enough to see inside.
Put something (ideas below) into each section of the box and have the children put their hands in the holes and try to guess what is in it just by feeling it.
Ideas for items to place inside box:
Damp, Course Sponge – Brains
Twisted Chenille Stems – Spider
Pretzel Stick – Petrified Rat Tails
Dried Apricots – Dried-up Tongues
Spiderwebs
Cooked, Cold Spaghetti Noodles – Worms
Cooked, Cold Spaghetti Noodles – Veins
Peeled Grapes – Eyeballs
Fake Fur
Tines of a Plastic Fork – Vampire Teeth
Soft Flour Tortilla – Skin (can add a little oil)
Feed Corn – Teeth
Corn Husk Silk – Hair
Slime
Peeled Tomatoes – Heart
5 Baby Carrots – Fingers
Fun Halloween Game Ideas 2: Mummy Maker
This fun Halloween game ideas is for 6 or more players
Divide the kids into smaller groups.
One kid in each group is the mummy and the others wrap the mummy with toilet paper as fast as possible.
You can have a winner for the best mummy or a race for the fastest mummy wrapped, or no winner at all.
To avoid problems with “I want to be the mummy!” you can divide the groups and have each member of the group draw an assignment out of a pumpkin for their “job”.
You need at least one mummy per group and you could assign one kid to wrap the legs, arms, etc.. or just let them go.
Make sure to set some ground rules.
You might want to tell them not to wrap the head or face and throwing the rolls of toilet paper around the room probably is not a good idea!
Fun Halloween Game Ideas 3: Walk on the Witch’s Hat Halloween Game
Supplies:
Big brown paper bag, or big picture of a witch’s hat
Pencil
Scissors
Tape
CD player, tape player, or radio
How to play:
If you have a large picture of a witch’s hat, tape it right on the floor before you play the game.
If you don’t already have a picture, you can make one easily.
Cut the bag so that you can open it out flat.
Draw a big witch’s hat and cut it out.
The players will line up and shut their eyes.
A leader is at the front to see that no one peeks. (Whoever peeks is out of the game.)
The leader will control when the music stops and starts. When the music starts, the players begin walking in a circle (as in musical chairs) around the hat.
When the music stops, the person who is standing on the hat is out of the game. The last player to circle the hat wins!
These fun Halloween game ideas are sure winners for any Halloween party.

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