Adventure 30 June 2003
A simplistic, two-dimensional adventure game based on the Flash technology and developed by Amanita Design - a Czech game-making studio. Anyone can play the game for free, using their internet browser. The player takes on the role of an alien inhabiting a huge root suspended in space. One day, he spots a gigantic asteroid heading towards him. He quickly makes his way to its surface, where his task is to find a way to change the asteroid's flight direction and save his home. It is a simplistic adventure game deprived of a typical player inventory for example. The player is not in full control of the protagonist's movements. Rather, the gameplay consists of a series of subsequent puzzles linked together by the storyline. The player's task is to make a good use of the objects displayed on the screen in order to access the next level. Samorost stands out with original visuals combining hand-drawn elements with adequately modified photographs.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (WWW)
Adventure 14 November 2012
An unusual spin-off to the legendary Tomb Raider series. The game was developed by Crystal Dynamics - the creators of the franchise's latest installments. The game follows the adventures of a beautiful female archeologist and her friend - a Mayan warrior by the name of Totec. The characters set out for a journey, searching for a mysterious artifact known as Mirror of Smoke, which is to be used against the evil Xolotl, who has gained the power to control other spirits. Contrary to the third-person perspective the Tomb Raider games are usually played in, the spin-off is an isometric game resembling hack'n'slash titles in this aspect. The gameplay focuses on arcade elements and combat sequences, in which the player encounters hordes of ghosts - a special emphasis was placed on cooperation. The two characters have different abilities, therefore, close cooperation is the key to success. However, it is also worth mentioning that the game features elements which could be considered hallmarks of the Tomb Raider series as well, such as exploration of tombs and catacombs.
The Naked Gun: International Crime Unit Police (WWW)