I play a lot of “casual” web games, and the majority of them are pretty forgettable — either because they’re badly designed or because they’re unremarkable remakes of pre-existing arcade games that needed no further perfection.
So I was delighted to discover Bloxorz, pictured above. It’s my favorite type of simple game — something with a few simple rules that can be learned in minutes, yet yield endlessly complex and head-scratching puzzles. Basically, you have this block that you move along a grid, by flipping it upright on its tail, down on its side, or rolling it along on its side. Your goal is to make it to the end of each level, and this winds up requiring some crazy spatial reasoning that flummoxed me after the first ten levels or so.
I doubt this play mechanic is entirely new, but it’s certainly new to me! Really addictive.
(Thanks to Rock Paper Shotgun for this one!)
I'm Clive Thompson, a writer on science, technology, and culture. This blog collects bits of offbeat research I'm running into, and musings thereon.
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May 20, 2011 » 02:28 PM
From Christopher Kennedy’s very droll book “Neitzsche’s Horse”.
July 28, 2010 » 07:35 AM
“Wr” - S
July 06, 2010 » 10:05 AM
My Xbox broke, and I was trying to Google some possible technical solutions, when I noticed that Google appears to be encouraging me to make a typo. I suppose it’s possible that Google’s algorithms know that typing “wont” instead of “won’t” would produce better results.
June 29, 2010 » 05:00 PM
On the other hand, when I tried the test for multitasking, I was pretty abysmal. I performed worse than people who identify themselves as heavy multitaskers, and those who identify as low multitaskers.
June 29, 2010 » 04:58 PM
I finally got around to trying out the interactive “test your distractability and multitasking” page at the New York Times, which they put up alongside their story earlier this month about how computer distractions are eroding our lives.
According to the test, I guess I have good focus — I’m not very distractable!
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