All tagged Holly Harrison

The necessary elements of a great video game are constantly debated. Usually it’s some combination of gameplay, story, and fun with bonuses to soundtracks and replay value. Sometimes, though, I approach video games with a pocketful of superficiality—give me a cheap, pretty game that’s easy on the eyes. ‘Tis the season for sharing, so now I present you Paper Darts fans with a few free indie games that are visual treats.

Aether

My increasingly short attention span has dissolved my belief in saving the best for last, so my first game for you is Aether, developed by Tyler Glaiel and Edmund McMillen.


So, how do you feel about robots?

This post wasn’t meant to have a theme. As it turns out, robots are central to a lot of charming games, and I believe cartoon robot rights are greatly overlooked in this day and age. It needs to be brought to your attention. That said, welcome back to Holly’s superficial roundup of pretty indie games.

 

Little Wheel

Little Wheel is a point-and-click adventure game by OneClickDog. Play it here for free.

The setting is a city of living robots forced into a 10,000-year sleep after an—uh—incident with the central generator. A lucky lightning strike wakes one of the little denizens and gives him just enough energy to find his way to the generator and reactivate it.

Little Wheel is a golden game full of silhouettes and smooth jazz, and stumbling upon it was a real delight. While it is gorgeous (I mean it!), Little Wheel is almost too easy. It takes next to no trial and error to figure out where to click and when. Sometimes, however, playing games built to showcase how cinematic they are rather than to frustrate is a welcome break. Little Wheel is a perfect example of this.