July was a light month (comparatively) for casual games here at Transbuddha, (and in fact July marks the first month where there wasn’t a Tower Defense game posted), but that doesn’t mean we’re wanting for games to round-up. Au contraire, my dear anonymous Internet pals. Let’s take a look…
Phantasy Quest hit the front page the day after Independence Day, and while they have nothing to do with one another, I’d like to think this Monkey Island throw-back is a testament to our freedom. Goofy graphics (and goofier plotline) made this point-and-click’er all the more enjoyable.
Staying with the freedom theme (not really) brought us to Nuclear Eagle, in which you play a particularly agitated avian monster hell-bent on destruction. The game took a bit to get up to speed, but once you start hurling police cars around, there was no stopping the fun.
Miestas: Jurgis Jonaitis and Justinas Malijonis’ wonderfully weird and beautiful platform puzzler plays with the expectations of normal gameplay to deliver a fantastic (albeit brief) casual gaming escape. Charm just oozes from this game, helped in no small part from the gorgeous graphics and jazz soundtrack.
Covert Front: Mateusz Skutnik & Karol Konwerski (otherwise known as the founders of Pastel Games) have proven to be particularly savvy game creators, as their locked-room Submachine series remains a web favorite. Covert Front stayed in the point-and-click format, but shifted into spy mode with an alternate reality storyline. Divided into four chapters, Covert Front offered both engaging gameplay and a deeply involved storyline.
Triangles: I am such a sucker for avoidance games (what that says about me personally I’ll leave to history), so Triangles was already a shoo-in, but this game upped the ante by forcing you to deftly avoid two sets of obstacles across a split screen via a mouse/keyboard control setup. Brain hurting fun!