I came late to games, mainly because I didn’t come from the kind of household that was always chasing the latest technical wizardry in consumer products and also because there wasn’t that much spare cash to chuck around. My experience of games consoles came in snatches, playing Pac Man, Pong and Space Invaders on the Atari at Joanne and Tracy’s houses – when pretty much all the kids in the house got involved vying for supremacy in the ratings – these games were events! When the boys got hold of the controllers, we girls had to sit it out and let them get on with it until they tired of this and went to have a kick around outside. When I was 11 I was most happy to get my own Atari console for christmas with a Ms Pacman game. I only did get the one game, as they weren’t the cheapest things to buy back then, but I’m happy to say I still possess it and it works. In 2002 myself and my then boyfriend spent several happy hours playing Atari old style before moving onto the second hand Dreamcast I picked up from a workmate and playing Tombraider and Sonic, with the odd bit of Star Wars and Football thrown in for good measure. He was a great help and got Lara out of many scrapes for me : ). In between times I got to sample Micro Machines, Duck Tales, Tekken and Fifa Football on other people’s Playstations – but I was never any kind of expert and they made me swear like trooper, which could be quite amusing for my compatriots.
In 2009 during a lean period of activity for me I began to seek out games that I could play for free on the internet and was delighted to discover quite an array of games that suited my taste. I’ve always appreciated graphic novels and comic illustrations, being an avid reader of Deadline Magazine and Mad Comic in the 90’s – Love and Rockets, Tank Girl and Milk and Cheese were staples for me back then. One of my favourite graphic novels was The Great Trouser Mystery, a Maclom Mclaren inspired vision of the future – if you’ve never heard of it do seek it out!
One of my favourite discoveries in my quest for artistic, beautifully crafted games with engaging stories was Mateusz Skutnik a graphic artist and flash game maker, you’ll see much of his work and games in which he has an involvement featured here – although there are others. I favour point and click games generally where there are intelligent puzzles to solve, knowledge to pick up along the way, well crafted sound tracks and artistry to marvel at – not for me complicated keyboard combinations and jumping around all over the place, although that can be fun for a short time. So if you share my tastes you may very well find something you love here. : )
In Covert Front you are a top secret agent code-named Kara in an alternate history version of World War I. Assigned to infiltrate the mansion of a notorious scientist, Karl von Toten, you must discover the incredible secrets that lie within and escape with your life.
But first, you must figure out how to get through the front door! Covert Front is a point-and-click adventure game that will transport you to the center of an espionage-filled world. Currently up to chapter four.
This game is something of an epic adventure which contains a fair number of chapters, Mateusz is currently working on Submachine 8 : The Plan and you can chart his progress here http://www.pastelportal.com/dev/
Arcade Town describes it as “ an intriguing and eerie point-and-click adventure. Explore this mysterious world, collect items and solve mind-boggling puzzles.” which I think very much undersells it, the best way to find out is experience it for yourself – however be prepared to set some time aside for it, you could be there awhile and at points you will be very foxed, but take heart there are walkthroughs to guide you!
Daymare Town is a pen and ink monochrome flash game which is currently up to chapter four. In the words of Mateusz himself ” DayMare Town [is], a strange and oddly deserted town that gives the unsettling feeling that eyes are peering from around corners. It is a drab and dreary town, not a very pleasant place to be. But now you’re stuck, and you’ll do anything you can to leave.” There are various down at heel and under the weather characters you’ll experience along the way, whom if you’re anything like me you’ll become very fond of.