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Are you good at Geography? 4. WorldMap – GameDesign

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Others   1 comment - February 22, 2007

World MapWorld MapHere is the fourth Flash game of our series to test your knowledge of Geography. Today: The World!

Taro Ito, the Japanese designer behind Gamedesign released World Map a few months ago. The game will test your geographical knowledge of the World with a set of twenty questions about countries and map locations.

Simply click the right location with your mouse. World Map is timed and you have only twelve seconds to find the right location. Note that a wrong click will decrease the timer by three seconds.

Good luck and have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.00

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Drop

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   3 comments - September 24, 2009

DropIn Drop, the latest puzzle mini-game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign, your goal is to make all the blocks disappear from the playfield. To do so, click two identical blocks  which are either on the same line or in the same column. Easy? Well, yes… if you are lucky enough!  Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.00

Panic Breakout

Categories: Arcade, Flash, Free, Games, Online   4 comments - May 21, 2009

Panic BreakoutPanic BreakoutPanic Breakout is the latest arcade game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign.

Panic Breakout, as its name says, is a Breakout-type game with a couple of twists, like the use of a rounded pad instead of a normal one. Don’t touch the bricks, don’t let them reach the dotted line or it’s game over!

All in black and white, Panic Breakout is a nice and addictive version of a classic game!

Have fun!

By Eric

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Police and Thief

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Others   12 comments - December 25, 2008

Police and ThiefIn Police and Chief, the latest puzzle/strategy mini-game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign, you play the role of a Police Officer, and your goal is to catch the thief. It sounds easy, but it’s not. A fast and quick game that requires more luck than strategy! Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.32

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Escape from the Starship

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   13 comments - November 12, 2008

Escape from the StarshipEscape from the StarshipEscape from The Starship is the latest game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign.

This puzzle game comes with no instruction and if your goal here is to escape from what is supposed to be a starship, your first objective is to STAY alive!

Indeed, you are not alone in this spaceship, and the deadly aliens are not your friends at all! How do they appear? Turn the sound on your computer on to get the answer!

If you like getting frustrated, play this game with no sound at all!

Have fun!

By Eric

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Shot

Categories: 5 minute, Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   7 comments - February 21, 2008

ShotShotShot is the latest Puzzle game created by the talented Taro Ito from Japan. The goal here is to leave only one black ball on the board. To do so, select a black ball and drag it toward another ball, to push it off the board. Contiguous balls can’t push each other.

Each level is timed. Take too long to clear the board and you’ll run out of time and have to start over. Each time you complete a level in less than ten seconds, you get a few extra precious seconds for the next round (10 seconds minus your time). Each time you complete a level in more than ten seconds, you lose a few precious seconds for the next round (your time minus 10 seconds). So basically, in conclusion, think fast!

Shot is a very simple and challenging game, highly recommended for a short coffee break.

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.00

Escape Game

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Room Escape, Walkthrough   62 comments - December 29, 2007

Escape GameEscape GameGood news for all Room Escape game lovers! Japanese designer Taro Ito of Gamedesign has just released his first Room Escape game, Escape Game!

“I forgot how to get out of my office!” While this is not the more original intro ever, the game looks very good.

There are several balls hidden in this office and you will have to use them wisely to get out of here. I wonder if Taro Ito forgot once how to get out of his office; anyway, Escape game is an elegant game that will entertain confirmed fans for 15-20 minutes.

Have fun!

Update: Escape Game walkthrough in comment  #21 (thanks Chris!)

By Eric

current rating 3.84

2007 Top 10 Developers in the Category Puzzle games

Categories: Awards    - December 13, 2007

Here at FreeGamesNews, we love free browser-based games. The end of the year is coming soon, and it’s time for YOU to cast your vote for the Best Developers of the year in our first annual FreeGamesNews Awards.

Here are the 10 nominees in the category Best Puzzle games Developers of 2007, in alphabetical order:

Bart Bonte (Belgium)

Factory BallsBart Bonte is a Flash developer from Belgium who has already developed successful games. More well known for his Room Escape games (the Bonte Room series, A bark in the Dark, Loose the Moose), Bart released several puzzle games in 2007, such as Fields of Logic, Chicken Grow and more recently, Factory Balls.

Damien Clarke (Australia)

BloxorzDamien Clarke is a Flash game designer from Australia. Many of his games are co-sponsored by several major games portals, which is a sign of quality. The author has released two excellent puzzle games this year, Silversphere and Bloxorz.

Creative Units (Germany)

ExcitCreative Units is a German development and games design company that created Excit earlier this year. Excit is a very nice viral Flash game that borrows from RoadBlocks and its clone Orbox B heavily, but it takes the original idea to a whole new level!

GamePure (Japan)

Micro ArtGamePure is a Flash game design studio from Japan. GamePure has released many action games this year, such as Speed Cluster, Oshidama or the very cute Bound Bear series. They have also created a very unique Collapse-type game, Micro Art, impressive on many levels.

Stephen Harris (New Zealand)

BloonsStephen Harris is the author of the Bloons series and many other successful games. The original Bloons game was released last March and became an instant hit. Since then, Stephen has created Bloons World, a site dedicated to Bloons fans, two “Bloons” Tower Defense games, and a few other puzzle/skill games!

Yoshio Ishii (Japan)

Hoshi Saga 2From japan, Yoshio Ishii has been designing Flash games for several years now. He is well known for his Neko Series, a series of games involving cats. In 2007, he decided to focus on creating puzzle games, and released some very creative games such as Plupon, the amazing Hoshi Saga series, and more recently, Slidon.

Taro Ito (Japan)

Chat NoirTaro Ito, the game designer behind Gamedesign, has released many games over the years, and this year was no different with four new puzzle game titles, Porolith Flash, The Four Color Problem, School Wars and Chat Noir.

Michael Le

Jelly BlocksWhen Michael Le from Canada released his puzzle game Jelly Blocks last summer, he certainly wasn’t expecting instant success. Jelly Blocks is so simple and absorbing that people can’t stop playing. And with 100 levels available to play, it can take a while to complete it.

Preloaded (U.K.)

LaunchballPreloaded is a London-based Web design agency. After CDX, a multi-episode adventure released last year, Preloaded is back in 2007 with LaunchBall, a new addictive Puzzle/Physics Flash game created for the Science Museum in London their new Launchpad gallery.

Adam Schroeder (U.S.A.)

Sola Rola - THe Gravity MazeAdam Schroeder is the creator of the very challenging and delightful puzzle game Sola Rola. He also released the third (and final?) installment in his Asteroids Revenge earlier this year, and is now co-working on Argue (About Everything) with a fellow developer, a multiplayer real-time strategy game set for release next year at Kongregate.

Chat Noir

Categories: 5 minute, Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   25 comments - October 18, 2007

Chat NoirChat Noir is a very simple puzzle game created by the talented Japanese game designer Taro Ito. Your goal here is to catch the black cat before she escapes the game window. There is no maximum number of moves, no timer and no high scores: just a little fun diversion. Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.00

School Wars

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle, Strategy   41 comments - October 17, 2007

School WarsSchool WarsAfter Dice Wars that inspired the very popular multiplayer game kdice, here is School Wars, a new real-time strategy game released at Gamedesign by the Japanese game designer Taro Ito.

After you choose your own school color, your goal here is to annihilate all the others schools students!

The game seems to have no instructions, so here is what I’ve deduced so far:

  • Each school starts the game with three units on its base.
  • To command a unit, simply click it and then click a target (an enemy unit) or a destination square.
  • To select multiple units to command, click and drag a box around the units you wish to move.
  • Try to control as much spade and hearts squares as you can: the more territories you control, the faster you get new units.
  • Click and drag the rectangle in the small window located in the bottom right corner of the screen to explore the entire map and locate all your enemies.

If School Wars is very well done, the game suffers from the same problem as Dice Wars: the AI is terrible and it’s very, very hard to lose against the computer!

That being said, I really enjoyed this single player version while I played it, but because of the AI, the game has no real replay value. I wonder how successful School Wars would be with a multiplayer mode …

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.09

The Four Color Problem

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   5 comments - July 10, 2007

The Four Color ProblemThe Four Color ProblemThe Four Color Problem “dates back to 1852 when Francis Guthrie, while trying to color the map of counties of England noticed that four colors sufficed. He asked his brother Frederick if it was true that any map can be colored using four colors in such a way that adjacent regions (i.e. those sharing a common boundary segment, not just a point) receive different colors”.

Taro Ito of Gamedesign has just released a new puzzle game, The Four Color Problem, in which you have to color as much space as you can on a grid divided in many areas, while your opponent (the computer) tries to do the same. Of course, you can’t color two adjacent areas with the same color.

A new grid is randomly generated for each stage, and the goal is to last as long as possible before being defeated by the computer.

Overall, The Four Color Problem is fun and addictive: another delightful game from the talented Taro Ito recommended for a ten minute break.

Have fun!

By Eric

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Porolith Flash

Categories: Action, Flash, Free, Games, Online, Puzzle   2 comments - April 4, 2007

Porolith FlashPorolith FlashPorolith Flash is the latest action/puzzle game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign. In this game strongly inspired from Tetris, the object is to join some blocks of the same color to make them disappear from the playfield.

The first main difference with Tetris is that you CAN’T rotate the blocks that fall from the top of the screen; the second main difference is that once in a while, blocks of a new color are introduced in the playfield, making the game more and more difficult.

If you don’t like Tetris, you won’t like Porolith Flash. But if you like Tetris, you will enjoy this game: easy to learn, hard to master, fast-paced, challenging and very addictive, Porolith Flash has all the qualities to make it a very fun and exciting game.

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.00

Speed

Categories: 5 minute, Cards, Flash, Free, Games, Online    - January 21, 2007

SpeedSpeedSpeed is the latest card game created by Taro Ito of Gamedesign. The object of the game is to compete against the computer with a deck of cards and play your cards as fast as possible to be the first with no card. To do so, simply move your cards to the piles in sequence up or down.

As you progress through the game, the computer will play smarter and faster, leading to high-paced tactical games.

Simple and nicely polished, Speed is another highly addictive game, thanks to the excellent AI of the computer in upper levels.

Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.00

kdice

Categories: Flash, Free, Games, Multiplayer, Online, Puzzle, Strategy   4 comments - December 5, 2006

kdicekdiceRemember Dice Wars, this Risk-like game developed by Taro Ito from Game Design? kdice, a multi player version of Dice Wars, was released in beta version on December 1st by Ryan Dewsbury, with the same set of rules as the original.

I visited the site several times during the last three days: you need to register first before being able to play, but the experience really worth it!

As I read somewhere, luck is a big part of the game. And you will have to wait sometimes several minutes before a new game starts; and yes, there seems to be some freeze issues with the game at the time of writing (at least it happened to some of us).

Having said that, playing kdice with six other players is definitely a lot of fun and you can’t miss this one: have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.67

Games for the weekend – Week 37

Categories: Flash, Free, Online, Puzzle    - September 9, 2006

A selection of recent or just released games for the weekend!

Jewels Jack Jewels Jack: Find more jewels than CPU player Jack!
White Jigsaw White Jigsaw: Everything’s in the title!

Games for the weekend – Week 27

Categories: Action, Flash, Free, Online, Puzzle    - July 1, 2006

A selection of recent or just released games for the weekend!

Dice Wars Dice Wars: a Risk-like game, with a lot of dices!
Blockdown Blockdown: a game between Tetris and Breakout!
Watchmaker Watchmaker: make the gears rotate!

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