Archive for the Java Category

1899 Steam and Spirit – Episode 1

Categories: Adventure, Free, Games, Java, Online, Point'n'click   17 comments - May 30, 2011

1899 Steam & Spirit started in late 2010 as an experiment and is now becoming a fun old-style Point’n’Click adventure game with an intriguing background story.

Written entirely in HTML and Javascript, the game is set in late Victorian Age and tells the story of “some “celebrities of the time” in the background of an espionage war between French and British empires. “

“You will meet and use people like Winston Churchill, Wright Brothers, Guglielmo Marconi,….characters who at the dawn of the twentieth century have changed the world. “

You can play the first episode where you guide “a young Winston Churchill through meanders of Leviathan, a steam-punk submarine born from the mind of Lord Kelvin. “

Left click to examine and select items, and right click to interact with and combine items.

Have fun!


By Eric

current rating 3.05


Building House 2

Categories: 3D, Free, Games, Java, Online, Puzzle, Video walkthrough   13 comments - April 20, 2007

Building Houses 2Building Houses 2Building House 2 is a small 3D puzzle game in Java developed by the Freudenthal Institute in Nederland and hosted at Mathsnet.

Your goal here is “to build up the solid shape indicated by the views to the left – but only using the number of cubes given. There are 10 problems, called figuur1 to figuur10”.

Use your mouse to rotate the grid in 3D and select the build / break down options to add/remove blocks to/from the grid.

The different puzzles seem very hard at first: try to solve the first “figuur” without any help to have an idea of what I mean!

That being said, a very helpful video walkthroughs page is available in case you are stuck. Once you get past the first level of the game, the next “figuurs” will seem easier to you, but still not simple.

Overall, a very challenging puzzle!

Have fun!

Video walkthroughs

By Eric

current rating 4.33

Capture the Newbies

Categories: 3D, Games, Java, Online, Shooter   8 comments - January 10, 2007

Capture the NewbiesCapture the NewbiesCapture the Newbies is a kid-friendly FPS available at Nicktoonsnetwork that should reminds you the famous Wolfenstein 3D, a game generally regarded as having popularized the first person shooter genre on the PC.

Your goal here is to clean an enemy planet by capturing as many pests as you can. To do so, use your net shooter and take care of your re-usable nets. Use the arrow keys to move and press space bar or click to hurl nets at enemies. Defeat the different Bosses and save the Earth!

Nice sense of immersion, cool net shooter upgrades, tons of pests, auto-save, Nicktoons characters bosses, secret doors, this game has it all!

Overall, Capture the Newbies is a very fun game to play for everyone!

Have fun!

Edit: this game is no longer available online!

By Eric

current rating 4.33


Categories: Free, Games, Java, Online, Puzzle   3 comments - December 17, 2006

BlokkosBlokkosBlokkos is a little puzzle game developed by Orama Technologies. Here is what I read in the press release kit:

“I’m quite happy with the final result on Blokkos and the initial feedback we’ve received is extremely promising. Both casual players and gamers find it fun and addictive and the comments we receive also indicate that it was successful in being a family-oriented game: both parents and sons are playing and enjoying it”., said Pedro Amaro, the lead developer for Blokkos. “This is definitely a game I’m proud of”, he added.

Blokkos was created under Orama Technologies’ typical virtual team development method, with elements from three continents – Europe (Pedro Amaro: Game design and programming), North America (Paul David Bergel: sounds and music) and Asia (Iris Kwan: graphics). According to Pedro Amaro, the team’s mixed cultural background helped in making Blokkos appealing to a larger audience and made working in this game a more rewarding experience.

The game, written in Java, is nicely done, and the goal very simple: pull blocks with your magnet and build lines with matching blocks before your energy bar turns all red.

Controls could have been better by using the mouse instead of keyboard (press space bar to begin and use the space bar to enter/select the options; use the arrow keys to enter passwords). The first stages are really simple (kids friendly), stage 6 is really challenging.

Overall, Blokkos is an interesting puzzler, in upper stages only. Have fun!

Note: passwords for stage 4, 5 and 6 in the comments.

By Eric

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Bubble Splash

Categories: Arcade, Free, Games, Java, Online    - August 2, 2006

Bubble SplashBubble SplashBubble Splash is the latest game released by Felix Wiesner and Mathias Menzel-Nielsen from Mausland Entertainment. The concept of the game is a mix between two famous arcade games, Tetris and Puzzle Bobble. Actually, Bubble Splash is a brand new Java implementation of Magical Drop, a series of fast-paced games designed in the nineties for the Neo-Geo and Super Nintendo consoles.

The object here is to grab and then re-stack bubbles descending from the top of a Tetris-style box with a little mouse. You can pick up as many bubbles as you like so long as they are all matching color. Bubbles disappear when three or more of the same color are put together in a single column. As the bubbles shift after disappearance, rewarding chain reactions can be created. The game ends when a bubble reaches the bottom of the game’s window.

Use the arrow left and right keys to move your mouse. Use the down arrow to pick up bubbles and the up key to re-stack them.

The authors kept in Bubble Splash the same look and feel of the original game and both graphics and animations are really well done. Six different music themes are also available, depending on the character selected at the beginning of the game. My only complain is that the music can become annoying after a while and there is no option to turn it off.

Overall, Bubble Splash is one of the most intense puzzlers I’ve ever played online, and things usually get unmanageable fast (at least for me)! Really exciting and be warned, highly addictive! Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.00

Frozen Bubble

Categories: Arcade, Free, Games, Java, Online   1 comment - June 16, 2006

Frozen BubbleFrozen BubbleFrozen Bubble is a simple but highly addictive game. The object of the game is to clear each level by using the special bubble launcher. Shoot the colored bubbles to link 3 or more of the same color and make them disappear from the board.

The bubbles come in several colors, and strategy involves getting as many bubbles down as possible with each shot. The faster you clear the board the higher the bonus points awarded. If a bubble reaches the bottom line of the board, you will loose a life and have to restart the same level. The game ends when you have lost your three lives.

Once the java applet is fully loaded, just click on the game window then up or shift key to start playing. Use the left and right arrow keys to aim and shift or up keys to fire; use the ‘M’ key to switch between normal and colorblind modes and ‘S’ to turn sounds on/off.

Frozen Bubble is a free clone of the very Popular Puzzle Bobble game, released in 1994 by Taito Corp., and also known as Bust-a-Move in North America. The game was designed by a French developer, Guillaume Cottenceau in… 2002! Originally developed with Perl for UNIX users and downloadable here, the game was rewritten by Glenn Sanson, allowing us to play with the one player version directly within a browser.

The author did an incredible work with Frozen Bubble, including delightful graphics and animations, 50 different levels and hours of fun. Not recommended for a coffee break, Frozen Bubble is another two thumbs-up game available online for free! Have fun!

By Eric

current rating 3.00


Categories: Free, Games, Java, Online, Puzzle   1 comment - April 15, 2006

CyranoCyranoCyrano sounds like a strange name for an Othello Reversi online game ; it was developed by Bruno Causse, a french developer who seems to have spent a lot of time to build this little but really powerful game, available on his website.

Othello is a well known 2 players 8 by 8 squares board game using 64 discs. Each disc is white on one side and black on the other. Each player chooses one color, and the goal is to have a majority of the pieces showing your color by the end of the game.

Both players take turns placing a single piece of his or her color on the board. Once a piece is played, it never moves, but it can be flipped. Specifically, each time you place a piece, you also flip some of your opponent’s pieces — those that are horizontally, vertically, or diagonally between the piece you just put down and another piece of your own color. You are required to flip at least one of your opponent’s pieces each time you make a move, otherwise you have to pass your turn. The game ends when neither player can make a legal move.

Cyrano offers different levels of difficulty, from beginner to master. It also allow you to play in Blitz mode, with 3 choices : 1, 3 and 5 minutes. Note that you’ll be able to finish the game even if your remaining time goes below 0.

Beware, Cyrano is strong, very strong, and even at the beginner level, you’ll need some practice if not days before being able to win !

With a clean interface and the legal moves option activated, Cyrano is a serious opponent for Othello games and a perfect choice in the jungle of Othello online games. Just have a look here and have fun!

By Eric

current rating 4.00