Shadow of the Hamunaptra
I was glad to see so many give the logic puzzle a try that was posted yesterday, as there's nothing like a good mind bender to keep one thinking sharp. And good luck to everyone who entered a solution into the contest. I actually have the Dead Can Dance "Selections From Europe" 2-disc set they are giving away as part of the prize, so I know you're in for a treat.
To give you all a break from thinking, I found this rather old—for a Web game that is—circa 2001 platformer that looks like it was handmade out of wood. It's a gorgeous little game that will give you about 15 minutes or so of mindless fun.
Shadow of the Hamunaptra is a pretty fancy name for a simple game without a real story. Just get the little adventurer through each of the eight (8) levels by jumping on platforms while avoiding enemies and hazards.
Controls are the arrow keys. Press [esc] to pause the game.
Analysis: What makes this game delightful is there are no lives to lose, and therefore a level may be retried until done correctly. This takes the pressure off the player and thus creates a pleasant casual game experience. The pleasing natural-looking graphics fit this theme well.
The game is not difficult, though a couple of levels are sure to mildly frustrate some. The simplistic gameplay mechanics are well-constructed with the controls fairly tight and responsive. However, I did notice one collision detection bug in which the little guy went through a solid wall that was designed to force him to go around. Also, the mummy in the level pictured preferred moonwalking rather than turning about-face to give chase. These errors did not seem critical, nor did they affect my enjoyment of the game.
Created by Zdenìk Schneider of the Czech Republic.