Another geography game

This Traveler IQ was calculated on Monday, April 20, 2009 at 01:12PM GMT by comparing this person’s geographical knowledge against the Web’s Original Travelogue‘s 3,938,360 travelers who’ve taken the challenge.

Globetrotter XL is another geography game similar to one I linked ot a long time ago. Give it a shot. It’s pretty good, though if I recall correctly the other one did let you pick continents and countries to test your knowledge of as well as just a world map. Having said that, I can’t find the game link anywhere on my blog so if you can find the page it’s on…

[update] OK, I can’t find it anywhere on my blog which is weird. Maybe I emailed it out. So here’s a link to it on TravelPod – it’s called Traveler IQ. My top score so far is 271,821 reaching level 8.

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You eyeballing me?

Stop staring!

Bizarre little game, this one. It’s more of a test, in a way. You know how when you check a picture to see if it’s level just by looking at it? This is called “eyeballing”, and the game tests your ability to perform various tasks of this ilk.

Definitely easier with an accurate mouse than a trackpad on a laptop, believe me.

Have fun: Eyeballing Game

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Holy drumming hell!

Vectorized drum kit picture

The guy in the following video is cool as fuck for two reasons:

1) He’s made his own drum kit for Guitar Hero III

2) He’s fucking awesome at it as well.

I tried this track on “easy” at Andy‘s some time ago (it’s DragonForce‘s Through The Fire and Flames) and it’s hard as nails. Seriously. No normal human being should be able to play this. Even using the actual controller sold with the game. Never mind a cardboard box stuffed with switches and coated in coloured stickers.

He’s not absolutely perfect – you can hear him start to miss notes around the 6-minute mark (it’s a long song) but who can blame him? Simply fucking awesome.

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I am teh Jedi Master

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game

It’s not often I finish computer games. Lack of patience, lack of spare time and a plain lack of ability to play the things usually count against me somewhat.

So, I opted to concentrate on Lego Star Wars on the PS2. According to the label on the box it’s for anyone aged 3+ which is about right for me. My tactic worked. After I don’t know how many hours hammering at the control pad I finally collected the last canister and worked my way through the bonus level.

Whoop! OK, it’s silly and not too difficult, but the humour and the gameplay were worth the whole fiver I spent on it. I’ll be in town tomorrow looking to see if I can get the original trilogy version (Lego Star Wars II), or even better Lego Indiana Jones for a handful of quids. Lego Batman also appeals, but it’s still full price right now. I’ll wait a year and get it in the bargain buckets.

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Ben There, Dan That!

Ben There, Dan That!

Strange title, but it’s about a strange game. I found it via a link from some random blog I get RSS feed from and – if you have a PC – it’s a very worthwhile download.

Ben There, Dan That! is from Zombie Cow Studios, which seems to be a two-man band. Sadly, the days where people like the Darling Brothers (Codemasters) did this and became millionaires are long gone, which is a pity as I had a great time playing this game and the guys who worked on it deserve some kind of reward. And incentive to do more.

It’s an old-fashioned, point/click/examine/talk to/combine objects adventure. The graphics are rough and cartoonish and just work in a quirky way. Best feature by far is the dialogue. When you play, examine everything. Try to use everything. Talk to everyone. Go through every line. I honestly laughed out loud on several occasions. If you enjoyed the likes of Sam & Max, Day of the Tentacle, or if the name Guybrush Threepwood means anything to you – get this game.

I certainly wouldn’t say it’s very hard – I finished it in a few sessions with no help – but it’s hugely entertaining and will work on even the lowest-spec PC. Ideal for my crumbly laptop. Also, there’s no real “installation” as such. It just kind of sits there. And – best of all – there’s no fee. It’s free.

However, if you do enjoy it, please consider dropping Ben a quid or so. I think they’ve made about £150 from the game so far, which is nice. But they’ve had 3500 downloads. At a quid a pop it’s nothing from each game player, but a real incentive for more great stuff from the Zombie Cow crew!

Ben, thanks for your time and that of everyone else. Best of luck with whatever’s coming next.

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