So this evening I took my mind of rat race to improve and automate my computing. And wasted time playing Canabalt – simple, cool, free and browser/portable action game.
Your run and jump. More accurately game does a running for you and you have to take care of jumping. That is unless you want to meet a wall and no longer run (also known as game over). Actually jumping is the only thing you can do so game controls amount to single key.
- a lot of pixelated awesomeness;
- short and fitting soundtrack;
- giant robots in background (you supposedly run from).
There is no sense of loss in game – fail smoothly merges into restart and you can just stay in loop endlessly. Track always has same start but rest is made of randomized elements so you can’t learn or predict how it goes.
Despite appeal of minimalism game feels like too little of actual game. It could benefit from some additional gameplay options when you reach fast running speed… and from there you are probably going to get crashed by randomized impassable spot sooner or later (sooner).
This one is unlikely to rack up major gameplay time. On other hand game provides surprisingly relaxing and almost meditative experience, that very few action games get right.
Home and in-browser http://adamatomic.com/canabalt/
As usual I feel obligated to ask how do you like this flavor of atypical post? :)