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Flash Games: XRaye, Line Game, Vorticube

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So this morning I'm driving to work, and my truck suddenly gets louder. Much louder. Like a jet airplane. I've long suspected a crack somewhere in my exhaust system, because of a muffled noise, but this morning the muffling was gone and my engine was as loud as an engine gets. A crack? Nay, a major rupture in the down pipe from the exhaust manifold. At least that's what I think the guy with dollar signs for eyes told me just a little while ago! That turned today into a sort of Monday, and I need Friday Flash Games more than ever!

Every Friday, whether my truck is working well or sitting in the shop, I present three or more games that you can play, so long as you have a web browser with the Adobe Flash Player. If you don't have Flash installed, well, you've got bigger problems than I do with my truck!

To avoid the sort of surprise I got within a few blocks of my office this morning, I'll warn you ahead of time when there is music or sound, so you have a chance to adjust your volume before your coworkers, classmates, or concubines realize you're playing a game when you should be… whatever.

XRayeXRaye is a smoothly polished game which demands that you spin a wrench. From nut to nut you spin, using the Control key to skip over some nuts and the space bar to let go completely and just go flying through the air.

The key is to tighten (or loosen; the game doesn't care) each of the nuts on the screen by swinging on it. Some glowing nuts require more than one swing, and things do get progressively tricky.

Each level has a code that lets you restart at that level, though you always seem to back up one level when you use a code. The game also remembers where you left off, so you don't have to worry yourself by remembering code words. There is both music and sound in this highly refined game.

Line GameBack in September of last year, I presented a few games about balls, including one from Dyson (the vacuum cleaner company) appropriately titled The Ball. Such an imaginative game, and such an unimaginative title.

The logical successor to that game was released in final form just this week, and it's called… wait for it… Line Game. Such a title!

The idea is simple and well executed. You control a line (which is a ball with a tail, more or less) and try to make it through a map larger than you can see all at once. You can use either keyboard or mouse, and switch from level to level if you wish. The levels (there are eight) can be quite tricky, with spinning pieces and bouncing obstacles, and moving passageways.

This release of the game has no sound or music, but that may change in the future as the game becomes more polished.

VorticubeReleased in late January, Vorticube requires you to collect colored boxes in three dimensions. 'W' and 'S' move forward and back, while the arrow keys take care of up, down, left, and right.

Of course, there's a big fan on the far wall, and mines scattered around the cube, and a timer counting down, so you won't have a lot of time to play around with the six-way controls. Use the shadow to help you figure out where you are in relation to the boxes (and mines).

Some of the boxes are marked and give you special bonuses, like destroying all the mines, or freezing time. The game has both music and sound effects.

I'm afraid that's it for this week. I've got to arrange a ride to pick up my truck, and see if I can donate extra blood this month to try to cover the repair bill.

And no, I made that last part up. I don't really donate blood for money. I haven't figured out where I can!

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