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Friday Flash: Fields Of Logic, Lights Out, Warcraft

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It's the end of the week, and around here that's an occasion for celebration. In fact, it's time for Friday Flash!

If you don't know the drill by now, you really should see what you've been missing. In the meantime, because I know you're the impatient sort, I'll just tell you: Every Friday I list three or more games, all of which work in your web browser and require Adobe Flash Player. I test each game on both Windows and Macintosh, and also make note of music and sound, in case you're trying to play in a quiet environment.

I'm testing on a new Windows computer this week, so it might be harder for me to catch slow-performing games from here on out. On the other hand, I find them all more quickly now!

Fields of LogicWe'll start off this weekend with a logic puzzle, Fields of Logic. The goal is simple: turn TVs around by clicking on them. But which TVs? And what do you do when some of them turn others around, or turn back around, or have pictures on them?

There's music at the menu, and sound during the game, with no way to turn it off.

I think it starts to get difficult at level nine, and I say that because I got stuck there. There are 16 levels in all, and the game unfortunately doesn't have any way of resuming where you left off, so don't close the browser window unless you want to start.

Lights OutThis week my oldest daughter found a game in the closet that I had almost forgotten. She'd like to play it, especially as she now knows it occupied my attention for weeks, but there are two problems: First, I can't figure out how to start over with level one, so it's really hard for her. Second, one of the buttons doesn't work. The game is now 12 years old, so I guess that's no surprise. The look of disappointment on her face prompted my to check Google, however, and so now I present to you — as I presented to her — a virtual version of Lights Out, with no broken buttons, starting at level one.

You can mute the music that begins after you click "START," but you can't mute the sound effects.

The idea is simple, while the game itself can be very hard. Your goal is to turn the lights out by pressing buttons. Every time you press a button, it switches the light on that button – and the lights on the buttons immediately adjacent on all four sides. So turning off the light you're aiming for will also change four other lights, turning them either off or on.

I spent enough time with the handheld version of this game to realize that you should never have to press a button more than once, so a 25-button grid means no combination can possibly be more than 25 steps long. Of course, that's long enough!

WarcraftSince I'm sharing personal stories this week, I'll mention that I've never played Warcraft, but one of my brothers is working his way through Warcraft III and loving it. I also note that Blizzard recently released an expansion pack that had people standing in line at midnight to buy it. It seems like as good a time as any for me to start with the original Warcraft, free and online.

Of course, since I've never played, it's possible that I'm misunderstanding, and this isn't quite the same as the "real" Warcraft, but it's an interesting game nonetheless.

There are sound effects, which tend to be helpful.

Be careful not to underestimate your need for lumber, and it seems that fighting against orcs with lumber in your hands makes you easy prey — plus the orcs get to take your lumber without chopping it down themselves! Curse the orcs!

That's it for this week. Keep playing!

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  • So, is it the original Warcraft?