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Game du Jour Deals: February 19 through February 25

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Game du Jour is a "One Deal a Day" website for casual PC games. Every day of the week, sells one downloadable game at a steep discount.

Every week Blogcritics Magazine will bring you a look of those games, so you know what to expect when the featured game gets its 24 hours in the spotlight.

We aim to publish reviews at least one day before the game goes on sale at, so please check back regularly. But we will admit, as much as we love casual games here at Blogcritics, we won't be able to get to every title.

This Week's Deals
2/19/2007 Gunstorm II — 50% discount
2/20/2007 Airstrike 3D — 50% discount
2/21/2007 Platypus — 45% discount
2/22/2007 Kakuro Works — 50% discount
2/23/2007 Winter Tale — 50% discount
2/24/2007 Zen Puzzle Garden — 60% discount
2/25/2007 Toribash — 45% discount

Gunstorm II
Writer: Kevin Cortez

Gunstorm II is a pretty fun action game. It plays in the same way the classic game Asteroids once did. You move your mouse left or right to rotate your ship, press the left mouse button to shoot, and hold the right button to move your ship with a boost. It's as simple as that. Players will enjoy moving the ship smoothly across the map and blasting constantly at enemies with one of the eight weapons available in the game.

I had a ton of fun with this one. The music, which kind of reminded me of 80s pop, or A Flock of Seagulls, was actually not that bad. This casual game actually had a band and singer to do their theme song!

Gunstorm II also includes many other game play modes that can be unlocked the more times you play the game. You can even play the original Gunstorm with the new weapons that are introduced with this sequel. I highly recommend this game, for its fast and addictive action, and fun game play.

Airstrike 3D
The ultimate helicopter game with great graphics and gorgeous effects awaits you!

You have not seen a helicopter game like this one before. AirStrike 3D: Operation W.A.T. is more than just a game. It is action packed, adrenaline filled, apocalyptic survival experiment for the daredevils.

Collosatropolis has invaded the peaceful land of Mungola! All that stands between you and complete destruction is an antique aircraft called Platypus!

Blast your way through four jaw-dropping worlds of incredible shooter action!

Kakuro Works
If you like Sudoku you will love Kakuro. Kakuro Works has a really useful combination tool to help you solve puzzles. Plus choice of skin, puzzle size, difficulty level. Enter and solve puzzles from the newspaper. Pencil Mode. Full Undo/Redo.

Winter Tale
Writer: Kaonashi

Winter Tale is another one of those match-the-items games like Bejeweled, but with a Christmas theme. Match three or more Christmas ornaments to make them disappear from the grid. You can match the ornaments horizontally, vertically, or in an L-shape. There's no time limit, which is nice.

Monitor your progress by looking at the Christmas tree to the left of the board. Whenever you complete a match, the corresponding colored ornaments on the tree "fill" up. You move on to the next level when all the ornaments have been filled in. Every five levels you unlock a present. On higher levels, some of the ornaments freeze, which don't allow nearby ornaments to move. Get rid of the frozen ornaments as quickly as possible by matching them with corresponding colored ornaments. If you're stumped, click on "Hint" on the lower left of the tree. Use this sparingly because doing so lowers the filled colors on the Christmas tree ornaments.

I question the Christmas theme because it's only applicable one month out of the year. I also wish there was a clearer tutorial. I spent a few minutes clicking on the board and pressing on arrow keys trying to figure out how to move the ornaments. It turns out that you must hold and scroll the ornaments up and down to find a match. Still, Winter Tale is a fun little game.

Zen Puzzle Garden
Writer: Kaonashi

Don't let the soothing music and cute graphics fool you: Zen Puzzle Garden is a challenging puzzle game, guaranteed to keep you busy and frustrated for days. You control an adorable little Buddhist monk working on a Zen garden with his trusty rake. Use the mouse or arrow keys to have the monk rake the sand. Once the monk steps on the sand and is directed a certain way, he keeps going in that direction until he reaches the end of the sand or encounters an obstacle. When he completes raking all the sand, the puzzle is solved.

The kicker is that the monk can't walk over already raked sand, a task made especially difficult by obstacles such as rocks and leaves. Fortunately the gameplay in Zen Puzzle Garden is as relaxed as the serene garden scenarios. There is no scoring system – just complete the puzzle and move on to the next. You can also skip around and do any of the 64 gardens/puzzles. There's also no time limit, and if you mess up you can undo your last move or choose to restart.

As I mentioned, Zen Puzzle Garden is very challenging. I started playing the game several hours ago and have only got up to Level 5 so far. If you need any hints, solutions, or strategies, visit the web site.

Writer: Michael Jones

Instead of the usual frenetic button-pushing action that comes standard in any fighting game, Toribash has you controlling your fighter in a thoughtful and logical manner as you literally take control of your Tori’s various joints and muscles, choreographing your attack.

My first time playing, I’d imagine, was pretty much the norm for anyone else that has casually picked up the game. Instead of whipping much Toribash ass, I ended up with my lil’ guy kicking his own ass (literally) and then flipping himself head over heels in the shadow of his unscathed opponent. Nice, huh?

I’ve arrived at a point where I can throw a kick that actually hits my opponent, by the way. Even though it took me a while to figure out, when I finally pulled it off I can’t tell you how incredibly satisfying it was. It made me want to practice more!

It is easy to see why this game was chosen as a Design Innovation Award finalist in this year’s Annual Independent Games Festival.

Reminiscent of years gone by when game play was simple and provided days of replay value simply in the quest to outdo yourself, Toribash is simply a great game. Take the demo out for a test-spin, and you’ll soon be ready to lay your money down and join the battle!

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