Oh, is it Friday again already? Then I suppose it's time for Friday Flash Games!
Every Friday I present three or more games for your entertainment, all of which require the Adobe Flash Player and your choice of web browser. This week I was sorely tempted to include a game that doesn't require Flash, but I'm a man of my word, and Flash will be required for every game.
I'll let you know when there is music or sound, so that you can adjust your computer's volume level before waking up the neighbors.
This week, in honor of Independence Day on July 4th, four games! For no particular reason, they're all about orbs.
Orb is a maze game. You pick up the Orb at the starting point and take it to the end. As far as that goes, the mazes are really simple. Of course, there are complications.
First of all, you can't touch the edges, which is more difficult than it sounds. Also, there's a lot of leafy foliage and pipes to block your view. They go translucent when you pass underneath them, but they're not there to be helpful. There are switches and things that make you grow or shrink, some of which are necessary, and some of which are only there to ruin your day.
There is music that plays throughout the game, and I don't see any way to mute it. Sadly, the game does not remember where you left off, nor does it provide level codes.
Orb 2 is a maze game. As with Orb, the mazes are simple, but the obstacles and challenges have gotten more creative and challenging. There are some new view-blockers and animated clouds. There are more switches. Most importantly, there are more levels to play once you finish the first game.
The music can be switched off in-game, but the sound effects don't, so that's of limited help. There are some challenge modes to make things really interesting. Most important of all, the game remembers where you left off, so you don't have to play the entire game in one sitting. This is most definitely a worthy sequel.