It's never too late for Friday Flash Games! Unless it's Saturday. Then you can read and play, but I've missed my deadline.
Every week I present three or more games for you to play, all of which depend on your favorite web browser, fortified with the Adobe Flash Player. I test each game on Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows, but hey — it's a cross-platform world these days. They all work, and it's all good.
I'll let you know when sound effects or music might disturb a tranquil class, interrupting the droning of Professor Longwind. Can't have that!
One note: I told you about Desktop Tower Defense much earlier this month, but the whole world seems to have caught on now, prompting a new version and some video captures of good strategies. Just because this column moved on three weeks ago doesn't mean you have to!
The makers of Frost Bite (from two weeks ago) have now created Skywire, a brilliant pixelart game that takes place in a bathtub. That's what the bathroom-tile background suggests, anyway, though the game play is hardly familiar in my shower experiences.
You control a tram, moving along a "skywire" from beginning to end, and your only control is speed. Still, you must speed up and slow down to avoid various fantastic obstacles that might otherwise kill your passengers. No pressure!
You've got twenty levels to get through, and three passengers to safely shepherd through each level. The obstacles are all whimsical, and it's easy to smile even as your passengers plunge into the tub below.
There are sound effects and music, though you can turn each off individually once the game has started — just a little too late to avoid drawing attention to yourself. The game keeps track of where you left off, so long as you play on the same computer.