Friday Flash Games is about fun, so let's have fun. And can we really have fun with only three flash games? Last week I presented seven, and it was so much fun that I've decided to do it again.
Every Friday, I present three or more games for you to play, so long as you have a web browser and a copy of the Adobe Flash Player. You almost certainly do.
I'll let you know when a game has sound effects or music, because I know that some of you (naughty!) are playing these games at work and might not want anyone to know. Why you think that the repetitive mouse clicking or space bar smashing isn't enough of a clue, I'm not sure, but I issue the warnings anyway.
The game I've been playing so much this week that my wife recognizes it by sound alone is Virus 2. The sound is just a clicking sound which you can turn off from an in-game menu; there is no music.
The idea is to take over the entire board in the least number of moves. You can always take over the board, no matter what. But can you do it efficiently? You start as one of seven colors, and you can switch to one of the other six by clicking the colored shapes along the bottom of the screen. When you do that, all of the cells you currently control change to the new color. Then all of the cells you used to control, plus any bordering cells that match the color you switched to, will be yours.
In the screenshot I've provided, you're yellow. Switching to purple will give you control of the five adjacent purple cells, and then switching to pink would help you spread in three different directions. After clearing each board, you'll be told "Let's go Lower Now!" and you get to start over again, with one fewer "attempts" allowed.
I should warn you that the game seems to be occasionally buggy on your first turn. Sometimes it will make you a color but not link you in to the surrounding colors like it should. And sometimes that may even cost you the game when you spend three attempts to do what should have been done in one. I think the game is still worth it.