Review of Flash Game: Test Subject Blue

Test Subject Blue is a fun puzzle game. The game follows many of the same principles of the more complex puzzle game “Portal”. It is also the first in a series of games. In this flash game, the main character, an enzyme named Blue, is a test subject of Xend Industries. The scientist injects the blob into a portable vial at the start of each level. The portals in each level are already set. The way Blue enters portals, dictates the direction that he comes out of the coordinating portal. The goal is to get both gold microchips. The one not in a vial, must be retrieved first. When this microchip is retrieved, the chip in the vial is released. Once Blue reaches this chip, the level is complete and Blue is graded by the scientist, who has been watching Blue through the window of the maze. Each day this scientist tests Blue with a new level. A confusing concept at first but easy to figure out after a few practice levels.

This game isn’t easy, which is definitely a plus. While Blue tries to use the portals to reach his goal, he encounters other challenges such as villainous orange enzymes, traps that explode when touched, and even gets shot at by robot cannons in the walls of the maze. To combat these obstacles, all Blue can do is jump, dodge, time his portal entries, and occasionally shoot back. Each level is more complex than the one before and almost all the levels introduce some sort of new obstacle that the previous level did not have. It would be difficult to get bored whilst working your way through this. The controls in the game are simple; use the arrow keys to move Blue and hit your space bar to jump. This helps the player nimbly guide Blue around these obstacles. The easy controls are surprising with the complex story line, but go well with the cute animation. The ending of the game is great as well.

One negative aspect of the game is Blue’s Cannon. It is easy to use, but it isn’t effective against most of the things Blue encounters. It cannot disarm bombs or damage cannons that are shooting at you. It can only be used to kill one type of “bad guy”, the orange enzymes, and to hit the switches that temporarily turn off the portals. Hints and Tips:

As the levels become more difficult, timing is key. The player not only has to time the bullets while entering the portal, but he or she also has to time the incoming bullets on the other side of the portal.

Keep in mind the variables which are used to calculate the score. This includes, how many times Blue dies, how many bad enzymes are killed, and how quickly the level is completed.

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Classic Game Review: Cannonball Blitz

Donkey Kong for the Apple; at last! Well – almost, that is. The familiar gorilla has been replaced by a rigid soldier, the rolling barrels are now rolling bombs, and the beautiful maiden towards which you strive has been replaced (alas!) by a flag.

What has remained the same about this game is its incredible challenge. This is not a game for someone who likes to sit down for ten minutes and play something simple and relaxing before going to bed. CANNONBALL BLITZ is an addicting, hair-tearing game that cannot be turned off. After playing a game or two, you will be convinced that absolutely no one can play this thing. Skill, however, does gradually come; and soon you’ll have even greater challenges to frustrate you. The first level starts with you at the bottom of the screen, an enemy soldier at the top, and several ramps storming across the screen from top to bottom.

The soldier then begins lighting bombs and rolling them down the ramps toward you. The mission is to get up the ramps and capture the enemy’s flag without being run over by any of the bombs. The only way to get from ramp to ramp is to be thrown up there by one of the catapults on the ramps. A bomb falls through one of the trap doors on the ramp, drops to the next level, hits the one side of the catapult and, if you’re on the other side, up you go. There is another way to go up a level. That is by catching one of the balloons that occasionally fly by. I strongly advise that you ignore these however, as they seem to invariably deposit you on the next level directly in front of a rolling bomb. The only time the balloons are needed is when you reach the top and you have to get to the flag. When you finally do get to the flag, you are ready to go on to the next level… The Cannons.

The Second level begins with you at the lowest of six floors. There are 2 or 3 ladders going up from each floor and, on each of the floors, there are 2 rivets. All one needs to do is to run over each of these 12 rivets and the whole structure will come down, the guard at the top falling to his death. (This is war, you know). This would all be quite simple, if it weren’t for one little thing: the cannons. These little critters just won’t leave you alone. They can kill you by running you over or they can give you a nice cannonball in the gut. They can follow you up and down ladders, but they cannot jump over the gaps left by the rivets that are popped.

Also, on two of the floors, there are hammers with which you can mash the gunpowder out of the cannons. It should only take you a few decades of trying before you manage this feat, and by then you’ll be ready for the next level. On the third level you find yourself on a ledge surrounded by a variety of ladders, steps, and two large elevators (one going up, one going down). The only things that can stop you from getting to the top and completing this level are cannons, bouncing bombs, flying cannonballs and a big soldier with very big cannon. (Really, that’s all.)

When (if) you get that third level flag, you can relax for a minute and watch the intermission provided for your entertainment. Then, it’s back to the battlefield and the same scenario as the first level only this time someone must have put shorter fuses on the bombs, because they now have the nasty habit of exploding while you are jumping over them.

I’ll let you find out about the next levels for yourself (mostly because I haven’t gotten to them myself yet). In the final analysis, CANNONBALL BLITZ is a game every bit as challenging and fun as the arcade original. It will give you hours (days, months, years) of enjoyment.

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