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Published December 16, 2009

Welcome back to my little hovel of a weekly blog known as the World of Flash. So at the end of last week, I told you I was going to inform you about where to find these flash games in nature. Well, I lied. I know, I’m horrible. I’m a monster. Get over it. I only do this for you. The world of Flash games is a big and scary place, and I’m not ready to let go of you just yet. Instead, this week I’m going to take you on a journey to a small but really intriguing niche of Flash game, perspective-based puzzlers. There are only a handful of games that fill this genre, but what they do is so unique and interesting that I feel they warrant a little more attention. So open your mind and get ready to adapt a whole new point of view.

Coign of Vantage

That squirrel is flying over your head in a million pieces!

Well, it takes a while to put a million pieces back together!

Made by two guys named Markus and Philipp based out of Vienna, Coign of Vantage has the player adjusting his or her mouse to line up pixels in such a way that a 2D image is formed. The twist is that the pixels are scattered in 3D space, and the only thing you can control is the camera. Did I mention the time limit? Time begins to count down from thirty seconds as soon as the first pixels appear. However, with each image you complete, you gain more time to complete further images. Still, as the clock winds down, your mouse starts flailing more and more as you try to find just where the hell you need to put the camera. What’s the goal? Points, baby, points! Finish as many as you can to earn the high score and gloat to your friends about your more worldly perspective. Or don’t and just enjoy the game and the soothing piano accompaniment.



Seriously, those squiggles mean something…

As you may have concluded from the name, Starlight has you manipulating the heavens themselves — bending them to your god-like powers, all in the name of pretty 2D pictures. Imagine looking up in the sky, connecting the dots to make a pretty picture, and then your jerk brother comes up and spins the stars around in 3D so that you can’t tell what you are looking at anymore. It’s now your job to spin those stars back into place so that the world may marvel at your celestial vandalism. The game has three difficulty settings, meaning you can choose just how casual you want your casual gaming experience to be. Take all day with the easy difficulty and tie thousands of others for the high score. The middle difficulty provides a higher score for faster completion, but you can still take all day to finish them should you choose. Pro mode, on the other hand, comes in with a fistful of whoop-ass and gives you 30 seconds to finish as many of the 64 puzzles as possible. Even with the two second extension per completed picture, it is still quite a task. Also, I’m not sure what it is with these perspective gaming guys and their fetish for piano music, but the music does provide a nice calming background for whichever mode you feel like playing.

So that’s it for this week. I told you, very niche, but I feel as though there is a lot to be had here. Now I’m not going to make any promises about what you will get from me next week. Do you remember paragraph one when I told you I was switching up the game plan? You got so mad, I thought you were gonna throw something at me. You know, you should probably see someone about those rage issues. Or go play some Starlight. Seriously, that piano is MAXIMUM relaxation music. Check you next week, dear readers.

One Comment

  1. I have some new flash games to try when I get home. The screenshot of the first game looks pretty nifty.

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