FRIDAY GAMES ARCHIVE
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: "NEWSLETTER 664?! WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!"
Don't click this link if you value workFound in newsletter: "NEWSLETTER 664?! WE DEMAND A RECOUNT!"
Cute numbers game that's a bit like the
time-sucking hit 2048. The link goes to a web
version but there is also a mobile app
available. Kept us clicking for a good twenty
minutes then we remembered we had a newsletter
to write. (Also like 2048, we wonder if it could
be remade with gif uploads.)
You remember web games right?Found in newsletter: "Hello? Does anyone even check their junk mail folders any more?"
* FRIGHTENING DROWNING GAME - we didn't enjoy
this one bit. It's that good. Use scroll button
to stay alive.
* LOCK AND KEY GAME - short and cute.
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: Enriched with cats and cat-derived proteins
>> Maverick Bird <<
Flappy Bird as recreated by the developer of
Super Hexagon. Every single bit as maddeningly
hard as the original, but with slightly
Where's That StreetView?Found in newsletter: "More gags than a Midwest basement"
Look at a Google StreetView location. Guess
where it is. Lesson? A fair bit of the
ex-Soviet Union looks like Spain. Oh, and you
can cheat if you get the chance to read shop
@TlfTravelAlertsFound in newsletter: "A Vile Product of Internet Culture"
Example tweets include:
* Due to line managers not paying their monthly
tithes to the Rat King, there are delays on the
* Chaos on the Central line due to a maverick
train who plays by its own rules, dammit. It's
getting punctual results, though, so fair play.
* St Jame's's' Park station is temporarily
closed due to an abundance of apostrophe's's
A vaguely amusing twitter twat to followFound in newsletter: "Not that you'll read it until Tuesday, you skiving twats"
@edwardrussia writes, "Accidental Alan Partridge
tweets are v funny." Yep, pointing out Jeremy
Clarkson is a bit Partridgey is obvious but
Code Injection Found in newsletter: "HAPPY CHEESE PASTY AND A WANK DAY"
Nifty game, where you 'inject' actions into
your character and random monsters for
differing results to guide you safely through
levels of a maze.
400 years: The GameFound in newsletter: "There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. Fucking Tories."
Neat, experimental game mechanic. Pressing
space makes time go quickly allowing trees to
grow or water to freeze so you can navigate the
Choose your own adventure flash gameFound in newsletter: "100% horsemeat. No bull."
10 years in the making, the game is set in the
early 1980s, during a period of Cold War
tension, and you play a kid in a first-world
democracy on lunch break. Amusing.
Trek in the CityFound in newsletter: "Calm down dear. It's just a newsletter"
Spun-off from the fact that Kim Cattrall, the
actor who played cougar Samantha in Sex in the
City, also had a part in Star Trek VI, the
tweets combine sci-fi babble with stuff about
Physics PacmanFound in newsletter: 'SUBJECT LINE CANCELLED DUE TO 1" OF SNOW'
Wouldn't normally link to a downloady game but
the idea is so neat - a version of Pacman where
you rotate the maze and drop him onto the
ghosts. Watch the video:
Guess the wordFound in newsletter: "The real year is 13.75 billion+1. Not 2013, you religious nuts"
As kids we used to play a guess the number game
- player 1 thinks of a number, player 2 guesses,
player 1 says higher or lower. We're kicking
ourselves that we didn't think of applying this
model to words. This version is almost great but
needs a smaller dictionary without obscure words
in it and a better interface.
A Blocky ChristmasFound in newsletter: "FINALLY Y2K COMPLIANT"
Finally, a flash game where you play a magnet.
At Christmas. Level 12 is hard. But then so is
our penis, or at least it used to be, in the
Shit your pants gameFound in newsletter: "Dead bird won't sing again. Please retweet."
Benjamin Turquier writes, "Dear Magic Donkey,
please accept this 'you pooped your pants at
work and have to escape' flash game." The Donkey
accepts the offering and brays.
Fucking Old Spice do something funnyFound in newsletter: "Just one more week of LookingLikeANoncember to go"
And we link to it through gritted teeth - you
don't need this stinky shit over your body, but
their ad people are on the ball.
Twitter accounts to block because they're Found in newsletter: "Handed to David Cameron on a piece of card"
funnier than us and it makes us jealous
* PIPPA TIPS - a spoof on the Middleton
sister's books that state the bleeding obvious,
e.g, "a haircut is a great way to deal with
over-grown or untidy hair. Hair salons & barbers
can do this for you in exchange for money."
Typing KaraokeFound in newsletter: "No longer available on Ceefax"
Love web projects that manage to pitch the
entire concept in the title - where you can
guess how the whole thing will play out in the
time it takes to load.
13k HTML5 gamesFound in newsletter: "WARNING: Do not read in Christian B&Bs"
Challenge web designers to make canvas-based
games in less than 13k of code (that's about
enough space to store 2,500 words of the play
Hamlet) and what do you get? Stuff that makes us
think the world is full of very clever people.
Draw your own computer gameFound in newsletter: "Joke free for legal purposes"
Deceptively simple playing fields and controls -
mindless fun ensues - we like it mainly for the
DIY art, extremely reminiscent of Line Rider
circa 2006 - but executed using HTML5 canvas
stuff which means Adobe hate it and will cry
flash vector tears if you play it.
Flabby physicsFound in newsletter: "One minute you're taking register. Next day you're on one."
Confusing at first as this game hides your
mouse pointer, just keep pressing space and
you'll get the hang of it.
I saw her standing thereFound in newsletter: "LIKE TWO FRIED EMBASSIES"
Lovely indie game featuring romance, zombies
and rotten guitar playing.
Give up & Project Giana plugFound in newsletter: "David Cameron is now following you on Twitter!"
>> Give up <<
Portalesque 2D single screen platformer with
~50 increasingly challenging layouts to clear.
We gave up by level 5 and particularly enjoyed
pressing the give up button.
>> Project Giana <<
Craig Robinson of Gp32 / Pandora fame writes,
"I was wondering if you might try to help these
guys? They are trying to raise $150k to
kickstart a new version of the classic The
Great Giana Sisters. I know a lot of the
newsletter readers are classic gamers, so it
seems worth a try."
Pretend to be a Unicorn gameFound in newsletter: "Julian Assange's fave Dylan song? Knock knocking on Ecuador"
Couldn't get anywhere in this, but making the
unicorn stumble and fall over made us giggle
rather a lot. And maybe that's the point.
Harry, my cat died...Found in newsletter: "Two days until the NHS closing ceremony"
Takartha80 recommends, "Twitter account
@Harrymycatdied, which retweets when One
Direction fans tell Harry Styles that they've
got a dead cat." Epic, epic trolling.
_WashingMachineFound in newsletter: "B3ta unaccountably silent while beach volleyball in progress"
Example tweets include:
"FUCKING HATE BEDLINEN DAY. 90° WASH? PISS
RIGHT OFF. MIGHT SNEAK A RED TOWEL INTO THE
WHITES WASH TO FUCK ABOUT FOR A BIT."
"THEY LEFT THE BLOODY KITCHEN LIGHT ON AGAIN
AND THE CAT IS LICKING ITS BOLLOCKS WHILST
SITTING ON MY HEAD. FUCKING BRILLIANT."
"SHIT ME, 1,000 FOLLOWERS?! WAIT 'TIL THE
DICKHEAD TOASTER HEARS ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU
ASCIIvaniaFound in newsletter: "B3ta unaccountably silent while beach volleyball in progress"
Meepmeep writes, "Use letters to make words.
Open areas to collect new letters. Try and
complete the alphabet. Cracking little Friday
@KimKierkegaardFound in newsletter: "Offical Purile Digital Arts Community Partner of the 2012 Olympic Games"
The philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard mashed with
the tweets and observations of Kim Kardashian.
Sample tweets include
"Lazy day poolside! Best french toast ever. No
other loss can occur so quietly as the loss of
"Good morning Miami! Here everything lies naked
and visible before God, and consciousness has
nowhere to hide."
"My soul always turns back to the Old Testament
& Shakespeare. They hate, love, murder their
enemies. What could be more summery than that?"
FYI: We've just looked up Søren Kierkegaard
trying to find some fun facts. There are none.
Mario CrossoverFound in newsletter: "DAVID BECKHAM HAS FRY ON HIS SHOULDER OVER OLYMPIC OMISSION"
Play classic Mario maps with Nintendo
characters including Link, Samus, Bill R, Simon
and Megaman. We like the one with a gun.
Someone should remake Tetris with a gun.
Minimalist RPG for your Friday gaming pleasure Found in newsletter: "BUY $38 B3TA SHARES HERE. SORRY, $28."
We spent a good hour on this game last night
and wasted much of the time we should have been
researching the B3ta newsletter. So lo-fi you
might dismiss it but if you do engage with it -
gosh crazily addictive. Make sure you press the
button to turn the Japanese into English and
fuck it, we want to finish writing this damn
newsletter so we can have another go. Seriously
- are there any iOS games like this?
Des'ree and her shit lyricsFound in newsletter: "Brogrammers: coders who love bro-jobs"
Des'ree once sang "I don't want to see a ghost
/ It's a sight that I fear most / I'd rather
have a piece of toast." A rhyme so notoriously
banal that few have forgotten it. Including
this newly created parody account featuring
such delights as "Murdoch is quite an old man.
He's not young like that Gok Wan. Listening to
Duran Duran. Missing Madeleine McCann."
Rambo's Last BloodFound in newsletter: "Brogrammers: coders who love bro-jobs"
Celebrating 30 years of Sinclair Spectrum this
week with this experimental sequel to Rambo:
First Blood (which was basically a remake of
Commando). Here Rambo dies and attempts to
atone for the pain he's caused, by hugging
the souls of the dead.
New Spectrum game! Blimey. Are we Crash! now?Found in newsletter: "Guaranteed to contain absolutely no references to L****N 2**2"
joefish writes, "Celebrate 30 splendiferous
years of the ZX Spectrum by stoking up an
emulator (ZXSpin, or FUSE if you're Linuxed)
and playing my new Speccy game Buzzsaw+, wot
does things with colours that Speccies aren't
supposed to do. Winner of World of Spectrum's
game-of-the-year poll - which may not sound
much but there were over 100 new titles
released for the Speccy last year alone."
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: "Gay buses spread HGV virus claim Christians"
Just the fax ma'amFound in newsletter: "Gay buses spread HGV virus claim Christians"
* ITALY - Friday the 17th is considered unlucky
to our Roman cousins - even once renaming a
popular Hollywood film, "Shriek – Do You Have
Something to Do on Friday the 17th"
* GREECE - Whereas the Greeks get the
heebie-jeebies about Tuesday the 13th.
* THE RAP COMMUNITY - Tupac was pronounced dead
on September 13, 1996. If he'd lived he'd now
be 41 and rapping about the importance of using
ISAs to save and where to move to get his
kids into a good school.
Lots of variations on PongFound in newsletter: "Gay buses spread HGV virus claim Christians"
Possibly our favourite is Epilepsy Pong which
makes the screen flash horribly. If they ever
make V2 our ideas include:
A. SCREAMING PONG - like pong but with the
sounds of screams.
B. YOU'RE PONG NOW - You play the ball and not
C. PONG FOR EUROPE - With vaguely UKIPy Terry
Epic Sax GameFound in newsletter: "Everyone who reads this newsletter will die. Please share."
More 8-bit lols in this Guitar Hero style midi
sax game. Bleepingly good.
8bit Mad MenFound in newsletter: "NEWSLETTER MINIMUM CHARGE LAW SHOCK: 40P PER KITTEN UNIT"
8-bit has become shorthand for old-fashioned
computer games - whereas, to our eyes, this is
closest to the Sierra On-Line stuff like
Leisure Suit Larry and Space Quest, which we
remember playing on a distinctly more than
8-bit EGA PC. Anyway - loving work despite our
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: "IMAGINE BONO. THERE YOU GO, RUINED YOUR DAY"
Suicide has been staved off another week with
small bits of misanthropic humour from the
imaginary season of Friends 11. Best bit? The
cast photo with Jennifer Aniston replaced with
Iggy Pop. (A comparison that George Clooney's
g/f Elisabetta Canalis made famous in 2010;
Imagination timeFound in newsletter: "THE PERFECT REPLACEMENT FOR YOUR OLD SLETTER"
We think you've been playing too many games.
Christ, you've started pissing yourself on the
sofa! So games are banned until further notice
until you can control your addiction.
To amuse yourself we'd like to suggest you use
your imagination to play some games in your
head. Here's some ideas to start you off:
* TV game show idea: "I'm Still Standing"
Punters bet on how long Elton John can stand
up for. Winner gets a 10% net of bets. We get
* Flash game idea: "The Grass Is Greener On
The Other Side." Two pics of grass. Click the
greener one. Theme tune by Nik Kershaw.
* Postman simulator: How fast can you deliver
"Sorry you were out" notes before you nip back
to HQ for a fag?
Lippy name that tuneFound in newsletter: "OPERATING A PERMANENT GEEK BAILOUT SINCE 2001"
Smack your lips together and note the tone.
Change the shape of your mouth and note the
different tone. You should be able to roughly
play tunes. We can make a piss-poor stab at
Hot Butter's Pop Corn. Can your colleagues
guess what the tune is? Do they want to stab
you in the face yet?
Think your screen is clean?Found in newsletter: "WHAT TIME IS IT? I DON'T KNOW, MY WATCH IS STILL BOOTING UP"
If your screen is anything like ours it's
covered in fingerprints, sinister smears and
possibly bodily fluids. However you've probably
tuned it out. Don't clean it yet, play this
'hunt the pixel' game and realise quite how
dirty your screen is. We ended up giving it a
quick wipe and found out we've got one dead
pixel. So basically, this is a link that
spreads misery. Hooray!
Policy GuessesFound in newsletter: "Better than an email from Linkedin"
Think of the most right-wing policy you can
imagine and guess the year the Tories will
support it. Then add six months to produce the
date when Labour will capitulate.
* SELLING THE ORGANS OF THE POOR TO MAKE MEAT
JAM - proposed for 2015.
* FRUIT MACHINES IN POST OFFICES - to reclaim
the benefits back. (2013)
* THE RETURN OF THE WORKHOUSE - via a
distributed system called 'workfare' (2012)
This isn't much of a fun game is it? Sorry.
Why not keep spitting and see how long it
takes to fill a cup?
Abobo's Big AdventureFound in newsletter: "The only newsletter in the world that actually needs censorship"
Eight levels, each a homage to NES games,
including Double Dragon, Zelda, Contra,
Megaman & Punch Out. A visual delight.
Your guide to Twitter "lols"Found in newsletter: "Can Bob Holness die again today? We liked the nostalgia last Friday"
@StealthMountain alerts Twitter users who've
typed "sneak peak" when they meant "sneak peek"
then favourites the replies. Very gentle
Slowest pee everFound in newsletter: "Can Bob Holness die again today? We liked the nostalgia last Friday"
When you pee it normally turns into a torrent
pretty damn quickly - can you train your urine
muscles only to dribble it out? We don't mean
stop/start, that would be rubbish, but control
the volume per second. How long can you make a
piss last? Great game for all the family.
Two-way game actionFound in newsletter: "BOB HOLNESS: NUS DECLARES WEEK OF MOURNING"
* GREEK PUNISHMENT GAME - In Greek mythology,
Sisyphus was a king punished by being
compelled to roll an immense boulder up a
hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to
repeat this throughout eternity. Now imagine
that as an 8-bit flash game.
* PAPER PRINTY-OUT BOARD GAMES - @jingies
writes, "free make-it-yourself board games.
Played over Christmas, and Spree is great fun."
Pitch perfectFound in newsletter: "SPOILER ALERT: You and everyone you ever loved will die"
Think of a song you know well. Say the intro
riff from the KLFs What Time Is Love. Hum it.
Keep humming it. Look it up on Youtube/Spotify.
Have you got the pitch right? How far were you
This game can also be played with BPM for the
Estimate your pissFound in newsletter: "ASK DAVID HASSELHOFF YOUR QUESTIONS"
The next time you need a wee, take a guess at
the quantity (1 pint? 2 pints?). Carry at least
four pint glasses to the loo and see if you're
right. To play this game is to win.
More tube stalking stuffFound in newsletter: "B3TA - NOT ASKED TO RUN 'CHILDREN IN NEED' SITE FOR 10 YEARS RUNNING"
Beaverwastemanagement writes, "When you get
on a bus or train or plane you must try as
best you can to avert your eyes from the
passengers as you board (look at the floor for
instance) and get to the furthest back seat
you can. From that viewpoint using only the
clues you can see from behind decide which of
the other travellers you definitely would,
might and definitely would not, not never, not
even with his.
"As you get off the bus you score your
decisions: you get a 2 for Thank fuck I called
that one dead right and a 1 for oh OK if I had
to and you get - 2 points for bejezuz she's
sooo much older than that blonde hair suggests
and a crippling -3 for getting the sex wrong
or anything actually illegal. Just reverse the
sexes for all possible gender preferences or
go the whole hog and rate the entire bus if
you are a greedy bi-sexual. Keep your best
score and try to break it with each new trip.
Alternatively just read Metro. The letters
page is OK I suppose."
BTW: We've just tried playing this game in our
kitchen and have scored -1 for accidentally
contemplating fucking the fridge.
Prof or Tramp? Nobel prize or Hobo prize?Found in newsletter: "Selling out faster than The Smiths at a John Lewis christmas sale"
We were sent this by an anonymous caller,
clearly inspired by our retro quizzes of
yesteryear. Can you tell the difference between
university staff or derelicts? We couldn't.
Hooray for two groups that don't willingly wear
the handcuffs of smart.
Celebrity PaedophileFound in newsletter: "I picked the wrong day to give up Moussaka"
Think of a name of a celebrity and google it
with the word "paedophile" and giggle at the
mentalists invariably accusing them of being
part of some Illuminati child-rape cult.
See how far you can walk holding your breathFound in newsletter: "Shave it off, it grows back thicker. I cant wait to see my new willy"
Can you get to your corner shop? The point of
this game is the same as all games - momentary
distraction during the inevitable trudge towards
death. Oh you want a flash game? Hmm. Ok, let's
imagine one. Frogger Motorway. The cars are too
fast to pass. You die, die, die, but eventually
you realise you can move backwards away from the
motorway and live out your days peaceably in an
unspoiled paradise. 5 stars, would play again.
Close your eyes and find your wayFound in newsletter: "A GREAT DAY FOR DICTATOR SNUFF FANS"
Shut your eyes now. Do it. Think of a place to
go, say the toilet and feel your way there.
Points for not falling down the stairs - but
this isn't a game you can win, it's just about
the experience of navigating the world
differently and exploring how your brain creates
a map of 3D space with or without visual input.
Real citizenship testFound in newsletter: "WOOT WOOT 500TH NEWSLETTER"
Immigrants coming to the UK have to do a
citizen test, asking them arcane points about
UK law that few who live here actually know
about. This would be a much better test:
Crisp gameFound in newsletter: "Worth a million of next week's newsletter"
Eat a packet of crisps but don't swallow until
your mouth turns all 35grams into a delicious,
salty mouth-soup. Suck this backwards and
forwards between your teeth. Repeat with a
second bag of crisps.
Sinead O'ConnorFound in newsletter: "If we're 'all in this together' where's OUR coke and hookers? "
One-time singer and Pope-agitator Sinead
O'Connor is on Twitter and she's got a potty
mouth. Love her. Examples include:
* "I went to the doctor. Guess what he told me?
Guess what he told me? He said 'girl u better
stop sticking popular fruit + veg up ur gool.'
* "Can't believe oprah's twitter is listed as
similar to mine! She doesn't take it up the
shitter does she?"
* And reply to Emma Freud (the great
granddaughter of Sigmund let's not forget),
"@emmafreud it's all about lube though ladies.
Don't just let him in there un-prepared."
Mental pongFound in newsletter: "If we're 'all in this together' where's OUR coke and hookers? "
Jasper Kingjay writes, "I do like Friday games
in the newsletter. I do. I really do. And I know
you are fond of classics. So here is Mental
Pong, made by a friend of mine. It's meant to
drive you mental. And trololol is in there.
Website is in Dutch, but you'll manage."
300 LinesFound in newsletter: "The world's premiere Colonel Gadaffi fanzine"
A collaborative drawing app that shows the last
300 lines draw. @user24 writes, "I'm telling
you, once there are a few users on it, it goes
ALSO INTERESTING - but not something you can
play in your browser is the stabyourself guys
who are taking classic games and remixing them -
Tetris with real world physics and Mario with
Portal style shenanigans.
@YouvebinframedFound in newsletter: "Civil unrest quelled by Big Brother relaunch"
Deadpan descriptions of the type of shit you get
on TV's top clip show. Funnier than it should be:
* "Montage of skateboarding teens/men landing
groin first on banisters/bars/immovable hard
objects. Set to Avril Lavigne's sk8ter Boi"
* "Lady stands above steam drain. You think her
skirt will rise at any moment. It doesn't. Her
* "Woman parading a large cake from kitchen to
table. She slips. She falls into cake. Everyone
laughs except her."
Wonder PuttFound in newsletter: "Civil unrest quelled by Big Brother relaunch"
Crazy golf on cat LSD. Might kill your
afternoon, should your life be so empty you wish
to fill it with mindless distraction.
VVVVVVFound in newsletter: "Chilean miners bemoan one year since they had great anal sex!"
Great little retro platformer that has you
flipping gravity between ceiling and floor to
rescue your missing shipmates. Bleeptastic
soundtrack too. Yeah, this is just a 2-level
demo, but it's tough enough to occupy some idle
Save the world by typing fast Found in newsletter: "RUSSIA FINALLY RECOGNISE HEROIN NOT JUST 'TURBO SHERBET'"
Neat little shoot-em-up typing game. Has explosions.
Booze UpFound in newsletter: "The Saturday Guardian internet page - one day early"
A nice little platformer in the vein of
Jumpman. With a bit of a b3tan feel.
Some kind of puzzle gameFound in newsletter: "BECAUSE YOU COULDN'T AFFORD A GLASTONBURY TICKET"
Loads of boarders appeared to enjoy this and
voted it highly but we couldn't get the hang of
it. Maybe we're just shit:
@KillingStationFound in newsletter: "It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. That'll be $2.99, please"
The inside scoop from the BBC's worst canteen -
wonder how long it'll take the Daily Mail to
write an article on @KillingStation with a bash
HTML5 wonder thingFound in newsletter: "It's Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. That'll be $2.99, please"
Flash was the rock that early B3ta was built on.
Now it's as about as fashionable as an H &
Claire CD single. HTML5 is where it's at and,
gosh, can't it do wooshy things?
More wanking gamesFound in newsletter: "Unlike Leicester, we have a zombie attack strategy"
Jamie writes, "Here's another addition to your
sexy games list. When I fancy knocking one out,
I sometimes play Babestation Deal or No Deal.
Tune into the first Babestation-type channel and
ask yourself 'Deal or No Deal?'. If you Deal,
you knock one out there and then. If you No
Deal, you go to the next channel and ask the
same question. If you get to the last station
without dealing, then you have to knock one out
to whoever's on that channel and there's no
going back, even if it's your mum."
* AND HERE COMES THE SCIENCE BIT - salvadorevincent
writes, "You might like to know that Buster
Hackney's take on the Friday Game in Newsletter
480, about going on an escalator and choosing
which person on the opposite escalator you'd
like to have sex with, but not being able to
change your mind once you've chosen (and thus
risking someone even hotter passing you by
later) is an example of what mathematicians call
Optimal Stopping. There is a formula for
maximising your chances of picking the best
person, assuming the people on the other
escalator are evenly spaced apart: wait until
you are 37% of the way along the escalator, then
choose the first person who is more attractive
than anyone you have seen so far. If you haven't
chosen anyone by the end, then you have to pick
the last person (even if this is the winner of a
Susan Boyle lookalike contest). Amazingly, you
then have a 37% chance of having imaginary sex
with the hottest person on the escalator."
More sexy gamesFound in newsletter: "Post-rapture edition"
Buster Hackney writes, "My take on Friday Game
- Tube version. You ride the up escalator. As
you watch the other bodies riding down, you
have to pick the one you will have sex with.
You have to pick someone before the end of the
ride. Once you pick you can't change your mind.
If you made the right choice you win the game.
If you pass someone even hotter that makes you
shout, "Doh!" ... you lose."
Or if you don't want such muck, sinisterduck
suggests playing 'Ponycorns' with gfx and story
created by a five-year-old girl. Really. That's
what happens when your dad is a massive geek.
Sexy GambleFound in newsletter: "Pony's day trip ruined by rail staff"
Captain Plantagenet writes, "I liked your
suggested Friday Game of counting the number of
people you'd have sex with that you've seen
today, but can offer a variation that makes it
all the more challenging.
"Pick a spot where you can see people
approaching from a distance - a park bench, a
seat on the bus - you get the idea. As soon as
you see a person in the distance, decide whether
or not they'd be someone you'd bed. You then
have a wait of anticipation to see whether on
close inspection they're a vision of beauty, or
a 50-year-old cigarette-wielding grandmother of
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: "Ask Jeeves bemoans lack of Facebook smear"
Count the amount of people you've seen today who
you'd like to have sex with. We used to play
this as teenagers and would allow the inclusion
of TV shows, normally the cast of Neighbours not
including Helen Daniels, Mrs Mangel and Madge.
StrategeryFound in newsletter: "This Newsletter subject line was our Second Preference"
We've bought one of those swanky iPad 2 things,
because although we can't afford to eat, we're
still addicted to the tech pouring out of China.
Anyway, massive thumbs up to the iPad
Garageband, with which we wrote 5 songs in one
day sitting in our pants on the bed. Also
horribly addicted to the Dice Wars / Risk game
Strategery. Seeing little board pieces when we
close our eyes addicted.
Royal Wedding Drinking GameFound in newsletter: "Happy Birthday Andre Agassi!"
1. Don't watch the Royal Wedding
2. Get drunk
Pingy Penis Pencil Woo Woo TimeFound in newsletter: "Kate Middleton's Ultrasound Pictures Souvenir Edition."
Push a blunt end of a pencil into your
clothing-covered groin and see how far you can
ping it. We can manage just over a foot.
Space is Key - one-button flash game Found in newsletter: "WEUNDERVALUEANYCAR.COM"
Loving this game where you just press Space to
play. Great music too.
Blind man's cuppaFound in newsletter: "Going to war in the Middle-East, cause it went so well last time"
Close your eyes and attempt to make a cup of
tea. Points for not ending up in hospital.
Famous objects from classic moviesFound in newsletter: "Facebook has been blocked in Libya. Colonel Gaddafi likes this."
Ring. Bike with basket. Suitcase with glowing
stuff inside it. What movies are these?
This linky was everywhere this week, and was
created by designer Ji Lee from the Google
Creative Lab, who are "recruiting an army of
young creative and tech talent, training them
and sending them out into the industry to
conquer it from within." An extraordinary policy
that's a bit like the Borg.
Find the starFound in newsletter: "B3ta newsletter - the bits of the web that aren't Justin fucking Bieber"
Discovering stars need not be a TV shit-fest
like X factor. This week's game involves you
finding them in a series of clever puzzles, and
not a trace of Simon Cowell.
Space CannibalsFound in newsletter: "Mubarak double quack double quack"
Space Cannibals is a game by @Matttound. Your
Ginger Furher helped out by writing a song you
only hear if you pass about 12 levels. Bet you
don't hear it! (that's a challenge btw.)
BONUS GAME! WHAT'S YOUR STREET AGE? Seeing as
promoting our own work is a bit lame, here's
another game that impressed us this week. It's
a multiple choice video thing for you to work
out your "street age" - although everyone
playing it seems to come out aged 38 - it's a
very impressive, immersive and well acted bit
Online CPC emulatorFound in newsletter: "CUT OUT AND KEEP AMSTRAD CPC464 COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE"
Similar to the Jasper one for the ZX spectrum
that's been knocking around for years, you can
now play your favourite 464 games in your
browser. Well, worked for us in Safari and
massively failed in Chrome. Still, nice to look
at the porky pixel loading screens.
Webby style Advance WarsFound in newsletter: "Implant jokes are the breast ones. But can go tits up."
Matt 'Grim...' Squirrel writes, "It does seem
terribly ungentlemanly for my first suggestion
for the newsletter to have been something I did
myself, but there you go. Basically, it's a copy
of everyone's favorite turn-based war game
Advance Wars on the DS, but on the Internet,
with cows. It's in beta at the moment (heh), but
it's perfectly playable and, if I do say so
Tealy & OrangeyFound in newsletter: "Warning: may contain libel, or other blood products"
Freakyzoid writes, "I've been spending my
evenings recently working on a challenging
little flash puzzle platformer called Tealy &
Orangey that I thought your readers might like.
The idea is that you control two coloured orbs,
and have to get them both to the end zones. As
the levels progress various hazards are added,
and there are a few other twists. In total
there are 20 levels, and currently it seems to
take players around half an hour to forty-five
minutes to complete. It saves your progress
through levels as well - it's intended to be
one of those little lunch-break type
diversions, which I think might suit b3tans
This game is smart. Freakyzoid should make an
iPhone version and cash-in.
Tear-jerker gameFound in newsletter: "LOCKED UP WITHOUT CHARGE OR BAIL (OR CAKE) FOR PUBLISHING THIS"
There's some really interesting stuff going on
in the amateur game design world at the
moment, where gaming structures are being used
to express emotion rather than a pure game
experience. The effect is somewhere between
lonely, confessional indie rock and art films.
Simple shootout gameFound in newsletter: "[title]newsletter[/title]"
Chenobble writes, "Hold the mouse over the
chamber, wait for the countdown, then aim at
the opponent and shoot. Gory, simple but very
addictive. My score: 286" BTW: Why don't
Russian scientists wear Y-fronts? Because
Advanced Pigeon Simulator and Up/Down gameFound in newsletter: "We like N. Korea, and we like S. Korea. But which is better? Only one way to find out..."
>> Sky rats <<
Apparently this is a real game and there's
strategy and stuff, but we just liked flying
about and making 'coo coo' noises.
>> Fuck knows, mentalism <<
Catbrain writes, "Here's a top tip for you:
Creative b3tans: Don't bother contributing
anything you've actually spent time making
yourself for the newsletter.. chances are it
won't get shown, in favour of recycled links
anyway. Me bitter? (Or
maybe my stuff's just shit.)" Hmm, well
digging through Catbrain's work there was some
ad that was okayish but not our bag. However,
we did like their suggestion of featuring this
game, that has a guest appearance of Weebl's
Amazing Horse if you play it long enough.
Apostrophe testFound in newsletter: "Quitting the One show to be a full time sex pest"
OCD Grammar freaks! Make your less literate
friends feel like shit by scoring highly in
White JigsawFound in newsletter: "B3ta applauds risky Robin Hood Airport viral marketing campaign"
Not some kind of KKK puzzle only playable by
our pale-faced brethren, but an addictive game
that gets bigger every time you complete a
Our oh-so-imaginatively-titled @twitter sectionFound in newsletter: "Perhaps appropriately, there is no 'U' in 'Osborne'"
In case you haven't noticed already - child
antiques expert turned transsexual Little
Britain fan Lauren Harries is on twitter and
doesn't shy from speaking her mind. Favourite
* "Keith Allen, you are dead, and don't contact
* "ex bizarre reporter contacted me to say I
should tell the papers about me and russell
brand having sex nevr occurred to me"
* "Philip schofield has canvassed TV companies
to stop me working -thought I was going to show
my bits, hasn't got over the shock."
95 games all disguised as workFound in newsletter: "Osbourne: Let them eat cake"
bobbycutters writes, "I've just started to work
my way through them but some of them are real
sweet, and all conveniently disguised as Word
docs so I suppose you could get away with it at
work. The highlights for me so far is No.22 -
Paintball - level three is a huge picture of a
Electric Box 2Found in newsletter: "Claire Rayner; NOW WITH WINGS!"
Anthony Sennett writes, "I did what you said
and went on Kongregate. Here's the second
instalment of Electric Box." Shiiiiit, that's
our afternoon screwed then. Hope they don't do
an iPhone version or we'll really be fucked.
Flabby PhysicsFound in newsletter: "DOUGH - YOUR COUNTRY KNEADS YOU"
Nicky Hewgill writes, "this should be a phone
app - top one-button game."
BTW: Mr_Chopper has also written in to
complain about our comment last week that we
weren't playing many flash games these days as
our casual gaming stuff had been taken over by
the iPhone. He's very, very angry about this:
"Well this is all very well and good, however
for the 6 of us who don't yet own Apple's
A-MAZE-ING "Lifestyle Choices are for Specky
Cocks Anyway" Fucking Machine why not take
things one step further?
"Why not just randomly click around on
YouTube, Vimeo or Dailymotion until you find
something funny? No doubt every man and his
cunt has already seen it, as it's already been
Tweeted half way to Shitzbekistan and back,
complete with fifteen thousand mash-ups and
meta-combinations of memes that don't even
exist yet. When you're done, have a go at
converting it to Cocoa Shunters iOS and make
sure we get hit up with 25% royalty fees -
it's our idea, after all."
We're sorry for being shitFound in newsletter: "Kim unveils successor to stunned Mel"
Every so often people moan that there's no
Friday games anymore. Well, to be honest we're
not playing many web games at the moment,
instead it's just iPhone crap. Currently we're
so massively addicted to iPhone Scrabble that
when we just corrected a typo we heard an inner
voice say: "No. Leave it, it's worth more
So yeah - play iPhone Scrabble - or if you want
a multi-player version on a massive board try
"Words with Friends."
Or if you really, really want some flash
gaming, visit Kongregate and click on whatever
shit they're doing these days.
Real world break outFound in newsletter: "Special Chris Moyles charity fundraiser edition"
Imagine you're trapped in a really dull office
and the only way you can skive is to play
crappy versions of Breakout that look like
Word from the mid-2000s. If this isn't your
life already then this game is a pretty
Introducing that cool new product... Twitter!Found in newsletter: "Get your tax money back by robbing from a catholic collection plate"
There's been a long tradition of fake celeb
accounts for lols on Twitter - favourites
include @dianainheaven ("Just realised I've been
walking around all day with my left bollock
hanging out.") and @CherylKerl ("Yerz kna
listnin tuh Mawvin King's TUC speech haz made uz
reassess mei thorts on causes a wor bankin
crisis man pet an aall.")
Our new favourite is the shit Britpop-tastic
@reallybanderson and here are some of his recent
* Bumped into Loz from Kingmaker today. Says they
are re-uniting and he has changed his name to
"Lolz", to appeal to "the kids". Tragic.
* All Bran and Coco Pops in one bowl? Brett
Anderson knows the score.
* My next 25 new followers will receive a genuine
piece of Richard Oakes' BMX bike as a prize.
He'll probably be fine about it.
Vampire KittensFound in newsletter: "Naomi Campbell upset at gaining 3 stones overnight"
Your Ginger Fuhrer has organised one of those
flash game thingies for the E4 site - this time
designed by long time B3tan plasticmartians AKA
International KarateFound in newsletter: "Making a pig's vagina of it"
Old nerds will be in rapture at this
pixel-perfect recreation of the Commodore 64
game International Karate. We managed to get
through the first few levels by kicking and
then gave up. Exactly as we played it 25 years
Twitter golfFound in newsletter: "RIP Harold Shipman, you legend"
Guide your ball across the range by guessing
what words are popular on Twitter. Tip:
'iPhone' will get you a longer putt than
The IT Crowd GameFound in newsletter: "NOT AS POSH AS THE TIMES, BUT AT LEAST IT'S FUCKING FREE"
Our ginger Fuhrer and Matt Round have been hard
at work producing a game for Channel 4 to
promote the IT Crowd comedy show. May contain
references to Keyboard Cat:
BTW: orca_biscuits delightfully asks, "Where
the fuck was the Friday game, you ginger cunt?"
Sorry about that but if people don't send them
in then we don't run them, and we're too proud
simply to lift the current highest-rated game
Fold the worldFound in newsletter: "In the time it takes to read this, someone else will have become a 'social media expert'"
In the world of play-them-once-and-forget Flash
games the current thing is to make a platformer
and give it a gimmicky twist in the controls.
If you want to earn a few quid on Kontraband
you could do worse than spending a day
brainstorming such quirks.
Wikipedia game, anyone?Found in newsletter: SOMETHING SOMETHING FOOTBALL LOL!
mcalidnb writes -
"It's like that thing that was mentioned in the
newsletter ages ago, where you pressed random
article and raced your mate to find a page
related to pornography. Except this gives you
the starting page, and the target page isn't
necessarily about pornography. Anyway, it's
good, play it."
Electric BoxFound in newsletter: "This week containing an ASCII pic of Mohammed"
We've lost our life to shitty iPhone games and
our current obsession is Electric Box - a
visually lacklustre take on the early 90s
classic The Impossible Machine. We're up to
about level 28 and we keep going for extra
shits as an excuse to play more. Linky goes to
Plants Vs ZombiesFound in newsletter: "YOU DIDN'T VOTE FOR THIS NEWSLETTER BUT HERE IT IS ANYWAY"
Being bleeding edge technology nerds can
sometimes leave you behind the times. Case in
point - we were early adopters on the iPhone
but, because of network contract issues, we got
a cracked one off eBay. Great, but it meant
when Apple upgraded the OS it was tricky for us
to follow suit. So we were left with a phone
that would only load about 1 application in 20
and we gave up on the app store. To cut a dull
story short, we've fixed it and now gone iPhone
gaming mental, catching up on all the games
that people were praising in, ooh, 2008? And to
add our voice to the throngs - Plants Vs
Zombies is an addictive twist on the Tower
Defence genre that has wasted half our week
sitting on the bog shooting zombies. Linky goes
to flash version.
Hue shiftFound in newsletter: "A Good Day To Bury Bad News"
Our colour vision is a bit dodgy in the old red
/ green area and that means we never try very
hard on games that require careful observation
of hue. Basically we're saying this game is
racist and oppressing us. Thanks JamesG for
making us feel bad.
Mario r-r-r-r-remix - check it outFound in newsletter: "B3ta refuses to apologise for calling all Daily Mail readers bigots"
Now you can play the original Super Mario Bros
game as Link from Zelda, Mega Man, and several
others we can't quite remember. Wish someone
would take this idea and let you play Manic
Miner with Rick Dangerous - ie. give old Miner
Willy a gun.
We've giving you two. Two. It rhymes with poo.Found in newsletter: "We bet the tabloids are really hoping someone throws an egg at Nick Clegg."
* SYDNEY SHARK - "Best sequel ever to best game
ever" writes ToastMaster.
* MARIO GAME - "Runny jumpy collecty coiny
thing," writes moogthedog, "And every time he
does, he's joined by a friend. Bit weird, bit
mad, but fun - Some levels are more of a puzzle
than may be expected."
Oldie but goldie: Desktop Tower DefenceFound in newsletter: "Chiropractors are bogus spine wizards, sue us if you dare"
Due to some recent client work we had to get
our heads round a pitch that included the
phrase "Desktop Tower Defence meets..." and
although we'd played it a little bit when it
came out, we thought it was time to really get
to grips with it. Oh my fucking God - been so
addicted this week that we're seeing little
moving arrows with life bars when we close our
eyes. If you've avoided this addiction then be
warned, don't start now.
Gosh the internet is fastFound in newsletter: "PALLBEARERS GO ROUND THE OUTSIDE, ROUND THE OUTSIDE, ROUND THE OUTSIDE"
A few days back Xkcd ran a comic about a
hellish version of tetris where the objects
don't fall straight:
A few days later it exists - completely
unplayable of course.
BTW: When we're dead we're leaving crap things
in our will to famous people just to irritate
and puzzle them. Like a hoover to Paul
Run, Jesus RUN!Found in newsletter: "I was sucking off this bird last night when I thought, 'Wait a minute...'"
Bored of playing God? Then welcome to the first
Jesus simulator - run to the right, hitting
space to jump or work miracles as you go. If
you reach the end without the 10 second timer
running out, it shows your score as apostles.
Then you get crucified.
Time Snail!Found in newsletter: "May contain jokes about the Budget, by people who don't know economics"
Impress your pub chums with snail facts:
* A snail's anus is situated above its head and
it can literally shit on its own neck
* The snail has a "everted penis" which means
it's inside out and you shouldn't google for
pics as it made us feel a little sick
* Snails are completely deaf so don't mind if
you call them a "spazzy, one-footed cunt minge"
Or play this amazing Time Snail game:
Double dildo gaming troubleFound in newsletter: "Make $$$s fast - hold down shift+4"
* PIXEL BREAKOUT - Imagine if each Breakout
brick was a pixel instead of a block? That
would take ages - thankfully this gag changes
somewhat after a few moments.
* ROBOT WANT KITTY - Fun metroidvania-style
game, perfect for a lazy Sunday morning.
Sushi CatFound in newsletter: "If you are having difficulty viewing this newsletter, view it online here: http://tiny.cc/BY2YP"
Cute, silly game where your aim is to drop the
pleasingly squishy main character until there's
no more sushi left for him to eat.
>> BONUS: Super-annoying wordy game <<
"Two and a bit years ago you guys featured my
SUPER LETTER GAME," boasts Catfurnace. "I've
finally got off my arse and made a follow up -
the even more annoying WORD SHOOT. It'd be
awesome to be featured again, especially as I'm
Robot Unicorn AttackFound in newsletter: "And then God created Saturn... and he liked it, so he put a ring on it. "
In what our own boarders are calling, "Probably
the most lol-gay game in the world" comes your
chance to live the unicorn dream. BTW: For a
while we thought the music was Never Ending
Story by Limahl but eventually we twigged is
CyclomaniacsFound in newsletter: "That's right - another week has flown by and you've achieved NOTHING"
"A silly but fun cycling game", writes
@edwardrussia, "I played it all week." And if
you like games with unlockable achievements
then gosh, is this the one for you.
One Button BobFound in newsletter: "FASHIONABLY LATE FOR ITS OWN FUNERAL"
Bob's a simple chap - you complete the game
using only the left mouse button. Fighting the
boss gets a little tricky though.
Game using just the scroll wheelFound in newsletter: "Crashing into your inbox like a faulty Toyota"
We once had an idea about making a game with a
scroll wheel - you'd rub it and it would
simulate female masturbation. We even tried to
pitch it once but there were no buyers for that
one. Anyway - here's a much more tasteful take
on that up-and-down rolling motion.
Endless MigrationFound in newsletter: "STATUS QUO RE-RELEASE ROCKING ALL OVER THE WORLD FOR THE HAITI EARTHQUAKE APPEAL"
You are a goose. You are a goose and you must
fly south, collecting as many mates as you can.
Too be honest, we didn't last too long before
flying into a jet engine. Like a dream we once
First-person TetrisFound in newsletter: "I put my head on the floor and then tumble forwards. That's how I roll"
Tetris is all about rotation - so imagine if
instead of the block rotating, the whole game
rotates. You'll play this for 1 minute going,
"omg mental!" and then get bored. This is what
Work and basketballFound in newsletter: "I'M WEARING A BLUE BRA LOL"
>> Every Day the Same Dream <<
Mellow, atmospheric soundtrack on this
minimalist game, where you play a faceless
office drone looking to escape from his humdrum
routine. Like a tiny, bleaker version of
>> Addictive basketball <<
Simple basketball simulator, with an online
competition element. Try to score as many goals
as you can. Or whatever it is you do in
The Alien at the Bottom of the GardenFound in newsletter: "RIP Teletext. You were like the internet if it was bought from a pound shop."
Your Ginger Fuhrer writes - "We were asked to
make a game for kids, to encourage them to eat
better and take exercise. As all my instincts
are to take the piss, it was a surprising
commission, so I got in Matt Round and we
worked ever so hard to make something that
doesn't have a mocking bone in its body."
BTW: If you want a game more suitable for
adults why not try Blosics - a 'destroy
buildings with physics' type thingie -
Obey the game!Found in newsletter: "I'm Josef Fritzl and no windows was my idea."
"There's not enough Friday Games!", writes
Jasper Kingjay, "Now I get bored on Fridays. So
here's one. Obey the Game. You can actually get
quite far by doing nothing, how cool is that?"
Small WorldsFound in newsletter: "u should make all the links in the 404 newsletter go to 404 pages. lol"
"Sea Dave has made this wonderful, melancholic
pixely game about exploring," boasts
stallion_explosion. "It won the cgdc6
competition, which means Sea Dave is the most
awesome person on the planet." The aim of the
game is simply to look everywhere until you
find the exit to the next level.
Tetris stickmanFound in newsletter: "We posted this newsletter three weeks ago! Bloody Royal Mail."
Neat little game remix idea - you play a ninja
who has to avoid the falling Tetris blocks.
EvacuationFound in newsletter: "Jeffrey Dahmer just wanted to know what a baboon might taste like."
A fun little puzzle game based on the science
fiction staple: suck the alien out of the
airlock while keeping your guys inside.
Basically, Alien the 8-bit puzzle game.
Miami SharkFound in newsletter: "YOUR LATEX VAGINA ORDER HAS BEEN DISPATCHED"
You play a shark - the aim of the game is to
dive deep, then rise to the surface to smash
boats, kill people and snatch helicopters out
of the sky with your massive, razor-sharp jaws.
It's amazing how perfectly the shark has
evolved to fill this particularly specialised
Reducing games down to one clickFound in newsletter: "No + Rohypnol = Yes"
Occasionally we lay back and fantasise about
being extremely rich - we recently met some guy
who reckons a mate of his earned £0.5m via
flogging an iPhone game. Now, having an iPhone
our main problem with using them as gaming
devices is the interface - controlling a little
character going left/right/up/down etc via
tapping the screen is unsatisfactory, so we
reckon the secret is reducing gameplay down to
one click. We also reckon these people - if
they release an iPhone conversion - are about
to become very rich indeed.
This is only one levelFound in newsletter: "A G N B. That's bang out of order."
Sneaky little flash game by the same chap who
did the "Achievement Unlocked" game that we
featured a few months ago.
I Say Potato, You Say Porn-starFound in newsletter: "Read it here, or see it in The Sun with the tags cropped off"
Back in the dim distant past we used to run
either/or quizzes. The idea was to find things
that looked similar - say some pubes / beards
and then think of an awful name, say Tash or
Gash and job's a good 'un. This quiz is simply
Name that Copyright Free TuneFound in newsletter: "Who else's heart skips a beat when your girlfriend asks to use your PC?"
This is the last of the 7 games in our series -
"pimp b3tards to E4 so they can afford to buy
food." Produced by... well we'd like to name
this chap but he actually refuses to allow us
to use his name and wants to be credited as NTC
Inc. We like this one a lot actually, as it has
fun with the problem of doing a "name that
tune" style thing but having to keep it all
legal by using rubbish old tunes.
Ready Steady MicrowaveFound in newsletter: "We like to scare deaf people by yawning"
The latest in our elite stream of games made by
b3tans for e4. Monkeon challenges you to guess
what kind of ready-meal you're looking at, from
a close-up of the actual package contents.
Gruesome but fun.
TaglinrFound in newsletter: "Was Jacko murdered? And more importantly, why didnt we think of it first?"
Can you match the tagline to the film? Your
Ginger Fuhrer and Question of the Week bloke,
Chthonicionic have made a quiz.
Janey Thompson's MarathonFound in newsletter: "You know it's a good poo when you come back and your screensaver's on."
Continuing our gamekeeper-turned-poacher
shenanigans, we've pimped another B3tan to E4
to make a flash game. Matt Round is a fucking
genius and we hope he sticks that on his CV.
His real-time all 26-mile marathon simulator is
a tour-de-force in retro gfx design. Even down
to the scanlines. C'mon! That's attention to
Captcha InvadersFound in newsletter: "FARRAH WHO?"
You know those useless series of letters you
have to type to convince websites that you're
human? What if that was turned into a game?
Another lovely thing produced by E4 asking your
Ginger Fuhrer to get the b3tans to make games
for them. Thank Matt Round for this one - he
really is a spiffing chap.
Do Yo Knowz Yo Showz?Found in newsletter: "Wind turbines. We're big fans"
We've been working tirelessly behind the scenes
getting B3tans to make games for the E4 website
- the latest is NTC Inc's unique take on
Herding kittensFound in newsletter: "Appeal: Just £1 can buy another tripwire for Thatcher's house"
E4 has asked your Ginger Fuhrer to round up a
few B3tards to make some games - first off we
have Matt Round who brings you the 'Rather
Difficult game' where you have to nail jelly to
a wall, herd kittens and get toothpaste back
into the tube.
Today I DieFound in newsletter: "IT'S FRIDAY! GO HOME!"
Strange, poetic game from Daniel Benmergui,
whose previous title "I Wish I Were the Moon"
caused much blinking from people who dismiss
flash gaming as a load of crap. His latest
work, "Today I Die" won't win awards for the
longest game in the world, and starting will
make you scratch your head, but once you suss
the dragging words about you'll be charmed.
Rotatspin Found in newsletter: "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE AT SOME POINT"
Reductionism is a great way to bring a new
twist to an old idea. Traditional platform
games require you to move about and jump to
avoid the obstacles, but in Rotatspin, the
moving is done for you and you just need to
time when to jump. Brilliant.
Find the KeyFound in newsletter: "WE'RE EVEN LESS BUSY THAN ASHTON KUTCHER"
We used to drive our old flatmates insane by
constantly losing our keys and being locked
out, until one day, they bought us a chain and
said, "tie the fucking things to your belt and
stop waking us up at 3 in the morning." Maybe
you'll have more luck finding your keys in this
rather good game. Shame about the irritating
Widescreen TetrisFound in newsletter: "We'll never forget you Jane"
Things that have no need to be wider:
* Our fat internet bums
* Ladies' vagina bits
* And, of course, Tetris
Ultimate Crab Battle Found in newsletter: "B3ta to make 300 boarders redundant"
Jimkopelli shouts, "You lot have been slacking
off and not putting games in your newsletters
for a while - here, have one that skips all the
tedious levelling up and collecting items and
goes straight to the boss battle. It's as
absurd as Burn The Rope while also being on a
laser shark that poops torpedoes." This is win.
Don't Poo Your PantsFound in newsletter: "A lump in your inbox that should have been looked at sooner"
"I found this awesome game recently," shouts
Jody, "Simple narrative and very few options,
but enough scope (using achievements) for
players to replay several times. The
illustrations make it more interesting too."
Because we can read Wikipedia tooFound in newsletter: "To unsubscribe from this newsletter please send £50 by PayPal"
* BUFFY FANS should check the torrents tonight
as Joss Whedon's new show Dollhouse is debuting
its pilot episode. Might be shit, who knows,
but we'll be watching.
* BLACK SABBATH released their debut album 29
years ago today. We still haven't listened to
it. Maybe next year.
* FORGOT to organise a timely Black Mass to
raise the Goat of Mendes? Don't worry, there's
another Friday the 13th following directly in
Shopping Cart HeroFound in newsletter: "To unsubscribe from this newsletter please send £50 by PayPal"
Before internet shopping, students used to
steal supermarkets shopping trolleys and use
them as gokarts. Relive the 90s now, lest we
Perfect BalanceFound in newsletter: "NEWSLETTER CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW"
"Get The Balance Right" sang Depeche Mode,
possibly in a spooky premonition of this quirky
little web game. Still, it beats OD'ing on
heroin and cocaine speedballs and dying twice.
Yes Dave Gahan, we mean you. BTW: Dave's
parents worked on the buses; his dad drove
whilst his mother was a clippy.
Bastard TetrisFound in newsletter: "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit packing water wings"
"It's just Tetris yes," says
VampireMonkeyOnSpeed, "But unlike normal
Tetris, it looks at the board, decides what
piece would be most useful and then makes sure
you don't get it. Bastard. I managed to get
I made this. You play this. We are enemies.Found in newsletter: "If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?"
In a title weirdly reminiscent of the Manic
Street Preachers, "This is my truth, tell me
yours" comes a game that makes less sense than
your Ginger Fuhrer after a night on the
heroins. And much like opiates, it is good, oh
Energy bouncingFound in newsletter: "Burn calories - set a fatty on fire"
Our abilities to describe flash games decrease
as the years go by. Um, there's this whitish
stuff that's a bit like water, and you position
some thingies to make it bounce to the end bit.
You'll like it.
Mental cooking thingFound in newsletter: "WE'LL ONLY LEAK OUR MAILING LIST FOR COLD HARD CASH"
"PETA have apparently lost their minds and made
a parody of a game called Cooking Mama for the
DS.", writes n.d.turton, "They were upset with
the fact that it features too much meat, so
they made an ironic version which called
'Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals'. I think
they intended it to be shocking, but it's
actually rather cool and I imagine much better
than the original."
BTW: We've stuck up an archive of all the old
Friday Games. Thanks Cr3 for coding that for
us. Woo hoo.
Caption the photoFound in newsletter: "How does it change many dyslexics to take a light-bulb?"
Think you're funny? The challenge is to write a
lol-worthy caption for a random photo in under
a minute, and beat the other players in the
round. We absolutely loved playing this and
this week we've found ourselves coming back
time and time again.
Stock market gameFound in newsletter: "Hitting your inbox for merely a second before being forwarded to Ofcom"
Best idea we've seen for a while - takes
snapshots of real sharetrading prices from
history and you click buy or sell. That we lost
$70k in 5 minutes suggest that we're best
staying well away from the real thing. Genius
Short-term memoryFound in newsletter: "Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand placed on Sachs offenders register"
Heathens who believe in 'science' rather than
God reckon that your short-term memory can only
store 7 items before its DNA devolves into
monkeys. Prove them wrong with this memorable
Blocks with Letters OnFound in newsletter: "Spinning Oriental people round and making them disorientated"
Dull name, great game. Push the blocks round a
maze until you get them to spell a word. The
animations when you complete a level are funny
The eyeballing gameFound in newsletter: "Investing in sperm banks three times a day"
Think you're a man? Think you know a right
angle when you see one? Put your geek skills to
the test in this acute challenge of obtuse
The return of...Found in newsletter: "Tony Hart can't masturbate no more *cries*"
"Why no weekly game for the last few weeks?"
implores stripeertw. "I live for the weekly
game. Please don't expect me to get through my
week to finally arrive at a Friday, getting
home to find my weekly game fix is just not
there." Thank goodness that this week Niklas
has sent us something nice. Swing the wrecking
ball to fend off hostile blue squares. Fucking
blue squares. Always looking to start
something, aren't they?
Word fragments gameFound in newsletter: "Armless man enters wanking competition and comes last"
You have to reassemble a list of words that
have been split in half. A lot harder than it
sounds. Should comfortable kill a couple of
Oh fuck, we didn't back upFound in newsletter: "WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF A SNAKE WAS LIKE A CUDDLY SCARF?"
Continuation of our E4 "build a game" project,
and being complete idiots we've ballsed it all
up with a hard disk crash. All the data is
Thankfully E4 are being nice about it, and
promise not to set fire to our house if we
give their compo a few more plugs. OK - here
we go. Listen up kids! Make a flash game -
there's £5k on the table and your Ginger
Fuhrer is one of the judges.
But on a more playful note - this game, sent
in by Rhodri, is excellent. He writes, "I
can't stop. It's killing me."
E4 Game thingieFound in newsletter: "Julie Moult is an Idiot"
Please make puzzles! We've connected an early
version of our cat-killing, flame-dodging
Sokoban game Psycho Fireman to a wiki to allow
you to create your own levels - we'd love you
to join in. JOIN US.
Spin the 3D ObjectsFound in newsletter: "Another shit joke about cancer? Oh goody!"
Here's a novel idea: rotate the object to find
the correct viewing angle to reveal the 2D
shape. It's all about perspective innit?
>> Win £5k for creating a flash game <<
Our tutorial stuff continues with "how to cheat
at graphics" where we reveal the secrets of the
Illuminati. Remember - it's a BIG FUCKING
PRIZE. Well £5k is better than jack-shit anyway.
Friday GamesFound in newsletter: "What's the name of the condition that killed off..."
Write a flash game and win £5k
The competition at E4 continues, and your
newsletter team are in week 3 of writing their
game. We're doing this to encourage YOU to
enter, if that's not clear enough!
Looking for an actual game rather than our sexy
blitherings? Then try this - it's mental.
Most common wordsFound in newsletter: "If you drink every day you are an alcoholic. Thank God we only drink every night"
Can you guess what are the 50 most-used words
in the English language? Sadly 'lol' and 'teh'
Continuing our game diary for E4, this week
there's about 4 pages of it as we horrifically
E4 flash game compoFound in newsletter: "90% of dogs in Korea are inbred. Like in a sandwich or something"
We're helping the E4 site run a flash games
competition. The prize? £5k. Our bit? We're
making a game and a diary of our progress, read
the first bit here. And feel free to either
enter the challenge with your own game or help
us make ours. Read on, gentle readers, read on.
Heath Robinson gameFound in newsletter: "...CHIPS IT IS THEN, say Portuguese Police"
Our favourite-ever PC game was The Incredible
Machine, so quite why we didn't linky this last
week is anyone's guess, as it was all over the
interwebs and some of you wrote in to complain
about its absence. Haven't you got anything
better to do? Like eat cake?
SplashbackFound in newsletter: "The internet equivalent of a bulimic's index finger"
Add fluid to the ominous, green droplets,
hopefully bursting them and clearing the screen
with ricocheting goo. BTW: Got to wonder about
the name splashback - surely that's slang for
when you piss in an urinal and it splashes your
DoorsFound in newsletter: "Helping fatties get fatter since 2001"
You play Jim Morrison, looking for lizards in
the desert. When you die, you get to play it
again as Val Kilmer - and then as Ian Astbury.
Sadly we're telling porkies, but still, this is
a good game.
PuzzlefarterFound in newsletter: "Guest-Written by Dr Raj Persaud"
We've always theorised that Marry Poppins
powered her upwards flight by guffing under her
starchy skirts, but it never occurred to us that
this would be a great idea for a game. Fools
that we are. BTW: Press the up key twice,
you'll get the hang of it.
Doodle DefenderFound in newsletter: "Panic buy petrol - it's about to run out!"
Arcade classic with a twist - you get to design
what the ships look like. Yes, ours was a
shoot-out between crudely-drawn cocks. You
perhaps were expecting us to say that.
Two games? Ambassador, you're spoiling us!Found in newsletter: "Knifeus Expeliarmus"
>> Spelling race <<
Intended for kids but wasted on them. Spell
words correctly and race live online against
other webmongs. We're not 100% convinced it has
the right spelling for everything but maybe
that's a reflection on us rather than the game.
>> The Debut Album Game <<
A random wikipedia article for your band name,
a random quote for your title and a random
flickr pic for the album cover. Surprisingly
compelling way to pass the time, particularly
if you fancy yourself as something of a graphic
Spot the differenceFound in newsletter: "Dandruff: The poor man's parmesan"
Readers of rubbish celebrity mags will be
familiar with seeing two pics side by side with
minor differences - a third nipple on Kelly
Brook or a cock on Jordan. This works on the
same principle, but has a curiously mellow vibe.
Human brain cloudFound in newsletter: "Did everyone in China jump up and down at the same time?"
Type the first word or phrase that comes to
mind to contribute to huge word association
clouds. Score points by guessing the same as
many people have before. Or simply sit, typing
random words for hours with no clear idea why,
as the effect is kind of hypnotic.
DinorunFound in newsletter: "I for one welcome our new bumbling idiot overlord"
Cute, retro-style running game - keep your tiny
dinosaur ahead of the pyroclastic wall of
death, else you'll go extinct! Extremely quick
and gets very tense when you're just one step
ahead of fiery doom.
Perfect Pitch GameFound in newsletter: "The Sound of Music 2: The Von Trapped family"
Being crap musicians we've delighted in playing
this 'can you guess the note' game, and we've
concluded that we haven't got perfect pitch
(far from it), but our relative pitch is fine.
Burn the ropeFound in newsletter: "Welcoming the paedos that Facebook bans"
"Have you received about 5000 emails about this
yet?" asks tismselfstorage, "You should have.
It's the best game ever." Heh, he has a point,
we enjoyed it muchly and wonder if it's making
not-so-subtle reference to Portal.
What's your porn score?Found in newsletter: "Not the only hour you'll lose this weekend"
Bored out of our tiny minds whilst filling in a
tax return we invented a game: type 'tits' into
a google image search and see how many pages
you have to go before you can name an actress.
The lower the score, the hairier your palms.
BTW: Our score was 9, which surprised us
Pattern matching Found in newsletter: "We shagged Paul McCartney and all we got was this lousy newsletter"
"Here's a painfully addictive game for you to
subject your readers to," informs heilbush,
"It's another Tetris clone, with a few
interesting concepts thrown in." The Official
B3ta Wife approves of this game and it sent her
into an OCD spin of muttering numbers under her
breath. It was like watching Rainman with
Ball thingieFound in newsletter: "YOUR INBOX IS A JERSEY CARE HOME AND WE'RE THE POLICE"
In what is probably our favourite flash game
since Kebabtris, comes 'Filler' which defies
description but if it was available on our
mobile phone we'd never get off the bus.
Hooray! and Boo! gameFound in newsletter: "Pig meat - it's snorty but nice"
'When me and my mates were kids, we used to
play the "HOOORAY! and BOO!" game,' roars
fazza99, 'The rules are pretty simple: Someone
suggests something that makes everyone go
"HOOORAY!" and someone else has to come up with
a answer that makes people go "BOO!" e.g. "My
folks are going away for a week (HOORAY!) My
baby-sitter's Gary Glitter (BOO!)"'
Or if you fancy your Friday gaming treats to be
new school, then we've been enjoying this. It's
on the web and everything. Woo hoo!
Spinning spike mazeFound in newsletter: "In a moment of madness I took sexual advantage of this newsletter but I didn't kill it."
Simple but infuriatingly tough, in the way we
like these things here: rotate the maze to
guide a little ball to the exit. We liked the
soundtrack too - full of the pathos inherent in
being a tiny, spinning ball trapped in a black
iron maze of doom. The first proper level after
the tutorials end made us laugh with its crazy
White DwarfFound in newsletter: "Showcasing the awesome power of boredom"
Simple, addictive; collect the green balls then
touch a blue ball to bank your points. Avoid
the red balls. Red balls are death! Got it?
Great. It's slightly trickier than it looks.
Nothing particularly whitey or dwarfey about it
though, which was a very mild disappointment.
Time-travelling cursorsFound in newsletter: "Wanted: New Presenter for Children's TV Series. Must like getting hands dirty"
This game records your cursor movements as you
run through a maze and you wind up
collaborating with past versions of yourself
in order to get past obstacles. A bit tricky
at first but what a clever idea!
Don't let go! returns!Found in newsletter: "Happy Easter!"
A b3ta favourite from some time ago, AKX has
revamped his internet version of 'Touch the
truck' for a new generation of powerful
Film Sequels Found in newsletter: "It's a party in your mouth and everyone is coming"
Bored in a DVD store? Your newsletter team
recently visited what was once Virgin in
Camden and spent a happy half hour looking at
all the boxes and thinking of rubbish sequels
* President Kong - he's in The White House and
* Two Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - When love
meets it's mad!
* And finally, read this as you might imagine
someone pitching an idea to a Hollywood agent
over lunch, "Danny Devito, Arnold
Schwarzenegger and.... Samuel L. Jackson
See, it's never dull when the newsletter team
go DVD shopping.
KebabtrisFound in newsletter: "A not-for-prophet publication"
If this game was available for our phone, we'd
never get off the Tube. To play it is to be
Nerds and fluffFound in newsletter: "the Karma Sutra for the single man"
>> Name all the HTML elements <<
We know we have two kinds of reader here at
b3ta. Here's a test to see just how strong
your net nerd credentials are by naming as
many HTML elements as you can in 5 minutes. To
our dismay we only got 41. Stupid