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Look Mom, I can fly! Never mind that it’s through my own upchuck.
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When Finals start to creep up on me, I
immediately go into my pseudo-rebellious
version of the fetal position, a combination
of junk food and video games. Of course, as
a fairly resourceful student, I manage to find
the most time-intensive and least-productive
games on the Internet. The concept of
educational games like Brain Age (for the
Nintendo DS) or even things like online poker,
which could raise my earning potential, fall
too close to studying for me.
Thus, I present Spewer, a free game built
with Adobe Flash that is at best, antithetical
to everything pedagogical, at worst, an
insult to human development, and as a
result, my favorite game for finals month.
The premise is fairly simple: You are a puffball
that oddly resembles Kirby, and you traverse
various mazes in traditional platformer style.
Each stage (among 60) has its own obstacles,
steadily growing in complexity.
So, what makes Spewer different from
the hundreds of other brain-numbing Mario
clones on the Interwebs? First, the graphics
are outstanding. The Spewer world could be
realistic, save for the blobs with cognitive
ability. Second, the game has an impressive
physics engine, and every jump, swim, and
ricochet is consistent with gravity. Most
significantly, though, the entire game centers
around your character eating and spewing...
wait for it...vomit, which acts a weapon,
flotation device, jet pack, or even a platform.
Red vomit is extremely explosive and can
propel you to high platforms. Black vomit
is sticky, and you can jump on it after it
coagulates. Yellow vomit is acid, and melts
through certain platforms, and white vomit,
the most frustrating, creates clouds that
you can “fly” through, but more often fall
through, bringing the spewer to its spiky
Once you get past the fact that you have to
swim in your own vomit, another key strategy
is re-eating that vomit, as you have a limited
supply per level. Ironically, instead of taking
pills to fix stomach issues, pills
in this game change the type of
vomit you spew, which changes
the approach of every level.
The bottom line. At heart,
Spewer is an incredibly
wants to waste
your time as much
Eli Piilonen and Edmund McMillen
as you do, and is games/2DArray/spewer
Requirements: Web browser with
a try during a Flash
break, especially Incredible production value
given the cost (free). Enough
given that it is
variation to stay entertained for 60
100 percent free.
levels, cross platform.
Quick tip though:
Can’t mute incredibly repetitive
sound effects or music without
Wait 30 minutes muting the computer.