Pirates Love Daisies is an HTML5 homage to Plants vs Zombies, made by a Flash zealot
If you've never played a tower defense game, now's your chance. Pirates Love Daisies is easy to play, family-friendly, and features a tutorial that walks you through the mechanics of the game. The visual style is nothing short of beautiful (but cute), and the soundscape is excellent. The point, though, is that Pirates Love Daisies is written in HTML5 -- and when you realize those scudding clouds, buzzing flies and droplets of rain are all being rendered by the browser, your mind blows.
That's not to say the game is without issues, though; despite looking the best in Internet Explorer 9 beta 2, it crashed multiple times (see screenshot after the break), and Firefox 4 beta 7 didn't even get past the loading screen. Firefox 4 also had significantly degraded audio, for some reason. Chrome 9 worked just fine, but seemed to use more resources than IE9.
It's not all bad, though: at least each tower has a keyboard shortcut, and you can hit Space to upgrade a selected tower (it's quite hard to select a tower, however...) You can hit 'W' to speed up the arrival of the next wave, too.
Microsoft, incidentally, hired Grant Skinner's studio to make Pirates Love
Incidentally, Lee and I originally wanted to class this as a 'Time Waster', but at last count, Lee's been playing for about three hours straight. As a result, we're forced to bump this one up to "jolly good family fun for at least an hour."