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Tarzan Ball is a tricky hook-and-pull physics game

So, you're a ball. A Tarzan Ball, to be precise. You've earned the nickname thanks to your astonishing ability to shoot out a lengthy 'vine' (I hope it's a vine) at objects, and then pull yourself towards those objects. That's a handy ability to have, especially since you've got no legs, no arms, and no other means of transportation. In Tarzan Ball, the rope is everything. But you don't just...

Help Bob make money in Sticks, a fun physics game

Sticks is another one of those rare games where the intro is actually worth watching. It introduces you to office worker Bob, who is basically a wage slave fantasizing about a better existence. Then, on his way back home from another grueling day at the office, he passes a huge sign which says "Sticks." This is where the game starts. Each level has a number of coins hovering in mid-air, and...

Torus is an impressive 3D Tetris game powered by HTML5

As far as Tetris goes, most variations look quite similar. You're usually looking at a "wall" of bricks directly from the front. Torus takes that notion and throws it away; as you might have guessed from the name (or screenshot), this Tetris clone is played on a ring-like 3D surface. You rotate the ring itself with the arrow keys, while a Tetris-like piece slowly (excruciatingly slowly, in...

Boomshine is a soothing-yet-frustrating time waster

One click; just one single well-aimed click. That's all you get in Boomshine. That single click triggers a chain reaction; circles start exploding, and other circles colliding with the shockwaves explode as well, creating their own shockwaves, which then catch other circles. It's been done before, yes, but this one is a great iteration. The soundtrack is mellow, with lots of piano and some...

Jetbus is a retro-tastic physics game, with a bus

Once upon a time, there used to be a DOS game with a caveman and a human powered helicopter. The caveman would shuttle around the screen, madly trying to get customers to where they wanted to go. Jetbus is not that game, but it's obviously inspired by it. You're driving a yellow school bus which has jets. I guess the jet engine takes quite a bit of space inside the bus, because you can only...

Tesla Death Ray is an addictive tower defense game

Last week I wrote about Xeno Defense and this week I found Tesla Death Ray, which is almost as addictive, but is clad in a somewhat different costume. It's a tower defense game in which you have to zap your enemies to oblivion. Much like in Xeno Defense, at the end of each level you get to the store and can use your hard-earned points to purchase upgrades and repair your tower. Unlike Xeno...

Z-Type is a fun way to learn to touch type

If you're a skilled touch-typist, this time-waster isn't for you. But if you're just learning to touch-type (or have recently switched to a superior layout), Z-Type might prove a nice way to practice your typing skills while having a bit of fun. It's a basic shooter game: Spaceships come at you from the top, and you need to shoot and destroy them before they hit the bottom and destroy you. You...

Fade is Canabalt for llama lovers

This game had me at the intro. I usually don't care for the intros many of these games have; I often tend to skip them, even if it sometimes means not understanding the game as well as I could. But when Fade loaded, there was a message written in tiny letters saying I can skip the intro, but that it is highly recommended to continue. I decided to heed the message, and I'm happy I did! It's truly...

Imperfect Balance is a classic physics time waster

Imperfect Balance is a very simple game: You have a bunch of blocks on a "stage" in the middle of the screen, and your goal is to make them all fall off. You do this by using other blocks: There are several blocks you can use on each level; you pick a block and rotate it using A and D (or W and S for finer angles). Once you have it at the angle you want, simply click to drop it. It's not an...

Sushi Cat 2 is a fantastically fun feline feeding frenzy follow-up

Sushi Cat was one of the most addictive Time Wasters I played last year, both on my desktop and my iPod touch. Now, thanks to the the crew at Armor Games, there's now a sequel to the cat vs. sushi Pachinko-style madness. Sushi Cat 2 is every bit as addictive as the original, and it's also got some fun new tweaks. One thing I noticed right off is that your plus-size kitty no longer gets wedged...

Flight challenges you to fly a paper airplane to London

Who doesn't like flying paper planes? I know I do, but I can never make them quite right – they never fly for more than a few seconds. Flight has just given me another chance to fulfill my lifelong dream of flying a paper plane all the way to London, England! The background story is not the best – a lonely girl is sending a note to Santa to bring her mommy home for Christmas (not...

Man in Gap is an addictive, simple Time Waster

Man in Gap is not about a guy trying to find his way around a Gap store; the gap is quite literal here, as you can see in the screenshot. Basically, each level is composed of a ceiling and a floor, which snap together quite suddenly. As can be expected, when that happens and you're caught in-between, you're squished to a very thin line of pixels. Not so good. What makes it even worse is...

ControlCraft is a quick strategy game -- Time-Waster

Take Galcon Fusion, and imagine that instead of planets, you've got "barracks" spewing soldiers. Add funky background music and audio clips such as "Enemy down", "On my way Sir!", and you've got ControlCraft. You start off the game with one set of "barracks" (a circle, basically – like a planet in Galcon) producing soldiers. There are empty circles on the map, but your enemy is moving...

Paranormal Shark Activity is a hopping Time Waster

The shark is a majestic creature; it's also pretty dangerous. When Paranormal Shark Activity starts off, you're just a dude hanging out on the pier. You quickly discover there's no way to go left (back to the city or the port, presumably) – there's only one choice, which is to keep going right, into the water. Once you go into the water, the actual game starts. A huge (and I do mean...

Xeno Defense is a fantastic tower defense Time Waster

117,944 – that's my final score in Xeno Defense. I think this is the first Time Waster I found addictive enough to actually play all the way to the end. It is a casual game – you don't have to finish it to enjoy it. But it was easy enough, and definitely addictive enough, for me to just finish. It took me about half an hour, I think. There's a story line, but it's not very...