Flash Game Friday is a new weekly special article, where we highlight some great new free online Flash games put up in the past week. This week’s highlight is the award-winning indie flash game “Continuity“.
Remember GDC last March? There were tons of keynotes from main developers, new game announcements, playable demos of many games, and tons more. Another key part of the conference is the awards ceremonies towards the end. One of the ceremonies was the 2010 Independent Games Festival, in which the best indie games of the year were highlighted in a special event. If you watched the event, you might have noticed a little flash game called “Continuity”. This game won the award of “Best Student Game” at the festival. Despite the festival, many people still haven’t gotten a chance to hear about many of the great games at this ceremony. Here’s your chance to play one of the award-winners. If you’re not convinced yet, here’s another key fact: it’s free.
At first glance, Continuity seems like a simple puzzle game. Run around, jump gaps, grab the key, run back to the door, exit, continue to next level, like many other puzzle games. However, it’s much more than that.
When you start up a level, you see a stick figure standing. You press your arrow keys, expecting to move him. However, you’re wrong. When you try pressing the arrow keys, the panels with the floor space on which your character can run on move around, allowing you to go to different areas in the level. Upon pressing the space bar, however, you are in control of your character. You can now move it around. If the panel that you are in matches up with the panel next to it, you’re able to run over into the next panel.
Basically, the game’s a mix of Mario and those cheap plastic sliding puzzle games your grandmother used to buy for you. The first levels may seem simple, but the number of tiles gradually increases, making the puzzle part of it more central to the actual game. Overall, it’s a really fun game experience, and I’d highly recommend this game to anyone looking for a unique puzzler and/or platformer to play. The fact that it was made by a talented Swedish group of students makes it even cooler. I mean, it’s free. You’ve got no excuse to not be playing it right now. Come on! Play it now!
(Note from writer: Since this was the first time doing this column, I felt I would start with a good flash game that many of you may not have played yet. While this game did first go online in December 2009, I felt it still deserved the introductory post to this weekly column. If you use the site Kongregate for your flash gaming needs, it was added to there this week, as well as special Kongregate badges for the game too. The Kongregate version of this game can be found here.)