Bad Rats

Bad Rats

Summary

Bad Rats: The Rats’ Revenge is another Rube Goldberg physics puzzle game. Use specialized rats, barrels, boards, balls, and other objects to violently kill cats via chain saws, explosions, microwaves, etc.

Review

At $0.19 during the Steam Autumn Sale, I bought Bad Rats because it was super cheap and at ~8-10 cents per card, the game would pay for itself via the trading cards.

The game itself was awful, even when you cut it some slack for being 5 years old. The highest supported resolution is 1280 x 1024 and the graphics look super old. The main menu is illegible, the tutorial glitched out on me twice, and gameplay sucked because of unreliable physics and oddly-behaving objects.

Bad Rats is bad… but at least it paid for itself. If you’re looking for something similar, get Contraption Maker instead.

Bad Rats

You might like this game if you like…

  • Rube Goldberg machines
  • Blowing up cats
  • Unreliable physics
  • Cartoon violence
  • Terrible games that no one should ever play

Want to play?

$0.99 on Steam (I got it on sale for $0.19)

Contraption Maker

Contraption Maker

Summary

Solve puzzles with ridiculous Rube Goldberg machines using lasers, crocodiles, flying saucers, zombies, and more. In each level, you are given an objective (like, blow up the pumpkin), a partially completed contraption, and a set of parts to add to the contraption to complete the objective.

There are 160 official puzzles and thousands of user-created puzzles available via the Steam Workshop that you can play single-player or co-op multiplayer with your friends.

Welcome to Contraption Maker

Review

Contraption Maker is a fun and goofy puzzle game. The puzzles haven’t been terribly challenging, but I haven’t gotten to the hard difficulty puzzles yet (or any user-created puzzles). I’m not a fan of the cartoony and childish look of the game, but I get that it’s meant to appeal to kids as well as adults.

At $1.49 for two copies of the game, Contraption Maker is a steal. It includes Steam Trading Cards, so you’ll even recoup some of the cost. It’s a good game and I recommend it (especially at the current sale price), but it’s not one of my favorites.

You might like this game if you like…

  • Rube Goldberg machines
  • The Incredible Machine computer game series
  • Motors powered by hamsters
  • Physics
  • Solving puzzles
  • Feeding bowling balls to bears

Want to play?

$1.49 on Steam for two copies of the game (90% off during Steam Autumn Sale)

Portal

So I finally got around to playing the original Portal game last week. I know, it’s about time.

Portal logo

Summary

Portal is a 3D first-person puzzle game that won all sorts of awards for its innovative gameplay. You play as a laboratory test subject who is challenged and chastised by an artificially intelligent system known as GLaDOS. A special portal gun lets you place two portals, which allow objects to pass between them. With the aid of the portal gun, you use your wits, creativity, and physics to get through the series of test chambers.

Portal
One of the Portal test chambers

Review

Portal is a brilliant game that uses a unique mechanic to create fun, physics-based challenges. On top of that, the story is interesting and I love the sense of humor.

I highly recommend Portal, because it’s amazing. The biggest criticisms I have are that it is short (only a few hours, although the advanced maps and challenges give it some replayability) and single-player only (Portal 2 added co-op).

Want to play?

$9.99 on Steam

TIL – Tolkien, WTF, and spaghettification

So much for a daily “today I learned.” 😛 Here’s what’s new in my brain today:

  1. Tolkien played a major role in C.S. Lewis’s conversion from atheism to Christianity (source)
  2. “Hva faen?” is how you say “WTF?” in Norwegian (source)
  3. “Spaghettification” is not just a fun word; it’s a real thing having to do with astrophysics (source)