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Java Gaming :
The Best of Java Games
By David Reilly
Java Gaming highlights some of the great applet games out there
written in Java. Sure, you won't see Quake on the web, but the games
that are out there will astound and amaze you. Each month, we'll
take a look at a sample of the great games out there.
Hi! Welcome to Java Gaming, a monthly guide to
great Java games. This month marks the return of the Java Gaming column,
and we've got a great arcade platform game for you.
Mr Platfoot is an exciting arcade scroller, written by
Christian Hvid. The protagonist in this game is a brightly dressed
little dog, Mr Platfoot, whose mission is to travel from level to level
while avoiding a serious of traps, bombs, falling blocks and fearsome
monsters. The levels are tricks, and sometimes require special thought,
as setting off a trap too early may block passageways to treasure and
While the hero of the game may be only a dog, he has special powers of
levitation and flight, that allow him to zoom through the air. He's also
a mean shot with a magic red boomerang, which can be used to smite foes
and detonate explosive bombs from a safe distance. A boomerang, for
those who have never seen one, is a hunting weapon used by the
Aboriginal people of Australia - the reputation of the boomerang is that
it always comes back to its owner when thrown skillfully. Zipping
through the air, Mr Platfoot battles against ghostly enemies and
fiendish traps - giving even Lassie a run for her money!
As Java games go, Mr Platfoot isn't bad. I suspect it
will be more popular with a younger puppy loving audience, but the
gameplay is fairly addictive, and the range of moves afforded by a
flying dog armed with a boomerang is fairly large. I particularly liked
the puzzles and traps, which give gameplay that extra edge, and requires
you think before blowing things up. All in all, Mr Platfoot is a
powerful example of Java gaming in action, let down only by a lack of
good sound effects and music.
A race against time to avoid a falling ceiling
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