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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. The column has been on hiatus for awhile now, but we
hope to bring you plenty of fun games over the next few months. This
month, we feature "RollerBoy2", a fun and addictive game reminiscent
of an early Commander Keen crossed with Super Mario.
2 is an addictive arcade game, and one that demonstrates just how
powerful a gaming platform Java can be. To me, it reminded me of a
Nintendo Super Mario, with its emphasis on collecting coins and jumping
on monsters from above, but there's a lot more to this came than meets
the eye. For one, there's a choice of protagonists : either NinjaBoy or
DreadlockGirl. Secondly, there's puzzles to solve, such as moving
elevators, levers and buttons. However, it isn't too hard to follow the
action, as there are signposts along the way.
This is a fun game, but for
seasoned gaming veterans may be a little too simple for your taste. Kids
will love it, and if you need to fill in a few mindless hours without
buying the latest arcade game, you probably will too. The scrolling
seemed a little jumpy to me, your mileage may vary.
courtesy of elevator!
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