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Date: March 2003
www.bbc.co.uk, game created by Random Media
youre looking for a bit of diversion these games could be just what you
are looking for. Theyre all available to play online and for free, without
any need to register with the host sites. Some games require your browser to have
a plug in for Shockwave. You can download this for free here
Weve selected games that we judge are also OK for the children
we know - but if you are a parent, please dont take our word for it, standards
vary! We advise you to try the game and the site its on first before letting
your kids loose on it, to make sure youre happy. (And, dont forget,
you can also find three great games for kids in our own Global
by Steve Couch
play a game, simply click on its name.
Quite the most
delightful game we've seen for some time. The little chicks are plummeting to
earth, sadly discovering that their wings cannot sustain flight. As Mother Hen,
your mission is to lob umbrellas that they can use as parachutes to bring them
gently down to earth. The graphics and animation are first class, and the overall
feel is like stepping into the world of Beatrix Potter. The game itself plays
well too - if we nominated a game of the month, this would be it.
Ride your skateboard through the mean streets of the city, gathering recyclable
rubbish from the pavement, gutters and roads while avoiding oncoming traffic -
both vehicular and pedestrian. Pull off cool skating tricks as you go, but make
sure you make it to the recycling bins, or you won't score any points. The planet
gets nothing for good intentions.
Ahh, the course of young love never runs smooth. Catch
the roses thrown by your true love as you sweetly play the guitar under her window.
But make sure you dodge the cans, bottles and assorted missiles thrown by the
neighbours who just want some peace and quiet. Harder than it sounds, but good
fun. Another great looking game from orisinal.
An old favourite with a new twist. They don't come
much older than Pong, but this version genuinely breathes new life into the game.
The playing arena is circular, with both players free to roam all the way around
the edge. The pace is faster than the original, and there are more tactical possibilities.
Watch out for (and try to make) the extreme angled shots.
A curious game, and harder - at first - than you
expect it to be. Guide a yellow sphere around in space, picking up the 'yellow
blinkers' and scoring points. The game makers haven't attempted to provide a back
story to explain why you are doing this, but that's not a problem. An unusual
game, but a satisfying one when you start to get the hang of it.
Continuing the theme of games set gratuitously in space, this is a game for younger
children, particularly those who are trying to learn their times tables. Solve
multiplication sums to power your rocket and rescue human colonists on other planets.
It's a good excuse for some maths practice, and as you reach each target you get
the chance to read up some basic facts on the different planets. Could work well
for reluctant junior mathematicians.
the marbles into the scoring zone, and get more points than your opponent. Simple
controls (drag and click with the mouse) which take a little mastering - marble
speed is determined by the speed you move the mouse, making it a game of skill
and subtlety. The scoring system gives you a chance to adjust to the pace and
recover from a bad start. You even get to choose your own marbles, and there are
no bigger boys to take them off you. If only schooldays were so simple.
Match up the atoms to form molecules before the screen gets filled up. A straightforward
puzzle game of matching colours, but it works well and is very replayable.
A clone of the 80's student favourite Lemmings, but still good fun. Get the roadies
safely out of the gig by placing trampolines and other blockages in their path.
Keep them away from bouncers, musicians and other perils of the entertainment
world. An engrossing game of problem solving. Beer bellies and ancient tour shirts
One on one soccer with robotic tanks. This plays very well, and
with each game taking ten minutes, you have plenty of time to get the hang of
things and stage a comeback if it all goes wrong. The play is continuous, with
the ball reappearing in the centre circle as soon as a goal is scored, so you
have to keep your wits about you and forget about the shirt-over-the-head celebrations.
games from Global Gang