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Date: May 2003


An animal-themed selection of games for May as chosen by Steve Couch. All are available to play online 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

We’ve selected games that we judge are also OK for the children we know, but if you are a parent, please don’t take our word for it - standards vary! We advise you to try the game and the site it’s on first before letting your kids loose on it, to make sure you’re happy. (And, don’t forget, you can also find three great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

Doug the Duck vs the UFO's
The UFO's have invaded the duck pond - is this the end for Doug and his feathered friends? Perhaps not. With a stunning lack of foresight, the pond invaders are not water resistant! Manoeuvre Doug around the grid, turning gates and creating pools of water to defeat the aliens. Be careful not to trap Doug inside his own pools though. Satisfying game play.

Monkey Lander
Do you long for a world where monkeys fly space ships? Then this is the game for you! Fly around collecting all the bananas and land safely before you run out of fuel. But make sure you land gently, or you will lose a monkey life. As the levels mount up, disaster is only avoided by deft and meticulous thruster control.

Can you keep your fish alive in the face of alien attack? Drop food into the fish tank, and buy new fish. Each level ends when you buy a third piece of eggshell to hatch out a new pet. Each level presents new challenges, and each pet has a different ability to help you tend your aquatic flock. The game ends when you have no live fish left in the tank, and it can go on for quite some time. Highly recommended.

Chicken and Eggs
Featuring a crazy chicken laying-eggs from a high perch. Avert the biggest omelette ever seen by catching the eggs as they fall. Not much thought required, but the challenge comes in keeping hand-eye co-ordination going as the pace picks up during the higher levels.

Pengo Circus
Two Penguins, one seesaw, and a flock of flying fish to feed on. Very enjoyable, and watch out for the low flying ricochet bird.

Protect your koala from the rampaging snails by leaping from tree to tree and unleashing savage sliding attacks on the unsuspecting slimy foe. Nothing too complex here, but the game looks good and plays well.

Flea Circus
A Lemmings clone but with lots of levels and different ability settings. Find a safe route home for your fleas to progress to the next level. This game has lots of levels for each of three ability settings, so there's plenty here to keep anyone occupied for quite some time.

Mower Mole
A maze game on the same lines as Pac-man. You control a homely gardening mole as he avoids the snakes and mows his lawn. Go over each bit of grass twice to get a nice finish, and eat the mushrooms to turn the tables and go hunting for snakes. Each level has a different layout, and a different number of mushrooms and mole holes (which transport Moley across the garden) to keep things interesting.

Sheep Game
Several different options of play, but all based on the same premise - use the mouse to round up the sheep and send them where you want them to go. As well as the basic option of simply putting them in a pen, you can split the flock according to colour into two pens, or take them round a specified course, without drowning them in the river en route.

Can you find your way through the maze and reach the cheese before the computer-controlled rat? A nice touch with this game is that you can programme your opponent, setting his speed, hunger and intelligence levels. This means that as you get better, the game can get better with you and still present a challenge (alternatively, pit yourself against a slow, stupid and well-fed rat if winning is more important than challenge to you!)

Play the games from our last review