Smack the penguin
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Date: 10 February, 2004


 
'Please note that all the available evidence suggests Pingu to be a willing participant, and that no penguins were hurt during the creation of this game (we think).'



Another diverse selection of games this month 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.

Snake
A new twist on an old favourite. Guide the snake through the jungle and watch him grow as he finds his food.

Mr. Platfoot
Steer Mr. Platfoot through this platform game, avoiding the spooky ghosts and gathering all the treasure as you go. Make good use of your boomerang, and don't get caught out by falling scenery.

Smack the Pingu
The simplest, yet most enjoyable game this month. This was sent in to us by more than one person, and we're happy to pass it on to a wider audience. Please note that all the available evidence suggests Pingu to be a willing participant, and that no penguins were hurt during the creation of this game (we think).

Topsy Turvy
Your task is to clear away all the coloured balls (or as many as you can) in each 60 second round. The catch is, just as you think you're on top of everything, the board tilts round and everything changes. The more space is left at the end of each round, the bigger your bonus score.

Twiddlestix
Guide a twirling stick through a series of mazes. Timing is everything as you negotiate your way round tight corners.

Speedwrench
A whole host of different driving challenges, and a visit to the pits between each round to get your car suitably equipped with the right set of tyres for the next one. The next best thing to being in a formula one pit crew. Well, almost.

Critical Zone
Steer your space ship through the asteroid field, avoiding asteroids and blowing up enemy mines.

Office Paintball
Shoot the smiley faces as they appear around the office. Get your quota of targets on each level to progress.

Gravity
Save your planet by carrying out a number of take-off-and-land missions. Nice cartoon graphics, and gameplay that is harder than you think it is going to be (or maybe that's just me)

Apple Game
Not sure what Isaac Newton would have made of this one. Catch the falling apples in a bucket to score points. That's it really. As the apples come down, the scores go up.