Bombs, bees and pogo
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Date: 9 March, 2004

One of the slackers avoiding stress in Miniclip's 'A Day of Slacking'
'Can you get through a whole day at work without getting too stressed and without getting caught?'

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

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it’s on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you’re happy. (And, don’t forget, you can also find great games for kids in our own Global Gang area).

To play a game, simply click on its name.

Save the Sheriff

A scrolling platform game which holds your attention through several levels. You control a little pig on a mission to rescue the sheriff from his Bandit kidnappers. On your way you will score points by rescuing trapped pets for ladies in distress, do battle with evil toads and dynamite-hurling cowboys, and collect lots and lots of gold coins. There is plenty of variety as you progress through the levels, with a number of imaginative features. This is highly recommended.

Life of Mammals (five different games)
No pigs, but plenty of other animals. There are five (count 'em!) games on this BBC site, and all of them educational. Whether you want to learn sociable monkey behaviour or survive as a fox in the wild, there should be something here for you. For those of you who are put off by the idea of educational games, these are (mostly) good fun to play too.

A game of logical problem solving. Move the coloured blocks around, removing pairs without leaving yourself stuck with any leftovers. Only the first ten levels are available for free, but there is some good puzzle solving enjoyment to be had anyway.

A Day of Slacking
Dodge the dull, work-related stuff (staplers, calculators, the boss) and collect the drinks, food and other fun stuff. Can you get through a whole day at work without getting too stressed and without getting caught?

Bubble Bees
Catch the bees in soap bubbles to score points. A simple and enchanting game that is restful where others are frenetic. Another beautifully delivered game from the Ferryhalim team. Absolutely delightful.

Bomb Jack
A simple platform game, but one that holds the attention through different levels. Use the bombs to gain height on your jumps, and watch out for the guards.

Finding Nemo Turtle Game
A tie-in to Pixar and Disney's Finding Nemo (watch out for the DVD review coming soon to Control Crush the turtle as he rides the East Australia Current, dodging the Jellyfish and helping Marlin and Dory in their quest for Nemo.

McFly Game
McFly are a new boy band (cheery guitar-based pop) who may or may not be anything special, but this game on their site is pretty good. Choose a band member and a skateboard and hit the streets, flinging records at dustbins, windows and passers by to score points, while dodging the oncoming traffic.

The one drawback is that the game seems to have a habit of crashing on later levels. It's still worth a look, and you will either get hooked on McFly's latest single or get sick of hearing it in the background to your game.

Go-Go Pogo
The third of this month's trio of surf and skate bum games. Dodge the obstacles and pull tricks in this extreme Pogo-stick simulation. Yes, extreme Pogo-stick simulation. Radical, dude!

Knock 'Em Out
A breakout clone, but a good one. Fast playing and tricky to master.

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