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Date: 4 May, 2004

You can now batter penguin with a club, throw him against an iceberg and catapult him up a gully!
'Best of the bunch to my mind is Orca Slap, but Albatross Overload and Seal Bounce are good enough that you may think differently - try them all.'

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.

No overriding theme this month, but for some reason several of these games features angles and trajectories. Don't ask why, just enjoy.

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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).

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Yeti Sports
Back by popular demand. We had more response from Surefishers about Smack the Pingu than for any other recent game, so here are three (count 'em!) more from the same stable. Best of the bunch in my opinion is Orca Slap, but Albatross Overload and Seal Bounce are good enough that you may think differently - try them all.

Spaced Penguin
Nothing to do with the penguin-related games at Yetisports, but every bit as good. The best new game this month, and one of the best I've found in a long time. Kevin the Hamster has got lost in space. Using the Interplanetary slingshot, you must propel him back to his spaceship.

Sounds simple? Wait until planets start exerting gravitational pull. 25 levels and unending game play - your score for each level is divided by the number of attempts it took, so you can keep going and perfect each shot. Play it with the sound on, and enjoy the spectacle of the unfortunate Kevin bouncing off ill-placed planets.

Red Beard
A puzzle solving platform game. Can you help Red Beard to find the right way through each level? Different coloured pills make different sections of floor appear or disappear, and there's always the chance of drowning if you stay underwater for too long.

One very useful feature is that once you have completed a level, you always have the option of starting where you left off, rather than spending half an hour of playing time trying to get back to the same point in subsequent games.

Blast away all the dinosaur eggs before they reach the bottom of the screen. A pop'n'drop style game with options for different styles of game and different levels of difficulty. Two of the three game options, and two of the three difficulty options are available without any registration or purchase.

Tire Toss
Run, set angle, throw tyre, watch it fly. That's about the size of it, but this is nicely done and is the kind of game that you will spend more time on than you expect. Oh go on, just one more try to get it further...

Tunnel Rush
Negotiate your way through the tunnels, picking up bonus items and power ups, and avoiding (or shooting) the obstacles. The game play rotates around the full circumference of the tunnel, and the pace is sufficient to keep you on your toes without making this unplayable.

Fill It
A simple geometric game of cat and mouse. Carve up the playing grid into boxes without your trail being tagged by any of the buzzing guards. Higher levels mean more guards to dodge - or, for the brave, to trap.

Balloon Hunter
Only the practice mode seems to be available free and online, but this is still enjoyable. Burst the balloons with a bow and arrow, set the angle and power and try not to let too many get away from you. Harder than it looks, but very satisfying once you get your eye in.

Railroad Tycoon
A simple game of laying track and making sure that the train makes it to the station, but this has a nice 'bluesy' soundtrack, with a harmonica train whistle at the end of each level. If all you got was the music, I'd be tempted to say it was worth it, but the game is pretty good too.

Warthog Launch
Very similar to Yetisports' Seal Bounce, but with a little more finesse and control. Pile up the grenades to send yourself bouncing off walls and knocking out targets. You control the size and angle of the explosion, and as the levels mount and you have more and more targets to take out in a single launch, so it gets more and more tactical.

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