[April 26, 2014]


(Observer (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) As the media available on which to play expand - Amazon and Tesco are the latest to add their names to forthcoming hardware with Fire TV and Hudl 2 - the ordinary web browser still holds its own as one of the most accessible ways to play the widest variety of games.

A true highlight of recent releases is Stanley Parable LD Remix, a playful spin on a cult indie game reimagined as a text adventure. The original Stanley Parable was a witty pastiche of game design; its remake applies a similar parody to text-only games and makes for a playful spoof of the source material.

Also inspired by a high-profile game is Assasseed's Crin. "Demaking" the famed Assassin's Creed series, the unofficial browser homage presents a 2D stealth game clearly influenced by retro classics. While the controls are a little cumbersome for its frantic pace, it has surprising depth.

If parodies are not your thing, puzzle-platformer Red Warrior (left) is well worth investigating. Introducing a level-flipping mirror mechanic to the traditional platformer template, the task is to save imprisoned friends, but it really serves as a swift, slick distraction, perfect for playing when a quick fix is required. Will Freeman (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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