Arcane Castle
Arcane Castle isn't my usual kind of game at all, it's a fast paced acade game, but I'm including it anyway, solely on the basis of it's crazy techno soundtrack which had me raving at my keyboard
[found at kodomonokuniharu].

Entry 1835, Saturday, April 8th 2006, Filed In Games

Racoon Police
If you are impatient don't bother with Racoon Police. You have to endure some of the longest loading times I have ever seen before you even start playing this point'n'click game, and then there is major language barrier issue once it's up and running (none of the language packs on my PC were happy with it). I had to guess the name of the game from the only words I could understand! If you can get to grips with it though it looks like there might be an adventure to be had. I never quite worked out all of the controls. You need to click here and there, but also using the cursor keys to move is essential, and the space and enter keys come into play once in a while. All very confusing [subbed by winniethepooh].

Entry 1834, Saturday, April 8th 2006, Filed In Games

Monumental Training
The other day I set a mini-quiz to see if anyone could guess the London monument I could see directly out of my office window in the location I was working in last week. Well the answer actually was "The Monument" (built in memorial of those who died in the Great Fire of London) - it's pretty much all I could see out of the window as you 'll see in my photographic proof (See Photo 1 and Photo 2). Well done to Anna for guessing correctly.

The reason for me being located here all week? Well I was running a training course for developing with the product we sell, which meant telling everyone all about how to use IIS and SQL server, not to mention teaching some basic Javascript. Fun fun fun. The worst thing for me was that it meant talking constantly for almost the whole week, now I'm looking forward to returning to the comforting silence of my PC to get some coding done.

Entry 1833, Saturday, April 8th 2006, Filed In Diary

Curious George
Curious George might be the web site for the film of the same name, but a simple little point'n'click game is contained within, and it's a great one for the kids (and me). Your mission is to find the 8 collectibles so you can locate the Lost Shrine Of Zagawa. There are even some extras like screen-savers, wallpapers, buddy icons and printable bookmarks & bookcovers to find along the way, as well as some cute additional animations. Despite the fact that I'm at least 20 years older than the target audience it all kept me very entertained for much longer than I expected, and you can listen to some Jack Johnson while you play, which I quite liked too [subbed by ang].

Entry 1832, Friday, April 7th 2006, Filed In Games

Kooky Embrace
The thing I love most about doing Lazylaces musical Friday (when I actually do manage to do it) is by sharing what I'm listening to with everyone, and you doing likewise, I've found lots of music I genuinely love now, that I otherwise would have never heard of. I hope, at least some of, you find the same. Even if you don't, I love a bit of music on a Friday to set me up for the weekend, and even to get me dancing in front of my PC.

So this week I have introduced myself to The Kooks and Embrace, two great British bands, and reacquainted myself with another two great British bands Arctic Monkeys and Kaiser Chiefs. They all have at least some audio on their sites for you to check out. So, now I need to know what you have been listening to. If you think I won't have heard of it, because it's local to where you are, that's perfect. If you can give a link to where we can hear it, then even better.

Entry 1831, Friday, April 7th 2006, Filed In Diary

The Mystery Of The Hidden Mine
The Mystery of the Hidden Mine is a point'n'click adventure with a long and convoluted back story, which also throws in a load of forensic science, but then, some how, it's all over before you know it. I thought there was going to be so much more. It's diverting for a little while though, but make sure you heed my advice, and do not skip the intro story. If you do you won't have a clue what the game is all about, and it'll shorten the whole thing quite considerably [subbed by winniethepooh].

Entry 1830, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Games

The Ice Quest
The Ice Quest is one of the most infuriating point'n'click games I've played in some time. Working out which ice cream, or lolly, each person wants is one thing (point'n'click'drag), but dodging the falling flames (cursor keys) is quite another. And when you get flamed you have to go back to the begining. And the music is driving me nuts now. Share my pain, and try playing [subbed by Cynthia]

Entry 1829, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Games

Little Dog Gone
In Little Dog Gone you have to use your point'n'click detective skills to find out who has kidnapped a dog. You also have a little psychic help. Apparently I'm the only one who finds this whole premise a little weird [subbed by cynthia & winniethepooh].

Entry 1828, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Games

Black Carnations
Black Carnations (my translation of Schwarze Nelken) is, in part, a point'n'click game, but it mixes up it's game genres as it goes along. Unfortunately the most point'n'click bit is the third, and I believe, final level, but that is also the most German, so I was left scratching my head a bit, as I didn't know what what was going on. Still the journey getting there is quite good fun. In Level 1 you have to photograph the supects in the murder case you are investgating. I won't spoil it by telling you how to do it, but you are looking to get a green tick by each picture. Level 2 sees you in a police car in hot-pursuit of the suspects, in a fun little arcade game. Once you have brought them all in, level 3 starts. I think it is here that you have to idenitfy "whodunnit", but as I say I got a bit lost. Click "Spiel starten" (Start Play) on the linked page to play the game [subbed by winniethepooh].

Entry 1827, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Games

SBEmail 150
It's 150th sbemail time Strong Bad fans. All sing-a-long now: "Save the last e-mail for Strong Bad!" [subbed by max].

Entry 1826, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Stuff

Lazylaces On Teletext
Well today was a day to mark down in Lazylaces history. Today was the first time that the site has been on television. Well, sort of. In the UK we have a service called teletext, I have no idea if the same sort of thing exisits in any other countries, but it's kind of like really basic web pages on your television - it's been going since about 1974, which means it's the same age as me, and hasn't changed much in all that time (unlike me). Anyway, if you are in the UK switch on your telebox and go to Channel 4 Teletext Page 309/5. And there I am. Today anyway. Not the greatest moment of fame really. However, all the same, thanks to Alex for getting me on there, and thanks to Adam for telling me about it. I took a photo for prosperity, I was so excited. See the larger version of the pic here.

Entry 1825, Thursday, April 6th 2006, Filed In Diary

IL Destino
IL Destino is the latest point'n'click game from the same folks that brought you Escape The Bar and Escape The Salon, and it comes in a choice of either English, or Japanese if you like to do things the hard way (or if you are Japanese, of course). The idea of the game would seem to be, I've only just started playing so I'm picking this up from the intro screens, to "Escape The Car Showroom". With the car! You are going to have trouble smuggling that out under your t-shirt. As always in this series of games the graphics are lush, and the puzzles are challenging. Enjoy.

Entry 1824, Wednesday, April 5th 2006, Filed In Games

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