Codebreaker features 20 levels of url changing puzzle fun, and contains plenty of code breaking (hence the name), so you'll have to break out all those memories from the cryptography hut during the war. Unless they're all from reading "Enigma", in which case I'm sure Google will be willing to help [subbed by Encino Andy].

Entry 2044, Wednesday, July 26th 2006, Filed In Games

Samare is only the first part of a much bigger point'n'click game, and I'm not sure how much you can achieve yet (the pinnacle of my adventuring has been finding three star-like objects that I have been unable to use). However it's well worth a look as the graphics and music are well done and very atmospheric (your moving shadow character was a nice touch), and it'll be good to see how it progresses over time. Give it a try and see if you can get further, or find more, than me (I never found any illumination to enter the dark cave, or worked out if you can/how to use the dreamcatchers yet). And if anyone can translate some of the French text into English that would be cool [subbed by dam].

Entry 2043, Tuesday, July 25th 2006, Filed In Games

Broken Sword Lost Scenes
Broken Sword Lost Scenes is a nice looking point'n'click adventure (unfortunately there is no sound) that adds to the commercial Broken Sword series. I recommend checking the "instructions and hints" section before you start playing as the controls are a little unusual, although they are easy to use once you know how. There's even an official walkthrough if you get stuck [subbed by winniethepooh].

Entry 2042, Tuesday, July 25th 2006, Filed In Games

Where In the World?
Where In the World is another one of those URL changing puzzles, but this one has a theme; you progress through the levels by identifying landmarks and places from around the world. Maybe my geography is just good (I doubt it), but I've found it a breeze so far, but it's a nice little diversion none the less. My only warning is on the irritating pop-up/under ads which take a while to sort out at the beginining [subbed by witw].

Additional Warning: Make sure your anti-virus, firewall, etc is up to date before you click to play on this one. I did not have any issues, but there are a few reports that some of the pop up/under ads contain some unfriendly items.

Entry 2041, Tuesday, July 25th 2006, Filed In Games

N'Joy In English
A quick update on a previous post: I did like N'Joy - 10TH Planet in Greek (a beautiful language to listen to), but it's now available in English too for the linguistically challenged like myself [subbed by
Xlr8 & Caro

Entry 2040, Monday, July 24th 2006, Filed In Games

Confusion abounds around Gwen/Hell, but all you need to know is that it is a beautiful point'n'click game, with some chilled sounds and music, and an, always great to have, Samorost vibe. Click "map" then "game" to start the game.

If you really care about these things, and aren't already engrossed in the beautiful game, there are several areas of confusion around the game. First the name. I've seen it called "Gwen", and "Hell", I suspect that it is neither of these and it is actually something non-English. Which brings me to confusion number two: The game is billed as the "Chinese Samorost", but it was originally on a Taiwanese site, which then seemed to dissappear and I've ended up linking to a Russian hosted copy. Finally the game actually seems to be a mini web site with links to the team behind it and a few other items (which is why you end up clicking "map" then "game" to start), which made some sense when it was on the original site, but is a bit weird now the file is being hosted elsewhere. However all confusion aside, it's still a great game - although we'll probably all think it's too short [subbed by Na, Suki & misty].

Entry 2039, Monday, July 24th 2006, Filed In Games

Alien Grrrl
Alien Grrrl is a point'n'click game that sets out to be nothing to do with escaping rooms (see screenshot above), and instead gives us a good old treasure hunt. Why it involves us being an alien though, or why we are a "Grrrl" either for that matter (it's the alien spelling I'm guessing), I'm really not sure. Anyway my advice is be prepared to walk down lots of corridors [subbed by winniethepooh & Leah].

Entry 2038, Monday, July 24th 2006, Filed In Games

Stressed out this week? Need to chill out? Over The Rainbow will sort you out like you never thought was possible, easily one of the most beautiful things I have listened to ever. I sought it out on youtube after catching it at 5.45am on the radio the other day (the perfect time for this song, out and about on empty streets, if you are up early one day). Enjoy the song, but while you listen, take a minute to remember Israel 'Iz' Kamakawiwo'Ole, who is no longer with us to sing us songs and make our lives richer for it. We salute you Iz.

Entry 2037, Friday, July 21st 2006, Filed In Stuff

The Trekkie Grail
An excellent video mashup of the "Knights of the Round Table" sung by the cast of Star Trek is perfect for a musical Lazylaces Friday. It takes me back to the time those nice Lego men covered it... [subbed by Sharee].

Entry 2036, Friday, July 21st 2006, Filed In Stuff

Site NewsI've been having a few problems on the site recently, as you've probably seen, with LL bringing my web host's server to it's knees (too popular, and too many comments!). As a result I've had to introduce some temporary measures to keep LL, and the server, running. Hopefully I'll get some proper solutions in place soon that'll keep all of us, and the server, happy. In the meantime I apologise for the inconvenience.

For now "popular posts" has taken a temporary break from the left hand column, and unfortunately I've had to limit the comments to 100 per post (larger exisiting comment threads are still there - just hidden). Limiting comments has had the greatest impact and I'll be looking at getting this back up and running with full functionality soon.

The first step will be to reverse the timeline of comment posts so that, with the 100 limit still in place, the latest comments are shown first, older ones to the bottom of the page, you'll still be able to add comments, and just the older comments will be hidden. Which, thinking about it, makes sense as the comments get more relevent as time goes on (with the exception of spam), and I might have thought of doing this anyway. I'll then add paging so you can "page back" to see the full comment history and nothing will be hidden anymore. Phew! Quite a bit of work for me to squeeze in there.

Once that is in place I'll look at getting "Popular Posts" back in place, which I already have plans for: the list will refresh daily, rather than being up to the minute, but it'll still be a nice way of easily reaching popular older content.

Right, that's all for now. I'll keep you updated as things progress.


Entry 2035, Friday, July 21st 2006, Filed In Diary

A Fistful Of Revenge
A Fistful Of Revenge is a western style point'n'click game - an angle on p'n'c I don't remember seeing before. There are few too many conversations for you to click through here for my liking (TV has destroyed my attention span), but I'm captivated by the cat nodding along to the guitar player. The plot behind the game is that someone has killed your brother, and your task is to find the "dirty son of gun" who did it and make him pay - which will mean finding a gun, and knowing how to use it. Good luck [subbed by Jody].

Entry 2034, Thursday, July 20th 2006, Filed In Games

More Balls?
Some hot insider info has reached me regarding the follow up to the Sony bouncing balls ad (which is a lovely thing to revisit once in a while). The next advert is currently in production and you can follow it's progress here as they are blogging the whole thing. From what I'm seeing it looks like this one replaces the coloured balls with paint, but my source won't confirm anything for sure. However I bring it up now, as they say there will be some point and click content as part of the promotion. Excellent news. Watch this space and I'll update you as I learn more :o)

Entry 2033, Thursday, July 20th 2006, Filed In Stuff

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