This Week's Waste of Time
An online game to challenge your mouse
By James Renovitch, 3:27PM, Thu. May. 27, 2010
I started this whole endeavor with a simple game from Yoshio Ishii called Cursor*10, which, embodied everything great about indie games: A focus on innovative play and a unique artistic style. That's an oversimplification ("indie gaming" is as elusive as "indie rock"), but Ishii wields a unique artistic eye and innovative sense of what a game can do.
Case in point, Hoshi Saga, of which there are now five installments. The objective is simple: Find the star. Every level dumps you in one of Ishii's creations without any indication of how to achieve your goal. Clicking, dragging, mousing, shaking, and other mouse interactions will be needed to get you through each level. Most stars are easily discovered within seconds; others stumped me for days. What all the levels have in common is clean design and playful interaction. Is it racist to describe it as distinctly Japanese? Hope not.
Here are links to the sequels: