Links to the Casual Revolution

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Legs, don't fail me now
Legs, don't fail me now

Now that you've read the casual gaming feature and taken some time to let the inexorable waves of brilliant ideas wash over you, it's time to stop thinking so much and start playing. Or at least clicking.

First off, you're going to want to play Canabalt (pictured above), which supplied the Chronicle's cover imagery. Here's my original blog on the game, or if you're somehow tired of me pontificating you can go straight to the game by clicking here. If you want to play other titles from Adam Saltsman, his webpage hosts a wide range of his creations. Might I be so bold as to recommend Gravity Hook and Fathom?

As for Mike Wilford's Twisted Pixel offerings, that's a tad more complicated. They don't give their games out for free. But at least you can check out what 'Splosion Man looks like and then feast your eyes on the trailer for their upcoming release Comic Jumper.

To play any of the games made with Gendai Games' GameSalad creation program you will need an updated Apple computer and the GameSalad plug-in. From there, the free gaming possibilities are pretty boundless. See how the software works in this instructional YouTube video and watch a game made from scratch.

The tools at the disposal of Xbox users can be found on the XNA website. For a huge corporation, it really is an ingenious way of getting people to make games for free. You can only play these indie games if you have an Xbox connected to the internet.

The briefly mentioned charity game,Glum Buster, was made by local game designer Justin Leingang (who also developed the Best of Austin winning Treasure World for Aspyr). You can download Glum Buster for free although Leingang is looking for donations to Starlight Children’s Foundation. See what you think of the game and donate as your conscience sees fit.

Don't forget about the Global Game Jam. The website has links to the ridiculous number of quickly created games. The keynote speech is worth watching and makes me feel like I'm ahead of the curve in trying to re-appropriate the phrase "waste of time." My favorite local Game Jam creation is Mr. Mask. It's made using Saltsman's Flixel tools. And it all comes full circle.

Play a few games, read my story again (and again, it's that good), and leave a comment through our website with your thoughts on the games in question. Or e-mail gripes and character defamation directly to me at

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