Tag Archives: Flash

The 10th Anniversary of Hey Hey 16k!

heyhey16k

Wow… I honestly can’t believe it’s been almost 10 years since MJ Hibbett and the Validator’s Hey-Hey 16k appeared on B3ta.com and became an internet smash hit before iTunes, Youtube and Facebook was around! I was in university at the time, and I don’t really recall how I discovered the track. Back then with the lack of Youtube and Facebook, any flash animation was amazing at the time, including Joe Cartoon’s Frog in a blender, and Weebl’s Badger-Badger-Badger-Badger… But what was a silly flash animation of a random family photo singing a song about the ZX Spectrum 16k (with poorly photoshoped hats) became a huge hit, not just for B3ta.com, but to the original artists, MJ Hibbett and the Validators. The song originally came out in 1999 on (what’s believed to be) the very first internet exclusive single. The track then got popularity 5 years later when Rob Manuel created the flash video for the song. And that’s history for you!

Now, 10 years after the famous flash video, Mark Hibbett has released the 10 year Anniversary version of the single, and has included the original B-Sides in there too! So be a sport and get yourself a copy today!

…N = 0 to 2, “those were the days,” next N…

Freeware Goodies: Tower of Heaven.

Sometimes there’s some good that comes out of freeware.¬†Something¬†original, something brilliant, something challenging and more importantly, something that makes you wonder why you haven’t purchased the damn game!

That game ladies and gentlemen, is a game called Tower of Heaven! (Tengoku no Tou)

As you can see in these screen shot, they possess that green tone a certain portable game system I really liked used to have ūüėČ That’s one of the many reasons why I like the game. But there’s more than just aesthetic style to this wonder of freeware entertainment. The games’ story is simple, there’s a little green man going to attempt to climb the tower of heaven. The voice of god doesn’t like this, but he set up challenges for our little green friend. These are done by 5 laws, these laws you collect in the game actually make the game harder, but make you think about how else to solve each room in the Tower of Heaven and¬†ascend¬†to the top.
  • Law 1, Thou¬†shalt not touch golden blocks.
  • Law 2, Thou shalt not touch blocks or walls from the side.
  • Law 3, Thou shalt not walk left.
  • Law 4, Thou shalt not touch living things.
  • Law 5, Thou shalt no longer check the laws.
These crazy rules makes the later levels of Tower of Heaven a real pain, but the beauty to Tower of Heaven’s game play is that it tries not to be a “I Wanna be the Guy” or “I Wanna be the Booshy” with over the top¬†difficulty. These are puzzles and platforming that are¬†achievable¬†and¬†incredibly¬†rewarding.
Pretty much the platforming does look a bit like IWBTG, but I can say that I’ve beaten this game many times, and it is possible to beat! It’s not made to be impossible, it’s made to challenge you! You just have to figure out how to reach the next door with the laws given to you.
The music is damn good too! Composed by the artist, Flashy Goodness, the music has an upbeat 8 Bit style that somehow works very well with this game. In fact Flashy Goodness has worked on a few other freeware titles too such as Super Smash Land and Grid Defender 2. Flashy’s music has been used in games that require actual money to purchase them, such as the iOS game, Bean’s Quest, and in the upcoming KickStarter funded PC and Mac game, Sealark: An¬†Oceanic Adventure.
The game itself is short, but it’s¬†incredibly¬†rewarding when you beat the game, and it has an ending that I would say even beats the endings in most “Triple A titles”. There’s just something chilling and scary about the god in the game, and there’s an element of upward struggle, but this game is like the digital equivalent¬†of¬†climbing¬†Mt. Everest. Once you beat the game, you let out a big sigh, and you feel good about beating the game, a good job on the challenge front.
In my opinion, this game needs more¬†recognition. Even though it’s a cult game in some hardcore eyes. But it really is worthy of everyone to play it at least once just to know what the big fuss is about. There are a few ways you can play the game, you can head over to the coder’s website, askiisoft.com , where you can download the Windows executable; or if you’re a Mac or Linux user, you can head over to Newsgrounds and play the flash version of the game.
Tengoku no Tou…