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Wednesday, December 05, 2007
FLYWRENCH has been released. It is this game, for those who remember the video but not the name.

The arrows are the only controls, and depending on which you press, your color changes: up flaps you up and turns you red, left and right move left and right and turn you white, and down rolls (protecting you from the walls) and turns you green.

The main goal is to get between two points in a series of stages, with increasingly complex obstacles in your way: the trick is that you can move through an obstacle if you are the same color as it. The level design is probably the best part of the game, I had a lot of fun with it. I also liked the movement system, where you have to flap to keep you aloft; it's a rare movement system that I can only remember being used previously in the Atari 2600 game Fathom.

Name: FLYWRENCH
Developer: Messhof
Category: Action
Type: Freeware
Size: 12MB
Direct download: Click Here
Mirror download: Click Here

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27 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/05/2007 04:00:00 PM:  
"The arrows are the only controls..."

you can also rock this funness with WASD (helpful for all of the console trained players like myself).
Blogger Paul Eres said at 12/05/2007 04:05:00 PM:  
Ah, I forgot about Joust, that's a good comparison too. I haven't tried FlapFlapFlap though.
Blogger Dominic White said at 12/05/2007 04:33:00 PM:  
Blazed through it in 18 minutes, 9 seconds. I'm assuming that's a better-than-average time, as I did a whole lot of the earlier stages without dying once, and it only got really hairy for me on the final two gates.

Interesting little game, though. Kinda dissapointed with the ending, though - not nearly as mysterious as the text leading up to it made out.
Blogger Jon said at 12/05/2007 04:51:00 PM:  
Love it. The camera lurches around a bit, which was a little bothersome, but otherwise pure fun.
Blogger oranda said at 12/05/2007 06:20:00 PM:  
Well dang, I wanted to write the review for this. No worries, though, as it's nice to see what you had to say about your game, messhof. Keep making these, you have a real gift for control systems that keep the player just barely in control, without ever actually losing it. A rare talent.
Anonymous messhof said at 12/05/2007 06:55:00 PM:  
I sent Tim an email about the game, but I think Paul wrote the review above. I like the game too, though!
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/05/2007 07:14:00 PM:  
Stupidest game of 2007, Flywrench gets my vote.
Blogger oranda said at 12/05/2007 07:57:00 PM:  
Oops, I see it now. I saw your name as the only tag and my brain said "Aha! The author!". My bad.

Wouldn't mind hearing what you had to say about it, though :).
Blogger Paul Eres said at 12/05/2007 08:08:00 PM:  
Maybe I can interview him for a new article :D
Blogger oranda said at 12/05/2007 08:21:00 PM:  
Beaten to the punch twice in one topic!
Blogger haowan said at 12/05/2007 11:06:00 PM:  
I am a complete fool at this game. I find it INCREDIBLY difficult.

Awesome game though - so pure!
Blogger Lim-Dul said at 12/06/2007 07:34:00 AM:  
As much as I appreciate the concept and the apparent humor in the game I don't like it.

The "music" is extremely annoying and the flight physics just don't seem right. I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong with them but I think that it's too hard to deaccelerate but once you do you get a very strange quick boost upwards...
Anonymous JACK BURTON said at 12/06/2007 08:14:00 AM:  
looks like JOUST ou PEGASUS THE FANTOM RYDERS, anyways will give a try right away...
Blogger jw said at 12/06/2007 08:29:00 AM:  
This is great.
Blogger jw said at 12/06/2007 08:30:00 AM:  
My score was 0:09:28 btw. D: >:D
Blogger Paul Eres said at 12/06/2007 10:46:00 AM:  
I agree about the upward acceleration being too fast (he should have put a cap on total speed) and the music being annoying, but those are tiny issues to me, the rest of the game can easily be enjoyed despite those.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/06/2007 01:55:00 PM:  
The music is phenomenal and I don't know how anyone can dislike it.
Anonymous Popoyt said at 12/06/2007 02:41:00 PM:  
I love these games with a deep gameplay and only 4 buttons ! Great job, Messhof.
Blogger oranda said at 12/06/2007 04:35:00 PM:  
Geez, jw, you must have reflexes made of lightning.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 12/06/2007 04:43:00 PM:  
Or just good photoshop skills. :P
Anonymous jw said at 12/07/2007 02:32:00 AM:  
Anonymous Eric said at 12/07/2007 04:49:00 AM:  
Awesome game. I can't believe how simple yet fun this game is.
Blogger messhof said at 12/07/2007 11:02:00 AM:  
Hey I am going to keep you updated on the sequel at my blog http://messhof.blogspot.com/

An interview could be cool..
Anonymous eb said at 12/08/2007 02:08:00 AM:  
Awesome game, please make some more messhof!
Anonymous Javet said at 12/08/2007 06:14:00 AM:  
@jw

DAMMIT! My time was 6:41
Blogger kirkjerk said at 12/08/2007 02:59:00 PM:  
For no particular reason other than a bit of annoyance at the difficulty of this game, and because I actually like "flap" mechanics (see: Joust, and Balloon Flight), I made a parody mashup of this game: FlyWrench meets my own Atari 2600 JoustPong in the thrill-a-minute world of: flywrenchpong.
(You can also play it online).

It also features a homemade electronic soundtrack! (Made by slowing down and "wa-wa'ing" an Atari 2600 Supercharger .wav)
Blogger Pita said at 12/09/2007 04:13:00 AM:  
I absolutely love this game.