Saturday, February 23, 2008

Plasma Pong

Title: Plasma Pong
Author: Steve Taylor
License: Freeware

This is the last in my series of not really logic/puzzle games. I am old enough to have really played pong on a tv, and thought it was cool! There are tons of little web based pong clones, but few add anything fundamentally new to the game. Plasma Pong is different.

Plasma Pong adds a fluid dynamics element to the game. It is you versus the computer. Use your mouse to move the paddle up and down. Don't let the ball get past you. The added element is that the game is played in a liquid fluid and you can effect the fluid. With a left mouse click, you send a jet of fluid out from your paddle. With a right click, you suck in fluid. Both effect the motion of the ball.

As you score points against the computer, the rules of physics change. The effects of the fluid become more pronounced. It is subtle, but the game does becomes harder. Once computer scores on you ten times, the game is over. The goal is to see how many points you can score before that happens.

Plasma Pong has beautiful graphics and audio. It is a truly wonderful idea. The one problem is that Atari, the owner of the original pong, had them take down Plasma Pong. So, to get a copy you have to use your mad search skills.


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