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Free Games I Like: Solipskier

Posted on 27th Aug 2010 at 08:08 by Joe Martin with 51 comments

Joe Martin
I blame Gunsmith for this, as his post in the General Discussion forum nudged me to play this game.

And play it and play it and play it, before finally sharing it with the rest of the team and getting them to do the same. Tuesday morning productivity quickly fell into the toilet.

The goal of Solipskier is simple, as the goal of nearly all free browser games tend to be. You have to guide your little stick-figure man through a series of jumps, gates and tunnels, which is done by drawing the track ahead of him as he goes. Draw a slope, he'll gain speed. Draw a hillock, he'll fly into the air.


Solipskier is pulled together and made brilliant not just by the fluidity of the gameplay though; it's the music and graphics which really sell it. The stark black and white visuals are complemented by rainbows that trail behind your skier. The snowballing speed of the game is emphasised by the frantic guitar riffs that constitute the background music.

Insterestingly, that music also serves another purpose in the office - letting us know when each other are playing, as well as telling us how well we're doing. When Harry's headphones start to leak the sound of another violent guitar solo then you know he's stopped working for a bit. And when the music stops suddenly, you know he's finally fluffed up.

Finally, I've found a game I'm better than Harry at.

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liratheal 23rd August 2010, 13:12 Quote
There goes my productivity.
steveo_mcg 23rd August 2010, 13:17 Quote
Thats brilliant!
Apocalypso 23rd August 2010, 22:12 Quote
That's class.
hyder 24th August 2010, 08:07 Quote
blocked at work :(
Flibblebot 24th August 2010, 10:55 Quote
Excellent game. It took me ages to realise that it wasn't a bug when the music stopped - it was because I was going so fast (>70kph, according to the Kongregate achievement list) that the skier's headphones fell off!
Gunsmith 25th August 2010, 01:50 Quote
finally cracked it

final score
15,452.966

final time
00:02:50:13
Unicorn 25th August 2010, 01:58 Quote
B**ch >:( I got to just over 5 million the other day and thought "that'll do". Now I'm going to have to go and try to beat you :)
Gunsmith 25th August 2010, 02:08 Quote
Unicorn 25th August 2010, 02:11 Quote
FFFFFFUUUUUUUUU














There goes my Wednesday :D


[edit]

Bah:

http://img180.imageshack.us/i/skier1.png/

MOAR!
tripwired 27th August 2010, 10:15 Quote
lol Unicorn.

This game is great, perfect for a Friday at the office!
Benzaa 27th August 2010, 12:32 Quote
wow it's soo nice, my friday is gone!^^
StoneyMahoney 27th August 2010, 12:36 Quote
23.8Mill in 1min 12sec. Overweight score on the horizon.... I need to find out what that rock music is, I lose it after about 20 seconds.
Unicorn 27th August 2010, 12:45 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by StoneyMahoney
I need to find out what that rock music is, I lose it after about 20 seconds.

Here you go:

KxQZsW0H7LU

Credit for that goes to Gunsmith, he sent me the link on Steam the other night :)
StoneyMahoney 27th August 2010, 13:03 Quote
oooh, thanks for the link, that's helping my scores a lot >:)
chimmy09 27th August 2010, 13:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunsmith
enjoy your monday

http://www.kongregate.com/games/Mikengreg/solipskier

i hate you... its after 4 in the morning, and then i find this, thanks a lot.
Yemerich 27th August 2010, 13:32 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunsmith
I'm afraid I bear distressing news

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=801&pictureid=13022

Lies! That is shopped! I know it is!

j/k
Unicorn 27th August 2010, 13:45 Quote
http://img829.imageshack.us/i/skier2.png/

I'm bearing down on you fast ;)
Fabou 27th August 2010, 13:47 Quote
God bit-techg is really killing productivity.
Unicorn 27th August 2010, 13:50 Quote
Ohhh yeah :)
StoneyMahoney 27th August 2010, 14:15 Quote
I really hate to do this to you all again but...

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=965&pictureid=13083

...who am I kidding? I love doing it :D Awesome game
isaac12345 27th August 2010, 14:34 Quote
FUN!!
Flibblebot 27th August 2010, 14:39 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fabou
God bit-techg is really killing productivity.
Nah, it's been doing that for ten years now ;)
Unicorn 27th August 2010, 15:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by StoneyMahoney
I really hate to do this to you all again but...

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=965&pictureid=13083

...who am I kidding? I love doing it :D Awesome game

EDIT: This article is from Monday? I should pay closer attention, I only spotted it 2 hours ago :/

EDIT 2: Also just noticed, if anyone doubts the truth of this score, check the online score table - it's the official highest score on this game on Kongregate!

Get out. Now.











Just kidding! Nice score bud! :D
Jampotp 27th August 2010, 15:27 Quote
nice
StoneyMahoney 27th August 2010, 15:41 Quote
Hmm, interesting - the times on the Kongregate high score table and on my screenshot don't match.
Invectus 27th August 2010, 16:54 Quote
pfff I got above 75mil my first try... it aint that hard really.
Unicorn 27th August 2010, 17:40 Quote
Pics or it didn't happen. Rules are rules.
Naked_Dave 28th August 2010, 00:05 Quote
http://img821.imageshack.us/img821/4809/skier.jpg

First game I've ever not been terrible at
K 28th August 2010, 00:09 Quote
This game is amazingly well suited to the iPhone and iPad... Got 15 million the other day!

Then got a text that ruined me completely :(

Stupid obtrusive notification system...
Krikkit 28th August 2010, 00:10 Quote
:)
Unicorn 28th August 2010, 01:29 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by K
This game is amazingly well suited to the iPhone and iPad... Got 15 million the other day!

Then got a text that ruined me completely :(

Stupid obtrusive notification system...

Erm... how? It's a flash game :?

[edit]

Ah, there exists an app of the same name and addictive nature :) Winrar :D
K 28th August 2010, 22:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn
Erm... how? It's a flash game :?

[edit]

Ah, there exists an app of the same name and addictive nature :) Winrar :D

Haha yeah I KNEW someone would say that after I posted it!

It's really really well suited to touch controls. Very cool.
Yemerich 29th August 2010, 13:50 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Unicorn
Quote:
Originally Posted by StoneyMahoney
I need to find out what that rock music is, I lose it after about 20 seconds.

Here you go:

KxQZsW0H7LU


Credit for that goes to Gunsmith, he sent me the link on Steam the other night :)


Yeah, very "Malmsteen" like
earlydoors 29th August 2010, 19:37 Quote
+REP to gunsmith for finding this

http://j.imagehost.org/view/0616/Untitled_4


I'll be back... :)
Toploaded 30th August 2010, 03:59 Quote
Ah, I can't stop playing this damn game, which is not good when I have deadlines to meet and there is no one watching over me :O
Gunsmith 30th August 2010, 04:06 Quote
/me evil cackles in the background
nhojnomis 30th August 2010, 13:52 Quote
Dammit, this is addictive. And I must be the only guy useless at this game. Cannot get beyond 5mill.

I even tried going slowly...........10mins and got 800,000..... :-(
Fiyero 30th August 2010, 14:12 Quote
I suck at it! However I do reckon the iPod version spews out more points that the web one. I got a horrendously low score first try on the web one, but then got over 1m on the iPod.

Either way, thanks for destroying my spare time Gunsmith! :D
Toploaded 31st August 2010, 07:05 Quote
I hit 23 mill or so far, I promised myself if I get to 50 mill I will call it a day.

It does have to be said, there is a heavy element of luck involved in this once you get to a certain experience level. For example, I just got 3 tunnels in a row and got like 11mil points right of the bat pretty much (and sadly clicked the right mouse button which brought up the flash options menu thus ruining my game, rah!)

If your good and get an 'uber tunnel' run, you are going to get a shed load of points rather quickly due to your multiplier getting boasted to 80 and beyond. Other then this kinda unbalanced tunnel luck factor this is damn near the prefect flash game methinks.

A nice stat screen at the end telling you your top speed, multiplier ect would be nice.
Toploaded 1st September 2010, 07:06 Quote
I did a video, just for the hell of it, a rather modest 18 mil run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gW3ia7d0Ok8
earlydoors 1st September 2010, 12:43 Quote
This game is now a mildly unhealthy obsession

http://img339.imageshack.us/i/11967767.png/
Gunsmith 1st September 2010, 14:02 Quote
mwahaha
Unicorn 1st September 2010, 16:27 Quote
Seriously, my productivity must be down a good 20% since I bought the iPhone app version :)
StoneyMahoney 2nd September 2010, 01:52 Quote
Latest score: 72.6mill in 3:05. And that was while I had a headache.

EDIT: Added screenie now the headache has gone ;)

http://forums.bit-tech.net/album.php?albumid=965&pictureid=13321
Unicorn 2nd September 2010, 04:27 Quote
Sure you'd tell us that anyway...
Fod 2nd September 2010, 13:59 Quote
damnit i was going to post a 19mil score thinking it was high :(
earlydoors 2nd September 2010, 18:20 Quote
Looks like I need to raise my game...
StoneyMahoney 6th September 2010, 14:41 Quote
Ok, bored of this game now. Decent scores rely very heavily on luck with the tunnels. One easy tunnel at a good multiplier and you get scores like this:

http://forums.bit-tech.net/picture.php?albumid=965&pictureid=13517

EDIT: See this played - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCYvQf4ohJ0
142million final score, 67million tunnel bonus at 178x, 204kph
Throbbi 6th September 2010, 20:04 Quote
godamn it! do you have any idea how many hours i'm gonna lose to this

I still haven't finished gemcraft 2 yet lol
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