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17 September 2014

Web game of the week: Tri-Achnid

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Web game of the Week is back for now, introducing a web game with an interesting control mechanic! 

 

 

 

Developed by Florian Himsl, Tri-achnid is a game where you control a three legged creature which is obviously inspired by the spider; the arachnid. You are a mother who is trying to protect her young. Although it is a platformer, it is by no means fast paced. 

The control mechanics are interesting. Using the mouse you move each of the three limbs separately so that they attach to any surface, enabling you to climb walls and ceilings. The WASD keys (which correspond to the arrow keys) are used to push the head of the creature in different ways to enable balance:

 

 

You have to carry an egg sac around with you, and in each level there are small larvae which you must carry to the end. It is mostly a puzzle game, and it did take me searching around the web to figure out how to get past the first proper level. 

You also have an ability to spin webs to can capture certain objects which will help you in your adventures (hint, hint) and give you the ability to rappel down cliff sides. The tri-achnid in the picture below looks just as confused as me when I first tried it out, but it does take some experimentation. I didn't find out about this ability until I looked in the instructions, so take a look there first!

For example, in the first proper level after many tears or frustration were shed, I captured a small flying creature which allowed me to float to the place that where the larvae is located. I am hoping that the difficulty of this game is to do with me being rather stupid!

 

 

One thing that I love about games, be they web games or the most advanced, is the music. The music in a game, even if it's simple, can create an atmosphere. And the music for this is amazing (composed by a dude named Hat Trio). I don't know if it's just me, but the right music/game combination does leave me with a sense of wonder as your creature lumbers around like an alien. 

Florian Himsl is also the developer of The Binding of Isaac, a really cool indie top down shooter which is available on steam. Visit his page and you can play the demo version on the web, it really is a cool game. 

 So go, protect your young and witness an interesting story told through pictures! 

 

 

 

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