Here at Dealspwn we're all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a new weekly feature where we'll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don't have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Enough Plumbers
The first thought I had was 'Someone's going to get sued'...but Enough Plumbers, whilst revelling firmly in the retro, is far more than a simple Mario copycat and moves beyond the realms of rip-off into homage territory. Everything about this game could have hopped straight out of a SNES. If your Game Boy Colour had an illicit liaison with your computer, this would be the result: an 8-bit platforming extravaganza with music that will drive its way into your brain and slowly send you mad...in the best possible way, of course.
Gameplay is simple: using the arrow keys, you jump your merry way through a series of single-screen levels, trying to reach the flag to move on to the next one. There are coins, of course (what kind of plumber-centric platformer would this be if there weren't?!), but instead of adding to a score, each coin gifts you a clone and no matter where these genetic copies land, they'll follow your every arrow-related instruction to the letter too.
What this essentially means is that all of your 1ups are visible on the screen and you can use them to test out the deathly capabilities of the fireball wall in your way or fling them off of precipices for no good reason whilst laughing maniacally. The plot thickens, however, when the levels start throwing switches that need to be pressed simultaneously your way, or blocking you path with a set of scales that needs to be jumped on by at least ten plumbers. Working out how to get clones to different areas of the level when they're all moving in unison proves pretty difficult at first, but then it's a retro-styled game so you'd expect a fairly steep learning curve.
Ultimately, this is an absolute joy for any gamer out there missing a time when games required a combination of logical planning, forward thinking, supreme timing and lightning fast reflexes. It'll suck you in with its nostalgic charm and serve up a splendid slice of retro goodness. Just a shame that, at only 25 levels long, it's a wee bit short.