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 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: Sprocket Rocket
I love Wallace & Gromit. They're fun, they love cheese and they have outlandish ambitions like wanting to go to the moon. Taking the theme from A Grand Day Out, this little physics-based puzzler sees you winding your way through the plasticine duo's special flight lab in order to collect 60 cogs to help get the spaceship started so that they twosome can go and stock up on Wensleydale.
The cogs are scattered liberally though out a labyrinthine collection of room, each of which involve solving some kind of physics based puzzle with the eponymous jet propelled aide. Navigation is done simply through use of the cursor keys and a map can be brought up by hitting M to see where you've been and which rooms still house cogs that you still need to hoover up.
Pretty early on you'll realise that it's impossible to reach certain cogs my sprocket rocket alone. Thankfully, and this is where the real fun starts, you'll be able to modify your ship with tools to help you go about your business. And the best bit?...You get to design them yourself! Fly past any of the large square ports and, once the shutter goes up, if you hit E you'll have a blueprint grid in front of you. From there you can affix whichever tool you can imagine drawing to your rocket, from shunting ramps to leverage hooks and, later on, spinning wheels and propellers. There's even a sharing option so if you find yourself having designed an efficient tool that Batman would be proud of, you can send it to your mates.
Advergames normally suck and we don't have a huge amount of time for them, but this is a majestic exception. Fans of Aardman's favourite sons need not worry - this is one hell of a game. We love emergent gameplay here (just try prizing Jon away Scribblenauts and you'll see what I mean!) and some real thought and effort has gone into a browser-based game that will tax and challenge all ages.
It looks good and plays like a dream, with the level design constantly encouraging you to try different things and take imaginative approaches. I'd love to see this get opened up to the community, as the only real criticism I can have is that the puzzles are finite in number, but otherwise this is an absolutely fantastic procrastination device and you might even learn a little bit about the Intellectual Property Office in the process.