Bossnotlooking.com is a collection of online flash games to play...well when the boss isn't looking I suppose. It also hapens to be a rather good selection of games and an equally well desinged and attractive looking site. One of the great things is that when you register with the site(quick and painless) you can get your game scores registered in a top score table which appears on the homepage for all to see - gives you something to aim for. The games have great graphics and load quickly which is something of a novelty with flash games but a lot of them are simple 'aim the crosshairs and shoot' type affairs. Fine if you like that sort of thing but I am not a huge fan - Operation Wolf died a death many years ago. Some of the games include: "Deck Gunner" and "Turret Gunner" where the basic idea is to shoot down the enemy planes which fly down your screen and then back up ago. No mean feat I can tell you. "Headshot" and "Headshot 2" which are both 15 rated due to the fact the the general idea of the game is to shoot the head off the commandos who pop up out of the foliage...leaving behind a nice bloody stump. "Snakepit" which is a "Snake" clone which I'm sure everyone by now has played at some stage in their lives and which seems to be a resident game on virtually every mobile phone produced these days. Guide the 'snake' around collecting food without biting your tail - simple but addictive. "Thruster" where the idea is to guide you ship around a maze without touching the walls...there are however no breaks, you must control your speedand trajectory using thrusters and rotation alone...tricky stuff. "Quick Break" yet another "Breakout" clone. Bat your balls agains some bricks to make them disappear and get some more bricks - get points for the bricks you get rid of. Different though in the th
e number of balls you have keeps multiplying...try to keep them all going and die when you run out. "Lunar Invaders" A rather poor space invaders clone. Yawn... "Tank Blitz" tanks whizz across the screen and you pelt them with mortars. You have limited ammo and they're harder to hit than you first think. "Flasteroids" Tiredsome game where large monochrome asteroids come down the screen at you and you in your spaceship have to shoot them. So...a hit and miss bunch but one which should be a lot of fun to play. Personally, I found some of tem to be ok, but with a few difficulties. Collision detection is not exactly brilliant on any of them which becomes frustrating. Sometimes, in Thruster, for example, you can almost fly through a wall and not get penalised whilst other times merely getting close means certain death. I also found both Headshot 1+2 and both deck and turret gunner impossible to play because the crosshairs become slow and jerky when there are bad guys on screen. Its impossible to shoot them when the crosshair freezes and then reappears on the other side of the screen. Oh and on a final note in case you are considering playing this at work like the site suggests, then make damn sure you have the sound turned off or you are going to get caught. Accessing the homepage results in a pumping soundtrack blaring out at you before you even begin looking at the games. The games themselvesae equally noisy and there is no option anywhere to turn off the sound. Not smart. Overall though, I would have to give the site only an average rating because of the problems I had with a few of the games, and some of the others are somewhat less than inspired. Ilike online games, but these aren't exactly earth-shattering, but still worth a look anyway.
Firstly, I would just like to say am not advocating anyone playing games when they are supposed to be working and obviously I don't do that! Now I have prevented me getting the sack and you from blaming me when you get the sack, I'll tell you about this site! Bare with me, this is a long one! BossNotLooking.com is a site providing several online flash games to play whilst you boss isn't looking. You score points on each game and compete to get a mention on the weekly scoreboard, which is displayed on the front page of the site. Now if this is sounding addictive already, wait until you hear about the games! ~ Quickbreak ~ Firstly and my favourite, not that I have played often, is Quickbreak. Being an Atari-kid I would tell you this is based on BreakOut but most people know this by a different name. Basically it's the game with a wall of coloured bricks and you bounce a ball against it to make a brick disappear. Got it? Good! Well, Quickbreak has a few clever twists. Firstly you have two bats, one positioned above the other which seems a little useless until you hit a pink brick. There are three pink bricks in each wall (a new wall appears when you clear the previous one completely) and each time you hit a pink brick you get an extra ball! Aha, two bats two balls, clever stuff! However, you get a new ball EVERY time you clear a pink brick! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh, loads of balls (no, not my op - the game!). I have played with seven balls before (keep your mind on the game cheeky!) but two or three are a lot easier to manage. I haven't quite figured out the scoring system but you seem to get a lot quickly! You get three lives and you only lose a life when you lose every ball in play at any one time i.e. if you have three balls on the screen and you lose two you still keep your life. the whole thing is controlled with your mouse which is nice. ~ Invaders ~ Next up is that old classic Space Inv
aders. The graphics on this version are very good, particularly when you consider the size of them. However, be warned! This one has sound and it's loud (not that any of us were thinking of playing at work). You control your ship with the cursor keys and fir with the space bar although it is quite slow to respond. Again you have three lives. there isn't really an awful lot more I can say about this apart from turn you volume down! ~ Turret Gunner ~ Ok, another volume warning on this one! At first you get a screen to choose whether you have a Pentium III (or better) processor or you are using a slower machine. I am not sure if it's just me but I can't hit a think on the faster setting on my Mac G4. However, I am perfectly willing to believe that's because I am rubbish at this! In short you are a fighter pilot and you have 40 seconds to shoot as many of the enemy planes out of the sky as you can. You are sat in the cockpit looking through the crosshairs which is funny when the other planes shoot at you because you get bullet holes in your windscreen (OK whatever they are called on a plane). The whole game is mouse controlled and you score each time you hit a plane. ~ Headshot / Headshot II ~ This is another shooting game but this time you are a sniper. Your targets are funny money-type creatures with one green eye which pop-up out of the jungle jpeg scenery. Each level is at a different time so it gets dark the longer you play. there doesn't seem to be any minimum requirement to progress onto the next level although each one has a time limit. One last tip, as the name of the game suggests, you need to hit these creatures in their heads. ~ Flasteroids ~ As you may have guessed by its name, Flasteroids is a take on that old classic Asteroids. However, it really isn't very good, particularly by way of graphics. Rather than being in the centre of the screen and spinning ar
ound you are travelling up the screen into an asteroid field. The asteroids themselves are just outline that disappear with one hit rather than breaking into small fragments. I haven't really played this one much so I can't say if the game improves as the levels progress. Again you have three lives and the game is controlled via the cursor keys and space bar. ~ Tank Blitz ~ Tank Blitz is another shooting game but I like this one as it involves a little more skill. You are looking through a pair of binoculars and you launch bombs into the paths of some pretty speedy tanks that move across the screen from right to left. the bombs you launch fly into the air and away into the distance with a curve so it takes a bit of practice. You have limited time and ammunition so if you can get good at this it is fairly easy to make the score board. There is also one level which all adds up to make this one very addictive! ~ Thruster ~ Finally there is Thruster, which is similar to the submarine game on Open (Interactive TV). This one takes a lot of getting used to so be patient! You are a ship navigating through a maze to collect points. Your ship is constantly moving and using your cursor keys you change the direction your ship is facing. when you press the space bar your ship moves in the new direction. Sounds difficult? it is! You score points by picking them up from the maze but every time you crash into the wall you need a new ship and this costs you 200 points. There are nine levels in all and the game is infuriatingly addictive! You can exit the level without collecting all of the points but you have little chance of making the scoreboard this way! As if all this wasn't enough you can join for free which gives you access to (and I quote) 'heaps of new functions features & fun'! Obviously, as I rarely play on this site what with being so busy at work and such, I am not a member so I
can't tell you any more about the members area. All of the games load instantly but we have ADSL here (oh no blown my cover!) so you will have to try them for yourself and see. The site is a fun way to kill a few minutes or hours. Just remember to open that spreadsheet first so you can quickly flick back to it!