That's right, GarageGames has just p1mped its first game using the Torque2D engine that they're so proud of. Behold Gold Fever:
Take a trip back in time and strike it rich as you explore the great American Gold Rush in this addictive new game. Simply flip coins to make matches while mining your way to California.
This game is just.... well. Awful. Not only is it a staggering 10mb for what amounts to 200 bytes' worth of gameplay, not only does it take nearly a minute to install on a high-end laptop, but it runs like a dog, yet mysteriously it's only using 10% CPU. The animation is an entirely un smooth 10-20fps. The graphics are somehow both blurry and crisp which rather jars with the senses. The sound is muffled and low quality. Buried under all this cruft is a trivial game. Go play Phelios' Swap if you want this gameplay.
Unfortunately I can't post the story without somehow you discovering links to the download. Ah what the hell, if you're on broadband download it anyway for an insight into the dictionary definition of mediocrity.
I'm the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of this sort of game - but I did play Alchemy rather a lot when it came out, and even the odd snoodlike. What sets this game apart is the sheer lack of polish that's gone in to it. It's like they've put all the correct parameters into a machine that generates hit casual games and it's mechanically produced a game that is almost but not quite entirely unlike a hit game.
Just to spite me I expect that Oberon and GarageGames will throw megabucks at it to promote Torque and mysteriously it will sell. Meh.