Terry Cavanagh’s insanely hard games

After my post yesterday on Flappy Bird, my brother pointed out that a big part of the attraction was the punishing difficulty level, and bragging rights. If need a really hard game that’s insanely addictive, you can’t do better than Terry Cavanagh’s Super Hexagon.

You control a triangle dodging rapidly rotating walls in a hexagonal pattern. The controls tight and responsive, and are well suited to a touch device. The game is $2 on the app store. You can try the original game jam version on Cavanagh’s site.

And in a lovely bit of serendipity, I just saw that Cavanagh has posted a Flappy Bird clone called Maverick Bird that borrows from Super Hexagon’s aesthetic. (via Rock, Paper, Shotgun.)

All in a flap

The big news this week amongst nerd circles seems to be the disappearance of Flappy Bird from the App Store. I never tried it, so I don’t get the attraction to such a simple and kind of ugly game. For folks mourning the fact they didn’t get on Flappy Bird in time, I’d like to offer two similar suggestions that I think are much better.

Jetpack Joyride


Jetpack Joyride puts you in the role of Barry Steakfries as he tries to escape from some kind of evil genius’ lair. In the basic configuration, you tap to fly, but different power ups will change the mechanic. You can control a dragon, put gravity-reversing boots, and pilot a giant robot. Like Flappy Bird, there doesn’t seem to be an end to the game, it just gets more challenging as you get further in the lair. Jetpack Joyride is free, with in-app purchases, but the game is really fun without dropping a cent.



Badland isn’t free, but it is currently on sale. Badland is one of the best looking games I’ve seen on the iPad. In addition to the art style, Badland’s big selling point is the multiplayer. Up to four players can play on the same iPad, turning it into a kind of party game. At $2–the proverbial “cup of coffee” price point–this game is deserving of your time and money.

Close tabs to the right for Safari

Chrome has a terrific feature that lets you close all the tabs to the right of the current one. Very handy if you’ve opened a bunch of links from search results, found the one you want, and want to get rid of all the rest. Safari is a bit more limited; you can only close all but the current tab. You can get around that via Applescript.

First, make sure “Show Script menu in menu bar” is checked in the Applescript Editor preferences. Enter the following script into Applescript Editor, and save it to ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/Safari.

tell window 1 of application "Safari"
    close (tabs where index > (get index of current tab))

If you wanted to be able to assign a keyboard shortcut for this, you can turn the script into a service using ThisService, and assign the shortcut in the Keyboard Preferences Pane.

(via Ask Different)