We're pleased to announce a new feature here at Gamers With Jobs. It's called Act Casual.
Each Monday we'll post a bit of freeware goodness to help you survive the upcoming work week. As the name implies, the focus will be on immediately playable gaming diversions, of the type that we hope will offer moments of respite from your dreary, workaday lives under the watchful eye of The Man.
This week's selection is Death in Sakkara, a campy, noirish tale of archaeological intrigue and mysticism set in 1920's Egypt. Presented in vintage comic style, it's an adventure game that blends traditional point-and-click puzzle solving with a variety of unique Flash-based puzzles.
Released episodically a couple of years back in conjunction with a BBC History docudrama, Death in Sakkara garnered industry acclaim but barely made the rounds in gamer circles. Which is really too bad, because few Flash-based games are as perfectly tuned in terms of their art direction and presentation. There's a lot to chew on in terms of content, and you could easily spend the better part of an evening with the game.
One word of caution: in true adventure-game style, there are a couple of maddenly frustrating puzzles. Nothing that some quick walkthrough Googling can't solve, though. And the game's so engaging, don't be surprised if you end up feeling compelled to see it through to the end.
If you'd like to suggest a game for Act Causal, send your comments to [email protected].