Mainstream, old-school adventure gaming passed from this earth many years ago before returning from the dead with Telltale Games. There are many obvious reasons for this downfall, such as cat-hair mustaches; however, as much as I love adventure gaming, one of my latent criticisms of the genre has always that they've never been much of a game.
Lucasarts adventure games have frequently bragged about the fact that there is no way to die in their games, for instance. If the only thing that is standing between you and success is clicking on everything on every screen in every combination, is that even a game? Easy Joe is perhaps a reductio ad absurdem of that philosophy.
Easy Joe is a fun little Flash diversion that follows a neon-green rabbity-thing who's trying to get from one screen to the next. Your only goal is presented as "Joe wants to see the world!" In order to get to the next screen, you must work through the logic of the scene, determining in what order to click on the objects in order to proceed. In other words, the only thing keeping you from completing the game is clicking on every thing on the screen in every order. In Easy Joe, this is even easier than it sounds, as you can only go one screen at a time.
The art direction is certainly the standout here, Easy Joe's world of neon colors and simple lines gives the game a fun but an oddly '70s cartoon style. The music loops but isn't repetitive or grating—it fits the fun and not-too-serious feel of the game. It's easy going with Easy Joe, which makes for a fun ride.
But is it a game? I'm not really sure. If there's no challenge whatsoever, what is so engaging? Certainly, I played through all 15 minutes of the game, and even had fun! I'm just not sure why.
Why You Should Check This Out: Easy Joe is a fun, 15-minute diversion to relax and enjoy a silly little neon-green thing with ears moving through improbable situations to his goal. No story, cutscenes or convoluted plot to keep track of allows Easy Joe to stay lean and mean while managing to be fun due to the silly scenes, memorable art and a lighthearted soundtrack.