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Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg

by Sylvie Parent, translated by Timothy Barnard

Part puzzle game, part slapstick cartoon, Sarbakan's Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg is one of the best games you can play on the Internet and one of the best puzzle games of the last few years
- Charles Herold, NYTimes on the Web, July 27, 2000

Since its May, 1999 debut on the French television network Web site TF1, Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg has become one of the world's most successful Internet games. Developed in Quebec City by Sarbakan, a company specializing in animation for developers of video games, Internet distributors, and television networks, Mr. Snoozleberg has been translated into five languages and acquired by numerous international broadcasters. Fifteen million matches of Mr. Snoozleberg have been played since the game was first launched!

How could you not be moved by a sleepwalking diplomat who might wake up to peril at any moment if you don't come to his rescue? Players of the game, who become responsible for the fate of the unusual and quite likeable Mr. Snoozleberg, are obliged to overcome difficulties and construct safe pathways through an environment laden with traps. In these fantastic settings, clouds are transformed into platforms, umbrellas into parachutes, and lintels into footbridges. Players must carry out these and other bizarre solutions in perfect sequence in order to keep Mr. Snoozleberg safe.

Why is this game so successful? Players immediately feel a sense of empathy and responsibility for the quirky and likeable character. The storylines are original, the settings diverse, and the visual environment itself is of high quality. Perhaps most importantly, the race against the clock creates true suspense. It's irresistible!

Sylvie Parent is French Editor for HorizonZero.

Links :
Good Night Mr. Snoozleberg
http://www.cyberkids.com/fg/ga/ad/sn/ (link no longer active)

Sarbakan
http://www.sarbakan.com

TF1
http://www.tf1.fr/

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