Shark's Babysitting starts with a bang when Chris, a young journalist-photographer, and Flo, his girlfriend, are being interrupted in their daily routine.
Richard, his old professor from the university, has asked if Chris can accommodate his daughter Lola for a few days because she needs to do some research at the local library. Chris remembers the girl as a turbulent, impertinent brat who used to disturb him when he worked in the professor's office and when she rings at his door she turns out to have grown into a turbulent, impertinent young woman with a healthy passion for her host.
In Babysitting (February 2011) Shark introduced some tricky mouse interactions like triple-clicks or hold-and-drag movements, making the game slightly more difficult than his earlier ones. Personally I found this one of his best and now that I replayed it to refresh my memory I can only confirm that this Shark adventure still is top of the bill material.
Rivalries (August 2012, now released as freeware) is situated only one month later, Chris arrives at the airport at the other side of the country where he is welcomed by Angelica, Richard's second wife and Lola's stepmother. His old friend and tutor has invited him to come over for the week-end, and knowing Shark's naughty mind, this coming will happen in many ways.
Trouble arrives fast as Angelica seems to know what happened with Lola at Chris's apartment those few weeks before: “I saw a kid leave here but a woman who returned” but she promises not to divulge this to her husband if Chris gives her the proper Mrs. Robinson treatment. On top of that Lola has invited her school-friend Evelyn, who is also eager to meet this wonder-boy Chris and his exquisite copulatory skills.
This is Shark's toughest and longest game for now and it has several paths that all merit to be checked out. Throughout the game the girls will grab attention points and the girl who scores the best at the end of part two will make Chris score as well, although only the Lola ending (out of four possibilities) is considered best.
The Babysitter series (so far)
All games are playable online and can be downloaded (often in better quality) at Rapidshare. They have a hint system that can be activated by typing the right word, highlight or mark the space between the quotes ("like this") to reveal the secret word.
|Babysitting||BS1||Babysitting an 18-year-old virgin can be more complicated than one thinks, realizes Chris, especially when he finds out that Lola is on a mission to return home as an ex-virgin. Toggle hint: type "luigi" to highlight next move. More hints at the forum.|
|BS2||Lola's father invites Chris for the weekend which means that there will be more trouble ahead. Lola is still madly in love and has a few weird tricks up her sleeve to point that out to him. Toggle hint: type "house" to highlight next move. More hints at the forum.|
|BS3||Evelyn, Lola's school-friend, is on a mission to return home as an ex-virgin. If this sounds vaguely familiar there is always Angelica who has got a serious problem keeping her clothes on. Toggle hint: type "house" to highlight next move. More hints at the forum.|
Babysitting Jump Codes
Spoiler: the Babysitting game can jump to a certain scene by giving a codeword at its start, obviously using these codes take away most fun out of the game and will skip most of the alternative scenes. These are (highlight to visualise): "nice", "boring", "delightful", "attractive", "exciting" and "irresistible".
Rivalries Jump Codes
Spoiler: the Rivalries game can jump to a certain scene by giving
a code at its start, obviously using these codes take away most fun out
of the game and will skip several juicy scenes. I noted down the codes
when I played the game for this review and that (incomplete) list can be
first column: jump code (highlight to visualise);
2nd, 3rd and 4th columns: Angelica, Lola & Evelyn hit points.
|Rivalries Part 1|
Rivalries Part 2
The purpose of the Priv-box is to finance Shark's website and the development of new games. For a participation of 10 euros one can access the private box for 30 days. When a new game is finished, the old one becomes free to play, but without the bonus scenes or games that are only published in the Priv-box.
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