Obviously, this is a little late for your stocking. Not that it makes a lot of difference, because the chances Santa would have inflicted this on its woolly interior are fairly slim. For a start, 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix has all the profile of piano wire, and Nordcurrent's mini-game collection won't have dragged many eyes away from the dozens of AAA alternatives lining the shelves before Christmas. Nor should it have. As a title, 101-in-1 Explosive Megamix is correct on one count at least, but said 101 games are not particularly explosive (including those featuring explosions), and they are not, on the whole, mega. Nor even are they particularly well mixed.
Switching on for the first time faces you with a selection of eleven games to choose from, with the ninety others gradually unlocked by spending the coins earned from successful completion. Initially, the scores required to 'win' a mini-game are fairly low, and the rewards are correspondingly modest. As the games progress these rewards, and consequently the cost of unlocking, rises exponentially. Sadly, there's no real rhyme or reason to this progression, as the games don't actually get consistently harder - in fact, basketball, the first game available, still had us foxed at the time of writing. Players are free to unlock whatever they can afford, although it makes sense to work through as suggested.
Doing so is rewarded with an initially dizzying array of stylus-based diversions ranging from old staples such as Serpent (snake), to card-house challenges, simple shoot-'em-ups and shuriken-throwing. It was a while before we came across too many similarities, but all too often there was a definite sense of having been there, played that, and then visited a different Flash site. Many of the mini-games are reiterations of simple puzzle classics and done-to-death mouse-clicking challenges, meaning that anyone who's spent a few bored hours on the internet (whilst not in a position to relax in a gentleman's manner) will have come across a great deal of this before. No pun intended.