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The Happy Lark Logo The Happy Lark™

Essence of Games

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2 : notably fitting, effective, or well adapted; felicitous. a happy choice
Lark, n
Something done for fun, especially something mischievous or daring; an amusing adventure or escapade.
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... as in radio shows I've been listening to: The Navy Lark, The TV Lark, The Big Business Lark and The Embassy Lark. The Navy Lark features Jon Pertwee, who was "my Doctor" and also the father of Cadfael's sheriff.

Lark also reminds me of Meadowlark Lemon from The Harlem Globetrotters of my youth, and the bird in the logo is a Meadowlark.

And one hopes to be "Happy as a Lark."

Also, the name is perhaps a nod to a certain popular game where, for reasons I can't fathom, one helps suicidal, vengeance-driven descendants of dinosaurs attack oddly pigmented mammals with poor military engineering skills and bad choice of explosive storage locations.

The Story

The inspiration for The Happy Lark.

I realized one day that the reason I don't like solo computer games is that they are at heart intentionally user-hostile user interfaces. I decided to offer games distilled to their bare essences – user-friendly (so friendly that I offer user-hostility as a choice), entertaining, and educational. Kind of.

See About for a bit more, or just play the game.It's free.

The Playing

There is a game of skill, a game of chance with immediate results or (as of 1.0.3) with Dramatic Tension, a game which requires you to demonstrate color skills to win, and an "educational" game and parable in which you must learn an alphabet — Arabic, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Runic (Futhark), or Morse Code — before you "die."

The "skill" games can be played with fast or slow time limits, and you can set the overall pace of the games from very fast to very slow.

See Spoilers if you must for a bit more, or just play the game.It's free.

The Prizes

Your prize for winning is a page from the Astronomy Picture of the Day with a beautiful astronomical image and educational explanation, a definition from Ambrose Bierce's satirical Devil's Dictionary (1911), an illustrated page from The Rubáiyát of a Persian Kitten by Oliver Herford (1904), or an entry from the dated (sometimes offensively so, I fear) but interesting and potentially useful 1916 Toaster's Handbook of Jokes, Stories, and Quotations by C. E. Fanning and H. W. Wilson. 1.0.1 added works from The Complete Works of Josh Billings (1876), and stories and poems from the ten-volume Wit and Humor of America edited by Marshall P. Wilder (1911).

In 1.0.3, you can get an affirmation, positive statement, or self-esteem suggestion as your reward for being a winner!

See About for a bit more, or just play the game.It's free.