Moving on from dinosaurs, in this title Flashbang tells the story of a minotaur who opened a china shop. One day he bumped into a shelf and became outraged, destroying the entire business. He was banished to a labyrinth. After serving his time, he is back to open the shop, this time armed with rage insurance and a business license.

Players control the minotaur in his shop for five days. Each day he has to serve other mythological characters who ask for plates, vases or cups. The minotaur can be moved around with the cursor keys and needs to fetch the item, highlighted in green. Based on the speed, he will receive cash from the customer. His movement is unbalanced however, so he will accidentally bump into items breaking them, which is deducted from the profit. After each day, he can upgrade his statistics (rage insurance, inventory, strength, speed and advertising).

There is however a second way to make money. Once a few items are destroyed, the minotaur can opt to destroy the shop, with different moves such as swipes, whirlwinds, flips, deep breaths and stomps. These moves can be purchased in exchange for cash as well. Though damage is deducted from the profits, when multiple items are destroyed the minotaur will enter a rage mode where the screen turns red. If enough items are destroyed, he will actually start making money because of the insurance... until security puts him down.

After five days the game is over and the player's score is compared against other players on an online leaderboard.


Minotaur China Shop Browser The upgrade screen for moves and general attributes
Minotaur China Shop Browser On the way back, I manage to destroy a lot of items.
Minotaur China Shop Browser Week complete... play again?
Minotaur China Shop Browser More items are now present in the shop.

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  • "Minotaur in a China Shop" -- In-game title

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Indie Game Magazine Jul 29, 2010 9.5 out of 10 95


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Sciere (507749) added Minotaur China Shop (Browser) on Dec 27, 2008