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4.52

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Cube Escape: The Lake A lonely fishing cabin on a quiet, idyllic lake is the setting for this unexpectedly unsettling escape game from Rusty Lake, also free for iOS and Android and connected with Cu... A lonely fishing cabin on a quiet, idyllic lake is the setting for this unexpectedly unsettling escape game from Rusty Lake, also free for iOS and Android and connected with Cube Escape: Seasons. Click around to explore and maybe cast a few lines, but beware... you might not like what you find. [Read Review]

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3.64

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Sum Points Make the target number reduce itself to zero by placing subtractions that affect it either horizontally and vertically or diagonally nearby in this simple, elegant puzzle game ... Make the target number reduce itself to zero by placing subtractions that affect it either horizontally and vertically or diagonally nearby in this simple, elegant puzzle game of math from Elio Landa. [Read Review]

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Monkey GO Happy Treasure The monkeys are back for a hefty 15 levels of point-and-click puzzle goodness from Pencil Kids! Can you solve each stage's conundrum and figure out how to put smiles on these s... The monkeys are back for a hefty 15 levels of point-and-click puzzle goodness from Pencil Kids! Can you solve each stage's conundrum and figure out how to put smiles on these sulky simians' faces? [Read Review]

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4.00

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Turn Undead Sly your way through the forces of darkness... one turn at a time! In this unique game from Nitrome, platforming and undead slaying gets the turn-based puzzle treatment when th... Sly your way through the forces of darkness... one turn at a time! In this unique game from Nitrome, platforming and undead slaying gets the turn-based puzzle treatment when the enemies only move when you do! [Read Review]

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4.69

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Rubble Trouble Moscow Your favourite demolitionists are somewhere chilly in this installment of Nitrome's popular physics puzzle series. Place dynamite and all the other tools of your trade in the r... Your favourite demolitionists are somewhere chilly in this installment of Nitrome's popular physics puzzle series. Place dynamite and all the other tools of your trade in the right places to bring down strange structures and meet your quota! [Read Review]

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4.09

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Flue Nitrome proves big isn't always better with this itty-bitty turn-based puzzle game where you must guide your green gob of goo safely down a corridor filled with danger! [Read Review]

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3.60

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King's Escape Things get fancy in this escape game from Pine Studio, where you find yourself locked in a very hoity-toity room indeed. You'll need to hunt for items and solve puzzles if you ... Things get fancy in this escape game from Pine Studio, where you find yourself locked in a very hoity-toity room indeed. You'll need to hunt for items and solve puzzles if you want to get out. Also free for iOS and Android! [Read Review]

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Bubble Shooter Archibald the Pirate More about Bubble Shooter Archibald the Pirate coming soon... Watch this space! [Read Review]

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Silly Sausage in Meatland Also free for iOS and Android, Nitrome's meaty sausage pup can stretch forever... as long as he doesn't get hit by lasers, spikes, saws, or any of the other dangers along the w... Also free for iOS and Android, Nitrome's meaty sausage pup can stretch forever... as long as he doesn't get hit by lasers, spikes, saws, or any of the other dangers along the way! Activate checkpoints and discover strange new things in this simple but fun game. [Read Review]

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kobayanshi Marooned

Lori.h[Note: This game is available in Pay What You Want format, including free. If you enjoy this game, please support the developer who made it by paying them what you think is fair!]

Now is your final chance, Space Cadet, to become the space hero you've always wanted to be. All you have to do is pass the Captain's test and impress the most daring, heroic, and critical instructor in all the known galaxy, Captain Dirk Parsec. Kobayanshi Marooned, available in Pay What You Want format by Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch, is a sci-fi interactive fiction adventure that will have you attempting to pass the hardest test known to man to prove that you would be the phenomenal Star Captain you secretly always knew you would be. Well, more that likely what will happen in this Twine game, is you finding one horrific death after another while you laugh, because even though some of these deaths are quite gruesome they are spectacularly told in some of the most humorous ways, with nearly 30,000 words and 26 different endings, this is one space adventure you won't be forgetting any time soon.


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Terra Chroma


SatoriAs we go about our busy lives we don't always have reason to stop and appreciate the constant things we rely on that make those lives possible. Gravity, for instance. Without it we'd all be flung off into space, and that's just the sort of thing that would put a damper on all our important posting activities on the social networks. In Mobius Digital's new puzzle roleplaying game for iOS and Android Terra Chroma, the people in the land of Sunyata have to think about it. The fundamental mystic elemental forces that hold their world together have come unglued and are now tearing it apart. Blue water Eidolons roam the frozen tundra of Fraust, melting the land away into ocean. Harsh light plays balefully across desert wastes of Dekku, fusing them into unpassable labyrinths of yellow glass. Green earth Eidolons wander across the gentle verdant plains, turning them into savage lands choked thick with brambles. Red volcanic Eidolons pour a trail of molten lava wantonly across Kabuzan. Something has put the metaphysical energies behind the Eidolons out of alignment and naturally ['unnaturally,'] tourism is at a bit of a low point. Fortunately there are the Alchromists, scholars of the underlying metaphysical forces with the ability to bring the elements back into alignment, which is absolutely great news if you happen to own property in Sunyata. By tracing tetrominos, those four-square shape patterns we all remember from Tetris, over the landscape, water can be frozen back into tundra for example and the terrain can resume its regularly-scheduled programming.


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Rating: 4.5/5 (64 votes)
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Cube Escape: Seasons

Cube Escape: The Lake

Dora[Note: Please be warned that these games contain content some may find disturbing.]

Things aren't what they seem in Rusty Lake's deceptively serene and surreal escape game Cube Escape: Seasons, also free for iOS and Android, and the start of a new series alongside Cube Escape: The Lake. In Seasons, you'll take a trip through your memories in a small, quiet house that holds a lot more secrets than you expect. In The Lake, the water is calm outside your little fishing hut, which doesn't seem to have very much in it apart from some old cabinets, a fishing rod... and a knife. Click around to interact and pick things up, though be warned that the cursor won't change if it passes over something you can use, so you'll need to be diligent. Items with a magnifying glass in your inventory can be clicked to view close up, while others can be used where you like by clicking them once to pick them up, and then again wherever you want to try to use them. Some items can be used more than once... occasionally in the same fashion. The small arrows at the edges of the screen will let you move and look around the room, and the white arrows on the right side of the screen will let you scroll up and down through your inventory. You may want to play Seasons first, as there's something you can find (and make a note of) there that will change the ending of The Lake.


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ananias

Lori.hReady for a new dungeon crawl? Slashwear Interactive greets us with Ananias, a fantasy turn based rogue-like game with randomly generated maps. This game is so great they wanted to make sure it reached as many people as possible, so not only is there a free download version (as well as a premium one with extra classes) but a mobile app for Android (iPhone coming soon!) for people who don't want to play in their browser, and even an online version that you can play with friends. Once you try Ananias you'll be happy for so much choice on how to play. This adventure doesn't start off with a story or full instructions but it's not hard to figure out. Click to move to that location, or to hurry through an area without an enemy click on an arrow and you'll zip through to the other side. You also get to pick a companion in the beginning, such as a dire wolf, a lynx, or a gray little pony that helps you carry more but can still give a good jab here and there. Upgrade yourself when you pass each level, collect statues for your collection, and above all, slaughter the monsters and get the treasure.


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Sum Points

Elio Landa is rapidly becoming the name to look for if you like simple, elegant puzzle games, and Sum Points is all about subtraction-based math with a seriously swanky style. The goal is to get your target number to reduce all the way to zero by placing different coloured subtraction amounts on the grid around it. Blue sums impact everything in a diagonal line from their location, while red sums affect numbers horizontally and vertically from where you place them. It's important to note that sums will impact all numbers in a line, not just the first one their power encounters. You can see the sums you have available for each level at the bottom of the screen, and next to that is the undo button if you make any mistakes. Not that you would, you mathematical genius, you. Sum Point doesn't really offer a whole lot of variety to its gameplay, and focuses on making each level a neat little brain teaser, though it takes a while for it to have any sort of difficulty thanks to what might be a prolonged series of levels with training wheels on. With a soundtrack that makes it sound like you should be solving these while kicked back on a tropical island somewhere, Sum Points is a straightforward and casual experience for puzzle fans to relax with.

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Weekend Download

DoraI don't know about you fine and fancy folks, but where I am, the sun is shining, there's a beautiful breeze blowing, and my hair looks extra cute. Which means it's time to close the windows, ignore all our social calls, and play free indie games in our pajamas. For our three courses this week, we have a visual novel where you may not even be able to trust yourself, an RPG adventure about a world of dolls where not everything is sunshine and smiles, and a platformer where the only source of light you have comes from your very limited weaponry.


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Rating: 4.3/5 (38 votes)
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Top Chef

Dora[Note: This game was originally reviewed in December of 2008, but while thinking on the best casual games I've ever played, I immediately thought of this one, and wanted to spotlight it again. Enjoy this Flashback Friday, my fellow foodies.]

The world of professional cooking is ugly, friends. Forget your Martha Stewarts, your Rachel Rays, your semi-homemade with matching-table-decor. It's hard, it's hot, and it is really, really competitive. Top Chef is based on Bravo Channel's reality program of the same name, which takes a batch of fifteen confident up-and-coming chefs and eliminates them through a series of culinary challenges each week until only one remains. The game puts you in the shoes of one such aspiring chef and, with your help, she's going to chop, saute, and julienne her way to the top through fifteen episodes and a whopping forty-five challenges. Along the way she'll have to deal with sneaky behavior, backstabbing, and some furious competition, but trust me; that's the easy part about being a Top Chef in this charming and creative time management sim.


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Rating: 4.7/5 (20 votes)
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Neko Atsume

In Hit-Point's super simple sim, the Japanese-only (but perfectly playable without being able to read the lingo!) Neko Atsume, free for iOS and Android, is all about cats. You put food out in your backyard, along with some toys (and since they're cats, "toys" can also mean "boxes and bags"), and cats come to play with them. You watch the cats relaxing or playing. You take photos of the cats. The cats, when they leave, leave you some fish in return for their fun and food, which can be then spent on buying more enhancements for the play area. If you're lucky, they'll leave golden fish, which can be spent on expanding the area or even better items, though if you're impatient you can buy more golden fish for optional in-app purchases. And that's it. It's essentially Sea Monkeys, only, you know, better because it's cats, and they have cute little cat bums. Though it is all in Japanese, a little experimentation with the buttons will help you figure things out quickly. There are different types and colours of cats, some who parody pop culture, and your goal is simply to see and entice as many as you can. All you need to do is check back in with the app periodically to refill their food dish, which is free, although different food types can be bought with fish, and snap new photos if you like, and after a cat has visited you enough to take a liking to you, they may leave you a special item trophy as an achievement. Neko Atsume isn't really something you "play" so much as it is a simple pocketful of virtual pets you check in on once in a while, and if you want something absolutely adorable and low key to put a smile on your face, this is definitely it.


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Rating: 3.8/5 (79 votes)
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Monkey GO Happy Treasure

Pencilkids have been making players and monkeys smile with their Monkey GO Happy games for a whopping seven years now, and Monkey GO Happy Treasure is fifteen stages of "turn that frown upside-down" point-and-click puzzle-solving goodness. Each stage is its own unique conundrum, and it's up to you to figure out what will make your chosen monkey cheer up by clicking around to interact with things... not that hard to do since the cursor changes when it passes something over useable. If you've picked up an item, just drag it from your inventory to wherever you want to use it onscreen. The limited amount of things to click on in each stage means most of them will go by fairly quickly, but the variety of settings, characters, puzzles and more keeps the whole thing feeling fresh throughout. Crack a code in an ancient temple. Help a giant monster get rid of an annoying helicopter. Help a small child circumvent the safety measures on a roller coaster that are only in place because engineers know someone that size can't safely ride anyway. You know... the usual! It's cute, weird, and quirky... just the way we like it, and sure to please fans of the series.

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Link Dump Fridays

DoraWhat up, Friday friends? Whether you're kicking your weekend off now or are stuck sticking it out with the man until Saturday, Link Dump Friday is here to bring a little bit of electronic fun into your week. First I thought we'd hang out at this cabin, which totally doesn't have any unspeakable secrets in it or anything (when was the last time a cabin in the woods did you wrong?), then I figured we'd volunteer at this local clinic (even though I'm not too sure about some of those patients), and then... well, you'll see!


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Greenlights and KickstartsDoraHere at JayisGames, we get a lot of e-mails, tweets, and bricks thrown through our windows about various crowdfunding campaigns. Like, a lot a lot. Mostly for good reason, since, despite not being without risks to both the developer and investors, crowdfunding offers an opportunity for many creators to make things they simply couldn't before. So with that in mind, welcome to our new twice-monthly feature Greenlights and Kickstarts, where we'll feature a few promising projects and shine a little attention onto developers looking to get on arguably the biggest digital gaming retailer in the world... Steam.

This first edition we'll take a look at a game that aims to mess with your head and get you good and twitchy, an Oculus-compatible "look-and-click" adventure about the way the choices we make change our lives, stealthy hotel-based vampire warfare, and a mysterious cage that holds an ocean, a lighthouse, a submarine... and you!

Please note that we cannot guarantee any projects posted will be completed and delivered. As with any investment, please make sure you do your own research into the project and its developer. Even a successfully funded project can never see release for a variety of reasons, so always use your best judgement, and only fund what you are willing and able to part with.


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COATS

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In Epidemic Games' free indie horror game COATS, you're Randal, the Chief of Staff at one of the last surviving research centers in the country, working with scientists to try to develop a cure for the creatures everyone calls "Skins". The center is filled with the best technology and is supposed to be entirely self-sufficient... which is a good thing since things have taken a turn for the worse outside, and now all you can do is try to keep your people alive and research a cure. With multiple endings and choices, each day is up to you as you decide how to manage your people and your supplies, sending out scavengers or trying to bring back "test subjects" to experiment on.


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Not everything is about you, y'know. In Vitamin Hana's cute, micro-sized escape game Free the Birds, you're actually trying to help some feathered friends fly free from f... hm. No word for "cage" that starts with an "F". Regardless of my foiled alliteration streak, you'll need to hunt around the area for a few items to crack codes and solve puzzles. There's no changing cursor for interactive objects, so you'll want to click around everywhere... not that it's that big of an area to search. Free the Birds is very much a mini-sized escape game, with an emphasis on finding codes and plunking them into the right places, so players looking for something more filling may not find it enough of a challenge. If what you want is something light and fun with a sweet objective, however, Free the Birds is more proof Vitamin Hana games can always be counted on for a smile.

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Lifeline

KimberlyTaylor's dream comes true when the science student's number comes up in the lottery. No, not to win millions of dollars, but to fly aboard the space ship Varia, while performing experiments in space. The dream suddenly turns nightmarish when the ship crashes on a desolate, uninhabited moon, with no other apparent survivors. 3 Minute Games brings us a thrilling sci-fi interactive story Lifeline, written by Dave Justus. This choose your own adventure game for your iOS device (including the recently released Apple Watch) deliberately leaves gender out of the narrative, which allows the player's imagination to conjure up whatever image of stranded astronaut Taylor they want. (In my mind, Taylor ended up as a guy, something to do with the sarcastic humor reminding me very much of a friend of mine.) The interface is simple. Imagine you've got some futuristic data pad like they have in Star Trek, or, you know, an iPad, and you get an unfamiliar signal trying to hail you. There's no video, only text which scrolls down the touch screen. As your day suddenly gets entwined with Taylor's, the unlucky astronaut will frequently ask you for advice. When it's your turn to intervene in the story, just tap on the choice you want to make and read what happens next. Choose carefully, because your advice can drastically affect the outcome of the adventure.


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allergy-assassin

Lori.hThere is a killer on the loose and soon he's going to find his mark... or at least you better hope so because you're him. A contract killer hired by a large company to get rid of an evil villain so, hey, that makes you a hero right? But you're not ordinary assassin-for-hire, no, you specialize in deaths that look like an accident. You are the Allergy Assassin, killing people by food-or-air-based allergies, and you're good at it. Things aren't so easy as they first appear in this logic puzzle of a game, by Ash K, Rev. Lord Dr. Lorin Grieve, and Brandon L for the Ludum Dare 32: "An Unconventional Weapon". You are serving five different people from five different companies, and must gather clues to decide which one is from Dastardly Holdings LLC, and what they are allergic to. You're going to need pen and paper for this one, and more than likely a logic grid to solve all five different scenarios.

Weekday Escape

elleWell, would you look at that! It seems the escape game fairy has been here again. Maybe you're saying to yourself, "Uh, escape game fairy?" It's true, though. The ol' EGF as I like to call her is as real as anything. Oh now, lose that skeptical scowl. It's not a flattering look (although, honestly, if anyone can get away with it, you can). But since you want proof, I'll give it to you: These three lovely creations from FunkyLand, Vitamin Hana and Primera. You need just spend a few moments poking around a whimsy-lush kitchen, viewing the starry sky from a puzzle-filled bedroom, or gathering colorful marbles in a single-scened room and you'll be convinced—the escape game fairy is truly real! You don't want to hurt her feelings and scare her away by doubting, do you? Like the magic that makes Santa's reindeer fly, you only have to believe...


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Things are pretty hoity toity in Pine Studio's latest escape game King's Escape, also free for iOS and Android, where you find yourself locked into a very fancy schmancy room indeed. I mean... regular people don't just have pudding sitting right out there whenever they want it, and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't actually be allowed to touch any of this future. You, though, you get to touch whatever you want by clicking around to explore. The cursor will change and the game will display text at the top of the screen whenever you can interact with something, while you can try to combine items in your inventory by clicking on first one, and then the other. Despite its refined appearance, there's a fair amount of weirdness in this escape game, with some MacGyvery when it comes to your inventory and creative (though strange) puzzles and mechanisms hidden everywhere. It's not always clear exactly what you're supposed to be doing, though it definitely earns points for inventiveness. One thing's for sure, when you do finally escape the room after the state you leave it in, you're probably not going to be welcomed back!

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Download on the AppstoreKing's Escape (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad)


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Tailor

no1game expects you to jump through a few hoops for fashion in Tailor, where the only way to escape is through the liberal use of a sewing machine. To play, just use the transparent black bars at the edges of the screen to move around the room, and click on things to interact. There's no changing cursor, as usual with no1game's titles, so leave no stone unturned as you hunt for the items you'll need to solve problems. To view an item up close, click the little rectangular button beneath its icon in your inventory at the top of the screen, and drag it anywhere you'd like to try using it. Tailor is actually a little fiddly about how it accepts this, requiring some items to be used in juuuuust the right place. It's a clunky little bit of pickiness, but not one that detracts too much from the overall experience... which, by the way, I feel confident in saying, is probably exactly like being on Project Runway. You'll practically be a fashion maven once you sew your way out of this one! Rarity would approve, darling.

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Pass*Word

RoseKey's escape game Pass*Word is all about flowers, stars, and alarming musical flourishes as you try to find your way out of a cute room with a locked door and some cryptic decor. To play, just click on things around the room... your cursor will change when you can interact with something, and arrows will pop up when you mouse over the left and right sides of the screen so you can move around the room. To view items you're carrying up close, click what you want to peep at, then click the "about item" button. Pass*Word is on the short side, and probably a little simple as well, with most of the clues and their corresponding puzzles fairly obvious. It feels more like a warmup than anything else, and a bit of extra fleshing out would have made it a real winner. As it is, if you're looking for an escape game you can play before you've rubbed all the sleepies from your eyes, along with some musical riffs that will shock you awake if you, oh, were playing unaware with your volume all the way up, Pass*Word is a good choice.

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Lori.hMan the cannons and warm up those fingers, because Bubble Shooter Archibald the Pirate has been released! It's a match-3 marble popper game from Akkad and Avox Games with a unique physics twist. Archibald needs you to help fire the colorblind friendly marbles to clear the screen before you run out of ammo. If you notice Archibald looks a little familiar, then you've probably played the hit game also from Avox, Frozen Candy. While a lot of things are similar, with some levels having the balls frozen into place until the temperature rises, Bubble Shooter Archibald the Pirate has new surprises of its own. Special cannonballs you can buy to help when you're in a tight spot, plenty of levels each with their own challenge, and probably the best, a mobile version, both iOS and Android compatible so you can enjoy even on the go. Oh and it's all free, with no impossible levels that make you pull out your wallet to beat. and ads that are rare enough and so non-intrusive you'll forget the game even has them. Throw in the beautiful backgrounds and an adorable pirate with his own personality and you've got yourself one fantastic game.


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Weekend Download

DoraIt liiiiiiiiiiiives! Weekend Download is back for more, and we're kicking off the first new installment with an assortment of games so rag-tag and different they're just some exposition and mana potions away from starring in a JRPG to save the world. Find out whodunnit in a murder trial following a disastrous wedding, search for a way to separate yourself from a mummified corpse (and its nagging former owner), and indulge in some artsy black and white platforming with a very unusual lantern. Remember, folks, just like friendship, free indie games are magic.


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Silly Sausage in Meatland

DoraOriginally free for iOS and Android and now available in your browser, Nitrome's high-difficulty arcade game Silly Sausage in Meatland is all about stretching your weiner dog as far as you can, nabbing gems along the way, while avoiding all sorts of deadly hazards. Use the [arrow] keys to begin moving... your sausage pup's hindquarters will stay planted while the rest of him stretches out in any direction, even wrapping around things, until he touches a surface he'll stick to and the rest of him will snap forward to catch up. If anything touches you, including anywhere on your stretched-out sausage body, you'll be snapped back either to the very beginning, or the last checkpoint you spent your gems at to activate. Though it starts out easy with a few innocuous floating spike balls, soon you'll have to deal with whirring, moving sawblades, treacherous pipe tunnels, locked doors, and more. Think you have what it takes to make it through?


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[Note: This is the first installment of a planned series, with other episodes planning to be paid downloads!]

You know, you wouldn't think death would be so complicated, but Doris finds herself having a right bit of trouble as she tries to pass on in the afterlife. Apparently, she didn't get the leaflet on her way into this odd limbo-like world, but after befriending a dragon named Norb and having a trusty trolley with her, things are looking up. In Arrogant Pixel's new point and click adventure game, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1, Doris only wants to find her husband and move on into the eternities, but a mysterious group is attempting to use this aged adventurer for something far more sinister. Click and hold on people or objects to view a menu to choose "look at" or "interact", and just click anywhere to make Doris walk to it, with your inventory dropping down from the top of the screen when you mouse over it. This retro pixel art game will have you remembering the fond days of games like King's Quest and Quest for Glory, and if you don't have those memories... well, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon will help you get a feel for what you missed. If you're interested in more, check out the official site for news on upcoming episodes!


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Link Dump Fridays

DoraDid you miss me? I missed you! After over a year, Link Dump Friday rises from the grave, probably because I didn't bury it all that deeply anyway. (I had things to do. Things like organizing my My Little Ponies and Farscape figures. Don't judge me.) So while we shake off the grave dirt and pick the worms from our hair, let's kick things off with four fine and free online games for your pleasure. We've got a seedy cyberpunk adventure, an episodic Twine tale about a magical land and the woman who barely tolerates it, take a very unsafe moonlit drive with one weird ending, and try to satisfy one seriously petulant prince as the proprietress of one unusual shop.


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Does Not Commute

DoraMediocre's Does Not Commute, free for iOS and Android minus a single in-app purchase that unlocks checkpoints, is an unexpected delight. It's a game of traffic jams and speeding cars, as you direct the various residents to their destinations in each level. Just tap the left and right sides of the screen to steer, and watch out for obstacles, since the car will slow down if it's damaged. Though you only drive each of them one at a time, the catch is that not only are you on a timer that persists throughout the stage, the game replays your other completed driving records, forcing you to dodge and drive around, well, yourself essentially. This means that the better you drive, without crashing into things and zipping across lawns like a maniac, the easier time you'll have, though with upwards of a dozen cars winding up onscreen, all following their own routes, it still gets hectic, and you'll need to try for the bonus time tokens that pop up as well. If you really don't like the driving you're doing with the current car, you can choose to rewind and start again with it, though you'll lose a second off the timer. Run out of time, and you'll have to start all over, either from the start of the current area you're on, or the very beginning of the game if you didn't buy the premium version. You can unlock various upgrades like better traction or turbo boost as you play, but by far the biggest incentive to play is finding out what strange secrets and lives the townsfolk you're ferrying around are hiding, because there's a lot of profoundly weird and funny things happening here.


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Forgotten Memories

DoraIn Psychoz Interactive's classic-styled survival horror adventure Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities, the first in a planned series of self-contained yet interconnected stories, Rose's search for a missing girl named Eden took her to an abandoned asylum, but the last thing she can remember is a man pointing a gun at her. When she wakes up, she finds an unlikely ally in the form of Noah, a strange girl who keeps company with mannequins and only ever communicates by recordings even when she's right in front of you, and Rose must explore the asylum to learn the truth about where the missing girl is, and what happened long ago. A limited and very restrictive save system as well as clunky combat mean it isn't entirely smooth sailing, but a fantastically creepy setting with stunning visuals and otherworldly, surreal imagery makes Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities a fantastic alternative to games that go for gore and violence in abundance.


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Little Party

Dora[Note: This game is available in Pay What You Want format, including free! If you enjoy the game, please consider paying the developer an amount you think is fair for their hard work.]

Short but definitely sweet, Carter Lodwick and Ian Endsley's Little Party is a pay-what-you-want indie interactive art piece about the night your daughter decides to throw a party for a few of her "arty" friends. As her mom, you don't really mind... you're happy to help however you can. But she doesn't seem to need much from you... she's not a little girl anymore, after all. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move around the house, and hold the [spacebar] to look or tap it to interact when blue text appears. In general, once you've found and interacted with all the kids, their locations will change as the night progresses and you can look for them again, though occasionally you'll be given a more specific objective... though even that is sort of a grand word for the actions you take. Most often you simply watch, puttering around the house or taking the dog for a walk, and though your daughter and her friends are always polite and welcoming, they often don't even seem to notice you're there. It won't take you long to play through, but Little Party is a warm slice-of-life story that might make you better appreciate and understand the people who look after you.


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Mu Complex: Episode One

AllyDeep in the bowels of a secrative facility, something stirs. Long-dormant processors whir to life. Keys click on a keyboard as someone types furtively. And a digital computer voice rings out: Welcome to Mu Complex, Bruce Dayton. Only it's not Mr. Dayton behind the keys, but you, as you step into the shoes of a hacker, in this enthralling game from Studio Cime, which is part text adventure, part riddle game, and part one in a projected series. Dive deep into the intranet of the secretive Mu Complex, virtually hopping from machine to machine, rifling through the files of its employees as you hunt for the links and the passwords that will lead you to more mysterious, more sensitive machines hidden in the heart of the facility. And there's no pointing and clicking here... You'll do it oldschool, by entering command prompts and toggling power supplies. Each file you uncover will tell you a little bit more about what Mu Complex is, and why you're hacking into it, but you won't be satisfied until you've uncovered the secret lying at its very heart. Seriously, you probably won't... Mu Complex is an absorbing and engaging adventure that will work your brain and hold you in its thrall until the very end.


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Lori.h[Note: This game is available in a "Pay What You Want" format, including free. If you like the game, please show your appreciation to the developer by paying them what you think is fair!]

Everything seemed to be going normally for Nigel. He has his own business with his two best friends, and taking care of 6 year old Alicia is more like having a playmate around than having to feel like a legal guardian. The only thing on Nigel's to-do list is to find a new tenant, and when an odd woman named Morwenna pops up out of nowhere, it seems that Nigel's problems are solved. But Morwenna is a strange girl, with strange things, and she starts stirring up Nigel's calm life... not to mention there are some odd disappearances happening around that are leaving the police baffled. Three Guys That Paint is a pay-what-you-want indie visual novel with a dollop of romance and mystery by Jasmin Osler that has you in the shoes of Nigel, a hard working house painter. Read along with him, clicking anywhere to pass the text, until the occasional choice pops-up. There doesn't seem to be a bad ending, but the story is weird and fun in a way that feels like one of your childhood fantasies coming to life.


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Tiny Guardians

DoraKurechii's real-time strategy tower defense hybrid Tiny Guardians for iOS and Android is an almost aggressively adorable and unexpectedly challenging little game that plays like a cross between Kingdom Rush and Defender's Quest. In it, little would-be sorceress Lunalie wakes up one morning to find her home ransacked and her powerful mentor missing, so naturally the only thing to do is gather up her summoning cards and set out on a journey to save the day! With her magical deck, she can call powerful heroes into battle to defend her against all the monsters and enemies she faces along the way, which is a good thing since Lunalie is... well, I don't know if she's a lover, but she's certainly not much of a fighter. Tiny Guardians is a fast-paced and surprisingly difficult little game that's packed with beautiful visuals, too-cute-to-be-killing-you foes, and simple to pick up, yet hard to master gameplay. For fans of tower defense looking for something different, Tiny Guardians is polished, professional, and a ton of fun.

Weekday Escape

elleSo. Another week has passed. A lot has happened this week, too. But that's not what we're here to talk about, are we? Although, if I'm going to be honest, I'm going to say I've missed you since our last get together. I sometimes wonder what you're doing, where you've been, if you're, for whatever reason, you know, having fun without me? Eh, not that I'm checking up on you or anything but I noticed that you've been a little quiet lately. Let's talk about these escape games then, ya? Before things get too awkward with silent pauses and all that. Luckily for us escape-the-room aficionados, production of escape games has been bustling this spring. It's more than possible you haven't even finished playing the past week's worth that were reviewed here on JIG. Be that as it may be, tell me what you think of these next three games, chosen from Hottategoya, MayMay and No1Game...


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Primal Champions

Johnny123 Browser-based RPG games tend to be a bit of a click-fest. You're always clicking here to launch a fire spell and clicking there to use a health potion. Clicking, clicking, clicking, JEEZ where does it end?! Well Happy Ghost Studio has got your back with this epic new keyboard-only fantasy adventure game, Primal Champions, which plops you and your party into an action-packed adventure with no mouse required. Select your party of two adventurers and set out on your quest, moving to each dot on the map to do battle with hordes of goblins, pigs and general monstrosities. The game operates on a real-time combat system, having you choose targets with the [arrow] keys and press [Q] or [A] to launch your party members' basic attacks whenever their cool down counter reaches zero. Reflexes are essential, the tides of battle can turn quickly. A strong leveling system and some epic magic spell combos add to the frenetic joy.


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Golf is Hard\

AllyThe game of golf is many things to many people. It's an ancient game with a diverse legacy, with variations spanning different nations and empires all throughout history. It's a favorite sport of business professionals looking to blow off steam. Its fans clap really daintily. But if there's one thing everyone agrees on, it's that it's really hard. And Dakina Games wants to bring some of that challenge on home to you with their puzzle game, appropriately enough entitled Golf is Hard. (And if you don't want it brought on home, but rather to restaurants and workplaces, it's also available on iOS and Android devices.) Although we get the feeling that these particular links miiiight be a bit more challenging than usual. Because on this course, walking on all of that brilliant green, perfectly trimmed grass is strictly verboten... if your ball doesn't make it into the hole from your first shot, you'll have to fire off from the tee again and again until you make it. This is also the only golf course we know of where you'll have to hit balls up cliffs or onto tiny islands in the middle of water hazards. Just click or tap to choose the angle of your shot and your power, and if you aren't too thwarted by the challenges and perils of the green, maybe you'll get the ball in the hole! Golf is Hard is a silly, irreverent, one-button take on the game of golf, and while it may, indeed, be hard, it's that special kind of hard that encourages you to just keep trying.


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Those Without Names

Dora[Note: This game deals with physical abuse and other subject matter players may find upsetting.]

While many visual novels tend to focus on romance, Yucie's free indie game Those Without Names focuses on the close relationship two siblings can share. Eight awakens, confused and disoriented, inside the Building, which sits on a hill beneath the glow of Earth high above. She doesn't remember her name, just a series of numbers that are used to identify her and the few other residents, and while she also doesn't remember much about her life, she's relieved to see her brother, Zero, here as well. In this place, your memories come back to you in bits and pieces, and if you find enough, you'll also remember your name and awake. Eight is convinced it's some sort of bizarre lucid dream, but Zero isn't so sure, and as Eight's surfacing memories turn from sweet and simple to something more troubling and hard to watch, finding the truth might be more painful than she's willing to admit. With four different endings depending on your choices, Those Without Names is a short and bittersweet story about family, and how simultaneously simple and complicated it can be at the same time. To play, just click the dialogue choice you want when it appears, and right-click to open the save and load menus whenever you like.


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Push Out Fans

TapirGames' minimalistic sliding block puzzler Push Out Fans is actually more of a browser demo of their iOS and Android game Rect Pushers, which has even more levels and other game modes. In Push Out Fans, you're... well, you're pushing the fans out of the playing field by dragging blocks around the area. The twist is that different blocks can each only move in their specific way, such as horizontally or vertically, and you can click the arrows to either side of the move counter to undo or re-do your most recent move. Lacking anything even so fancified as a soundtrack, Push Out Fans is a very bare bones approach to a puzzle game, and yet there's something satisfying about its simple concept and trying to finish each level in as few moves as possible. It's a very clean little game, with nothing wasted about its design, and is perfect for players who want something quiet, thoughtful, and smart to puzzle their way through a few dozen levels with. Bells and whistles? Who needs 'em!

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Lori.hThe year is 1983. Space is being conquered by man. However Xanadu, a research space ship that was searching the far edge of the explored universe has sent out a distress signal. Called in to help them fix their engines and get them back home you are the first one to find out what happened to the three man crew. You soon discover there is a lot more happening on the Xanadu than just mere mechanical issues. Spirits of Xanadu, by Night Dive Studios, is a, indie first person horror adventure game where you must explore the ship and fight off the ship's security system while you solve nonlinear puzzles. With four types of robots, all ready to kill you on sight, you need to blow most of them to pieces or use their own systems against them by shutting them down sneakily. If a shoot 'em up game doesn't pique your interest, you can actually change the game to make the robots passive and get lost in the mystery and swallowed up in the creepy atmosphere. While this game doesn't have creepy monsters after you, it's going to definitely get your heart rate up and your adrenalin pumping with the immersive environment. You'll also be grateful for the multiple endings so you can go back and play it again.


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Lori.hHistory is written by the victors.Take for example... our favorite Italian plumber. Oh wait, did you think that was just a classic tale of hero saving a princess from a dragon... turtle.... dinosaur-thing and his army of mushrooms? Well, think again. Kill the Plumber by Keybol and Izzy Aminov, has you playing as the little round goons enemies trying to kill the player plumber character. In this puzzle platform game, you can move the little "goons" with [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to try and bump the overall-clad human and send him falling off the screen to his death. He has his ways of fighting back, of course, with his jumping ability, fire shots, and er... again, he jumps really well. If he reaches the flag or kills you before time runs out he wins. But you don't just have the little goons to help you you also get to visit some of your old-timey favorites such as shy ghosts and thwomping not-thwomps. It's a great blast of nostalgia that is challenging enough that you'll hate your childhood hero and cheer on some of the most weakest video game enemies ever.


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Terrace View

Vitamin Hana serves up an escape with amenities in Terrace View, and continues their tradition of making cute, simple-seeming games that offer more than meets the eye. There isn't much around you... a locked door, a painting, a TV, and a few pieces of furniture that are all locked up tight with various coded puzzles. There's no changing cursor to help you see what you can interact with, but there's also not really any pixel hunting to make that a problem... just a whole bunch of cryptic clues for a room with enough puzzle locks to belong in an early Resident Evil game. It won't take you long to play, but it also doesn't feel like it's too short either, the proverbial juuuuuust right with a few puzzles that'll kick your brain into gear and require you to connect the dots without going overboard on difficulty. Sometimes you want something heavy and perplexing, and sometimes you want something light, fun, and clever, and Terrace View fits the latter perfectly well.

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Find the Escape-Men Part 147: At the Park Part 1

In no1game's mouthful of a title Find the Escape-Men Part 147: At the Park Part 1, you're a dirty rotten thief... or, well, at least a girl who can't resist sneaking her mom's expensive pendant to wear while she's out at the park. No blood no foul, right? At least not until you're ready to head home and you realize it's missing! Now you have to search the whole place (or at least the places you've been while you wore the necklace, since some locations are mysteriously unavailable, and of course find the iconic ten little green men hidden throughout the park along the way. Just click to interact, and make sure you hunt everywhere, since no changing cursor means you'll need to shake, scrounge, and dig wherever you can. While it's annoying to have more than half of the available map locations locked off for (presumably) part two, At the Park Part 1 is still a seriously cute and quirky game. It has a tendency to make you go back and forth between locations with indication something has changed, though it ups the weird factor considerably over some previous installments in largely good ways. Needless to say, as indicated by the title, it ends with a big, fat, "to be continued", so you'll have to wait for the conclusion another day, but for now, there's searching to be done!

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Cadenza: The Kiss of Death

KimberlyYour life seems like it's about as perfect as it can get. You're engaged to a handsome jazz pianist in New Orleans, just putting the final touches on your wedding plans. But when your sweetie's former band mates start turning up dead, and mysterious smoking men are slinking about, it's time to take action before it's too late. You play as Ella in Mad Head Games hidden-object adventure Cadenza: The Kiss of Death. With nothing but a black lipstick stain as your lead, you're going to have to use all your skills, and maybe even learn some new ones (unless picking locks and diffusing bombs are already part of your skill set. Who are you, MacGyver?), as you do everything you can do to save your future husband's life.


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Room Escape [Secret Code]

elleSo it has happened again, has it? You have ended up trapped in a strange room. Obvious methods to escape from this room elude you. No keys, crowbars or climbing out the window will work. On hand instead: various puzzles to be solved, done by searching the room for essential objects and various clues, using your ingenuity to decipher the riddles throughout. What's that you ask? Why not just break down the door with your brute force? Because this door is not simply locked, it's guarded by a secret code that, should you fail, threatens to dismantle the entire room—you right along with it. Which is just one of the reasons Gam.eBB's mobile game Room Escape [Secret Code] is such a kick to play!


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Bored White Horse

The horse in no1game's Bored White Horse is actually a very special horse since he's the prince's noble steed, and when he hears that the prince has finally managed to slip away from his bodyguards, the horse decides to go to him for adventure... though he'll need your help escaping from the stables first... no small task considering the horse's handlers think so highly of his cognitive abilities that you'll have to bypass multiple locks and puzzles from within to get out. To play, just click to interact, though your cursor won't change when it passes over something useable, so you'll need to be diligent in your exploring. Bored White Horse isn't a particularly long game, or even a difficult one, though some of its puzzles are tricky enough that you'll need to really examine them in order to figure out the solution. It's a light, whimsical treat for escape fans who want to engage their brains without breaking them, and reunite two dear friends in the process.

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Shape Fold Animals

Johnny123 Much like its predecessor, Bikas.net's latest puzzle game, Shape Fold Animals, is best described as 2D origami. This game, which is available for both browser and mobile platforms, has you folding polygonal shapes that are connected by hinges to form something that sort of resembles an animal. The resulting shape is not always clear - it could be a turtle, a chimp, a giraffe or some kind of bird, leaving you to use your best judgement about which direction each chunk needs to get folded. The game falls pretty squarely under the casual banner, since there's no lose condition and no real urgency to win, but it's still fun and extremely well-made, a fun treat for any casual puzzler on a coffee break.


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Glow Path

Johnny123Lines. Squares. Lines and squares. These are the tools you will be using in GooDMage's new puzzle game, Glow Path, available for your browser or Android device. The game is as minimalist as they come, featuring white backgrounds, simple designs, and puzzles that are quick to solve but immensely satisfying nonetheless. Simply click on the block you wish to slide in order to connect one glowing box to it s non-illuminated partner. You only have a limited number of clicks, usually only two or three, so plan things out beforehand. This is a game about perfection, not experimentation.


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Pajama Boy 3

AllyIn his last adventure, Eyesteam's humble hero Pajama Boy braved the depths of a dark, spooky, sawblade-ridden forest and overcame his fear of the dark. With his newfound courage, he decides to leave the forest and head on home to the city... only to find out that it's been destroyed and been conquered by mechanical monstrosities. Welp. At least he chose a good time for his little foray into personal growth! Now, in Pajama Boy 3, he must save the citizens of his city from their robotic imprisonment in yet another challenging platform game. Run, jump, slide, and even wall-kick with the [arrow] keys or [WASD], and collect the shiny gold keys that will free the humans from their cages. But the metallic invaders have worked themselves into the very fabric of the city itself... They even control the rebar! For Pajama Boy, that means ever-shifting levels that are constantly morphing and changing, pushing your reflexes to the very limit. Pajama Boy's third outing is perhaps his trickiest yet, and it brings with it a healthy helping of creative level design to delight you, even as you die repeatedly on that same patch of thorns, over and over again.


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The Trace

KimberlyMurder, kidnapping, explosions. The life of a cop is not a dull one. You play as Baltimore detective Sam Pearce in Relentless Software's latest 3D mystery release for iOS, The Trace. The proprietor of a local business is found dead, and foul play is suspected. It's your job to figure out what happened. At the beginning of the game, your lab helper Alex sets you up with a new high tech remote forensics system that allows you to instantly run fingerprints and test blood samples, which turns out to be quite handy during the investigation. Tap on objects of interest to get a description, or perhaps zoom into an important spot. Hold and swipe to look around the room. Some items you tap on will go into your inventory which you can access on the left of the screen. When you find a piece of evidence, it will fill your screen. Sometimes you can push buttons or otherwise manipulate the item and you can always deploy your forensic scanner to look for clues. Tap the scanner icon on the right to activate it and tap and hold over the evidence to scan it. When you find something of import it creates a lead for you on the investigation screen.


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Spring Celebration

TomaTea is known for one thing... serene colour palettes. And mellow instrumental soundtracks. And "I have no clue how to solve this!" And... okay, so for a lot of things, basically. Let's just say they make great escape games and move on to talking about Spring Celebration, which combines puzzles and pastels all in one pretty package. To play, just watch for the tip of your cursor to glow as it passes over things you can interact with, and carefully examine your environment for sneaky hidden clues you'll need to crack the puzzles on the various locks. Don't let the lute-ish soundtrack fool you... there're no castles and courts here, but there are a whole lot of sunny Easter-themed decorations, as if any of us needed a specific date as incentive to bite the ears off a chocolate bunny. Some objects you may find a little fiddly or unintuitive to interact with, as some of them have extra functions that aren't immediately apparent unless you click on them in a certain location, and you might likewise find yourself stymied at a point that doesn't make it obvious you need to drag something rather than merely click it. Still, TomaTea's talent for crafty puzzles whose clues take a little puzzling themselves is in fine form here, and apart from a few mildly awkward implementations, they offer a great variety in difficulty and concept, and the sweet presentation is just the cherry on top. If you love escape games that seem to invite you to relax even as they make you think, TomaTea's Spring Celebration is sunny and satisfying despite a few bumps along the way.

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Aldo and Gus: The Skeleton Key

In Alex and Eugene Plotnikov's point-and-click adventure Aldo and Gus: The Skeleton Key, you play a cat in an enchanted flying tea-kettle (no, you're ridiculous) who's trying to rescue their dear wizard who was locked up in a dungeon for, well, wizardry. You'll need to hunt for a key to help him escape, which is easier said than done given the propensity for puzzles this jail and the surrounding area appear to have. To play, just click, and your cursor will highlight yellow when it passes over something you can interact with. You can use items in your inventory by clicking them to pick them up, then clicking again wherever you think they should go. There are a surprising amount of scenes to explore here, so it's easy to get overwhelmed at first, though once you know where everything is, things start to become clearer. Most of the puzzles are fairly straight-forward, requiring you to use the proper item in the right place, or unlock doors by spotting the proper codes for them, though not every object has an immediately obvious use. What makes Aldo and Gus so charming, however, is its wonderful surreal style, using simple shapes and bright colours to create imaginative environments that feel like something out of a Tim Burton film. It's weird in an eye-catching way that makes you want to explore it, though with so much going on in some scenes, it isn't often clear at a glance what's useful, so you'll want to waggle your cursor everywhere in case you missed something. That, combined with the way the cursor's colour can get washed out in some places making the highlight hard to see, makes the game feel a little rough around the edges, but Aldo and Gus: The Skeleton Key is still a wonderfully strange little game that makes us hope we see more of this pair down the road.

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Weekday Escape

elleContrary to a rumor started around the JIG office espresso machine, I do not spend all my evenings huddled up around the blue-white illumination of my laptop, empty take-out boxes strewn along the counter and a meowing band of cats my only company. I mean, alright, maybe in theory it's possible that could have happened. In the realm of possibilities, anything could be possible yet it's best to remember: Rumors spread rapidly on social networks. Even if it sounds like a good idea or goes viral, getting bunches of likes, snoop around a bit before assuming its verity. But shoot, I won't get all rhetorical with ya when there are escape games waiting to be played. Since there's also much to be said for ignoring cynicism and letting your heart wear a great big smile for all the world to see. Having some fun and playing games always makes sense, and this Weekday Escape game trio is an actual thing happening right now...


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Dungeon Warfare

Johnny123 By now you're no doubt well-acquainted with the dungeon crawler format. Hero goes in, steamrolls through various monsters, and pops out the other end with a princess and/or box of treasure in hand. Well Jinmann Kim and Jaewon Yoo's Dungeon Warfare, currently playable in Alpha and still in development, flips that formula on its head, casting you as the world's most insidious interior decorator tasked with designing all manner of traps to keep the hordes of greedy heroes at bay. This defense game has you using the mouse to place various spike traps, dart shooters, blockades, snares and other fiendish obstacles in the path of the heroes as they march towards their goal. Copious amounts of retro-style slaughter ensue as the crowds of treasure-seekers march blindly into each trap. These little guys aren't big on self-preservation, it seems.


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Wacky Pirate

Johnny123 Wacky Pirate is a new reflex game for both browser and mobile platforms. You're the titular wacky pirate, as described to you by an adorable bit of voice over narration, who's fallen on hard times and needs to fill up the old coffers with as much booty as possible. This is accomplished through the expedient use of clicks. Here's the breakdown of the operation: you need to click the bombs at the bottom of the screen to release them so that they connect with the boats that come whizzing by. Pirate ships will also pass along your coast line, and for them you need to destroy the ice bergs that crop up before them with a few good clicks. Tokens also appear that give you money after a few good clicks, as do treasure barges that leave tons of clickable gold just laying out in the open where anyone can click them. There's a lot of clicking going on is the point, so you'd better get good at it fast. Things are going to get frantic really quickly in Wacky Pirate.


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The Terrible Old Man

Cloak and Dagger Games have served up some supremely creepy point-and-click adventures before, but now they're paying homage to one of the masters with spooky short The Terrible Old Man, an indie freeware homage to H.P. Lovecraft's classic tale made in just 30 days. A group of shady characters are getting ready to leave town and take their gang elsewhere, when they hear about an old man living alone in town who's supposedly sitting on a fortune. They aren't put off by the strangeness surrounding the stories the townsfolk tell about him... all they know is he's frail, isolated, and apparently packing gold dubloons in a time where most people can't even scrape together the money for a drink or three. Are they about to bite off more trouble they can handle? Well, let's just say Lovecraft isn't known for stories where everything turns out sunny and all parties are merely involved in harmless misunderstandings. To play, just click to interact with something or someone, and right-click to merely look. Move your cursor way, way up to the top of the screen to have your inventory drop down, and click an item to pick it up so you can try to use it somewhere. You can also save your game from the inventory drop down, in case you need to take a break... you know, in case the ten minutes this game should take is too much.Everything about The Terrible Old Man's atmosphere drips unease and subtle wrongness, much like the work of the iconic writer it was adapted from, and the big reveal is executed cringingly creepily. Don't expect any real answers, as The Terrible Old Man sticks to the original's plot like glue, and most of the puzzles are a simple matter of talking to the only people available and then giving them or saying what they want. While it isn't particularly long or challenging, however, it's still a fine interactive adaptation that's a nice fit for an eerie evening when you want to give yourself the shivers without devoting too much time to it.


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ascend

Pudding, marbles, fingerprints, and soda are just a few of the things you'll need to escape Yonashi's weird but cool Yonashi Escape 17, where you'll definitely need to think outside the box and experiment a little if you want to make any progress. The cursor will change whenever it passes over something you can interact with, but otherwise you'll be given no real help at all, so it's up to you to figure out how to use the frequently very odd assortment of items in each room in order to open the doors to move forward. As strange as Yonashi Escape 17 is, however, a lot of it actually makes its own sort of sense in context, so nothing is ever really unintuitive or illogical. It's still not particularly long or difficult, but it still manages to capture that feeling of tactile exploration and wonder in a way that more straightforward and "serious" escapes don't really have, making the "ah-ha!" moments rewarding. It's silly, sweet, and more than a little cute, make it a great break-sized escape for players who like their games whimsical and weird.

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The Calm Room Escape

DoraThe Calm Room Escape by Tesshi-e definitely lives up to its name, as you find yourself trapped in this soothingly soundtrack'd room after being invited there via letter by someone who hasn't shown up herself. Naturally you want to escape, but there are far worse atmospheres for you to solve puzzles in, don't you think? To play, after of course making sure to choose "English" when you start the game unless you read Japanese, just click to interact with things, though there's no changing cursor to help you figure out what's useable and what isn't. In addition to cryptic clues everywhere, you'll find your fair share of inventory items you can use or examine for further secrets with the "About Item" function, though you'll need to pay careful attention to your surroundings, exercise a little patience, know how to combine information... and, of course, fight the urge to just follow the instructions on the bed for an hour or three...


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Royal Squad

Johnny123 Idengames proved their talent with Royal Warfare, a truly exceptional defense strategy game that managed to cram all the thrills of real time combat in. Well the sequel, Royal Squad, is where the studio really gets to test their mettle. Simply put, the game is a stellar little adventure in arrow-shooting, goblin-stomping, magic-casting goodness. You select your roster of soldiers before each encounter and watch them chop down some truly impressive hordes of enemies as they march towards you in waves. For some added micromanagement, simply click to command your archers to rain arrows on a specific spot, or deploy some lightning bolts, bear traps, or swordsman onto the field for maximum effect. Chopping through the masses of necromancers, soldiers, and goblins as they come pouring towards you is supremely satisfying but be warned: this game isn't afraid to throw some curve-balls when you least expect them.


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nekra-psaria-3

Lori.hDid you notice that sudden chill in the air? A cat just yowled in the background and all the cockroaches suddenly seem more nervous. Yes, that's right, Drawmaneater is back with Nekra Psaria 3. Johnny Boy's train comes to a stop and he's told to "go back home," but to get there you must help him travel through this surreal world. This point-and-click escape game keeps its creepy vibe right up to the end, and also keeps the story going from the first and second games of Johnny Boy trying to find his way around this blue-tinted world. If you haven't played those, you'll be a little more confused than those who have, but just a little. Even though this installment feels a little rushed compared to its predecessors, the twisted art work and creepy feel is still alive and pulsing in this unsettling adventure.


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Mystery Trackers: Nightsville Horror

KimberlyTwo feuding Louisiana towns. A mysterious mythical owl man. Creepy swamps. A missing boy. Crocodiles. All in a days work if you're a Mystery Tracker detective. When sightings of the local legend are at a peak and young boy goes missing, the townsfolk don't know what to believe. Piece together clues, question suspects, and find the link between things in Mystery Trackers: Nightsville Horror, a hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games. Use your sleuthing, your brave little dog Elf, and your puzzle solving skills to track down the missing boy Oliver before it's too late.


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ascend

Rose Engine's eerie platformer ascend features a silent girl trying desperately to make it to the top of a dark and deadly maze, where moving platforms, pits of spikes, and crushing traps await around every corner, and mysterious text dogs her steps. Use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, and the [spacebar] to jump, while hitting any key will make you respawn back at the last brazier you lit when you die. You can respawn forever, essentially, though if you want to see the alternate ending, you'll need to make it to the top with more than one life, as evidenced by the bars in the bottom left corner. You get another life every time you find a new flower, but once a flower has been drained, it's gone forever, so don't get too cocky. The hardest part about ascend might be that the controls seem a little too responsive, so that every jump and movement has a little extra zip in it that can easily make you overshoot what you were aiming for if you don't account for it, and since when you fall, you can fall far depending on where you are, working your way back up can be frustrating... you can't just die and respawn back up, after all, if you want that alternate ending. You're also left to your own devices to figure out where to go other than, as the title implies, up. If you have the patience for the climb, however, and you love subtle storytelling and a great, uneasy atmosphere, ascend is still worth checking out.

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Find the Escape-Men Part 146: Fully Packed Train

no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 146: Fully Packed Train is less an escape game, at least at first, than it is about you desperately trying to find your way onto a train that's already been (literally) pushed way, way past capacity... and of course finding the ten little green men in the process. To play, just click to interact, though since your cursor won't change you'll need to sleuth around on your own for things to click on. As usual for a no1game, you might find yourself needing to click on things more than once, sometimes a lot more, or even hang around on some screens waiting for something to happen. Most of the puzzles are logical, and there are a few surprises in store, and your expected dose of silliness makes this a perfect example of why so many people love this series... it's campy, creative, and doesn't take anything too seriously, on top of being the perfect size for a short break from the daily grind. Give it a play, and then give thanks if your daily commute doesn't look anything like that.

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brain-builder

Lori.hNeed a good brain work out? How about one you can take on the go with your iOS or Android? It's time to put your thinking caps on and start stretching out the only organ that named itself, because N4games' Brain Builder is here to, well help you build your brain! With eight different puzzles you'll need to think logically in this brain-training game. It starts off easy and grows harder the more questions you get right. After cycling through the eight levels you then arrive at the 'pro' versions of them, and try again but with higher difficulty. The puzzles range from simple math, to reaction testing, to not-very-colorblind-friendly logic puzzles, and while the idea of each one sounds simple enough you'll be surprised how difficult it gets. Sixty seconds to click on as many correct answers as possible is a much shorter time than you'd expect, especially since very wrong answer takes off a couple of seconds. Brain Builder is all about helping you get your mind into shape and keeps track of your daily scores and lets you improve today you by comparing against yesterday you to let you see your brain is building.


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Lettercraft

KimberlyFeeling like your wordsmithing skills need a workout? Look no further and try out Lettercraft, a fun new word game for iOS by developer Marco Torretta. The first five levels are free to try, and the rest of the game is unlockable via an in-app purchase. The goal is to make as many three or more letter words as you can before the game ends or the timer runs out. The letters you use don't have to be adjacent; you can use any letter on the board. Tap a letter and it will appear at the top of the screen. When you've spelled your word, swipe to submit it. If it's a valid word, you'll get points depending on length. The first letter of your word gets underlined, so if you determine you need to trash the word you were working on, just tap the first tile and it will disappear. Sounds easy, right? Well let me get to the twist: As you play the letters begin to heat up, eventually burning up so you can't use them. However, if you use the letters in a word, it cools them back down. But if you submit a misspelled or imaginary word, the tiles used will go up one heat level. If your board burns down to just three tiles left, it's game over.


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Abandoned: The Cube Chambers

While some thought Krutovig's Abandoned was a wee bit too Submachine-sy, others adored the clean design and air of mystery, and now the series has a spin-off in the form of escape game Abandoned: The Cube Chambers, which sees you waking up confused and disoriented in a maze-like series of rooms filled with puzzles. To play, just click... your cursor will change when it passes over something you can interact with (but not ALL the things you can interact with), and you'll want to pay seriously close attention to your surroundings, because the game issssss... ambigious. Perhaps far too much so, given the vague nature of the puzzles that lack a lot of the direction of the original game. The Cube Chambers might be even more obviously Skutnik influenced than the first game, from the user interface to the premise, which is similar to Submachine 3: The LooP. The atmosphere is largely excellent, with a a sleek design and ominous audio, and if you don't mind a game that neither holds your hand nor even so much glances in your direction reassuringly, you might find it a welcome challenge, but others might find it a little too obtuse to conquer.

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Flight Rising

Please note that Flight Rising requires a free account to play. Due to capacity issues, account registration for new players is only available during certain periods of time. Registration is currently closed.

Stormlight Workshop's Flight Rising, a free online blend of MMO adventure and dragon-breeding simulation, has been recommended to us several times over the years, but due to their limited registration periods, we never really felt comfortable writing about it. With their current registration open, however, we thought we would take the time to bring it up now for new players to register while they can and discuss the game. Due to the fact that we had to wait until, well, now to register an account of our own, please do not regard this as a comprehensive review. We will update this article at a later date.

As to the game itself, well, Flight Rising revolves around founding a clan after pledging your allegiance to one of the elemental dragon gods, and then running your lair and managing your dragons and their offspring. The focus of the game is arguably on the breeding system, which allows you to breed different dragons together for various qualities and genes, some of which you may have to work for, or trade with other players to get. At your lair, you'll need to choose the dragons you wish to breed (getting a peek at potential future offspring), and then have them lay eggs (anywhere from one to five) in a nest you'll have to incubate over the course of five real days. Not enough for you? Well, like a bigger, radder Neopets (whoa... early 2000s flashback...), you'll get to play, hunt, and even fight with your dragons, though you have a limited amount of turns per day to do so. You'll also, of course, need various resources to care for and feed your dragons, and the coins you earn from minigames and other activities can be spend on everything from expanding your lair to hold more dragons, or buying new equipment to enhance them for battles in the Coliseum. Flight Rising also has an optional currency called Gems, bought using real money or earned as a bonus if you keep your dragons happy with high energy, and these can be used to buy items as well, even those from other players. It's a surprisingly deep and engaging game, perfect for playing in short bursts, with gorgeous artwork and fun mythology, and we'll report back once we have more experience ourselves! Have you played Flight Rising?

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91

Reader review[The following is a reader review by Aidan Randle-Conde, used with permission. Want to submit your own review for a game we haven't covered? Use our submission form!]

91 (free log-in required to save) is a community funded turn-based RPG adventure game that is still in Beta. You wake up in an alley to find that you've been mugged and the ID from your wallet has been taken. Strangely enough your money has not been touched. As you stagger to your feet and try to get your ID back you find that there are much deeper mysteries to solve and much bigger problems to face. You're in the city of Flauston in 1991 and the outlook is bleak. It's been years since the "ascent" where huge columns rose out of the ground in major cities across the world, and the psychological damage they have caused is evident everywhere. Cities are abandoned, left to the criminal underworld, and the police forces struggle to keep control. The further you venture into Flauston the more unsavory characters you encounter and realise that there's a lot more happening than just someone taking your ID.


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CivCrafter

DoraYou'd never know it to look at its perplexingly Minecraft-sy icon, but Naquatic's CivCrafter, free for iOS and Android, is actually an Odd Couple mashup of incremental clicker games and a simplified version of the Playver Versus Player of Clash of Clans. In the beginning, it's just you and three icons to tap on... the apple collects fruit, while the log and rock collect wood and stone respectively. Tapping on each icon gains you a single unit of that resource, and eventually you'll have enough you can spend on building things, though these resources can also be spent on upgrades down the road. When you've built enough houses to start a population, you'll need to employ your civilians to work... farmers are important for making food, of course, since the more people you have, the more food depletes, while loggers and miners gather what you'd expect autonomously. Note that unlike similar games, CivCrafter does not gather resources while you're not playing. It's simple to start off, but as you play, you'll realize things get a little more complex... farmers, for instance, can find skins, which you'll need to build a tannery for and employ someone at to convert them into leather. Eventually, you'll need this and other "secondary" resources like metal from refined ore in great quantities, both to unlock more powerful upgrades, but also to outfit your army. Yeah, that's right. You'll need to pillage and defend yourself from being pillage, and maybe even join a Clan, if you want to get all the trophies and skulls you can. Because who doesn't like trophies and skulls?

Weekday Escape

elleBefore we get started on that thing you came here to do, you know, playing free online escape games, I thought we could spend a few minutes shooting the breeze. I'll start. The other day, a friend called and invited me to play hide-and-seek. Maybe it's silly but that's why it's so fun. "Sure!" I said and began to walk over there. Suddenly aliens attacked! All was pandemonium, panic and mayhem until a mystery figure stepped out of nowhere with some oddly pieced together rocket. Huzzah! Loves to heroism! Because I needed to unwind after so much excitement, I entered a relaxing little green room where a pink frog served tea and played a tune on her miniature piano. After relating my story, she suggested I go into the study, sit at a desk and write it all down. Which I started to do but, well, really now, writing is kind of hard. I stared at the windowpane lined with colorful pots contemplating how best to capture my strange experiences in words. I think this is how it all began. My eyelids grew heavy, the world grew dim and, when I woke up, I was locked in a room I'd never seen before...


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KWAAN

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Welcome to indie multiplaying exploration-based adventure with KWAAN, currently playable in Steam's Early Access, a beautiful and persistent online world steeped in tribal myth, natural balance, and co-operative gameplay. KWAAN is a dynamic environment where keeping the spirit of the world vibrant and alive on a daily basis is of paramount importance, and players must collaborate to do this if they want the world on their server to continue. Nurturing the living pixel environment, contributing their unique artistic touch to the branches of the world tree, hand-crafting flowers, bringing the stars together into constellations, solving puzzles, crafting offerings, exploring the realm, and summoning animals like penguins, platypi and ducks are just some of the things that will keep KWAAN, the sentient tree and spirit of the world, healthy and alive. This is a harmonious and gentle world in which aesthetics, myth and imagination reign supreme. Blue glowing maana crystals glisten overhead, bright spirits of animals waft across the sky, and ice-block jellyfish appear briefly to form oceanic platforms for safe passage. Deftly bringing together a special blend of elements from genres like role-playing and adventure games, KWAAN is perhaps best regarded as a fantastic and mystic co-operative multiplayer platformer provided by David Calvo and Maxime Plantady.


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Creepo's Tales: Friday the 13th

Carmel Games' Creepo is back for another ghoulishly goofy tale of mildly macabre escapery with Creepo's Tales: Friday the 13th. Pedro, a hiker, finds himself trapped in a national park and hunted by a crazed ranger who's turned into a psychotic killer after falling off a cliff... you know, as you do. To help Pedro find a way out, just click around to explore. The cursor will change when you can interact with something, and you can either combine items in your inventory by clicking first one then the other, or pick it up to use it elsewhere. Don't be too scared... despite some great atmosphere thanks to the wonderful ambient colouring and creepy backgrounds, this isn't much of a horror game. In fact, the scariest thing might be how short the game is, though by and large most of the puzzles tend to be logical, which has been an issue with some Carmel Games titles in the past. Will Pedro escape "crazy Mason"? And even if he does, well, he's not out of the woods yet! Hopefully the next installment is a little meatier... you know, something to really sink your fangs into.

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The Blind Griffin

Dora[Note: This game is available in "Pay What You Want" format, including free. If you enjoy this game, support your indie developers and consider paying them what you can for it!]

[Note: Please note The Blind Griffin deals with some subject matter some people may find upsetting.

Made for NaNoReNo 2015, Asphodel Quartet's free indie otome visual novel The Blind Griffin starts off in San Francisco during the roaring twenties, and your parents would really rather you, the youngest daughter of a large Chinese family, settled down and got yourself married. That's not the life you wanted for yourself, but with few job opportunities, you're running low on funds and choices... until strange signs lead you to a candy shop that happens to be a front for a very special speakeasy. You start off bartending, but you quickly discover there's something a little magical afoot, not just about your bewitching coworkers, and soon you find yourself with a surprising challenge... prove you have what it takes to be a magician, something you had no idea you were until that night, and take the exam administered by the Grand Council, or have your memory, and your newfound magic, stripped away. You'll need to choose a mentor from three of your fellow coworkers (who all happen to be eligible bachelors, of course), and work hard to take your exam in a few months time. With snappy writing, gorgeous visuals, and welcome diversity (though unfortunately all romantic options are hetero only), The Blind Griffin is cheeky good fun with polish that belies its short development time.


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Sphinx (2015)

Way, waaaaaaay back in the ancient annals of time known as 2012, Kotorinosu released a challenging little escape game called Sphinx. Now, apparently, it's time to revisit that classic with Sphinx (2015) (Android and iOS versions coming soon!), which keeps the Egyptian setting but provides you with an entirely new place to explore and set of puzzles to crack. There's no changing cursor, so if you want to find everything you need to interact with, you'll have to put on your Sherlock hat and scour every dusty inch of this place, and if you expect the game to give you any hints and direction, well... looks like you're going to be entombed for quite some time. This update of the original game concept strikes a solid balance between simple "use item X on space Y" style puzzles and more complex offerings that require a lot of logic and attention to detail. Whereas the original kept you facing a single direction, not counting any close up examinations, this one lets you move around a lot more, and thus feels complex in a different way. Pixel hunting isn't really an issue, but some puzzles require more thinking than others, and with some inventory items needing to be combined or used more than once, you have your work cut out for you. As of this writing, I'm unsure if this web version will vanish after a while as happened with Kotorinosu's last update of a classic and subsequent mobile release, but for the moment, it's freely available for all to attempt to unlock. B Y O Explorer Hat, and maybe give Brendan Fraser a call... he was always good with ancient temples.

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Breath of Light

KimberlySure, frantic action arcade mobile games have their place, but sometimes you just don't feel like competing to see how fast your fingers can fly across the touchscreen. You know you're on to something different when you find a game that's a delight to look at and listen too, is relaxing yet at the same time makes you think. Many Monkeys zen like puzzle game Breath of Light, with a soundtrack from Winterpark, is all of this for your iOS device, and more. Each level has light emanating from one blossom. The goal is to manipulate the light with different objects until it hits all of the flowers, causing them to bloom. This is mostly done with various rocks, which of course every good zen garden has.


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Attack the Light

DoraSteven Universe is one of those cartoons people keep recommending to me, and it turns out, it's for a good reason. The series, which follows the superpowered guardians of Earth, the Crystal Gems known as Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, as well as their half-human charge/bestie/party-starter Steven, is not only ruthlessly adorable and nostalgic, it's also brilliantly plotted with fantastic character development and a lot of heart and much needed diversity and representation. So, naturally, the release of Grumpy Face Studios' Attack the Light as a turn-based strategy RPG for iOS and Android with a Mario RPG-sy flair, has a lot of fans very happy. At the start of the game, Steven accidentally unleashes a swarm of powerful enemies from an ancient Gem weapon, and tags along to provide support and Hambuger Backpack-ery for the others while they travel the world trying to return the corrupting light to the prism Steven accidentally released it from. Though it focuses mainly on dungeon-crawling combat with an eye on strategy, Attack the Light does so with all the style, charm, and heart that fans of the series have come to love.


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The Power of Love

In Denis Vasilev's cute but very grindy action game The Power of Love, a knight and a princess are smitten with one another, but the king isn't having any of it. So what's a lovestruck knight to do? Why, beat down the castle, using the coins the king hurls in distaste to buy new upgrades to further increase your punching prowess. Just click and hold to swing your weapon (initially just the very lute you used to serenade your lady love), and move the cursor to move the knight, walking over coins to pick them up. Move alllllll the way to the left to enter the shop and purchase speed and power improvements. Cute and simple? Sure. Fast? Not so much, as initially the knight moves so painfully slowly you'd be forgiven for getting frustrated before your first speed upgrades. Your goal is to eventually destroy the castle, thus freeing the princess to love as she wishes, though one could argue maybe the princess should get off her frilly butt and do something herself if she were really in love. Still, while it could definitely have been streamlined, once you start unlocking new equipment and thus the king starts hurling more types of treasure, things get a lot faster.

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Zombonarium

drstrosyAwww....who's the cute widdle headless zombie? You are? Why, yes you are, in Zombonarium, a super-cuddly zombie physics puzzler from Bite Lemon Games. Your zombie loses his head at the beginning and it will take you 30 levels, including a boss level, to finally keep that thing in place. Using your shovel cursor, you aim the zombie head at a key, a bone or a sticky platform and click to launch your head, all the while trying to avoid killer falls or fire traps. Friendly rotating skulls can help you along the path, and bats can help or hinder.


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Fixed Unfixed Escape

MayMay's name is quickly becoming synonymous with fast, cute, and fun escape games, and Fixed Unfixed Escape is no different, though sadly this time there are no baked goods to devour. Instead, you're trapped in a small room with a bed, a balloon (we all float down here), a door that opens onto a tiny balcony, and not much else... y'know, aside from a bunch of puzzle locks. The cursor won't change as it passes over things, so you'll need to click around and figure out what's interactive for yourself, and remember to use "About Item" to view and play around with the items you're carrying up close. One of which will be a dirty and torn piece of laundry, for those of you who have been desperately wishing for more games about complicated solutions to household chores. The biggest challenge here will definitely be trying not to overthink things, as Fixed Unfixed Escape is definitely a straightforward game, but while it might last less time than it takes to drink a cup of coffee/iced tea/ginger ale/the tears of your enemies, it's still cute and fun in a way that makes it perfect for a little nibblet of an escape game.

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Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 14

DoraLo.Nyan is playing around a bit with their latest escape game Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 14, although if you think being trapped in a colourful, soothing room filled with toys, crayons to colour with, and a place to nap peacefully is a bad thing, you clearly overestimate my maturity. There's no changing cursor, so you'll have to click on everything if you want to find all the items and clues needed to solve the game's many puzzles, though bars will appear at the edges of the screen when you mouse over them if you can change direction. Remember to check out your inventory with the "About Item" feature if you want to view it up close to see if you can manipulate it, and go ahead and use the save function if you want to take a break. Perhaps more usefully, however, you can use the camera you find early on to take photos of pertinent clues so you don't need to constantly run back and refer to them as you play, though you should note some clues need to be photographed in some fiddly ways. Though the descriptive text is in Japanese, you don't need to know the lingo in order to play.


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tap tap tap

DoraThese days, it seems like everyone is getting into the high-difficulty smartphone arcade game genre, and Bart Bonte's tap tap tap, free for iOS and Android, takes things in a very Bop It! direction with all the quirky, clean style you've come to expect. All you have to do is follow the directions of the voice... tap on some circles, double-tap others, drag coloured circles to matching outlines, and more. The twist, of course, is that the game keeps adding new elements and speeding up as you play, and you have a narrower and narrower window of time to execute each action before you lose. It's a simple concept that sounds easy, but can you keep your eyes, brain, and hands all working together long enough to beat your high score?


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April Was A Fool

DoraA long time ago six great heroes saved the land, so when they're called for again, it puts them in a bit of a sticky situation, since one of them very recently had an unfortunate run-in with a dragon, and now they're one member short. Luckily for them in Dragonfly Studios' free indie visual novel April Was A Fool, you just happen to bear a striking resemblance to their dearly departed party member, April. Too bad you're just a local server who really has no business running around with high-level legendary heroes, and while they assure you all you need to do is show up at the castle to fool the king into thinking all six of them are still around, you've always wanted to be a hero anyway despite lacking the qualifications, and thus begins a tale of magic, romance, adventure, and a bunch of screw-ups who can barely get their acts together and aren't as close as they once were. With a fantastic, polished presentation, eleven endings, five unique plot lines, and a loveable cast of quirky, heroic maniacs, April Was A Fool is a fun, funny, and engaging visual novel that's an absolute joy and worth replaying again and again despite many points of the narrative feeling rushed.


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Monkey GO Happy Eggs

When you're that special sort of blue that only one hundred brightly coloured eggs will cure, Pencilkids' perpetually pouting primates know how you feel, and in the latest installment of their point-and-click puzzle series, Monkey GO Happy Eggs, you'll have to turn every leaf, stone, and suspicious part of the scenery upside-down if you want to find all the eggs you need. The yellow arrows transition you from one area to the next, and your cursor will change when it passes over something you can click on to interact with. Want to try using something from your inventory at the top of the screen? Just drag it where you want it to go. While one hundred eggs seems like the sort of thing that would keep you busy hunting for a long time, especially if you were like me when you were little and were bad enough at finding a half dozen or so, Monkey GO Happy Eggs is definitely not that gargantuan a task. Like the rest of the Monkey GO Happy games, it's designed to be a short break, and it's as weirdly whimsical as you've come to expect with its candy-coated environments and creepy-cute characters. Its puzzles are fairly logical, but you'll need to pay attention to your surroundings to crack them, so keep your eyes peeled and hop to it!

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Thanks to Nicosite for sending this one in!


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Three Fourths Home

TrickyYou've been dreading this. It's really not that you've been putting it off: in fact you saw your mom before you went to sleep yesterday. But now that you've moved home, it's like it's expected that follow all the rules you had as a kid. As if letting her know where you are at all hours of the day will help you get back on your feet as an independent adult. Sometimes, even when you don't have anywhere to go, you just need to get away. Not even away from anything. Not like, from Dad or Mom or Ben. Just... away. You even found this cool guitar pick. Maybe David will like it. But now, one of those classic Nebraska storms has burst open the sky and it's time to head back. But you'd can take this call while you drive. Three Fourths Home is a piece of indie interactive art by [Bracket] Games that's been newly re-released in an extended edition with some cool extras. In it, you play as Kelly, a part-girl part-woman driving the rural stretch between her grandparent's dilapidated barn and the old home that's recently become new again.. It's an interesting piece of narrative presented in quite the unique way


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Lodger

SonicLoverThe escape game scene may be crowded nowadays, but there's always room for more. New developer SARAMEYA has entered the scene with Lodger, a curious white and black room the likes of which no ordinary house would contain. If the strangely patterned door, the pipes sticking out of the opposite wall, and the row of unusual paintings don't set the mood, the three eccentric characters waiting behind the three shutters certainly do. As delightful as your company may be, you'd really like to leave the room, so get your thinking cap on and keep an eye out for clues that could lead, directly or indirectly, to your egress.


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Juicy Bazooka

AllyAt least some thieves go and make a name for themselves by stealing priceless artworks, legendary cultural relics, or jewels the size of fists. But the lowlife band of ruffians in Vitalii Zlotskii's Juicy Bazooka apparently have nothing better to do with their time than harass a poor, beleaguered homeowner by stealing his groceries. The nerve! Luckily for him, they didn't nab his watermelons... Or the specially-modified bazooka he fires them with! Shoot melons at felons and help him reclaim his stolen groceries in this puzzle shooter game. Just make sure no innocent bystanders get a face full of fruit! Gameplay-wise, it's a familiar song and dance, but it's hard to resist a game with such a good-naturedly goofy pretense... and such cute voice clips!

Weekday Escape

elleDear loyal JIG readers, welcome to a very special edition of Weekday Escape today, with exclusive first coverage of a breaking story: Escape games, a multinational gaming obsession that has taken a worldwide audience captive and captured the attention of major corporations, legislators and research firms. As it was JIG that reported on escape games' humble beginnings, and it was here that certain celebrities would get their escape game fix, it is only fitting that we should report on new emerging data regarding the health benefits of playing these popular diversions. While this early on sources cannot be revealed or confirmed, when it's news this good, we don't want to lose precious moments not playing escape games through such time-consuming formalities as "fact checking" do we? Already the clock is ticking while we prattle on about details. All you really need to know is: This is a BIG DEAL. Already Google is inventing a new way to use self-driving cars in globalized escape games (an early prototype shows there's still much progress to be made). Rumors have surfaced on the streets of The Capitol, according to a witness who would only identify himself as "Bub", that lawmakers are now considering what, if any, limits should be put on escape game production. Our best advice: Stock up now...


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R-LO

R-LO is a very fuzzy escape game from no1game, and as usual, you're trapped somewhere and surrounded by cryptic clues and puzzling mechanisms. The cursor won't change if you can interact with something, so you need to go about it the old fashioned way and click everywhere to make sure you find everything you need, though pixel hunting is mostly non-existent. Instead, you'll be required to solve puzzles that need logic more than anything else, and know how to spot a clue when you see it. R-LO may be short, but it's also smart, with some appealingly sneaky puzzles and tidy (though, really, so fuzzy) design, making it an excellent warmup for escape fans of all kinds.

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The Gun Game: Redux

Johnny123 Ah, the gun. Versatile, loud, deadly. How many games have made use of the firearm for gameplay purposes? Seriously, how many? Our shooter game tag is getting dangerously full. Well, here's another title to add to that venerated list. The Gun Game Redux by Flashchaz and Marsh Games pares the genre down to its basics: you have a gun, targets exist, and it's time to introduce one to the other with as much efficiency as possible. Move your firearm through the air with the mouse, being sure to keep it within the green zone so you don't suffer a penalty, and start popping targets like targets insulted your mom. There are three main competition types... Defense, which has you blasting away targets before they can reach the green, Efficiency, in which you have to drop the target while aiming through a small hole, and Offense, which drops the targets altogether and puts you against an AI-controlled gun that's not shy about fighting back. A wide variety of unlockable guns keeps the game interesting as you blast your way to greatness.


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Money Movers 2

The brothers from Meowbeast's puzzle platformer Money Movers may have busted out of the slammer once before, but in Money Movers 2 they're busting back in to rescue dear old dad who's also gotten himself locked up. As before, you'll control the two bros simultaneously with the [WASD] and the [arrow] keys, making them work together to flip switches, collect money bags, and deal with turrets, guards, locked doors and more to reach the exit together. The smaller brother can jump higher and fit into narrow places, while big brother might be too slow to avoid lasers or too heavy to jump high, but can make up for it in brute strength. The game might spend a bit too much time teaching you the basics from the original, so if you've played that, then you'd be forgiven for feeling like the sequel is dragging its feet. Eventually, however, they start getting more complicated and demanding more timing. It never really does anything significantly different from the first game, but it does up the complexity and challenge significantly, making it a great fit for fans looking for something a little meatier, all wrapped up in the bright colours, clean design, and swanky soundtrack that makes a Meowbeast game so polished and fun.

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Impossible Rush

Akkad's Impossible Rush, free for iOS and Android, serves up the latest in addictive high-score arcade action for as long as your reflexes can handle it. To play, just tap the screen to rotate the square to the right, the goal being to catch the incoming coloured balls on the matching side of the square by having it face upwards. Miss even once, which gets a lot harder in a hurry since things start to speed up, and it's game over, but you can create "clans" to compete for top rankings in scores once you've logged in with Facebook, or join our clan under jayisgames. Don't want to compete online? You don't need to! Games like Flappy Bird, Atomas, Crossy Road and more have proven that many players love using their phone to play the sort of challenging games that ruled the arcade decades ago (you whippersnappers), and Impossible Rush's simple yet frantic gameplay makes it fit right in. Though it could use a few extras, like perhaps a snappy MIDI soundtrack that slowly speeds up with the gameplay, or a one-time in-app purchase to disable the occasional ads, Impossible Rush is still a great addition to the library of fast, fun-yet-frustrating high score endless games smartphones seem to be a perfect fit for, and hopefully gets expanded even more in the future. Just... don't blame it when you end up spiking the phone off the sidewalk the next time you're one tap away from beating your best score when you fail.

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FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper

DoraThere have been a lot of free-to-play games put out for big franchises, and to be frank, most of them tend to be muddled messes of shallow gameplay, timers, and in-app purchases, so I was a little concerned and skeptical about FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper, free for iOS and Android by DENA Games and Square Enix. In it, you play a young scribe who learns all of the records of the great heroes from the iconic Final Fantasy series are vanishing, being devoured by a strange darkness, and you're tasked with restoring them by your Moogle professor... a task which naturally involves going inside paintings representing battles from all of the classic games and stories, and recruiting a roster of all the characters you know and love along the way. Make no mistake, FINAL FANTASY Record Keeper is solely a turn-based RPG focused entirely on combat and party management, and the inclusion of timers and randomized loot that makes crafting slow going may give you pause. Despite this, it's a surprisingly satisfying little game with tons of fan-service and sufficiently strategic combat that's worth checking out... perhaps doubly so if you're the sort of person for whom party micromanagement is a great time.


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PuppetShow: The Price of Immortality

Starchild It is generally agreed upon that puppets, much like clowns or doing your taxes, are creepy and scary no matter how many times you come across them. Luckily for ERS Game Studios, some of us hidden-object adventure lovers like to be spooked from time to time. This is why the PuppetShow series is so popular that it's celebrating its seventh birthday this year with a new installment, The Price of Immortality. You find yourself in the delightfully steampunky town of Immortale (the "e" is silent), looking for your friend, Enrique, who went there to investigate the disappearances of a number of journalists, all somehow connected to the Theater of Emotions. Now, the Theater of Emotions sounds like it puts on audience-participation productions where everyone ends up holding hands, weeping and going out for cupcakes afterwards. That alone would be a good reason to save Enrique, but the theater turns out to be a place where snoopy reporters come to die. Turns out the theater holds a sort of murder lottery, where townspeople lucky enough to have their number drawn get to throw knives at the unfortunate reporters. On top of that, Immortale used to be famous for its beautifully crafted puppets, but lately they have been as abused and tortured as the visiting reporters. Just what is going on in this twisted town?


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The Three Bamboo Princesses

If you've ever wondered where the three adorable cats who star in Choko-Chai's escape games come from, play the insanely cute The Three Bamboo Princesses and wonder no more, as it explains these beautiful kitty girls are in fact magical bamboo princesses, whose foster parents lock them up out of love to try to avoid losing their beloved cats. To help them escape, just click around to interact, keeping an eye out for certain twinkles and watching when your cursor changes if it passes over something you can click on. If you're really stuck, you might need to use one of the cats to help you... press the kitty icon in the lower-left corner while looking at what you're trying to interact with, and if she says "leave it to us", you can usually click a navigation arrow to back out of the current viewpoint to see the cats sitting in a row. Just click all three of them until you find the one who tells you she can help, then click on whatever you were trying to interact with before. It's a little clunky, to say the least, but it's also super cute, as we may have mentioned. The Three Bamboo Princesses may be a little rough around the edges, but Choko-Chai's puzzles and sweet stories are always a welcome delight, and there are a few clever conundrums to conquer here as well. With two endings to find, The Three Bamboo Princesses will cure what ails you, provided what ails you is a serious deficiency in royal fairytale cats solving puzzles through teamwork.

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Gatamari Escape 24

SonicLoverYou're a professional room escaper who just received a new challenge by mail. A helicopter air-lifts you to a remote island where the room is waiting, but getting in may prove to be as difficult as getting out! Such is the setup for Gatamari Escape 24 (by Gatamari, who else?). Navigate around the game world with the mouse, keep your brain in gear, and cross your fingers, because it's going to take luck and/or use of the game's save feature to get the best of the game's four endings.


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Hotline Miami 2

DoraPlease be aware that this game contains graphic, heavy violence, as well as sexual violence some players may find upsetting.

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number opens with a tutorial were you brutally slaughter everyone inside a house in the most graphic fashion possible and then assault a woman. If any part of that sentence made you wince, Devolver Digital and Dennation Games' follow-up to their 2012 ultra-violent, ultra-challenging indie action game probably isn't for you. That the whole scene turns out to be part of a movie's filming doesn't necessarily lessen the blow when the rest of the game is every bit as gut-wrenchingly gory, with all of it wrought by your own hands. In every level you're bashing, blasting, slicing, or otherwise decimating your way through places filled with people armed to the teeth, and even a single hit will take you down, forcing you to move fast and react faster. Kick the door down to knock the man behind it to the floor, grab his gun and blow away his partner and the reinforcements who come bursting in while dodging to the side to avoid the gunfire through the windows and then take out the first guy before he gets to his feet and comes after you. Fail, and you'll have to try, try again, and all of it happens in the space of a breath. It's fast, stressful, and, yes, incredibly, lavishly, unstoppably violent, but it's packaged around a challenging and rewarding combat system, and one of the trippiest stories, soundtracks, and visual styles you could ever encounter. Despite significantly increasing the premise and complexity of its story as you play multiple different characters over the course of the game, a significantly more structured approach to the way levels are designed removes enough of the need for quick-thinking versatility to make the game something more of an action-based puzzler... with levels of violence that might make Tarantino raise an eyebrow.


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Cities: Skylines

KimberlyIf you've ever wanted to be mayor, manager, and a master city planner of your very own town, you might want to give Cities: Skylines, a simulation game for your desktop by Colossal Order a look. When a map is chosen, you're presented with a blank slate, and it's up to you to connect yourself to the outside world and develop the city of your dreams. Most of the initial play is building a basic structure for your town by building roads and zoning them according to need for residential, industry, or business. Once zoned, buildings pop up on their own and citizens begin to move in. You also need to generate electricity and make sure your residents have clean water. Your choices start out limited, but grow as your town grows. If you want to pause while you build, hit the [spacebar]. Don't like what you built? Use the bulldozer tool. Eventually you will generate enough taxes to get in the green (or decide to take out a loan) so you can start expanding and adding other services such as health and death care, police protection, and garbage pick up, among other things. You've also got to be aware of pollution (both environmental and sound), traffic flow, and the happiness of your residents, all of which (and more) can be managed by using the pop-up menu that opens on the top left of the screen.


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Lakeview Cabin Collection

DoraPlease note that Lakeview Cabin Collection is an episodic game. As of this writing, only the first installment has been released. Purchasing the game gains you automatic access to all other episodes in the future.

Roope Tamminen's Lakeview Cabin was a surprise hit in 2013, a deceptive little browser game without dialogue or direction where you played a man at a peaceful lakeside cabin who discovers the place gets very different, and dangerous, when the sun goes down. Players adored not only the campy, old-school horror themes and styles, but the free-roaming gameplay... it was entirely up to you to figure out what to do, and there was a lot you could do just for the heck of it, like skinny-dipping. Now you can go back for more with Lakeview Cabin Collection, a paid indie download over at itch.io, which, as of this writing, contains the first of several planned "episodes". (You'll automatically gain access to the other three chapters when they release!) The premise is the same, though the set-up isn't, this time framed around a movie theater showing a variety of horror films you end up taking part in. Though you can explore the theater as different characters and find secrets there, the bulk of the game resides in the cinema showing Lakeview Cabin III, where you suddenly find yourself in control of a group of people partying it up lakeside at a sprawling campgrounds. They're actually the new counselors, ensuring everything is ready for guests, but there's just one small, murderous problem...


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Pocket Mine 2

SatoriHow low can you go? Roofdog Games' wildly successful action mining game is back and better than ever for iOS and Android! Tap to dig your way down as far as you can collecting increasingly-precious metal ores, gems and priceless artifacts, but don't let the game scroll you off the top of the screen! Redeem your loot for cash you can use to upgrade your pickaxe and get to the better goodies stashed further below, and complete your artifact collections for better upgrade cards. Pocket Mine 2 brings the frantic digging action with all the features of its predecessor -- bombs, exploding gas, crafting, and the crowd-pleasing Crate Radar -- along with new powerup crates like Chain Lightning, Explosive Drills, and Worm Crates. This time there are also new islands, each with their own artifacts, which you can unlock sequentially as you dig ever-deeper. But the biggest innovation in this double-your-fun installment has got to be the clothing and accessorizing feature! Y'see it's not just about looking your best while swinging your pickaxe around in tunnels a hundred meters below the earth's surface, although there is that. Whether it's Diamond Boots (chic and comfy!), Trainer Gloves, or a Brain Parasite hat many of these items grant you special mining abilities when you don them. You can mix and match, and even designate customized sets. It's time to play Princess Dress-Me-Up and get on down to the mines in your 16th-century powdered wig, boxing gloves and bunny slippers!


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Lori.hYou Have 8 Bricks. That's it. That's all. Just eight. And with these eight bricks, at least one must make the daring climb up and out to the surface and to the world that awaits you there. Rarykos's avoidance platform game is a short, high difficulty, tower climber controlled by either the [arrow] keys or [WASD]. In the beginning, you must mash any key to break lose and start your climb by jumping up. Pressing the up [arrow] or [W] in the air lets you perform a double jump which helps as you climb the floating platforms. There are three ways for you to die, with blue lasers that shoot up from the bottom (they don't hurt until fully charged), and white squares shot straight up (a pink glow will show you where they are coming from), and of course rising lava wanting to claim all four of your corners. It doesn't seem too hard and the climb is short, but the path is narrow. It's easy to get knocked back to your doom. One hit kills and you'll soon find eight lives may not be enough.


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Greenie 2

Johnny123 Greenie 2 is a big fat liar. It claims to be "a sequel to a mediocre game, but with more levels..." which is a dirty lie. Greenie 2 shouldn't be anywhere near the word "mediocre", and Letmethink should be ashamed for making a platform game with such false conceptions of modesty. Much like its titular hero, Greenie 2 is a tight little bundle of fun and efficiency, a no-frills jumping game with a little puzzle sprinkled on top. Move with the [arrows] or [WASD] keys and press the [spacebar] or [Z] to shift those translucent blue blocks from solid to non-solid and back again. There's the odd spike patch, or button pushing puzzle, and occasionally there are short little color-coded enemies that can be manipulated into pushing switches for you. Call it spare, call it retro, call it more fun than a basket of kittens, but "mediocre" is one thing this series is not.


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Mr Jump

DoraMr Jump by 1Button SARL is the latest in a long line of those free brutal platformers iOS players apparently can't get enough of. In it, your goal is to navigate the titular character through levels were a single mistimed jump will force you to start again, since touching spikes, falling into water, hitting walls, or any other obstacle is considered a one-hit KO. Mr Jump runs forward automatically, and all you have to do is tap to jump... quick taps for light hops, and extended presses for bigger leaps. Unlike other games in this category, Mr Jump isn't randomly generated... all of the levels are predesigned, and they're finite as well, so finishing one unlocks another. Different levels even have other tricks in addition to a (mercifully) different soundtrack and style, such as tokens you need to nab in mid-air to perform an extra jump.


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Frozen Islands

Things aren't going so well for the locals when a bunch of frost giants show up and take over, freezing everyone solid. Luckily, a group of vikings has returned home just in time, and with your help, you'll be able to free them all in Deqaf Studios' Frozen Islands, which combines action with light strategy and defense elements. You'll form your viking army out of the units you have available and then sally forth against an island under frost giant control. Your troops will fight automatically as they go, but you can help them out by triggering their special attacks and launching support from the ship when your timers are full. If they succeed, the island will come under your control, allowing you to tax its inhabitants (not too much or they'll riot!), as well as earn glory and cash to upgrade your army and its capabilities. Some islands are even holding your companions hostage, and by freeing them, you'll be able to add them (and thus their unit type) to your army. Though its mechanics are simple, knowing how to configure your army and when to activate their abilities are the difference between great victory and crushing loss... though even if you do lose, just try again, especially since you keep any gold you earned before you were killed. It's a fairly simple concept, though the different unit types and their abilities make it more than just a game of numbers, though it still might not have enough depth if you're looking for a really meaty strategy game to massage your brain. If you want something more casual, however, Frozen Islands might just be your cup of tea. ... do vikings drink tea? Mead?... eh, just drink it out of the skull of an enemy and you'll be fine.

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Monkey GO Happy Ninjas

Have you ever been so unhappy that only solving a bunch of point-and-click puzzles and finding 70 tiny monkeys dressed as ninjas would cheer you up? That's the problem in Pencilkids' Monkey GO Happy game, Monkey GO Happy Ninjas, so it's clear you have your work cut out for you if you want to turn this simpering simian's frown upside-down. The cursor will change when it passes over something you can interact with, so just click to move around, pick up items, and (literally) leave no stone unturned, because as is the norm for a Monkey GO Happy game that involves tracking down large numbers of something, those itty-bitty monkeys are everywhere. In addition to finding the little ninjas, most of the people in the area need help of some sort, and there are coded locks to crack. Finding seventy tiny monkeys sounds like an impossible task, but Monkey GO Happy Ninjas likely won't take you very long at all, and it's a lovely game with a ton of areas despite an apparently random mishmash of scenery and imagery, making for a light snack to start your day off right... everyone knows you need the proper amount of monkeys in your entertainment diet, after all!

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Catastrophe Escape

There's a tornado heading your way in Pine Studios' Catastrophe Escape, but your car has broken down in the middle of nowhere next to a deserted gas station, and if you want to escape the incoming storm, you'll need to scavenge for repair supplies and everything you need for the road. To play, just click to interact... the cursor will change when you mouse over something interactive, and display the name of whatever you're touching at the top of the screen. Items in your inventory can also be combined by clicking on first one object, and then the other. Most of the puzzles you'll encounter revolve around simply figuring out which item to use where, which does take a little creative thinking, and at least one of the item uses could stand a little subtle prompting to clue you in to what the game wants you to do, as opposed to what you might, y'know, rationally do. The ending is a little anticlimactic, and once you figure out what the game wants you to do the whole thing won't take longer than a few minutes, but a great sense of style and atmosphere make this a bite-sized escape worth checking out... though you might want to deal with any oncoming tornadoes first.

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Clash of Clans tips

Clash of Clans has been played by more than 100 million people for iOS and Android! Check out our best tips in our top ten "Must Know" for advice on how to keep your resources safe from other players, how to make the most out of an army (for the least cost to you!), the advantages of joining a Clan, and much more! Have a tip YOU think is a "Must-Know"? Share it in the comments below!


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Lethal RPG: War Begins

AllyIt's good to appreciate the little things in life. Like dandelions, or the sound of rain, or the age-old story of spiky-haired young men with swords the size of their own bodies fighting to keep the world free of evil. Lethal RPG: War Begins is a bite-sized bubble of browser-based RPG goodness from EyeSpyda Games, full of all the classic RPG standbys: impossible hairdoes, impossibler weapons, giant rats, evil mushrooms, item crafting, and sidequests, sidequests, sidequests! War Begins is actually just a small snippet... a teaser, if you will... of the full Lethal RPG: War, which is available for Android devices via Google Play, iOS on the App Store, and PC via Desura. But War Begins is more than just a glorified demo. It's a meaty and deep browser RPG in its own right, with plenty of challenge, strategy, and sidequests for your monster-battling pleasure. Did we mention sidequests? Because there's loads of those. Lethal RPG: War Begins thrusts you directly into its world with only a modicum of introduction, which is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because it's refreshing to see a fairly deep and complex browser-based game that doesn't insist on railroading you through its first fifteen minutes, but on the other hand...

Weekday Escape

elleHere we are again: Gathered together by this intangible connection through the interwebs and, although not something we can put a finger on, it's no less real nor is it insubstantial. I think (and forgive me if I'm being too forward but) we have something special between us—you, me, everyone. It's not just like. We don't simply like these escape games. This is a considerably more poetic, personally resonating and meaningful thing. We're not on the fringe of society, either. Escape games got the Hollywood spotlight, albeit with a bit of parody, in a recent episode of The Big Bang Theory. But to explain too much explains away part of the coolness of it, eh? Still, I don't want to march in here without preamble and just toss out a few games and say: "Uh, here. Give them a try." That'd be far too...what. Dismissive. Abrupt. Unappreciative of our unique bond. Right? Right. So, now we're all in symbiotic accord on the matter, let's skip formalities and get on to it: Everybody, here is this week's Weekday Escape...


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Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas

DoraWe've briefly discussed Cornfox & Bros' lovely iOS action adventure Zelda-alike Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas before, but now that it's finally made the leap to PC on Steam, I thought it was time to take a little more in-depth look at it. The game follows you, a young lad in a world taken over by a vast sea, when your father goes missing while hunting the titular legendary monster. You quickly discover, through the influence of a magical pendant (as you do), that only you can stop the evil beast, but to do so you'll need to sail the ocean far and wide, finding magical crests, heart pieces, and more while solving puzzles with bombs and arrows... and pots. Stop me if any of that sounds familiar. But while Oceanhorn undoubtedly borrows very heavily from a lot of classic Zelda mechanics and themes, its beautiful style and breezy casual gameplay makes it a rock-solid addition to any action-adventure fan's library.


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To Be or Not To Be

DoraRyan North and Tin Man Games' To Be or Not To Be, also available for iOS and Android, is Shakespeare's iconic "Hamlet" taken to glorious, chaotic extremes. Presented in the form of a Choose Your Own Adventure book, you're given the chance to not only play as someone other than Hamlet (why shouldn't Ophelia and Hamlet's dad get in on the action?), but also to take the story in directions the legendary playwright likely never even conceived. To play, all you need to do, once you've chosen who you want to play as, is just click to advance text and make choices whenever they become available to you, with the choices that follow the original tale marked with a very well known skull. Combining the talents of everyone from Kate Beaton and Anthony Clark and more, including an optional narration from Ryan North himself, To Be or Not To Be has piles of different endings, each stranger than the last, and a fantastic sense of humour and style, though some clunky mechanics mean the road isn't entirely a smooth one.


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Clash of Clans How to begin


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Cafe Rogue

DoraThere's just something about a TomaTea escape game that calls to mind lazing around and being perfectly content with everything around you, and Spring Hotel is no different with its warm colour palette and mellow guitar soundtrack. The hotel room you find yourself trapped in is small but in a comfortably cozy way, albeit with puzzles and coded locks on every conceivable surface, which I hope was disclosed in the amenities list. The tip of your cursor will glow when it passes over something you can interact with, and as usual for TomaTea, if you're faced with a puzzle that has a clue to its solution you haven't seen, you'll be informed that you have no idea how to solve it. Don't forget to examine your items by clicking the tiny "i" icon that appears when you mouse over them! Doing so may let you manipulate them in a way that reveals more secrets.


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Lori.hYikes! Goblins are amassing an army and attacking Asgard! The war has begun, but we have teleporters that can zap our troops right to the front lines for just a smattering of gold. Too bad the enemies have the Yetis on their side, and every other evil creature under the sun. But with plenty of upgrades and the strongest of gods on our side, surely the kingdom is in good hands. Asgard Attack, by AnnieandMark, is an action defense game where you need to deploy units to save the day. You can choose to summon in warriors, archers, mages, and healers, and direct them where to go with a simple click of a button to stop the fiends from following the path to your kingdom, marked by blue flags. You can select individual units or click and drag a box to gather them all up and send them all over the map. Each unit is upgraded individually, as is their armor, weapons, and special abilities. When all three are maxed out after four upgrades apiece, you can then choose what powerful god to change them into, unlocking more spells and powerups. Create buildings in town to get even more upgrades using stars earned by finishing levels in different modes.


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Sword & Spoon

Johnny123 Combat is hungry work. A full day of orc-slaughter can really bring on an appetite, you know? Well, Goody Gameworks' newest title, Sword & Spoon, gives some much needed respect to those unsung heroes of warfare: the cooks. This strategy game has you defending your castle from an encroaching horde of nasties, with able-bodied (and empty-bellied) men at your disposal. In addition to constructing ranged and melee units, you also need to build potato farms and create servants who deliver the delicious tubers to your men when they run out of health and come jogging back into the castle. You can control where your units stand on the battlefield, as well as deploy some cooldown-inducing powers like summoning spearmen or burying the enemy under potatoes (seriously, is there anything potatoes can't do?), but much of the game is spent managing your food production behind the scenes, giving everything a time management feel. Seriously, you can run a war, and you can run a kitchen, but can you do BOTH at the same time?!


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Town of Salem

Johnny123 There's been a murder! Yes, one of your simple, salt-of-the-earth kinfolk bit the big one last night and it's up to you all to find out who's responsible and bring him to justice. The problem? It could be your friend, or your neighbor, or the milkman, or the local drunk. This is how BlankMediaGames' new indie multiplayer strategy/puzzle title keeps the suspense ramping up. Town of Salem, free in your browser or as a paid indie download via Steam, is an electronic update of the popular "Werewolf/Mafia" party game, featuring cute little pilgrims trying to out-witchhunt each other while keeping their own sorry hides above suspicion. By day you bicker and argue with each other, hurling accusations in the chat box, trying to determine who's been doing the killings and put them on the gallows to stand trial by their peers. By night, you huddle in fear, waiting to see if you're on someone's hit list. Or maybe YOU are the one who's on the prowl, and you need to do some killing of your own. Things are about to get messy in Salem, that's for sure.


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Hana's Room 1
If you like your escape games short and sweet, Vitamin Hana's Hana's Room 1 definitely fits the bill, but while it doesn't present a head scratcher, it does present smart, intuitive puzzles wrapped up in a cute and cheery style. The cursor won't change when you pass over something you can interact with, but largely there's no pixel hunting to be had. To examine an item up close, first click it in your inventory to pick it up, then click the "About Item" button while holding it. For the most part, Hana's Room 1 is all about locks and codes, and all of it is logical, if not particularly difficult. Though it's very much a ten minute escape at most, it's an excellent warm-up for any fan, and its colourful style makes it something we hope is just the tip of the iceberg from its creator in the future.
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Transmorpher 3

Johnny123 So you're an alien. Well, not just one alien. You're three aliens. In a temple. Filled with robots. Let's start over. Flashrush Games' latest title, Transmorpher 3, is an action platform game with just a bit of puzzle smattered on top. You're a green cycloptic blob of adorably moldable alien with a penchant for absorbing the locals and transforming (sorry, transMORPHING) into them at will. Move with the [arrow] or [WASD] keys and press the ]1], [2], or [3] keys to turn into two other shapes: that of a round blue orb that can roll and stick to walls, and a big orange bruiser-type who can't jump but can break through barriers and push blocks. Together the three of you (er, one of you?) must travel into the depths of this inexplicably tech-savvy ancient temple, dodging lasers and robot guards and solving door puzzles along the way. It makes sense when you're doing it. Trust us.


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DoraThere probably aren't a lot of video game characters who deserve a vacation more than Emily, the non-stop restaurant managing dynamo of Gamehouse's beloved Delicious series of time management games. She and her new husband were expecting a low key honeymoon before her brother-in-law turned up with his newly acquired cruise ship and offered them the trip of a lifetime. But with Emily's entire family and circle of friends on board and her best friend forever Francois in charge of serving the ship's customers, will Emily really get a chance to relax? Delicious: Emily's Honeymoon Cruise is yet another gorgeous, funny, smart and lovingly polished gem that will delight fans and woo newcomers.


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Alpha Omega

DoraIf you enjoy word puzzles and appreciate a good, clean design, then BorderLeap's Alpha Omega for iOS is coquettishly fluttering its eyelashes in your direction. It's a simple but oh so stylish spin on a crossword puzzle, where the goal is to swap tiles horizontally and vertically to unscramble the words in each level. Often the first and last letters of each word are already locked in place, but you'll need to suss out where the rest of them go, and remember that letters at crosspoints can be swapped horizontally or vertically. Rather than having clues for individual words, all of them are themed around a certain concept, like "the farm" or "cooking", with a few gameplay twists tossed in to spice things up. The first is that each letter can only be swapped once per level, and the second is that eventually even the level's theme will be obscured, filling in while you play, while later the game will even begin introducing spaces within certain words. If you're stuck, the game comes with a few hints, which will randomly swap two letters to their correct position, but unfortunately after you've spent the ones you're given, the only way to get more are through optional in-app purchases.


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Find the Escape-Men Part 143: First Pitch

no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 143: First Pitch is arguably more of a straight-up point-and-click puzzle game than it is an escape game, taking place at a ball game where the pitcher, one of the series' iconic Escape-Men, disappears, prompting you to go look for him. As usual, you'll also need to find ten of the little green men, too! Click everything and everywhere to explore and hunt for items... some objects may be hidden in places that don't give any indication you should click on them. Also remember that you can combine items (or use one on another) by examining the first one with the question mark below its icon, then clicking the item you want to use once to highlight it, and then again on the object you're checking out up close. Most of the puzzles here are fairly logical, with the biggest difficulty being finding all those unindicated interactive zones or area transitions no1game seems so fond of. Still, there are a few genuinely sneaky and clever ways of implementing codes, and the game's sense of humour makes Find the Escape-Men Part 143: First Pitch a welcome little diversion no matter what your favourite sport it.

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Juxtapose

DoraIf you know zillix's games at all, then the surreality of odd little puzzle game juxtapose isn't going to come as much of a surprise. In it, you control travelers stuck on opposite sides of a mirror world with only a few strange devices to interact with. The [arrow] keys moves you around the small area, while the [spacebar] interacts with things, and holding the down [arrow] will cause whatever character you're controlling to rest and the world to rotate back to the other. Doing so causes the world to change subtly depending on the things you have or haven't done, and to uncover all of the game's thirteen endings you'll need to do some serious creative thinking, especially since the game's narrative and setting are more than a little disorienting. What if I... what if I put this thing... on that thing? And then do the thing to the... hmmmmm.


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tormentum

Lori.h OhNoo Studio's new indie point-and-click adventure game brings us a look into a dark unsettling world. With the art inspired by H.R. Giger and Zdzisław Beksiński, you know you're in for an unsettling ride. Tormentum: Dark Sorrow is a tale of a nameless hero trying to find redemption for a past he cannot remember. All he knows is the cage that is transporting him to the halls of torture and a faint dream of a female statue in between hands reaching towards the sky. Our hero must escape his prison and find this statue that haunts him so. Along the way there are puzzles to be solved, items to be gathered, and major moral decisions to make. Plus plenty of creepy people desiring you to solve their problems. He was told that his soul was filled with evil, will he clear his conscious or prove them right?


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Dig a Way

KimberlyAt first glance Dig a Way, a frantic puzzle game by Digi Ten for your iOS device, looks like it stepped out of an old Saturday morning cartoon, with it's cute mustachioed man with his helpful and loyal mustachioed dog. But things get real when you realized those adorable fluffy pink bunnies are actually foaming at the mouth and will pounce on you without hesitation. But treasure awaits, and with it, danger. Your goal is to collect gold and treasure chests from the caves. Once you choose your level, three arrows will appear near the bottom of the screen. Tap once on an arrow to move or dig in the direction you desire. Press and hold an arrow to continuously move in that direction, and double tap the left or right arrow to dash, which allows you to hop over a single tile sized hole. Tap, hold, then drag to scroll up ordown so you can plan your next move. You can dig any brown dirt tile, and keep in mind you can always go down, but there's no way back up. There are four maps, the first of which is free, with the option to purchase the rest for a very reasonable price.


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In Rotten Mage's arcade tower-defense-bolstered shooter Spacejacked: Endless Mode, it's just you, your weapon, and whatever turrets you can build against the enemy aliens swarming your ship. You'll need to teleport from one area of the ship to another, making sure the defenses you craft from metal resources are holding off the aliens after vulnerable cores, and getting your hands dirty with your own weapon if need be. Use [WASD] (or one of the other control schemes) to move and invert gravity in lieu of jumping, while [K] interacts with things and [J] fires in the direction you're facing. You can only fire so much before your weapon needs to recharge, so blast in short bursts to make sure you're not caught without ammunition. Turrets automatically attack anything within range, and different turrets have different strengths and abilities, so keep that in mind when you're building or upgrading them. If any of the rooms has their core destroyed, it's game over, so it's up to you to last as long as you can! Spacejacked: Endless Mode is a sort of demo/prototype for a planned larger project, and what's there is pretty intriguing, blending tower-defense elements with the chaos of an arena shooter and gravity-swapping to boot. The controls might take a bit of getting used to until your muscle memory kicks in, and the gradual ramping up of difficulty will keep you on your toes. With its appealing retro style and fast-paced gameplay, Spacejacked has a lot of promise and potential, so make sure you check out its development blog and vote for it on Steam Greenlight if you want to see more!

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Magical Makeover

S. Woodson's Magical Makeover is a short Twine text adventure about getting ready for a very fancy ball, where only the beautiful may attend... which is a bit of a problem for you, at least so you believe. With the help of a condescending magical mirror, you'll need to use the oddball assortment of cosmetics you have on hand to address each of your "problems" as the mirror points them out. Just click the dark bolded pink text to choose whichever you'd like, but beware... different combinations of items net vastly different results, and set you on unique paths once you leave home. Largely, all of the interaction in Magical Makeover takes place at the beginning, with the rest of the game unfolding as a story that follows whatever paths you triggered during your bathroom rituals. It was made as a sort of response to the "Girl Games" eating up so many portals these days... you know the ones, where you have to "fix" the ugly, dirty characters by cleaning them up for dates, school, and so forth, but here takes the basic concept and spins it into adventure. Very well written adventure at that, with wonderful bits of humour, strange creatures, and magic and even just the right amount of introspection to make for cozy reading. With seven very unique routes/endings to uncover, your night at the ball is likely to turn out far stranger than you could ever have imagined.

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The Misadventures of Detective Butler

TrickyLet's face it: we just don't know why groups of archetypal anime-style characters keep deciding to get together for vacations at locations cut-off from the surrounding world, or, at least, why they always seem so friggin' shocked when someone ends up dead. If you ever show up at like, a secluded mountain cabin, and the first people you meet are a clumsy maid and the gregarious dad of a disaffected slacker, I would probably just hop back on your Ski-Doo. That having been said, even if The Misadventures of Detective Butler, a free indie mystery visual novel by Goldbar Games, sticks pretty close to the model perfected by Ryukishi07, it's still quite entertaining. In 1962, a popular cruise ship shuts down after the accidental deaths of two of its passengers. Now, a half-century later, the CEO of a wealthy company has purchased tickets for his closest employees and son Gilligan to sail on the first cruise of the relaunched and remodeled relaunched ship.. On board, Gilligan happens to meet the mysterious Detective Butler and, when the two of them delve deeper into the ship's history, another incident occurs. Will our sleuths crack the case of the Maiden Voyage Murder? And more importantly can you crack it before they do?

Weekday Escape

DoraWhat ho, noble readers, it's time for another installment of your favourite grab-bag of random escape games and mine, Weekday Escape! I was, uh. Kind of tapped to write this thing at the last moment, so I'm not really sure what to say. Getting my head in a proper "escape game" mindset takes work, you know? But it's cool. I've got on my Scorpius shirt and leopard print workout pants, and I've shut and locked all the doors to my office and replaced all the obvious things I'd use to get out with a bunch of torn-up notes, cheerful coins and be-hatted birdies, and a random assortment of items I could theoretically use as tools. Ready? Let's do this.


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Tales from the Borderlands: Episode One

Dora[Please note that Tales from the Borderlands is an episodic series. Purchasing the game grants you access to all episodes as they become available. Currently only the first and second episodes have been released.]

While I play and love a lot of video games, it's rare that I replay one, let alone several times in a five month period, so let that show you how much I loved TellTale Games' first installment of Tales from the Borderlands, which I played twice by myself and then again, forcing my husband to watch, so I would, theoretically, stop quoting it at him. (Without context, anyway.) Based on the wildly popular ultra-violent and ultra-hilarious shooter from Gearbox Software, the series follows Rhys, an employee for the villainous company Hyperion who gets tired of being jerked around but bites off more than he can chew when he tries to pull a fast one, and Fiona, a conwoman who's just trying to get by on the planet Hyperion has been ruining by taking care of her family the only way she knows how. As the series opens, we found Rhys and Fiona prisoners, each blaming the other, and we've since been treated to some very conflicting stories of who-ruined-everything-for-who as they recount the events leading them to now. At the start of the first episode, Rhys finds himself saddled with an apparently permanent new friend who has his own plans, while Fiona, after performing some experimental surgery, discovers something called the Gortys Project could mean big things for everyone... too bad she doesn't know what it is. With some of the funniest pitch-black humour around and exciting action sequences, Episode Two: Atlas Mugged breathes new life and depth into old characters and places, and delivers one of the best adventures around.


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Lori.h Fifty years ago a new order was established in a land of chaos. The Blood Brothers, once nothing more than a band of mercenaries, now watch over the land and guard the rulers of the Citadel. Through them peace was kept, until a new foe appeared. Things were in disarray once again. Former allies turned traitorous, new foes rising out of long forgotten pasts, but new friends are ready to help bring order back to the land of Arnashia. Blood Brothers 2, by DeNA, is a new free-to-play strategy roleplaying game for iOS and Android devices where you are a commander in the Blood Brother army. Organize your troops (you can have three squads with five troops each) and lead them to victory on the battle field in this harrowing tale of betrayal arising from an new evil. Winning over more heroes to gain them all, unlocking souls to use as power-ups, and fighting in the arena against other players, is just the start of all this game has to offer.


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Blockwick 2

KimberlyYou know what your life has been missing lately? A good sliding block puzzle game, that's what. The Kieffer Bros. bring us a gorgeous one for Android and iOS called Blockwick 2. The goal is to manipulate the blocks until all like colors (aside from white, which isn't really technically a color anyway) are touching. The controls are very responsive--just slide the blocks around with your finger. You will also notice runes on the playing field. If you can solve the puzzle while also covering all the runes with a colored block, you achieve illumination. While this is not needed to continue, it does make you feel pretty smart and adds an extra challenge to an already challenging game.


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Love Burger

Love Burger by Carmel Games is a short point-and-click puzzle game that will ring true for anyone who's ever had to work customer service. When a demanding customer comes into a fast food joint and won't take no for an answer, even when they're clearly wrong, one employee has to come up with a way to serve them... a bit of revenge, that is. Just click around to interact, and remember you can try to combine items in your inventory if necessary. Even for a Carmel Games title, which are usually pleasantly break-sized, Love Burger is short and can literally be solved in less than five minutes, but while we're certainly not advocating any creative comeuppance the next time you're faced with a fire-breathing customer who can't admit they're wrong, it's still nice to see one get their just desserts in this quirky and very silly little game.

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Lori.h In one night, Jacqueline Brown's life was flipped upside down, someone tried to kill her, and a close friend was killed. Things would be much smoother for her in this visual novel if it wasn't for the fact that as a result of a car accident she is left blind, mute, and paralyzed. All her friends and family members think she is in a coma, but she can still see light and hear every guilty word her visitors say. Locked In, by Lucky Special Games, is a free indie "whodunnit" mystery where we see, hear, and remember everything Jacqueline does. While most of this game is reading, in the end you are given the choice of who you should show you're still listening to... by wiggling a single finger. The entire game is played with the mouse, clicking to get through dialog faster and selecting what choice you make in the end. With eight different endings can you make sure justice is served or be forever trapped in a prison of yourself?


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Find 10 Cookies

MayMay is back with another tasty escape game in Find 10 Cookies, where you have to do exactly what the title says if you ever want to get out. The cookies are everywhere, some sitting out in plain sight while others will require you to crack some pretty clever codes. Hey, cookies are serious business! There's no changing cursor, but most of what you can interact with is obvious, apart from one or two things that have more than one "hot spot" that makes them behave in different ways, or inventory items that need to be placed on juuuuuust the right portion of the screen to work. Despite this, Find 10 Cookies is still far more sweet than sour, and MayMay's ability to cook up smart, satisfying little escapes makes them one developer whose rapidly turning into a favourite treat.

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10 Second War

Johnny123 Despite what they say, in short bursts war can be exceptionally fun. For proof, check out Matthew Hydman's 10 Second War, a unique little topdown puzzle shooter game with a time-bending main mechanic. You play as a little squad of soldiers tasked with eliminating the opposing turrets and bots, but you only have ten seconds to get the job done. Fortunately, you get to select each unit individually and control them with the [WASD] keys and your mouse through the ten second span, and then hit [F] to "finish" the unit. Then you can do it all again with the next guy, creating a tiny little ballet of violence as your previous soldiers go about their choreography. A robust level editor gives the game some great replayability but be warned: you might find yourself playing each level ten or tweny times trying to perfect each shot and dodge for maximum efficiency.


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Runefall

DoraThe meddling, passive-aggressive mother-in-law who constantly finds fault with the bride is such a ubiquitous trope in pop culture that I thank Celestia for my own sweet, not-as-crazy-as-I-am mother-in-law. In Delicious: Emily's Wonder Wedding, part of the beloved Delicious series of time management games from GameHouse, cafe owner Emily is finally about to tie the knot with boyfriend Patrick, but the road to wedded bliss isn't a smooth one. Not only does Emily have to contend with dress problems, mailing invitations, and, of course, managing her popular eatery, she's also got to win over Patrick's mother who's just flown in from Ireland and seems to pick on everything Emily does and says. With a run of bad luck a mile wide, Emily begins to convince herself that maybe Patrick's mother is right and the wedding is cursed, but that's nonsense... right? GameHouse proves once again they know the time-management trade almost better than anything else, and delivers a fun, funny, and gorgeously polished game that stands head and shoulders above the rest.


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Monkey GO Happy Leprechauns

I admit, I'm a little wierded out by the endless procession of random things Pencil Kids' Monkey Go Happy simians need to perk up... in point-and-click puzzle game Monkey GO Happy Leprechauns they want a whopping 20 leprechauns (... for... what?... ), and you'll have to explore to find them all. Click around to pick things up and interact, and use the big yellow arrows to move to different locations. Monkey GO Happy Leprechauns follows the usual formula of finding keys and X number of random item Y in addition to the usual puzzles solved by bringing people whatever they ask for, though it's more a matter of simply opening one lock after another this time around while the music feels like it's gearing up for an Enya song that never quuuuuuite happens. Cute, short, and just puzzle-y enough to make it worth your while, Monkey GO Happy Leprechauns is another great addition to the series.

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Find the Escape-Men Part 142: A Typical Bathroom

I've never gotten trapped in a bathroom before, but I guess that's because the ones I frequent are apparently low on the "complicated puzzle locks and little green men tucked into every nook and cranny front", unlike the commode in no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 142: A Typical Bathroom. You're locked in, as you'd expect, and to get out you will, as usual, need to find the ten green Escape-Men hidden around the room. Also as usual, there is no changing cursor, so you'll need to really be diligent about searching everywhere (sometimes even after you've changed the environment) in order to succeed. This isn't as complex or lengthy as some of the entries in no1game's long and popular series have been, but it's just clever and tricky enough to make for the perfect break-sized game.

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Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic
KimberlyBrave adventurers, are you ready for a challenge? A mysterious cult has begun infiltrating the land, and it's up to you to get to the bottom of it in Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic, a rogue-like RPG for iOS or your desktop from The Bitfather. Start by choosing three heroes from those milling about at the inn. Tap on them to see their stats, special abilities, and hilariously random back story. Once you've done that, hit the "go" button near the bottom right to set off into town. Talk to the colorful cast of characters, check the shops, arrange your hero order and equipment to your satisfaction, and accept a quest. Though danger is lurking everywhere, you might agree to fetch someone's favorite comb, or a crucial missing piece of a super suit. Once you leave town there's no going back until you conquer the dungeon or die, so make sure you're ready to go. Empty your bag as much as possible as it's a bit small to fit all the loot you're likely to find. As you walk to your designated dungeon, you'll engage in several randomly generated encounters along the way, which can lead to treasure, fights, or nothing. The turn based battles start in earnest when you reach the dungeon.


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Atomas

DoraArnold Rauer's strategic card game Card Crawl for iOS is Solitaire for those of us with dice in our bones and Bags of Holding in our hearts, albeit on a much, much more simplified scale. The object is to clear the deck of cards the big monster dealer Hoerni lays out for you... your character has 13 hitpoints, two equipment slots, and a backpack to store an item. There are potions that heal you, coins that add to your total wealth, weapons and shields, special abilities, and, of course, monsters. Each round Hoerni deals four random cards from his deck, and you need to remove at least three of them before he deals more. So, even if all the cards available are beneficial, you'll still need to get rid of three of them to proceed... do you discard a spell? Waste a potion? Sell equipment to the shop to earn its value in coin? If you drag a monster directly on top of your hero, she'll slay it, but her hitpoints will decrease by the monster's total remaining life. Dragging an equipped weapon on a monster card damages it by the weapon's point value, while dragging the monster itself onto an equipped shield will subtract the shield's point value from the damage the monster does. There is always a fixed amount of cards and their types in each deck, you just don't know when they'll be dealt, so surviving 'til Hoerni's hand is clear takes planning, thought, and a bit of luck. Win, and you can keep your gold to be spent on unlocking more cards at the shop. Celebrate by attacking the darkness and cracking open a Mountain Dew.


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The Comet's Calling

Definitely simple but undeniably adorable and cheery, Nerd Herd Production's action arcade game The Comet's Calling is about a trio of "monsters" living in a junkyard who need to amass all the food and supplies they can before the place is shut down in one month's time. Each day you're given a different list of items to collect, and as the monsters race in their shopping cart and toss junk in the air, it's up to you to catch items by clicking to open your mouth, and avoid the things that you don't want by releasing the mouse to shut your trap, as it were. If you accidentally swallow something not marked with a star from your list, click rapidly to spit it out. The Comet's Calling isn't particularly hard and it definitely isn't that complex, being repetitive in a way that may put some players off, but where it shines is its sunny sense of humour and sweet cast of characters throughout the game's many story cutscenes. While a little more variety would have helped flesh out the gameplay significantly, the endearing story and style infuses The Comet's Calling with charm and personality to spare.

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Myosotis Chapter 5

Mike Morin's point-and-click puzzle Myosotis games get even stranger with Myosotis Chapter 5, which you shouldn't even bother trying to play unless you've played the others since you'll have no idea what's going on in the story of PI Rick and the mysterious letter that lead him to an even more mysterious box. Now you're dealing with a variety of puzzles, from anagrams to spot-the-difference, and once you've figured out what the object to each level is, just click around to create the solution. Though its as gorgeous and atmospheric as its predecessors, Myosotis Chapter 5's random mish-mash of puzzles don't really feel like they fit the theme or overall plot particularly well, and the ending to the series feels abrupt in an unsatisfying way. Still, the neon-soaked visuals and moody soundtrack makes Myosotis Chapter 5 a treat for the eyes and ears, and if you want a handful of stylish puzzles, it's worth firing up.

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Living Playground

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In Meaka's surreal free indie horror adventure Living Playground, Octavio, Tony, and Pablo are just your average kids who also happen to turn into playground equipment, out to hunt up the best snails they can find at an old factory. When a shadowy figure attacks, Tony finds herself trapped inside and separated from her brothers, and following pieces of a story that might be even stranger than a bunch of kids who can turn into playground equipment. To play, just use the [arrow] keys to move and the [spacebar] to interact. While all items are used automatically wherever they're needed and you can only save the game in certain places, opening the menu with [ESC] allows you to access the Skills submenu, which lets you transform Tony to and from her slide form, which can help in certain situations. While there are no battles, Tony and the others can still take damage from certain things, and they have limited hit-points, so be wary of danger. Living Playground's odd premise may raise an eyebrow, but expressive artwork, loveable characters, and a story that combines classic fairytales with a look at family and identity makes it an impressive, engrossing game adventure fans should definitely check out.


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Weekday Escape

elleI almost forgot it was Wednesday! I got a little too caught up in something new I've been trying: "being in the moment." Apparently, people who study these kinds of things have come up with the idea that all this modern lifestyle—internet, phones, social media, and the like—have abbreviated our attention spans and evolved our brains to constantly need new stimuli. That could be why stories like Cheryl Strayed's Wild are so compelling; staking out a "peace" of the wild, escaping the trappings of modern life, is not an uncommon dream although fewer do it than dream it. Still, who wouldn't feel a little anxious leaving home without a phone in hand? How comfortable would you be without internet for a month? Sure it's important to be aware of surroundings and appreciate a slower pace. Yet, as I'm always saying around here: Escape games? They're the good way. Folks who escape-the-room on a regular basis, you're used to looking closely at your surroundings, noticing small details and perhaps even a few clues. You already have immense appreciation for a more relaxed, touristy pace through life just as you usually prefer relaxing, mediative games. So it's okay to get lost in thought as you play these next three escapes from Tototo Room, FunkyLand and No1Game. There's no hurry, no time limits, and no finish line: Just an open door into the world...


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Our Personal Space

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Think Little House on the Prairie mingled with Star Trek and you've got an idea of the feel of Our Personal Space, a thoughtful sci-fi visual novel by Metasepia Games, free as a download or for your Android device. Would you be willing to give up your family and friends, basically your whole life to colonize a distant planet? What skills would you need to have? How much could other futuristic technology make up for the lack of indoor plumbing? Could you handle it? Could your relationships handle it? You get to step into the shoes of the protagonist and her new husband (you get to choose their names!) as they embark on a journey of a lifetime to the distant garden planet Talaam. As you progress in the story you'll get to choose your profession and your hobbies, all which open up different scenes and options as you go.


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Bevel's Painting

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In Bevel's Painting, a free indie horror adventure by Maninu and translated by vgperson, you play an artistic young girl who winds up inside one of her own paintings one day when she discovers the canvas aglow. You know. As you do. Inside, things look magical, with fairy servants and teddy bear chefs, but there's something strange going on. ... well, stranger than getting sucked into a painting where everyone speaks gibberish. There's danger hidden around every corner, and this world doesn't exactly seem to follow logic our heroine would understand, though making the wrong choice could have... unfortunate consequences. Use the [arrow] keys to move and the [spacebar] to interact, while [ESC] opens the menu. You can only save at the little paint boxes you find, and most items will need to be used manually, so open the main menu and select an object from your inventory when you want to try to use it. Additionally, as you explore you'll find paint colours that can be used to change the world around you, though using a brush makes it dirty, and you'll need to find clean water to wash it before you can use it again. There are nine different endings to find, and the way to unlock all of them isn't necessarily obvious. Save frequently, and in different slots. Though on the short side compared to some freeware horror adventures and possessed of some chase sequences that may annoy more than anything else, Bevel's Painting crafts an unsettling and intriguing atmosphere with a story more implied than implicitly told. Note that while most of the text is in "Bevelese", it can be translated manually once you've worked out the alphabet... there's a clue as to how to do so in one of the "worlds".


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My First Flower Viewing

Buh-hwaaaaaaaaaaa? Unlike no1game's other cute point-and-click puzzle games, My First Flower Viewing stars a little boy instead of a girl, what madness is this? He and his mother want to go see the cherry blossoms, but before they can go, you need to help him find all the items they need for a relaxing picnic. To play, click around to hunt for clues and interact, keeping an eye out for the rather baffling amount of code clues for the locks peppering this apartment. (Is Mom trying to raise the next Professor Layton?) My First Flower Viewing definitely falls into the short and sweet category, with a handful of puzzles that all make sense and most of the difficulty coming down to finding the occasional item or clue in an odd spot. no1game's "My First" titles always feel like they might be mostly aimed at children with their cheery premises and simpler puzzles, but they're fun and light enough to be enjoyed by just about anyone... apart from the odd disparity of how whiny the little boy makes his little girl counterpart seem. My First Flower Viewing will kick your brain awake just enough to make a nice break, and maybe the next time you go on a picnic, you'll have a few things to add to your list, too!

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Atomas

DoraMax Gittel's science-themed zen-like puzzle game Atomas, free for your iOS, is the sort of sneakily simple looking game that's a perfect fit for smartphones and tablets... something clean and elegant looking you can pull out and play for a few minutes, but clever and addictive enough that you'll probably catch yourself fiddling with it for a lot longer. The goal is to create the highest score possible by placing and combining elements around the edge of the circular playing field. Each element has a value, and if you place a Plus element between two identical ones, they'll combine to create a new, higher value element. If there are matching elements on either side of the pair you just combined, you'll start a chain reaction where they (and any other pairs bracketing the point of combination) are added in as well. Occasionally, you'll be granted a Minus element, which will let you remove any element on the board and place it elsewhere, or, if you prefer, convert it into a Plus. When the board is completely filled, the game is over, so trying to plan out how your elements are arranged as you place them is crucial to getting a high score! Lucky Charms are awarded as you progress, and when you equip one from the main menu, it'll grant you a passive bonus, like an increased chance of receiving Pluses or Minuses. If things are really desperate, you can use an Antimatter blast to partially clear the board, though as of this writing it appears the only way to gain those is to buy them through in-app purchases.


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Shape Shifter 2

One again, witches are causing a ruckus in puzzle platformer Shape Shifter 2 by FlashTeam... or, well, one specific witch anyway. As in the original Shape Shifter, a mouse, a rabbit, and an elephant have all been bewitched into sharing the same body, and you'll need to swap between all of them in order to use their special skills to get through levels. Use the [arrow] or [WASD] keys to move and jump, and the [1], [2], and [3] keys to swap between forms. Each critter has unique abilities to help them deal with obstacles, like the rabbit's extra-high jump and the elephant's... ability to wear mitts and handle hot objects, as elephants do. Shape Shifter 2 unfortunately shares the same floaty controls as the original game, making quick and precise platforming a pain, but the creativity of most of the levels and the charm in its character animations still makes Shape Shifter 2 a fun. endearing franchise we hope gets some polish in the future.

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Lastronaut

Lastronaut, free for iOS by Darrin Henein and Stephan Leroux, is the best sort of casual endless runner/arcade game... fast, chaotic, flashy, addictive, and, yes, completely free with no ads or in-app purchases whatsoever. The concept is simple... you're an astronaut racing down a road filled with all sorts of hazards and enemies, and you're given a random weapon. You run forward automatically, so tapping the left side of the screen makes you jump, while tapping the right side of the screen fires. It's up to you to last as long as possible to get the highest score you can... easier said than done since a single hit knocks you out in glorious slo-mo-o-vision, and then you have to start again. Different weapons descend in capsules with parachutes, and you'll face everything from evil robotic drones to a variety of other explosive dangers. Though it definitely gets repetitive, Lastronaut's fantastic style and aesthetic makes its simple, just-one-more-run gameplay a pleasure to play and behold, much like classic Canabalt. If you want something complex, this isn't it, but Lastronaut's twitchy, satisfyingly explosive gameplay is perfect for a few minutes of fast-paced, chaotic action whenever you need it.

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Cloudventure

In Apanda's surreal arcade game Cloudventure, little Cloudia has to pass one more test to become a weather mage, but when all you can do is make clouds, how are you suppose to survive a gauntlet of mines, lightning, and other tricky obstacles? To play, just click the screen. Cloudia is constantly moving forward, and each click makes a cloud that boosts her up, allowing you to "fly" up and down the screen. Collecting coins gives you cash to spend on upgrades at the store in case you get knocked out, which is probably going to happen a few times since in the beginning bumping against a single thing will make Claudia fall and force you to restart. The game isn't actually that long, and a few upgrades will get you far, especially since there are power-ups you can pick up to help along the way, with twelve stars netting you a random one as well. Cloudventure is simple, but its cute, dreamy style and storybook setting, complete with strange creatures and encounters, makes it a fun little arcade game that will brighten your day, even if it isn't much of a challenge.

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Princess Remedy in a World of Hurt

DoraPrincess Remedy in a World of Hurt by Remar Games and Ludosity is a very retro free indie action RPG made in four days for the Games Against Ebola Jam. You, as the titular princess, descend to Hurtland in search of your missing friend and healing people of various ailments as you go. See, as the name might imply, the folks of Hurtland are in a bad way, but lucky for them Princess Remedy can duke it out with the things making them sick. To play, just use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, and [spacebar] to interact. In a fight, Princess Remedy fires automatically in the direction she's facing, so it's your job to maneuver her around the battlefield to blast enemies apart while dodging their attacks. Tapping the [spacebar] will throw a flask... you only get one of these per battle to begin with, but they let out a big blast! The more people you heal, the stronger you get, and there are plenty of treasure chests to find to upgrade the princess' power as well. It's on the simple side, but fans of sweet, silly humour and classic old school gameplay will want to add this one to their to-do list.


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Monkey GO Happy Talisman

Things get seriously surreal in Monkey GO Happy Talisman, the latest game in the Monkey GO Happy series of point-and-click puzzle adventure games from Pencil Kids. You and the monkeys are stuck in Swampville, which is filled with all manner of creepy inhabitants and the most ominous music in the world, and you're looking for a magic talisman... though finding it means doing a lot of favours for the locals. Just click around to play and interact, and make sure you pay attention to the scenery for clues. At one point the game may appear to be bugged when it comes to picking up a specific item needed to travel back and forth between two locations, but everything is functioning the way it's supposed to. Despite the excessively oppressive soundtrack and oddball characters, there's actually nothing to be afraid of in Monkey GO Happy Talisman, and in fact the whole design is weird in a very appealing way. It's still a short snack of a game, with a nice balance of inventory puzzles and coded locks that are perhaps a bit more obvious in this installment than they have been in previous Monkey GO Happy games, but fans of tracking down tokens and helping out animal people will enjoy this one for the welcome break it is.

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LongStory

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Please note LongStory is an episodic game. Currently, only episodes one and two are available. The first episode is free, while episode two is an optional in-app purchase.

Bloom Digital's iOS and Android LGBTQ-friendly episodic visual novel LongStory is about high school. Well, people, actually. You've just come back to the States after spending time abroad in France, and adjusting to school is hard enough thanks to the return of your old antagonists, a trio of girls you call Hanniferjane, nevermind the strange notes you just found in your locker. It seems like the locker's previous owner left under unhappy circumstances, and while everyone seems to know something, nobody wants to talk about it. Of course, whether you pursue the mystery or just focus on your life is up to you... it's not like you don't have friends of your own to think about. Like homeschooled Nora, who you only know from long chats online, or taciturn Marcel, who just wants to go home to Dubai. And then there's that person in the weird costume who never seems to talk, and yet always knows just what to do. Your choices will determine the outcome of not only the story, but your various relationships, as they carry over from episode to episode. Choose not only your appearance and preferred pronouns (limited to he, she, and they), but whether to pursue friendship, romance, or simply find out what happened to the girl who came before you in this funny, sweet, and earnest game.


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Papa Louie 3: When Sundaes Attack

DoraI'm not big on large bodies of water at the best of times, but even in my most dramatic moments (of which there are many), when I think of things that could go wrong on a cruise, "Entire ship and passengers getting sucked into an alternate dimension by vengeful frozen desserts" somehow never made the list, and yet that's exactly what's befallen everyone in Flipline Studios' action-packed platformer Papa Louie 3: When Sundaes Attack. You begin the game as the ship's captain, determined to rescue the other people, presumably because "lost all crew and passengers in an alternate dimension" doesn't look real good on a resume, and you're going to need to get your hands dirty to do it. Use [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move, jump, and swim, while tapping [spacebar] attacks, though the controls are completely customiseable from the pause menu. Each area is filled with coins and more to collect and baddies to wallop, and though some itty-bitty enemies can be taken down with a single whack, others will need more to bring them down. Each customer you rescue is then unlocked to play as, and since they all have their own different abilities, replaying levels as someone else can help you unlock new areas or reach something you previously couldn't!


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A Pretty Odd Bunny

AJ Ordaz's puzzle platformer A Pretty Odd Bunny is about a little rabbit with... unusual dietary needs. Specifically, while every other bunny happily chomps down on carrots, our fluffy-tailed friend craves meat. As you might imagine, being a red-eyed carnivore in a species of soft, defenseless herbivores doesn't go over very well, so our bunny is going to have to learn to be stealthy if he wants to indulge his appetite without getting caught. Use the [arrow] keys to move and jump, and hold the down [arrow] to sneak. In each level, your goal is to reach that sweet, sweet piggy dinner without being spotted, so you'll want to hide from the bunnies who are awake by ducking into bushes and waiting until they look away to move past them. When dealing with snoring rabbits, you'll need to sneak so you don't wake them up. Eventually, you'll also need to avoid carrots, since those nasty things make you break out into a rash. A Pretty Odd Bunny is a simple but extremely quirky little game, turning a morbid premise into something surprisingly cute thanks to the pixel presentation and the way the bunnies emote. It feels like it needs a little polish, since having to hold down the key to sneak instead of using a toggle is tedious, and some jumps require perplexingly pixel-perfect positioning (as well as apparently alliteration) compared to others. The increasing demand for reflexes may put off some players who were initially sucked in by the stealthier initial stages, but A Pretty Odd Bunny's ghoulish charm and clever premise makes it worth checking out.

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family-rush Lori.h

There have been many studies done showing how to strengthen a family. Eating at least one meal together, giving each other nicknames, fighting off a horde of evil creatures that have arisen from the depths of... well, all right. So not a lot of studies have been done on the last one, but in the case of Family Rush you can see the family bonds binding even stronger as they blow these monstrous critters off of the face of the planet. It all starts, in this different kind of rail shooter by Denis Vasilev, when a demon needs a real child to complete his spell. Not wasting time, his minions swipe a little baby straight from his/her crib, but not only did that family of six have a little infant, but they also each have a weapon of choice. And so the showdown begins. You start off with only the father, an universal soldier, but after you advance enough you soon unlock his wife, two grandparents and even the family dog, all who are ready to help with their own special weapon. Your little group slowly walks forward. You're not able to control their movements but you aim with the mouse on where you want them to shoot. They all have separate health so if Granny takes too many hits, she'll wheel herself off the screen but the rest will keep trucking forward. You have to plan your strategy carefully on what to eliminate first and purchase the upgrades that will really give you the upper hand.

Weekday Escape

elleHi! How are you doing? Excited, stressed, relaxed or just a little bored? Well, okay, there's a few things we can do about that: You could waste a bit of time reading the scientific explanation for what boredom is (perhaps thereby enhancing that feeling). Or, stick around here as we indulge our urge to entertain our brain. Yes, again, it is that portion of the week when worries are washed away, troubles are turned around, and boredom is busted. Ehem. Might this even be claimed, in its most meta essentialness, your way to escape the everyday. (Heh. It's a line that never gets old!) Lucky for us, escape games are far from being in short supply lately. Which surely means the need to get away—via the metaphoric breaking loose from one's confines—is also in constant supply (which I'm quite glad about and not just for things like job security). This week, Esklavos, FunkyLand and Yuri bask in the WE spotlight...

Shy


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Shy

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Content Warning: This game deals with some subject matter that may be upsetting to some people.

And now for something completely different. Shy by Jacob Prytherch is a Choose Your Own Adventure style horror story available only for Kindle (use the free iOS, Android, Mac and PC Kindle apps if you don't own one!) with a very old school style. In it, you receive a phone call from your brother Kenji, who begs you to find him, telling you he only has five hours left. He's always been a little eccentric, with a keen belief that there's more to the world than you can see, but he's not really given to jokes, and when you arrive at his apartment to discover evidence of a troubling investigation into a local legend. It's clear Kenji is serious trouble, but you don't even know where to look, and the entire city and surrounding countryside is teeming with darkness both human and otherworldly you may not be prepared to face. To play, just read the story and then navigate to the page you want when presented with choices. Be warned that you will need to keep track of your own inventory and other bits of information, so pen and paper is advised... told you we were rocking it retro.


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Alto's Adventure

DoraAlto's Adventure by Snowman for iOS isn't exactly going where no action arcade game has gone before, but gosh ain't it gorgeous? In it, you play a young boy named Alto whose herd of llamas escapes one day from their mountaintop pen, forcing Alto to pick up his snowboard and chase them down. It's a simple premise, with simple gameplay, where tapping the screen makes Alto jump over obstacles, and holding your tap causes him to try to perform a backflip in midair... just make sure you land on your feet! In addition to picking up your precious llamas, which adds to your high score, there are coins to be spent on upgrades, and various tricks you can perform, such as grinding along lines. Even if you fall and find yourself back at the beginning, the terrain is always randomised, keeping each new play fresh. But while it's definitely on the simple side and following in the footsteps of games like Canabalt and Solipskier, Alto's Adventure manages to be both soothing and breathtaking in a way few casual high-score based arcade games ever manage.


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Anita's Job

Anita's Job is tracking down the missing luggage of a local tourist who arrived on a cruise ship, and in this point-and-click puzzle adventure by Carmel Games, you'll need to help her scour the island to find it, unless you want to be held financially responsible... or, well, give up your tacky desktop hula girl souvenir in compensation, apparently? You'll travel to several different locations around the island looking for not only the luggage, but the items you need to solve puzzles and even grease the wheels, so to speak, since not everyone is able or willing to help Anita out. As you might expect from Carmel Games, Anita's Job is on the very short side, but weird in a good way, with eccentric characters and a kooky bent to its mostly logical puzzles, and a groan-worthy pun to round things out in the end.

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Morning Room

If there was ever an escape game creator whose name inspired the exact opposite feels as it described, Neutral has got to be them, and Morning Room is here to pick you up... though despite never running around or deserting you, you might miss it if you blink. To play, just click to interact, though the cursor won't change to tell you when you can do so, and frustratingly some objects you need to interact with won't actually give any visual or aural feedback that doing so is correct. This is very much a mini escape, with just one screen to contend with (not counting various viewing angles), and some of the puzzles aren't quite as intuitive or inventive as you might be hoping. Still, Neutral's tidy design and the deceptively simple presentation hides one puzzle you'll need to wake up your brain for, so get cracking, and whet your appetite for a bigger game down the road!

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Deeply Absurd Chain

KimberlyEver since Minecraft Dig Dug, gamers everywhere have had the desire to go deeper and deeper below the surface of the digital earth. In Deeply Absurd Chain, a free strategic match-3 game by Lumarama also free for iOS and Android, the goal is to delve into the endless depths by drawing a line to connect three or more of the same item. Taking a tip from games such as Triple Town, if you join three of a kind, the item then ugprades, creating something new. Your depth, which goes up every time you clear some of the board, and points are noted at the top of the screen. Points are gained by making chains, and are used to purchase items that will help you increase your depth in later games.


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Game One Escape

Chacha's Game One Escape has a whole lot of locks and a whole lot of codes, all designed to keep you trapped for as long as possible, which would be inhumane if not for the big screen TV, the comfy couch, and the coffee maker. Chacha, you... fiend, I guess? There's no changing cursor, so to play just click on everything to interact and move around. A large part of escaping will actually come down to finding the clues you need to crack a bunch of codes, and most of it is actually quite clever, though the mildly clunky interface might get in your way whenever you accidentally click past the number or letter you wanted and have to cycle back through all the others to get to it. Even if the ride isn't perfectly smooth, there's still a lot to appreciate in the way Game One Escape makes you use your head instead of relying on pixelhunt or MacGuyver-y, which is totally a professional game term. Need to warm up your noodle and solve a couple puzzles to really make your day complete? This is the escape game for you.

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Witches' Legacy: Slumbering Darkness

KimberlyWhen a witch hunter marries a witch, even if she's a good witch, it's a stretch to imagine their life together will be happily ever after, don't you think? Lynn and Edward have been married just a year when the nasty witch queen Morgana, set on bringing back her powerful mentor so witches can rule the world, lures the happy couple to a totally creepy fair (just what every girl dreams of doing on her first wedding anniversary, especially with her mother tagging along) where she and her lackey whisk Lynn away for use in an evil ritual. In Witches' Legacy: Slumbering Darkness, a hidden-object puzzle adventure game from Elefun, you play as Lynn's mother Carrie, along with her somewhat terrifying yet helpful imp sidekick, who are racing the clock to get Lynn back before it's too late.


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Kittens Game

Bloodrizer's Kittens Game (hosted here with kind permission) is a surprisingly deep incremental idle simulation with a deceptively adorable premise... you are a kitten in a catnip forest, and as you harvest and plant catnip, you slowly begin to build a village around yourself using other resources that become available. In the beginning, going is very, very slow... as more kittens come to your village you can assign them to various jobs that gain you more resources, but without upgrades they're not very efficient, and you'll still need to focus on making sure they have enough catnip. It's what they eat, after all, and as the seasons change, so does the rate at which catnip is generated, to the point where the winter days (each season takes 100 days) will need much more kittenpower to keep your crops from declining. As a result, Kittens Game initially moves significantly more slowly without careful prioritization of upgrades, and requires a lot more babysitting to make sure things are running smoothly... though eventually you'll soon find your kittens quite capable of thriving on their own. What's impressive is how much content there is once you get the ball rolling, with your civlization growing in some pretty neat ways, and more updates adding on to it as well. It's much closer to A Dark Room than, say, Candy Box! Though the game runs by itself in another tab, it will do so much more slowly, while putting it in its own window seems to work much better. Not everyone will have the patience or time for it to really start evolving and opening up, but Kittens Game is more complex than it initially seems, and more rewarding.

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Thanks to Adam for sending this one in!


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Charms of Lavender Blue

Charms of Lavender Blue by Waffrus and Clara is a sweet visual novel about a girl whose love life is a bit more complex than most. She's just discovered her family is under a curse, and without a pair of magical pendants, anyone who loves her will ultimately try to kill her. Not that she's got love on her mind now that she's back at school... but gosh her old friend Pierce sure is acting coldly to her all of a sudden. To play, just click the text box to advance the story, and click any options to make your choice when they pop up. Despite lacking some of the more basic functions of visual novels, like the ability to scroll