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The Vault

TrickyWelcome to this week's installment of The Vault, where we take a look into classics from the JayIsGames archives. With the recent celebration of our fair site's 10th JIG-iversary, it seemed like just the time to go retro with a set of awesome browser remakes from the mid-aughties.

  • Klax 3DKlax 3D - First, it was the nineties, and there was time for Klax. Then it was 2005, and there was time for Wheel House Creative to put together an isometric reimagining of the arcade classic. Now, in the present, players both new and old to the Klax-iverse should definitely find time for this fun game of tile stacking and clearing. With gameplay that's simple to learn, but a challenge to master, the excellence of Klax 3D may not have been enough to save the Atari Lynx, but it will certainly give fingers a happy workout
  • QixQix - Qix! JiG tested, JiG approved! Originally released by Taito America in 1981, then brought to browsers by the skilled work of Drunk Men Work Here in 2004, Qix was the first and still one of the best in the oddly-specific "cutting pieces out of a larger square while avoiding the things flailing around in the middle" genre. As addictive as it is challenging, Qix consumed a lot of quarters back in the day. Though the bleeps and blorps its faithful recreation here is so 80s it hurts, even the most jaded game should get a few Qix from playing a round.
  • Prince of PersiaPrince of Persia - Ever since its 1989 release on the Apple ][, Jordan Mechner's Prince of Persia has seen all manner of sequels, remakes, re-imaginings, reboots, re-reboots, and Jake Gyllenhaal movies. Somewhere in that mix came this fun "special edition" flash game UbiSoft released in 2004. Though there are a few changes, it should definitely give players a taste of what made the original so special: the fluid rotoscoped movement that launched the "cinematic action-platform" genre, the cunning level design, and devious difficulty. You have eight minutes to stop the evil plans of the vizier. Can you make it?

While we welcome any comments about this weekly feature here, we do ask that if you need any help with the individual games, please post your questions on that game's review page. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and rediscover some awesome!

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