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The Vault

TrickyHey guys. I know that most of you are out remembering, remembering the fifth of November...ing, but that doesn't mean that you can forget your weekly trip to the JiG archives. We've got puzzle, adventure, and simulation games in this edition of The Vault, and I see no reason why they should ever be forgot.

  • ReMazeReMaze - Recent months have seen a nice resurgence of sokoban and sliding block puzzle games, so it seemed like a good time to feature this fun puzzler from the 3rd Casual Gaming Design Competition. 2007's ReMaze, by Felix Reidl, got an honorable mention in a strong field, and even now is one of the highest rated CGDC entries. It's a simple game of moving blocks into place on multiple screens, but its utterly addictive, especially once those evil red squares make an appearance. Play it, and prepare to be ReMazed!
  • Host Master and the Conquest of HumorHost Master and the Conquest of Humor - Double Fine's Host Master and the Conquest of Humor is many things: an inspired goof on the Lucas Arts brand of point-and-click adventures, an elegantly constructed example of how one-room games need not be bound to the escape genre, and a total dad-joke-a-thon. While a general knowledge of the state of gaming circa 2009 might help you get a few of the more esoteric shout-outs, but let's face it: any game with both a "turn on" command, and a developer willing to throw in a snarky response for each and every item in the game... well that kind of comedy is universal.
  • OiligarchyOiligarchy - Today is not all about gunpowder treason, of course. It's the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, and that means it's Election Day in the US. Of course, being a non-even year, it's mainly going to be selectmen and school levies up for judgment, but I'll take any excuse to share a good ol' fashioned propagandic political game to really get the blood boiling. Oiligarchy, a 2008 simulation from Paolo Pedercini and la Molleindustria will definitely do that. Oiligarchy's message about the manipulation and intrigue in the world petroleum markets may be delivered with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but the chance to play as the gaming equivalent of a Captain Planet villain is too fun an opportunity to pass up, even as you turn mother earth into a desiccated husk. Let's see Lemonade Stand let you do that!

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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Primary Max> Lori.h Play around in Max's clone lab and test out his new machine by solving puzzles. Use your clones as stepping stools and button pushers but make sure they get back, as you find your exit, to prevent a time paradox.  ...
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Manor Memoirs> starchild Scarlett has just moved into an old, decrepit manor, looking for inspiration for her new book. But who can write in a house that's falling apart? That's where you come in. As a seasoned interior decorator/garage sale organiser, you will do your best to raise money to renovate the old place. Manor Memoirs is a wonderfully sweet hidden-object/time management hybrid that's guaranteed to make you smile.  ...
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History Museum Escape> Dora Trapped overnight in the history museum, if you want to escape you'll need to solve puzzles and craft some pretty darned clever tools in this short but sweet game also available free for iOS and Android.  ...
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Letter Monsters> JoelyBean Building off the success of games like Triple Town, Threes!, and 2048, Letter Monsters puts a cute (and fuzzy) new face on combine-three grid games. Re-learn your A-B-C's across over sixty levels of strategic sliding, and use eight unique boosters to help yourself out on iOS, Android, and in your browser!  ...

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