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The Vault

TrickyHere at JayIsGames, Black Friday starts Tuesday! While Cyber-Monday starts Saturday! I literally cannot remember what day it is anymore! So hopefully you're having a good Blernsday, and if not, maybe your shopping pleasure can be improved with a few puzzle, simulation, and adventure games from the JiG Vault! Our prices are insane!

  • PicmaPicma - Picross is so entertaining a puzzle-type, that it's a real wonder that it's not printed daily alongside crosswords and sudoku in the daily paper. Sure, the varying sizes of each iteration and the necessity of clearly printing those tiny numbers means that it would sometimes take up a lot of space, but missing out on the adventures of Beetle Bailey and The Born Loser every so often seems a worthy sacrificing for grid-based fun. If your Picross-ing opportunities are limited to the internet, though, let me suggest Picma, a 2009 release from Moonberry Studios. It has a gorgeous interface and 120 puzzles in both single color and devious duo-color varities. Let's go make some pixel-pictures! I sometimes call them pixeltures!
  • Alter EgoAlter Ego - Ready for a real golden-oldie? The first version of Alter Ego was published by Activision way back in 1986, though this variation was brought to the browser in 2007 through the efforts of Choose Multiple LLC. Written by Peter Favaro, Ph.D. (apparently in part to finish up paying for his education!), Alter Ego takes players through a simulation another human's life. It's a fascinating new perspective on something will all experience, but never experience in the same way. With writing unafraid to be either hilarious or dark when the mood fits it, Alter Ego has a truly impressive breadth of scenarios to consider, and while some mechanics are tragically more 80s than others, it's a game that tried to do something no one had done before, and few have tried since.
  • AnbotAnbot - No matter what your occupation, getting clonked with a crate is going to make you want to take a day off. But Anbot, titular star of PencilKids' 2010 point-and-click, is a robot, and robots don't get days off! So it's up to you to guide the adorable fella through the cutest darn oppressive mechanical dystopia you ever did see. Much more suspenseful and dark than others in the developer's canon, if all you know Robin Vencel from is from when he has you make a Monkey Go Happy, Anbot will be a pleasurable bop on the head.

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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El Papel> Ally Part puzzle game and part 1960's luchador movie homage, this wacky adventure places you in the tightly-laced boots of El Macho... a luchador who's about to be late to his fight, because his rival stole his toilet paper. Luckily, he has a massively stretchy neck he can use to go hunt out some more! Wiggle through pipes, past piñatas, and around cacti in search of the mystical tissue, but stretch with caution--your neck can't cross over itself!  ...
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Freeway Fury 3> Tricky In Freeway Fury 3, the latest in the arcade driving series from Serius Games, we dive in to the serious and complex motivations behind our protagonist. Spoiler: Turns out he wants to beat people and aliens up and drive cars very fast. Hey... if it ain't broke. Freeway Fury 3 adds a number of upgrades and refinements to gameplay, making it the most streamlined and entertaining of the series to date.  ...
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Red Remover Blast> Dora Gaz's popular physics puzzle series is back, and this time your clicks are explosive! Figure out how to blast all the red shapes off the screen without removing any of the green ones.  ...
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One Scene 7> elle You can always count on Robamimi to be inventive, to find new ways to entertain escape game aficionados everywhere. This particular episode of the One Scene series is different from the others right from the start: an unremarkable black arrow on a white background and not much else to see or do here. But experiment a bit and you'll discover what's hidden, opening the door in a simple as well as a more colorful ending.  ...

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