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The Dangerous GEN-KAN 2

DoraEscape games are fun and all, but don't you think they're best when they have the constant threat of painful demise? Kotorinosu is back for more with The Dangerous GEN-KAN 2, which, just like the original game, is packed with death everywhere you look, but don't worry... if you explode, fall to your doom, or otherwise become dearly departed, you can always just hit retry and be booted back to before your little... accident. See, you're locked in a place filled with danger both obvious, and, eh, trial-and-error, and finding a way out means figuring out what puzzles you need to solve, and what's just a big fat lethal red herring... when used incorrectly. Just click to navigate and interact, click an item in your inventory to highlight it for use, or an item's question mark to view it up close.

Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death

Starchild There is a house in New Orleans, they call it... The Jazz Pepper Club! Home to one of the best jazz bands to come out of The Big Easy, owned by your dad. It's Mardi Gras time and you're coming down for a visit. Only, the club is eerily quiet on what is supposed to be a busy night. As you make your way inside, you realise that everybody there is petrified in a sort of trance, their white eyes turned towards the stage. All signs quickly point to Frankie, a local sax-playing legend, who also happens to be dead. He used to play with the Jazz Peppers until he died and was replaced by your dad. Is he a zombie coming back for revenge? Find out in Cadenza: Music, Betrayal and Death, quite probably the finest hidden-object adventure by Mad Head Games to date.

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Monster Squad

AllyOK, show of hands, here: when was the last time you paid a visit to a fantasy kingdom that wasn't horribly overrun with vicious monsters? Is this something you have to take into consideration when filing for fantasy home insurance? "Protects against damage caused by fire, flooding, and persistent raids by terrifying demonspawn." Thank goodness Monster Play has called in the Monster Squad to help keep the population of horriffic abominations down. Join this fearless team of Redwall-esque beastmen as they journey across the kingdom, RPG-style, slaying enemies, rescuing allies, plundering dungeons, and loading up on lots of shiny loot. If you want to make the world a safe place once again, you'll need strength, strategy, and plenty of turn-based know-how.

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Lori.hA first look at Deqaf Studio's game will make you wonder why such a cute little ball of fluffy light and relaxing music would deserve the name Hellspin. After playing for a few minutes you'll have your answer, and perhaps less hair on your head than when you started. The goal is simple: get your cute little butt into the spinning vortex of doom that leads to the next level. The controls... well, not so much and that is where the skill is involved. Each level has a different set up, and while it looks basic, the controls are where the difficulty begins. Always in a constant forward motion, your control only lies in rotating. Depending on where your mouse is in comparison to the middle of the board you'll turn either directions at different speeds. Clicking once lets you slow down time, but it is limited. Touching any walls is certain death.

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Fly Catbug Fly!

JoelyBeanWell, it's official... Catbug is the cutest thing in the universe. Part cat, part ladybug, all adorable, and as fans of Cartoon Hangover's Bravest Warriors will be thrilled to see, Catbug's now starring in his very own game! Your mission here is to glide through four different treacherous environments without touching any of the walls surrounding you, tapping the screen to fly upwards and releasing it to fall. Along the way, you'll collect a variety of goodies and trinkets, dropping them into portals in exchange for glorious cashola which can be spent on upgrades, power-ups and stylish fashion accessories. It's a familiar formula, but with some original gameplay elements and a healthy heaping of Pendleton Ward's trademark style, Fly Catbug Fly! by Ludoko Studios stands very strongly on its own. Every single collectible item is a reference to the show; fans will smile as they collect soft tacos, seahorse dreams and sugar peas. Even those unfamiliar with Bravest Warriors will find this inexpensive app to be charming and addictive.

NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the Google Nexus 5. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.

Monkey GO Happy Easter

DoraNothing turns a frown upside down faster than discovering candy and chocolate hidden around your house, unless it comes with the unsettling realization that all your doors have been locked, there's heavy breathing coming from your closet, and it isn't Easter. But in PencilKids' latest Monkey GO Happy point-and-click puzzle game Monkey GO Happy Easter, the chimps are looking to celebrate the holiday with a few coloured eggs. Just one. Or maybe more like one hundred. To find all of them, you'll have to click around to explore and solve puzzles, gathering items in your inventory at the top of the screen, after which you can just drag them anywhere onscreen to try to use them.

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Golden Krone Hotel

drstrosyNo, the famous Austrian hotel is not playing host to a lovely, atmospheric adventure game or an escape tableau. In 16-bit glory, and with procedurally generated floors, the Golden Krone Hotel (from Humbit) is the scene of a killing field: vampire-on-human-on-vampire-on-human style. Fane, the Exiled Vampire Prince, has taken up his residence at the hotel, and you must steal the Golden Krone and assassinate the prince to win the game. But if you think to yourself, "That's a nice, straightforward objective," think again. Before the dungeon-crawling, loot-trawling, and turn-based RPGing is over, if it ever ends in anything but your death, you may find yourself questioning if you have held on to an identity that wants to achieve that goal.

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Super Planet Crash

drstrosyUse gravity to crash planets and suns into each other in the name of science? Yes, please! Welcome to Super Planet Crash, a webtoy by science blogger Stefano Meschiari, which serves as a kind of digital orrery (a device which shows the relative size, position and motion of planets in a solar system). In this addicting little app, you have a 2AU area, that is, an area only twice the distance of our Earth from the sun, in which to place planets and/or stellar companions, and attempt to keep them stable for up to 500 years of elapsed time. With small, earth-type bodies, it's a cinch, but add a dwarf star and you up the difficulty. Fortunately, you also increase the points you earn for each year of stability.

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Red Warrior

DoraPeople are pretty split on what ninjas can do, or even if they existed at all. If you listen to gamers, however, ninjas can do basically anything and everything, including breaking the laws of the universe, which is way more entertaining than the History Channel, and way less traumatizing than Ninja Scroll. Red Warrior is a colourful puzzle platformer is an aggressively adorable little game where you play a red ninja out to rescue caged villagers from a group of bad ninjas. Using [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move and jump, the goal is to first get to and then bash open the cage in each level, picking up any stars and gems along the way. You can even climb walls, and stick to most indefinitely. You'll quickly discover the path is often blocked by what seem to be impassable obstacles, but you have a trick up your sleeve... uh, if you wore sleeves, which you don't since you're a square, but stay with me. Pressing [Z] or [X] will flip the world around you, so while your position on the screen stays the same, you can flip the scenery back and forth to get around. A transparent copy of yourself will mimic your actions and serve as a marker for where you'll end up when you flip the world, though if your copy is crossed out, it's in a location that you can't flip to, such as inside a wall.

The Earl Octopusor

DoraMiss Libellule's been enjoying a bit of well-earned rest and relaxation after dealing with The Queen of Snakes, but in jo99's latest point-and-click adventure, she's not staying still for long when a letter literally falls in her lap, begging her to come rescue two star crossed lovers... and be rewarded with a lot of treasure, but that's if she can deal with The Earl Octopusor. All you have to do to play is click to move and interact, and keep your eyes open for clues, since spotting and deciphering codes for locks is a big part of playing. This time around, the game comes with two difficulty options, and if you're playing on "easy", the cursor will not only change when it crosses over interactive zones, it'll highlight important clues in when you place your cursor over them. Place your cursor over the four dots at the right side of the screen to open options for saving, loading, and sound, and use the arrows to either side of your inventory at the bottom of the screen to scroll through it, since some items will be placed on different "pages". If you want to combine items you're carrying, just click on one, and then the object you're trying to combine it with, but be aware that some items with more than one component need to be used in a specific order!

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Lori.hWho knew that curing a mummy curse would be to simply nudge them back into their sarcophagus? Tom Jones did of course! Mummies Escape (also available free for iOS!) is a physics game where you play Tom Jones, one of the greatest explores who was only just a head, as well as his rag tag group of friends to help undo the curse you released. Dodge blow darts, spikes, and more to collect the jewels before pushing the mummies back into eternal rest.

Weekday Escape

elleIt's spring cleaning time in some parts of the world. Shaking out the dust and sweeping away the cobwebs isn't the most fun way to spend your week, but the resulting fresh, pretty rooms are so worth the effort. Speaking of rooms that are worth the effort, if you're feeling it's time your home got a new look, check out these three distinctly different design styles from Hottategoya, FunkyLand and Kamokichi. They might be all the inspiration you need, whether you're going for an interior overhaul or just need to escape-the-room you're in for a few moments.

Escape from the Room with Public PhonesEscape from the Room with Public Phones - Hottategoya has this minimalism thing in the bag, and they know it. The mantra being: if you have a style that works for you, then work it for all it's worth. In the same vein as other Hottategoya games, such as Escape from the Room with 10 Safes, Escape from the Room with Public Phones is quite clever, even if rather austere looking. Using little to go on, you must solve a series of codes before you can find freedom, making this quite appealing to those who want some mental challenge without a lot of extraneous fluff. Colors, scenery, birds in top hats? Bah! Who needs 'em?

Candy Rooms No.7: Carmine PopCandy Rooms No.7: Carmine Pop - There was once a time in my life that, when I heard someone say "FunkyLand," I thought of cruising on my roller skates under the disco lights. Now FunkyLand is synonymous with whimsical mini-escapes and a very sweet motif. The bummer is, it's more eye candy than gameplay, somehow managing more puzzle-solving simplicity than the scrumptious scenes and smoothly-designed interface promise—whether there are plump green apples or pieces of candy involved. Even so, it remains immensely gratifying while it lasts. So, if you're looking for a speedy fun fix, why don'cha groove to these snazzy tunes while finding five yum bombs?

Yana EscapeYana Escape - by Kamokichi is a delightfully puzzle-y escape that is perfectly pleasant in all regards. Until you hit a pixel hunt that is anything but. In a symbiotic contrast to Hottategoya's minimalism, Yana Escape's clean design is certainly eye-catching, such a beautiful setting it's almost a shame to leave it. But as you casually poke around, browsing the pretty decorations and stylish furniture with as much bemused regard as on a trip through IKEA, you'll discover clues and hints, guiding you toward open locks and, eventually freedom. Hmm. Makes me crave some Kanelbullar and elderflower juice.

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drstrosyNEW VERSION UPLOADED 2014-04-15
What do you do when evil space villains come to YOUR planet and try to take over? Why, you engage their ships in a billiards-style battle, that's what! At least, that's what you'll do in Sphear by Potato on the Table, a math-pool mashup with some tower defense elements thrown in for good measure. You start with only one type of unit to place on the field, but each level you beat provides you with reinforcements, each with their own abilities from extra health points to color-specific attacks. The enemy troops just keep coming, and they have their own abilities, attack points, health points and movement speed. Your strategy is to place your units in such a way that, as your enemies move around the board, you are able to intercept them for hits. You don't know which direction any one of them will move, so thoughtful unit selection and placement is key. Keep in mind, they are hitting you back.

Escape from the Round Room

DoraAwwwwwww yisssss, ain't no escape like a Tesshi-e escape, 'cause Tesshi-e escapes don't stop 'til you've enjoyed a finely crafted series of puzzles! In Escape from the Round Room, you're enjoying a nice extended vacation in a quaint little lodge, but when it comes time to leave, you find yourself locked in. That, besides the fact that there's no stove, bathroom, or refrigerator, or basic amenities whatsoever beyond that fabulous bedazzled toaster would make me think they owe you a refund, but the incredibly swanky smooth jazz they're piping in makes me willing to forgive a lot. Making sure you select "English" from the title screen unless you speak Japanese, to play, click to interact and navigate, and view items you gather by clicking once to highlight them, then again on the About Item button. If you want to see if something you're holding can be used in the environment, click to highlight, and then again where you're trying to use it. True to Tesshi-e fashion, there are clues hidden everywhere to help you solve the locks and codes barring your way, so click every cranny and ponder every puzzle!

Dead Zed 2

Johnny123This isn't getting easier. You're alone on a rooftop, staring out at the trees. Your gun is loaded, your vision is clear. The field before you is dotted with the decaying bodies of yesterday's kills. Day and night you clear houses, make repairs, and do your best to keep morale high. You lost a search party yesterday. The loss weighs heavy on your mind but there's no time to ponder. They're coming, lurching out of the treeline like drunks, slobbering and bleeding across the grass. There's more of them today. A lot more. This isn't getting easier. This isn't getting easier at all... It's the unbearable tension that makes 3KG Games' Dead Zed 2 stand out from the deluge of lesser zombie titles. As a shooter it's rock solid, featuring steady aiming that's easy to learn but difficult to master.

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