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Weekday Escape

elleGrab a snack before you sit down to relax and enjoy this week's trio of free online escape games. They might make you hungry, either for curry dinner, bright citrus or perhaps sustenance of a more cerebral sense. FunkyLand beckons you to gather up a bushel of juicy oranges while No1Game sends you grocery shopping. Meanwhile, if you're still hungry for mental stimulation, Story House's debut into Weekday Escape provides a light repast of logical puzzles in a lucid, one-walled scene.

Find the Escape-Men 96: The Super MarketFind the Escape-Men 96: The Super Market - All you wanted was to pick up some stuff for dinner, but in No1Game's supermarket, before you can checkout, first you must finish the "Time-limited Escape Sale"—finding 10 escape men and completing your grocery list. This will appeal more to those who love purely searching out hidden objects, with the usual pixel hunts and tricks typical of the EM series. It's light on challenge; the hardest part is finding not only the covert green guys but the two coded areas. Even so, if you can bear the clicking-around-anywhere-everywhere gameplay, the quirky humor and colorful setting make the search a fun one. Stick around for the ending because, like In the Library, the story is sweet and entertaining, an ample reward for your store patronage.

Fruit Kitchens #03: Navel OrangeFruit Kitchens #03: Navel Orange - Here's another escape where the fun is in the setting more than in actual puzzle challenge. In this case, it's by FunkyLand, whose fruit is just as scrumptious as candy...but it's a bit easier to find. All around this sunshiny bright room, juicy oranges are hiding—either in plain sight or behind puzzles and contraptions. Can you find all 7 spherical citruses and escape the room before the exceedingly chipper music makes the corners of your smile twitch deliriously? Those with trouble differentiating colors are most at risk here, otherwise the quest is rather straight-forward, so it shouldn't take too long before you have oranges enough to buy an exit key.

Story Room 4Story Room 4 - This comely little one-walled scene by Story House is surprisingly polished yet uncomplicated. A bit of exploration, some piecing together of clues and practical use of elements will readily turn up the code that unlocks the door. Albeit somewhat lacking in the personality and beauty departments, the game comes out of the shadows with its logical puzzle progression. While not maddeningly difficult or complex, it at least provides some quick mental stimulation for those who are starving for it after the grocery shopping and orange picking sojourns.

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Interactive Puzzle

DoraFrancis Davidson Paul knows you're a discerning sort when it comes to puzzle games. One only has to look at your multiple monocles, spats, and Instagram account of all your food to know you demand games that are smoother. Sleeker. Swankier. That's why Interactive Puzzle is such a pleasure to play. Despite its simple and somewhat familiar concept, its gorgeous presentation and easy drag and drop mechanics make it the perfect break style game. In each stage (with levels available in easy, medium, and hard flavour) the goal is to recreate the animated image by dragging and dropping tiles in the correct order. The catch is most images have some sort of element that responds to your cursor, allowing you to use it to help determine where tiles should sit. You can click "preview" at any time to see the way the image is supposed to look, and you have ten hints for the entire game that, when spent, will mark whatever tile you're supposed to place from left to right, top to bottom, in first place, second, and so forth.

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Lori.h Threes and 2048, there's a new logic game sweeping over our phones and browsers. Logical Cell brings us their new creation, Concentric Holic. Eliminate the color squares by placing the matching colors next to them. Once a layer of the square is removed the next color layer is active setting off a chain reaction. The premise sounds simple enough but it's anything but when you find chain reactions you didn't even spot tearing through your colors and leaving you stuck. All I can say is thank goodness for the Undo button.

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Easter Joy

DoraA few days late, maybe, but never a buck short when it comes to an escape game by TomaTea. Easter Joy has everything you'd expect from a tried-and-tested TomaTea title... the soft colour palette. The soothing music. The house you're never going to be able to resell after all your costly and curiously specific holiday themed puzzles and locks. Just click to navigate and interact, and a little glow at the tip of your cursor will typically let you know when there's something worth clicking. Click the tiny "i" icon that appears when you highlight an item in your inventory to view and manipulate it up close. Like a lot of TomaTea's games, occasionally you'll find yourself presented with something the game will claim you have no idea how to solve, which usually means you haven't "seen" the solution or clue to make said solution yet. You can flip over your desk and yell, "YOU DON'T KNOW ME. YOU DON'T KNOW MY LIFE." Or you can roll up your sleeves, and search high and low and everywhere in between for the clues the game demands you look at first.

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No Name Room

AllyWhen you think about it for a bit, being stuck within a perfectly white room with almost no ornamentation and no visible exits does not sound like fun. It sounds like, "OK, which psychological-horror movie director did I manage to tick off this time?" Even the title, No Name Room, sounds a little bit eerie. But once you walk straight into the giant patch of crayon scribbles on the wall, it becomes clear that this room is a lot friendlier,and wackier, than it initially seems! Quite thankfully, practice is often different from theory, and Yonashi manages to turn this seemingly-nightmarish scenario into an escape game that's as charming as they come. There are charming puzzles and bright colors all around in this little nameless space, if you only stop to look for them!

Myosotis Chapter 4

DoraIt began with a letter, when PI Rick follows a letter from a woman he hasn't seen in years asking him to come to a hotel, and quickly took a turn for the surreal in the Myosotis games from Alice is Dead developer Mike Morin. Now, over a year after the all-too-brief third installment, the tale continues in the mystery driven point-and-click adventure game Myosotis Chapter 4. Since it explains very little about the previous installments, don't expect to understand it if you haven't played the rest of the series. As it opens, we find Rick at a familiar place in a familiar struggle. It seems like he's right back to where it all began, when it all began, and this might be his last chance. To play, just click to move and interact. As before, Rick must make his way through a series of cryptic rooms and locked doors, figuring out puzzles to open each one.

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kyhThis game received a rating of O for infrequent profanity and pixelated blood.

In a distant future, humans have abandoned the polluted ruins of Gaia to live peacefully among the handful of alien races out in space. But when a renegade group of humans bust out of a space station and steal some ships to commit what can only be dastardly crimes, it's up to their former companions to save the dignity of humanity and find out what's going on. Discover what a sticky situation alien politics can be as you control Maddock and his eclectic crew through Matthew Ashworth's free indie science fiction RPG, Incitement.

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Doyu Hexcontrol

drstrosySometimes a simple puzzle game gets under your skin and challenges what you know. It's why we love tonypa... his games are unexpected, they make you think, and yet they are excessively simple in design. Welcome to the party Doyu Hexcontrol by Doyu Games, a game that's is easy to figure out and challenging to master, to say the least. Built on a hexagonal grid, you and the computer or another player take turns making moves. First you place your color on the board, and then you can either take another space, or fill one of the dots in the space you've chosen. Each space has 2, 3, 4 or 6 die-like dots, which are a part of the strategy. As soon as you fill the dots in a hexagon, it explodes, conquering all the spaces around it. As you take over a new hexagon, you automatically get one more dot than was in that space to begin with. So, if the space is empty, you receive one dot; If it has one or more, whether your color or your opponent's, you gain one more than it held before.

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Circus Level Pack

AllyLadies! Gentlemen! Boys and girls of all ages! Step right for the grrrreatest show on earth: Meetreen Games' Circus Level Pack! Witness the death-defying derring-do of of the fearless... erm... monster-clown-stuntman-guy as he braves the dangers present within 30! Yes, count 'em, 30 levels of physics-puzzle action! And he needs you, ladies and gentlemen, to lead him through this gauntlet of peril with only your mouse cursor, as you place the objects and gadgetry he needs to reach the safety of his pool! This is not simulated, folks!

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Space Farmers

JohnBThe Bumpkin Brothers are back! The team's latest release has nothing to do with Tribloos or machines. Well, wait, scratch that, it does have something to do with machines, but that's not the point! Space Farmers is a decidedly retro-feeling cooperative arcade game that takes place on an alien spacecraft. Two simple farmers have been kidnapped by the non-Earthlings, and they're going to use every gadget and pigcube they can get their hands on to get back!

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.

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