Here at Jay Is Games we like our games a little strange and wacky, and Jake Hollands delivers that in spades with his offbeat sci-fi incremental game Spaceplan. You find yourself adrift in space with most of your systems out of commission, not sure what's going on or even where you are. It's up to you to get those systems repaired, find out what the heck is going on and try to sort it out. By clicking, of course! Spaceplan is a title that's tough to feature in a review without giving too much away, because so much of it's about learning about your situation and developing innovative — alright, utterly outlandish — ways to resolve it all. Spaceplan is fairly brief, something you can finish in a day or so — rather than something that stays around in a browser tab somewhere until you're ready to start charging rent — and it has plenty of ingenuity and creativity (along with a couple of naughty words, which we should probably alert you to). Unlike the vast majority of incrementals in which you click to buy things which give you bonuses and which only exist conceptually, here Jake has actually implemented them in the game as the other genres do and the results are palpable and a major improvement to the gaming experience. Even your craft's console is whimsically implemented, with vital functions designated things like, 'Word Outputter', 'Planet Looker', and 'Fact Holder'.
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Acclaimed bitwrangler zillix (exposure, denudation, endeavor) emerges from the pixel mines once again for Ludum Dare's Ancient Technology game jam, and are we ever glad he did! Someone needs to get the lights on around here, and in his new anachroma that means doing it one color at a time. In the classic style of metroidvania games you'll be toodling around an increasingly sophisticated map, but your accessible range will be limited at first and increase as you discover new abilities and game mechanisms that bring on new game mechanics and freedom. Right from the start, a new mechanic helps you survive long falls — and encourages exploration — with what we like to think of as Retroactive Fall Avoidance: fall beyond a certain distance and you'll crash hard, but the game will then courteously rewind you to the last ledge you were on minus anything you may have acquired during the fall. This neatly enables you to repeat the process several more times a la Groundhog Day until you find a better approach, but we like the encouragement to explore that anachroma provides along with that charitable approach.
There's all the ingredients for a good robot heist. You have switches, lasers, guard robots, valuable loot, two endings, and robots.
Val (alias: Vertibot), a robot who can only push things vertically, has plans for the ultimate heist. A heist so big that not even the master of vertical pushing can do it alone. Val needs Harry (alias: Horibot), a robot who can only push things horizontally, in order to pull it off.
Arrow keys move, pressing x or space will switch bots (the activated bot will have a red light in the middle), r resets the level, and z rewinds time. You're close to the end of a level only to push a block too far? Pressing z undoes your mistake, so you don't have to redo the whole level!
Some of the larger levels really shrink the graphics on screen, but never to the extent that I couldn't tell what was going on.
You have only a few in-game days to create your life and a foundation for your future family. Your career choice now will affect your descendant's aptitude for athletics, academics, and creativity later. After your character dies, the "value" of their life will be analysed and you will start the game over, with improved stats and wealth. This concept, which sets A Goody Life apart from other simulation games, is similar to the game Viktor the Nth. Interestingly, A Goody Life incorporates investing in antiques, and Intelligence and Creativity can be raised by using The Internet.
I woke up today with a strange feeling. I looked in the phone and saw it is Wednesday. I made my coffee, looked at the calendar and saw it is Tuesday, opened the radio and listened to Friday's evening news. But I started suspecting when I got the Sunday's newspaper. Nobody gives Sunday's newspaper at Thursday, or was it Monday?
So what are you escaping from this week? It's summer time, nobody wants to be at work (or cleaning out the fridge.) Lots of people are getting kids ready to go back to school, there are plenty of good excus umm I mean reasons to take a brief escape. Whatever yours is, here are a few tasty escape games served up for you. Check out the menu, we have Strawberry Café, Primera, and Ichima Game. Why choose? Indulge.
After ten years and seven instalments the artist formerly known as Jonbro wraps up the point-and-click 'Riddle' saga with the immensely enjoyable Riddle Transfer 2. Be warned that there are plot spoilers ahead but come on, seriously the series is ten years old. That's like me telling you Brad Pitt and Ed Norton were the same person. You should already know this stuff.
"Hey Hey they're the MONKEYS!!" OK maybe it's just me but I love these little guys. There's something inherently playful and mischievous about them that makes me smile. Seeing that PencilKids had made yet another installment had me immediately...um postponing some work I need to be doing and diving into the hijinks.
So often a journey begins with a story. A few simple words can carry you on an adventure as great as any begun with a single step. This fact is the starting point of Esklavos' new game The Soul Stone Escape. In his characteristic style, the artwork flows with the somewhat dreamlike quality of the story. There may be ogres and snakes and pits but there is never a sense of danger, only of wonder. This game, and the story it contains embraces the idea of magic as we knew it in childhood.
None of that should imply that there are not puzzles to solve or clues to be found. There are several scenes and to advance from one to another requires completing certain puzzles and collecting particular items. In the past, many Esklavos games have featured a sort of map which opened various areas to the player. There is no map in Soul Stone. In fact there are fewer scenes (four) than you may be accustomed to seeing but each one is rich in content. Also by taking away the ability to jump from one location to another the space has a more linear quality, everything feels more connected.
This game falls squarely in the point and click genre. Simple to navigate and control with everything right there on the screen. There's really nothing to get in the way of just enjoying playing.
We're in the second half of July, and it's just the first one this year. But it's easy to forgive, because Escape 26 is almost as huge as Robamimi's monumental Gargoyles, and I think the most difficult one in 2016. We have to gather all of our mental strength to get through the puzzles. To tell the truth, I haven't managed to solve all the riddles by myself, but I'm a stupidly unpatient person, and You probably will be able to get out the room(s).