Waking up with no memory? Check. Underground abandoned facility? Check. Creepy mutant monsters wanting to nibble on your face while you have limited ammo? Check and check. Facility Z is ready to play.
After nearly seven years, the beloved post-apocalyptic RPG trading simulation returns! You've grown up in an underground bunker all your life, but when your mentor goes missing, you're told to go bring him home... by any means necessary. Travel a dangerous wasteland, hire mercenaries, help people, and of course, make a mint buying low and selling high.
Aliens are back and it's up to you and your rag tag team to get out there and stomp those monsters into goo. Run, jump and shoot your way through fifteen arenas of alien on human combat, then make use of a staggering amount of upgrades.
The wonderfully surreal Nekra Psaria is back, ready for more bizarro adventures with Johnny-boy in his weird, head-powered world. This time, you'll be point-and-clicking your way through a bizarre forest, feeding cats, catching birds, and growing head-trees along the way. There're people to meet and puzzles to solve along the way, but in this thoroughly surreal series, the most enjoyable part is just having your mind blown!
In this puzzle platformer, the main character struggles with uncontrollable mood swings represented by mirrored worlds on each level. While some may find the implication of abuse too much to get past, Mercurial Story is still obviously intended to provide an optimistic look if you can survive to the end.
Murder is great, I think we can all agree, but what about endless, procedurally generated murder presented in the form of logic puzzles? Explore and interrogate witnesses, keeping your own notes and maps, and figure out who to accuse as well as their weapons and motives in this simple but smart game made in just nine days.
You're an army of one against a horde of undead. Shoot through the hordes, explore the terrain, and rescue what few survivors you can find to swell the ranks of the living. Another fantastic entry in the Decision series.
A ghoulishly silly game of reflexes and stabbings, how long can you last when everyone is out to literally stab you in the back... and can you really blame them when that's how you got where you are yourself?
In the season finale to The Game Kitchen's celebrated Lovecraftian style point-and-click horror adventure, the need for answers drives you to a lonely estate with its share of skeletons in the closet. While it might not answer enough of the questions raised over the series, it offers a fantastically freaky and chilling experience.
It's not easy being a space ninja. No matter where you go, some wayward planet somewhere is always in need of your help! In this sequel to the original, the last ninja finds himself on a planet beset by the mafia! Help him leap from wall to wall to take out every mob member in the level! He can utilize special technique scrolls and ninja clones to help him, but these mafia men are packing robot power! Learn their weaknesses and take them all down!
Sentry Knight is back and more colourful than ever in this sequel that brings more of the same addictive defensive shooting fans have come to crave. Stay in your tower and take aim against an onslaught of baddies, upgrading spells and abilities, as you bow-and-arrow your way across the kingdom.
Two of Hyptosis' most popular point-and-click adventure series finally crossover in Kingdom of Liars: Stonepath, featuring characters from The Hood. Kingdom of Liars: Stonepath succeeds in expanding the Lorestrome world, while focusing its ongoing plot. backed by the gorgeous art and clever writing Hyptosis is known for.
Getting stuck in an elevator is bad enough, but getting stuck with eight strangers, one of whom is a killer, is even worse. People are picked off one by one as the lights go out in this short interactive movie, and you'll have to figure out which one of them is the killer to get the best ending.
A remake of the original Why Am I Dead?, Why Am I Dead: Rebirth by Peltast Games keeps the atmosphere and memorable characters while adding lots of new content. Possessing people and finding your murderer has never been easier, though, of course, those who don't already know whodunnit will probably enjoy it a lot more.
You'll be rooting for the undead in this silly spin on a launch game, as you help a zombie who just wants to stop and smell the flowers run from angry villagers, nabbing coins, power-ups, and buying upgrades along the way.
Fly through the air blasting critters and defeating evil overlords in Sky Quest, a sidescrolling shooter from Berzerk Studio. Gorgeously designed enemies, intriguing gameplay that manages to stay just one step of addiction ahead of feeling repetitive, a somewhat overwhelming array of gameplay options, an epic score, and a gratuitous amount of testosterone, makes up for a front-loaded learning curve and a plot that feels like an indecisive parody.
You've been kidnapped and taken to a facility to test the killing capabilities of a hostile creature in this blend of survival horror and escape! Hunt for items and food and avoid the monster prowling after you in this text-only adventure game.
Jump, run, bounce, and fight your way across each level collecting as much treasure as you can in this action packed game. Use your cash to upgrade your character until you're a lean, mean, thieving machine, but perhaps saving villagers along the way will have a bigger effect on you than you thought.
Blast zombie hordes that come shambling out of the darkness towards your cabin, then spend your precious stamina points after. Do you need new weapons? New skills? Or should you fix that car and get out of Dodge? These are the decisions you have to make in this tense zombie defense game.
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!
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.
Psionic Games is back with another horror-themed point-and-click adventure, and this one's rendered in full atmospheric 3D with Unity! You find yourself locked within a grim tomb, a giant stone door barring your only exit. Luckily for you, some helpful soul has left you several notes to help you escape! But those notes have more to say about your predicament than you might expect... Enjoy both the puzzles and the shivers up your spine!
Schrödinger's cat Maru is sick of all these experiments and his fate being nebulously tied to a box, so he's out for revenge in this short and silly but clever and gorgeous point-and-click puzzle adventure made in just 72 hours.
A top-down action shooter by Modern Boys Production, BLACK IV: Time for Revenge is basically just about a stickguy shooting a bunch of other stickguys, occasionally in slow motion. And that's more than fine! An unrepentantly goofy and escapist throwback, BLACK IV keeps the bullets flying and the trigger fingers itchy.
It wasn't the ice age that made the dinosaurs disappear, and in this cute-yet-bloody and frantic platform arena shooter, you'll learn that they'll not down for the count yet! Lead your dino squad against deadly enemies and unlock new weapons and abilities.
A twine interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression, developed by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey and Isaac Schankler, Depression Quest hopes to offer empathy and sympathy for what can be a very painful condition. Some awkward prose is balanced by its ambitiousness in subject matter, and makes a convincing case for how games can help us all understand each other better.
Turns out zombies and skeletons don't make very good manual labor when they're trying to eat your face. Command an army made up of different powerful units across levels that will challenge and limit you in this tricky yet smart real-time strategy defense game!
A slow-paced sniping game that has you dropping targets from hundreds of meters away. Be wary of wind and distance as you draw a bead on each zombie, and curve your bullet mid-flight with the WASD keys to fine-tune each shot.
Battle mythological creatures and advance your experience levels in this unique hybrid of idle clicker and tabletop role-playing games from the days of yore. The game runs by itself, but you'll have to manage your upgrades, inventory, skills and more to truly succeed.
Descend into a dungeon with your brother Erasmus in this strange Twine text adventure, again and again and again and again. Failure is often the only way forward, so explore and experiment if you expect to uncover any of the game's endings, much less the real one.
In the final chapter of the terrifying point-and-click adventure series, you've gone even deeper into your dreams to try to escape from them and the creatures holding you captive. Danger lurks around every corner in this game that will give you chills and make you jump.
Get by with a little help from your friends in this tower-defense game of apocalyptic proportions. Find other survivors with unique abilities as you try to cross town, holding off zombies in each level and capturing command points to place down new defensive units.
Tense, realistic, and gorgeously rendered, this tower defense/strategy hybrid puts you in command of a defensive force in several real world battle zones. Upgrade your units and deploy choppers and planes for maximum strategic effect.
In this bizarre point-and-click adventure/escape game, your generator has run out of fuel while you're trying to watch TV. Your talking generator, who is also a head. That's not the weirdest thing you'll see in this surreal yet oddly intuitive game that will creep you out while keeping you oddly intrigued.
Work your way through to get deeper into Hell to make it back to your home. Take on odd jobs from smashing important statues, collecting magical items, saving smaller demons, or just the good old slaughter to earn your way across the hellish dimensions..
It's been raining for forty days and forty nights, and M. Critter's home is seriously losing ground (as it were). But that jerk Noah won't let him on the ark! Thank goodness Critter's got an assortment of fantastical kicking machines he can use to launch himself toward the boat. Bounce off bats, get spiked on thorns, and shoot yourself out of a giant robot's arm cannon to reach the boat and give that Noah a piece of your mind!
Mutants! Zombies! Lumpy faces galore! Despite some bumps in its execution, this turn-based strategy game inspired by Zombotron, Xenosquad, and even Fallout is still a solid little title good for casual fans and newcomers.
Think outside of the box in the short, but delightfully "broken" platformer, Glitch Lab. Find and exploit the glitch in each level to reach the door, but try not to play by the rules!
Hope you're being paid well, because this job sucks! They have you working in one seriously dark and freaky warehouse. Good thing it's just your imagination that the walls are closing in... right? Push switches and avoid monsters in this tricky turn-based puzzle, but plan your path, because every four steps brings those jaws nearer...
After a late night, you awake to find something is off in your tiny apartment... namely, the enormous chains locking you in, and the way you can't use your phone to call for help. In this short and surreal atmospheric puzzle adventure, you'll need to search not only for a way out, but also for meaning.
Though some people may find it hard to watch at times, this short interactive visual novel/story takes place over one night in 2010, as the narrator's boyfriend urges him to come out to his parents. Make your choices, but do so carefully, since everyone remembers everything you say.
A mystery has erupted in the peaceful zombie society and its up to Detective Margh and his sidekick Ghvnn to figure it out. Read along and help Margh make choices that will alter the plot in future chapters and perhaps find out that this mystery goes deeper than you thought.
It's good to be bad in this silly, snarky, and addictively simple sim from Chickadee Games. Buy low and sell hell in black markets over the world, building up your secret base to unlock more content, but beware... someone's always out to get you! Also available for iOS and Android.
A floating banana is asking you to kill gangsters. So naturally this side-scrolling, time-slowing, jumping, rolling, dodging shooter has you killing gangsters for your little banana friend. You don't want to be rude to Pedro, do you?
Caught between two voices that hate each other and might not have your best interests at heart, you play a conscious android girl struggling through an oppressive and disturbing world in this atmospheric platforming adventure.
The enemy is laying siege to our base. Their superior numbers will soon smash through our defenses, and all we can hope to do is to stand our ground, put a bullet in as many as we can, and hope we can last long enough for help to arrive. This is Storm Ops 4, a military first-person defense shooter by 3KG Games. The first couple of levels offer a steep learning curve, but shooter fans in the mood for a more realistic edge will find it worth sticking to.
A lost princess. A knight with a sword. A horde of enemies between them. This fast-paced, surprisingly challenging brawler game suggests you do what comes naturally. Slash, dodge and bomb your way into the history books.
Help the monstrous Nosferatu find his prized treasure that has been mysteriously locked away in his haunted mansion. Explore his castle, find keys to progress, and enjoy a good laugh or two in this short exploration game.
It was a dark and snowy night. Perfect time for a little breaking and entering, right? Deal with monsters and more in this creepy-cool point-and-click adventure that'll take you a surprisingly long time to finish and has piles of potential despite its design missteps.
Wanna do a bit of snooping around to see what an evil organisation is up to? Who doesn't! In this funny little sort-of-noire stealth game, you'll be a lean, mean sneaking machine, tiptoeing your way through short but thoroughly entertaining levels until you reach the heart of the nefarious mystery.
Imagine you're an alien. Now imagine you're a green alien with extendable sticky arms trying to escape from a facility, and you communicate through crushing people to pulp. That's the premise behind this weirdly cute and simple puzzle game, where you must sling and sneak your way through levels to the exit without being caught.
Featuring randomly-generated levels and a gorgeous, eerie sound design, this game is not for the faint of heart. Travel through each dark dungeon, collecting notes and artifacts by flickering candlelight, with hordes of undead tormentors ready to leap at you from the darkness.
Rebuild, upgrade, and explore in this unique top-down survival game with a medieval setting. The kingdom is overrun with the walking dead. It's up to you to rescue survivors, build defenses and end the zombie menace once and for all.
Time is running out for the poor folks unjustly hung by an overzealous hangman, but with a well placed arrow you can free them from their nooses. Or, you know. Take out an eye if you're garbage at it. You're not the hero they need, but you're the hero they deserve.
When the king asks you to go kick some demon butt, you can't refuse. So you put together a band of merry henchmen and set out to Doom Castle to defeat an evil overlord. Before you reach him, though, you'll have to go over hill and dale, killing skeletons, ghosts and all manner of supernatural critters, thus improving your skills before you finally face your formidable foe.
If you like your escape games with a side of strange sauce, Detarou's name is like ringing a dinner bell. Packed with puzzles, cryptic clues, and the usual menagerie of strange and inappropriate characters, Biyori will trick and freak you out.
Pick up your gun and stand against oncoming waves on zombies in this realistic shooter, then manage your group of survivors to scavenge and help defend in between, holding out as long as you can!
Mutants have overrun the universe, and it's up to the galaxy's last ninja to travel back in time to take them all down. Leap from wall-to-wall to take them down in this puzzler, but watch where you land!
Epic Boss Fighter is an epic action shooter by Entertainment Forge that'll have you rushing in a manner quite boss indeed. The bullets could probably stand to be a little more hellacious, but the variety in the ten bosses and their techniques make this a game you'll want to attack for massive damage.
Typically when dealing with monsters, you've got to duke it out, but what happens when you literally can't? Created for the Procedural Death Jam and playable in beta, this dungeon-crawling roguelike drops you into deadly procedurally generated environments where you need to use your wits to bait, lure, and sneak by the things waiting to tear you limb from limb.
Not freaked out by bugs? These creepy crawlies are bigger than normal, and they're out to destroy your base in this gorgeous, challenging tower-defense. Place and upgrade elemental towers and hold out against massive waves of enemies!
You find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.
Hack, slash, and pillage your way through the nether-realms in this simple yet addictive dungeon-crawling action RPG packed with treasure. All you have to do is take out a bunch of super powered mean demons... for one REALLY super powered mean demon. What could go wrong?
You're dead! But that's not bad news. In this puzzle platformer, you're even sorta used to it, but now after a few years of haunting your cemetery, you're starting to get that ghostly itch to see what lies beyond the gates. A challenging and unforgiving game that offers a clever possession mechanic to navigate through stages with different people, and other... things.
Less a game and more a community-driven storytelling experiment, this collection of tales and comics from different authors and artists covers everything from serious sci-fi to epic fantasy, and even humour. The catch? You get to vote on how each new installment of the stories you're reading will go.
After bursting out of a coffin, you find yourself lost and disoriented in a strange city, and when night falls things get even stranger. The third chapter of the popular point-and-click horror adventure series provides some of the best atmosphere around in an otherworldly and supremely creepy setting that provides big scares without a lot of gore.
In Earth Taken 2, an action platformer by SeethingSwarm, you are a survivor, trying desperately to shoot through the hordes of aliens who've turned the world toxic. So a lot like the first Earth Taken, then. Jocularity aside, though, while there's a lot that's the same, gameplay has also been refined, making this the sci-fi horror game the original could and should have been.
Silvian is down on his luck, and running afoul of a local thieves guild doesn't help matters. He's taking a job to find out what's wrong in a neighbouring town, but before he leaves he has some items to gather. A short first installment to a new dark fantasy point-and-click adventure from Black Olive Games.
From Red Medusa Productions, creators of the Versus flash animation series, and XPYC Team, creators of... potato chips (I think?), comes VerSus Ohrustenny Quest. The small amounts of in-game text are in Russian, but the general story of this point-and-click adventure should be clear in seconds: a fair maiden has been kidnapped, and it's up to the Fourth Musketeer (who, lest we forget, is actually a swordsman) to rescue her from her captors. A little naughty as potato chip commercials go, but fans of physical comedy will find it definitely worth an impulse try.
Trapped in a dangerous lab of soldiers and monsters and deadly instruments, you've been sprung from your cell by a faceless hacker. Now it's up to you to blast, explode, dissolve, and electrocute your way out in this challenging and varied physics projectile puzzler.
A bounty hunter's life for me! After all, it's bandanas and cool motorbikes and shooting from all sorts of weapons, what's not to like? In Deadly Road Trip, you'll get the chance to take out as many bad guys as you like, collecting power-ups along the way and buying lots of upgrades so you can take out more bad guys. With great visuals and more than decent length, this is one awesome explosion-filled, unlimited-ammo old school arcade shooter.
The night is dark and full of terrors. You are one of them. You cannot see, but you can hear, and though they may hear you coming, they will not be able to stop you. Because he deserves it. Jord Farrell presents The Hunter, an intense, challenging, and intensely challenging, unique top-down stealth-based horror adventure, originally developed as part of the "you only get one" Ludum Dare 28 competition, now expanded and refined for a final release.
Beethro Budkin has been going down, down, down, for a while now, clearing out all the critters and baddies in King Dugan's dungeon, and he's finally reached floors unlucky thirteen through sixteen.
You've got more than nine lives and you're going to need them in this punishing platformer. Use jet-packs, teleporters, gravity switches and much, much more to overcome fiendish and deadly hazards in your journey to save the world. I think you can do it, even if the narrator is... less than encouraging.
You are Victor the Tenacious, bravest, strongest, and most intelligentest knight in the whole kingdom. You have been tasked with rescuing the fair Princess Sonia from the Black Dragon Urquel. Oh yeah, and you've let your faithful squire has tag along for the ride too. A short-but-funny Twine yarn by David T. Marchand that fans of fantasy humor won't want to miss.
So there's this lion prince Leonidas, and he has to protect his realm from lizard intruders by chucking his trusty spear at them. The premise might sound wacky, but this projectile puzzle game definitely deserves your attention. With its polished design and cool voice acting, strangely fitting pop culture references and epic spear-throwing action, Spanthera is certainly a pleasant surprise.
Arrows, fireballs, glacial winds, and the unholy tortured spirits of the undead are at your disposal in this addictive and gorgeous but oh-so-grindy shooter defense game. Stave off waves of invading monsters and make use of extensive spells and upgrade trees... and a blacksmith on a turtle, because why not.
It's just you against an endless tide of sword-and-bow-wielding enemies in this simple but stylish little arcade game, so try to take as many of them out as you can before they take you out! More variety would have really made this one shine, but as it stands, it's still an interesting twist on a very simple formula.
Created as a prologue/demo/companion piece to the commercial indie title Ossuary, this strange and somewhat unsettling adventure will take you on a psychological and philosophical narrative as you unravel what happened to cause your journey to be thrown off tilt on your way to the Place of Bones.
Part strategic puzzle, part turn-based RPG, this latest idea from Daniel Benmergui has you picking a path through a dangerous dungeon on a grid filled with enemies, items, and traps on your way to take down a god. Though short and straight-forward, it's fun while it lasts and has a ton of potential.
All of your nightmares pales in comparison to space leviathans who eat whole planets! But, of course, this is what you're forced to face in 8Bit Skull's action adventure title, Zos. It's been thousands of years, and the great monster, X'o'chthu,is back for another round of celestial chomping. It is up to you to gather the lost essences of heroes-past and use their powers to fight it off once again.
Help a ragtag group survive the holidays in their zombie apocalypse world in Infectonator Survivors: Christmas, a special build of the upcoming real time strategy spin-off of Toge Productions' popular series. A fun, if unpolished stocking stuffer that will get gamers ready for the big-ticket gift on the way.
Felix Park's short interactive art piece looks simple, but has surprising depth. When you pick up your camera and allow yourself to zoom in close to different parts of your room, you'll be surprised at the things you find. By turns silly, embarrassing, introspective and even a little uncomfortable, FOC/US is about the things we can let isolate and paralyze us, as well as the parts of us we think too much about, or maybe not enough.
Continuing your mad dash for rescue from a post-apocalyptic zombie wasteland, this upgrade and action-packed sequel doesn't change the gameplay much as you crash through the undead and destructible barriers to rack up cash, but is just as entertaining as you'd hope.
We covered Failbetter Games' eerie and elegant text-based MMO RPG three years ago when it was called Echo Bazaar, and now the game is bigger and better than ever. In a vast subterranean city where secrets are currency, Hell has an embassy, and murder and romance go hand in hand, create a character and take part in tons of unlockable storylines as you grow.
Time to mow down some bad guys... in winter! Battalion Commander 2 is the sequel of the popular vertical shooter, now with 100% more snow. With all new soldiers, enemies and missions, this action-packed game will keep you entertained for a long time – that is, if you don't mind slaying cute little soldiers dressed in pink.
Discover the rest of the story in this quasi-sequel to 2012's hit alien horror shooter. The disgusting, blood-filled, bullet-ridden, creepy-crawly story. Play as two different heroes as you explore both a destroyed space outpost and alien planet, earning upgrades and new equipment, and trying to discover the truth and get out alive without having your faces chewed off by shadow bats.
Part stealth game, part challenging platformer, Blade Rush's minimalist style masks a surprisingly fun and fast-paced game that forces you to keep moving as you zip around lethal stages taking out foes in one hit... before they do the same to you!
When the world has gone mad with invading alien monsters, insanity isn't a disadvantage in Madville, an arena brawler/shooter by Umut Dervis. Games with one-man armies facing off against wave after wave of snarling monsters are nothing new, but Madville gives the genre a shot in the arm.
It's the end of the world as we know it... and it's all your fault! In this simple (and grindy) yet addictive zombie arcade game, control a horde of undead with just one finger as you race through the city adding hapless citizens to your pack, nabbing powerful mutations, avoiding danger, and more!
Aliens have invaded Earth! You are the only one who can stop them! So you'd better go stop them! A nostalgic retro run-and-gun platform shooter by Sinclair Strange that hearkens to the 8-bit era, Alien Splatter may not entirely live up to the challenge of NES classics like Contra and Ninja Gaiden, but it's a pixelated good time.
So you have a turtle to take care of. After a drunken night, you find a scorpion in the box with the turtle. Will you save the poor turtle? Will you die trying? Do some fun point-and-clicking in The Scorpion Box and find out!
Lynnea Glasser (formerly Dally) returns to the interactive fiction scene with Coloratura. Play as a displaced alien who only seeks to get away from the blind, apathetic humans and return to their place of bliss. Without the ability to directly manipulate objects, you can 'color' the humans moods to create situations beneficial to your goal. Whether dealing with them violently or more peacefully, you will get back to your resting place. Whatever it takes.
It's tough to be a worm on a fishing hook. It's a bit easier when you have firearms, though. Bait and Switch is an underwater shooter in which a courageous red-headband-wearing worm fights for his right not to be eaten by particularly voracious fish. With lots of upgrades and types of enemies, silly graphics and solid mechanics, it's probably the most fun you can get out of simulated fishing.
Continuing where the first chapter in this eerie point-and-click horror adventure left off, our hero finds himself plagued by disturbing dreams and driven to seek answers at a secluded church that seems to offer more secrets than sanctuary.
Olav and the Lute, a music-based puzzle adventure game by Shelly Alon, and Johann and Daniel Von Appen has you exploring a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, wielding the power of a magical stringed instrument. Gameplay will be familiar to players of LucasArts' Loom, but Olav and the Lute is an engagingly unique ride, despite its short length.
Awesome Zombie Exterminators! Zombie Exterminators are awesome! Or at least they are in this action-driving game by EmitterCritter. Bouncy, comedic, and viscerally enjoyable, though admittedly without much replay value.
The rebellion needs a hero... not to save the day, but to go beat the pants out of the other kingdoms until THEY respect you enough to come save the day. It's complicated, alright? Though some characters and a "new game +" mode are only available in a premium edition, this turn-based strategic RPG offers a who lot of quirks and combat and is a clear labour of love.
Zombotron is back! When your ship off this zombie-ridden world still lacks fuel, you set out to find some. Unfortunately for you, it's never that simple. With more elaborate levels and all the explosive physics action you've come to expect, this latest Zombotron installment is just as weird and wonderfully addictive as ever.
Jeff has a job just like anyone else, but unlike you or me, his job includes rolling into the paranormal and sorting things out. In this short interactive tale, he finds himself called in with the rest of his team late one night to fix a problem... only it might not be fixable. A charming mix of freaky and funny, Catachresis is begging for a bigger, bolder sequel.