Webcomic xkcd has been around for over a decade, and to celebrate the release of his new book, creator Randall Munroe has created a very simple piece of platforming interactive art. But venture beyond the small playing field, and you'll find a much bigger world than you thought that's full of surprises.
It's dungeon delving, hands-off!... mostly! Your party moves, slays, and loots by themselves in this idle action game as they descend through randomly generated dungeons, but you can help them kill monsters and heal by clicking on them, equipping their treasure, and unlocking more places to hunt. Also free for Android and iOS!
A handful of tiles, and a cryptic pattern to lay them out in... that's the premise behind this simple but satisfying puzzle game, where each stage has its own unique pattern to decipher, and there are 40 increasingly tricky levels to solve.
Boy finds sword. Boy stabs monster with sword. Boy rescues girl. Boy and girl go out for coffee or something. But what if things happen in the wrong order? Find out in Tiled Quest, an HTML5 sliding block puzzle game developed by Team Doa Ibu for the Indonesian Indie Game Festival. With it's nice mix of iconographic pixel and hand-drawn artwork and simple, intuitive gameplay, Tiled Quest is a charming little time-waster that can be immediately jumped into.
Chances are you've seen variations on this simple puzzle game before, where you slide pieces around a board to try to clear a path for one of them, but in David Tzur's version, you'll need to take into account that all the pieces move at once in the same direction until they run into something!
Aptly named puzzle game Stacko has you making stacks of colored disks to match the target shown each level. But things aren't as simple as just dropping these blocks on top of each other. Instead you must careful let them hop down and using their movements to stack each other.
All you need to do in this elegant minimalistic game from FRVR is drag the nodes around to untangle the mess of lines in the starry sky so that none of them overlap. It should be easy, but as the shapes rapidly get more complex with piles of lines, it becomes anything but!
When a bunch of babies are bunny-napped to open an evil portal, our bearded hero springs into action in this simple but challenging platformer where an army of the undead needs to be dodged and blasted with split-second timing across different stages with different weapons.
Make your score climb by gobbling down green dots while avoiding the green that spawn for each one you eat, but with different characters to unlock and faster, angrier enemies, this little arcade game is simple but addictive!
Created in just 48 hours for Ludum Dare, in this simple but addictive action game, you're leading an army of unstoppable killing machines... it's just too bad they're all zombies who don't take instruction very well.
Also for Android and iOS, this simple puzzle game will have you eased back and relaxing along until you realize your timer is ticking down. Speed is the name of this game. How far you can go depends on how quick you can focus, and how fast you can tap.
You've only got a few clicks to light all the hexagons up in this simple but stylish puzzle game by Kings Kollege, also free for Android. Click a tile to turn on all the adjacent ones, but watch out! In later levels, some tiles can only be manipulated a few times, or not at all.
The popular gravity-switching runner is back, as you see how long you can run on a twisting, turning, upside-down-ing track while inverting gravity to avoid obstacles. While the gameplay doesn't really offer much new, upgraded visuals makes it look and play a lot more smoothly.
Grow your army, one click at a time, in this incremental idle game from Deqaf Studio. Though perhaps a little too simple for some, a great visual style and casual pick-up-and-dominate gameplay may make it a good choice to fill your spare time.
As a curious blind kitten in search of your friend, you must travel across town and use your senses and sound to reveal obstacles and make your way around, in this simple but gorgeous little experimental platformer made in just 72 hours.
Rotate and cut up three dimensional shapes to reduce them to boring ol' "two dee" in as few slices as possible in this simple but stylish little puzzle game that might prove to be a bit TOO simplistic for those who have seen similar ideas before.
Elio Landa returns with another simple but beautifully designed little puzzle game. Enjoy zen-like atmosphere and carefully crafted levels as you slide blocks around with a limited number of moves to cover all glowing spots on the field.
Part machine, part matchmaker, all heart! Use your cartoonishly robotic limbs to bring hearts - and love! - together in this surreal analogue phuzzle equivalent of Tindr. Go, go gadget cupid!
You're guilty. They know you are, and nothing you can say will change their mind. The only question is how long you can hold out without contradicting yourself or dawdling in this fast-paced game of interrogation after a catastrophic event. The only question is... what are you guilty of?
What do you do if you're a frog who can't jump? Well, in this simple but satisfying retro puzzle platformer from Pixelulsar, you need to fall, climb, push, and unlock to make your way to the exit in each of the game's dozen levels.
Gibton brings all their blocks to the yard, and they're like, "our match-3 puzzles are super cute and pleasant and thus as good as yours," because they're not rude and combative. Match rows of blocks to clear the screen in as few moves as possible in this follow-up to the original!
Love shonen manga? Then this idle incremental game is for you! Train and unlock new abilities as you battle monsters and bosses across the globe, all with a single click of your mouse. With nods and references to iconic titles like Dragon Ball all over the place, fans of the genre will get a lot of mileage out of its simple gameplay.
Also available for iOS, in this adorable arcade game from Neutronized, you play a wizard who can only defend yourself with stunning magical blasts when you fall off a ledge, and are otherwise forced to run from the cute enemies in your path. Simple yet challenging classic gameplay and a beautiful pixel style makes this an authentic classic-feeling experience, with eighteen levels for your browser, and over sixty on the paid iOS version!
Love math? Love subtracting? Eli Landa makes the experience a mellow one as you place sums on a board to try to reduce your target number to zero. Despite a lack of bells and whistles, its clean, relaxing style makes it a great casual puzzle.
Slide blocks to push out all the fans on each level. Sounds simple even with different, restricted movement types, right? But clean, minimalist design masks some surprisingly tricky brain teasers. Check out the full Android and iOS versions for more levels and another game mode!
This casual puzzle game has you clicking on blocks to slide them around in order to connect one glowing square to it's un-illuminated sibling. One hundred levels of puzzling goodness await you, and the game's also available for Android.
This mobile and browser game is a delirious little reflex test that's sure to keep you on your toes. Release bombs to hit enemy ships and snag their loot, but be sure not to sink pirate vessels. There are also ice bergs to contend with, and some floating tokens you'll need to grab before they disappear.
The knight and the princess are in love, but the princess' father isn't having any of it, so naturally the only solution is to beat the castle to the ground and use the treasure they throw at you to upgrade your equipment in this simple, silly, and unfortunately SLOW action game.
You have eight bricks. That's it, that's all. Just eight. And with these eight bricks at least one must make the daring climb up and out to the surface and to the world that awaits you there in this fast-paced challenging platformer.
It's just you, your sidearm, and whatever defenses you can build against waves of invading alien scum for as long as you can last repairing your ship in this demo for an upcoming game that blends shooting action with tower defense turret crafting.
They're just your average monsters living in a junkyard trying to gather all the food and materials they can before the place closes at the end of the month! A simple and repetitive action game that still manages to shine and charm thanks to a great sense of humour and endearing story and characters.
Help Cloudia pass her test to become a weather mage by popping clouds for her to dodge obstacles and dangers as she flies through surreal worlds filled with coins for upgrades in this easy but appealingly storybook-like arcade game.
If you can't figure out a way to pull in more customers, the hamburger stand across the way will drive you out of business at the end of the week in this deceptively difficult game of strategy where the best sign wins... but crafting it is much harder than you'd think.
A relaxing, ambient and minimalist puzzle game. You move your bouncing blue box left and right with the arrows, deleting every box you land on as you go. Some boxes require more than one bounce so prepare to do some mental gymnastics as you try to delete each one.
Sometimes it's not so bad to rely only on yourself. Especially when there are multiple versions of you lying around, and they can freeze in space in time to become useful platforms and stepping-stones for you to get around on. Help one man... er, men... escape from the dark place he... er, they have become trapped in. Never has the phrase "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps" been so literal as it is in this thematic puzzle-platformer.
The popular arcade series is back with a third installment! Beat pinatas and sell the candy they drop to earn upgrades... the better to beat them harder! Though it might be too simple for some, it's colourful and oddly addictive, and a fine way to indulge your sweet tooth.
Martin Kool returns with another addictive minimalist puzzler! In this companion to addictive hit 0h h1, figure out how many blue dots are on the field by using the numbers others display when they "see" other blue dots in their row or column, but remember... red dots block their view!
Cyberkat is a digital kitty in a high-tech world, and he's got a hankering for some seafood! Help him hunt down digital fish, crabs, scallops, and more in this side-scrolling shooter.
Who says you'll never make a million bucks? With Hyper Hippo's super silly incremental idle game, you'll make a LOT more than that, starting with lemonade stands and working your way up to oil companies and more... with a few managers, upgrades, and heavenly investment, of course.
Created in just two days, this simple but striking and oddly thrilling game has you diving deep beneath the waves to lure the massive evil spirits threatening your village to the surface so you can slay them with your bow!
Turn-based RPG roguelike meets Russian roulette in this clever minimalist browser game that's still in development. Hop around different quadrants filled with monsters and items, but the catch is you never know which tile you'll land on! How far can you go before you die?
Elio's lovely, serene puzzle game is back for more as you alter the grid before you using various tools to try to recreate the faded overlay shape. It's trickier than it sounds, since you can only use the tools in the order they're provided to you, and with 50 more levels, it's enough to make for a satisfying break for any puzzle fan.
All of the fairies in the blocky nature park have been kidnapped! Now it's up to the park's awesome, awesome ranger to get them back. Why is this ranger so awesome? Because the entire world revolves around them! While you can normally move left and right, you can flip your world to change what directions "left" and "right" are, and explore new dimensions. Run and jump through three dimensions, and get all the fairies back to your spaceship!
How long can you last against an endless tide of enemies when your own weapon can be deadly to you in this simple but also simply addictive arcade game from Michel Gerard? Toss your boomerang and leap to avoid it and attack enemies behind you, but it's only a matter of time...
Take a little, take it all, or take nothing in this unique, clever game from Stephen Lavelle and Terry Cavanagh. You're trying to decide what to pack in your tiny suitcase, and what you take and what you alternately leave behind determines the short story and premise that unfolds, with unlockable items and new combinations to discover on new playthroughs!
Billed as a "playable post", Nicky Case and Vi Hart use a series of simple puzzle games to illustrate how small biases can have a big impact as they talk about segregation and diversity thoughtfully and intelligently without ever pointing any fingers.
Still don't feel sufficiently prepared for this jelly? Well, maybe Jelly Lam, a simple idea physics tentacle-swinging puzzle game by Alexander Balabanovich will give you a little security. With its warm color palette, intuitive physics engine, and lightly challenging puzzles, Jelly Lam hits that sweet spot of visual appeal with pick-up-and-play simplicity, even if the best levels are in the back third.
How long can you last in this simple yet addictive one-touch arcade game as you rocket down the endless corridor, latching onto and swinging from node to node while you leave a colourful trail behind you?
Available in your browser or free for iOS and Android, Martin Kool serves up a simple and simply lovely little puzzle game for fans of logic, smart gameplay, and beautiful, clean design.
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?
Elio Landa serves up more smart and stylish puzzling in this game that proves puzzles don't need to be complicated to be great. Move numbers across a grid of other numbers to zero out their sum, planning your course and enjoying a swanky soundtrack and clean design.
Haven't had nearly enough of Crazy Digger 2? Well, the Crazy Digger 2 Level Pack will fulfill all your red-circle-chomping, gem-dropping, saw-blade spinning cravings. Essentially a new set of levels that picks up where the original left off, new players will want to start with the original, but fans looking to dive into a challenge will really dig it.
Shimage, creator of Megami Quest, asks you to test your RPG strategy in this simple little game where you must defend a village for thirty days against increasingly powerful monsters. The catch? No grinding, and it's game over if you fail... unless you saved!
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!
A little city-building simulation with your incremental gaming? Build a 3D village from the ground up, from potatoes to rugmaking to jewelry in this new offering from Supercluster. All this and more, from a title still very actively being developed, has put Idle Village firmly on the map.
Purge a planet of demons in this simple yet lovely sliding puzzle game, as you control two spirits who move at the same time and must collect sparks to banish evil without destroying themselves in the process!
Fix the Sun is a puzzle platfomer by DB based around a unique gameplay mechanism that will have you flitting and flipping a ray of light all over the place. Very much reflex-based, with a number of levels that will take a half dozen deaths to get through, it's not a game for the easily frustrated. But those who press on will find it very rewarding.
Chain-reaction action gets oh-so-adowwable in this simple-yet-sweet arcade game. You have one click with which to explode as many of the cute, boxlike Chisai as possible. Luckily, they have a whole range of crazy abilities to help you along! Launch spikes, arrows, snowstorms, dynamite and more as you set off chains of Chisai, and watch the sparks fly!
You know kids. Always wandering off and getting trapped in mines full of explosives and teleporting ladders and whatnot. In this cute, simple puzzle game made in just a week, you'll have to memorize where danger lies if you want to get the kids out safely.
A puzzling twist on the smash-hit game, each level asks you to stack and combine blocks to make the highest number in as few moves as possible... with a couple challenging rules.
Trounce everything from gnats to camels to restless spirits with your diverse party of adventuring heroes in this RPG-themed incremental game with a retro aesthetic from Trampoline Tales.
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.
Tomorrow and Yesterday, an HTML5 simple idea puzzler by Firecaster, combines a simple and elegant presentation with clever and challenging time travel puzzles, making it a great time both at home or on the go.
Possessing humans and stealing souls is all in a day's work for one demon. Too bad there's a human wizard trying to stop him from doing it! Now he'll need to gather enough souls to have the strength to challenge the wizard in battle! As a demon, you'll be zipping along the ground and finding the best path to get to the humans. But once you enter a human body, you'll be pushing blocks, potions, and buttons and collecting gems on your way to the exit!
Slow, relaxing, and surprisingly tricky, this puzzle game has you slide quadrants of images around to achieve the desired picture. Enjoy the smooth elevator music while you do so; it's like a vacation for your brain.
Save the world, one coin and one click at a time! Inspired by games like Cookie Clicker, this cute and polished clicktoy will run by itself in another page or tab once you get things going. Defeat monsters and earn cash to buy new heroes and their powerful abilities, working your way through different maps and taking on timed bosses.
Connect the stars in this minimalistic yet challenging puzzle game. Click your blue dot around each constellation, earning points to form basic geometric shapes. Don't repeat yourself!
Get the green shapes to the goal. Avoid the red shapes. Sounds pretty simple, right? But there's a hitch! You have three different three-dimensional shapes you need to move around, and each has their own movement pattern. Balls roll in one direction until they hit something. Cubes clink along one space at a time. And cylinders do... both? You'll have to manage a whole toy box full of different blocks all at once in order to get these shapes to the goal, and you only have a few moves to do it in!
Looking for a stylish arcade challenge? All you have to do to play Krome is to keep lapping the center circle as long as possible without running into the trail of squares you leave behind, but changing colours and explosives makes this harder than it looks. How high is your score?
The water is clear, but the solutions need some powerful brain work. A new level pack to the Liquid Measure series to quench the thirst for all physic puzzle lovers out there.
Made for #lowrezjam, Bart Bonte delivers another simple puzzle game, but "simple" definitely doesn't mean easy! All you need to do is fill in the shaded areas of each level with the pixels you're provided with, but changing rules and elements makes that harder than it initially seems!
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.
All the fun of classic wood and metal puzzles right on your computer screen! UnLink is take on well-known style of puzzle where you must pull apart a series of tightly-linked shapes. This one provides wild, abstract shapes, and a decidedly laid-back invisible mentor who's always willing to give you hints. Disassemble these 23 wild and abstract shapes to prove your puzzling might!
Your puzzle is boring! Does it react when you touch it and paint or drive or fly around your cursor? If not, then toss it aside forth-with and play this beautiful yet simple jigsaw game where the goal is to recreate a picture from tiles that change and react to your mouse.
Simple or simply insane? As easy as this new hexagon-based puzzle board game may seem at first glance, it can be infuriatingly challenging to master. Learn against the computer AI or challenge other players to a match as you carve out your space on the board and mark the dots.
When her father is swallowed whole by the kraken, our heroine vows to get him back in this cute but simple arcade style fishing simulator! Travel the seas, catching different fish and selling them for the upgrades you need to take you farther.
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!
Repeat might LOOK simple. And, well... it is. But this puzzle game's minimalistic aesthetic hides some deceptively challenging levels as you plot and plan paths to collect all the golden squares, using limited instructions that run on a loop.
Don't ever let anything come between you and the ones you love. Not even an eight foot pigeon. Mash your way through colourful and quirky stages in this action-packed game that's bizarre, but a whole lot of fun.
Who needs bells and whistles? Not this little puzzle game. Though more of the same straightforward Sokoban as the original, this sequel keeps the presentation sleek and simple and the levels challenging to make it a satisfying and welcome little addition to the genre.
The concept is basic and simple. Replicate the multi-color pattern shown by clicking and dragging a minimum number of one-colored designs onto the grid. When your design matches the one provided, that's perfect! Now you can move on to complete the 99 other levels. Cover Color most closely resembles Factory Balls, albeit without the balls, paint or whimsy. Its unassuming graphics and gameplay won't catch all eyes, but if you're looking for a game to chill with, that engages the brain just enough without taxing, this is what hits the spot.
Since there's never been a bandwagon Tricky hasn't jumped on, he presents to you JayIs2048, a tribute to UsVsTh3m's Make Your Own 2048 generator, a tribute to Gabriele Cirulli's MIT-licensed 2048, a tribute to 1024 by Veewo Studio, a tribute to Threes by Asher Vollmer, which, of course was a tribute to the postulate that small stuff can be combined bigger stuff. There's a whole lot of tributin' going on, is what we're saying.
Getting a key and then to the exit sounds easy for a puzzle platformer. Until you realize that you're a colour-swapping square, and any platform you landed on previously becomes unsafe once it changes to match your hue! Pick your path carefully in this simple yet clever game.
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.
Taking over phones and browsers in just a few weeks, this fiendishly addictive puzzle game has just one goal... get to 2048 by swiping and combining numbered tiles until they add up. But it's harder than it seems, and players looking for simple, casual puzzling will quickly find themselves saying "just one more round", though it bears more than a passing resemblance to Threes!
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?
Lovers of simple and smart puzzle design should look no further than this strangely charming turn-based puzzle game that has you navigating rooms filled with deadly... uh... whatever those are that will charge you whenever you enter their line of sight.
Think you can make the trains run on time? Well, Mini Metro, a strategy simulation from Dino Polo Club gives you the chance to do just that! While missing most of the features promised for the eventual complete version, one gets the feeling that they're getting in on the ground floor of something special as they play through a round of this hectic but relaxing title.
Bam! Right in the nostalgia. Chris Martin puts a clever spin on one of the most notorious games of our decade by combining Earthbound and Flappy Bird for a game development jam designed to encourage and inspire. How long can you last flapping through some iconic locations past some mysterious office supplies before you take mortal damage and collapse?
Number Connect, the HTML5 puzzle game by Jaime TreSensa, looks a lot and plays a lot like Numberlink. Because it essentially is. And that's fine! A smaller play-screen might be nice, but with 100 free puzzles just full of numbers waiting for a connection, it's a fine implementation of the conept
Pipkin Game's little red chomper guy is back for another round of Boulder Dash-like arcade action, in Crazy Digger 2! Cleverer puzzles, fairer enemy placement, and much, much better music mark Crazy Digger 2 as the kind of sequel that even those who skipped the original will dig.
Based from the simple rules concerning how dice are made, Vishnu Vadakke Pariyarath has put together Dynetzzle, a simple idea puzzler that Sudoku fans will find to be quite the bit of pair-o-dice. While only ten puzzles are included, it's the kind of fun idea that begs for expansion.
What it may be lacking in sounds and visuals, Masa's physics puzzler, Linkage Draw, makes up for in a big way with its mind-boggling levels. Drag the pieces together thoughtfully to be able to trace out the given pattern. Maybe it's the position of the pieces that matter or which corner you decide to connect them to, but each of the 16 levels will surely have you going 'hmmmm'.
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.
Roll into outer space with CUBICSPACE, a strategy-based dice game by Adam Atomic where you've got to survive six levels of barrages from fearsome foe dice. You'll pick up extra laser charges and shields along the way, but knowing when to use them or reroll them could mean the difference between cruising by and a bruising cry. Do you have the perfect combination of luck and tactics to get a high score?
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.
Quick, what do you get when you add 10 and 10? The answer is still 10, because 10 is Again! Never mind that that makes no mathematical or grammatical sense, because all that matters is that in 10 is Again, you've got to slide numbered tiles to make stacks that up to exactly ten. In this level pack, multiplication, division, and inversion tiles are added to the mix to make the math just a little wilder and the puzzling a little trickier.
The kingdom needs a hero to slay a dragon, but you need cash a lots of it! In this simple arcade action RPG, you'll charge through five levels of enemies, nabbing all the coin they drop and using it to upgrade your equipment. Though definitely short and nearly TOO simple, great visuals and simple fun still make it addictive while it lasts.
It's beginning to look a lot like Clickmas... Ortiel's hit addictive (and weird!) clicktoy cookie baking simulator gets a festive upgrade that begins with a familiar red hat and ends with... well, that would be spoiling things.
Live Puzzle takes a Christmassy turn! Each uniquely designed jigsaw puzzle is a moving picture, and putting them together is as fun as it is tricky. Now, with ten new and adorable levels, Live Puzzle 2 Christmas Edition is the sweetest game in the series.