They say love is blind, but even the most classic tales (excluding certain animated features) will tell you that frogs are typically ill-suited to marital bliss, at least when one half is human. In cute puzzle game Save the Princess: Love Triangle, the princess has been turned into a frog, and the prince needs to bring her a magic potion to turn her back to normal... though he's a bit dense. He's only motivated by cake, you see, so you'll need to click on the ground to place cake arrows to lure him forward. Click an arrow to rotate it to direct where the prince will head next when he encounters it, and think carefully about where it goes, since you have a limited number, and the prince will gobble it down when he touches it. Not only do you need to contend with steering the prince away from spikes, but you'll also need to either use some of your limited cake supply to steer away rival princes... or, well, lure yours to a sword to finish them off. Throw in some buttons and doors to activate to change the path, and things aren't as straight-forward as they initially appear. Though pretty dated when it comes to gender roles and on the whole very gentle with difficulty, Save the Princess: Love Triangle, is a cute, bright little puzzle game in a simpler vein of titles like Talesworth Adventure, making it cheery fun to kick back with... without breaking your brain.
OZDY's physics puzzle game Chromatic Seals, with art by Ah-Tan and music by Incompetech, is a little weird, because the premise involves leaching colours from vibrant cartoon seals and turning them gray, which is somehow a good thing, so I suppose we all owe Discord an apology. In each level, you slice through ice and bits of scenery to try to match seals to coloured ice... if a seal touches matching ice, it turns gray, but that piece of ice is no longer useable, so you'll want to figure out how to make use of the physics in each level to make all seals happy and gray, in as few slices as possible. Just click and drag through ice or other material, then release to make your cut. Though things start out painfully easy for the first handful of levels, the difficulty begins to creep up, and the lack of instructions beyond the very basic means you're often left to figure out how things work on your own. Chromatic Seals' slicing mechanic isn't really anything new, but its bolstered here with clean level design that makes use of hinges, ropes, and other simple elements to make you think without getting overly extravagant. While completing a level is usually easy, doing so within the maximum number of slices for a three-star rating is more challenging... though still not likely to be anything to really make you break a sweat. If you like physics puzzles, Chromatic Seals is a fun, well put together little game with a lovely presentation that kids will be able to pick up and master in no time, without feeling too kid-centric as to alienate the young at heart.
no1game's little green men lead such interesting, active lives! Sure, sometimes they're just getting their driver's licenses renewed, or squeezing onto a train, but then you've also got the time they were trapped outside their bodies, or went to a baseball game. In Find the Escape-Men 160: Swimming Pool, as you might guess, they're going swimming, and you'll need to find all ten green men before you can escape. I mean, not for long... you do work at the local pool, after all, so you're going to be back dealing with more trouble-makers before you know it, but hey, let's just try to get through the day. Click around to hunt for things to interact with... or, in this case, to find new areas to move to, since this game can be particularly obnoxious about hiding new perspectives and areas in places you'll just have to click about until you stumble across. Find the Escape-Men 160 is definitely more silly than not, with puzzles that require thinking outside the box, or just creatively messing with things. While this means that players who crave, say, the cunning logic of a Tesshi-e game may find this one a little too clicky and weird, those of us who are looking for a fun and whimsically odd way to escape from the heat ourselves will find it worth a dip in.
An endless parade of freshly delivered sushi ferried straight to our lazy laps? Yes please! In no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 158: Sushi Go Round 2, you've decided to check out the new sushi joint in town, because somehow despite there being 158 of these little escape games, and even being the second time this scenario has happened, you're still surprised when you find yourself trapped somewhere and unable to leave without finding the ten green men hidden throughout the area. But, well, I guess I understand... there's a lot I'm willing to do for a spicy salmon roll. As usual, there's no changing cursor, so you should click everywhere, on everything, and sometimes more than once (or after some time has passed!) in order to find what you need. Sushi Go Round 2 manages to be surprisingly sneaky for working within a limited amount of space, but it may also make you a little hungry, so hurry up and finish so we can go get some tuna nagiri... your treat!
This is not a review for a game. ...Oh, uh are you still reading this? I'm telling you THERE IS NO GAME. And Kamizoto didn't make this point-and-click puzzle game. I mean, he would have if it were a game. And he would have probably made it for the Deceptionjam too. But it's not. A game that is. If it was, it would be a great twist on gaming by breaking the forth wall like in the highly rated game Humbug. It would also have you chuckling at the humor and scratching your head as to how to actually find the game, as well as appreciating the innovation for this fresh, unique play. But according to the narrator, THERE IS NO GAME, isn't a game. So go away. Oh and it isn't anything to enjoy so don't even try. But I can see a rebel like you is going to want to prove the all-empowering voice wrong and fight against the machine, like you did in The Stanley Parable, then I guess you could read my next paragraph. You know, if there actually was a next paragraph.
Find the Escape-Men Part 157: At the Wedding re-enacts that scene from that old movie. Which old movie? Practically any romantic comedy made prior to the 2000's. You know the one... the bride is stepping up to the altar, but someone is racing to try to stop the wedding? Well, in this escape game from no1game, that someone is you... but are you really there to bring the ceremony to a halt? Or do you just wanna, y'know, find ten little green dudes scattered around the room? Yeah, that's what I thought. Click to interact with items, occasionally multiple times, but whatever you do, don't blink, because this is a short one, with more of an emphasis on gathering up our little lime coloured bros than anything else. The ending is actually... perplexingly moody, but if you want an escape that's fast and dramatic, toss some rice around, or smash a glass, or whatever gets you in the mood, and fire this one up.
In no1game's latest escape game Find the Escape-Men Part 156: Aquarium, the newly opened local aquarium is holding a fantastic contest... if you can find the ten "green pieces" hidden throughout the building, you'll be awarded a fabulous treasure! Man, this better not be some garbage '80s teen movie pap where "the treasure was inside you all along". To play, move around the building using the map, and click on things to interact, making sure to check everywhere since you don't have a changing cursor to rely on to see if there's something you should click. As you may be expecting by now in a no1game title, you'll need to root around in odd places, wait a little in others, and even have to fall back on trying certain actions multiple times before you get what you want. The setting is cute, with the right mix of goofiness and puzzles that won't tax you too much, though of course in real life you should never tap on the aquarium glass. While some parts are more intuitive than others, Find the Escape-Men Part 156: Aquarium is still a nice, light bit of escapery for anyone's day, with a priceless treasure at the end... maybe!
In no1game's puzzling escape game Find the Escape-Men Part 155: EM Temple, a bullet train ride to a new tourist temple strands you there, and as usual, you'll need to find the ten little (or sometimes not so little) green men hidden around the area if you want to get home. Easier said than done with obnoxious selfie-stick wielding tourists, kitschy souvenir shops, and unsettling statuary everywhere! The cursor won't change whether something is interactive or not, so you'll need to click around on your own and explore everywhere. Like most games in the series, EM Temple is decidedly snack-sized, with puzzles that tend to lean a little more towards whimsy than logic, and at least a few instances where pixel hunting might become an annoyance. Despite this, the game is cute, even occasionally clever, and a welcome bit of lighthearted escapery to anyone's day.
The first time you get your driver's license it's exciting and freeing, but by the time you're an adult and you need to renew it, it's just forms, forms, forms. In no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 151: Driver's License Office, you're trapped at the DMV after showing up when you get your renewal letter, and you decide to go about the process of getting your new license while you figure out a way to escape... and find the series' signature ten little green men, of course. To play, just click to explore and interact, and click the question mark below items in your inventory to view and manipulate them up close. As usual for no1game, there's a bit of pixel-hunting to be had, with things hidden in places that aren't differentiated visually to stand out from the environment, so if you're stuck, you'll likely want to fall back on clicking the edges and undersides of furniture, walls... everything, really. Still, Driver's License Office is appealingly cute and quirky, incorporating its concept into the gameplay cleverly, and provides a break from daily drudgery by taking you on a brief field trip to the magical land of adult responsibility, fees, and filling out forms in triplicate. I hear Disney's planning a ride based on it!
In no1game's Bored Guard, you're not so much the person who wants to escape as you are trying to find the escapee. See, you're in charge of standing guard outside the princess' room, and one day you realize that she's taken advantage of your inattention and slipped away, something that's probably not going to go over well with the royal family. Search the manor and try to find out where she's gone by clicking around to explore and interact with things, although in typical no1game design, the cursor won't change whether you can click on something or not. This series of games all following royals and those around them, like Bored Prince and Bored White Horse, have all been appealingly cute diversions from no1game's usual fare, though on the easy side, and just the right size for a break. Finding the princess involves cracking a lot of codes, and presumably sweating bullets and hoping nobody notices she's gone before you can track her down. Good luck!
So you've just woken up outside your body. No reason to panic, happens to the best of us. no1game's Find the Escape-Men Part 150: Astral Projection will show you the ropes, which naturally involves solving point-and-click puzzles and escaping with the help of ten little green men hidden around your person. Look, are you a spirit medium? Then don't question it! To play, just click to interact, though as usual the cursor won't change when it passes over something useable so you'll want to click on everything you can to leave no stone unturned. The game is on the easy side since you're mostly stuck staring at your own dorky face apart from a few other views around the bed, and as with most no1game titles, there's a fair amount of "puzzles" solved that involve fiddling with something multiple times until something happens, or just waiting around on a particular scene. Still, it's a cute and appealingly weird little escape idea that will hopefully prepare you for the next time you're stuck outside your own body and need to troll yourself in order to get back into it.
When we last left our heroine, she had just finished a fruitless search of half the park, looking for her mother's expensive pendant that was lost when she snuck it out to wear. No in no1game's point-and-click puzzle game Find the Escape-Men Part 148: In the Park Part 2, you'll need to search the rest of the area and hopefully find the pendant before dark, when you'll get in trouble for sure!... oh, and you'll need to find the ten hidden green Escape-Men too, of course! Just click to interact and move around the map, and click the question mark beneath items you're carrying to view and interact with them up close. As with the first half of this game, some of the places you'll see on the map just won't be available, though this time it's because they've already been searched. It goes without saying that finding the pendant is going to involve more than simply asking around or looking under playground equipment, and there's a variety of puzzles both logical and strange, often made even stranger by the lack of a changing cursor, so sometimes being stuck is less about not knowing what to do and more a matter of something being hidden in an odd place. Still, no matter who you are or where you come from, we've all been in this situation before... messing up as a kid, especially when you were doing something you know you weren't supposed to, and trying to fix it before anyone finds out, is a rite of passage. Though... typically for most of us it involves less gold teeth, nets, and tiny green dudes. At least, I hope.
[Note: This is the first installment of a planned series, with other episodes planning to be paid downloads!]
You know, you wouldn't think death would be so complicated, but Doris finds herself having a right bit of trouble as she tries to pass on in the afterlife. Apparently, she didn't get the leaflet on her way into this odd limbo-like world, but after befriending a dragon named Norb and having a trusty trolley with her, things are looking up. In Arrogant Pixel's new point and click adventure game, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon: Episode 1, Doris only wants to find her husband and move on into the eternities, but a mysterious group is attempting to use this aged adventurer for something far more sinister. Click and hold on people or objects to view a menu to choose "look at" or "interact", and just click anywhere to make Doris walk to it, with your inventory dropping down from the top of the screen when you mouse over it. This retro pixel art game will have you remembering the fond days of games like King's Quest and Quest for Glory, and if you don't have those memories... well, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon will help you get a feel for what you missed. If you're interested in more, check out the official site for news on upcoming episodes!
In no1game's mouthful of a title Find the Escape-Men Part 147: At the Park Part 1, you're a dirty rotten thief... or, well, at least a girl who can't resist sneaking her mom's expensive pendant to wear while she's out at the park. No blood no foul, right? At least not until you're ready to head home and you realize it's missing! Now you have to search the whole place (or at least the places you've been while you wore the necklace, since some locations are mysteriously unavailable, and of course find the iconic ten little green men hidden throughout the park along the way. Just click to interact, and make sure you hunt everywhere, since no changing cursor means you'll need to shake, scrounge, and dig wherever you can. While it's annoying to have more than half of the available map locations locked off for (presumably) part two, At the Park Part 1 is still a seriously cute and quirky game. It has a tendency to make you go back and forth between locations with indication something has changed, though it ups the weird factor considerably over some previous installments in largely good ways. Needless to say, as indicated by the title, it ends with a big, fat, "to be continued", so you'll have to wait for the conclusion another day, but for now, there's searching to be done!
The horse in no1game's Bored White Horse is actually a very special horse since he's the prince's noble steed, and when he hears that the prince has finally managed to slip away from his bodyguards, the horse decides to go to him for adventure... though he'll need your help escaping from the stables first... no small task considering the horse's handlers think so highly of his cognitive abilities that you'll have to bypass multiple locks and puzzles from within to get out. To play, just click to interact, though your cursor won't change when it passes over something useable, so you'll need to be diligent in your exploring. Bored White Horse isn't a particularly long game, or even a difficult one, though some of its puzzles are tricky enough that you'll need to really examine them in order to figure out the solution. It's a light, whimsical treat for escape fans who want to engage their brains without breaking them, and reunite two dear friends in the process.