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The Vault

TrickyHere at JayIsGames, Black Friday starts Tuesday! While Cyber-Monday starts Saturday! I literally cannot remember what day it is anymore! So hopefully you're having a good Blernsday, and if not, maybe your shopping pleasure can be improved with a few puzzle, simulation, and adventure games from the JiG Vault! Our prices are insane!

  • PicmaPicma - Picross is so entertaining a puzzle-type, that it's a real wonder that it's not printed daily alongside crosswords and sudoku in the daily paper. Sure, the varying sizes of each iteration and the necessity of clearly printing those tiny numbers means that it would sometimes take up a lot of space, but missing out on the adventures of Beetle Bailey and The Born Loser every so often seems a worthy sacrificing for grid-based fun. If your Picross-ing opportunities are limited to the internet, though, let me suggest Picma, a 2009 release from Moonberry Studios. It has a gorgeous interface and 120 puzzles in both single color and devious duo-color varities. Let's go make some pixel-pictures! I sometimes call them pixeltures!
  • Alter EgoAlter Ego - Ready for a real golden-oldie? The first version of Alter Ego was published by Activision way back in 1986, though this variation was brought to the browser in 2007 through the efforts of Choose Multiple LLC. Written by Peter Favaro, Ph.D. (apparently in part to finish up paying for his education!), Alter Ego takes players through a simulation another human's life. It's a fascinating new perspective on something will all experience, but never experience in the same way. With writing unafraid to be either hilarious or dark when the mood fits it, Alter Ego has a truly impressive breadth of scenarios to consider, and while some mechanics are tragically more 80s than others, it's a game that tried to do something no one had done before, and few have tried since.
  • AnbotAnbot - No matter what your occupation, getting clonked with a crate is going to make you want to take a day off. But Anbot, titular star of PencilKids' 2010 point-and-click, is a robot, and robots don't get days off! So it's up to you to guide the adorable fella through the cutest darn oppressive mechanical dystopia you ever did see. Much more suspenseful and dark than others in the developer's canon, if all you know Robin Vencel from is from when he has you make a Monkey Go Happy, Anbot will be a pleasurable bop on the head.

While we welcome any comments about this weekly feature here, we do ask that if you need any help with the individual games, please post your questions on that game's review page. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and rediscover some awesome!

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