King, developer of popular "waiting around to get another life when you could just be playing Bejeweled" simulator Candy Crush Saga, is attempting to trademark the words "Candy" and "Saga" for games/merchandise. Now, while it must be admitted that 80% of mobile app stores now consist of games with titles like "Candy Rush Saga", "Candy Mush Saga", and the adults-only "Candy Tush Saga", suggesting that yeah, there might be some duplication going on, I'm personally hoping that Lord Licorice will ally with Grettir the Strong to form a legal dream for the inevitable (and tasty) protracted court battle. Anyways, while I go trademark the words "Vault" and "The", enjoy these wonderful adventure, arcade, and puzzle games from the JiG archives.
- The Scene of the Crime: Golden Doll - The second in Pastel Games' Scene of the Crime series, and best, 2010's Golden Doll is a dark and beautiful piece of noir. Admittedly, some of the mechanics are a little off (why would you use fingerprint paper to take blood samples?), but the atmosphere is so thick and the art so evocative, that you won't care. Sometimes solving a murder is all grit and no glamour, but even a nameless girl in a derelict shack deserves a little justice, and you won't be able to stop till you've delivered.
- Poom! - When all you have is a paddle and a ping-pong ball, then the whole world looks like a game of "see how many times you can bounce that ball on the paddle". And Poom! looks an awful lot like that game too! A 2005 simple idea work from GotUsed and the New York State University College at Buffalo, Poom! has a pretty steep difficulty curve, but it is undeniably addictive. Though it may take a dozen immediate failures at its bouncing gameplay, eventually you will stumble your way into the zone and the combos you score in that groove will be all the sweeter.
- Hans Hans the Biking Viking: Leaving Loki's Lockup - The web is filled with fully-formed animated series prospectuses that never quite made it. For every Adventure Time, plucked from internet meme-itude to rightful fame and fortune, there are a dozen Milky Way and the Galaxy Girls, Lakewood Plaza Turbo, or The Modifyers that are no less deserving. I wish I could say that having an awesome tie-in puzzle game improves a series' chances, but the fact that the Hans Hans the Biking Viking website hasn't been updated since 2009 kinda belies that claim. Oh well: NDi Media's Leaving Loki's Lock-Up game still features enough wonderful art, engaging characters, and clever teamwork platforming (since the Blizzard Act of 1992 requires all video game vikings to engage in teamwork platforming), that you'll be wish for what might have been.
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