The Vault №29


| Comments (3) | Views (136)

The Vault

TrickyAfter some incessant needling and the exchange of certain bits of valuable information, I finally got my hands on the combination to the JayIsGames vault. Let me tell you, taking the grand tour is quite an experience: in-between Dora's stash of gil and the stacks of unreleased Disney DVDs you'll find all manner of slightly-dusty but still excellent casual games. Today we'll be looking at a point-and-click advergame that puts the rest to shame, an adorable shockwave action game that will be sure to throw you for a loop, and a webtoy that you might find a little sketchy.

  • Happy SeedHappy Seed - Yeah, it might ultimately be hawking the Nissan Cube. Still, all other advergames could learn a lesson from this point-and-click tale about a mysterious plant cube that comes to our world and the transformations it brings. It's more interactive narrative than puzzler, but it has a charming simplicity that borders on the elegant, and a visual art style that's unique even today. Don't spend too much time analyzing the circle vs. square debate: this one's about curiosity and exploring new things. Nissan keeps hiding this beautiful piece, which is sad since I'm sure that playing it might sway a few new car buyers. Thankfully we have mirrored it for posterity.
  • LoopLoop - Shockwave has been so finicky on modern computers that it's easy to forget why it was once the premier online gaming platform. Well, it's games like Loop, an action matcher hailing all the way back from 2001 that remind us. It's a whimsical tale about Ada, a girl who likes to catch butterflies, told in a evocatively beautiful paper-craft aesthetic, and utilizes a fluid mouse-driven looping mechanic that was mind-blowing back then. It's a little easy, and perhaps simplistic by modern standards, but still inspires thoughts of frolicking through a sunny meadow with your best friend. The fact that a version hasn't come out for WiiWare is a missed opportunity indeed.
  • ScribblerScribbler - Finally, there's a webtoy for all of us who've always wanted to make beautiful art, but have stumbled at the crossing and hatching stage. Scribbler labels itself a "generative illustrative toy", but that description doesn't quite encapsulate the experience of seeing computer algorithms make complex line drawings out of your simple sketches. With a real-time scribbling sequel now available and a HD version recently released for the iPad, it's the perfect time to play around with the numerous settings and unlimited potential of the original. Considering there are so few opportunities to collaborate with a robot, Scribbler should draw you in just as much as before.

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!

3 Comments

Woah, I totally forgot how awesome Scribbler is!

Reply

I think Loop was one of the first casual flash-type games I ever played. I always adored it for being outside the box in terms of control and reason for playing. The random poetry is always interesting, too :D Thanks for the reminder on this one!

Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
2,623 Views
0 Comments
Card Crawl> Dora Dungeon crawling goes card based in this strategic RPG-like spin on traditional Solitaire for iOS. Deal your way through monsters, treasure, and special abilities and unlock new cards, but don't get cocky... you never know what the dealer is going to hand you.  ...
4,848 Views
9 Comments
The Comet's Calling> Dora 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.  ...
7,099 Views
15 Comments
Myosotis Chapter 5> Dora The stylish, neon-soaked point-and-click puzzle series comes to an abrupt and puzzling close as PI Rick must solve an odd mixup of puzzles to set right the bizarre events from the rest of the series.  ...
5,388 Views
1 Comment
Living Playground> Dora Tony and her brothers Pablo and Octavio are just your average, ordinary kids who can turn into playground equipment, but searching for snails near an abandoned factory puts both them, and their hearts, in grave danger in this clever, unexpectedly warm free indie horror adventure that deals with family and humanity.  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

Haunted Legends: The Dark Wishes

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2015 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.


Visit our great partner: maxcdn!