As you've no doubt noticed, indie game bundles are the new "it" thing, sort of like the modern equivalent of slap bracelets or the musical stylings of Harvey Danger. How long this trend will last we're not sure, but in the meantime, everyone with a bunch of string and connections in the indie gaming market are gathering games together for new and exciting bundles. Here's a look at a few of the big bundles currently running.
- • Resonance
- • Among the Sleep
- • Tiny and Big: Grandpa's Leftovers
- • Starbound
June is Indie Developers Are Awesome Month!... or at least, that's the way it seems from the cool new titles coming out in the next few weeks. We remind you of an interstellar sandbox adventure due out this summer, get creeped out by a toddler alone in a dark house, and get set to give you copies of an upcoming technothriller adventure!
- • Alice is Dead: Episode One
- • Cyberpunk
- • The Scene of the Crime
Hire a jazz band to back you up, practice your "lurking around under lonely streetlight" skills, and order some fedoras because you're going sleuthing! The mystery game might not be as widely experimented with as other genres, but these three favourites prove that it can't be beat in terms of style, swank, and plot twists aplenty.
- • Kings Can Fly
- • Fieldrunners 2
- • Bag It!
Hey, you person with that sexy little mobile device! Uh... how... how are you? Oh gosh, we didn't prepare anything beyond that slick opening line. Time to bail? Or maybe it's time for another TACTICAL MISDIRECTION?!!!! *flashes a laser pointer and runs away*
- • The Journey of Eko
- • To The Moon
- • Owlboy
- • The Cave
We'll be honest. This week's Link Dump Friday is going to hurt... your wallet. There are two amazing opportunities for you to pick up some top-notch indie games dirt cheap with one pay-what-you-want bundle and one huge sale! We're also giving away three copies of one of the best adventure stories around in the form of To the Moon, and peeping at some upcoming titles that will keep you gaming into the wee hours.
One of the cornerstones of indie game development is, if you'll allow us a moment on our soapbox, freedom. The freedom to make the game you want exactly how you want to make it. While this doesn't always pan out to be as glamorous as it may seem, creating and releasing indie games is an art mixed with a science tempered by the cold hard realities of business. And in a world where distributing your game across multiple platforms is commonplace, there's some very real competition to tangle with out there.
- • How to Raise a Dragon
- • php Zork
- • Barbarian Onslaught: The Secret of Steel
- • Knightfall
Dungeons, dragons, drills, decapitations... what do they all have in common? Fantasy, of course! This week, we're putting on our +20% Boots of Coolness to dive deep into the Vault for some titles that have brought a little fantasy into our lives in vastly different ways. Don't forget to bring a candle. It's dark in here, and you are likely to be eaten by a grue.
- • Linux Tycoon
- • realMyst
- • Trainyard
Ports galore! Mobile markets are a great breeding ground for new and interesting game ideas. They're also ripe for ports and remakes, since almost everybody loves taking their favorite games with them wherever they roam.
- • Tex Murphy - Project Fedora
- • Drunken Robot Pornography
- • McPixel
- • Dreadline
- • The Adventures of Shuggy
- • Farm Fortress
- • MacGuffin's Curse
Time-travelling monsters? Towering robot centerfolds? Post-apocalyptic P.I.s? Game developers are a crazy bunch, and that's exactly the way we love them! This week's Link Dump Friday features a whole mess of exciting upcoming titles, as well as a BEAST of a giveaway, and two opposing views on the concept of games using free-to-play models.
- • Phit
- • Robot Unicorn Attack
- • BowMaster Prelude
- • Craziest
- • Kavalmaja
Everyone knows games can be hard to put down, but some titles are trickier than most to pull yourself away from. From magical robotic equine action to fiendishly simple block puzzles and even medieval archer madness, here's a collection of some of the most addictive little games around that can keep you up into the wee hours.
- • Machinarium
- • Amazing Alex
- • Death Worm
- • Off the Leash
Dogs and worms dominate the latest edition of Mobile Monday, an entirely unintended coincidence, we assure you! To balance out the slight "ew" factor, have a taste of a cute robot and a new game from the creators of Angry Birds. That should balance things out nicely!
- • My Little Investigations
- • Fallen London
- • Defender's Quest
- • Cursed Treasure 2
- • The Journey Down
Ponies? Check. Conspiracies? Check. Backstabbing? Check. Contest? Ohhhh yeah. This week's Link Dump Friday brings you a chance to win a copy of a celebrated tower-defense RPG, spotlights some exciting upcoming indie and browser releases, and gives you the chance to interrogate a fashionista.
- • Coma
- • You Find Yourself in a Room
- • Loved
Emotions can be powerful stuff, and few people ever expect to encounter them to any great degree when they set out to indulge in a little casual gaming. Of course, by now you should know indie developers are a clever, dastardly lot who will never pass up a chance to mess with your heartstrings (or your head) no matter what genre you're enjoying. Here are three games you should try if you'll looking for a very different gaming experience that makes you feel.
- • Pizza vs. Skeletons
- • Infinity Blade II
- • LostWinds
- • The Journey Down
One of the big controversies surrounding mobile games these days is social media integration. On the one hand, it allows people to share games with friends while helping to promote them, but on the other, we're perfectly capable of telling our pals about good games on our own! One of the games below took a step in the social media direction, and while it certainly added value to the existing experience, it also stirred a bit of controversy amongst its fans.
- • The Mysterious Aphroditus
- • Hot Air Jr
- • The Binding of Isaac
Love is in the air (and Toronto), the monsters are full of pep and horror, and Nitrome is full of Hot Air... sounds like a great season to me! Link Dump Friday covers an upcoming expansion to a popular, horrifying action roguelike, gets deep with TED, and more!
- • Cube Colossus
- • Morningstar
- • Bermuda Triangle Escape
Feel like a little otherworldly gaming? This week's Vault features sci-fi titles that explore the genre with different gameplay. From a fast and furious shooter, to an eerie underwater escape, and even a professional-looking adventure set on an alien world, these games provide the perfect bit of escapism from your Earthly day.
- • Angry Birds Space
- • Junk Jack
- • Pocket Planes
- • Tiny Thief
What's big and green, carries a pair of shoes in its teeth, and has a fondness for fondue? We have no idea, but that sounds like someone we'd want to meet! That person would probably also be interested in our latest round of mobile game news. Because, you know, who wouldn't?!
- • My Little Investigations
- • Home
- • Poacher
- • Torchlight 2
Pre-orders, ponies, poaching, and p... uh... p-contests! This week's Link Dump Friday has it all. Indie developers are serving up a whole lot of awesome, while one title gets an update, and another gets a release date!
- • Proximity
- • Climate Challenge
- • StarShine
Things have been pretty tough this spring on Tricky Farm in JayIsGamesVille. First, I wasn't able to get enough invite responses to save ol' Bessie. Then, after forgetting to check in every seventeen minutes, the whole sorghum crop dried out. At least, I know I can always look to the JIG Archives for a bumper harvest of fun. This week, we have some gateway strategy games that are sure to take your mind off any agricultural trouble.
- • Slingshot Racing
- • Kingdom Rush HD
- • Deepworld
- • Rivals for Catan
There's always something exciting just around the corner in the mobile world. Actually, there's probably three or four things just around the corner, along with a dozen or two more around the corner after that! And let's not even think about the other corners you passed while walking to this corner. What were you doing in this dark alley, again?
- • Knightmare Tower
- • Cheese Dreams
- • Home
Demos, fair maidens, slashing, cheese, and more await you in this week's Link Dump Friday! As an added bonus, we've also included a special spotlight on a talented young man who's going to make you feel very inadequate about what you had accomplished when you were ten. No, couch cushion forts do not count.
- • Robot Wants Kitty
- • Sushi Cat
- • Space Kitteh
- • Copy Cat
- • Flash Cat
We're pulling out the whole kittenkaboodle for this week's supersized Vault, celebrating all things fantastically feline in our favourite games. They're cute, they're cuddly, they're destructive, but we love them anyway, whether we're chasing after them, stuffing them with fish, or piloting them through space.
- • Burrito Bison
- • The Last Rocket
- • Star Command
- • SpellTower
What's going on in the mobile world? It's time to find out! Mobile Monday is evolving, setting the individual game features loose for their own spaces in the spotlight in exchange for news, updates, previews, sales and more. Now you get more mobile reviews while keeping an eye on the biggest and most exciting happenings in the mobile world. Sound like a fair exchange? Good, because here we go!
- • Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure
- • The Dark Room (YouTube)
This week's Link Dump Friday is extra special as we highlight some of the developers at the PAX East Indie Megabooth thanks to the intrepid camera work of our own Steve, who also wrangles an interview from Extra Credits' James Portnow!
- • Questionaut
- • The Blue Beanie
- • Pieces
Kids just wanna have fun, and there are a lot of games our there that are tyke-accessible without being too silly or insipid for us big kids to boot. This week's Vault looks at three kid friendly games we love, and love to enjoy even if we've long grown out of mandatory bed times and superhero undies ourselves.
- • Love+
- • Keylugger
- • Game Title
There are games you love, games you hate, games you love to hate, and games you love to love. Why aren't there any games you love to hate to love or hate to love to hate? Or, is that where the Build-a-lot series goes? *rimshot*
- • On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3
- • Stasis
- • Botanicula
- • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
- • Shadowrun Returns
Get ready to adventure with Tycho and Gabe again, or find yourself stranded in somewhere cold and hostile, or maybe just save your home from a dark and deadly infestation! There's a whole lot of gaming going on!
- • Aunts and Butlers
- • Violet
- • Suveh Nux
When you play games, do you carefully read and pay attention to every bit of dialogue on the screen, or do you just start mashing buttons to get to the good stuff? In the case of this week's Vault, the words are the good stuff as we shine a spotlight on three of our favourite games in the underutilized genre of interactive fiction.
- • Vertex
- • Rogue Moon
- • Omelette Boris
Choose your own introductory paragraph! A) I'd rather have something short and informative, but please make at least one joke about cheese. B) I don't have time to read this, I have too many games to play! C) I can't find the parser input line. Help!
- • The Sea Will Claim Everything
- • Closure
- • Baldur's Gate
Jonas Kyratzes, Baldur's Gate, and Closure? Good news, or GREAT news? This week's Link Dump Friday is drowning in a sea of radness. You wouldn't think rad could be liquefied, but then, not everyone can be a scienmatist like me.
- • Amorphous+
- • Cursor*10
- • Bubble Islands
Journal Entry 77 - It will soon be over. The monsters are at the door. So before I recklessly solve that final puzzle, and inevitably turn into a zombie, I leave to you another collection of classic games from the JayIsGames Vault. This week we have astonishing arena action, a peculiarly player-propelled pointer puzzler, and adorably addictive arcade awesomeness.
- • Psycho Powers
- • Tombs and Treasures
- • Fox Aliens from Space Invade a Planet within Space
It would take some sort of psycho alien to come up with some of these games below. And we say that with all the affection we can muster. Which is a lot, mind you, as we placed second in the International Hug and General Non-Offensive Physical Affection Competition held last year in Denmark.
- • Hot Air Jr.
- • Defender's Quest
- • Project Zomboid
- • The Walking Dead
- • Baldur's Gate
Look at you. Sitting there. All zombie-less. Balloon-less. SLAK-less. It's a real sorry sight. Fortunately, Link Dump Friday is here to solve all that by forcing you to be interested in the same things we're interested in. Yaaaay!
- • MoneySeize
- • Don't Look Back
- • Dino Run
Retro doesn't have to mean old and boring! This week's Vault proves that it's more than just a series of blocky pixels that make retro-styled games fun and involving, with three picks from our archives with three very different gameplay styles.
- • Impulse
- • Deharmonized
- • Bit of War
Remember the days when you had nothing to do but sit around and play video games? No school, no work, no taxes, no neighbor blowing leaves out of his yard even though autumn was months ago. Just maybe, if you close the windows and call in sick, you can grab the games below and pretend this weekend is one of those times. Just... maybe...
- • Lone Survivor
- • Onimusha Soul
- • Ms. Particle Man
- • Closure
- • Fixation
- • Pony Kart
Monsters? Apocalypse? Psychological trauma? Ponies? I don't know about you, but those sound like the makings of a great weekend to me! March is turning into a month jam-packed with big releases for both the casual browser and indie community, and this week's Link Dump Friday features just a few of them we're excited about in addition to an update or two.
- • Casual Gameplay Escape
- • Crazy Doors of Rainbow Colors
- • Magneto Syndrome
ESCAPE!... through games, that is. The "escape" genre is an odd one, one that doesn't even sound like it should even be any fun, but for years now designers have thought up new ways to trap you with fiendish puzzles, and the audience is loving every megabyte of it. This week's Vault peeks at three of our favourite escape games that approach the genre from slightly different angles.
- • Pizza vs. Skeletons
- • Cavorite 2
- • Ziggurat
- • Zombie Panic in Wonderland Plus
It seems like everybody's obsessed with some sort of undead creatures nowadays. Zombies, vampires, skeletons, republicans... They're popping up all over the place, and game makers are taking advantage of this left and right! Cases in point: most of the games below!
We would like to encourage everyone to include a moment of silence today for those lost and for those affected by the enormous and horrific tragedy that occurred one year ago today in Japan.
- • Yeti Hunter
- • On the Shoulders of Ancestors
- • Hubris
Conspiracy theory time! The order the following games are listed in along with the general theme of their content will, when viewed as a string of text on a single page from afar, show an outline of an Egyptian hieroglyph hidden in the chamber below the Sphinx. At least, that's what we're telling people... Shh!
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- • Pokemon TD
- • Infectonator 2
- • Closure
- • My Little Investigations
The great thing about the internet is that there's something for everyone on it. You like stuffing helpless little animals in airtight balls and forcing them to battle to exhaustion for your enjoyment? You like cackling madly while you orchestrate the downfall of humanity in the most grisly fashion possible? We got that... and you're going on some sort of government watch list. There's a lot of cool stuff coming on the horizon, and here's just some of it we're going to be keeping an eye on.
- • Closure
- • Continuity
- • Spewer
Sure you could stomp a goomba or bust open some bricks if you had to, but what if you needed to solve some complex mental challenges while you were doing so? This week's Vault celebrates brains over brawn and combines them with light feel and quick reflexes in the puzzle platformer!
- • Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape
- • Lume
- • AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! (Force = Mass x Acceleration)
When you think of a "mobile" game, you probably think of a stripped-down, broken version of what could have been a big and meaty game for a PC or console system, right? Well, this week's selection of games aims to prove you wrong. Three titles that migrated from larger platforms but gained content in the process. Is that some sort of magic?!
- • Zatikon
- • DoomRL
- • Sugar Cube: Bittersweet Factory
It's blasts from the past(s) time! We dug up several games previously featured on Weekend Download to see how they've fared over the last few years. Some of them have vanished (oops), some of them have stayed the same, and some of them have grown into bigger, better projects! Take a look at some of the neater upgrades some of our classic games have gone through.
- • Loren the Amazon Princess
- • The Banner Saga
- • Fighting is Magic
- • Minecraft update, 1.2
With all the big exciting console and big-name gaming news happening in March, you might be forgetting about your indie friends, which is terrible, because as this Link Dump Friday clearly illustrates they've been slaving away creating more content. For you. And look at you, you never even say thank you, do you? Terrible. Go write a letter to Princess Celestia this instant... and then catch up on all the indie awesomeness you should be excited about.
- • Ginormo Sword
- • Zilch
- • Music Catch
Hey, JiG-fans. I have to admit that I don't really know where I am right now. I mean, when I woke up, I found myself locked in this weird room. Good thing I was able to get a Wi-Fi password by breaking that creepy clown statue in the corner, and so am able to bring you another wonderful round of classics from the JayIsGames Vault! This week, we've got a surprisingly deep retro-RPG, a dice game that'll keep your week rolling, and an absolute masterpiece of music play.
- • Retro Racing
- • Little Acorns
- • A Clockwork Brain
Get your acorns in a row, it's time to settle down and partake in some mobile en-ter-tain-ment with the smell of burning tires in the air and a shower of clockwork machines for all to enjoy!
- • Para Para Paranoid
- • Cherry's Quest for Coffee
- • Me and My Shadow
I see you there, shadow. Following my every move. Writing a Weekend Download introduction as I do the same. Having cookies for breakfast just like I did. I've got my eye on you. And you've got your eye on me!
Internet, prepare thyself! There's a whole pack of new and amazing games on the horizon, from sci-fi free-roaming sandbox adventures, to complex psychological thrillers, to machines of questionable use, and more! Awwww yeah, we're gonna get our game on this year!
- • Fishing Girl
- • Potion Panic
- • Andrew the Droid
When you want serious casual gaming, you want something with chutzpah. You need to harness the power of anger and boulder tossing and hamburger grilling and car repair and taking out the garbage. You need something manly, and thus have we provided you with three ultra-manly games from our well-stocked archives. What's more manly than fishing? Explodey science? Robots? Nothing, we tell you. Nothing!
- • Mr. Legs
- • Word Train
- • Trigger Knight
Word games everywhere! Word games galore! Except, there's just one word game, but it's really fun, so let's pretend! There's also crazy RPG running game and a game with cherries and a guy with really long legs. And if you thought "hey, I know what long legs are!", you're probably wrong, because this guy's legs are really long.
- • Verminest
- • Co-Op
- • The Little Quest
If you were given an apple, an orange, a bag full of thumb tacks, and a yearly subscription to I Just Made This Name Up magazine, could you turn it into a game? Maybe by rolling the fruit along the ground to see how many tacks you could collect before hitting the magazine fort? Fortunately, you don't have to be that creative to enjoy the fruits of other folk's creativity, as this weekend's collection of freeware games nicely illustrates!
They say no news is good news, but WE DEFY YOU and bring it to you anyway! This week, something scary is happening on the internet, some chick is about to be lit on fire, a baby chicken shows you pretty pictures, and more!
- • Sonny
- • Caravaneer
- • Monsters' Den: Book of Dread
It's a three letter genre you either love or love to hate. The RPG is one of the oldest types of games around, and has grown considerably from its early days at the hands of Miyamoto or Garriott. This week's Vault serves up three different examples of the genre that serve to remind us that there a million ways to incorporate it, but there hasn't been a decent Final Fantasy since Terra and Kefka. Yes, I went there.
- • Blot
- • The Tiny Bang Story
- • Jump Out!
- • Paper Monsters
Things can get messy when you're a ball of ink. Or when you're a bug that can only live while riding on a turning gear! Those guys should switch places. An insect could do great things flying through a world of pencils, and why would ink care if it fell from a piece of machinery?
- • Process
- • Hubris
- • Bust-n-Rush
Weekend... INITIATE! Now that your non-week is underway, it's time to fill your time with time-eating games. Not only will you learn valuable life lessons, you'll feel good that you aren't just sitting around eating cheesecake again!
It's-a me, Mario! And William. And Tim. And a whole bunch of other awesome people. This week's Link Dump Friday not only features the usual batch of interesting news, but also features an interview with the one and only Lucas Paakh, creator of the wildly popular William and Sly games.
- • Aether
- • The Fog Fall
- • Mr. Coo: El Laberinto Esférico
Earth is boring! Who needs this stupid old spinning blue ball when there's a whole universe out there to explore? But fear not; even if you aren't Richard Garriot you can still explore the realms beyond with this collection of strange and otherworldly games!
- • Off the Leash
- • Jigsaw Mansion 2
- • Boy Loves Girl
Here's a puzzle for you to piece together: how can you help a pack of dogs evade the cops while getting the attention of a girl who won't pay you any mind even though you've got the moon on a string? PROTIP: You'll need two iOS devices to pull that simultaneous feat off!
- • Invert
- • Hack, Slash, Loot
- • Dungeon Chaos
A little bit of looting, a little bit of inverting, and a whole lot of shooting in this edition of Weekend Download. In fact, if you tried to take Weekend Download through an airport security gate, you'd probably find yourself on the receiving in of some nasty stares and/or unusual search techniques.
Ponies? Wrestlers? Word magic? Check, check, check, and then some! Link Dump Friday has some very cool news this week about some upcoming games, as well as and interview with recent Game of the Year 2011 winners Ironhide Games!
Each year our "Best of" the year awards eclipse all years to have come before, and 2011 was an excellent year for excellent games. Just take a look at all the creative wonders that have earned the title of "Best of 2011" and see for yourself! You are sure to find many games worthy of your time among the Top 5 presented for each category, including an all-new Game of the Year award we're introducing for the first time this year. These games represent the very best of all the games we covered in 2011, and we thank you kindly for participating with us by voting for your favorites!
- • Spin the Black Circle
- • Totem Destroyer
- • Fantastic Contraption
BEHOLD THE POWER OF PHYSICS, BESTOWED UPON US BY THE GODS. Or, in this case, by three very different but equally talented developers. This week's installment of the Vault takes a look at (you guessed it) physics and the many ways it can challenge, delight, and torment us.
- • Twist n' Catch
- • Monkey Kick Off
- • Cosmonauts
- • Where's My Water?
Hey there Android device owners! Ready for some more excuses to use your phone for things other than making prank calls to the pizza place down the street? Thought so. These games will both entertain you and help you drain your battery. Since, you know, a full battery is just so annoying!
- • The Cat that Got the Milk
- • The Fourth Wall
- • Backworlds
How do you feel about... TACTICAL MISDIRECTION?!!! *flashing lights* That's good. Glad to know it. Now, how do you feel about a game semi-sorta doing that with its title? And what if that title involves felines?
Well, we've got some good news and some bad news. The opposite of the non-good news first: so many promising games hiding just below the horizon! Also, so many cool things going on for gamers to enjoy! The not-opposite of the non-good news: mobile companies are still ripping off small indie dev by stealing their ideas. Chocolate and cookies can't made the sadness that news brings us go away. But... it can help!
- • The Several Journeys of Reemus
- • Dolphin Olympics 2
- • Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon
Need a change of pace? Maybe you should try being one of the heroes in this week's edition of the Vault! A dolphin, a pizza delivery boy, and an exterminator might not sound particularly heroic, but you might just be surprised.
- • Mysterious Castle
- • Seal Force
- • Secret of Mana
Scene opens in the forest. A mysterious castle looms in the background. Hobbling in from the side, a group of three seals carrying machinery on their backs. They know what the secret of mana is, but they're not telling. They're not telling... indeed!
What better way to spend the weekend than gorging on more than a dozen creative, original games? The AGS Bake Sale Bundle does something new and neat with the "sticking indie games together into bundles" fad, releasing 14 unique games made with Adventure Game Studio by members of its community. The price, as you might have guessed, is pay-what-you-want, and proceeds are donated to Child's Play charity!
- • Deity
- • ^_^, Pitiri 1977
A rousing mix of games this week, featuring pleasantly strange free releases alongside some sturdy demos. A bunny who likes to yell? A demon that can live in a candle? That'll get you to sit up straight and start downloading some games!
Internet! We missed you! To show just how much, we baked up this special Link Dump Friday loaf, liberally spiced with the efforts of other people! Christine Love's dark new visual novel is coming, as is a new installment in the adventures of everyone's paunchy exterminator... and more!
- • Final Ninja
- • Cat on a Dolphin
- • The Alchemist's Apprentice
Are you not feeling like the super awesome, totally rad, seriously-not-sucking-up-to-you person you are today? That won't do at all! Try on this week's Vault for size, where we picked three action-packed, silly, and even downright mystical games to help you feel like your best and put you in a better mood.
- • Bar Oasis
- • Realistic Summer Sports Simulator
- • Ladders to Heaven
Sports and ladders! Snakes and beer! Can you imagine a combination of things more exciting than that? More exciting combinations that do not involve sharks, bears, dinosaurs, or anything capable of fusion, that is.
- • Split Party!
- • One Final Trek
- • Stray Whisker
Bringing in the end of 2011 with a happy little ring, the 22nd Ludum Dare competition challenged participants to make a game based on a given theme within a 48 hour time frame. Over 700 entries were submitted, and after some rounds of user voting, everything has been ranked and categorized according to awesomeness. We've featured a few of our favorites below, each one representing the compo's "alone" theme quite nicely!
There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on in the internet, and Link Dump Friday brings you a whole bunch of previews and updates this week, from ponies to creepers to restaurants! We've also got an interview with Lab of the Dead creator EvilDog, who talks about his work and his ambitious plans for the future!
And the sun didst set upon another year. But whilst we travel bravely into 2012, blinking uncertainly but hopefully into that great blinding light that is the future, let us not forget... 2011 frickin' rocked, dude! That's right, dearly beloved, it's that time again... for you fine folks to vote for your favourite games that we covered during ye olde 2011.
- • Amberial
- • Fold
- • Snow Drift
Like platforms? Like jumping on platforms? Like jumping on platforms in a nice, normal, predictable fashion? Well TOO BAD FOR YOU since this week's Vault features three games that offer different twists on the plumber's turf, ranging from physics and momentum to big furry ice surfers.
- • Azaroshi
- • Piyomori
- • CheeseMan
It's an iPhone/iPod Touch special on this edition of Mobile Monday! Who needs those big iPad screens when a cozy, portable device can hold the same amount of fun? Of course, if you do happen to own an iPad, you can still play everything below, but it's sort of cheating, wouldn't you agree? Nah, who cares!
- • Bomb Detective
- • Seraphim Flame
- • FOLLY
A bountiful harvest of platform games? Sure, why not?! They're sort of the trail mix of the gaming realm. They're everywhere, and there are so many different flavors you can barely choose one to munch on at a time. Some of them have unsavory elements (like coconut flakes, who puts that in trail mix?!), but others are irresistibly delicious with all those banana chips and almonds and tiny bits of chocolate...
Link Dump Friday loves you, and to prove it this week we're serving up double the intrigue with two interviews. Mine the brain of Mike Morin, part of the team behind the creepy-cool Alice is Dead series, and find out more about the upcoming indie horror adventure Home by Bejamin Rivers. Also, dapper kittens!
Last week we wanted you to share your gaming memories of 2011. This week, we want you to spin around with those snazzy time binoculars and give us what you think 2012 will bring for the world of gaming. Is it a long-awaited game? A new way to play it? Or perhaps something else entirely? Jump into the discussion and share your thoughts!
- • Reflections
- • Magnet 2
- • Fields of Logic
Who needs work when you've got puzzles to keep you busy? This week's Vault rustles up three more puzzles for you to solve, ranging from clean and straightforward to surreal leaps of logic. Crossword puzzles in the morning paper are old news, baby; free range computers and electromagnetic bunny rabbits are the way of the future!
- • Elemental
- • Bumbledore
- • Cause and Effect
As you can probably tell, we had a bit of an elemental kick for this week's edition of Mobile Monday. Hey, sometimes you get an idea in your head, and you just run with it! Fortunately, Google Play Android Games is filled with creative (if unpolished) games that try to bend the rules a bit. And we've got a few of those below!
- • Minicraft
- • Incomitat
- • Void
How about some diversions for the last day of the year? Two games pulled from the recent Ludum Dare compo, both of which share some of the same basic ideas and gameplay directions but end up being very different from each other, Then, just to make sure you're paying attention, a totally different game! Wow!
Tick... tick... tick... the end of 2011 is almost upon us! To celebrate and prepare for Best od 2011, we're taking a look back at some of the games that wowed and won in Best of for years past! We're also getting excited about some upcoming games, gaping at some awesome musical talent, and celebrating Terry Cavanagh's latest feather in his cap!
You've probably seen our staff highlighting some of our favorite games of the year in our Link Dump Fridays, and we'll be opening the voting for our Best of 2011 within a few weeks, but until then, we want to turn the microphone over to you! We want to know your favorite gaming moments of 2011. Drop us a line and share your highlights with us!
- • Survivoo
- • Dr. Stanley's House
- • Daymare Town
Knock knock! Who's there? ADVENTURE! Saddle up, Sonny Jim/Jimette, because this week's Vault has a series of strange little adventures of varying sizes and complexity that will be sure to keep you sailing through the week with mystery and oddity.
- • Time Ducks
- • Winter Walk
- • MinioMonsters
Well, it's the final Mobile Monday of the year. It's times like this we like to take pause and think happy thoughts about all of the mobile games of the past months. We wonder things like "how many were developed by people wearing hats?" and "do you think at least one of these game's names is a palindrome?". Questions without answers, so we just nod our hatless heads and prepare ourselves for another year.
- • Fireplace
- • Frostbite
- • Home Sheep Home 2
- • A Little Epic
- • Zetanoid
Ice and fire! Hot and cold! Marshmallows! Sheep! During the holidays it's important to shout random things from time to time, just to make sure you're in the festive spirit. For bonus points, shout while playing these games. If you annoy a neighbor/roommate, achievement unlocked!
- • Xenos
- • Terraria
- • Realm of the Mad God
- • Nick Toldy and the Legend of Dragon Peninsula
- • Sissy's Magical Ponycorn Adventure
- • ClickPLAY Rainbow
The clock is ticking, and so are we as we keep picking out our personal favourite games of 2011. We also have a special holiday wish featuring some prickly performers, and an interview with developer dynamo Nitrome, who recently released their 100th game!
- • SnowDays
- • Warbears Adventures: An A.R. Xmas
- • My Diamond Baby
Snowflakes, teddy bears, and diamond rings? The Vault really DOES have riches inside it! This week we take a look at three games sure to melt any frosty chill around you, from a webtoy, to a challenging escape, and even a deadly serious point-and-click bear mission.
RPGs and pretty physics games and... SONIC! So much to consume on this edition of Mobile Monday. So much. Sooooo much. Hmm. Maybe too much? Yeah, a bit. Maybe just pretend these three games are two games, one of which has an unusual growth on the side that looks, acts, and plays like a different game? That's not too much to handle is it?
Bundling up indie games is what all the cool kids are doing these days, as is pricing them "pay what you want" while donating portions of the proceeds to charity. But here's something refreshingly different: The 99 Percent Bundle. This totally free collection of indie games aims to highlight some of the lesser-known developers out there, the people who continue to make the games they love and release them for free. It's sort of the indies of the indie community, and it's the perfect way to discover new titles you might have missed over the last few months.
- • Hyper Princess Pitch
- • Egress - The Test of STS-417
- • Dragon Fantasy
Hey—hi there! Welcome! Come on it, have a seat. Would you like a warm beverage? Cold one? Just a handful of games? All right, that's fine too. Although the hot cocoa is stunning... Anyway! You asked for games, and so you get them. One game to make you scratch your head, one game where you can shoot Mecha Santa, and one game where you can learn to be a thief. Game enough for you? No? Maybe some hot cocoa would fill the void, then?
- • Elephant Quest
- • Hungry Sumo
- • Racing Comrade
- • Cactus McCoy
- • The End of Us
- • Lee Lee's Quest
Our writers pony up more of their personal favourite games of 2011, and this time on our new developer interview feature, Friday Five, we bring Zeebarf into the studio to talk about his work, the new upcoming premium Reemus adventure, and more! And by "studio" I of course mean "a polite, sterile digital exchange because Jay vetoed my plans to demolish his house and build a studio where I would interview after being trained by James Lipton".
- • Skywire
- • Zoo Keeper Quest
- • FoolYoo
Action isn't all brawling robots, blasting guns, and pop culture references. This week's Vault takes a look at three titles that all share a common strangeness, but also incorporate action into their gameplay in different ways.
- • Sprinkle Jr.
- • Egg Punch
- • Sea Stars
- • Horror Vacui 2
Cute games seem to be the "in" thing to do for iOS releases. Why feature an ugly cockroach as a main character when you can sketch out an adorable dolphin with rainbow eyes instead? Most of our games this week are frosted in that sugary cuteness, so you might want abstain from riding on your unicorn for a few hours, just so you don't overdose on adorableness!
- • Lost and Found
- • Hyperbolic Rogue
- • Six
Ready for a nugget of the strange and unusual? Three games carved from the walls of the Cave of Indie Coolness, built with non-standard ideas and experimental concepts in mind. No copy/paste genre cloning, more like the genres wish they could copy/paste these games!