- • The Only One
- • Taquito Tower
- • Stay Alive
- • Whodunit
Ten seconds isn't a lot of time, but that was the theme of the most recent Ludum Dare competition! This week's Link Dump Friday features several of my favourite entries that played with the theme in some unique ways.
Do you hate cat videos and think nobody should be allowed to enjoy them? Of course not, you're not a sociopath. But some Scrooge in Nitrome's latest puzzle platformer does, and as a result, you're manning a virus made up of hundreds of chompy worms to take down Mew Tube and ensure nobody ever enjoys cat videos ever again.
What's long and overdue for a trim? No, not your mustache, your lawn. In this puzzle game you must mow the grass by pushing the mower in a continuous path without crossing the already cut portion. With a great retro look and sound, cutting the grass has never been so much fun!
The monkey is back! Or rather, one big monkey and lots of adorable little ones. In the newest instalment of the Monkey GO Happy series, as usual, your job is to put a smile on your furry friend's face by solving point-and-click puzzles. This time, however, each level has three coins which you can collect and buy toys for the mini-monkeys. In a word, adorable.
Alexia Crow winds up falling, literally, into adventure (of the point-and-click kind!) when she winds up trapped in an ancient cave that was once used as a training ground for heroes of myth and legend. To escape, she'll need to explore and solve all sorts of puzzles in a captivating mythic environment filled with mysterious mechanisms and magic.
Do you want to rip through enemy defenses in a blaze of glory? Are you dreaming of ever-bigger automatic rifles and awesome napalm waves? Are you ready to play level after level until you finish each of the hundred adrenaline-fueled missions? Then report to your Battalion Commander and start blasting your way to military greatness.
Despite some truly bizarre logic and pathfinding issues, the latest point-and-click adventure from the creators of Samsara Room is still worth checking out. When your carrot spaceship is struck by lightning, you find yourself separated from your lady-friend on a surreal new world where you have to use the powers of good and evil to proceed... yes, really.
- • El Complo
- • Miami Shark
- • Dismantlement: Radio
Welcome to The Vault's Back-To-School Special, where you get 50% off our already low, low, nonexistent, prices on quality works from the JayIsGames archives! This week, we'll be schooling you on a trio of excellent puzzle, action, and point-and-click games.
Nelly 2: Ep.1 is the first installment in the sequel to Black Square Studios' original macabre puzzle platform adventure game, and it will make you go "Huh?" and "Zhuh?!" but also "Oooh" and "Ahh". Little Nelly lives all alone in the deep dark forest, where peril literally waits at every turn. But when she goes out one night, she discovers a friend, and some new abilities, that may take her places she never imagined.
Make no mistake, Road of the Dead 2 is a game with a massive amount of talent behind it provided by people with a passion for the genre. This time, your heroes are two survivors desperately trying to escape the city, one driving while the other literally rides shotgun (or pistol, or SMG), dealing with any hazards in the way.
Kids nowadays have no respect for their toys. Done playing? Toss it aside for something new. But what happens to the neglected toy? Well, in Noel Berry's puzzle platformer, Broken Robot Love, the (literally) tossed robot fights its way back to its owner to win back his affection. To help along this journey against lava, lasers and formidable doorways is the robot's ability to create blocks. Now if only it could also create a loving connection to its boy-owner.
Notebook Wars are back, in space form! Now with 100% more spaceships, tons of upgrades and spectacular boss fights! Get your vertical scrolling shooter action right here: blow away your enemies, buy your own space battle fleet and rule the universe!
If two apples and five pears cost 37 cents and five apples and three pears cost 45 cents, how come math problems are so boring? A Game of Numbers is a puzzle game that challenges the stereotype of boring math problems, by giving you a maze of numbers and operations to solve. Even if you're not a numbers buff, there's still a lot of fun to be had finding the right path to the exit, while keeping your numbers in check.
In a world where droids struggle to survive, a mysterious bunker opens. You get to explore it in this gorgeous point-and-click adventure game. Use your adventuring skills to find items and clues as you go. What will you find behind the door?
Happily Never After is a lovingly depicted tale of a young girl hungry for adventure. She dares to explore a mysterious forest, guided by the voice of the narrator, who warns of dangers ahead and provides the wise moral. That is, until our heroine decides she wants to do things her way, and from then on the story becomes... somewhat unconventional.
- • Gold and Gems
- • Cookie Clicker
- • Canterlot Defender
- • Rise
- • Space Email
Two of the games in this week's Link Dump Friday are inspired somewhat by Candy Box!, which is sweet enough without one of them also being entirely about delicious cookies overtaking the world. Throw in some ponies throwing down and some zombies, because the law of the internet states that there must be zombies in everything now, and you have a recipe for awesome.
Normally when you pause a game, everything stops, but in this hard as nails platformer, your momentum is preserved, allowing you to soar through hazards and over great distances... which does NOT make it any easier. A beautiful looking, beautiful sounding game that will pound the snot out of you at any given opportunity, and for some people, that's exactly what they're looking for.
If you love Spore, but you're tired of that boring evolution stuff, here comes Red Extinction, a game all about microscopic organisms trying to annihilate one another. Take control of one unicellular blob, equip it with spikes, poison and laser beams and away you go! Fight for survival by purchasing ever better upgrades for your weapons and stats, collect rare drops and customise your critter in dozens of cool ways.
Socrates Jones doesn't get why you'd care about philosophy if you don't have a long white robe and a longer beard, but a freak accident means he's about to learn more about it than he'd ever thought he needed... in fact, his life depends on it! An educational visual novel inspired by Phoenix Wright, Pro Philosopher will teach you how to debate intelligently and constructively, and keep you entertained along the way.
All the roly-poly creatures of the world compete to see who is the roly-polyest in Dillo Hills 2, the new racing game by Evil Space Chicken and Fex Labs! Fans of the original may be surprised by the emphasis on multiplayer action in what was previously a single-player title, but altogether the changes are for the awesome.
This pretty little escape, the first by Amajeto, channels a very TomaTea vibe in the artwork and presentation. Each of the four walls has only a sparse amount of furnishings, all designed to be puzzling or informative, and it's your job to piece together clues and solve your way out the locked door into the night forest.
- • Gimme Friction Baby
- • Take a Walk
- • Vision
Bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens, and quality works from the JayIsGames archives... These are a few of my favorite things! This week the Vault has arcade, platforming, and escape titles to remind you of, and when you play them, well, then you won't feel so bad.
A clock. A telephone. A mirror. A chest of drawers. This room looks ordinary... but it's missing a door, which would seem to be important to the whole "escape" focus. But this stylish and surreal point-and-click game from Studio Maarten will surprise you with its clever concepts and unique approach, even if the ending is a bit of a let down.
Run, jump, and burst your way to save the princess in Knight Runner. This jump and run game is fast paced and addictive, with some launch game mechanics thrown in for good measure. Squish your enemies and gather coins to buy upgrades and power-ups so you can make it to the end and commence with the rescuing!
A man in a dog suit. A happy mountain. A cheesecake poster. And a whole lot of clues. Detarou's latest escape will have you going in circles, deciphering both puzzles and the clues that refer to them, as you try to find your way out. With a greater emphasis on puzzle solving than shock value, Deru Game is a challenging little diversion... though still more than weird enough.
Some of our mobile readers may have picked up Conceptis Puzzles' Tic-Tac-Logic, a logic puzzle where you've got to fill the grid making sure rows have an equal number of Xs and Os, but never three-in-a-row, and no two rows are identical. But why should they have all the fun? In Tic-Tac-Logic Light Vol. 1, you can play a sampler of 30 puzzles right in your browser, thanks to this newest addition to the Conceptis Light series.
Janie is baffled as to why her boyfriend, Mike, told her he needed a break a month ago, and she doesn't understand why her friend Trina keeps telling her to calm down and try a new perspective. In this visual novel style story made to raise awareness for teen dating violence, you'll have to help Janie explore her memories and her life to come to some unpleasant but necessary revelations about her relationship... and herself.
- • Shambles
- • The Rogue Less Traveled
- • Poliphony
- • Golem
We gotcher zombies. We gotcher alien life forms. We gotcher mysteriously shifting forest paths full of obscure references and bizarre deaths. In short... we gotcher Link Dump Friday!
It's the oldest trick in the lame spy book: when in doubt, jump under a box, because nothing says "inconspicuous" like a moving chunk of cardboard. In What Box? your mission is to find the exit while being hidden in, you guessed it, a box. The trick is that you see yourself through the eyes of security cameras, so finding your way through rooms and corridors is positively labyrinthine.
Once in the cave, there was a cliff, a fire, and some shadow puppets... oh, wait. Wrong cave. Once in the cave, there was a wizard searching for the evil wizard in AnienaGames' new platformer. Earn achievements, unlock skills, and experiment to find the best way to defeat your enemies.
In Sirtet, you're in charge of destroying some grumpy red blocks. Why are they grumpy? No idea. Why are you destroying them? It's a mystery. Anyway, use Tetris-inspired formations and bombs, lay them on top of the surly red bocks and beat level after level of this simple but entertaining puzzle game.
All shooters are created identical, if not equal, right? After all, how much can you change up "shoot the things" as a gameplay concept? Well, this clever little puzzler has a few ideas, and in this sequel to the 2011 hit, each level offers up new mechanics and rules you'll have to figure out how to work with... if you can even figure them out at all!
Are you obsessed with typing to a somewhat unsettling extent? Then Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing, a parody arcade game made by Holy Wow Studios for SomethingAwful's "Subversive Edutainment" Game Jam, should be right up your carpel tunnel-stricken alley! A pitch-perfect parody of educational software, Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing sometimes gets off-color, but never unentertaining.
- • Exit Path
- • Record Tripping
- • Me and the Key
It can be tough being the mayor of a sovereign town, but fortunately The Vault is here to take off the pressure of office. Action, interactive art, and puzzle games should definitely help you kill some time... at least until the fireworks festival starts.
A funky beat, a big screen television, a bunch of puzzles, and several not at all creepy bird statues watching you from every single angle... it may be weird, but it's also Tesshi-e, so you know it's bound to be good. So start hunting for clues and cracking puzzles and find your way out!
The heroes of this turn-based strategy RPG are surly, drunken, rude, violent, and more than a little bit potty-mouthed... but then, so is everyone else in this crumbling society. Though it does take a while to get the ball rolling, however, World's End Chapter 1 eventually reveals itself to be an extremely ambitious piece of storytelling and gaming in general.
When you're dangling by your fingertips off the edge of a cliff, what you really want is for someone to come and help you up. Instead, fate hands you a stupid little bird that tries to peck your fingers off the edge. No, Birdie, No! is a quick skill game of reflexes and dexterity where you've got to hold on to the cliff, but lift your fingers before the menacing canary pecks at them. How long can you hang on?
Life can pulverize you. But in Human Chop, a physics puzzler by Methamphetabear, it is you who gets to be the pulverizer! A cut-the-rope style game elevated by its hilariously bleak sense of humor.
Teacher Story is a gorgeous, fun, funny game with glimpses of serious cleverness. As the name suggests, you play a teacher who's trying to stuff his classes full of knowledge, but first needs to literally beat the stupidity out of them to get through. Though hampered by an aggressive and restrictive free-to-play model, genuinely strategic combat and a gorgeous presentation still make this one worth checking out.
Elegant, calming, and packed full of puzzles that require deductive reasoning and not a little brainpower, Robamimi's latest escape game offers a soothing atmosphere to go with its clever design, making for the perfect way to wake up the slumbering escape artist in your brain for the day.
- • Find the Escape-Men 59: Sultry Night
- • 1000 Years Ago
- • Flatland: Fallen Angle
- • CATDAMMIT!
What do you get when you cross a noir story with a pair of immortal magic-wielding horses, ten little green men, and a cat with a hygiene problem wielding a chainsaw? Link Dump Friday, obviously!
This puzzle platformer is the story of a spirit who gets chained within an earthly body and must find out a way to get back where he belongs. A beautiful game with a great concept and some flaws dragging it down to earth. If you have the patience for it and a steady hand, it's well worth checking out and admiring. Just... don't expect it to be as forgiving as you.
Instead of being forced to run the new business because Papa is a lazy jerk, this time you're working off a debt. As if making cupcakes to order fast food style weren't inherently hilarious and difficult enough, in addition to cranky customers, batters, frosting and more, you've also got the changing seasons to contend with... and the holidays they bring!
Currently available in beta, Room Escape Maker is exactly what it says on the tin... a free online tool that allows you to make and share escape games, or play those created by others. Besides, it's a free way to help hone your ability to ensnare helpless people in locked rooms filled with diabolical mechanisms.
You stumble through the corridors of the ruined building looking for help, but you might have gone from the frying pan strapped down into the dentist's chair with rusty surgical implements coming straight at your eyeball. So, hey, apart from your distressing ability to stumble right into the arms of one serial killer after another, this is a pretty good time! Click around to gather what you can and try to unravel the twisted secret of this place, but above all else solve the puzzles and escape before you're caught for good!
- • Johnny, Why Are You Late?
- • When the Bomb Goes Off
- • Rings and Sticks
The Vault is cancelled! Goodbye!... Or not! This week we're featuring adventure, action, and puzzle perfection from the JayIsGames archives. Have at it, you media leeches!
Transmorpher 2 is a great action-puzzle platformer hybrid in which you control four aliens, each with different abilities. In twenty-two levels you will encounter a large number of things especially designed to kill you, from lasers to acid puddles to hostile creatures, and you'll have to use brain as well as brawn to negotiate cleverly designed stages and reach the end.
You play a cute virus trying to take over the board in this simple to learn turn based strategy game. Click which color you'd like to expand to, and you'll automatically fill all adjacent spots of that color. Try to occupy more spaces than the computer in vs mode. Can you spread your plague enough to rule the board?
Daniel Haslop's puzzle platformer, Leave Me a Clone, will give you quite a challenge through all 35 levels. Play as the cute little yellow alien who just wants to get through the next portal. Create clones of yourself to act as stepping stones (and any other use you can find for them) toward your final goal. And if you happen to earn stars along the way by collecting all the energy orbs or limiting your clone use, all the better!
Plumber Pickle might be busy for a while, since the leak he's been called on to fix in this point-and-click adventure/escape game needs more elbow grease and creative thinking than usual. Like all Pastel Games titles, Plumber Pickle is stylish and has a few surprises up its sleeve that means this is anything but your ordinary repair job.
Terra Coda is an adventure game originally developed by Zillix for Ludum Dare 19, now re-released in a polished form, wherein you live and relive the life of a time-skipping alien organism trying to escape from disaster. It's a game that throws you in at the deep end, but one that very much evokes the thrill of discovery.
- • Attack on Titan
- • Pan Man
- • Aries Escape 11
- • Stealth Assassin
Take Attack on Titan, stick it in a locked room, and add in a guy whose only special skill is pancake flippin' and what do you have? This week's Link Dump Friday, of course! Escape, action, stealth and breakfast foods all in once place, just like momma used to make.
In this pointandclick adventure, an alien hires Harry to find photographic proof of people disappearing at the titular carnival, because of reasons, that's why. I mean, what, you thought aliens were all about abduction and probing? Geez. Rude. The game's campy sense of humour and style make it the perfect light-hearted bit of adventuring to brighten your day.
Now in its third major release, this platformer allows you to play as everyone from better-than-Boba-Fett bounty huntress Samus Aran to Mega Man 10's Bass, all with their iconic abilities intact, tearing up the classic Super Mario Bros. levels you know and love. Dismissing this as just a simple knock-off is doing it a disservice, and this latest update cements its position as one of the crown jewels in the fan creation crown.
Alchemystery is a gorgeous game in which you play with various materials in order to reach your goal. You control balls made of everything from stone to gold, and each matter has its distinctive properties. To pick up all the coins and reach the end of the level, you'll have to roll, nudge and transform the balls through twenty-one clever puzzles.
Haretoki doesn't disappoint with this latest escape-the-room funhouse of clever puzzles and baffling devices. Quirky contraptions line every wall, inviting experimentation and exploration. You'll need to think outside the box and work through clues that are logical yet subtle, but the "This is way cool!" payoff is worth it.
Pretentious Game is a series of three minimalistic episodes about love, loss and growth. Although narrated in short sentences and illustrated only by the characters' simple actions, the games are powerful and engaging, handling human frailty in a unique way.
While it might seem easy to write it off as an imitation of Fragger, Nature Strikes Back stands on its own merits a physics-based projectile game. Each level either introduces new elements or combines existing elements in a new way, giving it a sense of "just-one-more-level"-ness. Can you get rid of the evil polluters and turn the world green again?
- • Soap Bubble
- • Double Jeu
- • Gil
Let's face it: there's a certain masochistic edge to the summer season: So what better way to relax than this week's Vault's collection of ultra-tough-but-fair works from the JayIsGames archives, sure to frustrate you into a happy afternoon? We've got action, arcade, and platforming works that may be punishing, but boy, they hurt so good!
How can you win the woman of your dreams? Well, if you're a painter, it's by buckling down and creating a masterpiece in your studio... right after you track down all the little green men hiding throughout the place, of course. Another short, simple, and sweet escape from no1game!
Acid Bunny is an action-platformer that revels in offensiveness, almost as if its ashamed of the adorable heart beating underneath. Certainly, one can't tell tell the story of a cute lil' bunny with a tendency for acid flashbacks without getting a little dark, but those who stick through the aggressively bleak humor of the opening will find an engaging open-world to explore. Please be aware that this game contains material many would find offensive, including drug use and suicide.
Dyna Boy, what is the secret of your power? Things that go boom! And indeed, quite a few things will in Neutronized's new retro platformer. Familiar mechanics are boosted by a slick presentation, and good use of physics puzzles in later levels
- • Monkey GO Happy Guess
- • Find the Escape Men 57: Eel2
- • Rooms of Picture Completion Puzzles 26
- • THE HORNETS WOULD LIKE TO TALK
This week's Link Dump Friday is all about snack sized games! And when you think about snacking, you obviously think about monkeys, hornets, and little green men, right?... right?!... don't leave me hanging!
Remember the 90's, when blocky graphics and bleepy sound were among the best available on home computers, and adventure games were all the rage? Survive Quest, a slice of retro by 2BAM, is an attempt to recapture those days. Use the mouse and/or keyboard to help poor Captain Copy Mayhem escape his malfunctioning ship before it crashes, preferably without dying in the process.
Just like in real life, cats will stop at nothing if food is at stake. That is, as long as the food is round and can be rolled across ramps and bounced through portals. Cat Around Asia is the third game in the series in which you have to help a hungry kitty get her international snacks while solving a bunch of interesting physics puzzles.
The evil purple alien crystals are trying to take over the world again, this time starting in Greenland. In this enjoyable tower defense game, seed your plants strategically on the board and link them for more power. Can you use your symbiosis to eradicate the crystals for good this time?
Yuri has more seek and find cuteness for you in an escape-the-room game set in a summer backyard. Ten tiny chicks are hidden from view but you'll need their help to get out. So look around and solve puzzles to coax them all out of hiding. There's two endings to enjoy as well.
The end is only the beginning, when one man's decision to commit suicide turns into a bizarre journey to collect the shattered pieces of his soul. Bend reality by creating portals, folding your environment and more to put yourself together as you avoid enemies and complete some seriously challenging levels.
Your favourite spitting, crawling hero is back for another action-filled puzzle adventure! When an evil wizard steals the Life Flower, Oozy sets out to rescue it across 40 levels and four worlds, filled with enemies, bosses, and more wrapped up in one seriously polished presentation.
- • Pizza City
- • Hedgehog Launch
- • Chaos Faction 2
We at JayIsGames are thrilled for the upcoming TRICKYA game console launch, but until we line up third-party support, we'll content ourselves with games from our archives. This week, driving, launch, and fighting titles will slake your thirst for quality gaming.
The match-3, defense hybrid game, Tales of Terratos, puts the powers of the elements into your hands. Through 25 levels of fun, back-and-forth action, you'll be creating matches to cast spells and summon elementals of fire, water, air and earth. Claim your victory through destroying the enemy's barriers while protecting your own. It will occupy your brain, eyes and hands as you banish the evil creatures back through the portal from which they came!
Like worms? Like mushrooms? Even if you don't, you'll enjoy WRRRMZ! an adorable unique puzzle game featuring, you guessed it, worms and mushrooms. Stretch the cute worms to their full potential, lighting up mushrooms as you go. Wind your way around 50 levels of brain bending fun as you lead the worms from one hole to the next.
Want to feel free? Take a break and play I Feel Free, a Metroidvania-esque platformer where you start out as just a mere blob, but build yourself up to something greater. Similar to a shorter version of K.O.L.M., you can travel around the caverns collecting upgrades that allow you to access new areas, and maybe even experience freedom from restlessness.
A letter from the past brings you to the secluded estate of your childhood friend. But when you discover the mansion cold and abandoned, you have no choice but to venture into a dark and uncertain history with more than its share of skeletons. The first chapter in a chilling point-and-click horror adventure game series.
- • Bayou
- • Where is the Button For Love?
- • Age of Umpires
- • Raspy Hill
This is my jam! Specifically, game jams are my jam! This Link Dump Friday features four games created for various themed online competitions, and trust me, that's about all they have in common. Embrace the strange.
Ever wanted to play a pickle-clown bouncing his way into a pool of water? I thought so, and so did Meetreen Games, which is probably why they created the physics puzzle game, Circus. While on the easy side, Circus is a fun, little distraction from your day with cute graphics to boot. Come and help your little pickle friend. The adoring circus-goers await his every bruise and bump.
Peace! Houh! What is it good for? Well, something apparently, as the various factions of Berzerk Studio's new defense shooter, The Peacekeeper, want it, and are willing to slaughter everything in their path to get it. A visceral burst of just-mindless-enough entertainment, The Peacekeeper is a bloody and hilarious good time, if a little repetitive in the endgame
Get in the zone and get ready for a zoning challenge! Blocks & Lots is a nifty educational puzzle where you've got to reallocate the lots of the city of Solano Heights to make everyone happy. But the city's stakeholders aren't easy to please! Tulip wants more parks, but Everett wants more big apartments, and JT wants more manufacturing space. There might not be a way to please everyone, but the fun is in trying to craft solutions that gets you darned close.
Blooming full of sweetness, this escape game from Fuwayura is on the easy side. Explore a single scene, finding the clues and items needed to solve a handful of puzzles and grow a batch of flowers before you can go outside and enjoy the sunny day.
The beloved series about smashing things and smooshing people is back for more, and it has a whole new look. Using a variety of creative new ammunition, smash and crash your way across a multitude of levels and environments, each with their own unique challenges, and prove you're worthy of the love of the beautiful (we assume) Lady Catapult.
Break out your inner tactician to rumble in Berzerk Studio's latest strategy game! Though your army battles automatically, behind the scenes you have an enormous amount to do, since everything from equipment to formation and character race can turn the tide of battle for better or worse. Play in single-player campaigns, or create an army to participate in ranked multiplayer battles, making it the perfect choice for a few skirmishes each day.
- • Silent Conversation
- • Gray
- • Clack
You can either spend a ton of cash at Crazy Tricky's VaporStore Summer Sale... or just stop by The Vault for some of the best games from our archives. This week, platforming, interactive art, and puzzles take center stage.
Bart Bonte delivers a short, surreal adventure game about a mysterious factory... well, maybe not that mysterious given what greets you. But though you might find this little title, made for the No Future Contest, a bit too simple and more of an interactive movie than anything, it's worth the few minutes it'll take you for a chuckle.
Being a slime...thing...can't be easy. Especially if you're trapped in a series of tests and belittled by your creator. In this puzzle platformer, use your jumping, pushing, and gravity changing skills to escape and show that mad scientist what-for!
In this escape-the-room game from noprops (also known as Mygames888), you find yourself in a familiar situation: locked in a room in which you must solve puzzles until you reach the exit and make you way out. Yet there is also something different, more surreal, that makes Lift stand out from most games you're used to. For this reason, it's not to be missed.
A retro metroidvania platformer by MNWS, The Ruins of Machi Itcza will have you feeling like Pitfall Harry. The purely exploration gameplay is tempered a bit by slow character movement, but overall, the game captures the archaeological feel of rediscovering something ancient and mysterious.
Icarus is stuck in a dream world and needs: to wake up, to find kit, a key... and anything else that will help him navigate from one end of this narrative adventure to the next. The true joy of playing, though, comes in exploring Daniel Merlin Goodbrey's witty comic strip—story and gameplay work seamlessly together and that's all we need to enjoy it!
- • The Gentleman
- • Nouserdake
- • The Maze
- • Skirt Quest
Skirts and spectres, tophats and books, and much more! This week's Link Dump Friday only has one theme... variety! From a game about trying to conform to your peers in high school, to a nightmarish run through a neverending tower full of monsters (also could be mistaken for high school!) there's something for everyone.
Marty Sears' popular combination of anagrams, block-sliding, hilarious animations, and hair-pulling difficulty has become a quadrilogy with Blocks With Letters On 4. It's as punishing and as hilarious as it's ever been, and this time, the background is green!
Gotta train em all! Toy Chest Games' strategic turn-based strategy game may be heavily inspired by Pokemon, but a gorgeous design and a focus on simple yet satisfying combat with a whopping 101 monsters to train makes it a casual treat.
A bear falls asleep in a fruit crate and finds himself in a dungeon in Slime Prince's castle. The bear teams up with a treasure chest and they go on a slime-destroying, treasure-hunting adventure. If that's not bizarre enough, wait till you see them bouncing off a huge pig roast amidst a pile of broken plates.
Take a break from escaping rooms, restaurants, and underground spaces to explore this amazing, surreal landscape in an entertaining two scene mini-escape from Frederico Rutenberg.
You have the chance to play in the world championship for Pongball, so don't pass it up! Jump into the action in this awesome blend of Pong and pinball. Use your pinball flipper ship to hit the ball past your opponent. Score five goals to win. Can you beat them all to become the new Pongball champion?
- • 9:05
- • Finding My Heart
- • Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman
Happy 9th of July! And, as you know, the traditional way to celebrate is by playing a few excellent titles from the JayIsGames archives! This week, the Vault features classic interactive fiction, adventure, and platforming titles for your perusal.
Hottategoya has mastered the miniescape quite well by giving a threefold of puzzles to solve all wrapped up with stylish presentation. Explore a series of very sameish rooms, climbing the stairs until you reached a locked door, then breaking the code that opens it. Do that three times and you'll be out before you know it. The easier challenges make this game perfect for beginners or for anyone who has a hankering for an escape but only a moment to spare.
BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH is a bunch of tiny Breakout clones within a Breakout clone: each time your ball hits a brick, it spawns a tiny ball inside the brick it hits. Once each brick runs out of tiny bricks, it disappears and the balls inside the brick are set free. Don't try this with real bricks or you'll end up warping reality. (Try it on the computer instead, and you make a rainbow!)
Do you know how many shapes you can make with six or more squares? A lot, that's how many. Omino may seem like a simple Tetris clone at first, but its mechanic of making the pieces larger instead of making them fall faster as you level up adds a refreshing spin. Oh, and there are powerups.
Pathologic is a surprisingly sane minimalistic game in which you must find your way through a maze made up of squares, collecting circles as you go, without stepping on the same square twice. With fifty ever more complex levels, this is a Snake-like bundle of frustration and fun which will satisfy your daily need for puzzly goodness.
- • Candy Ant Princess
- • Horse Master
- • The Choice
- • Lucky Peach Travel Game
Four games, four different spins on text-based adventures. Link Dump Friday takes you on a journey with bugs, horsies, hateful AI, and oceans made of delicious, delicious fruit that shows off the unexpectedly creative and delightful side of Twine and other formats of interactive fiction.
On the surface, this puzzle game is simple. Easy, even. You move in turns through small, carefully designed levels trying to avoid or eliminate enemies on your way to the exit. But before long, the new varieties of obstacles and tight level design will force you to think ahead in strategic fashion, making this one elegantly simple game that can challenge you with the best of them.