Prepare to enter a zen-like trance as you play LYNE. In this minimalist puzzle game, you must connect all similar shapes without crossing your path. What starts out simple quickly becomes complex as you bust your brain to solve as many puzzles as you can.
- • Love in the Dumpster
- • LittleBigMansion
- • My Father's Long, Long Legs
- • Puzzle Rescue Prime
Two people can't see the problems in their own lives. A man who can change objects with a snap of his fingers. A kid riding a magic, bullet-barfing turtle. This week's Link Dump Friday has something for everyone.
In this creepy bit of Twine-delivered interactive fiction, a young girl's father becomes obsessed with digging a hole beneath their house. As the years pass, he begins to resemble less and less the man she once knew... and perhaps even less of a man at all...
Though short, this latest installment in the physics platformer series is just as enjoyable as the rest, with many new elements like lasers and bombs to go along with its new industrial setting.
Help Me Fly by Funtomic is a combination logic game and a shape-fitting tangram-style puzzle game. If that sounds like too steep of a learning curve, take solace in the fact that Help Me Fly is designed for casual players in mind, providing heaps of challenge with 60 well-designed puzzles that will give your brain a good but fair workout!
The results of the "10 Seconds"-themed Ludum Dare 27 72-Hour are in, and top prize goes to NXTWPN10: a quirky Unity shooter by Graebor. An explosive combination of color and creativity, if a little disorienting, but a worthy winner and a perfect candidate for expansion.
Anision's adorable, over-the-top cute design masks a surprisingly clever little escape game that hides puzzles and clues in plain sight. It's logical and delightful, and well worth your time.
- • LightForce Games
- • Legend of the Gold Mask
- • Goldburger to Go
The challenge of a good puzzle can make everything else seem a bit less, well, challenging. This week in The Vault we have a nice selection of puzzle games from our archives, sure to provide variety, quality, and just plain fun.
Zombotron is back! When your ship off this zombie-ridden world still lacks fuel, you set out to find some. Unfortunately for you, it's never that simple. With more elaborate levels and all the explosive physics action you've come to expect, this latest Zombotron installment is just as weird and wonderfully addictive as ever.
Jeff has a job just like anyone else, but unlike you or me, his job includes rolling into the paranormal and sorting things out. In this short interactive tale, he finds himself called in with the rest of his team late one night to fix a problem... only it might not be fixable. A charming mix of freaky and funny, Catachresis is begging for a bigger, bolder sequel.
The simple things in life are often the best, and Green-Eyed Games has managed to turn a simple sliding-block puzzle into a game about flowers, just by arranging blocks the right way. The rules of Petals are as simple as the idea behind it: click to combine like-colored tiles in a grid, but avoid combining tiles of different colors. That's all there is to it, and it's a great way to spend a few minutes stretching your mind. You don't even have to water it.
The four barons are wreaking havoc in the underworld and it's up to a plucky little hero to put an end to their evil lives. With your trusty bow, you'll wander from cave to dungeon, eliminating various minions of the dark lords, becoming ever stronger as your quest goes on and getting ready to face the dreaded barons themselves.
[UPDATED VERSION] In this escape game, you wake up in a golden cage with the number 26 on it, in a tiny house and yard that seems to have everything you need... but even more than figuring out where you are and why, finding a way out becomes increasingly pressing as you soon realise that whoever is supposed to be tending these cages hasn't come by in quite some time, and with supplies dwindling and the place falling into disrepair, things are looking grim.
In this follow up to 2012's hit text-based superhero RPG, as a relatively newly established powered hero you find yourself struggling to juggle a failing public opinion, increasingly dangerous anti-powered sentiments... and rent. When the option to take part in a reality TV show designed to create the next great hero defense force presents itself you leap at it... but there are more dangers around you and those you love than you might expect.
In this refreshing twist on an isometric puzzler from Terry Cavanagh, young Naya lives in a post-apocalyptic world and goes searching for something to aid in her quest for clarity. Blending puzzle-platforming with mind-bending level design and a sparse yet atmospheric story, it's as compelling as it is challenging, minus a few bumps along the way.
In The Telekinetic Incident, a love letter to Portal by Matthew Fearrington, you play as a woman named Sarah Walker. That is, you play as a clone of Sarah, and you've been given telekinetic abilities by Ifrit Incorporated. Can you lift, laser, clone, and forcefield your way through Ifrit's facilities and learn the story of how you came to be there? At least there's no shortage of clones.
- • The Last Tango
- • Nested
- • Magi Story
- • Find the Escape-Men 62: In the Bakery
Dancing, bakeries, rude people, and life, the universe, and (literally) everything star in this week's Link Dump Friday featuring webtoys, action, interactive fiction, and illusive little green men who like to hide all around you.
Yona Yona Games debuts on JIG with this sweet escape named after a children's singing game. By gathering clues and using found items, you must not only secure your freedom but also that of a charming little blue bird. The puzzles are light enough for spirited and happy game break yet pose just enough challenge to make that door key well-earned.
Why is it that something bad always happens to space research missions? You play Captain Robert in this narrative-driven exploration game, made for Ludum Dare 27. After waking up from a bad bump on the head, you'll need to explore your ship to discover the fate of your crew and piece together all the mysterious things going on.
Earth Taken is an action platformer by SeethingSwarm that casts you as the desperate measures that the desperate needs of an alien menace require. It's a mishmash of run-and-gun and survival horror tropes, but an entertaining one, with some very cool (and toxic looking) environmental design.
- • Slouching Towards Bedlam
- • You Are Lucky
- • MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction
Can't wait for the results of the Trickum Dare 72,000 Hour Game Jam? Bide your time with some classic interactive fiction, puzzle, and arcade games from the JayIsGames Vault!
Addictive and satisfyingly strategic, Card Hunter is a free turn-based strategy game that combines the cheek and charm of a tabletop RPG setting with well-designed card-based gameplay mechanics. Play the single-player campaign and embark on adventures as you grow a party full of powerful heroes, or go up against other players in multiplayer and earn rare treasure! If only the free-to-play problems didn't start creeping in...
Neonball is your latest futuristic arcade addiction. Your job is to bounce a ball around a room to the exit point, collecting stars and avoiding lasers and bombs. With a ton of stages, excitement-packed gameplay and sometimes fiendishly challenging levels, Neonball is definitely the complete package.
Up for a challenge? Defend towers of squishy innocents against hordes of incoming zombies by swapping elevators full of unique, upgradeable soldiers between floors. Despite a severe difficulty curve that makes it a challenge not everyone will appreciate, its great style and clever enemy types make it stand out from the pack.
That's right: you do know what time it is. Time for another eclectic installment of click festive minigames and puzzles to NinjaDoodle up your day in all the best of ways. At each stage, the play button is hiding, waiting for you solve the problems presented for you to correctly unscramble words, perform backwards mathematics, decipher the pattern, negotiate a maze... Or whatever needs/must be done—part of the challenge is figuring out exactly what that is. Find the play button, click it, and do it in the best time possible to claim your prize at the end.
Ever come upon a teleporter while wandering through the garden? Why not jump in? Follow Blym through his puzzle platforming adventure, from teleporter to teleporter. Avoid monsters and other obstacles through 40 levels of challenging (but not too hard) fun.
The power to control the elements... sounds like a sweet deal, huh? Well, the dark lord invading the island where they're kept thinks so too... but unluckily for him you're no ordinary old guy with a stick! In this familiar but very well made and challenging defense game, craft towers with unique abilities and rain down spells on an ever evolving variety of enemies.
In this sequel to the hit competition winning point-and-click horror adventure, driven by a desire to find out once and for all whether you're losing your mind, you head to the library to learn more about lucid dreaming and its roots. What you find is another nightmare you'll have to go deeper into than before if you want to escape... but you're being hunted.
Go West, my son. Wait... East, EAST! Lucas Molina present a simple yet simply addictive arcade game with RPG trappings as you control a brave hero speeding East through monsters and other pitfalls, earning experience and coin for upgrades along the way. Throw in some lovely pixel style and a great soundtrack, and you have the perfect casual action game to fill a little spare time.
- • Mission Luna
- • Escape from the Similar Rooms 6
- • Double Twin
- • Treasure Trap
A "realistic" moon launch where you control every piece of equipment. A series of suspiciously similar rooms. A card game that will seem more than a little familiar to the older and nerdier amoung us. And a tomb of delights and dangers to protect.
Everyone makes mistakes, but for most of us those mistakes aren't unleashing an unholy army upon the earth. This simple but stunning fighting game is packed with upgrades and achievements as you blast your way through a series of enormous demons to save the world and fix your whoopsie.
Another short but gorgeous point-and-click adventure arrives from Hyptosis, as you struggle to maintain relations between your company and the prickly Templars after a Relic is discovered nearby. Adding to the already thick tension in the city and hot on the heels of your last adventure, it doesn't look like your life is showing any signs of slowing down... or getting any less dangerous.
In Entertainment's Forge's new puzzle game, an lost civilization asks only one question: How Smart Are You? Quite similar to the earlier Mystery IQ Test, How Smart Are You? may not claim to accurately answer the titular question with its challenge but, hey, get a high score and you'll feel like quite the intelligent baked good indeed.
In this incredibly swanky and clever twist on the standard first-person-shooter formula, time only moves when you do. Dodge bullets, take out enemies, and navigate a field of deadly fire (or turn it to your advantage) in this short but incredibly stylish game that you'll want to see even more of.
EdGE and GameGurus serve up a familiar but polished puzzle concept in this game of lasers and mirrors. Using limited moves and a variety of lenses, direct light to power specific nodes. Sounds easy, right? Well, throw in mixing colours, obstacles, different mirror types and more and you have a slow progression of challenge that's great to cut your teeth on.
Robby wants to rob a bank, but things don't go so well when the police show up. As the officer counts down from ten, it's up to you to find out a (probably weird) solution that doesn't end with our hero dead or in jail in this wonderfully silly point-and-click puzzle game made in just 48 hours.
I Am Level is a one button arcade platform game from Smiling Bag. It does away with most control buttons and gives you a rolling character you influence by tilting your mobile device left and right. Tap the screen to activate all of the screen's mechanisms, shooting springboards up, shifting platforms around, or knocking pinball-style flippers in the air. Through a creative combination of luck and skill, it's your job to explore the delightfully unconventional pathways that wind their way in and out of the game's challenging stages.
After three years, the next installment in the beloved creepy-cool point-and-click adventure series by veteran developer Mateusz Skutnik has finally arrived. As you venture beyond the walls of the town, are you prepared to handle the mysteries of the Sea of Smoke and the surreal puzzles within?
- • Hello Worlds!
- • Bow Street Runner
- • Pandemic 2
What's the weekly feature with old games of quality? T-H-E J-i-G V-A-U-L-T! And welcome Vaultkateers, to Anything-Can-Happen day at the clubhouse, where we're featuring some wonderful platform, adventure, and strategy games this week.
zillix returns with another Ludum Dare entry: exposure. In its post-competition form, this game has you traveling the land of SOL in search of orbs to place in strange holders. As you travel further, you discover more about SOL and its conflict with NYX. And standing in the background is a giant stone golem. What is its role in this land. And what is yours?
A crab with the ability to create bubbles around itself? What good could that possibly do? Oh, I dunno... how about just nabbing a boatload of pearls to... spend on... whatever crabs want? (Krill? Novelty t-shirts?) This physics puzzle may feel familiar, but with a gentle difficulty curve, great presentation, and careful crafting is perfect for kids and coffee breaks alike.
If there's one thing Ludum Dare 27 has taught us, it's that you can do a lot in ten seconds. The Value of Time, however, is all about what you can't do in that time. At least, not all by yourself. Can you click the End button in ten seconds? Not without help, you can't. Good thing you can cooperate with yourself. Infernet89 has created a simple, deep puzzle game that packs a lot into a seemingly small package.
In Yuriy Kurenkov (of Shameless Clone fame) and Denis Procenko's tower defense game, Zombie World, you must control the resources available to fend back the waves of decomposing monsters. In this mouse-controlled game, you are given three variety of defenses from which to choose, and the defenses are all up to you. No matter how time crunched we are throughout the day, I think we can all use a little zombie killing time, every now and then.
Fight the Cathode Raybots, or join their cause in this over-the-top action shooter by Tom Fulp and the Newgrounds crew. Overwhelming surface flashiness hides an excellent boss-battle creation engine, that those in the community have used to great cleverness.
They say there's a safehouse on the other side of the city, but between you and it is an entire city full of zombies. In this vertical scrolling action game, play as one of two heroes and bash, blast, and even drive your way through stages filled with unique objectives, earning skills and upgrades. Though suffering from slow movement and grinding, Bloodbath Avenue is still a fun throwback to classic arcade games.
There are 49 rooms, and 49 treasure chests, and for the most obvious reason in the world, you have to open them all. How can you get to them all? You're not super fast, you're not super strong, and you can't fly. But you can rotate the world around you, which is quite a useful power to have, especially in a platformer. Now where was that 48th chest again?
- • Pony Creator v3
- • Escape from the Similar Rooms 5
- • Hoshi Saga 9
- • Typocalypse 3D
Zombies! Typing! Fairies! Ponies! Identical rooms! This week's Link Dump Friday has it all, serving up action, creativity, some escaping, and even a little point-and-click puzzle action. Awwwwww yeah.
After being held captive and subjected to a variety of bizarre experiments, you seize your chance to escape one day, minus the top of your head, only to find yourself trapped in a bizarre lab filled with other hapless test subjects and bizarre puzzles. Point-and-click your way to an escape in this surreal, colourful game from the creator of The Queen of Snakes.
Who even leaves cheese stacked on top of a fridge anyway? Well, as gross as that might be, it's lucky for you that they did, since you're a mouse with a hankering for a chunk and a good throwing arm. This physics projectile puzzler could use a bit of extra polish and depth, but its simple fun and few gameplay twists make it a nice casual choice for sometimes-gamers or kids to enjoy.
Your point-and-click adventure odyssey continues in the sci-fi game Worldgate 3. It lives up to the reputation of its predecessors. The art is as lovely and alien as before, and the worlds to explore ever mysterious. To make things even more exciting, some of your many questions will be answered as you delve into these new universes.
Just as the name indicates, you find yourself inside a small clay-walled temple where the focus is in on collecting and arranging seven lilies in order to escape. All the familiar workings of a standard escape game are here, yet the ineffable style elevates Lily Temple to a beautiful and peaceful sojourn, with just a few small challenges, helping to define Amajeto as a designer of perfectly relaxing escapes.
We only have one moon, so we must do our very best to protect it! So you'll jump into your Moon rover-type contraption, charge your space cannon and shoot some bad guys. with lots of upgrades, cool futuristic weapons and intense levels, That's My Moon is an action-packed, highly addictive shooter.
What do you do with a Brawlin' Sailor? Well, if it's Major Bueno's new action game, then you should play it! Major Bueno has sneakily become one of browser gaming's most intriguing experimenters, with each of their games-a-month being consistently entertaining and singularly unique. This brawling tale of a sea dog punching his way through a multitude of captors is certainly both.
Broken Picture Telephone is back! Using a free account, play with other people online as you attempt to interpret their drawings and create your own from descriptions of others. The premise is simple. Someone writes out a phrase (essentially an idea for a drawing), and someone else has to draw it. Then someone else looks at that drawing and describes what they think is happening in it, and someone else uses that description to draw their picture... and so on... and so on... and so on! You won't know what the other submissions or original objective was until you're done.
Cookie Clicker is back with a sleek new look, upgrades, achievements, and even a subtly sinister storyline. All you need to do to play this webtoy is to click to generate cookies, but as you sell them, you can buy things to make cookies for you. But at what cost? And will things get out of hand?
In the first of Plexus' circus-themed puzzles, the show is coming to town—as soon as you can find and fit together the multitudes of uniquely-shaped jigsaw pieces to complete the picture. As always, the wonderfully imaginative puzzle designs are a joy to toil over, even if this is just a wee bit easier (taking about 15 minutes for most) than some of the other puzzles in Plexus' repertoire.
- • Z-Rox
- • Zap Dramatics: Ambition Series
- • Insidia
Next week, the Vault will be converting to 1DS format. So, if you see a line shoot across your computer monitor that makes you want to play favorites from the JayIsGames archives, that's what that is. This week, though, we've got puzzle, adventure, and platform games that are fun in quite a few dimensions.
It's finally time for your dream holiday in a serene fishing village. Of course, that's exactly when demon fish start floating our of the sea, thirsty for revenge. Just your luck. Before you call your travel agent to demand a refund, try to stay alive, save as many people as you can, find a boat and escape the fishing community island.
Watch, learn, adapt... oh, and don't get blown up. Impulse is part physics puzzle, part arcade game, with obstacles modeled after Newton's Laws of Motion. Get the green ball to the portal by generating a pulse that moves anything around it... sounds simple, right? But when propulsion, gravity, positive and negative charges and more come into play, you'll find it's anything but.
All you want is that delicious red apple, but since you can't jump, you'll have to settle for the next best thing... laying out a careful path of your own extruded torso to allow you to make your own paths and platforms. A simple yet very clever (and very difficult) HTML5 puzzler that doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, yet proves you don't need them if you have the brains to back yourself up.
Plunked into a 2D, side-scrolling world randomly generated and populated with dangerous dungeons, and you'll need to smash, stab, dig, and otherwise destroy your environment to gather the supplies you'll need to craft and survive day-to-day. Turns out in a great battle, the kingdom was destroyed and all its people carted off to dungeons, and only you can save them.
Choko Chai's cats are a charming trio full of winning personality and charm. They also keep finding themselves in sticky situations. This time it's being stuck aboard a passenger ship as it sails out to sea. Help them solve codes and put items into creative use or call them onto stage and put them to action. While the puzzle solving and exploration can be hit-and-miss, most the fun and entertainment of this escape game comes from the three cats' ameowsing antics.
Pursued by a killer as you search for the artifacts you need to pay homage to a deity who will destroy him, you have to listen, run, and hide to stay alive in this freakish nightmare of a game made in just fourteen days. Though rough around the edges, its surreal style and great production values make it a fun time with the lights down and the sound up.
You don't know why, but you've got to escape... and you've got to do it over the course of three nights. Three Nights Escape isn't as bizarre as, say, Detarou's work, but it's not exactly normal, either, if the horse in the bathtub is any indication. It has all the typical disadvantages of a Rutenberg game (mild pixel hunts, puzzles that literally can't be solved without trial and error), but the atmosphere redeems it very well, and the puzzles DO make sense if you look at them just right. Overall, it's definitely worth taking a night or three off to play.
Classic jigsaw puzzles are fun and all, but this is the 21st century and we demand more! Which is why Pipkin Games came up with Live Puzzle, an adorable (and tricky) game in which you put together moving pictures. Now, with Live Puzzle 2, there are ten new levels to very pleasantly occupy your time.
PicTune is an experimental sound-based puzzle game by IcyLime based around a unique mesh of sight and sound. In each level, you will be given series of tones that represent a picture on a pixelated grid. It makes your feel that you using a part of your brain not often tapped, and though there are some frustrations getting used to the mechanics, the game has an addictive quality that cannot be denied.
- • 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.