Evil never rests, so neither can you in the latest installment of realtime strategy from Booblyc! You'll lead Targa Wrathbringer and his army against a marauding demon horde, this time upgrading not only your units, but the heroes you'll recruit to your cause as well, and learn to master powerful new spells and abilities in the process.
Tired of shooters where the experienced players get all the cool weapon upgrades and you get stuck with a lousy squirt gun? In DeGrade, that formula gets flipped on its head because the further you get in each world, the more weapons you lose! This arena shooter tests an interesting game theory-ish idea where progress forces you to play more skillfully later on, although there's a flaw that allows the game to be accidentally far easier.
Hottagoya's triplex style of puzzle presentation is elevated to a new level in this refreshing escape game. You're not so much trapped inside as hovering above a labyrinth forest of evergreens. With some wandering about, you'll eventually find a box containing your first clue: a map of sorts. Follow it to the next clue until you can find the exit door and decipher the secret code to escape.
A dark chamber, a missing memory, and a splitting headache... to get to the truth and find your way out, you'll have to encounter some uncomfortable truths as you solve puzzles and explore in this atmospheric horror text adventure.
Belonging in the very easy but very cute category, ten little balls of yellow are hiding in this room and need to be found before you can solve the door lock code and escape. Some are in plain sight, others need help out of a sticky situation and some need to be uncovered. Click around the room, use objects creatively, solve a couple puzzles and you'll be out in a peep.
When you wish upon a star, typically you don't think of that star as being a surly, violence-loving mass of energy with planets for fists looking to pummel the ever-loving crap out of everything in its path. But fortunately for us, Matt Thorson and Alec Holowka DID think of it, and it's pretty darned entertaining.
- • Klax 3D
- • Qix
- • Prince of Persia
With the recent celebration of JayIsGames' 10th JIG-iversary, it seemed like just the time to go retro with a collection of classic remakes from the mid-aughties. Join us this week in The Vault for an arcade blast from the past!
It sounded like a simple heist... get into the old abandoned house, steal anything of value, and get out. But you're not alone in the dark, and something is very unhappy you've intruded. Explore an eerie house full of randomly generated treasure, grab what you need, and get out before you're caught, making use of ghostly eyes to see through the sight of the thing hunting you.
Live Puzzle is a jigsaw game by Pipkin Games that presents players with a fun set of animated pictures to reconstruct, with subjects ranging from fish, to spirals, to planets, to cards. The animation is clearly a gimmick, but a cool one, and the developers definitely put thought into how different puzzles would be solved in different and interesting ways.
Which sounds worse: tennis or clowns? Ha, trick question! They're both equally creepy in their own way! 10tons totally gets that, which is why the team that brought us the physics puzzle game Tennis in the Face has released the follow-up Clowns in the Face. Now, instead of just smacking things in the face with tennis balls, you're smacking clowns in the face with tennis balls. Neat!
The Naked Alien is an action platformer by Lucas Paakh that offers players a quirky encounter of the nude kind, as its titular being sets out to map uncharted territory. It's a little by-the-numbers, but The Naked Alien is strangely amusing, and definitely showcases the developers prodigious artistic talents.
Pilot your shuttle, conquer the galaxy, gather resources and upgrade all the things in Vasiliy Kostin's Galaxy Siege! If you enjoy planned upgrading, growing a system piece by piece to achieve today what you couldn't before, Galaxy Siege will most likely appeal to you.
Laser Puzzle is just what it sounds like: A puzzle with lasers. You've got to redirect the colored beams to the receptors, but instead of freely dropping mirrors around the grid, a series of mirrors and filters on wheels must be turned until the beam finds its way. This clever take on an old chestnut is only five levels long and will leave you craving more, but it's the perfect length for a short coffee break.
Developed by AtomicCicada, this block-sliding puzzle game takes an old concept and turns it on its head with a simple tweak. Giving a much-appreciated twist to a familiar format, Push Me is a refreshing and unexpectedly original piece of logic puzzlery. And with 100 levels, it'll keep your brain occupied for a nice while.
Hottategoya has three rooms for you to escape from. Within each, the smallest of details are changed but the rest is very...similar. Your goal is to point and click around the scenes, observing the clues and associating them with the proper puzzles. Unlock all three doors and soon your brief excursion into three similar rooms will be over.
Admit it: you know you wanted to solve a jigsaw puzzle today. Well, the team at Plexus Puzzles has granted your wish with Plexus: Rebuild the Earth, and the results are adorable as ever. Go! Play! Rebuild
When you're inside this sublimely surreal environment, a room of saturated pastel colors and depth, it's hard to think why you'd want to leave so quickly. But if you are quick to observe clues and put them together then, with only three codes to solve, you'll be out of here within minutes. As always, MyGames888's impeccable design and inventive puzzles offer a truly satisfying escape from the ordinary.
If you always enjoyed Smart Code Games' superlatively fluid physics puzzle but felt it was a might tame, this poison pack of 30 additional levels gives you a potent new purpose to your plumbing job. Arrange the pipes, valves, bombs and teleporters then click the start switch to route the glowing green toxic liquid into its respective containers, measuring amounts properly to not waste or spill. With virtually no instructions, the puzzles won't hesitate to tease your brain with byzantine constructions, giving you plenty to scratch your head over for most the afternoon or evening.
A "crowd-sourced" music video for Dutch band Light Light's new single, "Kilo", Do Not Touch is a unique piece of interactive art by Studio Moniker. In it, viewers are directed their cursors along with thousands of others who've come before them. It's a trippy look into the internet hive mind and, while only a game in the broadest of terms, definitely worth sharing.
- • Lucky Tower
- • One Chance
- • Pyoro
Come on in to Crazy Tricky's Vault O' Items, for all the best deals on things to clutter your inventory! And, for just coming in today, you get, absolutely free, three excellent action, adventure, and arcade games from the JayIsGames archives! Why? Because we're cuh-raaazy!
There's a ghost in the system, and you're it! But you're not the spooky, chain-rattling kind. You're the rad, hacking, fight-for-justice kind! In this addictive sequel to 2010's popular tower defense game, place defensive programs and upgrade them with nodes to protect your data, or swarm your opponent with hostiles of your own in Monster Mode!
Magnetized, by Rocky Hong, is a simple one-button HTML5 physics game of pushing, pulling, and sling-shotting a little blip around a screen. Featuring intuitive gameplay, and an atmospheric abstract presentation, Magnetized may require a bit too much precision for some, but has charms that many will be drawn to.
A derelict, abandoned old factory on the edge of town in the dead of night... what could go wrong? When your friend calls you there to photograph his latest piece of graffiti you don't think anything of it, but soon find yourself trapped in a reeking underground maze... though not alone. A creepy and atmospheric point-and-click escape adventure from Psionic!
Treasure of the Abandoned City is an action adventure game from Alec Stamos with artwork by Todd Luke. It continues the Tales of the Renegade Sector episodes with a loot hunt through space, sending you on a quest to find Laserbeard's treasure hidden somewhere on the dusty dry planet of Seltan. Fortunately, you get to punch and shoot a bunch of bad guys along the way!
A girl, a guy, and an after-school get together that could turn into something more. Sounds familiar, right? Wrong! Made in just two days, this short and silly but also surprisingly earnest little visual novel dating sim is weird in all the best possible ways.
Slayin isn't a game, it's a time machine rocketing from an 8-bit past. Pixel Licker's deliciously compulsive mashup of old school action RPG and contemporary endless runner-style progression is so infused with retro spirit that you might forget you're playing it on a device that lacks buttons.
Rejoice, because Little Giant World has brought us a delightful new resort management simulation, and we can finally put away the exquisitely-detailed dollhouses and model train sets of yesteryear. Between upgrading your rooms, adding new facilities and making sure everything's being well-maintained, Resort Empire is hours of absorbing fun for any resource management fan interested in crafting the perfect life for their virtual townsfolk.
Months after the tournament that decided Kurestal Kingdom's next ruler, one of the knights sacrifices his life to save the new king. In The King's League: Odyssey, the sequel to Kurechii's popular game from 2011, you manage a team of fighters who are looking to fill the job opening.
No one has to die is an HTML5 visual novel by Stuart Madafiglio where sacrifice is the only way to get closer to solving the full mystery at hand. The turn-based puzzles that drive the plot feel a little perfunctory when compared to the twisty story, but fans of cerebral, complex stories should definitely give it several playthroughs.
Pipkin Games is trying to tie your brain in knots with something that should be simple. Roll a ball in a maze to an exit. Easy, right? Well, except for the fact that there are coloured keys, doors, locks, paint blotches, and more all strewn across different overlapping layers you'll have to hop in and out of holes to travel through.
Tateita's short and sweet escape game makings are what's in store for you in the oddly named, sg6. The room is unfurnished and offers few clues and even fewer puzzles to solve, but solve them must if you want to escape. So poke around a few corners, make good use of items you gather and, with two shakes of the dice, you'll be out.
To stuff the piggies in this quirky physics puzzler full of acorns, you'll need to draw ropes to send them flinging around the level using various contraptions, and then know when to sever the connection at just the right moment! More Cut the Rope than its predecessor, piggy still pleases with cheerful design and clever levels for perfect casual puzzling.
When Detarou's playing Willy Wonka, any factory you visit is bound to be a little... off. With everything from a sober frog man, a de-pants/pantsing conveyor, a less-than-talented ventriloquist and more, this is one of the weirdest escapes yet... though thankfully with its share of clever puzzles to keep you occupied.
- • OUT file#01
- • Sagrario's Room Escape
- • The Great Living Room Escape
- • Trapped Part 1: The White Rabbit
We all have moments when we feel the need to escape, that's why the room escape genre is one of the most popular on the internet. That's why, in this week's Vault, we're featuring four clever escape games that contain all we love about escapes, including all the features that make being locked up in a strange room desperate to escape such an enjoyable pastime.
You're bored kid with a box cutter in a room full of boxes. Ready for rainy day crafts time? Turn the boxes into shapes by clicking a point outside the box then drawing a line all the way across it to cut off that piece. You're limited to specific types of cuts and, as the shapes get much more complicated over 30 levels, creating them with 100% similarity becomes quite tough. Slice the Box is great way to while away time in a relaxing, creative endeavor.
Guide the yellow ninja on a quest through 20 riddling rooms in this simply tricky puzzle platform game from Tom "Ninjadoodle" Vencel. It boils down to doing one thing twenty times: press the big red button so you can reach the key and unlock the door. Yet doing that means hopping, pushing, avoiding, and jumping through all manners of hoops to make it happen.
You're in a room with a beautiful view of the horizon. An Escape from the Scenic Room might be the last thing you're interested in doing, but in Tesshi-e's latest escape game of the same name, that's exactly what you're tasked with. The bouncy accordion music somehow fits the atmosphere quite well, the visuals are realistic but not overwhelmingly so, and the puzzles are well-designed and flow perfectly.
He may be locked in, but this is one kitty that won't be caged for long! Help a kitten break out of his carrier and get some sweet, sweet noms in this short but gorgeously stylish and funny escape game from French creator Sylviepouletpoulet.
Mary loves Jim, but her family doesn't. When these two lovebirds decide to run away together, they'll need to puzzle their way through a series of platforming levels filled with tricks, traps, spikes, switches, and even Mary's own overprotective family in order to be together. A familiar concept, but one done with style and charm.
RedWhite Slice is a short action puzzle that's a mix of Fat Slice and JezzBall, whose strength is in its level design and aesthetics. It's not very long or difficult, but at about ten minutes of tidy design, it's a great way to spend a coffee break.
It's a good-natured game of turf wars as you clear the board of all but the last monster standing. Simply roll an adjacent monster into another monster to push him off, continuing the process until all but one remains. Over time, the set-ups are more complicated requiring strategy and planning to complete.
Pink is nice, but spikes? Not so much. Paint all other colours pink in this gravity-defying platformer, but avoid getting impaled! A simple idea that will challenge your reflexes and brighten your day in the space of a coffee break with its bouncy design.
The doorknob is broken, so you're stuck in your apartment. Maybe, if you can get him to cooperate, your Neighbor can help? Point-and-click around the room, looking for a creative means to earn his assistance, solving puzzles and decoding codes. Red herrings might lead you astray while the comical style and Robamimi's affable charm makes you feel part of the jocosity, not only as a good neighbor, but as a welcome friend.
A kingdom stands poised to be torn apart as two of its would-be champions can't agree on a course of action... which is where you come in. In Axis Games' action-RPG adventure, choose a side and develop your character to be the hero the land needs and strike down all those who would come against you. Preferably with fireballs.
In Must Escape the Museum, you play a child who's fallen asleep in a museum bathroom and wakes up after everyone is gone. Can you find your way out before your parents start to worry?
Stack Overload is a mobile puzzle game from Bonus Level that feels like a cross between WarGames: WOPR and a memory game. It's your job to crash a series of increasingly complex programs by causing memory overloads one block at a time. This isn't as complicated as it sounds, as all you have to do is match pairs of tiles by turning them over one at a time. Overload the stack and you'll move on to the next level!
- • Pillage the Village
- • Varicella
- • Strategy Defense
This week, The Vault gets medieval, as we present excellent action, interactive fiction, and strategy titles from the JayIsGames archives. Awesome is coming!
It's a super secret brand new room escape game! Made all special-like by the JIG Staff just for you, happy reader, here on April Fools' day. Also, hope you're in the mood for cupcakes, 'cause if you're not, you're about to be...
A False Saint, An Honest Rogue, and one very cold adventurer. Created by Jeremiah Reid for the Seven Day Roguelike (7DRL) competition, this unusual game mixes survival and roguelike elements in a strange and often confusing way. But that's why we like it! You're out in the cold, you're freezing, you're starving, and you have to survive. Sounds fairly ordinary until you factor in the fact that you're going a bit mad from the chill, and many things you think you see don't make much sense at all. There's just one thing on your mind: go west.
Your space station has been overrun by human eating aliens out for an easy meal. Don't become their easy meal! Use zero gravity to your benefit by jumping around and outwitting not only aliens, but the dangerous buzzsaws and lasers as well. In this puzzle platform game by Gamezhero, test your platforming mettle and reach freedom in twenty five fun filled levels.
Who says fire and water can't mix? Our two elemental protagonists probably shouldn't hug, but together they make for yet another challenging installment in the much-loved puzzle platforming series that blends speed and brains! With portals thrown into the mix, taking top rank and nabbing all the gems will be harder than ever, but you'll love every minute of it.
Hottategoya puts you in the middle of a maze and asks that you not only find your way through it to the exit, you must make sense of your comings-and-goings and open three locked safes before you can leave. Thus, navigating the layout more a challenge than the puzzles themselves. Yet the concrete feeling of success when you reach the end makes this escape-the-room game rather amazing (it had to be said!)
Tim Schafer's got problems, in that he has to host this year's Game Developer Conference again, but the one person who needs to believe he's actually Tim Schafer, remains unconvinced of his Schaferlyness. In this short but surreally silly and funny adventure from Double Fine, you'll need to get a beard, a shirt, and some gags to assemble the most Shchafer-esque visage possible from the most ridiculous means possible.
Mygames888 sashays down the escape-the-room game runway with a smartly cohesive design, a clever array of puzzles and a looks that's as tasty as frosting on a raspberry layer cake. Although there is no changing cursor, navigation and exploration are usually intuitive but do require thinking outside the overtly seen. A bit of inference and curiosity to guide your explorations, questioning newly opened possibilities, you'll find your way out with the exit key in hand and a suave feeling of accomplishment to bask in.
This party is hopping, but it's hard to enjoy it when someone wants you dead, and everyone is strange enough to be a suspect. Created in just seven days, this simple but uniquely stylish little puzzler has you asking questions of 24 monsters to figure out who's trying to kill you before they get to you first. That's... an extreme sort of party game. Couldn't you have just played charades?
Barbarium, created by Hypnohustler, is a retro action platformer set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With your sword and lasergun combo (really, the best combo there is) you set off to rescue babes, drink beer and restore a little order to this crazy world.
- • Dog Fight 2
- • A House in California
- • Red
Come and check out the action, artistic, and arcade titles in BuildAHumbleIndieRoyaleGalaStarsInABox Bundle XVII. And, by that, we mean, the wonderful games from the JayIsGames archives in this week's Vault!
Fred has gotten lost in the forest, and now, a dire wolf is chasing him. Fortunately, Fred's body is a complex system, prepared for both everyday survival and extraordinary circumstances. And you'll be learning how it works, in Code Fred: Survival Mode, a collection of educational action minigames from Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and Helpful Strangers.
A young man strikes up a Faustian bargain to save his injured love kill three evildoers, and she can live. Will he be able to hold onto his humanity, or will he lose himself in the process? Despite some gameplay flaws, The Price is a dark, enchanting work from Flip-N-Tale, with amazing art and a great story to go along with it.
Hidden among the subjects of this relaxing springtime scene, there are six sets of object types that you need to find and click on. The rich pastel hues and fanciful design is easy on the eyes, perfect when you seek a light, quick and relaxing way to while away your spare time.
The Strike Force Heroes thought they had seen the last of the GlobeX corporation. But they're back in Strike Force Heroes 2, the action arena shooter sequel that's everything the fans of the original could have hoped for. Though confined by typical concerns of its genre, it build on its predecessors strengths, delivering furious action and beautiful set pieces.
A body found in the trunk of a crashed car leads you on a chase for clues and a killer with old motives all over town... as well as attracting the attention of the FBI. The latest installment in Pastel Games' point-and-click noir mystery series ups the body count and provides a solid detective adventure, minus a few bumps along the way.
Survival is the name of the game in Deep Space Dash, an avoidance game meets bullet hell. As your ship tries to kill you, use your dash ability to run away from hundreds of projectiles and to become temporarily invincible. Gather power-ups to help you last for 60 seconds in order to pass the level. Buy helmets in the shop to up your stats so you can unlock even more levels and gain achievements.
TomaTea waves a magic wand of imagination over this escape-the-room game filled with child like joy and curiosity. Not only do you have to explore the room, looking for hints and items that will help you decode locks and open doors, but you also get to peek inside and poke around a lovely dolly's house. Herein are the features you love to find in a TomaTea game such as the glowing cursor and "I have no clue" guideposts, plus the delightful magic of playing house.
Bear and elephant are true friends. Yet, in the darkness of one night, elephant goes missing and now bear's on a quest to find him. You go along for the adventure, solving puzzles and completing minigames, helping numerous winsome characters with their own sets of problems, so cat can progress. With its distinct Machinarium vibe, whimsical charcoal sketch art, and Yann Tiersen-like music, Searching for the Elephant is truly a happy find.
Although you've been asked this question before, there are more ways to distinguish the differences between two seemingly alike spheres. That's why this pleasantly straight-forward puzzle game from Yoshio Ishii is so good to play. Throughout twenty levels, you'll decide which of the two circles before you has the requested quality. At times obvious, other times needing lateral conclusions or outside knowledge, More Which? is just challenging enough to be gratifying.
If you've ever played with a bottle of oil and water, you already understand the basic mechanic of Liquid 2, a friendly (and occasionally psychedelic) little physics game from OneGoodGame. Tilt the maze to guide as much liquid as you can into the goal, navigating hazards and picking up bonus drops along the way.
So you want to be a ninja? You've gotten the cool clothes, the headbands, the shuriken, the blow-darts, the green escape men ...what? You didn't know that green escape men were a vital part of the ninja accouterments? Well they are if you want to graduate, or at least escape from the ninja house in this latest escape men finding thriller from No1Game!
I've been workin' in the stockroom, all the live-long day! Nitrome's made a puzzle platformer, just to pass the time away. Can't you slide those crates around to please those cranky CEO's? If you can you'll earn some peanuts, and OH C'MON, WHO GAVE DINAH THAT FREAKING HORN? No, we don't want to hear you play Saturday in the Park again. Just help the monkey grab the goodies by restacking the boxes, and we'll talk about getting a new radio in here, a'ight?
- • Poco Parco
- • The Day
- • Tower of Greed
This week, we join new weekly columnist, Tricky, as we feature some wonderful puzzles, adventure, and action from the JayIsGames archives, in this week's Vault!
At first, it's rather easy. You have a game panel of a few colored squares and, using color affecting tiles, your objective is to change your panel to match that of the target. Then it gets progressively more difficult. Challenging puzzles plus chill music, though, always makes a good match for a game break anytime.
The orange is back and trickier than ever in this pack of all new levels for Tommycred's physics puzzler. Using ropes, gravity, and a variety of mouse-driven pulleys, switches, cranks and more, get your orange to nab each lemon on the stage and then safely to the exit. It's harder than you might think.
The setup's a tried-and-true one, and one many can sympathize with: the protagonist is worn out from days of work, and is invited by a friend to a quiet room. It's a masterpiece of escape, with soothing guitar music, photorealistic graphics, and puzzles that make sense if you think about them just right. Come, escape the chaos of your day for a little while thanks to Tesshi-e.
The underworld stinks, mostly because all the demons do, and it's your job to clean them all up in this ghoulishly endearing physics puzzler. Using a special ragdoll cannon, not to mention dolls with unique abilities, fire and knock each demon into the boiling cauldron to make them squeaky clean, but with new puzzle elements piled on throughout the game, it's harder (and more fun) than you might think.
Adrift is a stylish logic puzzle game from Tack Mobile. It follows the gameplay outline of classic browser games such as Hyper Frame and 3D Logic II, eliminating the rotating cube in favor of a fixed isometric viewpoint, simple touch controls, and a sweet-as-candy visual presentation. Don't think that just because you only have three sides of a cube to worry about that things are going to be any easier to solve, however!
Give Up is a high-difficulty action-platformer by jmtb02 and Tasselfoot, that, little by little, will try to drive you to surrender, though a quite entertaining one. Give Up should appeal most to that strain of gamer who loves the thrill of balancing hundreds of failures against the thrill of a sudden success, but its humor should make everyone want to give it a try.
Once upon a time there were three little cats that had a bad tendency to get stuck in rooms. Now they've found themselves in the roles of Little Red Riding Hood and they need to escape the room before the Wolf wakes up and decides to make a meal out of them. With your help surely they'll succeed! You don't need big eyes, big teeth, or big ears to play this but you do need a healthy dose of clever thinking.
Currently in playable alpha version, Avant-Garde is a narrative simulation/RPG where you play a burgeoning artist in the Paris art scene of the 19th century. Create your own artwork to sell or display in Le Salon, rub elbows with famed artists such as Manet, Monet, Picasso and Dali, and learn more about art history as you participate in impressionism, surrealism or even create your own art movements. While still incomplete, there is already much here to satisfy both the gamer and artist in you.
In our world, there's a detective struggling to find meaning in his life and the world around him. But when he finds himself pulled into another world where magic is both colour and life, he may find a purpose as he sets out to stop the grey from draining the land. A whimsical, engrossing fairy-tale of a point-and-click adventure perfect for reminding yourself that magic is everywhere.
You're trapped and need to escape but there's no easy out in sight. What do you do? In Tateita's Ladder you will have to make use of not only a ladder but other items you find as you explore the walls of your cell. If you're clever enough you'll find your way to freedom in no time in this short but sweet escape-the-room game.
Moon Logic Enterprised has recovered several stone tablets from a tower just discovered on what was thought a lifeless planet. It's up to you, a professor of xenolinguistices, to translate the text and unlock alien mysteries, in Stranger Than Fiction by Stuart Madafiglio. A puzzle rumination on life, the universe, and everything, the game's cryptogram challenges are rather on the easy side, but overall it is a meditative, original, and quietly satisfying peak into another world.
This surreal barbershop setting is absolutely fitting for an escape game by Detarou, the designer known for zany performances and hair-raising weirdness. Cut down the strange and you'll find the very basics of a great escape game here: a full treatment of formidable yet logical puzzles with multiple interactive areas to explore and three endings to discover. Ready for a new look? Try the Detarou style.
Minesweeper is the kind of game everyone's played at least once in their life. Or 57 times simply because, hey, it's there. When you combine zombies and the very familiar logic puzzle you get Zombie Minesweeper, a game from Frogtoss Games that is exactly what it sounds like: minesweeper with zombies chasing after you. Your job is to carefully move across the minefield, planting flags to mark dangerous tiles while you aim for the detonator at the end. Reach it and it won't be your brains splattered across the place.
Within this puzzle platform game is a simple concept that layers on the challenges to your agility and spatial reasoning as you delve deeper within thoughts of doubt and regret. Using [WAD] or arrow keys to move, and [E] to interact with elements, you must manipulate gravity, deactivate laser beams and follow off stage routes until you reach the red door. If the payoff you're looking for is a clean design to please your eyes and something to entertain your agility and brain power, plunge into Within, let go of cynicism, and enjoy.
You are a cute kitty, trapped in a not-so-cute dungeon. You can escape, but there are rules you'll need to follow in Niliter Game's puzzle platformer, Cat Walk Once. Though the Japanese text is untranslated, Cat Walk Once has the retro charm and clever level design of the most classic Gameboy puzzlers, and it's something that will definitely be played much more than once.
- • Defend Your Honor
- • Llama Adventure
- • Stealing the Diamond
A snicker, a snigger, a giggle and a guffaw... some games are better than others at drawing them out of you, and for these three gems, that's the whole point! Performing a daring and reckless robbery, solve puzzles as a llama, and lead the quest to recover the Golden Walrus in this week's weird Vault!
The tower-defense smash hit behemoth is back and better than ever. As a Dark Lord with an awesome trove of treasure, you're forced to continually beat back the heroes after your gems. Luckily for you you have the forces of darkness on your hands. And luckily for us this sequel is every bit as addictive as the original with a great new look and some challenging new features.
The gang is back... plus one! Our heroes from the last game have been helping themselves to everything not nailed down and on fire, but are they to blame for the theft of a village's prized jewel? In this quirky, cheeky turn-based RPG, bow-wielding Anna joins the team to conquer more enemies in challenging, strategic battles and face down even more weirdness than ever before.
The dungeon you're trapped in was designed by Eyezmaze, which means escape depends on combining items in the proper way. But only the toppest-notch puzzle solvers have even a chance of escaping the Grow Maze. The three-dimensional navigation gets a little getting used to, but this is definitely another classic installment of a classic series.
You've got to catch a supervillain, and all you've got is a bike. Luckily for you, if you manage to pull off some really sweet tricks and take first place in a race or two, you'll earn all the unlockables and the upgrades you need to bring him down... and have a whole lot of fun in the process!
The way of the Samurai involves keen eyes, swiftness... and puzzles! Use your sword and a limited number of slices to cut down blocks until they fit in the shape provided. A simple idea that will provide more of a challenge than you'd think and require a lot of mental dexterity to win.
If I were a Splitman, all day long I'd use rotating saws to split myself into multiple copies and make my way through a puzzle platforming world. Or rather, that's what happens in Splitman 2 by Keybol. Fans of the original should appreciate the clever level design, even with the lag that occurs when the clones start to fill up the screen.
On a lovely day in the park a terrible event has occurred: Four little ducklings have been whisked away and scattered by a powerful gust of wind. Luckily, Mother Duck has you to assist her in the recovery of her little ones and she'll need all the help she can get. Guide the feathered matriarch through the expansive park and meet quirky characters that will help you along the way. Whether rain or shine, this game is sure to brighten up your day.
It's so very soothing and lovely inside TomaTea's latest escape game, but you don't have time to relax because you're late! Keep your eyes open and solve the puzzles laying around, some with solutions hidden in plain sight, and others more devious. Puzzles preventing you from leaving your own home, might I add. Maybe it's time to admit you have a problem?
The only thing that could make Plexus Puzzles better is more... and that's just what you get in Plexis: Together Till The End. Four times the jigsaws mean four times the fun, and with a cool chalk-art aesthetic and added animations between each puzzle, it definitely makes the most of its expanded ambitions.
Kuruma is a room escape game from MyGames888 with fantastic minimalist design that features a room that's empty except for a shiny new car. In this one you will use found items several times until you are breathing the fresh roof air. It's a quick and fun experience perfect for a break, be it mid-day or mid-week.
In this frenetic physics action title from NSBrotherhood, you play as Lazerman, a fighting robot that has lost everything but his head. But he's going to get it back, even if he has to destroy the entire lab to do it! It's a game of visceral thrills more than strategy, but when brute-force is so fun, who can mind?
An experimental text-based adventure game from ScriptWelder that has you waking up disoriented in an unknown place, trying to get information from a source that not too eager to give anything away. A short but intelligent sci-fi yarn, with an up-to-the-task conversational parser that the author is dedicated to improving through community feedback.
- • Dale and Peakot (Full)
- • Reachin' Pichin
- • CycloManiacs
What's in an upgrade? Is it a clever way to make the player work for their power? Or an even cleverer way to make the player grind through your game? This week on the Vault, we take a look at three games that do upgrades right, from doing backflips on a bike in space, to chickens capable of rendering wolves unconscious with a headbutt.
How you look at things makes all the difference in the world, and Tom Davies proves just that with this simple but masterfully executed twist on an arcade classic that turns it from friendly to sinister. Move through the silent corridors munching down dots, but beware... you're not alone, and you're vulnerable.