In a world filled with people who want to live forever, a Watermelon headed person concocts the elixir of life. Much to his frustration a cross-eyed witch comes along and steals it! In this point-and-click game it's up to you to guide the Watermelon man and take back his claim to fame!
- • Factory Balls
- • Sprout
- • Liquid Colors
What's in a theme? Simple phrases can be interpreted so many ways, and when it comes to our Casual Gameplay Design Competitions, the developers who enter come out swinging to deliver bigtime with games that interpret the chosen themes in drastically different fashions. This week's Vault takes a look at three of our favourites as we gear up to judge the current 10th Casual Gameplay Design Competition.
You've got a few minutes before you have to be at work. That means it's time for a game! But what to play, Pac-Man or a tower defense game? How about both? From Tametick, the creator of Cardinal Quest, comes Pakkuman's Defense, a surprisingly superb melding of the classic arcade game Pac-Man and a modern tower defense game. There are ghosts. There are dots to eat. There are towers to place. And yes, you're going to have a blast with this unusual hybrid!
Point-and-click your way through a short list of complications to heroically rescue a damsel in distress. Using a touch of clever problem solving and item management, you'll soon reach the end of this creatively unassuming puzzle game. The blend of whimsical sketchwork and mild challenge ensures your left brain and right brain will be feeling quite pleased to have this meeting of the minds.
They say big things come in small packages, and you're one of the smallest around! But just because you start out on the bottom of the food chain doesn't mean you'll stay there, if you're fast on your feet, and with your teeth! A short, simple, and colourful action avoidance platformer themed around evolution and made in 48 hours for Ludum Dare.
Point-and-click your way through this modest escape-the-room game from Tateita, encountering a number of slightly sticky, never abstruse puzzles until you find the key to the exit door. It's short and easy enough to fit into those times when you're glued to your computer but want a nice escape to lighten your mood. Best yet, you won't end up with fingers stuck together or glue globs on your clothes.
A simple errand takes a turn for the surreal when our hero, forced away from the video game console and out of the house, stumbles down a hole into the middle of the earth where he is, of course, tasked with tracking down magical gems. The same thing happened to me the other day. A little bit retro, mixed with a healthy dose of metroidvania and high-difficulty platforming, and Kodachrome is a weird but appealing little challenge.
Play conductor and get the train cars to their proper stations in this railroad puzzle game. Drag the engines around the tracks to connect to the waiting cars. Push and pull them along the track, changing directions at junctions when needed, until you get all the cars lined up with their match. It may sound simple, but Railroad Shunting Puzzle will have you exercising your brain in no time.
Introducing a new-to-the-scene escape designer in this pleasant locked room venture from Libertechno. Those familiar with other, more well known escape games, will likely be making a lot of comparisons here which could leave you stumped when not everything is as it seems at first glance. Yet Aries Escape's puzzles are logically fair, with plenty of direct clues and a changeable cursor to keep the experience light and amusing. Can you open the door of code-filled café with both the normal and "happy" ends?
One of the greatest miracles in modern medicine is happening right before our eyes: Germs are finally learning to play by the rules! However, they follow those rules to a T (cell?), so you've got to figure out how to rearrange the germs in the Petri Lab, a rule-rearranging logic puzzler by Grace Avery. Transform the germs in the Petri dish to match the target at the top by activating the germs' specific rulesets.
It seems like just yesterday that the Georganisms collected all their weapons and fended off the attack to their fair isles. But there is no rest for the weary jelly blobs quite yet! The local volcano has erupted, and those colorful critters will once again have to literally pool (or at least smoosh) their talents to unsubmerge in Georganism 2 a puzzle platformer by Karma Team. Georganism 2 builds on the strengths of its predecessor, displaying puzzles that fans of the original should find challenging, but not so difficult that new players cannot jump right in.
Shards of light fall from the sky over a cold, lonely, frozen land, and it's up to you to reunite them... or remain alone yourself. A melancholy but absolutely gorgeous bit of platforming exploration married heavily to interactive art, the game is simple and straightforward but well worth experiencing to take in the creative talents of the team behind it.
- • Excit
- • Tiny Game, Arachnophilia: The Spider Web Game
Bugs, gems, and exit doors might seem like an odd combination, but not when you're talking about the Vault! A classic sliding blocks style puzzler, an exercise in itty-bitty exploration, and a night in the life of a spider building its web are all the stars.
REW 2 is a point-and-click puzzle game that is centered around reverse chronology. This time, our favorite little beaver-squirrel guy has apparently ended his day in front of a smoldering corpse. How did he get there? Well, that's for him to know, and you to find out.
HUEBRIX, a logic-based puzzle game by Yellow Monkey, wants your brain. Not in a zombie-eating kind of way, but in a cool, challenging way. Similar to games like PathPix and Link-a-Pix (or a number of other Conceptis releases), HUEBRIX challenges you to fill out a grid of squares by dragging "color snakes" around the board. All of this happens on a timer, so you've got to be smart, you've got to be fast, and it wouldn't hurt to have a positronic brain, either.
Sticky Linky is an arcade physics puzzler from Sergey Batishev's Gluey Games! You'll match colors! You'll build wobbly structures! You'll see them crash to the ground after an unfortunate move! No other game is gonna do that! A somewhat generic presentation masks enjoyable gameplay of a surprising depth, which may eat up a half hour of your time without you even realizing it.
Super Hexagon, the latest release from VVVVVV creator Terry Cavanagh, is the kind of game that makes you hate games. It will make you feel like an inept player who couldn't play an arcade game even if you were in Russia (where arcade game plays you, we hear). You might even get mad at Terry, who crafted this fast, stylish game seemingly just to show you how often you can fail. But after you lose ten times in as many seconds, you'll suddenly realize that Super Hexagon has you by the collar, has already taken your lunch money, and if you want it back, you're going to have to keep playing. Strangely enough, that's a challenge you'll be thrilled to undertake!
Feel like you haven't played enough escape games lately? Especially games that involve animate pickles, potted noses and astronauts having a shove match? In perfect surreal serendipity, here is another Detarou game for your point-and-click escaping amusement. Explore your way through the multiple rooms, find and decode clues to open doors, and watch out for that Bad Panda end again! You'll be happy to discover plenty of challenging-yet-logical puzzles and all the oddball zaniness you've come to really appreciate about Detarou.
Kill the Baddies sniper style in another entry to the City Siege series. The civilians on the island need saving! You get to take the enemy out from afar using weapons ranging from a sniper rifle to a rocket launcer. Keep the civilians safe to earn stars to unlock more areas on your map. Earn cash to upgrade your weapons to cause even more destruction.
Your evil twin has hidden your lance somewhere in the castle, all because yours was bigger than his. Seek it out through 40 levels in this retro styled puzzle platform game - the king has promised the crown to whoever's lance is longest.
Take two unruly squids with a passion for shooting eggs, lightly fry in a randomly-generated deathtrap of chains of blocks, serve with cocktail sauce, and repeat. Nitrome's Calamari is a fast-paced platform shooter where a chopping block is the least of your little squidly worries. Grab a friend and see how many coins you can snag before you're placed on the appetizer menu.
Feeling peckish for a tasty room escape? Escape from the Dining Room is Tesshi-e at their best, so pull up a chair, unfold a napkin, and dig in! Gorgeous graphics, logical puzzles, what more can a person ask for?
Developer Ozzie Mercado is on quite the roll with his simple idea puzzle games. His latest is a cool little sokoban-variant named Push3m, that shows that squares can still be hip. It takes a bit for the challenge to get going, but for the most part, it is a short, sweet, and very clever game.
Valentin isn't what you would call the bravest Viking in the village. His best ability of running in fear is a better asset for the hundred meter dash than a battle with some big old brutes. However, he has to prove himself somehow and taking on the evil wizard who kidnapped Princess Estelle is the perfect way to do so. Armed with only his wits, guide Valentin through thirteen scenes of point and click adventure and brave the terrible wizard!
Ninjadoodle is back with the jet-fueled madness that is ClickPLAY Quickfire 3, the adrenaline pumping action puzzle game that has only one goal, find the darned play button and push it, push it real good! There are 20 more levels of point-and-click puzzling, reflex testing action featuring fish, bugs, monsters, and some pretty choice hand signals to be found within.
Help a little old lady boggie-woogie her way around town, searching for her kitty in this point-and-click adventure from OK Interactive. Use the map to explore the town, finding objects and helping out the citizens to reach the lost cat. The odd blending of the macabre into whimsy will lightly jiggle your appreciation for dark humor while providing a fun, easy way to fill a coffee break.
Building an ark? Don't forget your nonograms! Beardshaker Games has released another episode in the NoNoSparks series of picross puzzles with NoNoSparks: The Ark. Now, it's up to you to help build the ark that will save the world's animals (the animals you helped create in NoNoSparks: Genesis), all with the power of grids, pencils, and logic!
Flight to Freedom is the second in the series of Mission US educational point-and-click adventure game titles focusing on American History, created by Electric Funstuff under the auspices of New York PBS Station Channel 13. The year is 1848. The tenuous balance that had been struck concerning the issue of slavery wavers in the face of a nation expanding by conquest and treaty. Living in these tumultuous times is Lucy, a 14 year old slave of Kentucky's King Plantation. Lucy must balance her wishes for freedom with the risk of recapture, but an incident on the farm will force the issue sooner than she'd ever thought. What can a slave do? An intelligent and thought-provoking game that should appeal to both its student audience, and anyone with a passing interest in history.
JuicyBeast serves up a silly and addictive little arcade launch game about blasting off on barrels and cleaving monsters in 'twain. A Very Bad Guy has stolen ten princesses and hidden himself atop a tall tower, so you'll need to build a barrel cannon and blast your way up to him. Earn gold by completing achievements, upgrade your equipment and earn new power-ups, and prepare for a fun, frantic arcade experience that's perfect for filling time.
Holding onto your job just got a whole lot more difficult when your boss, a ruthless woman known around the office as The Crocodile, informs you that the estate agent who makes the least in the next several months will be fired. You may have the drive and the determination, but even you might find Crowther Terrace a difficult property to move... one might say you only have a ghost of a chance. A delightfully witty and even a little spooky text adventure from Choice of Games and the talented Gavin Inglis.
The world is over. We lost. But you're not down and out just yet. In Con Artist Games' latest real-time simulation, build a compound in the middle of a zombie-infested city and scrape out an existence alongside other survivors. Gather supplies, build and tweak your defenses, and go on dangerous missions into hives of undead activity. Though currently only in Beta and still repetitive, this is one of the best looking and surprisingly addictive social games around.
Movers over here, cargo over there. Can you guess whose job it is to make sure everything gets across the screen safely? Well, it's the movers' job, but since you control their actions and are also responsible for bridging gaps in this sparsely-platformed world, the task essentially falls to you. But that's ok, since Cargo Bridge 2, Limex Games' sequel to the 2009 browser game Cargo Bridge, is all about smart physics and crazy building goals. Construct sturdy pathways from one side of the screen to the other, all without going over budget.
A lot of games these days have a social aspect to them. What's more social than looking for someone like you, reaching out, and making a connection? Those colorful connections are at the root of Conceptis Puzzles' Color Link-a-Pix Vol. 2, a handful of quick logic puzzles where a snazzy picture is waiting if you can link numbers together in the right way. Ten new larger puzzles await your solving prowess.
Short but incredibly stylish, this first installment in a new dark fantasy point-and-click series from Hyptosis puts you, a green recruit into the guardsmen of the charmingly titled "City of Rats", right into a deadly mystery. More cleanly designed that the developer's previous titles and boasting some gorgeous artwork, it's shorter than a coffee break but fascinating nonetheless.
Brightly colored shapes and arrows. Classical music. Devious programming puzzles. They're all key ingredients in Jahooma's LogicBox, a rather apt name for a game involving lots of boxes and logic and made by a developer named Jahooma. Like SpaceChem and Robot Unlock before it, Jahooma's LogicBox is a game for programmers, and a good one at that. At 18 levels including 4 challenge levels, LogicBox is a little short, but Jahooma promises more to come.
Call it base sentimentality, but sometime what we need is a pinata racing through a magical candy kingdom, collecting gummi bears and dodging sugar-hungry bat-wielding toddlers. Gameshot apparently has recognized this Jungian urge and delivers with Pina Pony, a retro jump and run platformer. Like a bag of Skittles, Pina Pony may not fill you up, but it's fun and colorful, and definitely a sweet snack.
Welcome to a room washed with sunlight and decorated with that symbol most associated with it, the sunflower. Whatever the time of year, or time of day, check out Sunflow and bask in the glow of a room escape done right, the Tomatea way.
In the sequel to the original high-difficulty platformer, you've squandered your second chance at life, and your miserly existence has earned you yet another boot back down below. But the Reaper's not quite ready to give up on you, and if you can escort an innocent soul safely out of the infernal depths, you'll earn your place in heaven. Provided, of course, you have the reflexes to survive.
It's time to clean up a new place in this sequel to FlyAnvil's original zombie shooter. Move through the city establishing secure locations and going on missions to bring each area under control, earning cash to spend on your substantial arsenal and upgrade tree. Adding just enough new elements to the original to spice things up, Decision 2 is still a bit repetitive, but keeps the tried-and-tested zombie shooter formula from feeling too brainless, and looks good doing it.
You didn't mean to rip your sister's Best Friend Bear. You just wanted to play with it a little too! She should really learn how to share. But now she's up in her room crying, and you feel just awful. Fortunately, there's a sale on Best Friend Bears at the local emporium. What's more, they accept shooting star gems as currency, and your little planetoid is just pelted with them! It's time to get to work. Star Drops, an upgrades-based action game by Plixik, is a fun and quirky little game that manages to balance fast-paced action with soothing music and visuals.
- • Quest for the Crown
- • Gemcraft Zero: Gem of Eternity
- • Great Dungeon in the Sky
Sometimes, all you really need is the overwhelming pressure and crushing expectation that the obligation to save the world gives you. That's why this week's Vault is here to provide you with three titles with massive quests that will keep you busy for quite some time or else the world is doomed. So, you know. Get on that.
Dancing Robots! One night only! If you can reunite heads with bodies that is. Recover the heads of the dancing robots in this one-button action game. Using gravity wells, control your bot head, maneuvering around saw blades and fire spouts. Collect golden bolts along the way. Collect enough bolts to earn stars to open new levels. The dance must go on!
No one respects the rights of ghosts these days. Wether it's a bunch of drunken teenagers with a Quija board or wannabe "ghost hunters" from no-name basic cable channels, no self-respecting ghost can find a moment's peace. Well, for the undead and their sympathisers, the moment of catharsis has finally come, with Kelly Weaver and Jimmy Hinson's action-packed little real-time strategy game, The Haunting of Magnolia Manor. It may have a simple premise, but it manages to do what all the best realtime strategy games can: provide a fast-paced, action-packed, knucklebiting good time...at least, if you still have knuckles to bite.
Rob Allen is back with another banner game for you to enjoy. This one we're titling "Jigland" and it's similar to the others we have featured. It includes a variety of puzzles and mini-games to complete all the letters of the Casual Gameplay logo. The game is located right within the banner at the top of every page of the site, just click on it to load the game and play.
It's always interesting when a flash game comes along that makes you look at things in a whole different light. Who knew, for example, that the ordinary day-to-day activity of making breakfast was frought with so many pitfalls and hidden dangers? In Breakfast, a strangely compelling little onebutton cooking game by Gio-M, you awake after a one night stand and your chances of a second date will depend completely on your ability to make a high quality breakfast by pressing the spacebar at the precise moment necessary to chop, blend, and boil your ingredients in the best way possible to satisfy your lover-in-waiting.
Weird? Sure. Wonderful? Little bit. Hot Chick Games, creator of Kissma, deliver another bizarre arcade game about dressing up as a cat and batting at a toy dangling from the screen. Unlock strange bonus rounds full of surreal imagery for a simple, frantic, and fun experience that will raise an eyebrow but inject a little surreality into your day.
In this humble escape-the-room game by minimalist mastermind Hottategoya, it's up to you to find three medals and use them to open that stubborn, locked door. Whether it's arrows or fragmented shapes you need to examine, Escape from the Room with Three Medals is a joy to encounter. It's hard to want to escape when being stuck in the room is so fun.
Billiard Blitz Pool Skool keeps it neat, simple, and does exactly what you'd want and expect from a little flash simulator. Just line up your cue stick, watch the white direction indicator, ram up the power bar for more umph, and slide the spin control to your prefered setting for a little extra pizzazz.
Robots do a lot of things. But Gloid? Gloid just knows how to levitate. But when all you know is levitating, you learn to master it pretty quickly. Gloid: The Levitating Robot was developed by Playnamic Studios as an experiment in fusing puzzle platforming with physics-based levitation mechanics. It's a whole new kind of movement, and, if you're able to master the controls, it's a fun game.
Robamimi once again infuses magical allure into a very affable escape-the-room game. You're locked inside a serene and slightly surreal little courtyard garden; surrounded by such pretty peacefulness, who would want to leave? Anyone who likes solving puzzles, that's who. Just point and click your way around, find clues, open doors and, eventually, get the key which leads to the world beyond in this user-friendly escaper's paradise.
Platcore, an avoidance game by Chris Jeffries, pushes you to achieve perfection by threatening to destroy you with lasers, guns and the laws of physics. These are surprisingly good motivators, as it turns out! Platcore is definitely worth a look for action and avoidance fans.
Delight in the artistry of 58Works latest room escape adventure in an abandoned art gallery, a place of mystery, wonder, and fantastic puzzles! Available in your browser or free for your iOS, Garou is a distracting and challenging escape and yet another hit by the designers.
Enjoy the story of a boy and his magic acorn in Acorn Story, an atmospheric puzzle platforming game with lots of style. It's up to you to recover the acorn when it suddenly disappears. Manipulate crates and levers to move obstacles out of your way until you find it and return it to its proper place.
- • Learn to Fly
- • A Small Favor
- • Submachine: Future Loop Foundation
- • Alchemia
Disney World? Paris? Tokyo? That's small time stuff, kiddo! This week you and I are gonna take a real vacation, and the Vault is full of just the right locations to visit. Help a penguin take revenge, escape from a surreal prison, and do someone else's dirty work as you hit some unusual locations up for a little R&R.
It's hard to be 2D in a 3D world, which you'll soon find out if you play this austere little platformer from Henning Steinbock. But don't let the minimalist atmosphere lull you into a false sense of security, because you'll need to do all your best wrist exercises from that mandatory carpal tunnel workshop your boss made you attend last spring if you're going to be limber enough to keep this line on track to ultimate victory. Jumping Line is a great example of a simple idea done well that will appeal to all the oldschool gamers out there who don't need a lot of bells and whistles to have a good time and break a satisfying gamer sweat.
Trapped inside a classic Gameboy, help an anonymous little 8-bit character to escape his world in this retro platform game from Folmer Kelly. Or don't, and take him through an endless gauntlet of spikes and platforms. It's short but worth the 5 minutes it takes to beat.
Robot wants dots! Okay, the star of Robot Arm, a simple idea puzzle game by Amidos2006 might be missing his torso, head, and legs, but his desires are no less poignant. Robotic Arm offers a cunning test of spatial logic that should appeal to any fan of mechanical manipulation puzzles.
They say curiosity killed the cat, though in this case it's more "curiosity got the cats trapped in a cave filled with treasure and puzzles". Choko-Chai serves up another silly and crafty little escape game that will brighten your day despite a few bugs kicking around. If you haven't seen a cat perform a flying kick, you don't know what you're missing.
The fatal flaw of many adventure games is that they are too complicated, or seem to think you have days and countless Friday nights to spare in the completion of unintuitive or unfair puzzles. Well, at least Ori Brusilvsky understands your pain and created Route 401 Motel, a fun little point-and-clicker that most of us mere mortals can finish and enjoy in the span of a couple of coffee breaks.
The star of Kyle Rodgers' Bread Duck is a duck that's a loaf of bread. Who rescues kitties. Do you really need anything else, internet? Well, if you do, it's a fun little retro puzzle platformer, whose chirpy chiptune soundtrack and off-kilter humor will keep you playing.
Polish your pop culture recognition and your eyeballs in this latest installment of Nitrome's popular word trivia series! Identify more tiny characters, real or fictional, as they file on stage... and no, it turns out "that one guy who was in the show on channel 6, you know, with the pants" isn't a valid answer.
Let's be honest. If you had both a medieval-style cannon thing and an unlimited supply of the undead to serve as ammo, you'd probably spend most of your time trying to launch them into various obstacles. Fortunately Mibix has come out with Impale 2, a physics puzzler that gives you gory zombie-flinging without the intensive clean-up after words. A little macabre and immature, but a lot of fun, its 70 levels will make one wish for Halloween to come early this year.
It's high octane snake as you slither around 73 levels, trying to keep ahead of the explosions caused by your own combustible body. A help as much as a hindrance, blast through bricks and push blocks with literally explosive force to make your way through progressively more difficult mazes.
Selfdefiant presents a short and sweet room escape featuring cute critters and simple, direct logic. Use the various clues, inventory items, and your smarts to solve the puzzles sprinkled around each room. The ease and simplicity of the gameplay as well as the cartoony graphics makes Must Escape the Pet Shop fun and accessible for escapers of all ages.
The newest installment of the racing series by LongAnimals and Biscuit Locker is out, and that means it's time to strap on your seatbelt, pretend your automatic is a stick shift, and start doing donuts in the supermarket parking lot. Or you could just sit within the safe confinues of your comfy home office with the speakers turned up and enjoy the virtual fun.
Months after discovering You Are a Box, Games Northwest is happy to report that You Are Still a Box. And you've got some work to do. The remarkably brain cell deficient Nabbles need to get to the exit, but since their only ability is walking and turning around when they hit a wall, you've got to help them avoid stepping into traps. As a box, you're just the moderately-animate object to do it, though you're going to need a little help along the way.
Enter the eerie world of a playground at night and try to escape before becoming totally creeped out in this fun new escape from Dassyutu. The puzzles are a fun mix, mostly use of found objects and observational skills involving colors and shapes. There is almost no dialogue, but what's there is in English.
Space mining comes with certain dangers. Top of the list is the constant threat of attack from natives, who just don't seem to appreciate your need for the minerals on their planet. There's a constant need to defend mining operations that many people never see, and in Planet Juicer, a side-view tower defense game from Yellow Bouncy Ball, you're in charge of keeping the mine safe.
Stable Boy is a charming little retro throwback to the good old days of adventure gaming, featuring some great pixel art and humor that's more Monty Python than King's Quest. The controls are simple, as is the premise: get out there and explore, try out different endings, and try to help out villagers, and don't forget to chuckle at all the Ren Faire tropes.
- • Bureau of Steam Engineering
- • Give Up, Robot
- • Robot Dinosaurs That Shoot Beams When They Roar
Beep boop whrrrrrrrrrrr KLIK! That's "robot" for "You're looking nice today!" Though if you change the inflection a little it means "This week's Vault looks at three really different but really awesome robot themed games!" Which is kind of convenient as far as translations go. Shhhh, don't think about it. Just enjoy.
The end of the world is nigh, and it wants your brains! In this quirky, darkly humorous mobile edition of the zombie simulation based on the classic game Oregon Trail, saddle up with fellow survivors and strike out across the country with the promise of safety hanging in the distance. Manage your supplies, trade with people you meet along the way, deal with boss battles, and above all else hope Lady Luck decides to smile on you. That is, if you don't want to come down with dysentery while someone else has a broken leg and the others have all been bitten by zombies.
WWII was a serious historical event. Relic of War by TogeProductions, on the other hand, is a fun alternative-history strategy game with paranormal elements, isometric Wolf 3D aesthetics, and Nazis in miniskirts. Beneath the questionable storyline, however, is a solid strategy game that will have even the most snooty of history buffs cheering for more ectoplasm and mutants!
You've got bubbles. You've got letters. And you've got a powerful need to spell some words, all while swapping orbs against the clock. That's the basic premise of Burble and Burble Select, a word game meets marble popper from Charlie Dog Games. Using the power of your hand, drag and drop letter bubbles to switch position with other bubbles, all while the chain of orbs slowly advances down the track. Your goal is to spell four letter and above words, eliminating bubbles and postponing your Level Lost! for another day. Act fast and hope your vocabulary is as flexible as it is comprehensive!
Do you know who you were? Nobody. Except on the day after, you were still alive. And in Ppllaayy's shooter defense game Nuclear Plant, you have the chance to be somebody, entrusted as you are with growing one last seed into a tree capable of restarting life on the planet.
Do you like simple puzzles? As in... do you like them a whole lot? A hundred levels' worth? Then Blocks is the perfect straight-forward little match-3 puzzler for your coffee break. Slide and match coloured blocks to remove them from the screen in as few moves as possible. Simple, but cleanly designed and surprisingly addictive, Blocks is perfect for relaxing, thoughtful puzzle fun.
Elegant, simple, and surprisingly engaging, the goal of this little puzzler is to turn all the trees to rivers, flooding the landscape, without flooding any of the other trees before you've had the chance to water-ify them yourself. It's a straight-forward concept whose lack of bells and whistles might make some lose interest, but provides a neatly design, perfect bit of logic puzzling for everyone else with one seriously mellow presentation.
The fruit's gotta go in this simple but remarkably well presented physics puzzle where you need to remove all fruit from a stage by bashing it together. As the stages get longer and more complex, introducing balloons, ropes, and Rube Goldberg style contraptions, you'll need to put on your thinking cap to squash your way to victory in this familiar but fun and vibrant little coffee break gem.
How can you play a platformer without jumping? Why, by using force to blast yourself back and for across the screen and precisely plotting your square-by-square course, naturally! Jan Rigerl's deceptively simple little title blends clever mechanics with challenging puzzling for fans of logic, planning, and lasers!
A game you can beat in five seconds? That's not a coffee break game, that's a thinking about taking a coffee break game. Fortunately, Nolan Labs' action/exploration game 100% Complete features more than just a few seconds of gameplay, though if you want to get technical, you can reach the end simply by heading right and using the door. If you want to actually accomplish something before winning, though, you'll need to get to exploring. Yay!
Hottategoya has got-ya once again in this short, simple, but oh-so-elegantly clever little escape gem. There are no items to pick up apart from the three keys you'll need to find your way out, but there are clues just hanging around waiting for you to find them if you can put two and two together. Hardcore escapists will find this one a snap, but treat it like a warmup for your brain and you'll have a great bite-sized bit of puzzling for your day.
When sliding through a blocky two color world, keep one thing in mind: Space is Key. Actually, if you're playing this painfully challenging arcade game on your iOS device, that title isn't as true. With the browser versions of Space is Key and Space is Key 2, all you do is tap the [spacebar] to jump, hence the name. On a touch screen there is no spacebar, so instead, your finger is key. That's a bit of an awkward title for a game, though, so instead of brain thinking, we'll game playing!
We all love metroidvanias! But would we still love them if, instead of controlling a scifi bounty hunter, or a badass vampire slayer, we played as the alphabet? Answer: Yes! And ASCIIvania, an exploration platformer by Gharding3, is the proof! ASCIIvania is clearer documentation, a map screen and a mute button away from excellence, but its still a fun time.
A day in The Void just wouldn't be complete without some bandits, skeletons, necromancers and wolves attacking you. Following the first Legend of the Void game without skipping a scene, Legend of the Void 2 by Obelisk Games is an intense, item-heavy browser-based role playing game that takes a very serious approach to the genre, aiming to emulate the experience of a full-fledged console or PC RPG without all the overhead. The result is a great sequel that continues right where the first game left off, dumping you in a world packed with monsters on a quest to, well, just stay alive.
- • Jungle Magic
- • Flashxed
- • Katamari Damacy Mini-Game
Want to be entertained? You don't need a lot of bells and whistles for it! This week on the Vault, we look at three games with simple concepts who prove that you can be just as engaging and maybe even more addictive than the big boys by piling just a big of flash and some charm on top of their simple premises.
Carnivorous plants. Lava. Rising tides. Fire. A Tyrannosaurus Rex. You know... maybe this cave wasn't such a great place to hang out after all? Run for as long as you can to stay one step ahead of certain doom, earning achievements and upgrades along the way, in this latest installment in the popular arcade action series.
This wonderfully weird escape-the-room game has all the characteristic surrealism you expect from Detarou. The puzzles are quite thinky but never unfairly difficult. That doesn't mean Detarou won't try to trick you so keep your eyes open, and do your best to avoid, the "bad" end. Collect all ten Saito figures and find the red stamp if you want the very best ending. You might have to jiggle a pudgy belly to get there, but the fun you have along the way makes it worth it.
Forsooth! There's a fair and virtuous maiden beyond that hill, noble unicorn! Too bad unicorns aren't so good with hills. Or rocks. Or galloping. Or... maybe you should just stand still. Foddy.net returns for another simple, silly and tricky arcade reflex game sure to bring out the pretty pretty pony in you.
When your beloved pet rock is stolen by the jealous Mr B and you prove no match for his hat tricks and mighty fisticuffs, you have no choice but to saddle up your trusty giraffe and set out on an adventure! A platforming action adventure packed with charm, silliness, and a gorgeous design
Combining hypnotic, addictive match-3 styled Tetris gameplay, Iluvas Games' latest is a beautiful though somewhat cluttered hybrid. When a mysterious being contacts you begging for help remembering who and what she is, it comes down to you to help her unlock her memories... by swapping adorable little critters around so they explode in combos!... hey, don't question it, just enjoy it.
If video games are any indication, the world we live in is filled with dungeons stocked with progressively more difficult enemies and convenient puzzles designed to help us descend further into darkness. Tequibo's Fog and Thunder doesn't try to hide the fact that it's built around the feeling of being lost in a roguelike RPG, but the action-oriented gameplay is different than what you might expect, as it employs light-based mechanics that affect everything from enemies to exits to your own special abilities. Where's a good pair of night vision goggles when you need them?
The surprise hit arcade launch game soars out of your browser and into your iOS in this polished little port. When a little girl wants to see her mother for Christmas, she sends the wish to the North Pole on a paper airplane, but doesn't suspect the many hands it will pass through along the way. Combining simple, addictive gameplay with a beautiful presentation, upgrades, and achievements, Flight is a perfect fit for the touchscreen and something everyone can enjoy.
Don't you just hate it when you're sleeping soundly and a lost soul enters your body and politely requests you help it get back to the afterlife? In Cory Martin's lovely little action RPG Reaching Finality, you're one such lucky person, helping out a spirit by fighting your way through forest and dungeon armed with little more than a pitchfork and a fancy straw hat. Not that the hat does anything other than make you look cool, of course.
There's a beautiful clear sky and a perfect blue ocean just waiting for you to get your lounge on... but first you'll have to find your way out! TomaTea serves up a lovely, mellow little mental exercise in this tropical escape that has plenty of puzzles with a few ingenious clues for you to take a seaside getaway in.
The Happy Dead Friends are back with 60 new player made levels. In this puzzler, use your mouse to move zombies, skeletons and other creatures around until there are no free hands. Some creatures have unique abilities which can make them difficult to match up. See how many moves it takes you until everyone is holding hands. It's the only wat to make everyone happy!
You want to be a Ninja? Okay. But first you must pass the ninja training examination: find the ten escape men who are hidden in and about the ninja house. To do so, you must employ acute puzzle-solving and observational skills with little to aid you besides your own wits. But if it is enlightened humor and heightened amusement that you seek, here is a secret ninja school opportunity made available just for you.
Who says mayhem has to be deep and complex? It's mayhem, people! In this frantic, vibrant arena shooter, blast through hordes of varied enemy tanks and earn cash to buy new upgrades to enhance your destructive power. Less a true sequel to the original and more an enhanced version of the original, it's the perfect ka-blooey break for your day.
When living shadows devour the globe and all you have left to keep you company until your inevitable end are your disjointed memories and hallucinations, what's the point in going on? Placeable's eerie horror adventure about the end of the world and one man's struggle to stay alive needs polish, but packs some surprisingly substantial atmosphere and clever concepts.
Forget a heart. This little robot is looking for something a lot more depressing, but considering the hostile landscape he's stuck in in this short puzzle platformer, it's not really surprising. Simple gameplay and gorgeous style combine to make a familiar but beautiful experience about robots and the saws that tear them to robot pieces. Aw.
- • The Pretender: Part 1
- • Ice Breaker
- • FireBoy and WaterGirl: The Forest Temple
Walk on air, save a viking, and join forces with a dynamic duo who should be incompatible! On this week's Vault, we're looking at three different game series that incorporate the elements into their gameplay in vastly different ways. Whether you've always wanted to be the Avatar or are old like me and don't exactly know what the Avatar is but still like good games, these titles are unique, fun, and definitely puzzling.
It's always interesting when a developer takes a familiar mechanic, then remixes it to make a new kind of enjoyable puzzle. Case in point: Jump Me, a simple idea puzzle game by Ozzie Mercado. It's likely that the game would have never have been made if versions of checkers hadn't been kicking around since ancient times. But that allows Jump Me to be different enough to feel fresh, but familiar enough to easily learn.