Pom is a self-absorbed, foul-mouthed, pop-culture obsessed Pomeranian pup who wants nothing more than to spend all day (every day) on the internet, which might hit a bit too close to home for some of us. Things get, uh, complicated, however, and suddenly she finds herself stuck somewhere with no internet connection, and thus begins a quest to get hooked back up online.
Gone Home is an unconventional story exploration adventure game created by The Fullbright Company. It's a game that's void of traditional puzzles, flashy cutscenes, and hidden rooms filled with guns and ammo. Somehow, though, it manages to capture your curiosity from the beginning and never, ever let go. Anyone who enjoys a good mystery or the feeling of uncovering a story piece by piece should check out Gone Home right away. Everyone else should read the rest of this article, then go play the game!
Lucas Pope delivers a bleak dystopian thriller in the form of a simulation in this game where you play a newly assigned border agent to the first immigration checkpoint opened in your rigidly controlled country in years. As restrictions rise and tensions mount, checking documents for accuracy and forgery becomes harder... especially when you find yourself forced to juggle the health and well being of your family against your own humanity.
- • Growing
- • Scary Gardener Tales 3D
- • Densha
Crack open your weekend with three games that should give everyone something to "weekend" about. If that doesn't work, you can stay up all night trying to figure out why we used weekend as a verb. Or writing us angry letters!
The mad-cap death-defying platforming roguelike action returns to PC in this HD remake of the cult classic by Derek Yu! Descend into an ever-changing labyrinth of tunnels in your search for treasure, with innumerable deadly traps and enemies standing in your way. Featuring new levels, items, and monsters in addition to cosmetic changes like different playable characters, various Damsels, and a whole new look and sound, Spelunky HD is just as addictively fun/frustrating as it was before.
When we say 'Love Hotel', we don't mean some tawdry motel off the highway. We mean luxurious themed suites, haute cuisine and state of the art hot tubs. Well, eventually, anyway. Love Hotel is a mischievous, fun-loving management simulation in which you strive to get the coveted six stars by constantly improving your services and catering to your passionate customers' needs.
Here is everything you'd expect from a Tesshi-e escape-the-room game although it departs from the usual in two ways: the puzzles are more challenging and it's available only as a paid download. High quality graphics lend depth and detail to Mr. M's beautifully decorated high rise flat, where you must solve a numerous cleverly abstruse puzzles to earn the key—and bonus happy coin—all for your love of escaping.
- • Sorry Mario Bros
- • Sealed & Secure
- • Shrug Song
It's the first weekend of August! That should be something special, but it probably isn't. One thing can help make it interesting, though: a game designed by Knytt creator Nifflas! And a fan-made Mario game! And a real-life postal service delivery simulator!!!
Cast out of his tower by a magical reaction, a wizard must battle his way back to the top and collect funky beats along the way to unlock new abilities. Simple and challenging, yet oh so addictive, Savant: Ascent is what more arcade games should be, with a stunning design and soundtrack alike.
You Still Won't Make It is a high difficulty action game from Vetra Games. It's name and form with this platformer, as each time you start a stage you know you probably won't make it to the exit. Even if you do, it won't be without splattering your insides over a precisely-placed spike trap. With level design by Karoshi veteran Jesse Venbrux, You Still Won't Make It is the kind of indie game you're going to hate while you fall in love with it.
Bizarre, unnerving, and always more than a little confusing, this indie adventure sends you on a quest to retrieve artifacts for a goddess to save the world... peeing on everything along the way. Though decidedly low-res and over-the-top surreal in its dedication to parodying almost everything about gaming, it's also surprising, funny, and even... fun?
Though still in beta, this zombie-filled first-person action adventure's first installment has atmosphere and action in spades. A routine run for supplies into an abandoned warehouse leads you on a chase to an old hospital with a secret when you discover the clues to a conspiracy.
In the world of Shadowrun, magic and the digital age collide in a dangerous age where dealing with backstabbing dragons running drug cartels is every bit as likely as corporate espionage carried out by cybernetically enhanced trolls. Harebrained Schemes puts a fresh spin on the cult classic tabletop game and brings it into the digital era with this engrossing turn-based strategy RPG, including the tools to make and share your own campaigns for free.
What do you get when you mix Hieronymus Bosch, a minimalistic setting and a curious teenager? Madness, that's what! CAVE! CAVE! DEUS VIDET. is a bizarre trip down the rabbit hole, during which you can expect everything from the seven deadly sins to learning about medieval history to slowly losing your mind. And it's all weirdly awesome.
After facing the destruction of Davy Jone's terror in The Cursed Heart, Sarah Black thought she was done with pirates for good. That's not unlike the town of Kingsmouth, who also eschewed the pirating life only to face a deeper evil in the likes of Mayor Murray. So once again you're set for high adventure and thrilling action in this hidden object adventure game from Artifex Mundi. Solve a wide variety of beautifully-rendered minigames and hidden object puzzles all while uncovering the mystery that holds a curse over the town and reuniting a kidnapped mermaid with the man who loves her.
Wanna see a crazy experiment in game design? Experiment 12 is a collaborative game created by twelve developers, with each level building on the story set by the previous ones. You wake up in a testing chamber, but it's hard to tell where you'll be headed from there, as each level chapter introduces a new puzzle or platform element for you to tackle.
InFlux from Impromptu Games is a puzzle adventure game starring a shiny little orb-like protagonist. This orb has but a few basic powers at its disposal, but somehow it manages to solve all sorts of puzzles as it makes its way across forest and through puzzle rooms. InFlux is a straightforward third person puzzle game. No strange pretenses, no strange gimmicks, just some genuinely challenging puzzles that will get your head churning.
- • Invader Invader
- • Time Squid
- • project ARK
Since it's the weekend, why not download some stuff? Come on, it's not like you were actually going to clean the kitchen or cut the lawn or finish that book on quantum physics you've been leafing through in the bathroom.
The days drag by, each one the same as the one before, but in this chilling horror game by Ryuuchi Tachibana, translated by Vgperson, not everything is as it seems. Stuck in a rut in your dreary apartment, you barely notice the changes at first, but soon they'll be impossible to ignore. With almost 40 different endings and a unique approach to gameplay and storytelling, it may require some trial-and-error, but it's definitely worth a look.
An old foe from the agency's past breaks free, and suddenly you find your friends and fellow Mystery Trackers possessed by an ancient evil and turned against you! Unlock psychic abilities, search for clues, uncover the secrets of the organization and much more in this easy but gorgeous and engaging hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games!
- • Megaman Unlimited
- • Tessalation
- • Sword of the Stars: The Pit
- • Mr. Kitty Saves the World
Weekend Download is back! Because there's always one more game we'd like to share, our weekly indie freeware round-up (well, mostly freeware) has returned, supplying you with more options than the usual "cut the lawn" or "spend time with your family"!
It's hard being an android. Especially after crash-landing on an unknown planet with a directive that you and your AI friend conveniently forgot. Fortunately for the android in PlanetScape, a procedurally-generated resource-management game, the necessary materials to reconstruct your pod are below the surface of the hostile planet.
New York can be a tough city, especially during the great depression. You play Jack del Nero, P.I. in this wonderfully atmospheric adventure game. You're mixed up in something bad. So bad that you are accused of murder, and the police chief seems to think you are guilty until proven innocent. Can you clear your name while unraveling the mysterious circumstances that got you here?
Dusty is out for revenge. You can tell because it says so right in the title! Dusty Revenge is a wild west-themed action game from PD Design Studio that effortlessly blends a sidescrolling brawler (think Castle Crashers) with a simple platform game, turning the whole genre mix on its head by dumping in a lot of guns and artwork that would make even Shank blush. It can be a bit over the top on occasion with its cheesy story and quick combat tactics, but the overall tone keeps you interested in beating up enemies until your lengthy bunny ears are soaked in blood.
Brash, sassy, and punchy, Ittle Dew and her friend Tippsie want just one thing... adventure, and lots of it! Fortunately the island she's stranded on has that in spades, along with challenging puzzles, humour, and weight-lifting cacti. Ludosity serves up a knee-weakeningly adorable and funny indie action adventure that calls upon classic inspirations like Zelda and The Secret of Mana without ever losing its own style and creativity.
Huenison has arrived, and Huenison wants to remind you how amazing retro-styled games can be. Developed by Simone Bevilacqua of Retream and published by the retro gaming experts at RGCD, Huenison was inspired by a mish-mash of several classic arcade games, including Space Invaders, Arkanoid, Dyna Blaster, and Tetris. It's an abstract turbo puzzle shmup, a mixture of genres that guarantees you're in for an extreme challenge.
Ever since the Behavioral Act of 1923, the government's had a little more freedom to enforce... certain things. Have you done well in school? Have you behaved? If so, you've got nothing to worry about. If not, you may end up in a house stuffed to the gills with surveillance equipment, forced to play 3 Blind Mice: A Remediation Game for Improper Children. Made by Seemingly Pointless, it's more an experience than a game... but if you like creepy situations or dystopian settings, it delivers both very well.
Gorgeous, funny, and packed with wickedly devious levels, this is one iOS/Android game you won't want to put down. Play as an itty-bitty thief and his ferret companion as you point-and-click your way through beautifully designed stages and chapters, each with their own unique story and setup, to rob from the buttheads and give to yourself... or those who need it more.
And now we've reached the portion of the program where we delight you with things perfect and beautiful! Toki Tori 2 is a new metroidvania-style puzzle platform game from Two Tribes. It's a long-awaited follow up to the original Toki Tori released on Game Boy Color back in 2001. Featuring improved puzzles, longer levels, more varied gameplay, much better graphics and many, many other additions, the minute you fire up this game you'll realize it was worth the wait!
Oknytt from Nemoria Entertainment is a old school-styled adventure game steeped in Swedish folklore. You play as a small unnamed creature who wakes to find itself inhabiting an unfamiliar world. By helping it solve a few puzzles and explore its surroundings, you and the small creature will slowly gain an understanding of its place in life. It's a beautiful, touching tale that's told at a gentle pace by a narrator who will make you feel like you're listening to a story sitting around the campfire with nowhere to go and nothing to do but become entranced.
A simple road trip becomes a nightmare when four friends are stranded in a strange mansion by a swamp, and things start going... wrong. Could it be the mermaid's curse? Mermaid Swamp, a free horror adventure by Uri, is disturbing in ways that many other games aren't, but handles the subject matter well and, in the end, provides a chilling and memorable horror experience.
In the middle of the US Civil War, a soldier has been captured and is about to be executed by hanging. If only the rope would break, perhaps he could make his way home... An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, made by Seemingly Pointless, is an artsy adaptation of a story that many of you may already know. Does it hold up? That's for you to decide.
From Size Five Games, the team behind Ben There, Dan That! and Time Gentlemen, Please!, comes a game that's pretty much nothing like those games. Gun Monkeys is a multiplayer arcade arena shooter that pits monkeys against each other as they fight over energy cubes. It's about as ridiculous as a premise as you can have for a video game, but it's also very well-balanced and easy to get into, especially if you start up a "friendly" competition with a couple of friends.
Though still in its Alpha stage, this indie exploration-based action RPG is coming for your free time in a big way. Create a character and journey through endless randomly generated worlds filled with monsters, crafting, pets, and much more. A steep system requirement yields beautiful visuals, and the casual controls mean this is that much more fun with a group of your best friends along for the ride. You'll need them when the alpacas attack.
Casper is a boy living in a black and white world with a gambling drunkard for a father. When he finds out his dad has gambled their ranch away, he must find a way to save his home. Cross Stitch Casper is a bleak story of a broken family and an unusual point-and-click experience, made even more poignant by the unique embroidered graphics.
Cellar Door Games delivers a challenging roguelike mixed with brutal platforming action in this indie game. Take on an ever-changing castle filled with peril and challenges, and when you're inevitably struck down, your children will take up the cause... and your children might be more than a little unique. Featuring upgradeable classes and powers, equipment, runes, and even traits ranging from simple color-blindness to dwarfism, this is one game that offers both a challenge and a unique look at the ideas of heroism and "disability".
Sick of doing well in the games you play? Tired of not cursing in anger every 5.08 seconds? Rotational is here to help. The quick-fire arcade game from Kevin Messman is a sort of 3D homage to Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon. Instead of a nice and "easy" flat surface to slide around, Rotational sticks you in a series of shrinking colored boxes with only one way to escape. Rotate the screen so you pop through the open end, then immediately rotate everything again so you'll survive the next layer of box shrinkage. Oh, and, try not to breathe or blink or anything.
The latest DLC chapter for TellTale's stellar adventure series has arrived to tide us over until Season Two arrives. Featuring five engrossing short stories with five drastically different protagonists, the game delivers powerful, sometimes horrifying punches and consequences from the decisions you make... even if it's over far too soon.
Outer Wilds is a space exploration game currently under development by Alex Beachum. It's a wide-eyed stroll through your own sense of curiosity, handing you a ship and a solar system to explore led only by your inquiring mind. Maybe you'll mount an expedition to that strange looking watery planet you just passed? Maybe you'll land on an uninhabited chunk of rock and discover ruins beneath the surface? Or what's inside that comet, you wonder? Whatever you do, there's plenty to capture your imagination in this game, and you'll play it for hours just to see what you can uncover next.
Show a video virus who's king of the button-mashers in Totally Tiny Arcade, by Joe Lesko's Flea Circus Games. A fun rapid-fire remix of retro gaming re-creations, parodies, facsimiles and new concepts, Totally Tiny Arcade may be too fast-paced for some, but it's a smart work that makes the most of its premise.
Created by four students over seven months, this action horror adventure game thrusts you into the shoes of a disgruntled academic hot on the heels of his competitor and determined to prove the legends are a lie. Despite winding up as more of an action/arcade horror experience as you flee while searching for treasure, Curse of the Aztecs randomises its scares and uses high production values for a fun and freaky expedition of your own.
Things are getting serious. Kate is once again dropped into the House of 1000 Doors, only this time she'll have to save the entire Earth. Nagas, those grumpy hissing meanies, have sent a bunch of huge snakes to destroy the world as we know it. Kate has to assemble five elements to power the only weapon that can defeat them, and to do so she must – you guessed it – go through a bunch of doors.
Faraday Ram has lost her pet rabbit, and she's headed to the woods to go look for him. But nobody's allowed in without permission from the mayor, and to get permission from the mayor, she has to wake her up, and to wake her up, she has to... well, it's already easy to take a guess at what sort of day our heroine is going to have. Very Retrouvaille, a free adventure game made by PR1NCE, is a cute little journey through a cute little town full of cute little characters... but with some surprises up its sleeve.
Flowerville is a simple, charming sort of platform game where you play as Goffredo the famous gardener. He has the ability to make flowers come to life just by walking in front of them, which normally isn't that handy of a skill. When all of the flowers in Flowerville start dying, though, the queen summons Goffredo immediately. It's time to put on your gardening gloves and get to work.
In Lethal Dose, the new interactive movie by DonkeyWoman, you play the part of a femme very fatale, carrying out assassinations against whatever poor sap has crossed someone rich enough to make them disappear. But when demons from her past begin to resurface, the choice of targets will soon end up being hers alone. Aesthetically amazing, though heavy on the quick time events.
In the recently-opened beta of Chris Hecker's SpyParty, one player takes on the role of an unassuming spy, tasked with completing several objectives in a soiree setting. The other player is the sniper, tasked with identifying the spy and taking them out. It's a simple premise, but the action is nail-bitingly tense as both players engage in a sort of inverted Turing test, trying to fool each other until the final pull of the trigger. If you're looking for a gripping but quick challenge, grab a cocktail glass and join the party.
It's tough to be a little element. You're at the mercy of every current of wind and lava flow on the block. Fortunately for the four elements in Element4l, they're bound together as a single entity and can switch as easily as you or I eat a whole bar of chocolate (i.e. instantly). This soothing but challenging arcade game from I-Illusions puts you in charge of those transformations, utilizing them as efficiently as you can in order to move through each stage safely.
Wyv and Keep: The Temple of the Lost Idol is finally here! After almost three years in the oven, A Jolly Corpse has released its fully-baked (and delicious) puzzle platform game to the masses. It's got excitement. It's got adventure. It's got treasure. It's got multiplayer co-op. And it's got enough challenge to keep you scratching your head for a very long time.
Beth's led a difficult life, and she's just starting to find happiness as an adult... and then she gets sick. Does she give up, or does she keep fighting? Labyrinthine Dreams is a unique game, combining an emotional, human story with maze-solving, in a way that fits together much more seamlessly than you'd think.
Daedelic Entertainment's point-and-click adventure game The Night of the Rabbit is the equivalent of your childhood picturebooks: visually and aurally lush, with a cast of charming animal characters and a human boy as the plucky protagonist. It's an engaging companion for an evening's play but unfortunately it can also be a little too long-winded for its own good.
Have you heard? There's a fancy evening dinner party at a stately mansion, and you're invited! But you know, these things would be a lot more fun if we could throw one that didn't involve the wealthier guests falling over dead partway through. Get ready to party the night away with cute talking bats, chic clairvoyant goth girls and giant malfunctioning robots in tpjh2d's premiere afterlife adventure mystery, Ghost Party!
7 Grand Steps is a new story-driven game from Mousechief, creator of the multi-award-winning Dangerous High School Girls in Trouble. It's a tale of growing and evolving, progress and struggles, families and histories, all told through the lens of a token-operated machine. In practice, 7 Grand Steps is very much like a board game fused with interactive narrative elements. And like any game of substance, just talking about its parts doesn't do justice to the whole. This game will reach out and grab you on a whole different level. It has this uncanny ability to make you feel for the characters, which is surprising seeing as how you're just dropping tokens into slots.
It seemed like Gabe and Tycho's plan to save the world was airtight except for ONE little detail someone forgot to mention, and now their entire party is stranded in the Under Hell. Mainly because the whole world was destroyed. Uh, whoops? To set things straight, you'll need to reunite your party and wrangle a veritable zoo of monsters to do your fighting for you in this wild and weird conclusion to the indie RPG series that gives a new meaning to the phrase "unique".
Sparkle 2 has just arrived from 10tons, the team behind the mobile physics puzzle games Tennis in the Face and King Oddball. And you know what? It looks gorgeous. It plays gorgeous, too, if you can pretend that's a thing that makes sense. Smooth marble popping puzzle action combined with a soothing soundtrack and drop-dead stunning visuals. It's everything you could want in a simple casual matching game.
Behind a closed door in an abandoned apartment building, a freelance spy is trying on a new pair of pants. Little does he know that those pants would lead to a case full of mystery, danger, and electrical rewiring! Gunpoint is a stealth puzzle platformer where you can use your cool spy gadgets to change how electronics are hooked up, tricking your enemies into their doom. There are many ways to clear each building in this clever noir-style adventure, but when it comes time to choose up sides, who will you support?
Once again seek out Dark Dimensions, this time a small town destroyed by a volcano (and a father-daughter relationship gone terribly awry), and attempt to heal them in Dark Dimensions: City of Ash. Easy on the eyes and challenging for the brain, this is definitely something to look for in the hybrid adventure genre.
It was just supposed to be a simple dinner date with your friend Felicia. How did things go so horribly, horribly wrong? In this free, morbidly hilarious visual novel, all you're trying to do is have a night out with your best friend (and maybe more?) but it feels like the universe is against you. All you can do is try, try again... and experience the clever twists and mechanics this little gem has to offer.
Imscared creator Ivan Zanotti delivers a short and ambiguous horror adventure about a young boy whose plan to escape into a good book goes awry. Stranded in a macabre and dangerous reality that lays over his own, will he ever find a way home? And does he even want to?
Undertale is a narrative RPG game currently in the works by Toby Fox. A demo has been released featuring 30-45 minutes of gameplay, and because it's such a unique experience, we couldn't wait to share it. Undertale is the story of a human girl who falls into the monster-controlled underworld where she encounters napping ghosts, mobile vegetables, malevolent flowers and a butterscotch pie. It's a little slice of Anodyne or Earthbound told through simple visuals and charming characters, and after playing the preview you won't be able to wait for the full version.
The Yawhg is coming... but nobody knows it yet, and in the six weeks leading up to its arrival to your cheerfully oblivious town, you'll guide up to four people in their daily lives. The choices you make and the skills you have them learn will come into play when the time comes, but more than anything else, this gorgeous and surreal fantasy visual novel/choose-your-own-adventure indie game is a fantastical piece of narrative work with tons of replayability.
The realm needs a hero skilled in the works of dream magic to stop Lord Nightmare! Too bad all they have is you, and you just crawled out of the bushes after a night of hard partying. Kingdom of Loathing creators Asymmetric Productions deliver a fun and dangerously addictive hybrid of word puzzle and RPG adventure in this indie hit.
Having defeated the evil witch Alura in the previous game, our brave prince sails home. Upon arriving, he realises that the witch has taken revenge on his kingdom. With the help of a powerful wizard, the prince travels back in time to try to stop the witch from ever becoming evil. Join him in Love Chronicles: Salvation, and experience an enchanting and more than usually whimsical hidden-object adventure.
Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller: The Oracle is the third in the series of episodic point-and-click adventure games by Phoenix Online Studios, and it's really going to bake your noodle. Taking place in a single location makes the experience fairly short and linear, but Cognition's tight, focused, and twist-filled plot, along with new gameplay mechanics and quality music, means one doesn't have to be psychic to see that Phoenix Online is going to stick the landing of their series.
Seven children are trapped in what remains of their town, along with the child who caused all that destruction in the first place. Can they save themselves? Why is Yuuichi doing this, and is he beyond redemption? Also, you can die by jumping on a bed, there are killer princesses everywhere, and the kids constantly have bizarre conversations about very adult topics. Re: Kinder is a very strange game, but one with a surprising amount of emotional depth.
It used to be, a girl would dream of her first ball, dancing with princes and wearing a beautiful gown, a gift from her fairy godmother. Now The Godmother is turning maidens to glass and you, as the detective, need to search the gorgeous color-saturated surroundings for emblems, tokens, and magic items to unlock doors to new areas and stop this world from being destroyed. Cursed ball gowns, armies of puppets and a morbidly dysfunctional family are just some of the dangers you'll face in this hidden object adventure that is always entertaining and fun to play.
A king has been murdered, and his heart, which holds the power of all creation, stolen by a being known as Final. Take control of one of six bizarre, unique characters and battle your way to get it for your own means in this incredibly dark and violent free indie fighting game.
- • Wizardry 6
- • Wizardry 7
- • Wizardry 8
Here's a bit of awesome news for retro RPG fans. GOG.com has released three Wizardry games, proving that the first person role playing game will never, ever die! Wizardry VI: Bane of the Cosmic Forge and Wizardry 7: Crusaders of the Dark Savant come as a single package, while Wizardry 8 is sold by itself. Released between 1990 and 2011, these titles are part of the Dark Savant trilogy and share a lot of common themes between them. They also happen to be some of the most complex, most satisfying role playing games ever made.
Frozen Synapse puts you in control of a squad of armed troops and gives you the ability to precisely map out their actions and movements. Once you have settled on a game plan, you and your enemy's commands are then played out simultaneously in real time (the game's defining feature) and hopefully the resulting encounter leaves you with more men standing than the other guy.
This barbecue is being crashed by some seriously unruly lizards of the prehistoric sort! Most gophers would turn tail, but you're not giving up your delicious steaks without a fight! Plan strategically and make use of a variety of clever tower types to defend your 'cue against incoming dinos of all sorts, ranging from hordes of sprightly compys to enormous bosses in this indie defense game.
Princess Isabella has been turned to stone by an evil witch, who is now after Isabella's daughter. The witch sends thee spectral hounds to hunt down young Bella and imprison her fairy godmothers, leaving her without protection. Bella must find a way to defeat the evil sorceress and lift the curse which permeates the kingdom in this magical hidden-object adventure.
Everyone in town knows to stay out of the forest, but what do you do when the forest won't stay out of the town? Enter this surreal fantasy in Mad Head Game's next hidden object adventure, where only you can save the town—as soon as you can find the pieces to your magic amulet and piece it back together again. Explore gorgeous environments, customize your game settings, and encounter many uniquely logical search scenes and puzzles in an engaging story that is much more than what words can describe.
Mr Rescue! Help! A bunch of people are trapped in a burning building and only you can save them! Now that you're inside, it's time to be a hero. Mr. Rescue is a simple but amazingly charming action game from Tangram Games. You control the well-protected Mr. Rescue himself as you spray water on fires and climb through a burning building to save the innocent people inside. The best part? You rescue them by throwing them out the window!
Money, or freedom. Which will you choose? McBank: The Puzzle of Money and Freedom uses stark, humorous imagery wrapped around a series of quick puzzles that play on the theme of the uneven distribution of wealth and power in modern society. Even though most of the world's money is controlled by a relative few people, the masses continue to support them with their purchases and actions. McBank forces you to to choose with each level you complete, and the results aren't always pretty.
When a New York City book critic is murdered, dressed up to look like Frankenstein's monster, and hooked up to an electrical current, it's time to call the one detective who actually prefers the really weird cases: Kate Beckett. If she brings her "consultant," a mystery writer named Richard Castle, along with her, so much the better. Such is the premise of Castle: Never Judge A Book By Its Cover, a tie-in hidden object game that was written as a companion to the television show Castle. It appeals to more than just fans of the show, though, and blends hidden object scenes and puzzles seamlessly. Can you find the Hardcover Killer before it's too late?
The Binary Mill delivers a gleefully energetic and beautifully visualised racing game that's perfectly playable no matter what your skill level. Bounce around the track, crashing into and off of the scenery and other players, as you go for the gold and upgrade your favourite cars. Casual fans will welcome this with open arms as the perfect giddy party game for friends.
It all started as an innocent trip to Italy. Vanessa's grandfather, a member of a mysterious religious order, went missing a few weeks ago, and she is summoned to the order's headquarters. Once there, she finds out that the gates guarding peace on Earth are all but wide open because some cheeky prankster has stolen four runes which keep the gates shut. Vanessa must track them down by jumping into portals leading to other worlds, all the while trying to discover the evil mind behind this nefarious scheme.
Developed in just one month, a2 is a remarkable achievement of a visual novel that packs a serious punch in its narrative. Sona's just going through the motions trying to run the orchestra her deceased estranged father left her, and Hao has just arrived from China to help conduct and doesn't speak a lick of English. But between these two very different people lies some unexpected common ground, and the end result is a story with real heart, honesty, and humour.
Perfection is a simple, casual puzzle game from Dumb and Fat Games, creator of Sling It! and Phantasmaburbia. It tests your spatial resolve by challenging you to slice bits of an object away until it fits inside an outline. There's no timer, there's no move limits, and there are no missions to complete. Just some relaxing music and a great game of self-challenge at your fingertips.
You wake up on a desert island with no recollection of what happened, nothing but a few shoddy tools to your name, and you're thinking what we'd probably all be thinking in a situation like that: TREASURE! It's going to take a whole lot of fortitude to make it, but with a bit of ingenuity and plenty of raw natural resources just laying around you'll be throwing together everything but coconut radios before you know it.
When a routine colonization mission goes awry and your ship bites down hard onto the vast frozen tundra of the wrong alien world, its supply of construction materials scattered broadly across the unfamiliar landscape, what remains of the crew have formed tiny village communities around whatever they've happened to salvage in their vicinity. It's up to you to establish contact with these tiny tribes and reunite the fragments of your advanced civilization.
Maybe you've always wanted to own a farm. Maybe you don't know you want one. Maybe you're wondering what it's like to manage a farm in a desert. In any case, try TV Farm 2, a time-management simulation which puts your agricultural prowess to the test. You'll take part in a reality show where you grow crops and dabble in the production of everything from ice cream to teddy bears in five quite unconventional locations, all in hopes of winning the grand prize: a farm to call your own.
Combine squishy blocks according to colour. What could be simpler, you say? Not much, but it's important to remember that simple doesn't always mean easy, and this free stylish little indie puzzler will give you far more than your value with its devilish design and 40 levels.
Your stepfather has taken care of you ever since he found you by the side of the road when you were a baby, training you to follow in his footsteps as a doctor. But when he goes missing, you discover there might have been far more to him, and your legacy, than you ever imagined in this creepy hidden-object adventure.
What would you do if you found out there was more to your world? Like... a LOT more? And then you had to save it? That's what happens to Gomez, a little 2D creature who finds out his world isn't 2D as he always thought, and thanks to a mystical hat unlocks a power that will allow him to see every hidden side of it... something he'll need since he needs to track down fragments of a mystical cube before the world destroys itself! A stunning exploration-based platforming indie adventure that will bring out the wonder in you.
An ancient map and an ancient evil... you're wrapped up in both, and it's up to you to save the world. Right after you solve this puzzle. And that one. And those ones. And all of those. A length, puzzle-heavy hidden-object adventure with a lot of cinematic camp that provides a meaty, satisfying meal of an experience.
Stranded on an island, alone, with only a flickering campfire and a mysterious teddy-bear... what could go wrong? DeanForge delivers the first installment in a flawed but freaky free indie horror adventure that will have you running (or, uh, walking) for your life from a seemingly unstoppable menace and a hidden legacy of violence.
There's a killer on the loose in Lumineux, and his prey is the city's officials... but is he a bloodthirsty monster, or a bringer of justice? And even then, who's really in the wrong? It's up to you to decide in Dark Tales: Edgar Allen Poe's The Masque of the Red Death, a new hidden object adventure from ERS Game Studios.
Get in, get the goods, get out. That's how a simple heist should go, but it's not that easy in Monaco. With guards and laser sensors lurking around every corner, you're bound to get caught up in the chaos of a frantic chase in this multiplayer stealth arcade game. Choose from a variety of nefarious crooks, each with a unique ability to help them pull off the crime, and sneak your away around a maze of treasures, traps, and trouble.
Long dark hallways, locked doors, and a helpful text box... what more could a gamer want? But in this free short indie horror adventure you may get more than you bargained for. Inspired by Imscared, Bryce Maciel delivers a much simpler but no less harrowing experience you may never really get away from.
Follow the adventures of two viking brothers in this resource management strategy game from Alawar. Their land has been ravaged by savages, and you must help gods, gnomes, druids and more to save the magic tree that once protected your lands. Just a click sends your workers to do your bidding. Can you reclaim the magic and once again live in peace?
A century ago, Anna, the Empress of the Deep, awoke from her slumber far below the ocean waves to discover she had a powerful and evil twin, Pandora. Once again, the empress's people are in peril and it's up to you, as Anna, to find the pieces needed to unlock the spirit codex and resurrect the Phoenix, stopping the Colossus from destroying all life. Along the way, you'll explore and discover a gorgeous, Myst-like world, encounter a refreshing variation of hidden object scenes and gentle puzzles for a relaxing and serene adventure.
Starseed Pilgrim is a very, very unusual game. Created by droqen, author of Probability 0, it's best described as an abstract puzzle game with some light musical elements and a touch of sandbox-style gameplay. That doesn't do the experience justice, though, as its real value comes from the sense of exploration and wonder you'll get trying to figure out which seeds grow which blocks and what exactly you're trying to accomplish in this bleak world.
While hiding in a closet for a beast that's after him, young Quico tumbles through a mysterious portal into another world where he finds himself befriending a towering, fanged beast named Monster. But though Monster seems gentle and lovable enough to his tiny companion, a dangerous addiction turns him into a mindless, rampaging threat to everything around him, and only Quico can save him... or so he hopes. A painfully beautiful indie platforming adventure with heart.
His home invaded and his victims back for revenge, an evil mad scientist is about to reap what he's sown... but his young daughter, Aya, refuses to let that happen. Mad Father is a free horror adventure and a B-movie-esque roller coaster of a game that'll keep you entertained for hours.
In the newest release by ERS Game Studio, your adorable dog has been abducted by the keeper of an enchanted cemetery and you can only free it if you help three ghosts undo their sins from the past. No big deal, this sort of thing happens to you all the time. So leap into the three portals, travel into different worlds, find your way through puzzles and hidden-object scenes, and save innocent souls from damnation along the way.
Vera and Arthur are twins who both grew up in and eventually left the small, secluded town of Pilgrim's Hook. But while Vera was glad to leave it behind, Arthur couldn't help but be drawn back, and a desperate phone call brings Vera running to save him... and straight into a trap where she'll become a pawn in an ancient war between powerful magical forces. A captivating and original hidden-object adventure with just the right bit of creepiness!
Hours before her big performance, Florence finds out that someone has sabotaged the entire concert. Seeing that her friends are busy throwing up their arms in despair, she decides to save the day herself. Follow her as she scurries through hallways, rifles shelves and fixes pianos in this cute story-driven exploration game.
Shoot first, ask questions later. Actually, skip the questions and just shoot some more. Created by Puppy Games, Ultratron is a giant neon dose of bullet-filled arcade action, taking a simple Robotron-esque shooter and dressing it up to the nines with slick, stylized graphics, plenty of upgrades and a blasting techno soundtrack.
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!
Dr. Sianos B. Sian is an expert in memory, but his new patient, B.D., barely has any memories at all... only the color red. Can he help her put things together and discover her past? Palette, a free narrative blast from the past, is a sharp, twisty puzzle of a story and an unforgettable game.