Two hurt artists, a missing book, dried clay, and no fingerprints. Sound like your kind of crime scene? Then join the Vortex Point paranormal investigators to solve the latest mysterious crime in this point and click adventure series.
The vertical shooter that turn scribbles into spaceship and doodles into Death Stars is back for another round in Notebook Space Wars 2, by Francisco Ferreres. Not a revolution for Notebook Wars fans, but superior to its predecessors and a good time all the same.
This luxuriously appointed seaside suite is an escape in every sense. From the many logically designed puzzles which you must solve to unlock to the door to the beautiful setting which whisks you away on a seaside vacation, there's much to explore and discover. So set aside a half hour or more and take your time to enjoy the view and escape from it all.
Your puzzle is boring! Does it react when you touch it and paint or drive or fly around your cursor? If not, then toss it aside forth-with and play this beautiful yet simple jigsaw game where the goal is to recreate a picture from tiles that change and react to your mouse.
You're stuck in the slammer, but if you're sneaky and creative it doesn't have to stay that way in this funny, engaging stealth platforming puzzle adventure. Knock out guards and hide their bodies, snatch keycards, steal uniforms, and more!
A back-to-basics puzzle game that oozes nostalgia, Puzzle Legends loses the fluff and keeps the fun. Push blocks, pull switches, and climb each increasingly difficult tower, collecting coins and treasures as you go.
Surprise! You're a frog now, and you've got to leap your way up a dangerous spider-infested tower to reach the all-healing princess's kiss. Follow the rules to avoid death by hungry spiders, rogue explosives and even fragile glass windows. Munch down on tasty arachnids and battle terrifying bosses to reach the top!
When the pure light that sustains the alchemists starts to dwindle it's what's referred to in the industry as "A Major Problem", and it's up to you to restore civilization in this gorgeous and brief metroidvania platformer.
Since when do aliens abduct other aliens? If you're in the mood for something short and sweet, help the cute green alien escape the bad little green men in this point-and-click game. Click around the screen to discover what you can interact with to figure out how to get back to your planet.
- • Find the Escape-Men 96: The Super Market
- • Fruit Kitchens 03: Navel Orange
- • Story Room Escape 4
FunkyLand beckons you to gather up a bushful of juicy round citrus fruit while No1Game sends you grocery shopping for a "Time-limited Escape Sale." Meanwhile, if you're still hungry for cerebral challenge, Story House's debut into Weekday Escape provides a light repast of logical puzzle in a comely one-walled scene.
A simplistic logic game that will have your mental gears grinding hard. Place color layered squares next to one another to match colors and make combos. Place all the squares correctly to eliminate all your pieces and get the highest score possible.
TomaTea serves up belated but no less welcome holiday treats with a sweet and pastel Easter themed room escape. With a whole lot of puzzles penning you in and codes to discover, can you find your way out before someone eats all the candy in the basket you probably left unattended?
You're stuck in a completely plain white room with completely featureless furniture... or ARE you? This little room with no name isn't everything it appears to be! Look inside shelves and desks, and uncover the colors that lie hidden within the No Name Room to escape.
PI Rick has been chasing a woman for years now in Mike Morin's popular point-and-click adventure mystery series, but in this latest brief installment it seems like he's been given another chance. Does he really want what's at the end of it? Don't play this without having played the other games!
Matthew Ashworth brings his RPG Maker skills to light in his science fiction RPG title for download, Incitement. Play Maddock, a human who leads an unlikely group of humanoids (not all carbon-based) to uncover the greasy underbelly of their mixed race society. Battle your way through enemies to slowly reveal the story as you make choices that will affect the outcome through 10 hours of gameplay.
Simple or simply insane? As easy as this new hexagon-based puzzle board game may seem at first glance, it can be infuriatingly challenging to master. Learn against the computer AI or challenge other players to a match as you carve out your space on the board and mark the dots.
The most physics-puzzley show on Earth gets an additional thirty levels in this clownish expansion pack! Help the little green monster guy put on a show to get the audience out of their seats, using balloons, trampolines, unicycles and more. Thirty levels of circus-themed fun await you, without that off-putting smell of elephants and burnt popcorn.
The Bumpkin Brothers are back! The team's latest release has nothing to do with Tribloos or machines. Well, wait, scratch that, it does have something to do with machines, but that's not the point! Space Farmers is a decidedly retro-feeling cooperative arcade game that takes place on an alien spacecraft. Two simple farmers have been kidnapped by the non-Earthlings, and they're going to use every gadget and pigcube they can get their hands on to get back!
Danger lurks around every corner, literally, in this deadly point-and-click escape game from Kotorinosu. If you want to find a way out, you'll have to search everywhere and solve puzzles, all while avoiding being eaten, exploded, gassed, dropped...
It's Mardi Gras time and the streets of New Orleans are ringing with the sound of sweet, sweet jazz. You're headed down there to visit your dad... and find him and the patrons of his club in a sort of trance. Could it be a voodoo curse? This enchanting, original and thoroughly innovative hidden-object adventure will grab your attention and won't let go, and you can be sure you'll be humming the addictive soundtrack long after you've finished it.
Vicious monsters have invaded the kingdom. Good thing the Monster Squad is here to help sort them out! Six distinct heroes, fierce weapons, mystic spells, and battalions of baddies await you in this browser-based role-playing game.
Unique controls make this game a hard challenge as you dodge simple things like walls to try and reach the exit. Attempt the collect the stars for extra pain, but pure victory if you succeed. Clicking once lets you slow down time, but it is limited. Touching any walls is certain death.
From Pendleton Ward's webseries Bravest Warriors, it's Catbug starring in his own game! Fly through locales from the show collecting a plethora of items and toss 'em into portals to make money! Purchase fancy power-ups and a stylish new wardrobe! Call in Chris, Beth, Wallow and Danny to help you out! Fly, Catbug, Fly!
There are one hundred eggs hiding in this cute and colourful point-and-click puzzle game, but finding all of them won't be easy! Search and solve simple puzzles to bring smiles to the monkeys on this tastiest of holidays.
You may think your objective in this dungeoncrawling turn-based RPG is straightforward--steal the Golden Krone and kill the Vampire Prince. But it's not as easy as it seems, and whether you are human or vampire becomes a complex issue as you move from floor to floor in the Golden Krone Hotel.
Crash planets with Kepler...or, you know, have fun with physics and learn a little bit about the solar system. This webtoy gives you your very own solar system to plan, and 500 years of elapsed time to try to keep it stable.
When the villagers are captured, it's up to one little ninja to save the day... with world-flipping powers! Swap the world around you in this beautiful and polished puzzle platformer to get past baddies, lasers, ice, and much, much more.
Miss Libellule has faced the Queen of Snakes, but now she's in for a watery challenge when a desperate note takes her deep under the sea in the search for two star-crossed lovers and a pile of treasure in this point-and-click adventure.
Play as Tom Jones, one of the greatest explores who was only just a head, as well as his rag tag group of friends to help undo the curse you released. Dodge blow darts, spikes, and more to collect the jewels in this physics game, before pushing the mummies back into eternal rest.
- • Escape from the Room with Public Phones
- • Candy Rooms No.7: Carmine Pop
- • Yana Escape
Are you bored? When you look around the room you're in, are you tired of the same old look? Time for a new design and a fresh way of looking at things, then. Escape from those worn out interiors and let Hottategoya inspire you to be a minimalist, get groovy with FunkyLand, or relax in pleasant pastels with Kamokichi, our three featured designers in this week's Weekday Escape!
The first thing every general needs to know to defend their planet is strategy. Also, a good grasp of physics, mathematics, and... pool! Pick your angle and take a shot to defend the world against evil space invaders in this clever game!
A well-deserved weekend getaway doesn't end when you expect it to, when you find yourself locked inside the newest escape game by Tesshi-e, where puzzles and clues both logical and obscure are the best amenities you can find in this little lodge.
Pick up your gun and stand against oncoming waves on zombies in this realistic shooter, then manage your group of survivors to scavenge and help defend in between, holding out as long as you can!
Feeling beardless? Spread some bearded love in this humorous physics puzzle game. Arrange blocks so that after you hit play, they'll all be touched by another shape that has some facial hair, thus spreading happiness throughout the land. Because everyone wants a beard.
North Wind: Trill of Consciousness by Henry Gosuen is a creative take on the platform exploration genre. You control the tiny hero named Dir who moves through a blocky world of spikes and obstacles and maze-like puzzles. Instead of scrolling levels that keep pace with the protagonist, though, you do all the swiping yourself from a stationary point of view. It's a bit like Office Rush, Rooms or Continuity, only with a decidedly sweeter metroidvania feel.
When her father is swallowed whole by the kraken, our heroine vows to get him back in this cute but simple arcade style fishing simulator! Travel the seas, catching different fish and selling them for the upgrades you need to take you farther.
What started out as a simpler, shorter puzzle game with a sweet love story has been revised into a more substantial—and snarkier—endeavor for fans and newcomers alike. Help Ben and Isabelle navigate through limbo in more than 75 levels of diverse and complex tile-removing puzzles.
Rejoice, picross aficionados! Picross Madness brings you a whopping 620 levels of all shapes and sizes!
Can You Escape - Tower is a short point-and-click mobile room escape game created by MobiGrow. In what should be a familiar set-up, you find yourself trapped in a series of rooms with exits that are locked, barred, concealed or otherwise inaccessible. Your job is to get out, or throw your phone across the room trying! What sets Can You Escape - Tower apart is its striking sense of adventure. You're not just escaping, you're making an epic dash to freedom through a rendered fantasy world!
There are only two words you need to see before downloading this game: Studio Pixel. The creator of Cave Story has been hard at work on the upcoming sidescrolling platformer Kero Blaster, but in the meantime, we get a free game! Pink Hour serves as a small taster for next month's big release, stuffing plenty of shooting, pixel-perfect jumps, and painfully high level of difficulty into its cute little package.
Your fight may be futile, but that's no reason not to give it all you have! In this dystopian sci-fi shooter, you're the last man standing against the alien invaders, and you won't go out peacefully... how many can you take with you before you go down in flames?
Do you love that old-school feeling of collecting coins? How about navigating precarious platforms and ledges to reach the exit door? Escape various baddies, maze-like environments and an expanding black hole of doom in this energetic and demanding retro platformer.
When your beloved cat Toby goes missing, you scour the town for him, but little do you suspect you're about to take a strange trip and find out the stranger truth behind cats in this short but cute freeware adventure game.
FireRabbit is back with another car-themed point-and-click puzzle game! Fix My Car - Custom Mods takes the hidden object / room escape hybrid formula from the original Fix My Car and gives it a shiny new coat of acrylic urethane paint. This time, instead of fixing the old clunker you're replacing the old parts with shiny new ones. If only sprucing up the old rustbox was half as straightforward in real life!
My Little P.I., My Little P.I., aaa-aa-aaa-aaaaaaahhhh... when Rarity's precious gem is stolen and the only suspect is one tiny Pegasus, it's up to Twilight Sparkle to solve the mystery in this gorgeous free Ace Attorney-styled visual novel adventure based on My Little Pony!
When you receive a frantic phone call from your sister that your niece has gone missing, you think you must have misheard her... after all, your niece's dead fiancee appearing out of a movie and carting her back through the screen is impossible... right? Find the truth in this hidden-object adventure!
Another day, another room to find yourself inexplicably locked within. Clever puzzles await you within the mysterious room with the white door, and you'll need to find the three wooden tokens to escape this time!
Peter's town is destroyed, and it's totally not his fault! Blame the giant chicken. But whatever the reason, it's up to you to rebuild it, unlocking tons of characters, items, and hilarious animations along the way. Just keep one hand on your wallet, because this game has its eye on it.
Join your favorite oranges you wouldn't want to eat into a tropical pirate adventure. In this physics puzzler favorite, you've again got to figure out how to tuck the fruit away from exceptionally sharp rain drops by dropping and exploding various objects around each level.
It's time for revenge in this launch game. Run, fly, and jump through three different areas to take out the evil gold fish who disrupted your peace of mind. You play a... half goat half man monk who is just looking for some good old eternal peace when a cruel...cyborg fish does the unthinkable and all that is left for you to do is get cold blooded revenge!
David is a game, an arcade game, and David is a very unusual game. Our little polygon hero finds himself in a world of abstract shapes and giant evil beasts that are out to eviscerate him one angle at a time. His only powers are the ability to run away like a little yellow belly and fire slingshot-like blasts at his foes. Sometimes he feels powerful, sometimes victorious, but there's always nagging feelings of helplessness and hopelessness in this dangerous world that just wants David to go away.
They say everything is better with a friend, so the sequel to the original shadowy puzzle platformer has started up the buddy system. Using light to reveal or banish walls and hazards, you must make your way to the exit in each level, turning on light to lure your newfound companion to press switches and more for you.
As the last surviving apprentice tasked with the simple job of cleaning up the castle library, it seems you've accidentally dropped the Dark Grimoires of Sorth to the ground and now all the banished creatures have escaped. Oops! Hey, when a Denny's waiter so much as drops a plate they're "Now Hiring!" so this loosing-magickal-monstrosities-upon-the-earth business is something you should definitely sort out immediately if not sooner.
San Fransico has a new shipment company and you're the head of it. Your trucks don't stop so build your warehouses quick along the road to send your workers running to fill them full of cargo and earn you big bucks.
The best wizard around may not know much actual magic, but he does have a fabulous double jump. Navigate treacherous landscapes and save the princess in this free, highly polished platformer for Windows and Mac.
Ready to die just a little bit more? Then you're ready for Cardinal Quest 2, the turn-based roguelike sequel to 2012's Cardinal Quest, brought to you by randomnine (maker of Fear is Vigilance and a consultant on the original Cardinal Quest game). You'll recognize the great pixel art and the procedurally generated maps of the first game, and appreciate the new complexity.
When a witch crashes a party, she curses three animal friends into sharing the same body, and now it's up to you to swap between them, accessing their unique abilities, to deal with enemies, solve puzzles, and gather stars in this easy but charming little game.
Tomatea is a developer that respects the time of year with their escape games, so it should be no surprise that as winter turns to spring, Spring Morning graces our computer screens. Navigate by mouse, keep an eye out for the glowing cursor, and hopefully eventually leave the room and greet the beautiful spring weather outdoors. Unless you're allergic to pollen.
Mutants have overrun the universe, and it's up to the galaxy's last ninja to travel back in time to take them all down. Leap from wall-to-wall to take them down in this puzzler, but watch where you land!
Repeat might LOOK simple. And, well... it is. But this puzzle game's minimalistic aesthetic hides some deceptively challenging levels as you plot and plan paths to collect all the golden squares, using limited instructions that run on a loop.
It advertises itself as a mix between Minesweeper and a roguelike dungeon crawler, but Quikding's Cavesweeper isn't quite either... it's something all its own. In it, you're tasked with exploring a single, linear cave, equipping weapons and armor you find within, collecting gold to spend on various goodies, completing various quests, and slaying all sorts of monsters.
Short but stylish and effective, this narrative-based bit of interactive art takes cues from classics like I, Robot as you interrogate a robot suspected of murder... even though he doesn't exactly see it that way.
Nightmares from the Deep: Davy Jones is the final game in the exciting seafaring, pirate-filled hidden-object adventure series, in which you will face the old Sea Devil himself. Your daughter has signed a pact with Davy, and you have to uncover his deepest secrets in order to fulfill the pact and set her free. As you look for the pieces of the puzzle, you will meet colourful characters, solve challenging puzzles and be thoroughly entertained.
"Words & Cards," you ask, "could it be a game about dinosaurs and Swiss watches?" Alas, no. In Words & Cards, you've got to make a word from a pool of letters you share with your opponent. Each consonant in the word you play turns into a playing card, with which you can score extra points by making poker hands. It sounds simple (and it is), but there's more strategy involved than you might think.
Like lovely visuals? What about pits of death and whirling sawblades flying at your face? This platformer has both! Help ErlinE track down the magical orbs and return them to the portals, but watch out for hazards... and the unforgiving challenge!
After nearly three years, the next installment in the celebrated and fiendishly addictive tower defense series has arrived. Take on challenging maps using the powers of gems that can be enhanced and combined, with new mechanics like the Talisman and the Wizard Towers helping and hindering you along the way...
It's your job to take down the legendary hero in this quirky fantasy puzzle game. Who are you? Why, the lord of all Mimics, of course, those sneaky monster treasure chests! You'll need to gobble your way through people from all over the world, luring them in with the items others drop, in order to finally find the sword the hero is looking for to snare him in your trap!
After the death of his wife, Adrian's been experiencing some weird things... weird like "water appearing from nowhere to lock him in the basement" weird. You've been called in to investigate, but this isn't any ordinary haunting, and to get to the truth you'll need to dig through the town in this more-crazy-than-creepy hidden-object adventure.
Detective work isn't known for its shallow learning curve. Or for being the kind of thing you can do while standing in line at the post office. With Noir Syndrome, however, solving crimes has become quite a bit more casual. This pick up and play adventure game gives you randomly generated murder mysteries to solve, all you have to do is gather the clues and make the arrest! Oh, and pick a few locks, shoot a few baddies, and have a few snacks. Detectives gotta eat too, you know.
Finally, a game which answers the age-old question, "what would it be like to be a goat?" This is Goat Simulator, the action sandbox game which parodies infamously "realistic" simulation games. Headbutt cars, do flips on trampolines or bleat at unsuspecting pedestrians... you can do it all!
Don't ever let anything come between you and the ones you love. Not even an eight foot pigeon. Mash your way through colourful and quirky stages in this action-packed game that's bizarre, but a whole lot of fun.
Some words to the wise: do not trust your little ones to Pencil Kids' band of sad simians for safe keeping as they can't stop losing their own monkey babies. Which means you get to go on another point-and-click adventure, this time in the form of five short, self-contained tales. By exploring each stage, finding and using items, and solving a few simple puzzles, you can rescue the mini monkeys and turn tears into cheers.
You've always known you were the biggest and baddest around, and now it's time to prove it in the latest installment of Ben Olding's popular strategy game that will have you duking it out for strategic supremacy against the computer... or other players!
Who needs bells and whistles? Not this little puzzle game. Though more of the same straightforward Sokoban as the original, this sequel keeps the presentation sleek and simple and the levels challenging to make it a satisfying and welcome little addition to the genre.
What's better than a puzzle platformer? A puzzle platformer which lets you build the levels yourself! In Level Editor 3, the developer started making them, then went out for a lunch break and was never seen again. That means you will have to place all the additional platforms, each with their own functions, so that a little stick man can reach the end of the level. Level Editor 3 is certainly the best episode in the series so far, offering thirty-five wonderfully puzzly stages for your entertainment.
Four alien adventurers have crash-landed on a hostile (if absurdly happy) planet. Thankfully, each of them has a different power they can use to help them escape! Turn to stone, fly through the air, lay bombs, and even teleport across space to collect all the keys and reach the exit.
Stranded on an alien world filled with hostile robots jealously guarding the fuel you need to call for help is a bad place to be. But if you're Tricky Rick, you can literally use your head to fight your way through them and solve puzzles in this colourful and quirky platformer from Tamas Games.
- • Fruit Kitchens No.1: Strawberry Red
- • Escape from the Similar Rooms 10
- • A Little Slow Escape
Funkyland switches from candies to fruit; find seven strawberries in this whimsical scene. Notice any differences between Hottategoya's three rooms? They're each a similar plain, unassuming grey but small distinguishing characteristics will lead you out. Cute, charming and pretty in pink, Kamokichi's easy little escape is a perfect palate cleanser.
Gotta reprogram 'em all! '80s cyberpunk meets addictive turn-based RPG battling as you play a digital assassin able to capture and reprogram enemy defenses to use for your own devices.
The concept is basic and simple. Replicate the multi-color pattern shown by clicking and dragging a minimum number of one-colored designs onto the grid. When your design matches the one provided, that's perfect! Now you can move on to complete the 99 other levels. Cover Color most closely resembles Factory Balls, albeit without the balls, paint or whimsy. Its unassuming graphics and gameplay won't catch all eyes, but if you're looking for a game to chill with, that engages the brain just enough without taxing, this is what hits the spot.
Since there's never been a bandwagon Tricky hasn't jumped on, he presents to you JayIs2048, a tribute to UsVsTh3m's Make Your Own 2048 generator, a tribute to Gabriele Cirulli's MIT-licensed 2048, a tribute to 1024 by Veewo Studio, a tribute to Threes by Asher Vollmer, which, of course was a tribute to the postulate that small stuff can be combined bigger stuff. There's a whole lot of tributin' going on, is what we're saying.
You awake sore and amnesiac in a hospital... but the place is deserted. Notes from a stranger lead you on a bizarre journey through a town that has more than its share of secrets in this creative and ambitious action RPG adventure that blends existential horror with a science-fiction thriller.
You're a small fish in a big pond in this strange turn-based roguelike RPG. You'll grind your way through underwater tunnels, duking it out with other sea creatures, and equipping a range of uniquely goldfish-oriented weapons and armor. Swim and explore, but beware, you never know what you'll find in the depths... or what will find you!
Getting a key and then to the exit sounds easy for a puzzle platformer. Until you realize that you're a colour-swapping square, and any platform you landed on previously becomes unsafe once it changes to match your hue! Pick your path carefully in this simple yet clever game.
Use your webs to swing through a gorgeous subterranean world in this clever puzzle platformer. Though a few of the puzzles are quite tricky, the game is forgiving and has many checkpoints. The striking visuals and ethereal soundtrack truly make this a work of art.
Epic Boss Fighter is an epic action shooter by Entertainment Forge that'll have you rushing in a manner quite boss indeed. The bullets could probably stand to be a little more hellacious, but the variety in the ten bosses and their techniques make this a game you'll want to attack for massive damage.
Sail the skies and duke it out for supremacy in this colourful and engaging turn-based strategy RPG. With a fantastic steampunk vibe and easy to pick up combat, it's a fine addition to the genre you can even play on your mobile device.
Space invaders and Lincoln logs mixed all into one! Build your fort, collect your gold and save the city from alien invasion in this fast paced strategy shooter. Artillerize is a great strategy crafting game that overcomes some of its more frustrating aspects with its entertaining and innovative gameplay.
It was supposed to be simple: break in to the department store, steal the top secret documents, and get out. But someone gassed you, and now you're alone on the store's roof, and things are bound to get more complex before they get simpler. So begins Gatamari's newest escaper, Mission in Department Store.
It's hard enough navigating yourself through platforms and enemies, but even more so when you're also dealing with a mirror image of yourself. Gather gems as you traverse dungeon after dungeon. with your reflection. Unlike real reflections, this one can jump on platforms--and spikes--that you can't.
Cabin Escape: Alice's story is a lively challenge for room escape fans, especially those that would like to see the clear, logical elements common to the best eastern-designed escapes presented with a western flair. Glitch Games brings the escaping joy with this impressive titbit.
While he may not lead the Evil League of Evil, he is the titular star of this procedurally-generated, chess-based puzzle game by RatoLibre1, a semi-sequel to his well-received Horse Jump. It'll take a practice run to get used to the rules, but fans of spatial logic puzzles should make an L-shaped bee-line to try it out.
Typically when dealing with monsters, you've got to duke it out, but what happens when you literally can't? Created for the Procedural Death Jam and playable in beta, this dungeon-crawling roguelike drops you into deadly procedurally generated environments where you need to use your wits to bait, lure, and sneak by the things waiting to tear you limb from limb.
Not freaked out by bugs? These creepy crawlies are bigger than normal, and they're out to destroy your base in this gorgeous, challenging tower-defense. Place and upgrade elemental towers and hold out against massive waves of enemies!
Subtlety is not the strong point of the demo of Dark Deception, a first person Unity arcade game by Glowstick Games, but it is a nerve-wracking piece of Pac-Man as survival horror. A bit like a heap of interesting parts that just needs more development to fully coalesce, this is one that scary game lovers should watch out for.
- • Candy Rooms #6: Violet Sweet
- • Chick Hide and Seek 16
- • Escape from the White Picture Room
- • Dismantlement Sushi (browser version)
Three escape games. No, wait. Four escape games for your playing enjoyment brought to you by FunkyLand, Yuri, Gam.eBB and Yomino Kagura. Surely one of these fine specimens will take a fondness to you and follow you home.
If you're looking for another sliding block number puzzle quick fix, Bart Bonte gives us 25. Combine like numbers while lining up red blocks to get them out of your way. Try for a high score by combining as many numbers as possible!
Created for Flappyjam, Ridiculous Glitching is a mashup of Flappy Bird's gameplay, Pac-Man's sprites, and the malevolence of a monetizing ghost thrown in for good measure. This free but difficult avoidance game done in the glitch style (a la Rom Check Fail) has you weaving in and out of perilous paywalls and scooping up vulnerable birds for valuable bonus points. How long can you keep your Pac airborne?
You find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.