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You know the old cliché of the adventurer being chased by the giant boulder? It's a trope that has appeared in numerous movies and games, but we never get to see things from the boulder's point of view. Well, that's all about to change! Indiana Stone: The Brave and the Boulder is an arcade-styled action game from Twinsky Games in which you play the larger, rounder, rockier half of the oft-imitated duo. Your mission is to crush the unnamed (but curiously familiar) archaeologist who has stolen your precious golden idol with the intent of locking it up in a stuffy museum.
A False Saint, An Honest Rogue, and one very cold adventurer. Created by Jeremiah Reid for the Seven Day Roguelike (7DRL) competition, this unusual game mixes survival and roguelike elements in a strange and often confusing way. But that's why we like it! You're out in the cold, you're freezing, you're starving, and you have to survive. Sounds fairly ordinary until you factor in the fact that you're going a bit mad from the chill, and many things you think you see don't make much sense at all. There's just one thing on your mind: go west.
On his 25th birthday, Daniel receives a note from his parents saying that he is in grave danger and asking him to sail to a mysterious Island. Once there, he discovers its secret - pieces of fallen meteorite give him powers over the elements. Through a series of quests and puzzles, Daniel must prove himself worthy to the stern monks of the island's magical orders and maybe even save the world in the process. Phenomenon: Meteorite is a remarkably beautiful hidden-object adventure which takes you gently by the hand and leads you into an enchanting world where anything is possible.
We all have things we'd like to be able to go back and do over again. That first encounter with your soul mate. The entire TMZ network. And how much better could the early 90s have been if we could only do them over?! Hungry Planet Games has given us a chance to relive some of those days with Astroloco: Worst Contact, a space-themed comedy adventure with an unmistakably 90s feel, right out of the shrink-wrap!
Your space station has been overrun by human eating aliens out for an easy meal. Don't become their easy meal! Use zero gravity to your benefit by jumping around and outwitting not only aliens, but the dangerous buzzsaws and lasers as well. In this puzzle platform game by Gamezhero, test your platforming mettle and reach freedom in twenty five fun filled levels.
Things aren't going well for David Hoover, but when life in his new apartment takes a turn for the paranormal, he resolves to track down the previous tenant and find out what's going on. The Crooked Man is a chilling adventure through a trail of detailed and atmospheric haunts... and through one man's struggle to come to terms with where his life has taken him.
When her father, a renowned puppet master, goes missing and she has nobody else to turn to, a young girl begs you for your help in finding them... so why does she suddenly seem bent on stopping you whenever you see her? And what's up with all the tricks, mechanisms, and, uh, malicious spider-head puppets in this town anyway? A hidden-object adventure that doesn't particularly innovate, but delivers one of the most highly-polished and enjoyable experiences in a long time.
Fetch is the story of a boy, his dog, and a bunch of arcade games living in a futuristic sci-fi world where robots and mega-corporations rule. A point-and-click adventure at its heart, Fetch is littered with so much gorgeous artwork and creative elements that its world springs to life, making it feel almost like a free-to-roam sandbox game.
Who says fire and water can't mix? Our two elemental protagonists probably shouldn't hug, but together they make for yet another challenging installment in the much-loved puzzle platforming series that blends speed and brains! With portals thrown into the mix, taking top rank and nabbing all the gems will be harder than ever, but you'll love every minute of it.
The latest release from Pocket Planes developer NimbleBit, Nimble Quest drops the simulation formula in favor of a good old fashioned arcade game. And we're not kidding when we say "old fashioned". Nimble Quest is essentially the 40 year old game of Snake with a layer of RPG elements and free to play features draped on top. It's a very different experience than, say, Tiny Tower, but it's got that same level of simple charm we've come to expect from the studio.
Hottategoya puts you in the middle of a maze and asks that you not only find your way through it to the exit, you must make sense of your comings-and-goings and open three locked safes before you can leave. Thus, navigating the layout more a challenge than the puzzles themselves. Yet the concrete feeling of success when you reach the end makes this escape-the-room game rather amazing (it had to be said!)
Ninjas have to have a place to live, just like the rest of us. They also have to have jobs and food and money and footpaths and cherry trees to look at. Fortunately, the simple life of a farmer ninja doesn't preclude raids on nearby towns, which is precisely why Kairosoft's mobile simulation game Ninja Village is so fantastic.
You and Katie have been friends since you were little, sharing fun, adventure... and something dark and strange you both buried deep in your memories. Recently, she's been trying to sell her remote house, but when you arrive, you find the place empty except for signs of a struggle and disturbing scrawls on the walls. You're Katie's only hope as, armed with only a flashlight, you set off into the forest and a horror from your own childhood in this short but terrifyingly atmospheric indie action adventure.
Tim Schafer's got problems, in that he has to host this year's Game Developer Conference again, but the one person who needs to believe he's actually Tim Schafer, remains unconvinced of his Schaferlyness. In this short but surreally silly and funny adventure from Double Fine, you'll need to get a beard, a shirt, and some gags to assemble the most Shchafer-esque visage possible from the most ridiculous means possible.
Mygames888 sashays down the escape-the-room game runway with a smartly cohesive design, a clever array of puzzles and a looks that's as tasty as frosting on a raspberry layer cake. Although there is no changing cursor, navigation and exploration are usually intuitive but do require thinking outside the overtly seen. A bit of inference and curiosity to guide your explorations, questioning newly opened possibilities, you'll find your way out with the exit key in hand and a suave feeling of accomplishment to bask in.
The 2010s are shaping up to be the decade of the Internet renegade, yet for those of us without the technical savvy necessary to participate in virtually sticking it to the man, BoxCat LLC offers us a tempting and significantly more legal alternative with Nameless: The Hackers, a mobile RPG with a lot of virtual bite.
This party is hopping, but it's hard to enjoy it when someone wants you dead, and everyone is strange enough to be a suspect. Created in just seven days, this simple but uniquely stylish little puzzler has you asking questions of 24 monsters to figure out who's trying to kill you before they get to you first. That's... an extreme sort of party game. Couldn't you have just played charades?
Barbarium, created by Hypnohustler, is a retro action platformer set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With your sword and lasergun combo (really, the best combo there is) you set off to rescue babes, drink beer and restore a little order to this crazy world.
Solitaire Blitz is a fast paced addictive card game for your iOS device. It comes with all of the charm and atmosphere you've come to expect from PopCap. Challenge the clock and your friends as you try to clear all the cards within 60 seconds. Earn silver as you play, then spend it on boosts to help you up your score and unlock achievements.
Fred has gotten lost in the forest, and now, a dire wolf is chasing him. Fortunately, Fred's body is a complex system, prepared for both everyday survival and extraordinary circumstances. And you'll be learning how it works, in Code Fred: Survival Mode, a collection of educational action minigames from Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and Helpful Strangers.
A young man strikes up a Faustian bargain to save his injured love kill three evildoers, and she can live. Will he be able to hold onto his humanity, or will he lose himself in the process? Despite some gameplay flaws, The Price is a dark, enchanting work from Flip-N-Tale, with amazing art and a great story to go along with it.
It's a monster's life for you in this casual yet engaging indie simulation from Dejobaan Games! Going from a lowly morsel swimming in a vat of goop to (potentially) a respected elder that can influence the course of history, it's a whimsical, weird, and occasionally gross cross between a choose-your-own-adventure story and a visual novel that offers lots of replay value and laughs.
Straight from Nitreal Games comes a spring-rific take on the building time management game in Gardens Inc.: From Rakes to Riches. Play as a young college graduate intent on helping her grandparents keep their villa from the clutches of the local evil entrepreneur. (How they've come to owe him $1000000, you're never quite sure.) Plant plants! Water plants! Fix water features! And other landscape/construction stuff! All under the watchful eye of a timer, which is the only thing standing between you and your coveted gold status. Spruce up the town and win the local gardening contest to pay off your grandparents' debt!
Hidden among the subjects of this relaxing springtime scene, there are six sets of object types that you need to find and click on. The rich pastel hues and fanciful design is easy on the eyes, perfect when you seek a light, quick and relaxing way to while away your spare time.
Bobbing is a fast-paced, finger-twitching, reflex-hounding action platformer from Little Bobby Games. You play as a little eskimo creature whose only ambition in life is to run endlessly through a circular labyrinth filled with twists, traps and lots and lots of fire.
When a new initiate into a secret order betrays them almost immediately, one young woman must rush to save the world. Great care has gone into the design of this gem of an adventure game and it shows everywhere in the details. For an exciting adventure hybrid sprinkled with some pretty tight puzzles The Secret Order: Masked Intent is definitely the way to go.
When your plane takes a nosedive and you wake up on a strange island, the last thing you expected to deal with on top of your misfortune is the creeping ice taking the cursed town over and the malicious "woman in white" who has been stealing the souls of the townsfolk. The answer to this mystery and your own salvation lies deep within Norse mythology in this gorgeous, cinematic hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games.
Got your box of tissues handy? Good, because you might need them after you finish The Plan. Explore a dark forest, avoid and escape obstacles, and see what lies beyond. It's a unique and introspective experimental game by Krillbite Studio that toys with the ideas of the meaning of life, purpose, and destiny all through the experiences of one little fly. That's pretty deep for a bug with a lifespan under a month.
The Strike Force Heroes thought they had seen the last of the GlobeX corporation. But they're back in Strike Force Heroes 2, the action arena shooter sequel that's everything the fans of the original could have hoped for. Though confined by typical concerns of its genre, it build on its predecessors strengths, delivering furious action and beautiful set pieces.
Kids, if someone asks you to open a glowing coffin that shakes the entire house, emits green light, and is inlaid with harpies... just say no. Next time, that is, since you already did it, and now you have to stop darkness from warping the world in this creepy but campy hidden-object adventure where light and dark can change everything around you.
A body found in the trunk of a crashed car leads you on a chase for clues and a killer with old motives all over town... as well as attracting the attention of the FBI. The latest installment in Pastel Games' point-and-click noir mystery series ups the body count and provides a solid detective adventure, minus a few bumps along the way.
Survival is the name of the game in Deep Space Dash, an avoidance game meets bullet hell. As your ship tries to kill you, use your dash ability to run away from hundreds of projectiles and to become temporarily invincible. Gather power-ups to help you last for 60 seconds in order to pass the level. Buy helmets in the shop to up your stats so you can unlock even more levels and gain achievements.
TomaTea waves a magic wand of imagination over this escape-the-room game filled with child like joy and curiosity. Not only do you have to explore the room, looking for hints and items that will help you decode locks and open doors, but you also get to peek inside and poke around a lovely dolly's house. Herein are the features you love to find in a TomaTea game such as the glowing cursor and "I have no clue" guideposts, plus the delightful magic of playing house.
Bear and elephant are true friends. Yet, in the darkness of one night, elephant goes missing and now bear's on a quest to find him. You go along for the adventure, solving puzzles and completing minigames, helping numerous winsome characters with their own sets of problems, so cat can progress. With its distinct Machinarium vibe, whimsical charcoal sketch art, and Yann Tiersen-like music, Searching for the Elephant is truly a happy find.
Totems puts a simpler spin on the classic Risk (or Galcon) style of strategy game. Handing you a fistful of animal totems and placing you on a map, it's your job to outwit your opponent as you take turns dropping pieces on the board, claiming territories and fighting for control over the largest chunk of land.
Although you've been asked this question before, there are more ways to distinguish the differences between two seemingly alike spheres. That's why this pleasantly straight-forward puzzle game from Yoshio Ishii is so good to play. Throughout twenty levels, you'll decide which of the two circles before you has the requested quality. At times obvious, other times needing lateral conclusions or outside knowledge, More Which? is just challenging enough to be gratifying.
If you've ever played with a bottle of oil and water, you already understand the basic mechanic of Liquid 2, a friendly (and occasionally psychedelic) little physics game from OneGoodGame. Tilt the maze to guide as much liquid as you can into the goal, navigating hazards and picking up bonus drops along the way.
So you want to be a ninja? You've gotten the cool clothes, the headbands, the shuriken, the blow-darts, the green escape men ...what? You didn't know that green escape men were a vital part of the ninja accouterments? Well they are if you want to graduate, or at least escape from the ninja house in this latest escape men finding thriller from No1Game!
The king is dead. Dibs on his crown! Ascent of Kings is a platform adventure game by Nostatic Software that sends you on an epic quest to become the next king. Your brothers are out to do the same, but because nobody thinks you've got the guts to do it, you have something to prove! The road from your home to the Shrine of Kings is a twisted and treacherous path, but there are a few handy items you'll encounter along the way that help you traverse the land.
I've been workin' in the stockroom, all the live-long day! Nitrome's made a puzzle platformer, just to pass the time away. Can't you slide those crates around to please those cranky CEO's? If you can you'll earn some peanuts, and OH C'MON, WHO GAVE DINAH THAT FREAKING HORN? No, we don't want to hear you play Saturday in the Park again. Just help the monkey grab the goodies by restacking the boxes, and we'll talk about getting a new radio in here, a'ight?
Golf is, well, not traditionally the most exciting sport in the world. The clothing alone should tip you off to that fact. That's why everyone should play Super Stickman Golf 2 instead. The basic goal is the same: knock a little white ball into a hole somewhere on the green. Getting from start to finish means traversing some of the most impossibly mixed-up terrain ever seen. Laser beams, teleporters and sticky surfaces should have been part of golf from day one.
At first, it's rather easy. You have a game panel of a few colored squares and, using color affecting tiles, your objective is to change your panel to match that of the target. Then it gets progressively more difficult. Challenging puzzles plus chill music, though, always makes a good match for a game break anytime.
The orange is back and trickier than ever in this pack of all new levels for Tommycred's physics puzzler. Using ropes, gravity, and a variety of mouse-driven pulleys, switches, cranks and more, get your orange to nab each lemon on the stage and then safely to the exit. It's harder than you might think.
Young women have been disappearing off the streets of Paris, only to reappear dead of bizarre dehydration. It's enough to bring you, a renowned detective, out of retirement in a race against time to save a girl from a madman in this gorgeous and engrossing hidden-object adventure where you'll also need to catch and mix various scents to create perfumes and solvents.
Dojo Danger from Kihon is the kind of game you can't wait to be good at. One part strategy and one part arcade physics, the setup is a bit reminiscent of the SQUIDS series, putting you in control of a group of heroes who can be shot around the screen in order to defeat the bad guys. This time around, though, you get to play as a band of ninjas ridding the world of a zombie invasion by smacking into them and knocking them into spike traps!
The setup's a tried-and-true one, and one many can sympathize with: the protagonist is worn out from days of work, and is invited by a friend to a quiet room. It's a masterpiece of escape, with soothing guitar music, photorealistic graphics, and puzzles that make sense if you think about them just right. Come, escape the chaos of your day for a little while thanks to Tesshi-e.
Legend of Dungeon is a hybrid game from RobotLovesKitty that takes a roguelike and fuses it with a sidescrolling beat-em-up. While that may sound like mixing peanuts, cayenne peppers and bubblegum, the end result manages to take the best from both genres and leave you happily content adventuring through your dangerous but loot filled dungeon world. Just don't get too angry when you realize death in this game is permanent.
Block Fortress is Minecraft meets tower defense meets first person shooter, all squeezed down into a mobile game. Build a base in the middle of a blocky wilderness, place turrets and towers and power supplies to fortify your position, then send in the waves of enemies. Once combat begins, you shift from building mode to combat mode, taking a gun into battle and watching over your fort by blasting enemies by hand. It's incredibly exciting and also deeply rooted in upgrades and tactics, making it the sort of game you can play for months without truly mastering.
Azada: Elementa is an entertaining addition to both the Azada series and the adventure hybrid ouevre. Pretty to look at and with a great depth of gameplay (especially in the puzzles), you are looking at hours of entertainment for the whole family.
The underworld stinks, mostly because all the demons do, and it's your job to clean them all up in this ghoulishly endearing physics puzzler. Using a special ragdoll cannon, not to mention dolls with unique abilities, fire and knock each demon into the boiling cauldron to make them squeaky clean, but with new puzzle elements piled on throughout the game, it's harder (and more fun) than you might think.
Last Train to Timbuktu is a puzzle game by Green Eyed Games that plays like a sliding block puzzle fused with a Rubik's cube. A grid of tiles sits before you, each decorated with some grass, maybe a bit of water or some bushes, and a section of track. Simply shift the grid around so the track pieces line up, allowing the train to get from Point A to Point B unimpeded!
Adrift is a stylish logic puzzle game from Tack Mobile. It follows the gameplay outline of classic browser games such as Hyper Frame and 3D Logic II, eliminating the rotating cube in favor of a fixed isometric viewpoint, simple touch controls, and a sweet-as-candy visual presentation. Don't think that just because you only have three sides of a cube to worry about that things are going to be any easier to solve, however!
Give Up is a high-difficulty action-platformer by jmtb02 and Tasselfoot, that, little by little, will try to drive you to surrender, though a quite entertaining one. Give Up should appeal most to that strain of gamer who loves the thrill of balancing hundreds of failures against the thrill of a sudden success, but its humor should make everyone want to give it a try.
Once upon a time there were three little cats that had a bad tendency to get stuck in rooms. Now they've found themselves in the roles of Little Red Riding Hood and they need to escape the room before the Wolf wakes up and decides to make a meal out of them. With your help surely they'll succeed! You don't need big eyes, big teeth, or big ears to play this but you do need a healthy dose of clever thinking.
Currently in playable alpha version, Avant-Garde is a narrative simulation/RPG where you play a burgeoning artist in the Paris art scene of the 19th century. Create your own artwork to sell or display in Le Salon, rub elbows with famed artists such as Manet, Monet, Picasso and Dali, and learn more about art history as you participate in impressionism, surrealism or even create your own art movements. While still incomplete, there is already much here to satisfy both the gamer and artist in you.
Fishing isn't exactly the wackiest sport. Tag it as Ridiculous Fishing, though, and suddenly everybody expects a certain level of, oh, ridiculousness. From Super Crate Box creator Vlambeer along with Greg Wohlwend of Mikengreg and Zach Gage of SpellTower fame, Ridiculous Fishing is a wholly upgraded version of the browser game Radical Fishing released in 2011. The premise? Fishing taken to a ridiculous level.
In our world, there's a detective struggling to find meaning in his life and the world around him. But when he finds himself pulled into another world where magic is both colour and life, he may find a purpose as he sets out to stop the grey from draining the land. A whimsical, engrossing fairy-tale of a point-and-click adventure perfect for reminding yourself that magic is everywhere.
You're trapped and need to escape but there's no easy out in sight. What do you do? In Tateita's Ladder you will have to make use of not only a ladder but other items you find as you explore the walls of your cell. If you're clever enough you'll find your way to freedom in no time in this short but sweet escape-the-room game.
Moon Logic Enterprised has recovered several stone tablets from a tower just discovered on what was thought a lifeless planet. It's up to you, a professor of xenolinguistices, to translate the text and unlock alien mysteries, in Stranger Than Fiction by Stuart Madafiglio. A puzzle rumination on life, the universe, and everything, the game's cryptogram challenges are rather on the easy side, but overall it is a meditative, original, and quietly satisfying peak into another world.
This surreal barbershop setting is absolutely fitting for an escape game by Detarou, the designer known for zany performances and hair-raising weirdness. Cut down the strange and you'll find the very basics of a great escape game here: a full treatment of formidable yet logical puzzles with multiple interactive areas to explore and three endings to discover. Ready for a new look? Try the Detarou style.
Minesweeper is the kind of game everyone's played at least once in their life. Or 57 times simply because, hey, it's there. When you combine zombies and the very familiar logic puzzle you get Zombie Minesweeper, a game from Frogtoss Games that is exactly what it sounds like: minesweeper with zombies chasing after you. Your job is to carefully move across the minefield, planting flags to mark dangerous tiles while you aim for the detonator at the end. Reach it and it won't be your brains splattered across the place.
Within this puzzle platform game is a simple concept that layers on the challenges to your agility and spatial reasoning as you delve deeper within thoughts of doubt and regret. Using [WAD] or arrow keys to move, and [E] to interact with elements, you must manipulate gravity, deactivate laser beams and follow off stage routes until you reach the red door. If the payoff you're looking for is a clean design to please your eyes and something to entertain your agility and brain power, plunge into Within, let go of cynicism, and enjoy.
You are a cute kitty, trapped in a not-so-cute dungeon. You can escape, but there are rules you'll need to follow in Niliter Game's puzzle platformer, Cat Walk Once. Though the Japanese text is untranslated, Cat Walk Once has the retro charm and clever level design of the most classic Gameboy puzzlers, and it's something that will definitely be played much more than once.
As the saying goes, there's no use crying over spilled milk. Or in Yuri's case, a toppled bucket of water that has unleashed monsters that inhabit the lab where he works. The only real option available in Monster Meltdown, a new puzzle platform game from Ambient Studios, is to put on a spiffy suit that will allow him to teleport around the lab and find those creatures as quickly as possible.
The tower-defense smash hit behemoth is back and better than ever. As a Dark Lord with an awesome trove of treasure, you're forced to continually beat back the heroes after your gems. Luckily for you you have the forces of darkness on your hands. And luckily for us this sequel is every bit as addictive as the original with a great new look and some challenging new features.
The gang is back... plus one! Our heroes from the last game have been helping themselves to everything not nailed down and on fire, but are they to blame for the theft of a village's prized jewel? In this quirky, cheeky turn-based RPG, bow-wielding Anna joins the team to conquer more enemies in challenging, strategic battles and face down even more weirdness than ever before.
Melodisle, a puzzle platformer by Andrew Gleeson, is a pixelated game of music and melodies, using your character's singing to affect the world around him. A unique experimental work and though the puzzles can get a little esoteric, it's has a lot of creativity for its short length.
Run, Commander Video, Run! Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien is the next chapter in the BIT.TRIP series by Gaijin Games. You've got to jump, slide, kick, and glide your way to all of the gold bars while avoiding getting bonked by a ton of enemies. Sporting a wonderfully wacky atmosphere and fantastically catchy soundtrack, Runner2 is definitely a game you'll want to make a dash for.
The dungeon you're trapped in was designed by Eyezmaze, which means escape depends on combining items in the proper way. But only the toppest-notch puzzle solvers have even a chance of escaping the Grow Maze. The three-dimensional navigation gets a little getting used to, but this is definitely another classic installment of a classic series.
Dungeon Plunder is one of those mobile games whose name says it all. Created by Dominic Duchesne, this randomly generated roguelike ditches most of the story and gives you precisely what you want in an RPG: looting, equipment, stuff to fight, and experience to gain. The best part is that combat is handled not with a menu system but with a good old fashioned slot machine!
Madeleine has been the valette to Prince Oscar for years, ever since they were both children. She's been his guardian and his guide, but also his confidant, and as he approaches adulthood she hopes to help him find a bride in the princess of a neighbouring kingdom... at least, right up until they become embroiled in a dangerous mess of political intrigue and secrets that threaten their lives and their hearts in this gorgeous, fascinating indie visual novel from Hanako Games.
Rexzilla is a retro-styled platform game created by Orz Laboratory. Starring a kid in a dinosaur costume and featuring space travel, evil aliens, strange environments, and gumballs, it captures a bit of childlike wonder as you jump and stomp your way across 50 levels of action.
When her husband is stabbed and blown up (a bit of an overreaction no matter what your motives), Gabriela Sanchez calls you, a well-known psychic detective, to solve the case. Together with your useless assistant Aidan and much less useless tag-a-long fennec fox, you'll discover a plot of lies, passion, revenge, and jealousy in this short but well-balanced hidden-object adventure from ERS Game Studios.
You'll tap, pinch, slide and tilt, uncovering useful objects and deciphering enigmatic clues in this sequel to the quintessential multi-door escape game made popular by 58Works' original DOOORS. With at least 40 stages to delight your logic and lateral thinking skills, DOOORS 2 serves its purpose very well: opening the door to multiple opportunities for puzzling amusement on your mobile device.
You've got to catch a supervillain, and all you've got is a bike. Luckily for you, if you manage to pull off some really sweet tricks and take first place in a race or two, you'll earn all the unlockables and the upgrades you need to bring him down... and have a whole lot of fun in the process!
The way of the Samurai involves keen eyes, swiftness... and puzzles! Use your sword and a limited number of slices to cut down blocks until they fit in the shape provided. A simple idea that will provide more of a challenge than you'd think and require a lot of mental dexterity to win.
Here's something you don't see every day: an endless runner made on a sweater. Well, not really, but everything in Knitted Deer is an actual knitted pattern, which suddenly makes pixel graphics seem less retro than before. Jump and shoot your way through the yarney landscape as you avoid just about everything you run into, the only exception being knitted coins and knitted power-ups!
If I were a Splitman, all day long I'd use rotating saws to split myself into multiple copies and make my way through a puzzle platforming world. Or rather, that's what happens in Splitman 2 by Keybol. Fans of the original should appreciate the clever level design, even with the lag that occurs when the clones start to fill up the screen.
On a lovely day in the park a terrible event has occurred: Four little ducklings have been whisked away and scattered by a powerful gust of wind. Luckily, Mother Duck has you to assist her in the recovery of her little ones and she'll need all the help she can get. Guide the feathered matriarch through the expansive park and meet quirky characters that will help you along the way. Whether rain or shine, this game is sure to brighten up your day.
From Dumb and Fat Games, creator of Phantasmaburbia, Sling It! is a quick-fire arcade game perfectly suited for satisfying your urge to break things while ridding the world of smoke-belching machines. It uses a simple-style difficulty progression that throws enemy after enemy in your face, challenging you to chip their metallic bodies apart and use the debris as a weapon. A bit of poetic justice, maybe?
It's so very soothing and lovely inside TomaTea's latest escape game, but you don't have time to relax because you're late! Keep your eyes open and solve the puzzles laying around, some with solutions hidden in plain sight, and others more devious. Puzzles preventing you from leaving your own home, might I add. Maybe it's time to admit you have a problem?
The only thing that could make Plexus Puzzles better is more... and that's just what you get in Plexis: Together Till The End. Four times the jigsaws mean four times the fun, and with a cool chalk-art aesthetic and added animations between each puzzle, it definitely makes the most of its expanded ambitions.
Kuruma is a room escape game from MyGames888 with fantastic minimalist design that features a room that's empty except for a shiny new car. In this one you will use found items several times until you are breathing the fresh roof air. It's a quick and fun experience perfect for a break, be it mid-day or mid-week.
Created by a studio called, of all things, Taco Graveyard, Penumbear combines light-based puzzles and a platform adventure game into a very good-looking mobile experience. Playing as the aforementioned bear, you find yourself awakened by a color-changing firefly who leads you out of the dark castle where you dwell. Getting from dank cellar to sunny field is going to be quite a feat, though, but luckily you have a very special ability involving lights!
In this frenetic physics action title from NSBrotherhood, you play as Lazerman, a fighting robot that has lost everything but his head. But he's going to get it back, even if he has to destroy the entire lab to do it! It's a game of visceral thrills more than strategy, but when brute-force is so fun, who can mind?
An experimental text-based adventure game from ScriptWelder that has you waking up disoriented in an unknown place, trying to get information from a source that not too eager to give anything away. A short but intelligent sci-fi yarn, with an up-to-the-task conversational parser that the author is dedicated to improving through community feedback.
When I first ran across Vampire's Fall from Krime Media, I was on a quest for a new mobile RPG—any new mobile RPG—because, I admit it, I have an addiction. I really only downloaded the game because it was free, and for the first few rounds I wasn't really hooked. But then I started noticing the details. And trust me, there are a lot of details.
How you look at things makes all the difference in the world, and Tom Davies proves just that with this simple but masterfully executed twist on an arcade classic that turns it from friendly to sinister. Move through the silent corridors munching down dots, but beware... you're not alone, and you're vulnerable.
Strategists and fans of collectible card games alike are bound to enjoy Highgrounds. Featuring both a single-player and PvP matches, the latter of which takes full advantage of its turn-based nature and allows for asynchronous play like you might see in Words with Friends or similar games. Unlike many games that employ a similar model, microtransactions don't spoil the fun. Instead, players who try the game and like what they see have the option of paying for more without being forced to break out their wallets in order to enjoy themselves.
Vested Interest's mouse-driven puzzle game starts out simple but quickly gets... weird. Your job is to align squares and figure out patterns before completing them, but the deeper into the game you go, the more you'll realise this game is far more clever than it seems at first blush... meow!
The Silent Age: Episode One from House on Fire is built like a classic point-and-click adventure game. It goes to extreme lengths to keep everything as crisp and minimalist as possible, reducing the controls to quick taps and pouring on massive amounts of attention-getting atmospheric details using just a few sound effects and some subtle gradients. But it's that stark simplicity that makes The Silent Age such a fetching game, one that will have you eagerly awaiting future installments!
The dead walk!... and it's you! In this wonderfully bizarre hybrid of slot machine and RPG, take control of a zombie king and his undead army as they rampage across the country through a series of graphic novel-styled adventures, doing battle over the reels and amassing enough loot to buy more units and weapons to expand your arsenal. Simple, fun, and immediately addictive, with a great sense of surreal ghoulish charm.
Sometimes people do terrible things. But when the world is ending and all you have left is yourself, who decides what terrible is? In this point-and-click adventure from indie developers Denby/Raze, Richard and Alice are both prisoners in a state-of-the-art underground jail where there's little to do but pass the time by getting to know each other. What follows is a often brutally honest but somehow also unexpectedly tender examination of humanity and morality when it matters the most.
In this free indie action game, you control the amazingly suave Enzo Gabriel, whose plans to steal the Button Gem from a businessman go awry and spark a vicious battle of wits, egos... and reflexes. Tap the appropriate key to avoid obstacles as they come at you and experience a wonderfully silly and amazingly well animated campy tale of spies and lasers.
When you find your village turned to stone and your father abducted for a strange gem in his possession, you have no choice but to set out and save the world. Provided Mittens the disembodied hand doesn't stop you. And you team up with a plucky firefly with a code of honour. And... well, you get the idea. A gorgeously creative and immersive light-hearted indie action-RPG with a built-in mod creation toolset, Driftmoon is an effortlessly fun and funny adventure that anyone can, and probably will, enjoy.
Our pink, be-bowed alien's giant eye is too sensitive for earth, so the only option she has, naturally, is to steal the eyesight of the people around her, which warps reality to their perceptions! It sounds morbid, but this sequel to the original unique puzzle platformer is actually both cute and clever, with more intriguing environments to explore even if the gameplay hasn't changed.
And if 2013 is the Year of the Snake, well, then there's absolutely no reason why it can't be the year of the Shadow Snake 3, the new arcade game from Play Panic, also as a free download for iOS and Android. Snake gameplay is as familiar as it is difficult to mess up, but this is a very soothing and fun interpretation.
Eighty-Eight is a puzzle game from Premiere Liaison that smashes together numbers and logic. The simple set-up places you on an 8x8 grid of squares with a few blocks resting comfortably at the bottom. New blocks appear, ready to be dropped, and with a little bit of forethought (ok, boatloads of forethought) you can create some elegant chain reactions and keep the screen as empty as possible. Or, you know, panic and start crying because THE NUMBERS ARE EVERYWHERE.
The colours, THE COLOURS! FunByJohn delivers a bouncy, riotous arena shooter about blasting other tanks with blobs of deadly colour across a variety of fun-house landscapes. Chaotic and charming, though not without its sticking points, its a vibrant way to blow up a coffee break.