It's a dark and stormy night, so naturally our two heroes are ready for an adventure, and the local legends surrounding an abandoned lighthouse sound like just the ticket in this short but satisfying point-and-click title from Carmel Games.
You've been holed up at the top of the towering Skyhill hotel after an event that turned everyone else into mutated monsters, but it's time to make your way to freedom, floor by floor, in this unique and creative (but repetitive) indie RPG roguelike.
Always looking for the lighthouse to give him peace, our little hero is distraught one night to find the peaceful wave of light is gone. Then the next night shares the same darkness. Not only is this a death sentence to the ships sailing at night but the one who is supposed to keep the lighthouse running is his beloved grandfather. Sailing out to the island our hero finds two things, his grandfather's hat and a deep hole in the ground which he promptly falls into. When your head is bigger than your body and more round than a bowling ball there's more use to it than just making you look adorable and soon our hero is rolling around trying to find what is Beneath the Lighthouse, a free action/avoidance game for Android and iOS from Nitrome.
There's a town isolated in the middle of nowhere, a place that's grown up with its own strange culture and people, and now a plague is ripping its way through it. Play one of three unique characters, each with their own storylines, in this complex and unique theatrical, surreal indie action adventure that puts a new coat of paint (and, happily, improved English translation) on a cult classic.
Sometimes a world just knows when you need just the right mixture of point-and-click-adventure, Dr. Seuss, and the dreams you get after eating too many tacos. And when that happens, DrawManEater provides, with another installment of surreality in Nekra Psaria 4. A bit more aimless than those that came before, Nekra Psaria 4 never-the-less provides a disconcerting trip through the ghoulish scenery that has become the series' hallmark.
Juliet is winning to do anything for her true love, including striking a deal with a demon in this hack-and-slash grindy game. All she has to do is slay a rival demon lord, and Romeo will be good as new after a few years of servitude... right?
Van Helsing had it all wrong... who needs stakes when you can use explosives? Click to manipulate the environment and detonate bombs that turn vampires into ash in this simple but fun physics puzzle game, also free for iOS and Android.
Chances are you've seen variations on this simple puzzle game before, where you slide pieces around a board to try to clear a path for one of them, but in David Tzur's version, you'll need to take into account that all the pieces move at once in the same direction until they run into something!
- • Fruit Kitchens No. 27: Apple Red
- • Number It!
- • Find the Escape-Men Part 168: Birthday Party Hall
This week on your Weekday Escape! no1game is throwing a party, and you're invited!... so where is everyone else? Funkyland gets a little domestic on us with a shiny kitchen hiding seven shinier apples. And Vitamin Hana gives us a tiny little office that holds more secrets and digits than you might think.
Help Lumi find her grandpa in this beautiful puzzle adventure game. During your search you will meet and help the quirky inhabitants of Lumino City. Solve puzzles, and fix machines in the mechanical town, while searching for anyone with information on who might have kidnapped the town handyman.
Adult Swim's Rick and Morty are in your browser, and they need your help in this free episodic point-and-click adventure series that skewers the genre, as they deal with everything from rogue portals and lazy aliens to jumbled bodies and militant socks.
Pillow City Zero is a horror adventure game by Little Giant World and Small Farm Studio that serves as a semi-prequel to 2014's Pillow City Revelation. It's a generally familiar experience: zombies, creepy hospital, awkward character movement and questionable grammar. But all its clunkiness makes it even more charming, and the amount of work that's gone into it is clear. Call it camp, but there's a lot to like here.
Your daughter has been infected. The only possible cure is in the future. So there you will go... RETSNOM is a puzzle-platform game by SOMI that has you reversing the world around you in order to move forward. An engaging story and a unique brand of mirror-based puzzles will reward players who still through the initial steep learning curve.
Save the world from yet another zombie invasion in this match-3 defense game mash up. Match any three or more brains of the same type to wipe out the scourge before they take out your crack team of scientists. Gain special items to keep the horde at bay and upgrade to make sure no zombies get through your defenses.
Aptly named puzzle game Stacko has you making stacks of colored disks to match the target shown each level. But things aren't as simple as just dropping these blocks on top of each other. Instead you must careful let them hop down and using their movements to stack each other.
Do you like cats? Do you wish you could take them everywhere? Now you can, in this simple, addictive sim, free for iOS and Android, where you place food and toys outside for cats to come and play with, and then take photos of them and buy more toys. Unlock all the rare cats and befriend them for special achievements!
Praise Chernobog! He keeps our island running, and, in return, asks so precious little... You'll be the one making the hard choices in The Sacrifice, an island management simulation game developed for Ludum Dare 33 by foxboard. While its simulation mechanics are a little shaky, The Sacrifice hits hard with its banal evil, and one hopes for a refined post-comp version.
Dracula's been poking around dating sites, but when the ghoul of his dreams turns out to be a human, which vampires have never trusted, he's got 45 days to go on the run and escape her in this silly, fast-paced casual time management game that comes with a healthy dose of humour and charm.
Who says romance is dead? Well, in the case of biology student Maddie, it really is, since the guys she crosses paths with in this sweet free indie visual novel all might have very different personalities, but share one thing in common... they don't have a pulse between them.
All you want to do is watch your favourite TV show, but everything is annoying you, including your bratty little brother who's trying to make you have a meltdown so he can film it. Figure out a way to get everything just the way you like it in this short, silly point-and-click puzzle game from Carmel Games.
Mr Gilbert's search for the missing woman known as Daphne has had him tango with mobsters and murderers, and now he's finally infiltrated a dangerous cult. But where is Daphne, and what does she have to do with this? You'll need to hunt for answers in this supernatural point-and-click noir adventure.
The Ravenhearst mansion was a site of great evil, so why would anyone want to rebuild it? That's what you've come to find out in this creepy-cool installment of the popular Mystery Case Files casual hidden-object adventure series, where nobody can be trusted, and puzzles, mysteries, and crazy mechanisms await.
- • Candy Shop Escape
- • Wicked Room
- • Room 10: Heart
This week on Weekday Escape! TomaTea gives you something sweet to eat in this perfectly pink and pastry-filled escape. Neutral gets into the holiday spirit, though a language barrier may bar the way for some. And Ichima wants you to wind down, take it easy, and snuggle up to enjoy the view.
Darwin must have been a heavy sleeper on Galapagos Island when he discovered evolution. How else could he have missed the alien abductions? Confused? Well don't be. Clearly evolution was caused by an Alien race wanting to help humanity along but having to be quiet about it, so they just cleverly altered the animals around them to help the people grow in the right direction... or at least, that's the case according to this simulation strategy game.
Also free for Android and iOS, Kotorinosu serves up another sleek and elegant escape game playable in the banner on their site. Though it may look like your ordinary trendy apartment, this place hides more secrets and puzzles than it seems!
In their long-awaited return the creators of World of Goo and Little Inferno bring you a programming indie puzzle game about processing shipping boxes to spec in a thrillingly drab world of corporate employment!
While out traveling through the barren deserts of Utah a flash flood hits. Your jeep doesn't make it and a split second decision decides if live or follow your jeep into a watery grave. But making that choice is just the start of your adventure as you search the desert for sanctuary in this free interactive fiction adventure.
It's only been a year since the original Happy Escape 7 was released, but Tesshi-e has remade their popular escape game with some sleek, updated graphics, and some reshuffled elements. If you've played the original, you'll definitely get a lot of deja-vu, but otherwise newcomers will appreciate Tesshi-e's craft.
The plot thickens as Mr Gilbert continues in his search for Daphne, and it quickly becomes apparent this is no ordinary missing girl. You'll need to use all his powers of deduction (and a tentacle or three) to succeed in this second installment of the supernatural noir point-and-click adventure series.
What makes a monkey go happy? It's not bananas, and it's not even treats! What really cheers up a monkey is bats, and it's up to you to solve all 22 puzzles in this point-and-click game from Pencil Kids to let the bats fly free!
The village of Pipsville is under attack!... but, well, if the alarm isn't being rung, nobody cares, and the guy who's in charge of that is... on fire. Grandpa Pip will give you a bucket to put him out, but only if you bake him a cake for his birthday in this short, silly free indie adventure.
Congratulations! You've found Grandma Bethlinda's Variety Box! Why what does it do? You haven't the faintest idea. But when curiosity killed the cat satisfaction brought it back. So start poking around. All you can do is discover in this clever interactive fiction puzzle game.
- • Ants!
- • The Visitors Escape
- • Girl's Room No. 14: Powder Puff
This week on your Weekday Escape! Vitamin Hana knows ants are the least creepy crawlies around, and in fact you'll need their help! Esklavos gets all mystical on us with a quiet jungle that has more than its share of ancient puzzles. And Funkyland gives us a sweet Halloween treat... if you can find five makeup essentials, of course!
Slide across the world collecting your character's favorite items in the fast-paced action game for iOS. Avoid enemies and obstacles in order to grab all the items you can to gain the highest score possible. Unlock characters and play as a bowling ball, a vampire, or pretty much anything in between in this addictive silly game.
Think you have the skills to conquer the arena? Of course you don't! But no worries, you have a training dummy that knows how to make you sweat and skills to unlock. You'll be kicking butt and taking names in no time in this action-packed game.
Who says you need to be a hero to get treasure? In this addictive, simple RPG/sim-lite iOS game, heroes flock to your tavern as long as you have their favourite soda on tap, and then can be sent into the nearby dungeon to farm treasure and gold for upgrades. With completely free gameplay and endless battles with the dimension mechanic, Soda Dungeon is a streamlined RPG experience for your pocket.
Time is not on your hand as you are literally in the last few minutes you'll ever have. Being the last surviving scout only you have the vital strategies your side needs. Only you're dying and rather quickly at that. As time passes in this scifi puzzle, the screen becomes more glitchy and jaded making it harder to pass on.
In this free indie horror adventure, Annellie wakes up cold and alone in the snow near her house. How did she get there? What's going on? And why is the house so empty and chilly when it should be full of people?
The city is lost to humans who have turned into horrible monsters, so find ten vaccines in the gloomy hospital and escape in this creepy (but not actually scary!) game from Esklavos.
Camp life isn't really doing it for Bridget. But every time she sleeps, a land of bird people need her help. You'll be helping her learn on the job in BIRDLAND. a Twine interactive-fiction adventure game written by Brendan Patrick Hennessy and illustrated by Izzy Marbella. A weird game, but the engaging, hilarious, and even realistic kind of weird that should be actively sought out.
When you find yourself walking down the road to the secluded cabin you rented for the weekend you probably don't look at the setting sun and think, I should explore the area for treasure. But in free indie horror game Shadow and Ash, when you find a locked box and a treasure map not even the creepy feeling of something watching you will stop you from searching the dark woods till you find the clues to unlock someone's greatest treasure.
Lily loves to dream, and one night she finds herself pulled into a magical world she never knew existed. But when her guardians get impatient waiting for her to await, they decide to take her along on their adventure in this turn-based surreal indie RPG.
Dust awakens, completely amnesiac, only to find himself being hailed by a talking sword that claims to have been summoned by him. And the sword's diminutive, sassy guardian who is none too happy about being dragged into Dust's quest for identity. But in Humble Hearts' stunning indie action RPG adventure, Metroidvania gameplay combine with memorable characters and fast-paced combat to deliver a gripping story of love, hate, friendship, and forgiveness.
Who needs a big group? When it comes to karaoke, a party of one is all you need... at least, when it comes to escape games, that is! Find a way out of this funky techno room by searching for clues and solving puzzles for one of two endings.
In this fast-paced arcade indie platformer, also available for iOS and soon for Android, you're falling down a well filled with all manner of strange creatures and treasure. Your only weapon? A pair of gunboots, of course. Downwell marries simple to pick up mechanics with hard to master gameplay for an addictive experience filled with power-ups, upgrades, unlockables, and more. What's at the bottom?
What should have been a quick to rich business idea quickly turned into a PR disaster. And you know, a large death count of employees. Who knew making service robots with built in weapons could have gone to wrong? Luckily most are still in the factory. So what can stop malfunctioning killer robots in this upgrade-based arena shooter? Why, a killer robot that is functioning perfectly.
Got ten minutes? Use them to save your cat from the jerk in the flying fortress in this short and silly RPG adventure from 23 Turtles that calls to mind a little of Kingdom of Loathing despite an abrupt ending and a lot of grinding.
- • 3 Cats and the School of Witchcraft
- • Violin
- • Jigsaw Puzzle Escape 1
This week on your Weekday Escape! A trio of kittens gets a letter from an owl that entire generations of people have been waiting their whole lives for. Someone goes to extremes to keep their musical collection under lock and eye. And an escape done in a very familiar style that calls upon the skills we've all learned spending weeknights with our grandparents.
When a bunch of kids are kidnapped along with the princess for an evil ritual, you need to find and rescue them before time runs out in this turn-based RPG roguelike with randomly generated dungeons. Also available on Android!
When royalty is hankering for something sweet to eat, they don't call the baker... they call the ninja, of course! In this cute point-and-click puzzle adventure from Detarame Factory, you'll need to travel around solving conundrums and getting past obstacles to find all the ingredients to make the emperor a delicious roll cake!
Want some cartoony, kart-racing fun? Of course you do! GoKartGo! Ultra! is a hyper-adorable 3D kart racer with nine different tracks, nine screwball animal racers, eight different weapons, and loads of fun. You can even compete against a friend in 2-player mode! Zoom, shoot, and drift around the world, and bring home the gold!
no1game celebrates an entire decade of wonderful free online escape games... by locking you up inside a room with a coffin, a punching bag, some, ahem, risky reading material, and other assorted strangeness!
Get by with a little help from your friends... or yourself, anyway, in this dark puzzle platformer by The Shpufa. Use a cloning gun to make expendable buddies to trigger traps and press switches for you as you traverse an abandoned facility. It's harmless... right?
You'll need a good head on your shoulders and deck in your hands to master this cunning indie game of cards and strategy! When you're called in to help rebuild a town and the surrounding area with the help of smart Laney Thompson, every tile counts, especially since different buildings you place have different effects that can negatively impact your total! With multiple game modes and a brilliant cartoony style, Concrete Jungle is addictive and clever in equal measure.
You thought your biggest problem was being late for your train, when suddenly you find yourself hurtling back through time. You're stuck in the 1940s unless you can help the troubled spirits you encounter right the wrongs in the pasts in this gorgeous but gruesome hidden-object adventure.
You're in the slammer once again in this short but satisfying escape game from Pine Studio. But maybe with the help of a fine feathered friend, and a little heavy weaponry, you can escape the tower and sail away to freedom!
Between all the gunfights and giant monsters and backflips, people sometimes forget that Square-Enix's iconic heroine Lara Croft is actually really, really smart, and in this gorgeous turn-based puzzle game for iOS and Android, you'll need more brains than brawn to best giant spiders, stalking salamanders, ancient mechanisms, and more.
Don't you hate it when your car goes on a date and gets sucked into a movie world filled with dragons, knights, and evil wizards? You just know your insurance won't cover that, so you'd better solve this point-and-click puzzle game to bring your car and his date home yourself.
Mr. Gilbert is just your average hardworking gumshoe... with tentacles, purple flesh, and mind powers, of course. But even he may have bitten off more than he can chew when he agrees to look for a missing girl in the seedy underworld he lives in, in this first installment of a point-and-click adventure series from Expera Games Studio.
- • Chicks Hide and Seek Escape 25
- • MA-G-MA
- • Itagora 7.4 Escape 5
This week on your Weekday Escape! Things get spooky... provided your idea of creepy is fluffy baby chicks hiding in Halloween directions. You'll need to find a familiar green face if you want to escape this lair. And finally, what's behind door number one?!... two? Three??
When your boyfriend has his brain guzzled by an unspeakable creature from beyond the stars, what's a gal to do when the town won't take her seriously? That's up to you to decide in this snarky sci-fi horror text adventure from Steph Cherrywell!
All you need to do in this elegant minimalistic game from FRVR is drag the nodes around to untangle the mess of lines in the starry sky so that none of them overlap. It should be easy, but as the shapes rapidly get more complex with piles of lines, it becomes anything but!
Classic Magical Girl style tropes meet themes of modern religion in this indie visual novel, as a trio of kids at the Summer Scouts slog through bullies, boring campfire singalongs, bugs, and the fear that maybe who they really are deep inside is wrong... and everyone knows it. Surreal, scary, and close to home, We Know the Devil is about "being weird and queer and wrong and hoping against hope no one will find out when the actual, literal devil comes for you."
Funkyland takes us on a garden maze tour and asks us to stop and smell the roses in their latest Alice in Wonderland themed escape, as you must find five items bearing the image of the red queen before you can leave. It's a flowery, fun time, without the hay fever!
When a bunch of babies are bunny-napped to open an evil portal, our bearded hero springs into action in this simple but challenging platformer where an army of the undead needs to be dodged and blasted with split-second timing across different stages with different weapons.
Your dear friend N has sent you a letter inviting you to come try out their newest room escape in this short but lovely game by Tesshi-e, and while not quite as elaborate as some of the developer's other games, a chunk of puzzles and beautiful design make it a welcome treat for fans.
7Days, a first-person horror adventure game developed by RevoLab, has a simple fear at its core: Waking up and not knowing where you are. The experience starts off slow and ends up being at least 95% atmosphere, leaving such things as plot, character development and, in some parts, coherence by the wayside. Those looking for that special surreal style of spooky, though, will find it a nice time waster.
It's just a few minutes long, but this lovely piece of interactive art from In Between Games made in three days for Ludum Dare tells a story of man versus nature that we've seen repeated over and over throughout natural history.
Make your score climb by gobbling down green dots while avoiding the green that spawn for each one you eat, but with different characters to unlock and faster, angrier enemies, this little arcade game is simple but addictive!
What sort of monster doesn't like toast? In this adorable physics puzzle game, you're interacting with a seriously quirky kitchen to help guide a piece of bread to the toaster in each level and help it realize its destiny of becoming golden brown and delicious.
- • The Irritatis: The Road
- • Find the Escape-Men 166: The Escape Mansion
- • Catch the Fishes
This week on your Weekday Escape! No good deed goes unpunished when a little amateur car repair gets alarming. An amusement park with a couples' ride that ISN'T the Tunnel of Love. And... you're sleeping with the fishes, punk!... oh, no. Wait. Catching fishes. My bad.
The kingdom of Oukoku lives in the shadow of the dastardly (and spicy) General Tso. The legends foretold of a tiny knight that would one day be the salvation of the land. Are you that knight? Are you that tiny? Well, you'd better be, because you're the only hope we have. Super Chibi Knight is an platform-RPG-adventure hybrid by the PestoForce teamof Nick (age 33) and Bella (age 8). It's joyful hack-and-slash fun, though with a couple odd spikes difficulty-wise.
With a score mechanic that challenges you to hone your accuracy and rack up combos, this simple but fast-paced and oh-so-sleek arcade shooter sees you blasting down wave after wave of enemy rockets and missiles across three challenging levels with big bosses.
After you are mistakenly contacted by a blood-mage, you decide to join her on her quest in this fantasy themed text adventure. Travel with Arika in real time as she plots revenge against those who killed her parents. Your choices will determine whether she succeeds or fails in her quest in this game for iOS and Apple Watch.
Chocolala Studios serves up an escape that's pretty in pink and sugary sweet to boot, as you find yourself trapped in a frilly room that's filled with treats as well as a handful of puzzles and mysterious coins!
You are assigned to investigate why an AI facility has gone dark in this sci-fi text adventure. After an incident you are separated from your team mate. You are only able to communicate through text as you help her reunite with you. Use the computer to hack the facility as you try to figure out what went wrong.
Militia is a fantasy version of chess you never knew you needed till now. Clear the board of the Captains with your limited group of units to unlock more enemies, new fighters, and more challenges.
It's just another day at the box factory... too bad you're new on the job and you need to assemble every level's conveyor belt by hand, choosing pieces to program what goes where, in this satisfying logic puzzle game.
Think Cinderella is all about frilly dresses and happily ever afters? Think again. Special Agent Cinder has been tasked by her godmother to infiltrate the Royal Ball and steal the military plans before the clock strikes twelve in this interactive comic. There are two different endings and lots of options... can you pull off the heist?
Created in just 48 hours for Ludum Dare, in this simple but addictive action game, you're leading an army of unstoppable killing machines... it's just too bad they're all zombies who don't take instruction very well.
Help Zap and Boom make a path to free the spritelings to save magic. There's a lot that stands in their way, including boulders, goblins and more but with your match-3 skills they are sure to save the day in this free-to-play game for Android and iOS.
- • Day at the Office Again
- • Trick or Treat '15
- • Organic Engine Escape
This week on your Weekday Escape! Vitamin Hana sends you back to the rat race to make some copies. Twinkle offers a ghoulish but cute and candy-filled Halloween celebration. And Esklavos gets a little weird in the rise of the creepy robot ladies!
What do fishing, farming, and mining have in common? You can do them all in puzzle form in this expansive matching game. Level up cities by building new buildings and hiring specialized workers as you go until you are ruling an entire kingdom.
Bart Bonte enlists the aid of three talented little kids to dream up this simple yet oh-so-sweet little puzzle game where you need to find a hiding cat in each room of a house, and then track down everything else he needs to celebrate.
Need a puzzle game that's bright and colourful and won't make your brain smoke? This kid-friendly game where you must guide our blocky hero through increasingly elaborate mazes of switches, traps, and teleporters starts easy and stays low challenge for the most part, but is still perfectly pleasant and fun.
Strike Force Heroes 3 by Sky9Games is the third installment of the running-and-gunning platform-shooter action series that has had players blasting for years. A few changes to the formula may make fans uneasy, especially with so much that needs to be unlocked, but at its core remains a large chunk of bad-guy blasting fun.
You haven't seen Raymond Black, the man who took you off the streets and raised you, in over seven years, but a desperate message brings you to the seething underbelly of Heoi where something unspeakable awaits in this stellar continuation to Harebrained Schemes' indie turn-based RPG strategy game.
Unfolding bit by bit with increasingly cryptic stages, this understated, elegant puzzle game for Android and iOS tasks you with cracking open layers of puzzles whose solutions and sometimes even mechanics themselves need careful thought and observation to interpret.
Waking up in the woods with little memory is the least of your concerns as you begin to venture deeper to find your way out. Get ready for some jumpscares and some good old fashion horror as you try to find out what happened to you so you can make sure you leave it all far far behind in this free indie horror adventure.
Violence sells, or at least it does in the sort of dimensions where evil flying potatoes have reality shows, so blast your way through hordes of minions and increasingly powerful heroes to appease your audience in this quirky horizontal shooter filled with upgrades!
Don't go getting all fancy on us now, just because no1game has locked you up somewhere classy. To escape this sparse but elegant apartment with its lovely view, you'll need to find ten little green men, though this time around it's definitely on the short and easy side.
One of the League of Light's best agents, the leader's daughter, has seemingly gone rogue and stolen a valuable artifact from the vault. But there's more going on than meets the eye, and the town of Stoneville has its share of secrets in this gorgeous and cinematic hidden-object adventure.
Ready for more hack-and-slash action? The Diablo-esque dungeon crawler returns, with more heroes and enemies to stab, splat, and magic your way through, along with tons of loot of course, though it may be too close to the original and lacking in variety for some.
Even if the leaves aren't changing, Ichima's escape is pure satisfying goodness, with an excellent collection of puzzles that require just the right amount of thought and attention to detail, while holding a few surprises, too.
Running Pillow delivers their own indie take on the hit card-dueling franchise Hearthstone, free for iOS and Android. Collect cards, build your battle deck and clear the dungeons, earning gold to unlock plenty of awesome new cards!
Finding yourself dead is a real downer. But when a mysterious voice informs you you can receive life once again as long as you do what he says will you think twice about your actions? Find out in this creepy free indie puzzle platformer, also available as a download!
Gamers love gold, right? And they love getting perfect ratings, also right? In Keybol's challenging platformer, every level is almost absurdly easy, unless you're aiming to get the three shiny gold coins in each stage. Subtle? Not really. Tricky? That's another matter entirely.
When you find yourself stranded in the realm of monsters below ground, all you can think of is getting home. But what are you willing to do to get there? A powerful, funny, creepy, and wonderfully weird indie RPG that's packed with replay value, secrets, a unique battle system that makes every fight fun, and much, much more. Not to be missed.
A collection of valuable art has gone missing, and the maid has called you in to find it before she gets in trouble! Esklavos serves up a nice chunk of point-and-click puzzling that makes up for some clunky gameplay with a sleek style and variety.
- • Don't Free the Lizards 2
- • Fruit Kitchens No. 26: Fig Purple
- • Escape Plan: Splash Park
This week on your Weekday Escape! An impromptu nap means you wind up trapped somewhere wet. A very purple kitchen and a whole passel of figs. And a bunch of wily green lizards you definitely do NOT want getting out.