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.
Also free for iOS and Android, Nitrome's putty pup is back for more as you need to stretch around saws, lasers, spikes and more while nabbing gems to activate checkpoints. It's challenging and full of variety, while designed to be a casual pick-up-and-play game for whenever you have a few minutes.
You have eight bricks. That's it, that's all. Just eight. And with these eight bricks at least one must make the daring climb up and out to the surface and to the world that awaits you there in this fast-paced challenging platformer.
Tap this crazy little box through obstacles, around dangerous lines, and solve puzzles to reach the always desired, dotted line across the screen. Each level has a new twist and new ways to make you grind your teeth.
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?
Platcore, an avoidance game by Chris Jeffries, pushes you to achieve perfection by threatening to destroy you with lasers, guns and the laws of physics. These are surprisingly good motivators, as it turns out! Platcore is definitely worth a look for action and avoidance fans.
In Bullet Audyssey by Rete, it seems we've been invaded by celestial bodies, ones who send out their bullets to a thumping galactic rhythm. It's up to your tiny ship to weave your way through their forces, absorbing energy for your interstellar counterattack. Will the world rave about your shooter skills, or will the aliens just leave you in a trance?
If you're big on frustration games (it's okay, you can admit it) then Bullet Maze is here to be your next Everest. Use the mouse to steer your orb around through bullets and click to shift polarities. Each level becomes a sort of puzzle; there's almost always a way to get through that involves carefully recognizing the pattern of bullets and working with it.
While we at JayIsGames pride ourselves on featuring the best and latest in casual gaming, we always have time to feature quality works that fell through the cracks. Case in point: Soap Bubble, a, if not the, prototypical avoidance game, was originally released in 2002 and became one of the earliest games featured on the site. The charming and devilishly difficult tale of an ultra-delicate bubble trying to make his way through a cave back to his friends was the start of great things for Anders Gustafsson including the Audience Award winning Gateway series and the coolly claymated The Dream Machine. So it seems that the 2006 sequel which continued the story of the iridescent sphere that could passed us by... until today! Soap Bubble 2 keeps what was best about the original while still feeling fresh.
In Filipe Sheepwolf's stealth game, not only do you need to figure out how to solve puzzles to manipulate the enemy territory, you've got to do it without attracting any attention, and banging into walls or sailing in front of a security camera tends to hinder that. Newton, Newton, what hast thou donest. For fans of the genre it should be even more enjoyable, and the cinematics are quite cool, even if the plot is a little hokey. Elite players, get ready to mock us lesser mortals. The rest of you, grab your favorite sugary comestible and try your best.