- • Closure
- • Continuity
- • Spewer
Sure you could stomp a goomba or bust open some bricks if you had to, but what if you needed to solve some complex mental challenges while you were doing so? This week's Vault celebrates brains over brawn and combines them with light feel and quick reflexes in the puzzle platformer!
- • Ginormo Sword
- • Zilch
- • Music Catch
Hey, JiG-fans. I have to admit that I don't really know where I am right now. I mean, when I woke up, I found myself locked in this weird room. Good thing I was able to get a Wi-Fi password by breaking that creepy clown statue in the corner, and so am able to bring you another wonderful round of classics from the JayIsGames Vault! This week, we've got a surprisingly deep retro-RPG, a dice game that'll keep your week rolling, and an absolute masterpiece of music play.
- • Fishing Girl
- • Potion Panic
- • Andrew the Droid
When you want serious casual gaming, you want something with chutzpah. You need to harness the power of anger and boulder tossing and hamburger grilling and car repair and taking out the garbage. You need something manly, and thus have we provided you with three ultra-manly games from our well-stocked archives. What's more manly than fishing? Explodey science? Robots? Nothing, we tell you. Nothing!
- • Sonny
- • Caravaneer
- • Monsters' Den: Book of Dread
It's a three letter genre you either love or love to hate. The RPG is one of the oldest types of games around, and has grown considerably from its early days at the hands of Miyamoto or Garriott. This week's Vault serves up three different examples of the genre that serve to remind us that there a million ways to incorporate it, but there hasn't been a decent Final Fantasy since Terra and Kefka. Yes, I went there.
- • Aether
- • The Fog Fall
- • Mr. Coo: El Laberinto Esférico
Earth is boring! Who needs this stupid old spinning blue ball when there's a whole universe out there to explore? But fear not; even if you aren't Richard Garriot you can still explore the realms beyond with this collection of strange and otherworldly games!
- • Spin the Black Circle
- • Totem Destroyer
- • Fantastic Contraption
BEHOLD THE POWER OF PHYSICS, BESTOWED UPON US BY THE GODS. Or, in this case, by three very different but equally talented developers. This week's installment of the Vault takes a look at (you guessed it) physics and the many ways it can challenge, delight, and torment us.
- • The Several Journeys of Reemus
- • Dolphin Olympics 2
- • Alan Probe: Amateur Surgeon
Need a change of pace? Maybe you should try being one of the heroes in this week's edition of the Vault! A dolphin, a pizza delivery boy, and an exterminator might not sound particularly heroic, but you might just be surprised.
- • Final Ninja
- • Cat on a Dolphin
- • The Alchemist's Apprentice
Are you not feeling like the super awesome, totally rad, seriously-not-sucking-up-to-you person you are today? That won't do at all! Try on this week's Vault for size, where we picked three action-packed, silly, and even downright mystical games to help you feel like your best and put you in a better mood.
- • Amberial
- • Fold
- • Snow Drift
Like platforms? Like jumping on platforms? Like jumping on platforms in a nice, normal, predictable fashion? Well TOO BAD FOR YOU since this week's Vault features three games that offer different twists on the plumber's turf, ranging from physics and momentum to big furry ice surfers.
- • Reflections
- • Magnet 2
- • Fields of Logic
Who needs work when you've got puzzles to keep you busy? This week's Vault rustles up three more puzzles for you to solve, ranging from clean and straightforward to surreal leaps of logic. Crossword puzzles in the morning paper are old news, baby; free range computers and electromagnetic bunny rabbits are the way of the future!
- • Survivoo
- • Dr. Stanley's House
- • Daymare Town
Knock knock! Who's there? ADVENTURE! Saddle up, Sonny Jim/Jimette, because this week's Vault has a series of strange little adventures of varying sizes and complexity that will be sure to keep you sailing through the week with mystery and oddity.
- • SnowDays
- • Warbears Adventures: An A.R. Xmas
- • My Diamond Baby
Snowflakes, teddy bears, and diamond rings? The Vault really DOES have riches inside it! This week we take a look at three games sure to melt any frosty chill around you, from a webtoy, to a challenging escape, and even a deadly serious point-and-click bear mission.
- • Skywire
- • Zoo Keeper Quest
- • FoolYoo
Action isn't all brawling robots, blasting guns, and pop culture references. This week's Vault takes a look at three titles that all share a common strangeness, but also incorporate action into their gameplay in different ways.
- • Inquisitive Dave
- • You Have to Burn the Rope
- • Thy Dungeonman 3: Behold Thy Graphics!
Need a laugh? Yeah, well, YOUR FACE! HA!... okay, so there's a reason I don't tell the jokes around here, but fortunately, with this week's Vault focusing on some very funny, silly, and weird little titles, you don't have to rely on me for your chuckles.
- • Rose & Camellia
- • Grow Island
- • The Majesty of Colors
Who says weird is bad? This week's installment of the Vault focuses on three games we've branded "unique" that all take the moniker and run with it in different directions. From a soul-searching sea monster to a bustling island, to stately women slugging it out for respect, these are all games that might be a little different, but are more than a little memorable and awesome.
- • Level Up!
- • endeavor
- • Robot Wants Kitty
Cats, gems, robots, and dwarves. What do they have in common? They're all starring in this week's installment of The Vault that celebrates some of our favourite Metroidvania style games! Running, jumping, exploring, tracking down new items and power ups... it's everything we love, and here are three of the games that have done it the best.
- • Mass Attack
- • Dot Action 2
- • Klikwerk
Sometimes you'll play a game so memorable it'll stay with you for days. Other times it's the game's soundtrack that stays with you. In this week's Vault, we visit a rhythm game, a platformer, and a balance puzzler, all of which have some pretty intense earworms for audio. Prepare to get some catchy music stuck in your head.
- • Magic Pen
- • Music Bounce
- • GemCraft
Bright colours and music abound in this edition of the Vault, where we take a look back at two very different creative puzzlers, and a tower-defense game that spawned a fan base that's rabid even today.
It's Tuesday, which means another trip down to the JIG archive vault to dig up a few games from years ago that our newer visitors should not miss out on. This week I've picked out a few quirky little puzzle games that will thrill and delight you. No, really. Just give them a try and you'll see...
- • The Dead Case
- • Hotel 626
- • Being One
Looking for a good scare? Then take a peek inside the Vault, where this week we highlight three of our best scary games designed to get you in the mood for spookin' this Halloween season. Extra points if you play them all alone with the lights off, but trust us; you're more than welcome in our Scaredy Cats Club if you can't.
- • Translymania
- • K-Mart Haunted House
- • Garfield's Scary Scavenger Hunt
Hello out there to all grim, grinning ghosts and cackling witches on the prowl! With the end of October rapidly approaching, so too comes the season the greatest ween of all, Halloween! With costumes, jack o'lanterns, apple bobbing, and a million cavities worth of candy soon on the way, it seems only right that we dedicate this week's installment of The Vault to featuring some spooktacular games from the JiG archives. Though these works were chosen for their kid-friendliness, they should appeal to trick-or-treaters of all ages.
- • Shift
- • Hanna in a Choppa
- • The Codex of Alchemical Engineering
Riddle me this, JiG reader! What lies within the confines of The Vault this week? Could it be pie? Cupcakes? Cupcake PIE?! You could try to puzzle it out, or you could just click through to find out yourself!
- • Gel Gel Panic
- • The Machine
- • Og Og Alive
Go back to a time when Flash was new and weird and Shockwave reigned supreme! This week from the Vault we have a look back at three of our favourite Shockwave titles that cover action, arcade, puzzle, interactive art, and even ye olde standby point-and-click adventure!
- • Sushi Go Round
- • Jelly Battle
- • Hot Corn
Get in mah bellay! That's what you'll be saying after you fire up this week's installment of the Vault, where we take a look at some of our favourite games dealing with food! After all, an army marches on its stomach, and when it comes to these great games so do we.
- • Free Rider 2
- • CoBaCoLi
- • Chat Noir
Simple is better, and that philosophy definitely extends to this week's edition of the Vault! We've cracked the seal to proudly showcase some of our favourite games that prove simplicity can make for some of the most addictive, engrossing gameplay around. Just don't let your boss catch you coming back to them again. And again. And again...
- • A Murder of Scarecrows
- • Boomshine
- • Avalanche;
I can't get no.... satisfaction. I can't get no... gaming action. But I try! And I try! And I try! And I try!... and I realize that I can probably just look to the JiG archives for all the games I could ever want. Take that, double negative! This week in The Vault we've got three action games that are sure to fire your imagination.
- • Anika's Odyssey
- • Pricilla Gone Missing
- • Submachine Remix
It's a point-and-click-stravaganza on this week's edition of the Vault, as we pull back the ancient mists of time through the years all the way back to 2005 in search of some of our best adventure games. If you're a fan of the site, you're probably familiar with one of them in particular, but all three are fantastic little tales ripe for the picking. Or clicking. Whichever.
- • Rings and Sticks
- • Thief
- • Absolute Awesome Ball Game
Some times while gazing up at the celestial firmament, I realize that, out there in this big world of ours, there are thousands of unlucky 8 month-olds who have never experienced a JiG Casual Game Design Competition. It's a tragedy really. And while those poor tots might not be required to wait too much longer, we can takes some comfort in the 9 previous CGDC iterations each provide more than the daily requirement of epic that growing children need. This week, the JiG Vault features some personal favorites from past competions. Future entrants take note: you've got some tough acts to follow.
- • The Missile Game 3D
- • Nimian Hunter
- • Archipelago
The visual technology of gaming is advancing at a pace like never before, reaching heights of graphical complexity never before seen. Developers no longer have to use programming "cheats" to create 3D effects... but still we respect the skill of those who wanted to and did. This week, the JiG Vault features three excellent pseudo-3D games from our archives. It may have been five years since their graphics were cutting-edge, but fun is timeless.
- • Redline Rumble
- • TG Motocross 2
- • Hamster Race
Here it comes, here comes the JiG Vault! It's a demon on wheels! It's a demon and it's going to be chasing after someone. It's gaining on you so you'd better look alive: with three of the best games we found in our archives! Go the JiG Vault! Go the JiG Vault! Go the JiG Vault, Goooooo! This week, be sure to keep a checkered flag at the ready, as we feature three racing games that leave the competition in the dust. Just watch out for those darn blue shells...
- • Kingdom of Loathing
- • Legend of the Green Dragon
- • Urban Dead
The Vault gets social this week with a look back at some of our favourite free MMORPGs that still manage to be addicting and engaging even today despite a lack of celebrity endorsements or high-falutin' graphics and whatnot.
- • Sound Factoy
- • Music Brothers
- • la Pâte á
- • Son
Since my computer room tends to have people in it, most of the time my speakers have to stay muted. Still, when I get the urge to be a heroic guitarist, a revolutionary dancer, or an elite agent of beat, no one can stop me from having the volume go up to 11. To quote Dire Straits: I want my JiG! This week in The Vault, lets give a round of sound for three games whose awesome audio is music to my ears.
- • Word Sandwich
- • Crossword
- • 8 Letters
I tried to do the cryptic crossword in this morning's paper, but sadly I couldn't even figure out 1-Across: Dancing Leap Mixes a Vital Jug (3, 5). Thankfully, when I need to recharge my active vocabulary, I never forget the JiG Vault. So what are we featuring this week, my lord? Words, Words, Words! Be sure to have your thesaurus at the ready for some language games that are worth at least a thousand pictures.
- • Coffee Shop
- • Electrocity
- • Via Sol 2
Welcome to Vault-o-mania! Not actually a Vault article, but an incredible simulation! Wait... I'm sorry, I've mixed up my notes. What I meant to say is that this is a Vault article about the mania I have over these incredible simulations. This week, we look into the JayIsGames archives to highlight three games perfect for those of us who like to escape reality by showing how much better it could be if they were in charge of running it.
- • RSVP
- • Jack the Groove
- • Telescope Game
As I sit here drinking a cool refreshing Dr. Pepper™, typing on a Dell™ computer with an Intel™ Pentium™ Processor, I check my Omega™ sports watch and realize it's time for another edition of the JayIsGames™ Vault™. This week, we feature three of the best advergames from our archives. If only all commercials could be this fun!
- • Tontie v.1.0
- • Vector Runner
- • Heli Attack 3
I recently checked out my ol' arcade at the hometown mall... Have to tell ya, things were pretty dire. It was once an Aladdin's Castle, but nowadays it's more of an Aladdin's Shack or, perhaps, an Aladdin's Hovel. Needless to say, the $5 in my pocket ended up going to a pretzel instead. At least the JiG Vault is here to make up for what reality lacks. This week we have three awesome arcade=styled games that deserve your tokens and your attention.
- • Gridlock
- • Ununicum
- • Planarity
Casual games are often derided as simplistic... but that complaint assumes that complexity is a good thing in and of itself. Certainly I've seen more than my fair share of bloated major releases that feel like they bring my CPU to a crawl just for the the heck of it. Reducing puzzles to their most fundamental features, without sacrificing an iota of challenge, can make for some very satisfying games. Today in the JiG Vault we have three minimalist masterpieces from our archives that show just how great it can be when developers Keep It Simple, Stupid.
- • Covert Front
- • Sea of Glomp
- • Hewitt
The first adventure game I ever played was Maniac Mansion. I was in 4th Grade, and for some reason the classroom happened to have a decade-old Commodore 64 with a collection of not-entirely functional floppy diskettes that we LOAD,8,1-ed at random. We never really made much progress into saving Sandy from Dr. Fred (due largely to our lack of understanding re: the concept of "copy protection"), but it inspired a love of adventure games that has continued with me to this day. So join me for three favorites of the genre, this week in the JayIsGames Vault.
- • Dice Wars
- • Lonely House Moving
- • Guest House
- • Nest of Moai
Eight years ago, a man's fantasy became a reality in a form never seen before: JayIsGames.com, a giant arena to feature the best of casual gameplay. Soon, it became known the authors of those games featured would win the people's ovation and fame forever. Thus, if memory serves me correctly, we look to the land of the rising sun to feature some of the best casual gameplay works from the nation of Japan. The heat is on in the JiG Vault! ALLEZ JEUX!
- • Hotel
- • Haluz
- • Kafkamêsto
Tis brillig and the slithy toves are gyring and gimbling in the JiG Vault. All mimsy are the games from the past, and they're so good, they'll make your mome raths outgrabe. Yes, today we are beamish to present three of the more surreal entries from our game archives, and I'm sure they'll make your day quite frabjous!
- • Etherena Beta
- • Rose & Camellia
- • XiaoXiao9: Fight Man
Not many people know that JiG originally started as a tournament conceived by mysterious businessman J. Bibson, in the attempt to find the world's most powerful game reviewer. We were all set to start the first round at the JiG docks... but then a new Eyezmaze game came out, we all got distracted, and decided to start a website instead. And so, we peer into archives of that website as this week in the JayIsGames Vault, we feature some of the best casual fighting games of years past.
- • Acrobots
- • Pianolina
- • The ABC Game
I think that one of the signs that I'm getting old is my increasing inability to comprehend the appeal of the latest hot must-have toy of the season. Silly Bands? Zhu Zhu Pets? Paper Jamz? I just feel like I'm missing something. No matter... I have the plethora of webtoys in the JiG Vault to keep my increasingly crotchety personality at bay. Here are three of my favorites, which I think will be fun for both the young and the young at heart.
- • Winterbells
- • Purgatorium
- • Set: Daily Puzzle
- • Bloxorz
The Bard tells us that brevity is the soul of wit. That goes for games as well as JiG Vault summaries. So let's jump right in to this week's collection of hits that are as sweet as they are short.
- • Bloons
- • Trapped Series
- • Banner Game by Rob Allen
Rob Allen... Ninja Kiwi... Rodrigo Roesler... by their powers combined, they are... the Vault! Toss in a monkey, a murder, and one strange campsite, and you have the recipe for some seriously great games from 2007.
- • A Break in the Road
- • Click Drag Type 3
- • Time Raider
What do you really need out of life? Sure food and shelter are nice, but don't forget the other important things too, like adventure, mental stimulation, and creativity! This week's installment of the Vault highlights three games that embody those traits and celebrate everything bemusing, perplexing, hilarious, and even a little frustrating.
- • Exmortis
- • The Fancy Pants Adventure
- • Chronon
This week's installment of the Vault will make you scream bloody murder! Literally, since an iconic horror adventure about the worst cabin in the woods ever is involved. Also featured; adorable, monstrous captivity and a pair of pants to die for!
- • Junkbot
- • Warbears
- • Slidon
I read the mysterious scrap of paper my contact has just put in my hand... "MHCFRYM AV RGU VTW GHIYN!"... Let's see, if I rot13 that, I get "ZUPSELZ NI ETH IGJ TUVLA!". Unscramble and... "PUZZLES IN THE JIG VAULT!" And what type of puzzles do we have this week? Action starring a Lego-Robo, adventure with a cast of steady teddies at the ready, and a styling tiling board game remix.
- • Papa's Pizzeria
- • Wink: The Game!
- • Dotville
- • Skywire
As Tuesday peeps its head over the horizon, we usher in another installment of The Vault, and another batch of games from the olden days (2007 is plenty olden) designed to keep you coming back. Rescue a princess using stealth and your wits, become the ruler of the land's most adorable (but needy) tribe, juggle every delicious aspect of pizza making, and pilot a group of people through ridiculously treacherous terrain. And all before the middle of the week rolls around! Man, you're productive. You deserve a raise, and you can tell your boss we said so.
- • The Goat In the Grey Fedora
- • Detective Grimoire
- • Death in Sakkara
Let me see... going from all the evidence in front of me... I'm going to have to go with... Tricky! In the JayIsGames Vault! With this week's handful of games from the past!... Okay, the games below might not be of too much help in discovering who killed Mr. Boddy, but any amateur sleuth out there should enjoy the collection of not-so-elementary cases to crack. They take us to crimes around the globe: from the underbelly of the big city, to a small-town circus, to the deserts of Egypt. The game's afoot!
- • Bust-a-Move
- • Sonic Flash
- • Raiden X;
I have to tell you, the first version of this column was pretty dire. Fortunately, a team of programmers spent six months updating the elements for this Golden Platinum Article of the Year re-release. Anyway, this week, I'd like to share some of the best remakes from the JiG Vault, and a nice collection they are: a bubbly action puzzler, a sonic-booming platformer, and a truly explosive shmup.
- • Hitchhiker's Illustrated Guide to the Galaxy
- • Transylmania
- • McDonalds Videogame
Fast food, vampires, and fatally bad poetry round out this week's edition of the Vault, where we peer into some of the older gems of the last decade. Featuring arcade action, challenging simulations of business management, and one of the most fiendish interactive fiction puzzles ever, it's a meaty feast of nostalgia.
- • Blockdude
- • Double Wires
- • Funny Farm;
The front of the Othello box promises that it takes "a minute to learn... a lifetime to master". Now, admittedly I've never been all that interested in spending my lifetime becoming a reversi-master (especially if Settlers of Cataan is nearby), but I think the phrasing is something that resonates with us as gamers. This week in the JayIsGames Vault, we take a peek a trio of games: puzzle, word, and platform, where the complexity hides just below the surface.
- • Samorost
- • Deanimator
- • flOw;
This week, at the JayIsGames Vault, we have three masterpieces from the past: an other-worldly point-and-click classic, a horror shooter that won't stay down, and a tasty bowl of primordial soup.
- • Ballistic Wars
- • Launch Ball
- • A Bark in the Dark
This week's Vault is for people who don't like fast-paced gameplay, but still appreciate the finer things in life. Which is to say... really super awesome stupendous games. Here are three titles you can relax, sit back, and play at your own pace while still enjoying a challenge and some of the best work to come out of the Flash development community.
- • Slither Link
- • Mindscape
- • Menulis and Miestas
This week's Vault tickles your brain with three different types of puzzles, ranging from a deviously simple-in-concept brain teaser to a set of surrealist explorations through one very jazzy (and inky) landscape.
- • Treasure Box
- • Gamma Bros.
- • Thule Trail
It's been a long time since my village was destroyed. Since then, I've been on a journey that's spanned the world-map, searching for the six Medallions of Power. Now, as I place the final medallion, the Medallion of Light, I hold my breath as the stone gate slides opens... To reveal another edition of the JayIsGames Vault! Today we have a point-and-click puzzler to treasure, a pixel space shooter that's the alpha and omega, and a retro roadtrip to the coast you'll be sure to enjoy... providing you can ford the river.
- • Happy Seed
- • Loop
- • Scribbler
After some incessant needling and the exchange of certain bits of valuable information, I finally got my hands on the combination to the JayIsGames vault. Let me tell you, taking the grand tour is quite an experience: you'll find all manner of slightly-dusty but still excellent casual games. Today we'll be looking at a point-and-click advergame that puts others to shame, an adorable shockwave action game that will be sure to throw you for a loop, and an artistic webtoy that you might find a little sketchy
- • The Doors
- • Defend Your Castle
- • Battleships
The Vault is seemingly endless, which is awesome! It means there are soooo many fabulous games to revisit. It's like Washington's Library of Congress in here, only funner. And unlike Grandma's photo albums crammed full of awkward family photos, there are no cringe moments when you revisit some old time Flash games. So let's pull up our ergonomic computer chairs, grab our Manually-Operated User-Selection Equipments and enjoy an interactive look at this week's Vault offerings.
- • Get the Glass
- • Bodilies
- • Tower Bloxx
What do we love? Stories, addictive simple gameplay, and... milk? Hm! The Vault caters to all kinds of tastes, and this week features a look at one of the simplest but most addictive stacking games around, a remarkably fun and silly board game designed to promote bone strength, and a point-and-click adventure originally conceived as a class project.
- • Escape Series #1: The Car
- • Feed the Head
- • Luminara
What-what in the Vault? This week we crack open the archives to peer blearily into the past at the very beginning of one of the simplest but best escape series around, take a peek inside the cranium of one very strange webtoy, and rip things up jmtb02 style with one seriously flashy shooter.
- • Seed
- • The Tall Stump
- • 3D Logic 2
The Vault takes a stop in 2007 and reminds you of the splendors to be found within The Tall Stump, the brainbending puzzles awaiting in 3D Logic 2, and the simple colourful joy that Seed offers. It's some of Dora's personal picks, and just the tip of the iceberg in a year of pure, undiluted awesomeness.
- • Viridian Room
- • Warthog Launch
- • BLiX
I ventured down to The Vault last night to see what I could dig up from the dusty old shelves down there, and I'm sure you're going to like what I found! Although these games haven't been in the limelight for quite some time now, they're still classics as far as browser games go and everyone should enjoy them at least a couple dozen times! Featured below is a room escape, an arcade game and one of the first physics puzzle browser games I ever played.
- • Fly Guy
- • TinyGrow
- • Hell of Sand
The holidays may be over, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop playing with toys. This week's edition of The Vault features some of the best webtoys you'll find, touching on artistic expression, creativity, and even just plain ol' jaw-dropping surreality.
- • Saltacol
- • Chasm
- • Spybot: The Nightfall Incident
Selections from The Vault for this week are 3 of my all-time favorite games, and I'm thrilled to be able to share them with you again. All three of these gems have long-lasting appeal: a puzzling platformer, a short yet challenging point-and-click adventure, and a remarkably futuristic turn-based strategy game. Individually, each of these games represents a tremendous achievement in browser-based casual gameplay and if you've never played them before, you're in for a real treat.
- • Grrr Game
- • Thinking Machine 4
- • Small Forest Story
Stop and smell the roses... the pixelated ones, that is! This week's Vault offers you up a selection of some of the loveliest games you might not expect to stumble across, from an intelligent game of chess, to a rabbit's quest to destroy negativity, to a little bit of holiday cheer in one itty bitty package.
- • Climate Chaos
- • Tri-Achnid
- • Escape to Obion
This week's installment of The Vault takes you on an adventure... three of them, in fact! We've brought out three of our favourite games that best capture the spirit of adventure, and are just the thing to check out if you could use a little escape from your everyday life. And who better to take you on that journey than a fluffy blue rabbit, a morose arachnid lifeform, and an evil mastermind? Sounds like a fun group to us.
- • Hanafuda
- • Flip Out!
- • Puzzle Pirates
The theme of The Vault this week is replay, featuring Hanafuda, Flip Out!, and Puzzle Pirates. Some games get their own special place in our bookmarks or game folder and have us coming back to play again and again, year after year. Okay, well... maybe the theme should be obsession... ?
- • Dolphin Olympics
- • Gateway
- • Ayiti: the Cost of Life
This week's episode of the Vault features robotic puzzles, high-flying mammals and fast-paced arcade gameplay, and proof that you have it better than you think you do in one of the trickiest (and perhaps most subtly thought-provoking) simulation games on the web. It's Dolphin Olympics, Gateway, and Ayiti: the Cost of Life!
What makes a puzzle? This week's edition of The Vault has three examples that prove a puzzle isn't just about crunching numbers or smooshing the corners of a jigsaw piece to make it fit where it doesn't belong. Featuring a randomly generated brain teaser, a stickman with multiple potential horrible fates, and something simply soothing, we've got something for everyone. Unless what you're into is zombified pirate pony sudoku. Sorry. Maybe next time.
- • Combat Heaven
- • Pod Panic
- • PixelHugger in the Field of Typography
They say that games are like cheese - they get better (and smellier) with age. I've got some excellent vintage games in my little corner of The Vault, and you're free to enjoy them...once you get past my nefarious gauntlet of traps! I've got pits, hungry tigers, mimes...my depravity knows no bounds.
- • Gold Miner
- • Fishy!
- • Geosense
This week's Vault contains some real oldies-but-goodies. Browse through an assortment of classic addictive gameplay as you mine for gold, eat some fish, and top it off with a sprinkle of geography. It's all there for your recommended daily gaming consumption!
- • The Telephone
- • The House
- • Safeplaces
"Will you step into my vault?" said the joye to the JayIsGames readers. And there she stopped, because the idea of attempting to parody the entire poem was the scariest thing she'd heard of this Halloween season. Nothing else could compare. Certainly not these three games. Nope. No disturbing underbelly to any of THESE games. Just pure, innocent Tuesday goodness.
- • Wake-up Calls
- • The Museum
- • iSketch
- • Levers
This week from the Vault we revisit a few games that excel in the area of artistic expression. Flash and other browser-based games have truly emerged as an art-form unto themselves, and it's a pleasure to be able to share some of our favorites that embody the creativity, heart and soul of developers who create browser-based casual gameplay.
- • Kao Fu-Sen
- • Peasant's Quest
- • Tork
This week from The Vault, we bring you a selection of games bearing the most important quality you can hope for; weirdness. From a girl whose head decides to float away, to a peasant who doesn't smell like he should, and more, we've got all the strangeness (and all the fun) to make your week right, and all straight from The Vault!
- • Mystery of Time and Space
- • Replicator
- • Motherload
It's Tuesday, so it's time for another installment of The Vault, your guide to some of the brightest gems we've showcased in the past. This week, we feature games from three different popular genres with a spacey-type theme that fans shouldn't miss; arcade, escape, and puzzle.
- • The Asylum
- • The Dark Room
- • Nanaca Crash
It's the inaugural edition of The Vault, a brand new weekly feature designed to highlight some of the best games we've come across in the history of JayisGames. This week we bring you one of the best (and craziest) launch titles the internet has ever known, a surprisingly emotional point-and-click puzzle about an asylum full of toys, and one of the most beautiful puzzles you'll ever come across.
Zeebarf, the author of Reemus and The Visitor, brings us a fully-explored sci-fi world in classic point-and-click adventure game style. From the nuances of animation to the excellent puzzles to the rich storytelling, A Small Favor is one of the best adventures available for your browser.
Thule Trail is a re-imagining of the grade school classic, Oregon Trail, but instead of playing a family of 19th century immigrants, you play a group of 20 somethings road-tripping to a music festival. Instead of going to Oregon, you're going to Santa Barbara. The game takes its name from the 20th century occult society that sought the road to Atlantis; the music festival you travel to is called Atlantis, so it works. The rest of the game follows suit like a friendly slacker.
Seed is a soothing, botany-based webtoy diversion that lets you cross-breed several different kinds of flowers into pretty mutant hyper-flowers. Just click, drag and drop to crossbreed, or sit back and let evolution take over. You can even share your creations with others as you discover different varieties of remarkable looking flowers.
From GUMP, the creator of Rental House comes another well-produced point-and-click, room escape game. Guest House puts you in a similar situation as most games of its type, and yet once you begin to move about the room and examine the various items and objects that await your puzzle-solving skills you will see that this is no ordinary room escape game.
Anyone that has been visiting this site for a couple of years will likely remember the amazingly popular Hyperframe from 2005, a 3D logic puzzle of connecting same-colored blocks on a 3D cube with unbroken non-intersecting lines. There is a new version of a clone now available, appropriately titled 3D Logic 2, and it's just as well done and addictive as the original Hyperframe was.
It's got action. It's got puzzles. It's got zany... everything. The Tall Stump is an action platformer that feels like an adventure game laced with short puzzles. As you travel through the game you find strange items and learn to use them in even stranger circumstances, all in the name of working your way deeper into the stump. An exceptional game that won best of show in our 4th Casual Gameplay Design Competition, and now follows-up that achievement with being the top platform game in the Best of 2007.
Lonely House-Moving is the latest social metaphor driven arcade game from the folks behind everyone's favorite slapping game, Rose and Camellia. You play a lonely shmuck who, after watching his girlfriend leave him in a moving truck, suddenly gets the inspiration to act. Leap over moles, avoid crows and jump over stuff flying out of the truck and try to catch your girl!
Tower Bloxx is a captivating action/puzzle game originally created for mobile phones. Using the mouse button you must drop pieces of a skyscraper from a swinging crane at the top of the screen. Stack the blocks neatly or you'll be in for a tough time as the building reaches toward the sky and sways in the wind. A quest mode lets you build an entire city one building at a time and also adds a little strategy to appease the more hardcore gamer in you. It's a near-perfect blend of casual and serious gaming that everyone will enjoy.
Bodilies combines beautiful graphics and animation, and haunting, melodic music with a story that actually works and feels right. Help Neil in his quest for freedom and self-actualization; it leads you through an interesting point-and-click adventure you won't soon forget!
Bloxorz is a simple idea for a puzzle game that is beautifully executed. The objective is to tumble a rectangular block through each stage and deposit it into the square hole at the end. Using a series of bridge-opening switches, teleporters, and block-splitting switches, solve the puzzle each stage presents to move on to the next of the game's 33 levels.
The hand drawn animations and old-school Jazz music soundtrack of Miestas and Menulis set the tone for an experience that is just this side of cool. The simplicity in controls leaves you wishing for something more polished until you realize the environments more than make up for it. Both games create a surreal world interactive art adventure to point-and-click through.
Mindscape is a side-scrolling platformer with a... twist, in that the entire level rotates as you play. There are three "worlds" with four levels each, which steadily progress from the creepily joyous Candy Meadows to the joyously creepy Center of Your Mind. It's a brilliantly conceived and executed platformer of the highest level.
Too often do we come across Flash games (especially shooters) that are either too brief or too repetitive. Luminara is a brilliant example of how to avoid those problems. It's simple enough: you are a dot and you fire bullets. And like any good game, the premise always stays exactly this simple. What gets more complex are the subsequent waves of enemies that come at you.
Slither Link by Luke Harrison will tickle the fancies of you logic puzzle fans out there. While Luke gets the credit for making this polished Flash version of Slitherlink, the actual puzzle was invented by the Japanese publishing company Nikoli. Nikoli is also known for popularizing Sudoku, and publishes a number of other similar logic puzzles.
If you haven't played Feed the Head lately, there are new features to explore! It represents a piece of interactive entertainment of a type we don't often see anymore. There is perhaps no goal, no win condition. It's just plain fun to play. An enjoyable little webtoy for you to discover on your own terms. Spend a couple minutes or an hour. Lose yourself. Feed your head. Escape.
Get the Glass is a 3D board game produced as a part of a new Got Milk advertising campaign in the US. The object of the game is to get the Adachi family around the board and into Fort Fridge so that they can...erm...Get the Glass. It's an absolutely beautiful game with gorgeous scenery and surprisingly smooth animation.
Escape Series #1: The Car is a point-and-click room escape game that does everything it should do without venturing beyond the scope of the genre. Regardless of its normal appearance, The Car provides a great room escape experience that's both fulfilling and free from random pixel hunting. Short and sweet, and with more installments to come.
For those who prefer a single-player experience, or at least one to practice with to hone one's skills in preparation for a heads-up match against another human opponent, and if a little Japanese text won't scare you off, then give Taro Ito's GameDesign Flash implementation of Hanafuda a try.
Winterbells is a very simple wintertime game with the same gorgeous art and music found in all of Ferry's games on Orisinal. In Winterbells you control a snow-white rabbit who hops onto falling bells as they drift down from the night sky. Use the mouse to move the bunny left and right and time your jumps to keep moving upwards. The longer you stay hopping the higher your score.
Rabbits are blue and red, seals enjoy sea shells, and foxes make successful hotel owners. Those are just a few of the lessons we learn from BR's Climate Chaos, a gorgeous adventure game set on a group of small islands. The main character is Blue Rabbit, who, like your average rabbit, equipped with a digital camera, sets out on a quest to help the natives of the various islands to solve their problems with the local weather.
Have you ever had that weird feeling that you are a giant, controllable, seeker missile flying down a long tunnel avoiding obstacles? What?! You say you haven't? Then you must not have played The Missile Game 3D by Damien of DX Interactive. For a fun and simple game that's taken a simple concept of "avoid the object" and infused some life into it, look no further.
Things don't feel right out here... despite the optimism. Ayiti: the Cost of Life is one of the best political web games released this year, right up there with The McGame and the comic genius of Airport Security. Unlike most games with a political message, such as September 12th or 3rd World Farmer, Cost of Living actually has a strategy that works, but it's buried in a heap of faulty (and revealingly so) tactical blunders.
Tri-achnid is a new action/adventure platformer in which you play as a creature of an endangered species of exopod on the verge of extinction. Your goal is to find a safe place for your brothers and sisters, who are tucked away in a portable cocoon, by moving throughout each level using a unique click-drag gameplay mechanic.
Purgatorium is a short and creepy point-and-click escape-the-room game with some rather horrific graphic visuals nestled inside. If you have played either of Ben's other horror-genre interactive narratives, Exmortis and Exmortis 2, then you may already know what to expect. Created especially for Casual Gameplay.