CastleMine from Mugshot Games combines tower defense with a little bit of old fashioned digging. Instead of mapping out mazes for creeps to crawl through or building balloon things on green green grass, you get to dig underground one block at a time. Uncover extra gold deposits, additional resources, or even nests of enemies as you attempt to defend your castle from the threat from below.
The year is 1978. A child has found a video game they've never heard of before. but he doesn't realize that things on the other side of the screen lie waiting for him to play it. Misadventure is an action-adventure horror game by Mike Houser, done in the retro style of a 4-bit Atari game gone horribly wrong, and its atmospheric creepiness more than makdes up for a little directionessless in its gameplay.
Raise money to save a forest from being cut down. It's a good cause so it should be easy, right? Wrong! Pick up your trusty clipboard and beat the streets talking to people and trying to stir them into donating to meet your goals. But be warned... getting people to open their wallets is harder than you think when your confidence, trust, charisma, and even job is on the line in this unique simulation/arcade game.
- • Omega Crisis
- • Star Relic
- • Gravitee 2
Captain's Log: Stardate: 52120.13: The Vault Commander wishes to share some of the greatest space games from the JiG archives. As this is well within the parameters of our five year mission, this week in The Vault, we now present a few classic action, strategy, and physics titles. End transmission.
Disaster Will Strike 2 is the second installment of Anton Koshechkin's physics puzzle series where you destroy prehistoric eggs using landslides, earthquakes, epidemics, and bees. Yes, bees.
Kingdom of Liars is the second in the series of dark fantasy point-and-click adventures and the plot is only getting thicker in the city of Ashbane. Kingdom of Liars 2 features what Hyptosis is best known for: world-building, colorful characters, humorous descriptions, intriguing twists... and smacking players with a "To Be Continued" just as things are getting good. For a short trip, though, it's an excellent one.
Sudoku hits the streets in Skyscrapers Light, another installment of the Conceptis Light series. In this logic puzzle, the numbers on the outside of the grid tell you how many "buildings" are visible from that side of the grid, if each number inside the grid represented a building of that height. Are you streetwise enough to rebuild the city?
Over eight years ago, Metanet Software gave us N, a minimalistic high-difficulty platformer download featuring a ninja hungry for gold and not-dying. That agile ninja returns in N v 2, featuring another 500 levels full of tempting gold ambrosia and enemies out to thwart your not-dying efforts, right in your browser. Grab a friend and discover once again how a tiny ninja in a deadly world could create quite a compelling and tricky challenge.
When your lightbulb bursts, you might head to the store to get a new one, but that's only because you're not nearly as funky and awesome as the two old ladies starring in this point-and-click adventure. Despite suffering from some bizarre leaps of logic, a unique style and fantastic soundtrack make this short game worth checking out.
You know what your average tug-of-war game needs? A table instead of a rope. At least that's what Otto Ojola thinks, and he's turned the idea into Tug the Table, a simple yet wonderful fighting game that manages to be reminiscent of Wrestle Jump while still being unique.
The Earth has become too small for Bob the snail. He dreams of space travel, and what do you know, he gets a call from the snail army, asking him to go on an interplanetary mission. Help Bob stay alive as he battles gravity, aliens, and laser beams in this wonderfully entertaining puzzle game.
Ever been attacked by a giant doily from outer space? At the very least, that's how we're choosing to interpret Connor Ullmann's bullet hell shooter Obsolescence. You'll face ten waves of kaleidoscopic bosses with lots of guns and shields to destroy as you blast your way to their cores. Your laser is always firing, so you can focus on moving around and staying alive... if you can.
8-bit-lovers worldwide having been searching for the next lost retro work, and Watergate: The Video Game, could very well be that. Now some may claim that this point-and-click adventure game, was only recently developed by Samuel Kim, which is why things get so hilariously surreal. A wry combination of video game parody, pop culture riffing, and political satire, Watergate tries to be a lot of things, and it generally succeeds.
You are a little white ghost – check. You want to be a big, important demon – check. You must defeat other demons to succeed – check. You can only reach them by beating levels where lots of pixels fly around and try to kill you – che... Wait, what? Ghostly Me is a tricky platformer in which you jump over, under and across moving obstacles on your way to fiendish fame.
Join Yuri's chirpy hide-and-seek playing bunch of baby birds in the park playground, where they've nestled into every possible hiding spot waiting to be discovered by you. Your goal is easy: click anywhere you think a baby fowl could fit, pick-up and properly use a smattering of objects, and collect all ten chicks before you can find the exit and escape.
Move fast! No, faster! No, even faster! Available in your browser or on your mobile device, Mini Dash is a challenging one-hit K-O platformer full of missiles, buzzsaws, daring jumps, and more that will test your mettle over and over.
Darkness has overtaken the land, bringing with it unspeakable beasts, but one woman is no longer content to cower inside. In this open-source retro RPG adventure demo made in just one month, go on a classic quest to find the source of the dark infestation and get more powerful along the way. Engaging and addictive but challenging too, it's a simple, streamlined experience you can jump right into anytime.
- • Tower of Heaven
- • Never End
- • My First Quantum Translocator
This week's edition of The Vault is sponsored by... I forget the name. I think it was Opening Science or something like that. Anyways, today we're featuring a selection of Portalesque games. A Portalesque is a puzzle-platformer with a unique mechanic and a sadistic host. There'll be cake after the showcase, I promise!
Short but sweet, this little platform puzzle game stars a ball of blue alien goop that crashes into a strange and sterile place. You'll need to explore and solve a puzzle or two to find your real purpose, and though it's almost more concept than full game, is still worth the few minutes it'll take you.
Though her expedition started out well prepared, our heroine's journey to the temple of the Queen of Snakes hits a snag when her entire crew is wiped out and a rock slide traps her inside. Gorgeous, clever, and visually unique, the Queen of Snakes is a fantastic point-and-click adventure more than worth your time.
Stargazers is a minimalist puzzle Ludum Dare entry by Cake and Zeik that's sure to have everyone watching the skies. An interesting variation on connect-the-dots, Stargazers may be short, but it has astronomical amounts of polish.
FEEEEEEED ME, SEYMOUR! The yellow heads in Eugene Karatev's physics puzzle are starving, and only cheerfully oblivious orange puffles will do! Slice and dice your way through each level to carve a path and get all the bonus stars, and trust us... it won't be as easy as you think. As creepy, maybe. Not as easy.
Armed with only an arsenal of letters, the Banana Breakers are here to save the day! In this Mastermind-meets-Boggle word logic game, you've got to split the grid of letters into a series of words. You can use clues from submitted words to help you deduce the positions of letters in a word, but your next guess might give you clues somewhere else entirely! Can you solve the grid without going bananas?
Red Ball 4 is back with the second volume of physics-based fun! Roll and jump your way through fifteen new levels and eliminate your enemies as you try to protect the planet from being taken over by sinister black blocks. Let the bouncing begin!
In the platformer created by Ludum Dare veteran, Jussi Simpanen, for their 26th competition, the theme of minimalism was embraced in both graphics and gameplay. But don't let that fool you into thinking the story runs the same way. Having committed a horrible act, you must platform your way through dangerous levels to beg forgiveness and prove your worth of it. The fine melding of story and level design will have you invested in the character by the mysterious ending.
You can't help but smile when you make these monkeys happy in Pencil Kids' wonderfully interactive point-and-click puzzle game. In each stage, figure out what will make the weepy-eyed simian dance in glee. This means using objects creatively, solving puzzles and even completing a few arcade-type mini-games. Finish all 15 stages to be treated to a coin collecting adventure bonus level. But the joy on those adorable faces is what makes the effort worth it.
The latest installment in the "Test Subject" puzzle platformer series is out, and it's just what you'd expect from a Nitrome game. Test Subject Complete manages to iron out many of the wrinkles from the series' previous installments so that the challenge comes from trying to escape Dr. Nastidious' lab and save the world instead of from trying to make pixel-perfect jumps.
You've been abducted, but after hours of travel, you've taken your chance to escape. You need to figure out where you are and quickly. Pursued is an HTML5 puzzle game designed by Nemesis Games, powered by the Google Maps Street View engine. A unique, if sometimes slow-loading, experience, Pursued will take you on a glorious world tour.
Self-Defiant serves up a short and simple but satisfying escape challenge that begins with you getting lost while exploring a clock tower, and ends with you explaining to me how you managed to get lost in a clock tower where the only way to go is straight up or down.
When patrons start disappearing from a local food court, just as a killer new burger stand gets hideously popular, a competitor's employee decides to do some investigating. But what he finds may put him off lunch for good! A point and click adventure by Carmel Games, Creepo's Tales: Chopping Mall might have a few predictable twists, but it's an quite entertaining way to fill a lunch break.
Now you too can be a minimalist artist! Mondrianism is an ingenious interactive art game, in which you get to play with Mondrian's paintings. Move one coloured rectangle around, absorbing all the others, until there's only one colour left on the screen. And you thought this art thing was difficult...
- • Doodle God
- • Epsilon
- • Enough Plumbers
What's a pirates favorite kind of onion? Arr, chives! And the pirates in our audience should be quite very happy, since this week's Vault has first-person omniscience, snarky lab guys, and multiplying plumbers pulled straight from the best of the JayIsGames archives!
Yoshio Ishii has another question for you, and in this third installment of the addictively clever puzzle series, provides even more smart and simple levels where you'll have to think outside the box. Or circle, I suppose. All you have to do is read the question and figure out which circle you need to click... even though they both seem identical.
Enjoy the beautiful visuals and dense puzzles of one of the best room escape designers working today. The haunting melody, crisp visuals, and engaging puzzles of Mild Escape 6 are a great way to show fans appreciation for sticking with the designer for so long.
You wake up on a desert island with no recollection of what happened, nothing but a few shoddy tools to your name, and you're thinking what we'd probably all be thinking in a situation like that: TREASURE! It's going to take a whole lot of fortitude to make it, but with a bit of ingenuity and plenty of raw natural resources just laying around you'll be throwing together everything but coconut radios before you know it.
Manipulate cells and bacteria to your liking in this shiny match-3 game. As you play scientist, get three of the same cells adjacent to each other to form a higher grade cell. Trap pesky bacteria to stop their roaming, and complete level goals to move on. Don't forget to try the shop if you get stuck!
Inspired by Bit Blot's Aquaria, Duncan Fenn brings you underwater, metroidvania goodness in Aqua Boy. Betrayed by your simian companion, you must explore a dangerous, aquatic city in search of your lost equipment so you can find your monkey traitor and make him pay for his actions. A relatively easy title with a hefty map, Aqua Boy will keep you pleasantly occupied.
Every night, a young girl dreams of running from Death... and no matter how far she gets, she can never quite make it out of the forest. Still, she's determined to Fear Less!, get stronger, and fight her way through to her escape. Made by Innomin and Atpalicis, Fear Less! could have been expanded upon, but is a lovely, inspiring experience nevertheless.
Created by Markus Persson (the mind behind a certain popular crafting game featuring mines) Drop is a simple experimental typing game with a visual twist. To play, you just type the advancing letters before they reach the edge of the screen all while the fabric of reality bends and warps around you.
Turbo Rally, the newest racing game from TurboNuke, challenges you to a series of dirt tracks. You'll be skidding on the asphalt, skipping across puddles and flying over bumps. Leave your opponents in a dust cloud as you speed past them, boost your way over the finish line as your tires form a fire trail, and have yourself some excitement-packed rally fun.
aniwey's Candy Box may seem simple, but this unexpectedly delightful webtoy packs way more surprises than you'd ever think. All you seem to have is a simple counter of candies that slowly accumulates with each second, and the option to gobble them all up, or throw them on the ground. But give it some time, and Candy Box! may just be one of the weirdest, most wonderful webtoys you've ever encountered.
Quantum Corps is a fast-and-furious run-and-gun retro shooter by HypnoHustler where players manipulate time and gravity to take out Neo-Detroit drug scourge in the futuristic year of 2002. Definitely a game for those who with their gravity-platformers had more exploding vats, Quantum Corps may have simple mechanics, but will keep fans of the genre gleefully speed-and-slow-running.
Go to a forest, meet people, find items they want, give them the items, make them happy. Sounds easy? Not really, because you have no idea what the people are saying. They all speak in symbols, and it's up to you to figure out what they are talking about and how to help them. Vast is a simple, minimalistic game, but it's heartwarming and strangely rewarding.
Where do you think you're going in this traffic? It's bumper to bumper for fifty miles! You could sit and complain... or you could hunt down the ten little green men curiously hiding throughout your vehicle. A short escape game that relies more on observations than puzzles, but provides a giggle or two along the way.
Three doors, three locks, three puzzles, three clues... sound familiar? Hottategoya serves up another blink-and-you'll-miss-it escape game with simple logic and observational puzzles that will whet your brain's appetite for more.
Made in just 48 hours for the minimalist themed Ludum Dare, this itty-bitty adventure starts off as a quest to get a grisly trophy... and then to break a curse! The laws of the world might not make much sense to you anymore, but you won't let that stand in the way of a little destructionI MEAN heroism.
Beautiful music, moonlight reflected on the sea and birds gliding on the wind: things that are peaceful and relaxing and sweetly simple. Not your typical arcade avoidance game. Yet this is what Ferry Halim of Orisinal succeeds at best. Use your mouse to control your flight, gathering little blue birds and floating stars while avoidance hazards in this lovely, peaceful excursion that also happens to be a game.
- • Magnetism
- • Industrial Place Thingy
- • Reelz
Get ready to be metagrobolized, lovers of ludo, by this week's collection of confounding complexities in the JayIsGames Vault. Whether you like your puzzles with sides of strategy, adventure, or luck, this selection from the archives is sure to satisfy!
Jimmy's back, stranded on a strange planet, and ready to be a robot cannonball yet again in Canoniac Launcher 2, FunBunGames' sequel to their 2011 action launch title. For better or for worse, it's closer to a standard launch game than the original, but fortunately, improved gameplay is part of that package. If you enjoyed the original or you just like launchers in general, you might want to check this one out.
In order to escape, you'll need to find your way through four rooms, observing signs and clues, solving puzzles and deciphering codes. Despite the title, though, this is not a heavy undertaking. Simple, quick and perfectly logical, Heavy Room by Triple Rock is just the right balance of ease and fun for a mini game escape anytime you need one.
When you need something, you have to get up and walk over to it like a rube. But if the sticky blobs need something, they can just exude more and more of themselves until they form a giggling, snorting chain to accomplish whatever they need. A weird, quirky World Of Goo-ish physics puzzle with challenging level design.
You're captured by a witch and locked inside her treehouse. So what do you do? Look around, there's a large host of enchanted items and magic spells at your disposal, any number of which could be your key to freedom. The hard part is figuring out which is which and, being a nonmagical being, using it all properly in this whimsical point-and-click adventure from Barbara Jarosik of Pastel Games.
Want to do measure your IQ? Want to do it by solving a series of quirky puzzles, while a silent robot watches you with disdain? Mystery IQ Test might not be the most scientific method of determining your brainpower, but it's fun and it gives you the right to brag to your friends when you finish with a score of 138.
Evil never rests, so neither can you in the latest installment of realtime strategy from Booblyc! You'll lead Targa Wrathbringer and his army against a marauding demon horde, this time upgrading not only your units, but the heroes you'll recruit to your cause as well, and learn to master powerful new spells and abilities in the process.
Tired of shooters where the experienced players get all the cool weapon upgrades and you get stuck with a lousy squirt gun? In DeGrade, that formula gets flipped on its head because the further you get in each world, the more weapons you lose! This arena shooter tests an interesting game theory-ish idea where progress forces you to play more skillfully later on, although there's a flaw that allows the game to be accidentally far easier.
Hottagoya's triplex style of puzzle presentation is elevated to a new level in this refreshing escape game. You're not so much trapped inside as hovering above a labyrinth forest of evergreens. With some wandering about, you'll eventually find a box containing your first clue: a map of sorts. Follow it to the next clue until you can find the exit door and decipher the secret code to escape.
A dark chamber, a missing memory, and a splitting headache... to get to the truth and find your way out, you'll have to encounter some uncomfortable truths as you solve puzzles and explore in this atmospheric horror text adventure.
Belonging in the very easy but very cute category, ten little balls of yellow are hiding in this room and need to be found before you can solve the door lock code and escape. Some are in plain sight, others need help out of a sticky situation and some need to be uncovered. Click around the room, use objects creatively, solve a couple puzzles and you'll be out in a peep.
When you wish upon a star, typically you don't think of that star as being a surly, violence-loving mass of energy with planets for fists looking to pummel the ever-loving crap out of everything in its path. But fortunately for us, Matt Thorson and Alec Holowka DID think of it, and it's pretty darned entertaining.
- • Klax 3D
- • Qix
- • Prince of Persia
With the recent celebration of JayIsGames' 10th JIG-iversary, it seemed like just the time to go retro with a collection of classic remakes from the mid-aughties. Join us this week in The Vault for an arcade blast from the past!
It sounded like a simple heist... get into the old abandoned house, steal anything of value, and get out. But you're not alone in the dark, and something is very unhappy you've intruded. Explore an eerie house full of randomly generated treasure, grab what you need, and get out before you're caught, making use of ghostly eyes to see through the sight of the thing hunting you.
Live Puzzle is a jigsaw game by Pipkin Games that presents players with a fun set of animated pictures to reconstruct, with subjects ranging from fish, to spirals, to planets, to cards. The animation is clearly a gimmick, but a cool one, and the developers definitely put thought into how different puzzles would be solved in different and interesting ways.
Which sounds worse: tennis or clowns? Ha, trick question! They're both equally creepy in their own way! 10tons totally gets that, which is why the team that brought us the physics puzzle game Tennis in the Face has released the follow-up Clowns in the Face. Now, instead of just smacking things in the face with tennis balls, you're smacking clowns in the face with tennis balls. Neat!
The Naked Alien is an action platformer by Lucas Paakh that offers players a quirky encounter of the nude kind, as its titular being sets out to map uncharted territory. It's a little by-the-numbers, but The Naked Alien is strangely amusing, and definitely showcases the developers prodigious artistic talents.
Pilot your shuttle, conquer the galaxy, gather resources and upgrade all the things in Vasiliy Kostin's Galaxy Siege! If you enjoy planned upgrading, growing a system piece by piece to achieve today what you couldn't before, Galaxy Siege will most likely appeal to you.
Laser Puzzle is just what it sounds like: A puzzle with lasers. You've got to redirect the colored beams to the receptors, but instead of freely dropping mirrors around the grid, a series of mirrors and filters on wheels must be turned until the beam finds its way. This clever take on an old chestnut is only five levels long and will leave you craving more, but it's the perfect length for a short coffee break.
Developed by AtomicCicada, this block-sliding puzzle game takes an old concept and turns it on its head with a simple tweak. Giving a much-appreciated twist to a familiar format, Push Me is a refreshing and unexpectedly original piece of logic puzzlery. And with 100 levels, it'll keep your brain occupied for a nice while.
Hottategoya has three rooms for you to escape from. Within each, the smallest of details are changed but the rest is very...similar. Your goal is to point and click around the scenes, observing the clues and associating them with the proper puzzles. Unlock all three doors and soon your brief excursion into three similar rooms will be over.
Admit it: you know you wanted to solve a jigsaw puzzle today. Well, the team at Plexus Puzzles has granted your wish with Plexus: Rebuild the Earth, and the results are adorable as ever. Go! Play! Rebuild
When you're inside this sublimely surreal environment, a room of saturated pastel colors and depth, it's hard to think why you'd want to leave so quickly. But if you are quick to observe clues and put them together then, with only three codes to solve, you'll be out of here within minutes. As always, MyGames888's impeccable design and inventive puzzles offer a truly satisfying escape from the ordinary.
If you always enjoyed Smart Code Games' superlatively fluid physics puzzle but felt it was a might tame, this poison pack of 30 additional levels gives you a potent new purpose to your plumbing job. Arrange the pipes, valves, bombs and teleporters then click the start switch to route the glowing green toxic liquid into its respective containers, measuring amounts properly to not waste or spill. With virtually no instructions, the puzzles won't hesitate to tease your brain with byzantine constructions, giving you plenty to scratch your head over for most the afternoon or evening.
A "crowd-sourced" music video for Dutch band Light Light's new single, "Kilo", Do Not Touch is a unique piece of interactive art by Studio Moniker. In it, viewers are directed their cursors along with thousands of others who've come before them. It's a trippy look into the internet hive mind and, while only a game in the broadest of terms, definitely worth sharing.
- • Lucky Tower
- • One Chance
- • Pyoro
Come on in to Crazy Tricky's Vault O' Items, for all the best deals on things to clutter your inventory! And, for just coming in today, you get, absolutely free, three excellent action, adventure, and arcade games from the JayIsGames archives! Why? Because we're cuh-raaazy!
There's a ghost in the system, and you're it! But you're not the spooky, chain-rattling kind. You're the rad, hacking, fight-for-justice kind! In this addictive sequel to 2010's popular tower defense game, place defensive programs and upgrade them with nodes to protect your data, or swarm your opponent with hostiles of your own in Monster Mode!
Magnetized, by Rocky Hong, is a simple one-button HTML5 physics game of pushing, pulling, and sling-shotting a little blip around a screen. Featuring intuitive gameplay, and an atmospheric abstract presentation, Magnetized may require a bit too much precision for some, but has charms that many will be drawn to.
A derelict, abandoned old factory on the edge of town in the dead of night... what could go wrong? When your friend calls you there to photograph his latest piece of graffiti you don't think anything of it, but soon find yourself trapped in a reeking underground maze... though not alone. A creepy and atmospheric point-and-click escape adventure from Psionic!
Treasure of the Abandoned City is an action adventure game from Alec Stamos with artwork by Todd Luke. It continues the Tales of the Renegade Sector episodes with a loot hunt through space, sending you on a quest to find Laserbeard's treasure hidden somewhere on the dusty dry planet of Seltan. Fortunately, you get to punch and shoot a bunch of bad guys along the way!
A girl, a guy, and an after-school get together that could turn into something more. Sounds familiar, right? Wrong! Made in just two days, this short and silly but also surprisingly earnest little visual novel dating sim is weird in all the best possible ways.
Slayin isn't a game, it's a time machine rocketing from an 8-bit past. Pixel Licker's deliciously compulsive mashup of old school action RPG and contemporary endless runner-style progression is so infused with retro spirit that you might forget you're playing it on a device that lacks buttons.
Rejoice, because Little Giant World has brought us a delightful new resort management simulation, and we can finally put away the exquisitely-detailed dollhouses and model train sets of yesteryear. Between upgrading your rooms, adding new facilities and making sure everything's being well-maintained, Resort Empire is hours of absorbing fun for any resource management fan interested in crafting the perfect life for their virtual townsfolk.
Months after the tournament that decided Kurestal Kingdom's next ruler, one of the knights sacrifices his life to save the new king. In The King's League: Odyssey, the sequel to Kurechii's popular game from 2011, you manage a team of fighters who are looking to fill the job opening.
No one has to die is an HTML5 visual novel by Stuart Madafiglio where sacrifice is the only way to get closer to solving the full mystery at hand. The turn-based puzzles that drive the plot feel a little perfunctory when compared to the twisty story, but fans of cerebral, complex stories should definitely give it several playthroughs.
Pipkin Games is trying to tie your brain in knots with something that should be simple. Roll a ball in a maze to an exit. Easy, right? Well, except for the fact that there are coloured keys, doors, locks, paint blotches, and more all strewn across different overlapping layers you'll have to hop in and out of holes to travel through.
Tateita's short and sweet escape game makings are what's in store for you in the oddly named, sg6. The room is unfurnished and offers few clues and even fewer puzzles to solve, but solve them must if you want to escape. So poke around a few corners, make good use of items you gather and, with two shakes of the dice, you'll be out.
To stuff the piggies in this quirky physics puzzler full of acorns, you'll need to draw ropes to send them flinging around the level using various contraptions, and then know when to sever the connection at just the right moment! More Cut the Rope than its predecessor, piggy still pleases with cheerful design and clever levels for perfect casual puzzling.
When Detarou's playing Willy Wonka, any factory you visit is bound to be a little... off. With everything from a sober frog man, a de-pants/pantsing conveyor, a less-than-talented ventriloquist and more, this is one of the weirdest escapes yet... though thankfully with its share of clever puzzles to keep you occupied.
- • OUT file#01
- • Sagrario's Room Escape
- • The Great Living Room Escape
- • Trapped Part 1: The White Rabbit
We all have moments when we feel the need to escape, that's why the room escape genre is one of the most popular on the internet. That's why, in this week's Vault, we're featuring four clever escape games that contain all we love about escapes, including all the features that make being locked up in a strange room desperate to escape such an enjoyable pastime.
You're bored kid with a box cutter in a room full of boxes. Ready for rainy day crafts time? Turn the boxes into shapes by clicking a point outside the box then drawing a line all the way across it to cut off that piece. You're limited to specific types of cuts and, as the shapes get much more complicated over 30 levels, creating them with 100% similarity becomes quite tough. Slice the Box is great way to while away time in a relaxing, creative endeavor.
Guide the yellow ninja on a quest through 20 riddling rooms in this simply tricky puzzle platform game from Tom "Ninjadoodle" Vencel. It boils down to doing one thing twenty times: press the big red button so you can reach the key and unlock the door. Yet doing that means hopping, pushing, avoiding, and jumping through all manners of hoops to make it happen.
You're in a room with a beautiful view of the horizon. An Escape from the Scenic Room might be the last thing you're interested in doing, but in Tesshi-e's latest escape game of the same name, that's exactly what you're tasked with. The bouncy accordion music somehow fits the atmosphere quite well, the visuals are realistic but not overwhelmingly so, and the puzzles are well-designed and flow perfectly.
He may be locked in, but this is one kitty that won't be caged for long! Help a kitten break out of his carrier and get some sweet, sweet noms in this short but gorgeously stylish and funny escape game from French creator Sylviepouletpoulet.
Mary loves Jim, but her family doesn't. When these two lovebirds decide to run away together, they'll need to puzzle their way through a series of platforming levels filled with tricks, traps, spikes, switches, and even Mary's own overprotective family in order to be together. A familiar concept, but one done with style and charm.
RedWhite Slice is a short action puzzle that's a mix of Fat Slice and JezzBall, whose strength is in its level design and aesthetics. It's not very long or difficult, but at about ten minutes of tidy design, it's a great way to spend a coffee break.
It's a good-natured game of turf wars as you clear the board of all but the last monster standing. Simply roll an adjacent monster into another monster to push him off, continuing the process until all but one remains. Over time, the set-ups are more complicated requiring strategy and planning to complete.
Pink is nice, but spikes? Not so much. Paint all other colours pink in this gravity-defying platformer, but avoid getting impaled! A simple idea that will challenge your reflexes and brighten your day in the space of a coffee break with its bouncy design.
The doorknob is broken, so you're stuck in your apartment. Maybe, if you can get him to cooperate, your Neighbor can help? Point-and-click around the room, looking for a creative means to earn his assistance, solving puzzles and decoding codes. Red herrings might lead you astray while the comical style and Robamimi's affable charm makes you feel part of the jocosity, not only as a good neighbor, but as a welcome friend.
A kingdom stands poised to be torn apart as two of its would-be champions can't agree on a course of action... which is where you come in. In Axis Games' action-RPG adventure, choose a side and develop your character to be the hero the land needs and strike down all those who would come against you. Preferably with fireballs.
In Must Escape the Museum, you play a child who's fallen asleep in a museum bathroom and wakes up after everyone is gone. Can you find your way out before your parents start to worry?
Stack Overload is a mobile puzzle game from Bonus Level that feels like a cross between WarGames: WOPR and a memory game. It's your job to crash a series of increasingly complex programs by causing memory overloads one block at a time. This isn't as complicated as it sounds, as all you have to do is match pairs of tiles by turning them over one at a time. Overload the stack and you'll move on to the next level!
- • Pillage the Village
- • Varicella
- • Strategy Defense
This week, The Vault gets medieval, as we present excellent action, interactive fiction, and strategy titles from the JayIsGames archives. Awesome is coming!