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Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Dora[Note: Please be aware that this game contains graphic scenes and material that may be upsetting to some players.]

They say the people who graduate from prestigious Hope's Peak Academy are guaranteed success in life, but since they only accept the best of the best, most will never find out. Makoto Naegi thinks he's lucked out when he wins a lottery to become one of the students, but neither he nor the other fourteen exceptional (and eclectic) teens who step inside the doors are prepared for what happens next. They've been trapped inside by the school's... unusual administration, and told they're to live out the rest of their days behind its walls. The only way out? To kill one of the other students and not get caught. Originally released for handhelds and now available on Steam, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a surreal murder mystery visual novel adventure from Spike Chunsoft and Abstraction Games with its own distinct style, a wild cast, and one seriously strange plot, though a lot of tiresome and potentially upsetting tropes and stereotypes may taint the experience for some.


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Rating: 4/5 (50 votes)
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Vintage Card

There's something about the slightly old fashioned yet cozy aesthetic of most TomaTea escape games that feels a little like receiving some sort of hand crafted artisanal gift from a relative, and Vintage Card is no different. It's a bite-sized game compared to some of TomaTea's grander efforts, and this time you're trapped inside a tiny but well decorated sitting room with a lovely view. To play, just click to interact with things and explore your limited environment. As usual, the tip of your cursor will glow when it passes over something you can click on, and, also as usual, if you come up against a puzzle with a hint you haven't yet locked eyes on, the game will tell you that you have no idea how to solve it, so keep peeping! There's a solidly satisfying chunk of puzzles here despite the smaller scale, though the musical/note puzzles might give some players pause.

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Sandstorm

Satori[Note: This game is available in Pay What You Want format, including free. If you enjoy the game, show your support for the developer who made it by paying what you think is fair!]

When you're lost in a trackless desert waste, everywhere looks pretty much like everywhere else — and may as well be, for all that it matters. You'll need to not only get through a fierce Sandstorm, but also get yourself, your beast of burden and your creaky cart to a distant mountain you can't even see in order to complete your pilgrimmage. And this adventure by Daniel Linssen does a phenomenal job of recreating a wild sandstorm: gritty siroccos and mirages obscure the outer bounds of your view, and the whole landscape veers and wends arbitrarily as you move, providing an uncannily accurate depiction of just how disorienting a landscape can be when you can't find a single point of reference with which to get your bearings. Fortunately you've got a compass by which to orient, and a disc that shows you how much of the day has passed. Provided you can keep them. As the day progresses everything will eventually grow dim and narcolepsy hits you suddenly, with daybreak snapping on just as abruptly, and it's then that you'll find that your camel has invariably wandered off and any number of your tools have become scattered in the wind. They're out there somewhere and you'll need to find them, but if you stray too far you'll never find your way back to the wagon! Retracing your footsteps is an option, but they will become sandblown before too long. You have a meager supply of guide markers you can place and retrieve in order to find your way back, and you'll need to retrieve your camel and any strewn tools if you're to continue your quest effectively. Finding notes will also allow you to understand more about the area, and unlock a plethora of new game options as well.


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Oxenfree

DoraIn Night School Studios' story-driven indie horror adventure Oxenfree, on the night she and her friends are planning to spend some quality time together out on a remote island, teenage Alex finds herself bringing along her new step-brother, Jonas... who she's only just met. It's a little awkward, sure, made even moreso by Alex's best friend Ren inviting Nona, the girl he's been pining after, and Nona's friend Clarissa... who happens to be Alex's late brother's prickly ex-girlfriend, and definitely not Alex's biggest fan. If it sounds like a bit of a mess waiting to happen, well, nobody ever said dealing with life and the people in it was easy. But they've got worse problems than uncomfortable silences and catty remarks when they accidentally stumble across something better left undisturbed.


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Rating: 4.3/5 (107 votes)
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The Happy Escape 10

A mysterious air? A luxurious elegance in design? Cunning escape game puzzles? It must be Tesshi-e! In The Happy Escape 10, after chancing across a mysterious door and knocking on it, you find yourself trapped inside a richly appointed dining room, but since there's no food or drink to go with this sumptuous setting, you'll want to find your way out eventually. There's no changing cursor to tell you what you can interact with, so make sure you click everywhere to search the room, and of course click the language button in the lower right corner to change it to English if you can't read Japanese! While you'll want to keep an eye out for puzzle clues, some of which are more obvious than others, no Happy Escape is complete without sweet, sweet moolah... by which I mean Happy Coins, of course! There are quite a lot of hidden secrets in this one, and a new perspective may shed some light on a puzzle or two. Will you escape? Or will you wait it out a little and see if dinner is served?

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Rating: 3.2/5 (142 votes)
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Can You Escape Love?

Inspired by Undertale, Chibixi's Can You Escape Love?, also free for Android, is a bizarre escape game that blends action sequences with point-and-click gameplay. In it, the previous year's Zodiac isn't ready to give up the ghost... in fact, they've become more than a little obsessed with you, and are determined to keep you to themselves, forever, even if it kills you. The gameplay is split into two parts... exploring the locked room by clicking on things to interact and discover secrets and solve puzzles, and taking part in boss "fights". These sequences take a page from Undertale's book by tasking you to move a heart icon around the screen to avoid enemy projectiles and attacks... take too much damage and it's game over, but outlast the boss and you'll win. Can You Escape Love? isn't what you'd call subtle, and its action sequences aren't that hard if you can find the "sweet spots" to hang out in to avoid the lion's share of damage, but its weirdness is part of its charm. With multiple endings and a plan to add even more content down the line, Can You Escape Love? is strange and twisted, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Google PlayCan You Escape Love? (Android, Android Tablet)


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The Flame in the Flood

DoraCreated by The Molasses Flood, indie action adventure The Flame in the Flood is a rogue-lite post-apocalyptic tale without zombies, mutants, or nuclear weapons. An enormous flood has washed away most of the land, and with raging rivers, hostile wildlife, and dwindling supplies a real issue, survivors are few and far between. One such survivor is Scout, whose campfire is visited one evening by a dog bringing with it a backpack and a radio, whose signal seems to lead far downriver. With only a makeshift raft and the things they can find along the way to keep them going, can Scout and this intrepid pooch survive a wild and untamed landscape long enough to find out where the signal is coming from? With both a story-based and endless modes, The Flame in the Flood is a challenging, gorgeous survival adventure with a few rough edges but a singular charm and style.

Weekday Escape

DoraRise and shine, my little escaperinos! Wednesday has finally shone its smiling face upon us, banishing the drudgery of Monday and the resignation of Tuesday, and what better way to make your week a little faster than to find yourself trapped in implausible locations and scenarios? This week! Vitamin Hana was you to get pumped, but no weights are required. Esklavos's puppy has a broken airplane and a bone to pick with a mythological beast. And Tototo Room may have you trapped, but that doesn't mean it has to be within four walls.


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Piece of Princess Cake

In Carmel Games' short and silly point-and-click adventure Piece of Princess Cake, our ginger viking hero has a hankering for a slice of a traditional Swedish cake called prinsesstårta, or Princess Cake, but due to a family feud, the shopkeeper is only willing to sell if our hero buys him an expensive rock from Vikea. To play, just click to interact with things when the cursor changes as it passes over people or objects, and remember that you can both combine some items you're carrying, and occasionally view them up close. As you might expect, simply walking into the store and buying the much coveted giant rock isn't going to be an option, so you'll need to do favours for people and solve a few puzzles along the way. Some of this is more intuitive than the rest, though a scrambled picture jigsaw might give the most pause since it's a little awkwardly put together. Still, to stand between someone and cake is the cruelest thing imaginable, and reuniting our viking with some sugary goodness is an admirable quest indeed.

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Rating: 4.1/5 (29 votes)
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opus-the-day-we-found-earth

Lori.hIn a far far future where humans have left earth so long ago that the idea of it has become a myth, the human genome is deteriorating. Some believe that if the original human genes are found a cure can be made, but such a gene would reside on the long forgotten little blue planet. Dr. Lisa Adams and her crew are on the search for Earth and to aid their search Lisa creates a small robot named Emeth. His sole goal is to search the galaxy to find Earth, but one day in the darkness of space Emeth reboots and finds a very dark and very lonely ship. Still looking for the elusive earth Emeth must continue to use the computer system OPUS and slowly discover where his beloved Doctor has gone off to. OPUS: The Day We Found Earth, by Team Signal, is an adventure puzzle game for iOS and Android, but is much more than about scanning the universe as it's also a tale about Emeth. You'll be surprised how much emotion this little orange robot can stir up. There is a free demo to the game, where unlike most demos, this one lets you play almost two thirds of the game before asking you to purchase it. But you won't even need to complete the demo to realize a game with this much beauty in its art, music, and storytelling is one you won't want to pass up on.


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Dakota Winchester's Adventures Part 3

What's a little breaking and entering when priceless gems are on the line? In Carmel Games' point-and-click adventure Dakota Winchester's Adventures Part 3, our titular hero is close to the last legendary ruby he's been hunting for years, locked up in an abandoned fort, but his former teacher (and total jerk) is hunting the ruby too. To play, just click to interact, and watch the cursor to see how it changes when it passes over things you can click on. You might still encounter a little pixel hunting due to how small some hot spots can be, and some item uses are definitely... creative, but since when has that stopped a totally-not-Indiana-Jones-please-don't-sue hero before? Like all of Carmel Games' titles, Dakota Winchester's Adventures Part 3 is short and silly, just the right size for a coffee break, so don your fedora, invest in some tight pants, and find that gem!

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Rating: 3.6/5 (95 votes)
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Cleopatra's Escape

The title of Pine Studio's escape game Cleopatra's Escape, also free for iOS and Android, would seem to imply that you play as Cleopatra, but when you're only represented as an ambiguous white fist in your inventory, who knows? Regardless of who you may be, you're trapped in this tomb, and if the bones by the door are any indication, you probably want to try to find a way out sooner or later. The cursor will change when it passes over something you can click on to interact with, and text at the top of the screen will give you an idea of what that action is. Remember that you can combine some items you're carrying by clicking on them in succession, and the fist actually represents using force on things, so try it out if you're stuck. Which, chances are, you may wind up being, since Cleopatra's Escape doesn't always give you the hints or nudges it could to subtly steer the player in the right direction. Still, it's easy on the eyes and at times fairly clever, but if you don't want your bones to wind up inside it as well, you'll need to be more clever still!

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Download on the AppstoreCleopatra's Escape (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)


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Alice House 2 No.07: The White Knight

Looks like Funkyland wants you to prove yourself, because before you can play the rest of the escape game Alice House 2 No.07: The White Knight, you'll have to puzzle your way through a locked gate right off the bat. As usual, you're looking for five items bearing the image of a specific character, the white knight this time, and there's no changing cursor to provide any extra guidance, so you'll have to click around to make sure you find everything on your own. If you aren't in the habit of clicking everywhere and trying to use items in ways that might not be immediately instinctive, The White Knight might stymie you from time to time, though its trickiness can be admirable as well. Funkyland's usual whimsy is on display here and weaves with the puzzles nicely, making for a pleasantly off-the-wall challenge that fits perfectly into a break from your day.

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Learn to Fly 3

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The little penguin that could returns for more, in Lightbringer Games' action and upgrade-packed launch game Learn to Fly 3. Like the original and the sequel, our favourite cutely chubby tuxedo'd birb is, unfortunately, still having to prove himself to internet losers who don't get how amazing penguins are. Along with the fuzzy baby penguins of Penguin NASA, he's going to get to the moon, darn it, even if it takes a ton of grinding and tweaking to get there. Each day, you'll launch yourself using the materials available, and get paid based on your progress. That cash is used to buy new additions and upgrades to your contraption that will let you fly farther, and faster, with the ultimate goal of reaching the MOOOOOOOOOON! You'll start very simply, but you'll unlock many more components to experiment with as you progress. Just don't go too crazy, since some components work better with lighter materials than others, and the more you pile on, the heavier your assembly gets, and of course once you unlock boosts to help you steer with [WASD], and different aircraft bodies with different slots for materials, well, things get even trickier. The Learn to Fly series has always been a little more involved than most launch games, not to mention a great deal cuter with its fantastic animated visuals and sense of humour, and this third installment has everything we've come to expect. It's definitely very grindy, but the sheer amount of things to buy and unlock, from passive bonuses to aesthetic tweaks, will keep fans busy for a long, long time.

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Thanks to Lceninexp for sending this one in!


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Lori.hJust as you finish building your house and brush back your lovely locks to take it all in, a strong wind blows and carries every last piece of your house away. Kicking you when you're down it also steals all your beautiful hair except for one last strand. Thankfully, you've been gifted teleportation shoes and your quest to take your house back has just begun! Blown Away: Secret of the Wind, a platformer for iOS and Android (Android users have 30 free levels to try before they buy!) by Black Pants Studio. You help Hendrik as he walks steadfastly forward, by tapping on the screen where you want him to teleport. At first you only have one charge for one jump and letting him walk forward slowly builds it back up, but as your adventure continues you gain more and more upgrades as you transverse this windswept world. Keep Hindrik from falling into the abyss and have him gather up all the pieces of his house as he goes to find the source of this odd wind.

Weekday Escape

DoraIt's Wednesday and you know what that means... it's the middle of the week! Only a few more days 'til the glorious freedom of the weekend. You know, unless you're an adult and no longer find your responsibilities bound solely to Monday through Friday, in which case, the cycle never ends! But no matter what you have to do, or how long you have to do it, Weekday Escape can always make it just a little bit better. This week! Vitamin Hana doesn't want to keep you in so much as out. Nagamochi Games delivers something a little fishy. And Twinkle is both wonderfully weird and sugary sweet.


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Cube Escape: Birthday

DoraIn Rusty Lake's creepy point-and-click adventure Cube Escape: Birthday, also free for iOS and Android, the year is 1939, and it's your ninth birthday... at least, you think it is. Everybody at your party seems to be having a good time, but an ominous letter hints that not all is well. Click around to interact with things and move around the room, and click an item in your inventory to hide it for use. Some objects can be dragged around with the mouse, but the cursor won't change to tell you what you can interact with, so be sure to check everywhere and try everything. When you're carrying a lot of items, you can click the little white arrow that appears in the bottom right corner to expand and collapse your inventory. Don't expect a whole lot of help... like most of Rusty Lake's games, Cube Escape: Birthday is more than a little surreal, and you'll have to think outside the realm of everyday logic in order to proceed.


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Tomb of the Mask

DoraDo you like arcade games? Do you like retro graphics? Do you like barely restraining yourself from hurling your iOS device out a window while shrieking in incoherent rage? Happymagenta's free Tomb of the Mask may be for you! You're racing upwards through a randomly generated temple, avoiding everything from spikes, bullets, and enemies to the ever oncoming wall of instant death. Just swipe to go flying in that direction and you'll stick on whatever surface you land on, but watch out, since a single hit will be a game over. The coins you gather along the way can be used to by powerups like temporary shields or magnets, while the little dots increase your score and can eventually unlock different masks with various bonuses. You can choose to watch ads from time to time for extra coins or to keep going during a run if you hit danger, and for 200 coins, you can spin a wheel that can give you a shot at great rewards, or puny returns.


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Romance Detective

Dora[Note: This game is available in Pay What You Want format, including free. If you enjoy the game, show your support for the developer who made it by paying what you think is fair!]

In Romance Detective, a linear indie visual novel from NomNomNami, Protag, and Konatizer that's available in Pay What You Want format (including free), love is in the air, but so is crime! Chrys is a cop who's been called to the local art museum to investigate a stolen vase, but she never imagined that would mean teaming up with the (dubiously) legendary Romance Detective. She's an eccentric crime-solver who's dedicated to love (she claims she was born with that rose in her mouth), and although she may seem strange, she gets results. There's something weirder going on in this city than a simple case of a theft of a gaudy vase, but with Romance Detective and newly re-christened Romance Cop on the case, people have nothing to fear! Just click to advance the text and make choices when presented with them, though there's really no way to lose. Romance Detective is strictly on-rails, but it's cute, funny, sweet, and strange... even if it ends with a "to be continued"!


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The Big Pig Game

DoraEvan Gibbs' puzzle platformer The Big Pig Game is about a cuddly little porker's quest to find pancakes, and the food that powers him along the way. Using [WASD] or the [arrow] keys to move with [K] or [Z] to jump, the goal of each level is to reach the door, though simply waddling to and fro usually isn't enough. The catch is that the food you find and eat bestows different powers on you... grapes allow you to spit seeds with [J] or [X] that can break crates, for instance, while coffee puts some pep in your step and allows you to jump farther and run faster. Just don't touch veggies, since those aren't what our little pig is after, and you'll have to restart the level if you do. The door usually doesn't open until you've gobbled up all the food, but since one food replaces another's special abilities, you'll have to plan your way through, while contending with switches, vanishing platforms, peashooters, and more.


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millionaire-pop

Lori.hWhen you're wanting to become a millionaire you need to save every last coin. Or match every last coin. Millionaire POP is a free match-3 game brought to you by DeNA Seoul. You goal, besides becoming insanely rich with fictional money, is to turn every blue spot yellow by connecting three or more dollars, pounds, euros, and yuan in a specific number of moves. When you get four of the same color, you replace that fourth coin with a Power Bill which, when activated by another match, will send it flying across the screen, knocking out every coin in its path. The seventh coin in a match becomes a Double Power Bill which goes in two directions, and then the tenth coin becomes the legendary Super Coin, that removes all coins of the same color. But there are a lot more stumbling blocks in your way than the first few easy levels lead you to believe. With locks, bombs, and more trying to halt your progression to the 1% you'll find that every penny saved is a penny earned. And, boy, will you go through a lot to earn it.


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Monkey GO Happy Hearts

In Pencil Kids' point-and-click puzzle game Monkey GO Happy Hearts, love is in the air, but it's also hidden under rocks, behind puzzles, and in every weird place you can think of. To make your Monkey GO Happy, you have to find the three hidden hearts in each level by clicking on things to interact with them, and dragging the items you gather from your inventory to use them onscreen. There are 20 levels in all, and in most cases, the difficulty is skewed more towards the sort of thing that the average player won't have much trouble with. But regardless of whether you have a special simian to call your own, Monkey GO Happy Hearts is still a cute Valentine's treat for everyone to enjoy.

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nyctophilia

Lori.hYou can move away from people, you can lock yourself inside to hide from nature, but you can't ever escape what's in your head. Or at least that is what the premise is for Nyctophilia by Cat in Jar Games. This free indie game follows our protagonist as he tries to recover from something he'd rather forget. Fighting his way through nightmares he must do everything he can to stay sane. But when you're staying in a house where the last owner may have not had all his marbles himself there is only so much you can do. While it plays like a point-and-click adventure, this is a "mouse free" game where you move with the [arrow] keys and inspect, pick up items, or makes choices with [X]. The [Tab] key lets you into your inventory, see the notes you've collected or view what your main task at hand is. This slower paced mystery has two endings, a few puzzles and an unnerving atmosphere from start to finish.


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Chocolate Shop Escape

Before you fire up Chocolala Studio's Chocolate Shop Escape, I'm going to need you to clamp down tight on your sweet tooth, because otherwise you're never going to escape from here. As the title implies, you've been locked inside a small, trendy chocolate shop, and to find a way out, you'll need to solve some puzzles and gather some items, and resist the urge to lay underneath the chocolate fountain once you get it going. There's no changing cursor to show what's interactive, but the design is clean enough that you shouldn't need one. Just click on things around the room, and pay attention to your surroundings... even if a clue seems to be sitting right out in plain view, it might need a second look to make sure you're using it correctly. Chocolate Shop Escape is short, sweet, and just clever enough to make it a nice, light treat for escape fans. Make sure you have everything before you go!

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