In Funkyland's very royal escape game Alice House 2 No.08: Queen Alice, to leave your perplexing but pretty prison, you'll need to find five items bearing the image of the White Queen... which, as you should know by now after your other outings down the rabbit hole with Funkyland, is going to require solving a puzzle or three. To play, just click to interact with your environment, and keep an eye out for clues to crack the puzzles in your way. You might need an item to proceed, or you might need to figure out how to open a lock that's encoded. Funkyland has always been great at making games that are juuuust complex enough to make you come away from their coffee-break-sized play time feeling satisfied, and Queen Alice is just clever enough to make you appreciate the way Funkyland blends whimsy and logic in equal measure.
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Things feeling a bit... samey lately? Matt Dabrowski's new action roguelike — free while in Alpha release — will put that right! Rather than your standard dungeon crawl, Streets of Rogue is set in a bustling urban area teeming with folks going about their business, much of it nefarious! Besides the usual assortment of shopkeepers and item merchants you'll find scientists performing experiments on gorillas, rival teams of gangs, security personnel on patrol guarding private complexes with some very useful items, and public venues that include armed-to-the-teeth guards and some alluring safes in the back room if you can get to them and find a way to open them.
If you're there, and I'm here, then that means... congratulations! The ritual was a success. It sleeps once more, dreamless yet restless, even turning, beneath the earth's skin, and we yet live another turn of that infernal star. Nevermind "Dora, what are you talking about?" That's my burden to bear, you sweet, blessedly ignorant human. We've got games to play! This week! Primera's idea of a picnic involves a little more math and a lot less potato salad than you might expect. Vitamin Hana gives you doors, doors everywhere, and not a drop to drink... or... something. And Tototo Room gives you some fresh air and a little wiggle for your time.
Pony Island, by Daniel Mullins Games, is an indie puzzle game that's hiding a dark and terrible secret... or, well. Not hiding, really, since the game's official description gives it away, but DARK AND TERRIBLE NONETHELESS. What seems like an innocent and cheerful yet broken game about ponies takes a turn for the macabre... though you'll need to figure out how to fix the game first. Of course, once you've started, you can't stop, because the Capital-D Devil is literally in the machine and wants to keep you trapped in it forever. To escape, you'll need to literally break the game by discovering ways to crack the options and otherwise bend the code to your will. Originally conceived as a Ludum Dare game, whose original version is still available in your browser to try, Pony Island is strange, but we like it that way.
The Story of Brewster Chipptooth, by Carmel Games, is a short point-and-click adventure about a scrawny scallywag who decides he's done with the yo-ho-ho-ery and wants to find a legendary treasure to give to the poor. Of course, he's on his own, since the pirates he's just abandoned aren't that keen to help him out, but luckily he's got you on his side! To play, just click to interact with people and objects when the icon changes as you pass over them, and remember to try combining items in your inventory when you get stuck. Most Carmel Games titles are a blend between puzzles that are straightforward, and those that are, well, kinda silly. Though The Story of Brewster Chipptooth reuses several puzzles and characters from previous games, it's still an appealingly weird little game that'll give you a taste of the pirate's life without ever needing to leave your chair.
As Concerned Ape's indie RPG adventure sim Stardew Valley opens, you've reached your breaking point at your mindless job, and that's when you remember the letter left to you by your grandfather long ago. He told you to open it when you felt hopeless and lost, and, well, this fits, I suppose. Turns out he's left you a farm... it's more than a little run down, but the locals are willing to lend you a hand. Packed with secrets, surprises, crafting, the potential for marriage (regardless of gender!), dungeons, and much, much more, Stardew Valley is an ambitious and addictive Harvest Moon-alike game from a one-man team that delivers a startling amount of content despite some shallow portions. (Please note that as of this writing, Stardew Valley is only available for PC, though the developer says ports for Mac and Linux are a top priority.)
Any hero should know better than to hang out with his/her love in open spaces. It's just bait for any ill-tempered bad guy. Our kid hero tests fate by bringing his princess girlfriend out into the jungle for some lovey-dovey eye staring only to have her quickly nabbed by an alien in a spaceship. Thankfully though, he has plenty of dino friends to give him a lift and shoot the alien bugs out of his way in order to save his dearly beloved. But these bugs didn't go to the stormtrooper school of shooting and so he'll have to dodge all the madness they throw at him, in BulletHell Adventure. Frozennnn's action shooter is played with either the mouse or keyboard, whichever one you're more suited with as you'll need high skill to swoop in between all the bullets flying towards you, while at the same time shooting even more right back at them.
Campy, wonderfully silly, and packed to the gills with supernatural mayhem, Robin Johnson's text-based adventure Draculaland puts the Bram Stoker classic in your hands with a very liberal comedic twist or ten. You are Johnathon Harker, newly arrived in Transylvania following an optimistic telegram from Van Helsing, who, surprise surprise, has discovered this "Dracula" fellow happens to be a vampire. Van Helsing seemed pretty sure he could dust Dracula easy, but he's nowhere to be found in the tiny village you start out in. Maybe you'd better look for him? To play, just click the buttons on the right side of the screen to select actions. They're all pretty self explanatory, such as directions, talking to someone, picking up or dropping items, and so forth. It is possible to fail fatally, so use the button to save your game... or the one to undo your last action if you wind up losing a pint too many.
Mmmmm, I'm getting hungry just thinking about writing this review. Because this cute Kairosoft simulation game is all about cake. Strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, cake rolls, even waffles and cream puffs are just some of the delicious items you can concoct while running your very own bakery. You start with a handful of recipes and a small but determined staff. Assign staff to either the kitchen if they have a high prep score, or the front end of the store if they have a high stock score. These abilities along with speed can be upgraded as you go until your shop runs like a well oiled machine. But the sweets menu is where the magic happens. Tap it and then creation to develop your very own recipes, which are then graded on taste, volume, and aroma. Athough your ingredient list begins small, you will slowly accumulate an impressive collection of toppings and syrups.
Life is hard in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but as long as your rustbucket of a dog is by your side you know you'll make it through anything. In Raiders Took My Dog, life is good until the unthinkable happens or, well, really it's pretty thinkable as it's the title of the game. In Aleksey Severinov and Aniseed's action packed shooter for browser and Android, you're fighting wave after wave of raiders to find out who they sold your dog to. This first game of the series has plenty of gun types and specialties to spend all your cash on as well as achievements to help fill your wallet. While you can only move up and down with your mouse, you have to dodge ranged and melee attack as you clear the screen of all baddies. Every fifth level ends with a boss battle and while you can squeak by with only a bit of health left you'll want to come out unscathed to get those precious stars that award you with even more cash you can then spend on bigger guns to get Scrappy back in no time.
It's another bee-yootiful Wednesday here at JayisGames. The sun is shining and the birds are singing... I mean, presumably. By the time this article goes live, I will be snug asleep in bed, dreaming the confused hodge-podge of dinosaurs, Borderlands references, and food that make up my subconscious. But you? It's game time! This week! Vitamin Hana needs you help freeing a new batch of animals, but should we break the locks? Nagamochi Games gives you somewhere cute to chill, but you'll need to find some puzzle pieces if you want to leave. And Esklavos sends you after a queen who has set out (unwisely?) to give a dragon what-for.
Alma Games' fabulous feline has been globe-trotting and physics puzzle solving for some time now, from Asia to Europe and beyond, and now in Cat Around the World - Alpine Lakes, also free for Android devices, he's off in search of a place that allegedly has the best salami in the world. To solve each level, figure out how to get that delicious cured meat to the cat by clicking on the environment... ice can be broken, for example, to allow the salami to tumble through it, but you'll want to avoid hazards like electricity and spikes... because salami can be popped for some reason. Later, you'll be given optional food to drop the salami on on its way to the cat to get the best ranking. If you've played the other games in the series, Cat Around the World - Alpine Lakes holds few surprises, but it's familiar fun that's cute as a button, and that's just fine by us.
In Entertainment Forge's post-apocalyptic defense game Wasteland Siege, your tower is under attack by a band of raiders who want you out... just 'cause, apparently, which is as good a reason as any after the end of the world. To hold them off, you're building your tower even higher using the funds from slain foes, and plopping down all manner of heavy weaponry on each level. The turrets will fire wherever you point your mouse, and your job is to survive each level by holding off enemy forces, building, and upgrading your defenses as you go. You can click on the tower base to summon guards to help fight, each of which has their own unique attacks and abilities. You can pause the game with the [spacebar], which is handy since you can still build and upgrade when pause is active! Perform well on a level and you'll earn stars to spend on upgrades to make your troops and weapons even more powerful. Wasteland Siege is pure defensive fun, with a goofy tone and plenty of action to go around thanks to tons of enemies, upgrades, and explosions galore.
no1game and those little green men are back, but... what's this? You seem to have fallen underground! You know, as one does. In Find the Escape-Men 171: Ancient Pit Dwelling, if you want to escape this place, you'll have to solve some puzzles, but also find the ten "escape men" sneakily hiding throughout the area. To play, just click to interact and explore, but the cursor won't change to show you where anything you might click on is, so be sure to be diligent and sift through everything. Click on the question mark below an item you're carrying to view it up close, which may let you fiddle with it more, or even combine two items. Ancient Pit Dwelling is a little pixel-hunty, but like all no1games, it's fun and weird and whimsical in all the right ways for a break-sized escape game.
If you've heard about Factorio, it's finally available over at Steam Early Access! And if you haven't, this very stable and well-developed sandbox crafting game from Prague-based Wube Software has been years in development and boy does it show! Fans of Minecraft will feel right at home with this one, complete with extremely active ongoing game development, a well-used forum with a community of thousands of avid players, and even a plethora of supported third-party mods for added functionality to customize your game just as you like it. Stranded on a hostile alien world, it's up to you to go from harvesting basic resources to crafting a sophisticated production chain of manufacturing machinery that will process those resources into ever-more-advanced components to build what you need to succeed on the planet — and even make it home successfully. Once you research them transport belts, construction bots and automated trains carrying cargo cross-country become yours to build and use to advance from basic stone and metal mining all the way to manufacturing things like circuit boards, laser turrets and sci-fi personal defense arsenals! You'll even manage energy requirements to keep your sprawling production facilities operating smoothly, but they also emit byproducts which the native life instinctively scent as a threat to its entire way of life and it will respond. When that happens, will you be ready?
Daring, dazzling, and adventurous... who wouldn't want to be jo99's Miss Libellule? She's dealt with The Queen of Snakes and The Earl Octopusor, and now in this latest surreal point-and-click adventure, she's tackling The Mother of the Bird Men. "But Dora," I hear you whiffle, "birds are cute! How dangerous could this possibly be?" Well, maybe the budgie you make cute Vines with is harmless, but when you're journeying to the Valley of Despair, chances are these ain't your average parakeets. To play, just click around to interact with things and explore, but beware... only "easy" mode, which you can choose when you first start the game, will give you a cursor that changes to show what's interactive and what isn't. Many items can blend into the stylistically busy environments, so try clicking on everything, and keep your eyes peeled for symbols and clues. Place your cursor over the symbols on the right side of the screen to open the menu where you can save or load you game, or change the audio. Objects in your inventory that have already been used will still appear there, but their icons will be darkened and unselectable. Don't forget to try combining items you're carrying!
For some people, the middle of the week is the worst. It's like the last hour of school or your shift at work... it's so close to being "almost the weekend" that it seems to take approximately ten times as long as any other day. Luckily for those of us on the interwebs, we've got a secret to make our Wednesdays just a liiiiiittle more palatable... Weekday Escape! This week! Vitamin Hana may not know proper safety procedures, but they do know all about puzzles. Ichima's given you a bed, but also a lot of tricks and contraptions, so there's no time for snoozing! And MayMay knows the importance of a good breakfast... but who's to say you can't give your brain a meal too?
When things start feeling a little too normal we can always rely on Mister No Wind's Studio to give us our dose of reality breaking goodness. We enjoyed Kodachrome and The Ruins of Machi Itcza and now the dark and creepy Lampshade has graced our computer screens. A nameless woman must travel through six different chapters to get to an unknown goal. But with the world full of glitches, strange creatures and old men who have few words this surreal retro platformer isn't just one you hop your way through. With every chapter turning the rules on its head when you finally think you're starting to understand, you won't. Make sure you keep something to write on nearby because some of these puzzles are going to require a memory of an elephant. And seeing as how elephants don't have thumbs I can safely assume you're going to need a pen and some note paper.
Did you know that the word "monkey" of a "monkey wrench" comes from sailing? If you needed a quick solution to a problem, you would put together a monkey jib or a monkey bridge, perhaps assembled using a monkey wrench. You might find "monkey" in a category of nautical terms in Monkey Wrench, a new word search puzzle by Blue Ox Technologies, the makers of other puzzling apps like 7 Little Words and Red Herring. A bunch of words are hidden in the grid, but the monkey wrench in the works is that before you can find the words, you need to figure out what they are first!
In Carmel Games' point-and-click adventure Sinbad's Journey, the legendary hero's travels have been temporarily put on hold thanks to a large hole in his ship. He's managed to land at an island where he hopes to get repairs, but when has a game ever been that straight-forward? To play, just click on things to interact, keeping in mind that your cursor will change whenever it passes over something you should click on. Like most Carmel Games titles, Sinbad's Journey is pleasantly short and silly, designed for a break with its share of odd puzzles and odder characters rather than setting out to take up your afternoon, so set sail with Sinbad for a few minutes out of your day!
If you're someone who wears makeup, how do you keep it? Neatly packed away according to function in a trendy little makeup bag? Or strewn across the house without any conceivable rhyme or reason so that the only time you find that glittery purple eyeliner you can't actually apply in a straight line is when you're looking for something completely different... in the kitchen? In Funkyland's escape game Girl's Room No.18: Cosmetic Bag, they're not only betting you're in the former camp, but that your cosmetic collection is so gargantuan you need five bags to hold it all... which is problematic, since now you need to find all of those, too! There's no changing cursor to help you as you toss this frilly pink room, so make sure you click on everything to see what you can interact with. It's very much a scone sized game, with a handful of colourful puzzles, so you can play it and find a way out, and not be late for your fabulously made up time on the town.
Cats are sort of inherently swanky, so Lo.Nyan's Room Escape 16, which is, go figure, an escape game by Lo.Nyan, being set in a cushy apartment with a skyline view seems pretty fitting. But apparently, lounging around on the couch watching TV just isn't good enough for you, so to find a way out, you'll need to scour the place for clues, useful items, and solve puzzles. The game is in Japanese, but don't let that stop you. Just click to explore and interact, but bear in mind that the cursor won't change to show what you can click on, so you'll need to be diligent. If you see something that looks like a clue, use the camera you'll soon pick up to take a photo so you can refer back to it whenever you like. It's important to note that many of the puzzles in this escape game make use of colours, so if you have difficulty telling certain colours apart, this one might give you some trouble. Lo.Nyan delivers an otherwise smart and pleasantly challenging escape, though you'll pardon me if I take a while to do so myself... this place is cushier than my bedroom!
Twenty years after the blast the common population is dwindling. Struggling to get food, water, and other necessities of life the people continue to push on. If things weren't hard enough already a plague called Green Lung has a tight grip over the population. There is no cure, but a vaccine that can hold back the illness from becoming terminal. But the governing body, called The Aristocrats, are careful to whom they give out such a precious supply to. Citizens can take jobs from the government to gain a lottery ticket to try to win a vaccine for themselves or another in need. Amy Wellard starts off on one of these difficult missions risking her life for a chance of such a wonderful prize, but the events that are ahead of her are far more dangerous and heart pounding than she could have ever imagined. Shardlight is an indie point-and-click adventure by Wadjet Eye Games, the same team who also brought us Technobabylon, Gemini Rue, and Primordia. This dark and gritty post-apocalyptic tale is filled with astute puzzles, astounding artwork, and an amazing story that is easy to get lost in.
From Supercell comes a new strategy game, free for iOS and Android based off of their hit game Clash of Clans. Clash Royale is a fast paced one-on-one real-time strategy game where you build your deck, place your army, and crush your opponent's towers. Win treasure chests to unlock new cards and power up your old ones, form a clan with friends and family and rule the arena by fighting against people from all around the world. It uses all your favorite characters from the Clash of Clans game, but with a completely different gameplay. Your goal is to take out your opponent's king tower or at least have the most towers destroyed before the timer runs out. Winner gets the crowns, the trophies, and the chest to help continue making their army the best there is. You can also have friendly fights within the clan and watch some of the top matches to see how the best of the best is being just that. Learn some tips and tricks and soon you can be leading your clan into glory.
Berzerk Studios is a developer that respects you. They want you for your braaaaaaaains, and in idle incremental clicker game Zombidle, also free for iOS and Android, they're going to immolate every farmhouse, village, and do-gooder to get to them. You control a nercomancer with a slowly growing horde of zombies, razing one structure to the ground after another to collect the skulls that drop to increase your power. Just click to deal damage, and when the structure burns down, you'll advance to the next, but don't forget to click on any flaming villagers to destroy them for additional skulls. Skulls are spent on upgrading your skills and those of the units you purchase, while rarer diamonds can be used to unlock temporary but powerful boosts. You can choose to watch a video whenever the demoness offers to get a free boost, too! For a game with the word "idle" in the title, Zombidle still requires a lot of clicking and attention on the player's part, especially for timed boss battles, and its slow progression won't be for everyone. Berzerk Studios has been around for years, however, crafting quality cheeky games, and Zombidle is a fine example of why they deserve your support. It's simple, fun, silly, and well put together with a lot of shambling charm. If you like your zombies just a click away and able to set things on fire, Zombidle is the clicker for you.
Hans has big dreams... he's ready to be grown-up now and take off on wild adventures, but with his father gone to war and his mother struggling to make ends meet, that seems farther away than ever. When his tenth birthday arrives, Hans is fed up and ashamed of being poor, and decides to strike off on his own to find riches and glory. While the night is dark and frightening, Hans still thinks he's struck it lucky when he stumbles across the Castle Tenebre, and learns of a mysterious count who's looking to find a worthy heir to bestow his fortune upon. All Hans has to do is prove himself and survive the trial... Baroque Decay's The Count Lucanor is a striking indie horror action adventure that's both beautiful and eerie in equal measure. As of this writing, Mac and Linux builds are on the way!
Goooooooooood morning, starshine! The world was neither devoured by flame nor overrun by a race of flesh-eating man-like hippos while we slept, so it's another glorious Wednesday! Let us give thanks to the Escape Game Gods by partaking in the customary rituals. This week! Vitamin Hana's put you to work, though it's more than a little bit creepy, so the benefits better be worth it. Esklavos' dog is on the road again, but may want to stop taking things with engines. And Primera's got one messy puppy, though taking care of it would probably be simplified (though less fun) without a lot of those locks.
Elio Landa is the name to look out for if you like your puzzle games simple, sleek, and smart, and Sum Links continues that tradition in a very math-y way. All you have to do to win each level is match the values on the left side of the screen by plotting paths between the numbers on the playing grid. Click and drag to make a line from one number to another, whether it's addition or subtraction, but be careful... numbers can only be used once, and you can't cross over an existing pathway with a new one... the old path will be rewritten. You may need to link up multiple numbers to get the value you want, making Sum Links a game of planning in addition to math, though diehard challenge enthusiasts might find the game a little too mellow to really sink their teeth into. If your like your puzzle games elegant and zen-like, Sum Links will suit the bill nicely.
At any moment, there are ninjas around you. Studies have shown there's probably at least three hidden on your person right now. They're that good. And in PencilKids' point-and-click puzzle game Monkey GO Happy Ninja Hunt, you'll have to find a whole lot of them across three distinct stages to gather the clues to open a mysterious box. (I know you think I'm going to do the "what's in the box" bit, so I won't. BAM. Expectations? Ninja'd.) To play, just click to interact with each place, using the yellow arrows to move from area to area, and drag items from your inventory at the top of the screen to use them. Remember to leave literally no stone unturned in your search, but the cursor will change when it passes over something you can click on, so you shouldn't need much direction. The downside? What feels like a little bit of unfortunate cultural insensitivity in the first stage that's out of place in an otherwise quirky-as-expected game. As for the rest, well, there's a whole lot of little ninjas that need to be found if you want to satisfy your box-related curiosity!
In a world where there are so many different kinds of humanoids, dragons are still the most mysterious. In fact, little Efina has no idea about herself and only knows that a man named Leo was there when she was born and that she has the power to make lies take a form, which then she happily devours. Being a dragon of such capabilities would be odd enough if it wasn't for the fact that the man she calls 'Papa', much to his annoyance, is a con-artist and tells lies as often as he breathes. And while she can't seem to make his lies manifest he uses her as a sort of lie detector, as they snoop around gathering up information to sell. Alice mare creator Miwashiba's LiEat is a three part RPG adventure with touches of detective work here and there. With a unique cast for every story you'll find the people here are as colorful as the amazing artwork. Filled with original music, some challenging fights, and short, but brilliantly animated cut-scenes, LiEat is everything you could want from a story-heavy RPG and much more.
Finding yourself drawn to an odd crater in the top of a mountain you feel as if a grand adventure awaits you filled with treasure and other worldly goodies. Instead, you find yourself very far away from anything that could be considered from this world and are trapped. While there are hidden items and puzzles to be solved this point-and-click game is also filled with horrors that will make your skin crawl. That's because the master of horror escapes, Psionic, is back with their new tale, The Abrerration Inside, that has more of a Lovecraftian feel to it as there are little jump scares and much more unnerving atmospheres. You start off with some very important items for your adventure and they can be accessed by the double arrows in the top right of the screen. These items will help you get around, discover hidden secrets, and will save your life, but only if you're fast enough. Clicking on the left or right side of the screen will allow you to explore the 3d environment and you can always move forward when your cursors changes. But be careful, because when you move as there are plenty of traps and beasts wanting to rend your flesh.
Forget beans... pork'n'brains is where it's at, and in Qiabo's physics puzzle game Piggy Wiggy 4: Zombie Edition, the barnyard is full of zombified pigs who need your help to chow down on gray matter. (Despite its ghoulish premise, this game is blood-free, though we've given it a Y rating just to be safe for very young or sensitive players!) The goal is to get each shambling undead piggy a brain to snack on without missing one, or falling offscreen. Click on a zompig and drag it to connect it to the yellow gears (or... other things...) with rope, or click and drag through rope to slice it. Most of the game is about figuring how to manipulate your environment, with planks, wheels, and other obstacles in your way, though like the previous games, it never really gets too difficult. If you like your physics puzzles with a bit of grave dirt, well, this one's coming to get you, Baaaaaaaaaaarbra!
After fighting back against the undead warriors and reclaiming their land, everyone thought that it was finally time for peace. They were soon proven wrong on all accounts as for rumors spread across the kingdom as new portals were appearing and leaking out the evil warriors once again. But the Royal Army isn't retreating like they did before. They're heading right into it to shut it down before things go from bad to worse. Idengames is back with Royal Warfare 2. With the Grand Wizard Corvinus being able to teleport in allies it's up to you to strategize the battlefield, build your army, and make sure all your men come out alive in this real-time defense game. Every level you pick and choose which man you want to use to battle and when the waves are arriving you can order your troops forward or back depending on where you need them. Make groups by using the control key and what number you want to label them as and set up defense lines to utilize each unit to the best of its ability. Unlock new powers, win stars and gold to upgrade your army, and clear the land from this blight before it claims you.
The second chapter to this thrilling mystery has finally risen from its grave. Zombie Society - Death After Death 2/3, Franceso Del'anna Muja's interactive comic, has come with a few answers and a lot more mystery. In the last adventure Detective Margh and his sidekick Ghvnn are investigating a massive breakout and missing Brains at his friends, Acka. Being a zombie society losing your supply of humans and their fresh head organs is a pretty big deal, but the deeper Margh looks into it the deeper the mysteries go and it may soon be that our detective is going to be in way over his head. Follow along the story at your own pace by clicking on the panels and choosing Margh's response to alter how the story goes. Click on the magnifying glasses when they appear so you don't miss out on any necessary clues. You'll need all the help you can get to figure out just what is going on in your once peaceful undead community.
Do you wanna play escape gaaaaaaaaaaaames? Two or three will doooooooooo. We'll throw away the key and lock the door, solve puzzles forevermore, search your heart you know it's truuuuuuuuuuuue. Do you wanna play escape gaaaaaaaames? I really love those freakin' escape gaaaaaaaaaames. And... I... uh... have never actually seen this movie or heard this song, so let's get down to business, shall we? This week! Vitamin Hana walks a lonely road, the only one that you will ever know. Nagamochi Games may be about to make one of your childhood fantasies come true. And Yonashi finds it quite easy being green, thank you very much.