Where else but on Link Dump Friday can you find explosions, angry pig monsters, finger-snapping wolves, and ethereal star battles? With arcade action, bizarre point-and-clicks, and mystical tower defense, we've got a little something for everyone.
- Run Red Run - Little Red Riding Hood can't catch a break, and if she stops to have one, she's going to be bludgeoned with a giant carrot and then cooked in a pan while she plays the trombone, because it's awesome that's why. Anjo Pascual and Ray Sagun deliver a gorgeously animated and quirky arcade game that challenges you to last as long as possible as you click to make Red leap over attacks and obstacles, nabbing power-ups and more. Though on the repetitive side, Run Red Run packs quality and charm to burn, and we'd love to see a more fleshed out version.
- Blockoomz 2 - Keybol knows that, as gamers, there's nothing we love more than blowing things up and booting things across the room, so why not make a game about it? Like the original game, the goal in this physics puzzler is to remove certain shapes from the field while making sure others don't fall off. Some unnecessarily fiddly stages and physics keeps it from being as casually fun as the original, but hey... maybe you like a challenge.
- Secret of the Epic Item - If you're looking for a very silly point-and-click puzzle game, kokos012 will deliver in this strange little game where a breakdown on a dark road leads to all sorts of unexpected adventure in a mysterious castle. Each screen is its own puzzle where you'll have to figure out what to click to overcome a challenge in order to proceed... just, uh, don't overthink things too much. Or expect it to make a lot of sense.
- Stardust Defense - Masamune Games delivers an absolutely gorgeous tower defense game... just don't expect to understand any of it if you can't speak Japanese! Fortunately, the basic controls are loosely translated, and if you're willing to experiment with what isn't, the gameplay is definitely casually engaging. Place defensive gems along paths to keep stars from getting through, unlocking new types and abilities as you go along. Is this the most lovely and zen-like defense game out there? It just might be!