It's nice to be lighthearted, social and full of smiles now and then, but you constantly upbeat extroverts can really try the nerves sometimes. I'm just saying. There needs to be more appreciation for grumps, I say. Without us, who would you happy people have to focus all your cheer-ups on? How else would such poetic phrases as "Turn that frown upside down!" be born? So our first two free online escape games from Self Defiant and No1Game are a wee bit dark and morbid, what with being locked in an asylum or buried in a pit of sand. But, for you happy-go-lucky do gooders, take heart: a cute little duckling from Minoto should provide ample opportunity to tilt head to side and say, "Awwww, so adorabs!" Read more about our Weekday Escape trio...
Find the Escape-Men 117: Load Runner - "Oops! Nowhere to escape...and I'll be buried alive here." Ech! With such a morbid beginning, you might well fear No1Game's taking a sadder, darker turn in their escape-men series. Taking a clue from popular and well-loved arcade classics, though, this escapade is much more about fun and games than anything so desperate as life and death. Hope abounds in locating and acquiring the ten little green guys instrumental to rescue, and this is easily done if you can pixel hunt and use patience. Although the gameplay is rooted in this puzzle-dabbled hide-and-seek, the humorous parody is what elevates it to fun entertainment. And, please, think twice before taking careless risks with the lives of video game characters!
Escape Another Nightmare - If horror movies have taught us anything, it's that if you're a group of teenagers seeking thrills, turn away from that abandoned factory, logger camp, or farmhouse and just run right to your nearest Dave&Buster's for root beer floats! But nobody learns—everybody thinks movies don't apply to real life. And so you set out to face the nightmares plaguing your sleep. Now, trapped in a very creepy building, you must find keys and solve codes to move on. The shadows are not so dark and the setting is less convoluted, making this Self Defiant creation a bit more accessible, less dependent on keen eyesight or a good sense of direction. The moral: always give second thought to any "good idea" that includes "abandoned" and "asylum."
Cute Duckling 3 - Okay, the truth is, I'll take whimsical and cute over dark and scary any day of the week. For that reason, I love Minoto, whose games are also mightily silly...weird even. This creation is a perfect example of just how odd Minoto's games can be, too. As in the other cute duckling episodes, this particular baby water fowl has a nifty water-shooting ability. Employ that skill by moving your cursor up and down to control the duckling's flight path, along with creative item usage, to propel the story forward. The biggest challenge is in finding which sequence of actions will bring results. Those results are sure to put happy smiles back on your heart and make your day feel bright again.
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