If your question isn't answered by our FAQ or the user comments below, please feel free to post a new comment and we'll do our best to help you. If you have a question about an individual game reviewed on the site, please post your question in a comment on that game's review/discussion page instead. Thank you! :)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is this site about?
JayisGames, originally started as a personal blog in 2003, is an online weblog dedicated to reviewing what we feel are the best free online, casual, freeware, and indie games around. Every review we post is honest, and written by passionate gamers just like you!
How do you decide what games to review?
We select and discuss games privately amongst ourselves on a private forum. We look at things like the controls, the mechanics, the depth, but most importantly... we look for games that are fun! We try to review all sorts of games, from the simple arcade games to the huge complex strategy titles, doing our best to provide something for everyone, no matter what type of gamer you are. If a game is on this site, it's because we felt it deserved to be here, regardless of how simple or complex it is.
How do I search the site for games I want?
You can either use the site's search bar in the upper right corner, or you can use tags! Tags are the tiny links beneath a review's title that help categorize and describe it, and clicking on one tag will display every other review that also shares that designation. If you want to customize your search, type the following URL into your browser's address bar: http://www.jayisgames.com/tag/tagname. By changing tagname to whatever tag you're looking for, you can find whatever you need. If you add a +, you can search for games with multiple specific tags, while ! will only display games that exclude the tag written after. For example, http://www.jayisgames.com/tag/pointandclick+adventure+browser would only show online point-and-click adventure games, while http://www.jayisgames.com/tag/pointandclick+adventure!horror would ensure that no horror games are displayed in your search results.
I found a game I think you should review! How do I tell you about it?
Please use our online game submission form.
Why didn't you review the game I submitted?
We receive literally hundreds of game submissions each week, and we try to be very selective about the games we feature. If we don't choose to review a game you sent in, it's nothing personal!
What sort of games won't you review?
We will not receive any game that features deliberately hateful and malicious content aimed at hurting any group of people. This includes racism, homophobia, and so forth.
How can I tell if a game is "safe" to play or not?
The little square coloured icon above a game's title image is its rating. We use different colours to mark games that have different content levels in them, so while a game with a rating-g might be safe for kids, a game that's rating-y might have a few red flags. Feel free to ask in the comments if you want to know why a game received any particular rating! If a game contains content that could be seen as "triggering", we will do our best to warn you about it at the top of the review.
Why do you review games with higher content ratings?
We believe everyone has the right to play what they want, and we are not here to censor content... just objectively review it. As long as a game is not racist, homophobic, or otherwise deliberately hurtful towards anyone, we will feature it if we believe it's worth it, and make sure to clearly mark it with a rating so you can make an informed decision about whether you want to play something.
Why do you review some games that cost money?
If we review a game, it's because we like it, period. While we feature many free games throughout the week (usually at least two per day!), we only feature games that cost money on the weekends as indie reviews.
Do you get any affiliate revenue from reviewing games that cost money?
We do not get any sort of affiliate revenue from games sold through Steam, or indeed through most other online outlets. We receive a small amount of affiliate revenue for games sold through Good Old Games.com, Big Fish Games, and occasionally through certain indie developers that sell their games through BMT Micro. We never accept money from a developer to review a game, and receiving affiliate revenue for a potential title does not guarantee that we will review it.
Why does this site have ads?
JayisGames is a free site and is supported entirely by ad revenue, which means programs like Ad Blocker hurt our site! Even if you don't click on an ad, when an ad loads on a page, we still get revenue from it, which means that by using programs that stop ads from loading (Ad Blocker), you prevent the site from earning the money it so desperately needs to survive. With monthly operating costs in the thousands, we use the revenue from ads to pay for hosting, bandwith, and to pay our writers! If you enjoy JayisGames and playing games on it, please consider turning your ad blocker off when you visit us.
I saw an ad with content I objected to. What do I do about it?
We work hard to make sure our ads are not only safe and malware free, but also to make sure that the content in them is acceptable to all our viewers. All of our ads are chosen not by us, but by our ad provider, which attempts to tailor what you see. Sometimes content we don't want sneaks through, such as the grossly inappropriate League of Angels advertisements, because the ad network classifies those as appropriate given that they're categorized as gaming ads. When this happens, we rely on you to report anything unsuitable to us so we can take steps to block it! If you see an ad that features adult content, take a screenshot and e-mail it to dora AT jayisgames DOT com.
What are your community guidelines for posting comments?
All we ask is that players remain respectful, do not drop links to other sites, and stay on topic. Any comment meant as a direct personal attack towards another commenter will not be tolerated. If you disagree with another player, make sure to do so in a respectful and intelligent manner. Comments containing deliberately rude, hurtful, or pointlessly profane are not permitted. Also, comments leaving links to promote other sites will be marked as spam and removed.
Frequently Asked Questions For Games
- Why doesn't this Flash game load? All I get is a blank screen.
- I can't get this Flash game to load past 84% (for example), it just stops there. Why?
- Flash is telling me Jayisgames wants to store information on my computer, is this safe?
- I want to start a Flash game over again, reset my saved progress due to a bug, or copy my saved game over to a different computer, where can I find the Flash saved game files on my computer?
- Why doesn't this Flash game save my progress? Every time I come back to it I have to start again from the beginning.
- I'm trying to delete my saved progress in this Flash game, but clearing my browser cookies and clearing my browser cache had no effect. How can I reset the saved game data for this Flash game?
- Why do the arrow keys scroll the page when I'm playing a Flash game?
- When I play Flash games they appear too big for the screen, so the bottom and right are slightly cut off. How do I fix this?
- Why does this Shockwave game crash on a Mac?
- Why doesn't this game work with my touch pad?
- I downloaded a game and it never saves my game when I quit, I always have to start again from the beginning. What should I do?
- I downloaded and purchased a game from Big Fish Games, but I've been having trouble with it crashing. What should I do?
1. Why doesn't this Flash game load? All I get is a blank screen.
This is a very common problem reported by people trying to play a Flash game and could be due to one of several reasons. Go through this checklist to see if any of them are the culprit:
- Make sure your Flash Player is up-to-date. Flash Player plug-in.
- Turn off any browser extensions you have installed to see if any of those are causing the conflict.
- Are you sure it's a Flash game and not a Shockwave game? Shockwave games require a different plug-in. Get Shockwave here.
- Try a different browser.
- If none of the above help and you are using Windows Vista, then follow these steps to allow Flash to your firewall settings:
- Click on the Start (or Windows) button on the Windows Taskbar at the bottom of your screen.
- Click on Control Panel.
- Click on Security.
- Find the Windows Firewall section on the Security window.
- Click on Allow a Program Through Windows Firewall.
- Click on Add Program.
- Select Adobe Flash Player from the program list.
- Click OK.
2. I can't get this Flash game to load past 83% (for example), it just stops there. Why?
It is possible that when your browser downloaded the game file the first time, the file became corrupted either by the author uploading a new version at the same time or for some other reason. Try emptying your browser cache, then reload the game page. Refreshing what's in your browser cache should do the trick.
3. Flash is telling me Jayisgames wants to store information on my computer, is this safe?
Yes, it's perfectly safe. Flash requires local storage on your computer to store game saves, and without it your progress can't be saved. It's harmless and won't cause any harm to your computer. In fact, if you play a lot of games here at JIG, you will need to even expand the size of the allowed local storage given to JIG for Flash game saves. The reason is that Flash stores game saves by domain, which means game saves for the games we host are all stored in the same place. You can right-click and choose "Settings" on any Flash game hosted on JIG to increase (or change) the size of local storage. If you're a frequent visitor to JIG, I recommend allowing unlimited. You should never have a problem with that setting since Flash game saves are all relatively small in size.
4. I want to start a Flash game over again, reset my saved progress due to a bug, or copy my saved game over to a different computer, where can I find the Flash saved game files on my computer?
Flash Game Saves (.sol files) —There are save files that Flash uses to save state locally on your computer. You can copy these files between computers, or you can delete them to reset a game that you want to start again, or to correct a situation where the game save file may have been corrupted.
For games that are hosted on Jayisgames, look for either images.jayisgames.com or games.jayisgames.com inside the "random series of letters and numbers" directory that you'll find at the location specified for your computer's OS below. Inside that folder will contain all the save files for all the games you've played on JIG so far. You'll want to remove the .sol file inside the directory associated with the game you're playing.
NOTE: To see the folder that the files are in, you must enable Show Hidden Files & Folders in Folder Options.
- Windows 7
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\FlashPlayer\#SharedObjects\random series of letters and numbers\
- Windows Vista
C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\FlashPlayer\#SharedObjects\random series of letters and numbers\
- Windows 2000/XP
C:\Documents and Settings\Username\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\random series of letters and numbers\
- Windows 95/ME
C:\Windows\Application Data\Macromedia\Flash Player\#SharedObjects\random series of letters and numbers\
- Mac OS X
/Users/Short name/Library/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#SharedObjects/random series of letters and numbers/
- Mac OS 9
Macintosh HD/System Folder/Preferences/Macromedia/Flash Player/#Shared Objects/random string of letters and numbers/
5. Why doesn't this Flash game save my progress? Every time I come back to it I have to start again from the beginning.
Flash requires local storage on your computer to store game saves, and without it your progress can't be saved. In fact, if you play a lot of games here at JIG, you will eventually need to expand the size of the allowed local storage given to JIG for Flash game saves. The reason is that Flash stores game saves by domain, which means game saves for the games we host are all stored in the same place. You can right-click and choose "Settings" on any Flash game hosted on JIG to increase (or change) the size of local storage. If you're a frequent visitor to JIG, I recommend allowing unlimited. You should never have a problem with that setting since Flash game saves are all relatively small in size.
6. I'm trying to delete my saved progress in this Flash game, but clearing my browser cookies had no effect. How can I reset the saved game data for this Flash game?
Flash doesn't save data in cookies or your browser cache. Flash stores save data by the domain of where you play the game from. Check the FAQ question just above this one for locations of the Flash saved game files (.sol files). For games hosted at JIG, look for the domains games.jayisgames.com and images.jayisgames.com. For games hosted elsewhere, look for the domain name on which the game is hosted.
7. Why do the arrow keys scroll the page when I'm playing a Flash game?
This is a known issue with Internet Explorer when trying to play Flash games embedded on a page. Please try using a different browser, like Firefox. That will fix the issue for you.
8. When I play Flash games they appear too big for the screen, so the bottom and right are slightly cut off. How do I fix this?
It sounds like your browser may be zoomed. To reset your browser to 100% size follow these steps:
- Firefox: From the menu select: View->Zoom->Reset, or just type Command-0 (zero) on Mac OS, CTRL-0 (zero) on Windows.
- Chrome: From the menu select: View->Actual Size, or type Command-0 (zero) on Mac OS, CTRL-0 (zero) on Windows.
- Safari: From the menu select: View->Actual Size, or type Command-0 (zero) on Mac OS, CTRL-0 (zero) on Windows.
- IE: From the menu select: Page->Zoom->100% (there doesn't appear to be a command-key equivalent for this).
- Opera: From the menu select: Page->Zoom->100%, or type Command-0 (zero) on Mac OS, CTRL-0 (zero) on Windows.
9. Why does this Shockwave game crash on a Mac?
It is common for Shockwave games to run poorly on Intel-based Macs. However, you can force your browser to open using Rosetta (a pre-OS X compatibility mode) and that may help Shockwave from crashing the browser. Follow these steps:
- Open your Applications folder and click once on Safari to select it. (I've found Safari handles Shockwave under Rosetta best.)
- From the File menu, choose "Get Info".
- Check the box "Open using Rosetta".
- Launch Safari and try the Shockwave game again.
10. Why doesn't this game work with my touch pad?
Touch pads were originally input devices of convenience made expressly for portable computers. Now it seems that we're in a transition period from mouse-based to touch-based interfaces. The problem is that most Flash games have been designed for a mouse, not a touch pad. If you use a laptop as your primary computer, invest in a small portable mouse. You'll be glad you did. :)
11. I downloaded a game and it never saves my game when I quit, I always have to start again from the beginning. What should I do?
Most game save issues result from a user account on your desktop having limited rights and therefore not being able to save a game properly. This problem occurs most often with Vista and Windows 7. Here's what to do:
- If you are on Windows Vista or Windows 7, try setting the game into compatibility mode:
- Right-click on the game's shortcut icon on your desktop
- Select properties
- Click the compatibility tab.
- Make sure your compatibility settings are as follows: Operating System Windows XP SP2 (Windows XP SP3 if you are on Windows 7); Permissions Boxes: Run As Administrator checked.
12. I downloaded and purchased a game from Big Fish Games, but I've been having trouble with it crashing. What should I do?
Big Fish Games has an exceptional Customer Support department, which is one of the reasons we recommend Big Fish so highly here at Jayisgames. Please use this support form to report the trouble you have been experiencing. Someone will help resolve your issue in a timely manner.
If you do not see your support question answered here, then please post a question in the comments and we'll try to address any problems that come up. =)
Please use this page for support issues only. For game review requests or suggestions, please use our Game Submit form.