Tomatea is a developer that respects the time of year with their escape games, so it should be no surprise that as winter turns to spring, Spring Morning graces our computer screens. Navigate by mouse, keep an eye out for the glowing cursor, and hopefully eventually leave the room and greet the beautiful spring weather outdoors. Unless you're allergic to pollen.
Mutants have overrun the universe, and it's up to the galaxy's last ninja to travel back in time to take them all down. Leap from wall-to-wall to take them down in this puzzler, but watch where you land!
Repeat might LOOK simple. And, well... it is. But this puzzle game's minimalistic aesthetic hides some deceptively challenging levels as you plot and plan paths to collect all the golden squares, using limited instructions that run on a loop.
Short but stylish and effective, this narrative-based bit of interactive art takes cues from classics like I, Robot as you interrogate a robot suspected of murder... even though he doesn't exactly see it that way.
Like lovely visuals? What about pits of death and whirling sawblades flying at your face? This platformer has both! Help ErlinE track down the magical orbs and return them to the portals, but watch out for hazards... and the unforgiving challenge!
Don't ever let anything come between you and the ones you love. Not even an eight foot pigeon. Mash your way through colourful and quirky stages in this action-packed game that's bizarre, but a whole lot of fun.
Some words to the wise: do not trust your little ones to Pencil Kids' band of sad simians for safe keeping as they can't stop losing their own monkey babies. Which means you get to go on another point-and-click adventure, this time in the form of five short, self-contained tales. By exploring each stage, finding and using items, and solving a few simple puzzles, you can rescue the mini monkeys and turn tears into cheers.
- • Rise of the Titans
- • Aliens Hurry's Home
- • Ziva
- • Tony Hawk Demake
Aliens? Check. Massive property damage? Check. Existential despair? Check. Hilarious skateboarding wipeouts? Awwwww yeah, this is gonna be the best viral video ever!
Who needs bells and whistles? Not this little puzzle game. Though more of the same straightforward Sokoban as the original, this sequel keeps the presentation sleek and simple and the levels challenging to make it a satisfying and welcome little addition to the genre.
What's better than a puzzle platformer? A puzzle platformer which lets you build the levels yourself! In Level Editor 3, the developer started making them, then went out for a lunch break and was never seen again. That means you will have to place all the additional platforms, each with their own functions, so that a little stick man can reach the end of the level. Level Editor 3 is certainly the best episode in the series so far, offering thirty-five wonderfully puzzly stages for your entertainment.
Four alien adventurers have crash-landed on a hostile (if absurdly happy) planet. Thankfully, each of them has a different power they can use to help them escape! Turn to stone, fly through the air, lay bombs, and even teleport across space to collect all the keys and reach the exit.
Stranded on an alien world filled with hostile robots jealously guarding the fuel you need to call for help is a bad place to be. But if you're Tricky Rick, you can literally use your head to fight your way through them and solve puzzles in this colourful and quirky platformer from Tamas Games.
- • Fruit Kitchens No.1: Strawberry Red
- • Escape from the Similar Rooms 10
- • A Little Slow Escape
Funkyland switches from candies to fruit; find seven strawberries in this whimsical scene. Notice any differences between Hottategoya's three rooms? They're each a similar plain, unassuming grey but small distinguishing characteristics will lead you out. Cute, charming and pretty in pink, Kamokichi's easy little escape is a perfect palate cleanser.
Gotta reprogram 'em all! '80s cyberpunk meets addictive turn-based RPG battling as you play a digital assassin able to capture and reprogram enemy defenses to use for your own devices.
The concept is basic and simple. Replicate the multi-color pattern shown by clicking and dragging a minimum number of one-colored designs onto the grid. When your design matches the one provided, that's perfect! Now you can move on to complete the 99 other levels. Cover Color most closely resembles Factory Balls, albeit without the balls, paint or whimsy. Its unassuming graphics and gameplay won't catch all eyes, but if you're looking for a game to chill with, that engages the brain just enough without taxing, this is what hits the spot.
Since there's never been a bandwagon Tricky hasn't jumped on, he presents to you JayIs2048, a tribute to UsVsTh3m's Make Your Own 2048 generator, a tribute to Gabriele Cirulli's MIT-licensed 2048, a tribute to 1024 by Veewo Studio, a tribute to Threes by Asher Vollmer, which, of course was a tribute to the postulate that small stuff can be combined bigger stuff. There's a whole lot of tributin' going on, is what we're saying.
You awake sore and amnesiac in a hospital... but the place is deserted. Notes from a stranger lead you on a bizarre journey through a town that has more than its share of secrets in this creative and ambitious action RPG adventure that blends existential horror with a science-fiction thriller.
You're a small fish in a big pond in this strange turn-based roguelike RPG. You'll grind your way through underwater tunnels, duking it out with other sea creatures, and equipping a range of uniquely goldfish-oriented weapons and armor. Swim and explore, but beware, you never know what you'll find in the depths... or what will find you!
Getting a key and then to the exit sounds easy for a puzzle platformer. Until you realize that you're a colour-swapping square, and any platform you landed on previously becomes unsafe once it changes to match your hue! Pick your path carefully in this simple yet clever game.
Use your webs to swing through a gorgeous subterranean world in this clever puzzle platformer. Though a few of the puzzles are quite tricky, the game is forgiving and has many checkpoints. The striking visuals and ethereal soundtrack truly make this a work of art.
Epic Boss Fighter is an epic action shooter by Entertainment Forge that'll have you rushing in a manner quite boss indeed. The bullets could probably stand to be a little more hellacious, but the variety in the ten bosses and their techniques make this a game you'll want to attack for massive damage.
Space invaders and Lincoln logs mixed all into one! Build your fort, collect your gold and save the city from alien invasion in this fast paced strategy shooter. Artillerize is a great strategy crafting game that overcomes some of its more frustrating aspects with its entertaining and innovative gameplay.
It was supposed to be simple: break in to the department store, steal the top secret documents, and get out. But someone gassed you, and now you're alone on the store's roof, and things are bound to get more complex before they get simpler. So begins Gatamari's newest escaper, Mission in Department Store.
It's hard enough navigating yourself through platforms and enemies, but even more so when you're also dealing with a mirror image of yourself. Gather gems as you traverse dungeon after dungeon. with your reflection. Unlike real reflections, this one can jump on platforms--and spikes--that you can't.
- • Dig to China
- • I Eat Bananas
- • Rescuenator
- • Don't See Me
Everything is cute in this week's Link Dump Friday! The monkeys pelting you with trash. The hole you're excavating through the Earth. The backstabbing. Even the unintentionally comedic deaths of your coworkers as you try to lead them to safety! Aren't games wonderful?
While he may not lead the Evil League of Evil, he is the titular star of this procedurally-generated, chess-based puzzle game by RatoLibre1, a semi-sequel to his well-received Horse Jump. It'll take a practice run to get used to the rules, but fans of spatial logic puzzles should make an L-shaped bee-line to try it out.
Typically when dealing with monsters, you've got to duke it out, but what happens when you literally can't? Created for the Procedural Death Jam and playable in beta, this dungeon-crawling roguelike drops you into deadly procedurally generated environments where you need to use your wits to bait, lure, and sneak by the things waiting to tear you limb from limb.
Not freaked out by bugs? These creepy crawlies are bigger than normal, and they're out to destroy your base in this gorgeous, challenging tower-defense. Place and upgrade elemental towers and hold out against massive waves of enemies!
Subtlety is not the strong point of the demo of Dark Deception, a first person Unity arcade game by Glowstick Games, but it is a nerve-wracking piece of Pac-Man as survival horror. A bit like a heap of interesting parts that just needs more development to fully coalesce, this is one that scary game lovers should watch out for.
- • Candy Rooms #6: Violet Sweet
- • Chick Hide and Seek 16
- • Escape from the White Picture Room
- • Dismantlement Sushi (browser version)
Three escape games. No, wait. Four escape games for your playing enjoyment brought to you by FunkyLand, Yuri, Gam.eBB and Yomino Kagura. Surely one of these fine specimens will take a fondness to you and follow you home.
If you're looking for another sliding block number puzzle quick fix, Bart Bonte gives us 25. Combine like numbers while lining up red blocks to get them out of your way. Try for a high score by combining as many numbers as possible!
Created for Flappyjam, Ridiculous Glitching is a mashup of Flappy Bird's gameplay, Pac-Man's sprites, and the malevolence of a monetizing ghost thrown in for good measure. This free but difficult avoidance game done in the glitch style (a la Rom Check Fail) has you weaving in and out of perilous paywalls and scooping up vulnerable birds for valuable bonus points. How long can you keep your Pac airborne?
You find yourself all alone in this supremely disturbing horror story... just you, the dust motes, the sunlight... and the knives on the table. Follow the notes to search for clues to find out what's happened, but be warned, you might not want to know.
Sokoban puzzles can be pretty hard, but what if the program was actively working to make it harder for you? In nabokOS.exe, a reverse take on the classic puzzle, you've got to pull a bunch of sticky boxes into place, scraping them off of you as you go. This Puzzlescript game made in 24 hours is short, but packs a lot of challenge into each tricky level.
Duuuude. Have you ever really looked at your hands? Or dismantled them, added in a scanner, blowtorch and transmitter, and put them back together? That's just what you'll be doing for your clients in this Papers Please-inspired cyberpunk time management game by talented musician and game developer Rezoner of QbQbQb fame.
The cold can do funny things to you. (Just ask anyone who's sick of the phrase "polar vortex.") So when you're stationed at a polar research station, things can get hairy. In Polar Escape, a new escape game from Just Pine Games, your coworkers have locked you in someone's room, and you have to get out so you can be rescued. Though the game is very short, it's quite intuitive and has a quirky sense of humor that leaves you wanting to see more from the developer.
You play a young yeti who has wondered off in search of tasty treats in this interesting puzzle game. Slide blocks along a row or column to clear a path to the exit, while avoiding enemies and other pitfalls. Collect popsicles along the way for an extra challenge.
Taking over phones and browsers in just a few weeks, this fiendishly addictive puzzle game has just one goal... get to 2048 by swiping and combining numbered tiles until they add up. But it's harder than it seems, and players looking for simple, casual puzzling will quickly find themselves saying "just one more round", though it bears more than a passing resemblance to Threes!
Hack, slash, and pillage your way through the nether-realms in this simple yet addictive dungeon-crawling action RPG packed with treasure. All you have to do is take out a bunch of super powered mean demons... for one REALLY super powered mean demon. What could go wrong?
- • Pillow City Revelation
- • Mewora
- • Black Bit Ninja
- • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Game - 30th Anniversary Edition
This week's Link Dump Friday is all about heroes. Zombie slaying heroes. Ninja dicing heroes. Uh... giant... cybernetic... Tolkien-monster slaying... furry heroes... hmmmmm...
Explore the story of a god's eye view of the universe with the clicktoy Idle God 3. Upgrade and gather resources to further the storyline, which is fraught with uncomfortable choices to make. Though not whimsical like many of the idle games, it still manages to be compelling while tackling some of the grimmer aspects of godhood, and will keep you playing for days to come.
Get set to make tiny pixel civilizations thrive again! You'll not only be growing flourishing civilizations, you'll also be fending off wave upon wave of natural disasters that only seem to become more frequent the more progress you make — because creating a utopia wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the challenge of warding off a string of atrocities, now would it?
Help Grimm rid the dungeons of baddies in this charming word game. Use the power of spelling (and your scythe) to attack creatures who retaliate in many different ways. Earn gems to upgrade your abilities before taking on the bosses. Will words win out? It's up to you!
When Dave's new construction co-workers strand him on the top floor of an unfinished building, he finds himself in familiar, physics-bending, puzzle-platforming territory. It's Doors 2: Dave's New Job by Arctic Arcade. A enjoyably mellow piece of gaming that most should be able to complete in one sitting.
- • Find the Escape-Men 91: Figure Skating
- • Candy Rooms 5: Ice Blue Sweet
- • Escape from the Room of the Diamond
Your Weekday Escape bundle of three free escape games, presented in nonsensical haiku format. Because I can.
Think Rush Hour mingled with Tetri but with shapes that do more than just slide, and you'll have the basic idea of what Shapist is like. More than just a sliding block puzzle game, drag, rotate, or shrink the blocks in order to uncover the grey block to continue. Don't worry about timers or scores, it's just you and the blocks.
Why hurry? Stop and meditate a while. In this flawed but striking puzzle platformer, you play an impulsive young disciple who can't see the point in sitting around like his meditative master, but you'll need to do just that to make paths and avoid hazards.
J-Tubeus is your ordinary hat-wearing, boombox-toting robot. He has no time for adventures... right up until he finds himself bot-napped! Solve puzzles to find your way out in this gorgeous and quirky point-and-click puzzle adventure.
I feel the need... the need for speed... and smashing! In the latest installment of the popular Vehicles physics puzzle series, you'll need to use muscle (muscle cars, that is) and even some brain power to figure out how to clear the baddies from each stage.
More questions are asked than answered as Alexia continues her mysterious hero training. Point-and-click your way through this puzzle adventure to try to uncover the secret of why you are there and why the fate of millions of people might lay on your shoulders.
So, don't ask too many questions, but someone needs an eye and we're going to get it to them. What do they need the eye for? That would be a question, wouldn't it? In Keep an Eye, a cute little physics puzzle by Dim Light and ArcadeHero, you get to manipulate a variety of cute little telekinetic creatures into doing your bidding. It's engaging, entertaining, difficult, and probably much nicer than throwing a real eye around.
Mateusz Skutnik's beloved and celebrated Submachine series returns for a vengeance in this meaty point-and-click adventure. You awaken on top of a strange, otherworldly temple with only a hammer and some seemingly broken electronics. Finding a way out will take both an eye for detail and a clever mind to solve the inventive puzzles in this stunning games.
- • 2048
- • Shybot
- • Piggy in the Puddle
- • Shippo Neko and the Missing Fried Shrimp
Fridays are sort of like the tease of the work week. You know what's coming, but it seems to take forever to get there, seconds not so much ticking by as they are inching with the slow unhurried pace of the shift of plate tectonics. So why not play some games? I mean, when you look up, it's still going to be hours earlier than it feels like it should, but hey... shiny graphics!
Compose an eternal melody by joining music nodes together in an arrangement with no beginning or end in this sleek abstract three-dimensional music puzzle. A pleasingly 80's futuristic look with refreshingly comfortable New Age feel, and fundamental precepts which have been very effectively crafted into a game that isn't just soothing and enjoyable, but absolutely engaging.
Lovers of simple and smart puzzle design should look no further than this strangely charming turn-based puzzle game that has you navigating rooms filled with deadly... uh... whatever those are that will charge you whenever you enter their line of sight.
- • Find the Escape-Men 90: The Library
- • Escape from a Living Room
- • Escape from the Room of a Closet
If you want to take a midweek break from whatever is holding you occupied, be it the latest installment of your favorite series or something a little less entertaining, these three escapes from No1 Game, Neat Escape and Yomino Kagura offer 5-minute entertainment that's just enough to engage the brain without being frustrating. So come on in, pick a room, put your feet up and enjoy.
You're dead! But that's not bad news. In this puzzle platformer, you're even sorta used to it, but now after a few years of haunting your cemetery, you're starting to get that ghostly itch to see what lies beyond the gates. A challenging and unforgiving game that offers a clever possession mechanic to navigate through stages with different people, and other... things.
Think you can make the trains run on time? Well, Mini Metro, a strategy simulation from Dino Polo Club gives you the chance to do just that! While missing most of the features promised for the eventual complete version, one gets the feeling that they're getting in on the ground floor of something special as they play through a round of this hectic but relaxing title.
Are you strong enough to wield a demonic weapon without giving in to its powers? In Forbidden Arms, you will play a master assassin who overcomes challenge after challenge by piling his enemies onto a bloody heap. With a number of special abilities and a ton of upgrades for your hellish sword, you're starting to think that crossing over to the dark side isn't half as bad as it's made out to be.
Created for MiniLD 49, this clever puzzle game asks you to play with your letters, swapping through the alphabet to try to find the proper shape to fit through obstacles. Short and simple yet unique, it's one we hope to see more of.
The world can be a lonely place. When the world is a monochromatic wasteland and you're the only one in sight, it can seem a lot lonelier. But when you stop and listen, the wind fades away and the world begins to speak. That's how it works in Faint, an atmospheric exploration game by Lesingevolant. Use the arrow keys and your headphones to navigate the character through the desolate world. With two endings, you even get double the playtime.
Our favourite typing duo is back for more... with a deadly twist! Icarus Proudbottom and his owlkin friend Jerry are enjoying a lovely day of typing when a knock at the door changes everything. Planned as a series of short weekly installments, this first episode brings all the zany hilarity you've come to expect, with some arcade-style typing on top.
Put your strategy cap on and dive into this simple to learn, highly enjoyable puzzle game. Drag your one to three eyed creatures around the board to multipy and capture your opponent. Player with the most of their color on the board at the end of the game wins!
Protect the data center from, glitches and bugs in this computer themed tower defense game. Earn data to place towers, and expand your memory to upgrade them with better programs. Put towers anywhere on the board to create a maze for the threats, and choose your programs strategically to win.
Jonas Kyratzes delivers an experience both magical and melancholy in this Twine-based choose-your-own-adventure game as you play one of seven heroes chosen to take up arms against a legendary beast that rises every hundred years to bathe the land in flame.
- • 3D Pony Creator
- • 7 Light-years
- • UndeadRun
- • A Flap in Time
My Little Pony. Flappy Bird. Zombies. Strobing lights. I swear I didn't do it on purpose, and yet I just now realised that this week's Link Dump Friday is packed with arcade craziness and more that perfectly encapsulates a significant chunk of what people either passionately love or stridently hate about pop culture. Go figure!
ALZ is a very peculiar piece of interactive art. Subtle, yet striking, it offers a precious glimpse into the workings of a troubled mind. Even though it can be finished in about two minutes, it is strangely compelling, saddening and memorable.
- • Candy Rooms #4: Rose Sweet
- • Choco Escape 3
- • Canola Flower Room Escape
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you just want a sweet, light treat, enough to while away some time with pleasing pastels and simple puzzles. In those moments, these escapes from FunkyLand, Twinkle and Yuri are just what you crave. Nothing to overly tax the brain, just enough to leave you feeling like a kid in a sugar shop. Um, or something like that.
The pudgy, colour-changing, colour-chomping dino is back in a sequel with shinier graphics and harder levels! Gobble down all the blocks on each stage in order to proceed, but beware. Monsters, spikes, platforms, switches, giant boulders and more are in your way... and so is the timer!
Explore this lovely room for an assortment of items and clues, putting all the bits together, opening drawers and cupboards, until you've uncovered the code that will open the door. If you enjoy pretty aesthetics and logical puzzles, then the occasional fussy mechanism should be little bother. Even with a few flaws, like thorns on a rose, there's ample fun to be had here—as well as two ways to exit.
Shadowscape tells the old story of the battle between light and darkness epitomised in a high difficulty platformer. The protagonist is a boy who must find his true self, and he choses to stage his search in seventy neck-breaking levels featuring moving platforms, spikes and other nasty surprises. The twist is that he gains lives simply by moving around, but starts losing them if his time runs out.
Packed into this lovely mini-escape are some entertaining puzzles including a really tricky color-based one and not one but two endings (the bad and the good) along with some...let's say slightly inappropriate language, which one would probably expect with a hockey team.
Demakes and PuzzleScript go together like ice cream and sandwiches. The latest puzzle game to get the retrofication treatment is Deadly Rooms of Death (DROD), Caravel Game's classic top-down monster stabbing series. Puzzle Script DROD by Lukas somehow manages to capture the spirit of the original game, complete with baddies to hack, falling floors to rush across, and twisted passageways to navigate. All in the space of a few big, chunky pixels.
Who needs to be diplomatic when crash landing on an alien planet? Simply get out your gun and start shooting. Dodge bullets from many pixelated enemies, and level up to increase your chances of hitting them back. Frantic retro shooting fun awaits!
- • Run Red Run
- • Blockoomz 2
- • Secret of the Epic Item
- • Stardust Defense
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.
Short and simple, this platformer will provide just enough of a challenge to fill up a break. Get from one pipe to another in each level by swapping your colour to manipulate walls and platforms, dodging whirling blades and timing vanishing blocks along the way!
Bam! Right in the nostalgia. Chris Martin puts a clever spin on one of the most notorious games of our decade by combining Earthbound and Flappy Bird for a game development jam designed to encourage and inspire. How long can you last flapping through some iconic locations past some mysterious office supplies before you take mortal damage and collapse?
- • Find the Escape-Men 87: Pollinosis
- • Escape from the Room with the Diamond Picture
- • Escape the Japanese Style Room
Our tasty trio this week serves up a rather plain but neatly logical offering from Yomino Kagura, a quick but pixel-hunt flavored repast from Neat Escape, and another story driven escape man search from No1Game. All together, they make a satisfying Weekday Escape lunch break.
Color Instinct is an uncomplicated, but highly interesting physics puzzle which lets you play with colourful bouncy balls (whee!). But don't let the simple graphics fool you – this baby is full of deceptively easy levels which will put your out-of-the-box thinking to the test. With five bonus stages and a level editor, Color Instinct will keep you entertained and challenged for a good while.
Goat Guardian is a platform puzzle game that stars Steven and his pet goat, Steven Jr.! Steven Jr. likes to climb to dangerous places, so Steven has to run out and and rescue him. It's a well-made and attractive game with a good set of stages that are just the right balance of reflexes and puzzle solving.
Threes: The Demake is a clever simplification of Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend's iOS puzzle game Threes!. Created by Benjamin Davis, this demake contains the basic tile sliding/combining mechanics found in its big brother. The board is filled with white, red and blue tiles. Tapping the [arrow] keys lets you slide everything in that direction, smashing red/blue tiles and identical white tiles together to increase their face value, marked by darker blocks at the top. The goal is to keep combining tiles to create as many massive numbers as possible!
Less a game and more a community-driven storytelling experiment, this collection of tales and comics from different authors and artists covers everything from serious sci-fi to epic fantasy, and even humour. The catch? You get to vote on how each new installment of the stories you're reading will go.
Copy and paste your way to freedom in this unique puzzle game. After being abducted by aliens, use their own technology against them to copy any item and temporarily paste it elsewhere for your benefit. Outside the box thinking is a must if you're to get back to Earth!
John Cooney throws his hat into the Cookie Clicker-esque "idle game" genre with a quirky collection of unlockable minigames and piles of upgrades. Buy game after game you can play yourself (or let them play on their own!) and earn piles of cash to build the biggest "mosaic" of games in the world... with goats. And poop.
If something is in your way, just change it! Nitrome puts a clever twist on the puzzle platform genre as you play a hero who can swap the properties of any two items. Turn dangerous spikes into soft clouds, or impassable bricks into collectible coins to boost your score!
Gone but not forgotten, Flappy Bird lives on in countless clones and a set of games made for Flappy Jam as indie developers unite to put their own spin on the simple yet infuriatingly addictive concept. Love it or hate it, you have to admit that when Sesame Street makes its own parody game of you, you've gone big time. Literally hundreds of games have been created, so let's take a look at some of our favourites and see if we can't get you to ruin a few keyboards and your mouse, eh?
Mummy Busters is a puzzle platformer by Dharmasta AW where you clear pyramids of all the somethings strange that are skulking its halls. Mummy Busters introduces elements at just the right pace to keep things entertaining, and even if a few levels are frustrating in the timing skills required, it'll keep you walking-like-an-Egyptian back to it.
Click and mouse to resolve beautiful scenes in a soothing, relaxing environment. This is ideal for a pleasant coffee break or just a peaceful moment away from everything. OFFS3T is a delightful interlude that reminds us that the pleasures in life are in the experience, rather than in the completion.
After bursting out of a coffin, you find yourself lost and disoriented in a strange city, and when night falls things get even stranger. The third chapter of the popular point-and-click horror adventure series provides some of the best atmosphere around in an otherworldly and supremely creepy setting that provides big scares without a lot of gore.
Celebrate the interval between Christmas and spring with The Holidays are Over, Tomatea's ode to that long, dark season. Entertaining whatever the time of year, The Holidays are Over is another exquisite escape from the fertile mind of Tomatea. Let's Celebrate!
- • Chocolate Mint Room
- • Escape from the Triangle Maze
- • Escape from the Cat Room
Funny how one person's idea of a great escape game can differ so much from another's. There are certain styles and formulations that always win fans, but with so many unique variations on the same theme—finding a way out of a place—there's plenty of room to disagree. Do you prefer the pastel sweetness of Yuri's short escapes? Is being trapped in a Hottategoya maze your idea of fun or your worst nightmare? Or, maybe, you'd rather be transported back to your early days of gaming with Cyan Mage's retro stylings?
You've been kidnapped. Or at least, you think so. And trapped in a strange house packed with puzzles, you've been trying to find your way out for, oh, four games now. This final fifth installment in the Escape-Men spin-off series provides even more weirdness and questions, but also some unexpected and welcome complexity to go with its quirky ending.
In Earth Taken 2, an action platformer by SeethingSwarm, you are a survivor, trying desperately to shoot through the hordes of aliens who've turned the world toxic. So a lot like the first Earth Taken, then. Jocularity aside, though, while there's a lot that's the same, gameplay has also been refined, making this the sci-fi horror game the original could and should have been.
Cover Orange Journey Knights by Johnny-K is a new installment of the Cover Orange series of physics puzzles that's a return to form for the series. With new puzzle mechanics and interesting integration of hidden-object elements, both fans of and those new to the series will find it quite a-peeling.
Let's protect the Moon! Again! In this fast-paced, lasers-everywhere defence shooter you'll mow down wave after wave of intruders in order to save a big hunk of space rock – and with all those cool upgrades and unlimited futuristic ammo, that will be no problem at all.
An evil king has stolen the monkeys' favorite playthings, making them go very sad. Make the monkeys happy again by going on a point-and-click puzzle adventure. Explore the kingdom, gathering up helpful objects and using them correctly to work your way into the castle and rescue the toys. As long as you aren't squeamish about a stinky spider poo, completing your quest quickly should be no problem. Which is a good thing—the sooner you finish, the sooner the simian weeping turns to joyful leaping.
Silvian is down on his luck, and running afoul of a local thieves guild doesn't help matters. He's taking a job to find out what's wrong in a neighbouring town, but before he leaves he has some items to gather. A short first installment to a new dark fantasy point-and-click adventure from Black Olive Games.
Now available as an expanded demo, Nutcase Nightmare's "anti-stealth" puzzler imagines a future where EVERYTHING is public... or else. Use security eyes to make sure you're always under surveillance, since only bad people would ever want otherwise, and guide runaway Poppy on a journey of discovery and darts. Lots of painful darts.
Plexus serves up some sweet seasonal puzzling with this Valentine's Day themed jigsaw. Though not as difficult as others we've seen from them, beautiful colours and cute imagery makes for proof positive that the best way to say "I tolerate you" is to say it with puzzles.
- • GatherX
- • Glimpse
- • Shape Fold 2
- • Scaling the Sky
With fairytale clicktoys, surreal and transcendent interactive art, rage inducing arcade avoidance games, and soothingly simple puzzle games, this Link Dump Friday might be the Frankenstein's monster of game compilations, but you can put away the pitchforks and the torches. It's just here to be loved. It doesn't want to eat the townsfolk. ... just... maybe... gnaw on 'em a little.