Sometimes you're in a mood for a simple, yet artsy deconstructed puzzle platformer. Deconstructed, you ask? Indeed, each level is broken into chunks and you have to make sense of it all while jumping around and trying not to break your neck. It's actually much more serene than it sounds: no complicated goals, no timers, just soothing music, poetic narration and beautiful gameplay.
Mallowin, OttoMoto and Yaros Mjelsky have put together a clean, thoughtful experience in their puzzle platformer, Risen. Play as the god Ra who is climbing his way back up from the Underworld, and, as you may expect, his only way out is through a pyramid. Puzzle your way through each of the 30 levels with your magical ball at your side... or on your head.
- • What Happened Here?
- • Truck Monsters
- • Day X
- • Pale Machine
A music video that tells a tale of... something. A brutally difficult and surreal day in the life of one man. Literal monster truck racing. A murder mystery, a break in... or something else? All of this in this week's Link Dump Friday!
Somehow you've been cooped up inside the gen-kan, where some dangerous devices were placed. Now, can you avoid making the wrong move and escape from this place alive and intact? Since this room escape is by the inventively creative Kotorinosu, you know you can count on heaps of fun while trying.
From Red Medusa Productions, creators of the Versus flash animation series, and XPYC Team, creators of... potato chips (I think?), comes VerSus Ohrustenny Quest. The small amounts of in-game text are in Russian, but the general story of this point-and-click adventure should be clear in seconds: a fair maiden has been kidnapped, and it's up to the Fourth Musketeer (who, lest we forget, is actually a swordsman) to rescue her from her captors. A little naughty as potato chip commercials go, but fans of physical comedy will find it definitely worth an impulse try.
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
Trapped in a dangerous lab of soldiers and monsters and deadly instruments, you've been sprung from your cell by a faceless hacker. Now it's up to you to blast, explode, dissolve, and electrocute your way out in this challenging and varied physics projectile puzzler.
- • Booca in Southern Island Episode 3
- • Find the Escape-Men 81: Muscular Man
- • Candy Rooms 1
This week, CoconutsPark's Booca can't sleep so her brother, Noib, sets out to make her some sleepytime tea; solve a few puzzles to gather all the ingredients. Sometimes a green guy wants to feel like hulk and sometimes he just needs your help opening his special-made 100kg steel door; try to find all ten escape men and maybe they can give you a hand. Lastly, finish your three-course escape meal by finding some sugary treats in this short escape from FunkyLand.
For some people, it isn't the destination, but the journey that matters. Everyone else just wishes for a teleporter already. Teleporter Escape has something for both of these groups. While many elements are standard to the genre, Cool Escapers has created a tantalizing series of puzzles that link together in unexpected ways, all so you can figure out how to open that one door you can't get through.
Use your mad lawn mowing skills in this fun little puzzle game. Cut all the grass, but don't let any clippings get into the pools. Clippings will always shoot out to the right of the mower, so choose your path carefully, use goats to your advantage, and get ready to hit the undo button a lot as you puzzle your way through each level.
- • Villainous
- • Mini-Putt
- • Galves Adventure
Da Big Game let you down? You can make some good moves of your own too, with this selection of strategy, sports, and point-and-click titles from the JiG Vault!
Two creatures find themselves trapped and separated below ground following a cave in, and must use some unique abilities, plus good old fashioned reflexes, to avoid the mechanical monstrosities and reunite. Mike Inel's puzzle platformer might be a bit slow for its focus on running and jumping, but throw in some clever mechanics and a gorgeous presentation, and you have a charmer that will reward the patient.
Swapster's simple physics puzzle premise comes with a twist... remove all nasty purple objects from the screen by using a teleporter gun to swap their places with other shapes. Though light on bells and whistles as well as extraneous elements, Swapster still provides a surprisingly smart and challenging experience thanks to thoughtfully crafted levels that will engage your brain and your reflexes.
Calling it "The Labyrinth of Keys" is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps it would better be called "The Labyrinth of One Key". After all, you only get one key, and you've got to use it wisely if you want to have any hope of escaping in Matthew Rodriguez's action-puzzle-platformer game of the same name.
"Earth. Music. Honey." Not the name of a new retro-styled homage band but just some of the words you'll encounter in Robamimi's latest escape-the-room creation. While enjoying the serenely pretty aesthetics, search this room closely, looking for words and figuring out how to turn them into clues. Make the right connections and you'll solve your way out the door.
Don't look at me that way! Instead, look at me from my left side, so it looks like I'm holding the apple over my head. That's the basic idea behind Projective, a perspective-based puzzle game created for the Global Game Jam. Walk around the room and try to line up floating objects so they appear to be stacked on top of one another. See if you can solve these tricky but gorgeous puzzles.
Winnose is a surreal puzzle game by Todd Luke and Calum Bowen, where you are a creature trying to find its other half. Any other description more specific than that would be nothing more than base speculation. Somewhat akin to a feverish dream, Winnose is as enjoyable as it is goofy and unique.
- • Frantic Sky
- • Idle Farmer
- • Tiny Defender
- • Celestia's Cake Golf Adventure in Space
This week on Link Dump Friday, some kids with some serious firepower, a farm where love and profits are just a click away, a whole lot of sky-bound bullets and bosses, and a prime example of why you should never get between a pony and her cake.
What do you do when doom threatens your sweet land of sugary goodness? You hone your skills and fight back! Play as one of three classes, each with different strengths, as you fight your way through mysterious evil to save the world.
Pipkin Game's little red chomper guy is back for another round of Boulder Dash-like arcade action, in Crazy Digger 2! Cleverer puzzles, fairer enemy placement, and much, much better music mark Crazy Digger 2 as the kind of sequel that even those who skipped the original will dig.
It's easy to immerse yourself in this beautiful, atmospheric audio-visual adventure by Connor Sherlock, but your time is limited. You have only 20 minutes before The Rapture Is Here And You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home. So what do you do? Run! Use [WASD] to move and your mouse to look all around. Explore until your curiosity is rewarded with discovery. Or stand around and wait. It's up to you.
Today we are going to make a robot move from point A to point B. Why? Because it's the 21st century! The age when robots cater to our every whim! Or, failing that, the age when you can play a really fun puzzler in which you create paths for a cute robot on its way through ever more elaborate levels.
- • Gatamari Escape 20
- • Escape from the Strange Hotel
- • Chick Hide and Seek 15
Are you looking for more zen moments in the midst of a frazzled week? Or just wanting to extend that happy chill you already have? The three escapes we feature this week will do just that. Gatamari has a lot of clever but logical puzzles to solve, Hottategoya's Strange Hotel is a bit disconcerting, while Yuri's ten chicks are just chilling waiting to be found.
To stop an evil deity, you'll have to empower your own and hold off swarms of increasingly powerful enemies in this real-time strategy defense from Little Giant World. Scores of upgrades and abilities plus some clever ideas make for fun and help smooth out the rougher of the rough edges.
Tesshi-e's first escape game of 2014 reunites you with the mysterious Mr. K, a friend you haven't seen since 2011 who enjoys renovating rooms with all manner of mysterious puzzles and mechanisms to trap you. Featuring hippos, birds, secret codes, and a fine beverage to go with swanky piano music, it's another great example of Tesshi-e's ability to marry logic with whimsy in design.
- • The Scene of the Crime: Golden Doll
- • Poom!
- • Hans Hans the Biking Viking: Leaving Loki's Lockup
Right now, the JiG crew is consulting with our lawyers about an exclusive trademark the words "Vault" and "The" for exclusive use in online gaming articles. So until we can comment on this pending litigation, enjoy some wonderful adventure, arcade, and puzzle games from the archives!
Ready to solve puzzles? Like... a lot of them? The latest in the popular series of point-and-click puzzle games from Pencilkids throws thirty of them at you as you make pizzas, befriend ducks, help knights, and more to put a smile on your little monkey's face.
Bad weather overtakes you as you're hiking a snowy mountain, so you escape the elements inside this unassuming mountain hut. Luckily, No 1 Game has picked this exact location for another game of find the escape men. Looking everywhere something tiny and flat could be hidden and solving a few puzzles makes for a fun way to wait out the snow storm.
Based from the simple rules concerning how dice are made, Vishnu Vadakke Pariyarath has put together Dynetzzle, a simple idea puzzler that Sudoku fans will find to be quite the bit of pair-o-dice. While only ten puzzles are included, it's the kind of fun idea that begs for expansion.
What is it with gems and their desire to align in groups of three or more? In Aaron Steed's Drop Swap, you walk around the grid of gems, swapping places with every gem you encounter. Lining up three in a row clears them from the grid, but you've only got so many moves to make the necessary connections. Even though there's only five levels in this Puzzlescript-constructed game, there's plenty of replayability in the challenges provided.
Louissi's latest real-time strategy sim strikes a balance between casual and complex. As the last of a powerful nation, it's up to you to ensure you bloodline and build an empire to stand against the dark force. Gather resources, hire and train soldiers, and build a sprawling territory of farms, houses, and more.
Raise a great empire in CivClicker! You start with a single farmer living in a tent, but will soon be dealing with hundreds of different workers living in mansions. Though you can leave the clicktoy open in your browser to gain the resources you need to survive and multiply, you'll want to check back often to manage your resources and send your soldiers out to raid.
Good news, clockwatchers! The sun is setting and it's time to go home. The problem? Your ride, the elevator, isn't working. So poke around the office, find clues and helpful objects, and drag them into action in this quick, fun escape from Afro-Ninja. The neatly rendered visuals and perfectly casual puzzles equal a quick payday of fun.
- • Dungeons and Parties
- • Dakota Winchester's Adventures
- • One Duck
- • Heat Rush Future
This week... randomized dungeon delving with some seriously weird parties. An expedition to find a magic ruby and avoid food poisoning. A rubber ducky in a locked room, which totally isn't creepy at all. And some... unintentionally unsettling racing.
What it may be lacking in sounds and visuals, Masa's physics puzzler, Linkage Draw, makes up for in a big way with its mind-boggling levels. Drag the pieces together thoughtfully to be able to trace out the given pattern. Maybe it's the position of the pieces that matter or which corner you decide to connect them to, but each of the 16 levels will surely have you going 'hmmmm'.
A bounty hunter's life for me! After all, it's bandanas and cool motorbikes and shooting from all sorts of weapons, what's not to like? In Deadly Road Trip, you'll get the chance to take out as many bad guys as you like, collecting power-ups along the way and buying lots of upgrades so you can take out more bad guys. With great visuals and more than decent length, this is one awesome explosion-filled, unlimited-ammo old school arcade shooter.
The night is dark and full of terrors. You are one of them. You cannot see, but you can hear, and though they may hear you coming, they will not be able to stop you. Because he deserves it. Jord Farrell presents The Hunter, an intense, challenging, and intensely challenging, unique top-down stealth-based horror adventure, originally developed as part of the "you only get one" Ludum Dare 28 competition, now expanded and refined for a final release.
Whales, deliveries, bears, codes, gentlemen... it may sound like I'm reading a list of Mad Libs entries, but these are just a few of the strange things you'll encounter solving puzzles in Ninjadoodle's latest rapid-fire point-and-click game!
- • Escape from the Room of Three Boxes
- • Find the Escape-Men 79: The Boxer
- • Escape Game of Baseball Boy
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the re-launch of Weekday Escape! This time you have three ways to escape from your midweek blahs—a trio of choices that might leave you uncertain where to begin. Should you open Yomino Kagura's three boxes? The Boxer challenges you into the ring to Find the Escape-Men; do you accept? Or, perhaps you prefer a roundabout with Minoto's Baseball Boy?
You might already know about the great Tesla/Edison conflict, but you'll want to forget all the technicalities since this reverse-tower-defense game, um, takes some liberties. As Tesla, guide your robotic army through a deadly maze of Edison's constructs, rescuing puppies, contacting Martians, and more, just like in real life!
A bread delivery goes wrong when you accidentally upset a cosmic beast that curses you and the world into bizarre upheaval! Rotate, blast, split, and puzzle your way through this creative and challenging platformer!
- • Synopsis Quest Deluxe
- • Cactus McCoy
- • Orbital Decay
Well, our dedicated team of upgradeable stickmen has finally delivered all the boxes to our new server, so that means you all can get back to what you all do best: talking about games and pointing out improper comma usage. So let's rechristen our new locale with a JiG Vault filled with fine shooter, action, and role-playing games.
Watching TV is for suckers. Participating is where it's at, especially when it's a lethal live TV gameshow filled with some of the strangest challenges around. Though a better puzzle game than a platformer, Above Average Guy still has clever ideas and style to burn.
backstabber is a Sokoban-esque puzzle game developed by Dennis Ranke for MiniLD. Play the nameless protagonist as he moves square-by-square to stab each of the other people in the levels. With PuzzleScript pixel-y goodness and a quirky attitude to offset the grim nature of the theme, backstabber is a game that will have you scratching your head with a smile to the very end.
Welcome to another 25 levels of mysterious door-opening, escaping fun with Abroy's sequel Neon Doors 2. While other games in the genre concentrate more on the physical aspects of trying to unlock a series of doors, Neon Doors 2 goes for much more visually abstract puzzles.
- • RoadZ
- • Lumber John
- • Deep Sea Hunter 2
- • Catlateral Damage
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Beethro Budkin has been going down, down, down, for a while now, clearing out all the critters and baddies in King Dugan's dungeon, and he's finally reached floors unlucky thirteen through sixteen.
Comically complicated contraptions and delirious devices are waiting for you inside Haretoki's marvelous escaper's fun factory. Looking as if designed by a kid on a Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs bender, this is not an easy escape by far. Yet each puzzle has a solid logic and, by constructing helpful objects and carefully deciphering the myriad of clues, you'll find escaping not only possible but immensely fun.
You've got more than nine lives and you're going to need them in this punishing platformer. Use jet-packs, teleporters, gravity switches and much, much more to overcome fiendish and deadly hazards in your journey to save the world. I think you can do it, even if the narrator is... less than encouraging.
You are Victor the Tenacious, bravest, strongest, and most intelligentest knight in the whole kingdom. You have been tasked with rescuing the fair Princess Sonia from the Black Dragon Urquel. Oh yeah, and you've let your faithful squire has tag along for the ride too. A short-but-funny Twine yarn by David T. Marchand that fans of fantasy humor won't want to miss.
- • Bustabrain
- • Mitoza
- • Evacuation
This Vault is only available to JayIsGames Premium Plus Members! Okay, that's a lie, because everyone should be able to enjoy these puzzle, interactive art, and strategy games from our archives.
So there's this lion prince Leonidas, and he has to protect his realm from lizard intruders by chucking his trusty spear at them. The premise might sound wacky, but this projectile puzzle game definitely deserves your attention. With its polished design and cool voice acting, strangely fitting pop culture references and epic spear-throwing action, Spanthera is certainly a pleasant surprise.
Short but sweet, this puzzle platformer makes up for a few odd design choices by having some clever ideas and a haunting atmosphere to illustrate its optimistic and heartfelt message.
Arrows, fireballs, glacial winds, and the unholy tortured spirits of the undead are at your disposal in this addictive and gorgeous but oh-so-grindy shooter defense game. Stave off waves of invading monsters and make use of extensive spells and upgrade trees... and a blacksmith on a turtle, because why not.
It's just you against an endless tide of sword-and-bow-wielding enemies in this simple but stylish little arcade game, so try to take as many of them out as you can before they take you out! More variety would have really made this one shine, but as it stands, it's still an interesting twist on a very simple formula.
Help the pixels escape the advancing glitch-wall of doom in Pixel Escape, a run-and-jump platform game by Jonny and Eugene. Pixel Escape can be a little overwhelming to the senses, but it'll be hard to stop playing till you've gotten every one of those darn things to safety.
When it's THIS cold outside, most of us want to stay indoors, but after a rough work week you're determined to go out and enjoy yourself. Too bad a freak snow storm has you trapped inside with ten little green men...
Holed up in the subway system, you must fight off the zombies until a cure can be found. This strategy game will have you running from one station to the next, picking up items and survivors, while fending off the rabid hordes. Can you survive long enough to research a cure?
- • Walkers
- • Doctor Who: A Brilliant Game
- • Painter's Guild (Alpha)
- • Chicken Chaser
So I said to myself, "Self, what makes a Link Dump Friday?" And I said, "Why, energy and creativity and warmth and humour, of course." But I don't have any of that because it's been a looooong week, so have some man-on-squid violence, instant death, sonic screwdrivers, and artist enslavement instead.
Here's a version of Little Red Riding Hood you haven't seen yet: a spooky little girl with glowing eyes goes on a puzzle platform journey. She jumps from globe to globe in three different eerie worlds, avoiding all manner of monsters and freeing white bunnies along the way. Strange? Yes. Wonderfully atmospheric and surprisingly challenging? Absolutely.
Roll into outer space with CUBICSPACE, a strategy-based dice game by Adam Atomic where you've got to survive six levels of barrages from fearsome foe dice. You'll pick up extra laser charges and shields along the way, but knowing when to use them or reroll them could mean the difference between cruising by and a bruising cry. Do you have the perfect combination of luck and tactics to get a high score?
Created as a prologue/demo/companion piece to the commercial indie title Ossuary, this strange and somewhat unsettling adventure will take you on a psychological and philosophical narrative as you unravel what happened to cause your journey to be thrown off tilt on your way to the Place of Bones.
Good news: you now have the entire space station to yourself. Bad news: that's only if you don't count an endless supply of zombies. Jimp and Jay Armstrong serve up a fun and chaotic, if repetitive, zombie arena shooter with a fantastic design.
Little Giant World delivers a simple but dangerously addictive little simulation in the vein of Mega Mall Story as you build a chain of towering shopping centers that span the globe. Hire and train staff, deal with celebrities and burglars alike, and unlike everything from supermarkets to tattoo parlors to keep your customers happy and your pockets full.
It's just three puzzles long, but Hottategoya's little escape game might still have you going in circles as you try to find three keys to get out from the maze of shelves, books, and hallways.
- • Splitter
- • The End of Us
- • Warp Forest
Surveyed the snowy situation, and decided to stay inside where there's things like fireplaces and browser games? Good call! Here in the cozy corners of the Vault we've got physics, interactive art, and puzzle games that'll keep you occupied until it's warmer. Like, in June.
War is a game of numbers, and in this real-time strategy game, we mean that literally! Conquer the world one level at a time as you generate soldiers from captured towers and swamp your foes with magic, tigers, giant axes, and more.
The Great Bazooki is a magician known far and wide for... balloon popping? Flash Chaz and Marsh Games put their own twist on a very Bloons-y concept as you teleport and toss cards to pop balloons, using magic hats complete with pesky rabbits and more to avoid saw blades, guillotines, and even rings of fire!
The makers of Candy Crush Saga serve up another dangerously addictive free match-3 arcade game for iOS and Android with a farming theme and power-ups galore. Though gorgeous, charming, and casually fun, the same old microtransaction and timer problems will hobble the experience for some.
Dr. Nemesis has abducted you as a test subject for his anti-hero test chamber. But fortunately your replicated corpses will give you a heads-up in Disposabot, a puzzle platformer by Unept. Well implemented levels and a snarky sense of humor make it the kind of quirky game one could use to come back to life at the end of a long day.
- • Fire Catcher
- • Shine
- • Guard of the Kingdom
- • Impressive Dog
New Year, same old Link Dump Friday! Defend a castle as a golem with a monstrous army, hack and slash your way through a fiery landscape from the creator of Zombotron, climb a tower with a fragile magical light as your only guide, and do your dog-gone best to impress a little girl and her mother as an agile and adorable puppy.
Part strategic puzzle, part turn-based RPG, this latest idea from Daniel Benmergui has you picking a path through a dangerous dungeon on a grid filled with enemies, items, and traps on your way to take down a god. Though short and straight-forward, it's fun while it lasts and has a ton of potential.
A Cheyenne Odyssey is the second in the series of Mission US educational point-and-click adventure game titles focusing on American History, created by Electric Funstuff under the auspices of New York PBS Station Channel 13. The year is 1866. You are Little Fox, a twelve-year old member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe. Over the next ten years, your traditional way of life will see many changes. But as the world changes, so does the Cheyenne. And so must you. Another excellent installment of the Mission US series, if hampered by a few too many talking-head conversations.
A familiar face in an air duct. A creepy panda under a single flickering light. A dancing man in a toilet with amazing hair. Hmmm... sounds like a Detarou escape to me!
How many levels can you handle playing at once? Because in this challenging puzzle platformer, you'll have to play at least two and juggle increasing numbers of synchronized characters to boot.
Where is our New Year? You'll need to solve Mateusz Skutnik's point-and-click puzzler to bring it around. Though short and easy provided you scour every rock and drawer, it's a beautifully illustrated and fun little diversion to celebrate out with the old, and in with the new!
I want candy! Especially if it's Candy Ride, the physics-platformer by Levon Vardanyan A slow-paced kind of work, with gameplay reliant on proper timing and movement, Candy Ride is more "rolling" than "rollicking". But it's a entertaining implementation of a creative premise.
- • Phage Wars 2
- • Heir
- • Portal Defenders
Too busy to read Tricky's Top 2013 Games of 2013? Then ring in the new year instead with these excellent strategy, platform, and fighting titles from the JayIsGames archives.
All it takes is a few pounds of explosives to turn boring billiards into a blowout of fun! And deadly. Mostly deadly. As a safer alternative, we suggest trying Blast Billiards Revolution, a take on the table sport where you've got to pot the balls before time runs out and things start to get combust-y. There's not a lot of room for mistakes, but if you can become the king of the cue, you can have a lot of fun with the varied challenges this game provides.
Quick, what do you get when you add 10 and 10? The answer is still 10, because 10 is Again! Never mind that that makes no mathematical or grammatical sense, because all that matters is that in 10 is Again, you've got to slide numbered tiles to make stacks that up to exactly ten. In this level pack, multiplication, division, and inversion tiles are added to the mix to make the math just a little wilder and the puzzling a little trickier.
The kingdom needs a hero to slay a dragon, but you need cash a lots of it! In this simple arcade action RPG, you'll charge through five levels of enemies, nabbing all the coin they drop and using it to upgrade your equipment. Though definitely short and nearly TOO simple, great visuals and simple fun still make it addictive while it lasts.
All of your nightmares pales in comparison to space leviathans who eat whole planets! But, of course, this is what you're forced to face in 8Bit Skull's action adventure title, Zos. It's been thousands of years, and the great monster, X'o'chthu,is back for another round of celestial chomping. It is up to you to gather the lost essences of heroes-past and use their powers to fight it off once again.
Fireballs. Tesla towers. Explosions. Power-downs. This arcade avoidance game puts a few chaotic twists on a simple concept as you must avoid everything the stages have to throw at you while carving up slices of the landscape!
- • Atomic Puzzle Xmas
- • Ziggy's Carol
- • Gift Rush
- • SNATA
Christmas has come and gone, but you can still savor the season in that grandest of traditions (leftovers!) with this pack if holiday games, from the lovely and serene, to the funky and bizarre.
One arrow, but one shot is all you need. Unfortunately, that's also all the monsters trying to take you down need, too. Created in 72 hours for Ludum Dare 28's "You Only Get One" theme, Titan Souls is a gorgeous and atmospheric, if potentially a little short and simple, game that feels like a part of something bigger waiting to happen.
If you're one of the millions of people who aren't exactly thrilled by rats, Rats Invasion is the game for you. You'll get to shoot all sorts of deadly things at them, from gas to bombs to poison. Don't let their cute chubby little faces fool you, they'd do the same to you in a heartbeat!
Santa has kinapped you, again, because he has lost the happy coins, again, and needs you to find them (and his sack of presents) to save Christmas, AGAIN...Tesshi-e is back with another trippy holiday scenario with The Happy Escape 6.
Being an undertaker is ghoulish business... so who can blame you for trying to liven things up a bit? Though in some cases extremely unforgiving with its physics, this puzzle game earns points for its creative style and level design as you use everything from balloons to punch-boxes, plows, dragons and more to get your skeleton safely into its grave.
With simple graphics and simple sound effects to match, Alan Zucconi's entry for Ludum Dare 28, 0RBITALIS, suits itself well. Control the trajectory of a satellite in different celestial situations to have it orbiting the different objects for the entirety of the given time limit. No job is too big, and no gravitational pull is too small, so get your physics-themed thinking caps on and get flying!
- • Snowing
- • e7
- • Wooden Path
Let's get straight to some early unwrapping with a trio of stocking stuffers from the JiG Archives. We've got escape, platform, and puzzle presents this week in the Vault, and they'll give to all a good night.
Fever Blue isn't the name of some hair product, but it'll leave your scalp tingling like one. In this short puzzle shooter made for Ludum Dare, you're told that the markings on the ground will guide the way, but you've still got to figure out how to use them while navigating a maze of deadly turrets and monsters.
We begged, we pleaded for another dish of Nitrome's top-down arcade puzzle series, Bad Ice Cream. Now, all our pretty pleas have been answered with the cherry on top that is Bad Ice Cream 3, and it has all the charm, challenge, and gorgeous pixel art we've come to expect.
At first, you can't make out much in this escape-the-room game from Kotorinosu. Could this thing be a door? What are these green squarish things you've found, almost by accident? Yet, if you manage to solve the puzzles and survive the pixel hunts of this room, details come into being. You'll be that much closer to success.
Need an itty-bitty dose of holiday cheer? Then get your point-and-click puzzle-solving on with Pencilkids' monkeys as they search for enough presents (and a little something extra) to make their Christmas complete.
Your kingdom needs you! In this unexpected follow-up to Lucidrine's 2010 game, you take control of a new academy created to develop and train students into the heroes the land needs. Though perhaps too simple and repetitive for some, a stunning visual style and casually engaging gameplay make it well worth checking out.
The Everloom is an artistic adventure game by Lucas Paakh that takes players on a trip through a forest of imagination. Beautiful in aesthetics, not all of the elements mesh mechanically, but it remains a fascinating piece of work that compares favorably to the rest of Paakh's canon.
Winter has come to Snail Bob's little world and, fittingly, he has to save the snail version of Santa from a particularly malicious green hamster. Sounds a bit odd? Wait until you start playing! Snail Bob 6 Winter Story is full of silly puzzles, grumpy crocodiles, friendly ants and lots of other quirky things that make this series as lovable as possible.
It's beginning to look a lot like Clickmas... Ortiel's hit addictive (and weird!) clicktoy cookie baking simulator gets a festive upgrade that begins with a familiar red hat and ends with... well, that would be spoiling things.
Choice of the Deathless combines the rich, imaginative gameplay of the classic all text adventures of yesteryear and fuses them with the evocative and fully-realized world of Max Gladstone's novels.
Small is Beautiful makes a comeback of their cutesy graphics with the match-3 strategy title, Animals - Home Free! Save a long line of captures creatures against an evil, entrepreneurial wolf as he slowly destroys the forest for his construction efforts. It'll take some thoughtful strategy, all under the watchful eye of the clock to take him down and restore the peace. You can't let the environment down!