Icarus is stuck in a dream world and needs: to wake up, to find kit, a key... and anything else that will help him navigate from one end of this narrative adventure to the next. The true joy of playing, though, comes in exploring Daniel Merlin Goodbrey's witty comic strip—story and gameplay work seamlessly together and that's all we need to enjoy it!
- • The Gentleman
- • Nouserdake
- • The Maze
- • Skirt Quest
Skirts and spectres, tophats and books, and much more! This week's Link Dump Friday only has one theme... variety! From a game about trying to conform to your peers in high school, to a nightmarish run through a neverending tower full of monsters (also could be mistaken for high school!) there's something for everyone.
Marty Sears' popular combination of anagrams, block-sliding, hilarious animations, and hair-pulling difficulty has become a quadrilogy with Blocks With Letters On 4. It's as punishing and as hilarious as it's ever been, and this time, the background is green!
Gotta train em all! Toy Chest Games' strategic turn-based strategy game may be heavily inspired by Pokemon, but a gorgeous design and a focus on simple yet satisfying combat with a whopping 101 monsters to train makes it a casual treat.
A bear falls asleep in a fruit crate and finds himself in a dungeon in Slime Prince's castle. The bear teams up with a treasure chest and they go on a slime-destroying, treasure-hunting adventure. If that's not bizarre enough, wait till you see them bouncing off a huge pig roast amidst a pile of broken plates.
Take a break from escaping rooms, restaurants, and underground spaces to explore this amazing, surreal landscape in an entertaining two scene mini-escape from Frederico Rutenberg.
You have the chance to play in the world championship for Pongball, so don't pass it up! Jump into the action in this awesome blend of Pong and pinball. Use your pinball flipper ship to hit the ball past your opponent. Score five goals to win. Can you beat them all to become the new Pongball champion?
- • 9:05
- • Finding My Heart
- • Karoshi: Suicide Salaryman
Happy 9th of July! And, as you know, the traditional way to celebrate is by playing a few excellent titles from the JayIsGames archives! This week, the Vault features classic interactive fiction, adventure, and platforming titles for your perusal.
Hottategoya has mastered the miniescape quite well by giving a threefold of puzzles to solve all wrapped up with stylish presentation. Explore a series of very sameish rooms, climbing the stairs until you reached a locked door, then breaking the code that opens it. Do that three times and you'll be out before you know it. The easier challenges make this game perfect for beginners or for anyone who has a hankering for an escape but only a moment to spare.
BRICK[bricksmash]SMASH is a bunch of tiny Breakout clones within a Breakout clone: each time your ball hits a brick, it spawns a tiny ball inside the brick it hits. Once each brick runs out of tiny bricks, it disappears and the balls inside the brick are set free. Don't try this with real bricks or you'll end up warping reality. (Try it on the computer instead, and you make a rainbow!)
Do you know how many shapes you can make with six or more squares? A lot, that's how many. Omino may seem like a simple Tetris clone at first, but its mechanic of making the pieces larger instead of making them fall faster as you level up adds a refreshing spin. Oh, and there are powerups.
Pathologic is a surprisingly sane minimalistic game in which you must find your way through a maze made up of squares, collecting circles as you go, without stepping on the same square twice. With fifty ever more complex levels, this is a Snake-like bundle of frustration and fun which will satisfy your daily need for puzzly goodness.
- • Candy Ant Princess
- • Horse Master
- • The Choice
- • Lucky Peach Travel Game
Four games, four different spins on text-based adventures. Link Dump Friday takes you on a journey with bugs, horsies, hateful AI, and oceans made of delicious, delicious fruit that shows off the unexpectedly creative and delightful side of Twine and other formats of interactive fiction.
On the surface, this puzzle game is simple. Easy, even. You move in turns through small, carefully designed levels trying to avoid or eliminate enemies on your way to the exit. But before long, the new varieties of obstacles and tight level design will force you to think ahead in strategic fashion, making this one elegantly simple game that can challenge you with the best of them.
You've probably already spotted the icon next to this blurb and thought, "Xs and Os in a grid? Must be Tic Tac Toe... But why haven't they played in the middle square? That's an easy win for both players!" That's true, however it might not be the best strategy in Tic-Tac-Toe-Ception, where the square you make your move in on one grid determines the grid your opponent plays in on a larger meta-grid. A simple game of three-in-a-row just got a whole lot harder!
An instant-classic riff on 90s blast-processing platformers, Ripple Dot Zero is an action platformer by Pixeltruss that has just the right mix of dystopia and penguins. Expansive levels to explore, secrets galore to uncover, and an awesome chiptune soundtrack make Ripple Dot Zero does great at making something new made out of something familiar.
Escape from the Dome is not rocket science. It's a cute and fun way to pass a few minutes and sharpen those escaping skills. You know, in case you find yourself under a mysterious dome in real life.
An evil scientist has turned a batch of baby monkeys into gargoyles because... because... because SCIENCE, okay? Search for all fifteen of them and try to find a way to change them back in this short but cute point-and-click adventure from Robin Vencel!
Well, Mission-Control Guy. You've screwed up a mission before. But now, with an asteroid headed towards Earth, NASA has decided to give you A Second Chance, in a space simulation by Major Bueno. While the "press the buttons in the right order" gameplay probably couldn't be sustained in a longer work, the high amount of easter egg clickables and subtle jokes makes A Second Chance a hilarious minigame.
- • Air Pressure
- • Doeo
- • Immortall
Caught inside during a summer storm like this fair reviewer is? Well, let the JayIsGames Vault can bring you a little sunshine, with an excellent visual novel, arcade hit, and interactive piece of art... no umbrella neccesar!
Detarou is not afraid to be offensive and this escape-the-room game is exactly what you'd expect from the designer, who once again found new lines of weirdness to cross over. Locked inside this strange cafe, you must look around for clues and helpful items, solving cleverly tricky puzzles and avoiding the bad ending in order to unlock the door and escape. A solid logic and an intuitive interface make the experience more pleasant even if the sights you encounter are uncomfortably inappropriate.
Spyker's arcade title, 3LIND game, is anything but a simple, straightforward puzzle game. Sprinkled with philosophical flavor, this game will have you 'thinking outside the box' as you maneuver your way around 20 levels of obstacles, both physical and mental. The hand drawn black-and-white graphics coupled with Methamphetabear's eerie sythesizer soundtrack are a mighty duo in an intriguing experience.
It's a hot summer so you rent a cool bungalow for a nice bit of relaxation. Or so you thought, because in Tesshi-e's world all doors are to be looked at suspiciously. Turns out this one is no differently as you're soon locked inside with no key in sight. Time to escape! Search around this whimsically appointed vacation cabin for clues and helpful objects, solving puzzles until that elusive exit key is in hand.
Play a quick game of hide and seek with Yuri's troupe of adorable chicks and they'll help you figure out the ice cream parlor's door code in this whimsically cute escape-the-room game. Gameplay centers around find all ten of the baby birds while solving a smattering of codes and item use puzzles. Easy as pie once you know to look everywhere a tiny peep can fit and it's the perfect way to infuse some sweetness into a summer day.
What can you build using only a straightedge and a compass? A lot, apparently, as illustrated in Ancient Greek Geometry, a webtoy where you're drawing abilities are limited to circles and lines made by points you create. If you want, you can try to solve mathematical puzzles such as making triangles, squares, and the elusive pentagon using only these tools. How complex your drawings can get is entirely up to you.
Something weird is happening with photos in Vortex Point, and the masked man who shows up in them is the least of the town's concerns when the people in them start going missing. Though short and somewhat unintuitive, this point-and-click adventure from Carmel Games has a clever premise and a few freaky ideas that make it a fun break-sized game.
If you've played the iOS hit 1000000, you'll find a lot to like in Undefined's addictive match-3 arcade game that puts a JRPG spin on it. To rescue a princess you'll have to raise funds by scrounging in dungeons, swapping and matching gems and other tokens to find treasure, defeat monsters, and level up your party for a familiar but addictive and charming experience.
When Cody's comic book collection is stolen by a gang of thieves, he sets out to get it back and discovers that gathering them unlocks super powers of his own! Despite some unimaginative level design and repetition, this platformer offers a great premise and a ton of personality that make it an easy choice for younger gamers-in-training!
Take some ordinary circular mazes, decorate them with gold coins, spiders and swinging flails, add a ball-shaped ninja and you get a nice physics puzzle game. Your goal is to get all the coins and then roll out of one maze and into the next, shooting and sneaking your way past dangerous adversaries. And remember: Ninjas never die.
- • Room of 1000 Snakes
- • Hyper Pixel Man
- • Yepi Forever
- • Robot Unicorn Attack Evolution
Snakes and aliens and spikes, oh my! This week's Link Dump Friday features some challenging platforming that's very old school, an alien with lead feet on a mission, a whole room full of snakes, and more!
King's Ascent is a vertical-scrolling action platform game that shows life on the throne is always uncertain, especially when giant skeleton beasts are chasing you up the tower. Gameplay is generally familiar, but the plotting has a deconstructive edge that should separate it from the pack.
The last time magic footwear solved anything, all they did was help a young girl get home to Kansas. The shoes in Denis Vasilev's new platformer game Reverse Boots are a bit more utilitarian than that: every time you jump, you change your environment. It gets mindbending very quickly, even if the shoes don't sparkle.
King of Bees in Fantasy Land, a Twine adventure game by Brendan Patrick Hennesy, hails to an earlier time of gaming plotting; one where "all your base are belong to us". Thought there's not much action to speak of, this little choose-your-own-adventure tale of a Space Knight taking on the Evil King of Bees in the year 2888 is a quick, smart, piece of video game comedy.
If you have a few minutes to waste, and you're in the mood for something colourful and relaxing, look no further! What it wants to do is let you kick back and enjoy some colourful, almost plushy gears and a bunch of well-made puzzles.
Rocket Pets isn't quite a launch game. And it isn't quite a platformer. Somehow, Jay Armstrong and Jimp have combined the two genres, added some cute fuzzy animals wearing jetpacks, and thrown in some spikes for good measure, and the result is a ridiculously cute game where you go around collecting coins, buying upgrades, and earning achievements.
- • Clockwords
- • Fig. 8
- • Cyrkam Airt�s
We've heard the wishes of you, the consumer, and have decided to keep featuring the best of casual gaming past in the JayIsGames Vault. This week we've got some unique defense, action, and arcade titles to play around with, full backwards compatibility included.
Don't be afraid of the dark! Even if there's something dangerous in it, all you need to do is shine a little light in Bombocracker's lovely little platforming puzzler. Make your way to the exit in each stage by manipulating light and shadow to remove obstacles or change your environment to provide safe passage.
You're lost, but don't be afraid. With Mateusz Skutnik to lead you, you know the journey is always going to be great... even if it's juuuust a little creepy. Go on a puzzle platforming adventure in search of music and a way home in this stunning game set in the Daymare world.
Want to bring two blobs together and be the hero of their love saga? There's a question you don't hear often. In Blob's Story, you are supposed to cut the ropes that keep the bouncy lovers apart, help them reach each other's slimy embrace, and collect pretty white flowers along the way.
Who knew sewer-dwelling monsters were so enamoured of toy boats? They have kidnapped your boat and you have to go get it, armed with nothing more than a suction cup toy gun. Use it to knock monsters out of the way, blow up bombs and liberate your toy in this bizarrely entertaining physics puzzle.
- • Man Eats Fish
- • Rose & Camellia 2
- • The Ladder of Kali
- • Coffee Mafia
Fishing. Slap fights. Ancient temples full of unspeakable evils and curses that sap the very life from your bones with every step. Do we know how to party here at Link Dump Friday or what?
Want a word game? Want a SWANKY word game? Then check out the short but stylish title from mif2000 that sends you running through a world of words you can combine to change the landscape and their meaning!
Spin round like a record baby in this musical avoidance game. Soundodger makes beautiful patterns in time with the music... just don't touch any of them! Best enjoyed with sound up and lights down, see what percentage of the objects you can avoid. Slow things down to get out of a tight squeeze at the expense of points. Earn enough points to unlock new songs.
Maze Evolution is really simple. You just guide a little star through some tunnels and corridors. Also, you mustn't touch the walls. Oh, and some of the mazes are moving. Did we mention there will be things shooting at you? No? Never mind then, you'll do just fine! *shifty eyes*
Tesshi-e once again teaches us the art of constructing a useful item from random bits of crap found around a room we've been locked into in the entertaining and challenging Escape from Tesshi-e's Room 2.
Billed as an arcade cabinet imported from an alternate universe, Nam-Cap takes the familiar concept of Pac-Man and turns it backwards in many ways. Your goal in each level is to fill the whole maze with dots (as opposed to consuming them all, obviously). Despite the reversal, Nam-Cap captures everything that made Pac-Man entertaining.
How could anyone possibly hate candy? Well, if you're the snarky alien hero sent to a candy planet to rescue scientists from cuddly, cheerful toys who want nothing better than to pelt you with the stuff, it's probably pretty easy. A beautiful, silly platforming shooter with a ton of levels.
- • Back to the Cubeture Era 1
- • Gridz
- • Grid Game
It's time to get a little dark and griddy! And by that, I mean, this week in the JayIsGames Vault, we're featuring some great grid-based games. It's so hip to be square!
Bustermcthundersticks isn't nonsense, it's the new point-and-click puzzle game from Ninjadoodle! The new house you have is practically lousy with ninjas, 33 to be exact, and some serious weird and obscure devices, secret doors, and more to boot! Can you track all of them down?
It may look sweet and simple, but don't let it fool you, because this Sokoban-style puzzle game is going to tie your brain into knots. All you have to do is slide crates onto spots marked with an X, but with thirty stages, each more tidily and cleverly designed than the last, Sokoboom proves it has what it takes to keep you challenged.
Biology was never my strong suit in school. All those mitochondria and phylums and mitosis... meh. Luckily, you don't have to know your genes from your jeans to make it through Life Sciences, a new room escape by Rose Key. The game takes place inside your standard, four-walled room decorated with the theme of — you guessed it — life sciences.
Bob the charitable robber is back! Once again you can steal to your heart's content, and you don't even have to feel guilty about it. Help Bob stay out of sight of guards, watchdogs and security cameras, and empty every drawer and pocket you can find. It's all for a good cause, so do your best!
Say you're a little boy (but really you're a dinosaur) and in your roaring rampage of dinosaur-ness, you've stomped all the plants you can. Well, the king of the forest would like a word with you, and he wants you to replant everything you've crushed. Such is the premise of Seeds, a vibrantly colored game by funstorm that tweaks the launch genre in the most adorable way imaginable.
Here's a simple idea: Using your mouse, trace paths across a board of black and white tiles so that the white tiles you've selected turn to black. Sound too easy? Mateusz Narolewski will make you wonder if someone's been replacing your breakfast cereal with paint chips.
- • Juggernaut: Awakening
- • Questopia
- • Kitt's Kingdom
- • Dream Fishing
I wanted to write something witty here about this week's Link Dump Friday, but now I'm all depressed because I wanted to do it as a creepypasta THEN WHO WAS PHONE style joke and I couldn't figure out how to make it work. Sigh. First world reviewer problems.
Follow your dreams! And if your dreams mean you have to pay a monkey scientist in bananas to reach the moon and a hypothetical lady monkey, well, so be it! Though it could use some more variety, this launch game has style and polish to burn for a simple but fun experience.
TurboNuke knows how to do follow-ups right, and racing fans should definitely enjoy American Racing 2, the sequel to last year's arcade hit. The engine's been refined, if a little more CPU takes, but overall it should satisfy everyone's daily recommended need for speed.
Though currently only in its alpha demo stage, this gorgeously atmospheric puzzler is still well worth checking out. Wield the power of the moon, and thus the light and the tide, as a young girl exploring a series of ruins and temples, manipulating the moon to change your environment and proceed deeper.
Escape from a cursed alien tomb, find your crewmate and — if you're particularly fortunate — come out of it all with the brand new, uh, old fabulous Idol of Tavor as your lovely planetary parting gift. Metroidvania-style action and adventure await you in this sci-fi platformer.
Here is a full scale escape-the-room adventure made (near) perfect by Kotorinosu's skillful design. Inexplicably locked inside these space age surroundings, with no narrative or changing cursor to guide you, you're left to your observational skills and ability to make connections between clues, using objects (repeatedly) to break through multiple locks until you are free. It's lengthy enough and challenging enough to hold you captive for most the afternoon, both in frustration and delight.
When you think of miners, the first association isn't necessarily "ninja". And that's where you're wrong, because ninjas have what it takes: mad digging skills, awesome velocity, and they look cool in a yellow helmet. Ninja Miner is a fast-paced arcade game with some puzzles thrown in, where your goal is to figure out your way around a level, picking up all the diamonds and stars and avoiding spikes, all at breakneck speed.
- • The Visitor
- • Colour My Heart
- • I Wish I Were The Moon
It's safe to say that a lot of people are happy to see the old Link Dump Friday return. In LDF's honor, this week in the Vault, we're featuring classic titles from our archives that made their debut by gettin' down on Friday, Friday!
A Dark Room will run quietly by itself in a tab in your browser with only minimal interaction at first. There's just you, the dark, dwindling wood, and a fire to stoke. But what might that light attract? What could you build if you dared venture the cold quiet outdoors? With gameplay that will remind you of Candy Box! but a decidedly creepier, more intriguing bent to go with simulation and adventure, A Dark Room is well worth checking out.
What seems like a dream turns out to be reality... a very weird one. You wake up on the floor of a locked room with a voice over the telephone taunting you to find your way downstairs, but once you do, you'll find out your problems are just beginning in this short but appealingly oddball puzzle adventure game with a retro style.
No1Game is back with the road trip that won't quit, finding those elusive international symbols for an exit in a busy Service Area. Get those lazy bums back to work in this delightful mini-escape. It reminds us that in the vast excursion that is life it is not the destination but the journey that is important. And, you know, the escaping.
You're inside a tiny, one-room cabin with a ton of tools and items at your disposal. But instead of trying to escape like you'd expect, in this point-and-click puzzle game the object is to try to block off every possible avenue of egress. You're a werewolf, see, and you're determined to keep yourself trapped and the townsfolk safe at night. But it's harder than you might think...
Vegetarian zombies might eat GRAAAAAINS, but in VladG's new level pack to the All We Need Is Brain series, the zombies need fresh brains. And since you have a large stockpile of them (presumably from your friendly local brain depositary), who better than you to lead 30 brand new levels of zombies to their doom?
It was supposed to be an easy job. So how did you end up handcuffed to a pipe? Piece together the whole story in this compelling point-and-click adventure game. Click your way out of the mess, revealing the plot as you go.
- • Derp till Dawn
- • Pork Must Arrive
- • Rokilot
- • Collapse It 2
"Wait, what... what is this?" you say, quivering nervously. "A classic Link Dump Friday format with games to play? Is it 2011?" Haha, no, gentle, silly reader, the year is still 2013, but the Link Dump Friday you've been demanding is finally back and here to stay.
Go from serving customers to saving them in Flipline's platformer featuring your favorite characters from the Papa's series. When a mysterious customer warps all your regular customers away, you'll have to rescue them from man-eating food. Jump, crawl, glide, and slide to fully explore each level to find everyone who is missing!
Puzzle meets roguelike in this challenging little retro game created for Ludum Dare's minimalism theme. Four heroes sounds like more than enough to find all four magical scepters, but with random dungeons filled with unique monsters, tricks, and permadeath, you've got your strategizing cut out for you.
It may look cute and simple, but Nitrome's latest puzzler has some serious teeth to its challenge. When your girlfriend, a walking eyeball (it's cool, you're one too) is abducted by a jealous cloud, you set out to get her back. Paint yourself with colours to change your environment and get ready for a platformer that's going to challenge your reflexes!
Combining avoidance gameplay with puzzle elements, the queerly named ...=D starts off slow and easy, but in no time at all will have you sweating bullets as you struggle to keep up with a game that more and more resembles a chaotic disco dance floor!
When out on a stroll through the park, you come across a relaxing-looking cafe and decide to have a little repast. In the ordinary world, you'd order some food, eat and go. This is Tesshi-e's world, though, and you're inside an escape cafe. Now you have to search around for clues and useful items, solve puzzles and gather up ten happy coins before you can get the heart-shaped key and unlock the exit door. Only then can you have a nice treat to fill your tummy before you leave. That's the Tesshi-e brand of fun which we know and love!
It's all about female power in the superheroine visual novel, Wonder City. Play as the high school student, Ada, as she discovers her superpowers. Make decisions in how the story will unfold and what her path to heroism is. Will she be a confronter, taking direct action against evil, or is she more about subtlety, working from the shadows? Watch the story unfold (with mentions of people from women's history) as Ada takes a stand to prevent a villian's corrupt empire.
Gnomes, gnomes everywhere! Popping out of the ground, asking you to plant mushrooms around them. Why? Because they can. Don't mess with gnomes. Anyway, the numbers on their hats tell you how many mushrooms you're supposed to plant, and mushrooms send out rays of light, so you can't plant one on another's light path. With two gameplay modes, three difficulties and a number of board sizes, Gnomeland Security is a puzzly bundle of fun.
- • Seasons
- • Save Kaleidoscope Reef
- • Effing Hail
This week in The Vault, lets take a look at some quality games from our archives with a suitably outdoorsy theme. Whether webtoys, arcade, or action is to your liking, they'll be the perfect way to beat the heat!
You thought they'd had their fill of cupcakes, but Z3lf's blue and purple bunnies are back for more puzzling goodness in Mushbits 2. More of a level pack than a true sequel, this game offers the same puzzle elements of the first with the addition of a few abilities. Oh, and giant, ground-shaking cats in the background. If you enjoy wracking your brain to the tune of cute graphics, get the bunnies their sugar-high in the fewest moves possible to earn your stars toward puzzling greatness.
A duck may want many things. A simple life? An education? High adventure? Clearly there are choices to be made, and you're just the one to help! A Duck Has An Adventure is a humorous piece of CYOA interactive art by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, and while it has more art than gameness, it's a quacking good time.
Where in the world are you? You'll need a little world knowledge and some deductive skills in this puzzle game that uses Google Maps to plop you into unknown territory you can explore to try to figure out your location, and then point to it on a map, for a challenging and addictive little game.
You are the master of weather! You control a werewolf! You can terrorize the town! Or you can help the werewolf go buy cigarettes! In Moon Waltz, there's only one button, and it makes the clouds disperse and reveal the moon, which turns an innocent-looking guy into a ferocious beast. Whether you will use this power for good or evil is totally up to you and your twisted imagination. Muahahaha.
The winner of the minimalism-themed Ludum Dare 26 game jam, Mono, a Java game by Timtip Games, is a uniquely artistic top-down mix of puzzles and skill. In it, you must guide an eye through a series of eight levels. It's over far too fast, but it's densely packed with interesting ideas and a well deserved victor.
It never ends. Literally! This tower defense game will keep going until you die, as you place and combine gems around the field to keep enemies from reaching your loot. But when the game is over, you can start again with a brand new map and keep all the upgrades you bought, for a surprisingly clever twist on the defense genre, albeit without a lot of depth.
It has been seven years since Sinjid was thrown into prison, framed for the death of Master Fujin. Now he has a chance to clear his name in this action-RPG by Krin seven years in the making. A beautiful game with impressive ninja action, though with taxing loading times.
Habla Kadabla is a short, sweet, Halloweeny point-and-click game by Carmel Games with a crime-solving twist. Habla is a nice, friendly, upbeat sort of witch, just runnin' her little gift shop and tryin' to make ends meet. Which is why she's really upset when someone steals her enchanted cash register, along with all her money. Lucky for her, there's all sorts of stuff lying around waiting for her to pick it up and put to good use as she tries to crack the case and catch the thief.
He's baaaaaaaaaack. Junior wants to play, and Senior wants to sleep. This time, in addition to a bunch of precarious physics puzzles, Senior's set up some traps to remain undisturbed. But Junior's not going to let that stand in his way, and he's even got a new trick... wings!
It's dark. You're lost. You have to rely on sound to find the exit in this maze while avoiding the traps laid for you... but something else is using sound to find you. Created for the Ludum Dare "minimalist" theme, this simple game that tasks you with finding your way out before something finds you. Though slow and repetitive, the formidable atmosphere of tension the game creates with sound and simple lines alone is truly remarkable.
Maybe you do need to be a little bit fruity to love escape-the-room games, but suzumeDr proves once again the satisfaction of being locked in a room with only your wits to free yourself. Tending to be more easy than some of this author's earlier works, this escape presents a handful of logic-based puzzles where the biggest challenge is uncovering the clues and putting them to work in the right place.
The government has finally took notice of your stickman crimes However, they're willing to cut a deal: the Toppat Clan of international thieves has been a much larger problem that you for quite a long time. Get some evidence, and they'll give you a full pardon. And to do that, you must start by Infiltrating the Airship. The fourth in the series of Puffball United's popular series humorous adventures, Infiltrating the Airship keeps Puffball United's trademark brand of random humor coming and the awesomeness occurring.
- • The Dreamerz
- • K.O.L.M.
- • William and Sly
You know, it's tough being a casual-gaming pathfinder, heading deep into the archives to bring back quality games of all genres from whatever godforsaken rock they're hiding beneath. Fortunately, there are quite a few that have taught me the ways and means of exploration, and this week we're featuring them in the JayIsGames Vault!
Find the Escape Men Part 52 in the Gas Station is a delightful mini-escape featuring logical puzzles, amusing dialogue, and even two different endings. Welcome to yet another short and whacky escape adventure with those hard-to-find little green men. Time to gas up the car and go!
Everyone Together is a tough little stumper in a meek, unassuming package, and it will give you the urge to go back through your various contact lists and catch up with people you haven't gotten in time with for years. You know exactly the ones I mean!
The same ol' same ol' is exactly what you want when you're in the mood for light, casual puzzles in a minimalist setting. Hottategoya follows up the similar rooms series by stepping up the navigational obstacles which test your powers of observation. Solve three codes, open three doors and, quicker than you can say dèjá vu, you'll have that same great feeling that comes from a successful escape.
The scores have been tabulated and the results are in: the overall winner of the minimalism-themed Ludum Dare 26 72-hour Game Jam is Leaf Me Alone, a retro Metroidvania-style platformer by Mark Foster and David Fenn. Now, "minimalism" and "Metroidvania" aren't two words that usually go together, but Foster and Fenn has put together a wonderful little world for a pixelated-blob-type-thing to explore, if one that could use a little more direction from time to time.
IT CAME FROM BEYOND THE... uh... well, we're not sure exactly. But in this over-the-top arcade action game, the country is being ripped apart by a monstrous snake... which happens to be you! Gather power-ups and destroy everything in sight in your effort to cause as much carnage and damage possible. It may be on the simple, repetitive side, but with a fantastic presentation and fast-paced gameplay, it's still a lot of fun.
Once upon a time there was a little alien meeting his girlfriend in the park. But then there was some candy, and a world that you can flip along its axis, and then there was Flip and Go, an adorable puzzle platformer by Lampogolovii.
If you're tired of all those physics platformers with jumping balls, try one with a rolling smiley! Absolutely no bouncing involved! Instead, good ol' gravity keeps our yellow hero firmly on the ground, and your task is to get him to the exit, avoiding all manner of dangers along the way, and eating magic mushrooms to get special powers.
A ninja protecting himself with bubble wrap? Check. A strange line of leaping dancers? Yep. Some dude with a green face peering at you through a hole in the wall? Okay. Small blue men doing...something to a vase? Yeah, Detarou's back with another surreal room escape.
CastleMine from Mugshot Games combines tower defense with a little bit of old fashioned digging. Instead of mapping out mazes for creeps to crawl through or building balloon things on green green grass, you get to dig underground one block at a time. Uncover extra gold deposits, additional resources, or even nests of enemies as you attempt to defend your castle from the threat from below.
The year is 1978. A child has found a video game they've never heard of before. but he doesn't realize that things on the other side of the screen lie waiting for him to play it. Misadventure is an action-adventure horror game by Mike Houser, done in the retro style of a 4-bit Atari game gone horribly wrong, and its atmospheric creepiness more than makdes up for a little directionessless in its gameplay.