James Newcombe's massive sliding-block puzzle game makes a return in this huge sequel. Your goal is to get your four Cyads to the exit in each stage, but with lasers, bombs, glue, switches, and much, much more in the way the farther you progress, it quickly becomes clear this deceptively simple looking puzzle game is playing for keeps. With no timer or turn limit, it's just you, your brain, and some of the most cleverly designed and fiendishly huge levels around that will keep you busy for a long, long time.
In the land of Paint World the paint blobs live a carefree life. Unfortunately their world is being attacked and the blobs are being torn apart. It's up to you to help reunite the blobs with their similarly colored brethren. Make good use of your brains and show those paint blobs the proper way to tuck and roll.
Detarou, Detarou, what can I make of you? There's no sense in trying to analyze the entirely inappropriate weirdness involved in a Detarou escape-the-room game. All that's needed to be known are the puzzles are cunning, the interface is well-designed, it has three endings and there are scenes that only Detarou could pull off to such surreal hilarity. Be forewarned: you may never be able to look at the color green again!
The forces of darkness are at it again in this tower defense game. They'll send wave after wave against you as you use your soldiers, mages, and archers to hold them back. Place towers in the designated spots to start training your troops. Upgrade your units in multiple ways to find the best strategy for each level. Evil won't know what hit it.
Ever wondered where baby bunnies come from? The cuddly protagonist in La Ventanita's Bunny Cannon does, too, but since everyone tells him a different story, he need to straighten things out. Luckily this involves nothing more playing a game of pachinko where bunnies fired from cannons multiply as soon as they come in contact with the opposite gender. It's a lot like Peggle or Coin Drop!, only so much cuter and with so many more rabbits.
A Man's Quest is an HTML5 action platformer by The Drunk Devs that hearkens to yesteryear, both in terms of its retro graphics and the bouncy spirit of childhood. Help Ty show up his rival Kevin by swiping his place as Chosen One and being the first to make it to the top of Ominous Power. A compressed burst of fun, if one with somewhat loose jump physics.
And if you're looking for some colorful pixelated picross art as paraphernalia for your personal party celebrating a new Conceptis puzzle game? Then look no further than Color Pic-A-Pix Light Volume 2. There's only ten new puzzles to solve, but they're high-quality stumpers with polished presentations.
The world has gone insane, but Pencil Kids is here to set it right with another installment of primate point-and-click puzzling with Monkey Go Happy Mini Monkeys 3. This time, the adventure is on a boat, on a boat, on a monkey-loving boat, and tracking down all 15 of those mischievous mini-monkeys is going to be no cup of grog. The series may be starting to get a little formulaic, but no less charming for it.
Alma Games presents another chapter of the great struggle of Sleeping Parent Vs. Energetic Child in Monsterland 2: Junior's Revenge, a tumble-drop physics puzzler. A bit derivative of other Box2D engine-based games, but still a colorful medium-challenge mental work out.
With a room full of clock-centric puzzles, SuzumeDr's characteristic style of themed escape-the-room games works exceedingly well. Although some of the clues have the potential to stump players, keeping in mind the motif should help you out. The clever contraptions and cunning creatively add up to a peppy and fun escape that's well worth your time.
MoonMana's chilled-out physics puzzler gets another massive installment of zen-like goodness. Direct glowing streams of particles to the proper containers by altering the flow and gravity with various objects in each level, from reflective mirrors to teleporters and more. Gorgeously designed, if not colour-blind friendly, it's the perfect way to remind yourself to relax once in a while.
Three determined monsters are doing what they can to make a break for it from the laboratory they reside in. Help these adorable little terrors out of the lab by making use of their special abilities when confronted by the chaos of science! With the option to use either your mouse or keyboard to control the mechanics this entertaining game is waiting for you to liberate poor creatures that are tested on against their will.
- • Civilizations Wars
- • Cursed Treasure
- • Epic Battle Fantasy 3
Does the thought of a strategy game put you to sleep? It shouldn't! As this week's Vault proves, you can provide complexity and challenge without being put through a year-long training course! Here are three games that will have you thinking out your plan of attack, each with their own style and genre.
When your homeworld falls to an alien threat, you find yourself embroiled in a mess of intergalactic politics that could influence its very survival. Choice of Games delivers a sci-fi text adventure for your mobile device that's lighter on character development than usual in favour of delivering an action-packed story that will have you questioning who you can trust on and off the battlefield, provided you survive it.
Harness the power of your particle gun in Tesla Defense. Place electricity zapping towers to rid yourself of the enemy army that is quickly approaching. Use your gun if enemies breach your defenses. Earn cash to upgrade your weapons and towers until you are tough enough to take down the boss!
Protobotic offers 18 levels of photonic goodness for your laser-blasting pleasure. These range from block-pushing fare to an interesting experiment in traffic control using switches. There's a nice mental workout here without much risk of banging your head against a desk, so dive in!
In this fifth single-scene escape-the-room game, Robamimi knows how to turn a single wall into a place so House Beautiful gorgeous it probably makes all those bare-walled, minimalist games envious. Yet the puzzles are enticing, requiring thought and careful observation (even a bit of diligent hunting for a required tool), so you can't help but want to solve them all. You'll leave there satisfied from the enjoyment of a well-tuned escape even if a bit disappointed to go.
Being trapped inside Nekonote's basement isn't as scary as it sounds; it's actually a pleasant experience in a cleanly designed, brightly lit room full of cleverly-construed puzzles. The challenge is just enough to exercise your cranial parts without keeping you locked up longer than you'd care to be. This escape-the-room game proves that Nekonote has some happy tricks up the sleeve and may leave you wondering if we'll get to explore the rest of house someday.
Ozzle wants to deceive you. Ozzle is bright and colorful, its fonts look like balloons, two big googley eyes watch you while you play, there's pink everywhere. But it's a puzzle game that will make you think and plan and execute only to realize you made a boneheaded move and could have done things much better. So, you try again, knowing you're smart enough to slide some bubbles around to match a stupid little pattern. All of this happens on the first or second set of puzzles, meaning they're easy. Easy! How on Earth are you going to make it through 60 of these things? By summoning the spirit of the relentless bear (that solves puzzles), that's how!
It's a little town with a big secret, and you've been called in to investigate a disappearance. Except when you get there, you discover the place doesn't exactly have a great track record for its citizens not vanishing under suspicious circumstances. Don your fedora and hunt for clues in this creepy and gorgeously atmospheric point-and-click adventure from Pastel Games.
Our true loves over at The Podge have given one heck of a gift to us: Dibbles 4: A Christmas Crisis. When a Christmas version of an established series is released, it often turns out to be a level-pack except there with more bells on the soundtrack and sprites modified to include floppy red hats. But with new levels, new commands, and new animated ways to kill off your squad of helpers, Dibbles 4 is slightly-sadistic holiday fun for the whole family.
Doors: Out of Office is a puzzle platformer by Arctic Arcade, where every threshold promises to turn reality upside-down. Help Dave get out of his office's forbidden door of mystery and home for a well-earned weekend. While it could use a better sense of perspective, the game has intelligence and quirkiness to spare.
It's just you, your hair, your sunglasses, and legions of monsters looking to take a bite out of you in Firebeast's quirky, action-packed arcade shooter. Blast your way through waves of baddies in each area to take down the boss, earning coins and experience for upgrades on the go. A vibrant design and simple gameplay makes this the perfect choice for some light, casual, locking and loading.
Von Wanst has shiny teeth, shiny hair, and an even shinier sword. You'd think that would be enough, but our dim-witted, greedy hero wants even more. What starts as a simple journey to escort the King's friend safely to the castle turns disastrous, but might prove an opportunity for even more adventure and treasure in this silly, quirky, and toothy action-adventure from Exotworking.
Santa may be delayed this year in dropping off presents for everyone. The North Pole is being attacked by a giant worm that is determined to destroy Mr. Claus and his holly jolly Christmas helpers. And this time, that giant worm is you! Here's your chance to get payback on Santa for never bringing you that Red Ryder BB gun because you might shoot your eye out.
When it comes to Tesshi-e, some things never change—because "he" is rearranging his room and has taken out all the furniture, he's found the perfect opportunity to revamp it for a new escape-the-room. And, of course, you can't resist the challenge. Although there is no furniture, there's no shortage of puzzles and fun, even without the fancy get ups.
The evergreen bandit is back! Swindler 2 picks up right where the Nitrome original left off with another batch of treasure chests to be stolen. As before, you always fall with gravity, so the trick to this physics puzzle is to rotate the world around you as you dangle. However, Swindler's not satisfied sticking to his power cord, so you're going to have to cut loose to make it past the traps and enemies to reach the loot!
Notebook Wars 3: Unleashed, the latest in Francisco Ferreres' series of sketchy shooters, features twenty brand new levels of arcade action, and kicks the speed and challenge up considerably. More an expansion pack than a new work, but one that should keep players quite happy.
- • Elona Shooter
- • Castaway
- • Ge.ne.sis
What's in an RPG? As games continue to evolve and change concepts, that's changed significantly. Some of them might merely incorporate "RPG elements", while others rely on providing a story-lite, but in depth combat-oriented adventure, and still more offer up classic JRPG style with a twist. Here are three games who all serve up RPG gameplay, of sorts, in vastly different styles and ways.
Earn To Die 2012 is an update to Toffee Games arcade-style hit, and has all the post-apocalyptic racing action you could hope for, without the danger of infected bites! Customize your car and plow through waves of the undead. A zombie-smushing good time, though undoubtedly constructed as a teaser for the enhanced mobile version.
Get ready to smackdown your opponent in the one or two player game Wrestle Jump! Control a Mexican wrestler with the single goal of pounding the other guy's head to the ground. Kick your leg against the arena floor to throw your opponent wildly around. Whoever gets the most smackdowns wins!
Presumably, when TurboNuke was developing its recently released physics puzzle sequel, Soccer Balls 2, they tried to determine what would appeal to non-association football fans. Things like cannons on the turf and bopping refs in the head being an encouraged, nay, required part of gameplay. And it worked, since the game is a lot of fun, even if the "soccer" bits seems occasionally tacked on.
The third installment of the popular Humbug series is out and ready for you to take control of that loot obsessed criminal Ziggy. This time he's trying to snag a shiny crown and he'll cheat death itself in order to obtain it. Guide Ziggy through treacherous levels with foes, cannonballs, and confusing puzzles to get that most glorious of prizes. Pixelcontinuous doesn't disappoint in the third puzzle platform game of the series.
Engage is a first-person action horror rail-shooter from FlyAnvil, where it's certain things are going to get more than a bit buggy as you fight off waves of insects on what was supposed to be a deserted island. The entomophobic should stay away, but Engage is a polished experience that will keep adrenaline-junkies engaged to the end
Yellow Bouncy Ball knows how badly you need something to release all that pent up stress that, if you were to hold it all in, might turn you into the Hulk. Or get you a nice white jacket along with a soothing white padded cell. Regardless, they're back with Pinata Hunter 2! With upgrades abound your only job is to beat the candied goodness out of some poor pinata who doesn't seem to be concerned with its ultimate demise. Take a break from the world and try your hand at a bat or a samurai sword while proving to your parents that you could have handled a pinata on your seventh birthday, if they had only listened!
Fight as a team or create a free-for-all where everyone is the enemy; play for points or compete in a deathmatch; or have everyone shooting at once as opposed to individually, the choices are endless. Live chat allows you to talk trash to your fellow players as you try to annihilate each other across the changing landscape. ShellShock Live is back and better than ever with more weapons, more landscapes, more modes, and more explodey fun with ShellShock Live 2 (ShellShockaggeddon?)
DuoTasking looks like a simple platform game, but takes on a puzzling twist when you've got to move the robot and the laser at the same time to collect coins and avoid enemies, especially when the levels are designed so well to trick you into putting one into the line of fire to defend the other.
How could Roman Squall and Yuriy Kurenkov possibly top the shameless clonage of Shame Clone, their awesome melting pot of bullet-hell and internet culture? Why, by making a sequel of course! In retrospect, the answer seems obvious. It's Shameless Clone 2, the arcade space shooter that rips off ALL the things! More a remake or expansion, Shameless Clone 2 is undeniably a quality work, though may leave fans of the original wanting more.
Thanks For Playing, an interesting little platform adventure developed by Alkemi Games at the Utopialis 2012 Game Jam. In it, time is running backwards, and so you must undo every step of your infiltration and bring your score to 0. A short, clever bit of fun that platform fans should enjoy backing through.
Escape from the Room with Three Keys 7 is the usual minimal three puzzles, three keys, and out escape that we've come to expect from Hottategoya. The room is sparse and minimal, the puzzles are fun and amusing, the navigation is pretty easy as is the inventory control, and the whole thing can be fit into whatever time can be spared from a too busy schedule. It's a satisfying little room escape, something that can take your mind off of whatever is bothering you this week, and giving your brain a nice break.
In a desperate race to hold off the end of his kind a little dinosaur is going to square off against spikes, lasers, and bad guys (oh my!). In this one-button action platform game it's your job to act as the savior of dinosaur kind. With multiple items to collect and a single ability to be used for each level you need to navigate your way to safety and an interesting hidden message at the end of the game.
- • REDDER
- • Viricide
- • The Trader of Stories: Bell's Heart
Thinking compelling, memorable stories can't be found in browser games is a mistake, and on this week's Vault we look at three games that take very different approaches to delivering their narrative. From a near-wordless space platforming adventure, to a shooter taking place inside an AI, and a point-and-click adventure about a girl who deals in unusual currency.
The Papa's series of time-management restaurant sims is back for more, and this time you can be the star! When season tickets for your favourite baseball team don't seem like an option, taking a job at the in-park hotdog stand seems like a great way to catch all the games... right up until you realise you're running the show solo! The core gameplay hasn't changed much, but fans of the series will welcome yet another chance to sling the best fast food around.
Magical Time Bean delivers a tower-defense game with a twist, as you play a wizard with the ability to summon the souls of warriors while searching a massive, ancient ruin full of danger. Summon and recall heroes to defend you while making use of their strengths and weaknesses against increasingly more powerful and varied monsters, visiting the Merchant to purchase upgrades. Challenging and surprisingly strategic, this is a clever, lengthy game that can keep you occupied for quite some time.
A murder has happened. Yours. who would want to kill you? No one is going to tell a ghost... but your sure your guests won't mind if you borrow their bodies to gather a little information. After all, you'll be happy to move on when you're finished. Why Am I Dead? is a retro-style mystery adventure game where intricate plotting and characters more than make up for unpolished programming.
Help the nightflies retrieve their lanterns in this physics puzzler. Use ladybugs to pull obstacles out of the way. You've got to clear a path in a limited number of moves without breaking any of the fragile lanterns along the way. Can you help light up the night sky?
You know what to expect from Escape from Mr. Y's Room 1+ if you've played Tesshi-e's past games: click around the room, solve puzzles, pick up items and use them to ultimately escape. If anyone knows how to follow a tried-and-true formula, Tesshi-e does; they've gotten a lot right in the past, and they don't change any of it. As usual, the graphics are nicely photorealistic yet never distracting, and the puzzles are logical and just challenging enough.
Forgoing the superfluous, Hottategoya gets out of the way and lets your brain be the star of this show. You are behind a door with three locks and need to earn three keys by opening three boxes by using three clues in...well, you get the point. Sorting out jumbled picture tiles, interpreting an abstract design, and applying a bit of maths skill is all it takes to succeed in this fine-tuned escape game you're sure to enjoy.
Much like the little penguin from the Three Caballeros, the polar bear in Polar Tale is not a fan of the cold. With your help, however, he may just yet be able to find a comfy winter getaway with lots of sun to heat up that fur. It's up to you to lead him through the winter wonderland and to the promised land of sun and dry ground.
Abraham Lincoln, America's 16th president, was one awesome dude. Now he needs your assistance getting out of the dark, mechanical city in this point-and-click puzzle adventure. Move ramps, spin gears and make good use of steam power to guide him through this obstacle course, which is more an amusing afternoon romp rather than the arduous decades long journey the name implies. Still, it's enjoyable to interact with the stylistically appealing, tactile artwork and who can say no to helping Abe?
Usually the worst you have to worry about in the forest is walking face-first into a spider-web, or maybe getting some really awesome poison ivy... not getting cursed and transformed into a twisted monstrosity, then melded with your malformed brother and forced to puzzle-platform your way out of the dark woods while beset by bone beasts from all sides. Somehow, I can't help but feel the park rangers have been holding out that little tidbit of information on us.
This week's featured escape game is a new installment of finding those elusive green guys that point the way out in Find the Escape Men 43: EM-taro, No1Game's epic serial about escaping ...whatever room they happen to be in this time around. Think of Find the Escape-Men 43: EM-taro not as a feature film but as a lovely animated short, something to hold your attention for ten minutes or so and provide a lovely mid-week break.
If you feel your day hasn't had enough silly to fulfill you then look no further! The Proposal is silly, if you ignore the possibility that a man might lose the love of his life if you don't help him. Point and click your way through a rather bizarre town in a desperate search to find the beloved of your character. Did she up and leave or is there something more sinister afoot?
Get the rabbit to the mushroom by only moving along the coloured path that matches it. Easy, right? Except this quirky little puzzler piles on new elements, like locks, moving platforms, freezing tiles, and much more, for a simple concept that still manages to remain challenging as you play.
- • Guardian Rock
- • Red Remover
- • Upgrade Complete
Innovation? It doesn't have to be as elaborate as you think! The three games starring in this week's Vault prove all you need is a talented developer to get every drop of cleverness and entertainment out of simple, familiar gameplay concepts and make something as engrossing and entertaining as a fancier title.
When the eeny teeny monkey babies are missing, it's tears all around, so it's time again to start reversing some frowns. Solve a few puzzles while searching through these wintry scenes, looking over, under and behind any place a miniature simian can go into hiding, until you've found, picked-up and returned the adorable darlings to the basket.
It's hard to resist the siren call when walking by the obligatory sit-down racing game at your average movie theater arcade. American Racing, by TurboNuke, seeks to capture that sense of action, and by and large, it succeeds. The trade-off for fast-paced fun is loose handling and limited customization options, but this is definitely a game that'll get your adrenaline pumping.
When a country is thrown into chaos and criminals roam the land harassing innocent people, the last person you would think to call for help is an even worse criminal. However, Hardadjust has decided he's ready to shed his lawless life and take on a grander mantle. With your help he plans to take the crown for himself and bring forth a glorious age of prosperity. With your battle trained mind he actually has a chance in Hordes and Lords.
Undefined delivers another engrossing, addictive installment in the casual turn-based RPG series full of new races, treasure, streamlined battling, and more. Search for four fragments of a key throughout dungeons that are never the same twice in your quest to become a hero and enter the fortress of a legendary archmage.
The moon? We're over it. Nowadays everyone wants to go to Mars, and if you're handy with a rocket, you can take us there. Barbarian Games adds a surprising amount of depth to this launch title by packing on the upgrades, adding a realistic feel to the controls, and even a whole bunch of extra missions that will keep you busy for a long time.
What do you do when adorable little birds are frozen into ice cubes? You unfreeze them, of course! Shoot a water cannon in this fun physics puzzler to save the birdies. Manipulate your surroundings to control the flow, and fill up the vases for bonus points.
All Shaun wanted was to get out of the pasture... not UNDER it. But he and his two wooly friends, Shirley and Timmy, suddenly find themselves trapped underground and stymied by a series of physics puzzles involving water, explosions, switches, and more. It's another gorgeous adventure staring your three favourite sheep and packed with the character and cleverness you expect.
Foresteg has found it prudent to get you locked away in a room and leave you to figure a way out. It's important to mention that they haven't made it easy. Several varying puzzles await to test your mettle. Here's your chance to prove that you can outsmart even the most obtuse of puzzles.
For those of us who just can't get enough monster battling, there's Pocket Creatures PVP, a strategy game from NTFusion that expands on the original Pocket Creature. Pocket Creatures PVP is practically overflowing with content. Tweaking your monster team is a lot of fun, especially when you take them into battle against other players. The game is well-presented, accessible and addictive.
Come one last time to Hyptosis' fairy tale world of magic and arcane science for the final installment of the atmospheric point-and-click adventure saga as you search for the girl with the read cloak in Hood: Episode 4. Solid plotting and programming uphold a equally eerie and humorous finale, albeit one with some obtuse puzzles.
You are trapped. In a room. A room that is almost completely empty. The smartest and most logical thing to do would be to use your phone and call someone to get out, but you have no phone. So, armed with nothing but your common sense and puzzle-solving prowess you must unravel the mysteries of the room to escape. Think you have the brains to do it?
Everybody loves a parade, especially Sushi Cat! But when Wife Cat gets lost midst the bustling crowd, Sushi Cat knows it won't be easy to find his pink lady love. But he'll find her, even if it means eating all the shari, nori and neta in the county! Sushi Cat 2: The Great Parade is a new set of levels in Joey Betz's popular pachinko arcade game series. While undoubtedly a level pack more than a sequel, the inspired level design and surreal power-ups make it a pack of awesomeness that will leave you :3-ing
Ah, true love. It's the classic story of pink boy block meets pink girl block, separated by teetering physics puzzles, explosions, and eeeeeeevil! Click to remove blocks and unite the two lovebirds in this simple but absolutely adorable game that delivers relaxing visuals with some clever additions to its familiar gameplay.
- • Cryptograma
- • Bill the Demon
- • Puzzle Boy
The outlook isn't good on the JayIsGames Arcade Megaplex Startkicker campaign. So far, we've only received $7.50 in pledges, and I think that may have been by accident. Oh well, at least there's all the wonderful games in the archives to console me. Today in the Vault, we have a bit of cryptically challenging wordplay, a demonically delicious piece of platforming, and some super sliding Sokoban ripe for the solving.
October 21, 1888. A scientific excavation discovers a perfectly spherical chamber fifty feet into the solid rock of the Wyoming mountains, filled with mysterious devices. Who made them? Are they safe? In any case, it's time to explore. Worldgate is a new point-and-click adventure game by William Buchanan, developer of the Free Will Cycle series. Improved navigation of his CHARM engine, and a cool sense of sci-fi atmosphere, make it another fine release from a developer on the rise.
Orisinal invites you to help a little giraffe with a noble goal... to get all the smoochin' he can from an endless parade of girl giraffes! This simple, bouncy arcade game offers little variety or depth, but Ferry Halim's signature rich warm design and inherently cheerful concepts make this the sort of game you'll want to turn to for an instant pick-me-up.
Good morning and welcome to Detarou's amusing wake-up call, Ohayo, a surreal room escape that continues the whacky Detarou tradition. Yes, Detarou greets the morning in some strange, strange ways, but that's to be expected. Ohayo is the usual surreal mind trip through a house filled with odd characters and strange puzzles, sprinkled with a hint of the bizarre. Pretty much like every morning in Detarou-world.
In this savory sweet point-and-click puzzle from Ninjadoodle, use the clues to decipher the secret code, then enter the solution in the 4-digit code box below. Sixteen levels of varying difficulty call on your ability to calculate, computate and clickate until you have solved the puzzle.
On a quest to stop some nefarious blocks from turning his friends and the whole world square, Red Ball sets out on a vibrant physics-based platforming adventure that's fun for the whole family, and a prime example of how one developer's continual push for improvement has paid off significantly.
Made in just 48 hours, Berzerk Studio's latest arena shooter pits you and up to three friends (or AI controlled squadmates) against a giant angry mutant crab for televised ratings. Packed with bullets and power-ups, it's a simple game that feels almost more like a demo, but has all the action you need to kickstart your day.
Juicy Beast's latest arcade game is an exercise in the bizarre as you control a bear with purple sunglasses trying to hold out as long as you can against hordes of zombies. The catch? You can't fight back unless you find and bash open a pink crate that temporarily turns all zombies into naked fleshy humans for you to devour. No, we don't know why either.
Have a Tesshi-e styled happy Halloween by finding the ten happy coins and three spooky-themed ornaments scattered about the hexagonal room. Just click around gathering clues and solving puzzles, including the familiar wobbly picture, Mr. Birdy, and one of Tesshi-e's most abstruse riddles, until you've earned the escape key and can escape. Have a happy day!
After passing the beginner's course with flying colors, Wan and Nyan are ready for their next challenge. As before, you'll be given ten mission cards which serve as hints. Follow the clues to solve a series of common escape-the-room game puzzles and soon you'll find the exit key. Most will find it an easy escape but Wan and Nyan are guaranteed to bring a smile plus you'll be better prepared for the more challenging escapes to come.
The adorable warmongery of The Podge's City Siege series of strategy action-shooters has taken a turn for the extraterrestrial in City Siege 4: Alien Siege. It's time once more to blast some martians, rescue hostages from the terror of brain-sucking plants, and to buy the heck out of some wicked cool upgrades. With the feel of its predecessors, but with a streamlined sci-fi bent, City Siege 4 has awesomeness to spare.
- • Jinx: A Dark and Stormy Night
- • Ghostscape 2: The Cabin
- • Haunt the House
- • Phantom Mansion: Spectrum of Souls
- • Project Pravus
Like your games to be super scary? Or just a little spooky? Whatever your tastes, this week's supersized edition of the Vault has something for you as we feature some of our favourite Halloween-y games from years past, from puzzles to point-and-clicks!
You've had this dream before. The endless hallways. The zombies, demons, and who knows what else. But tonight is different. Tonight you know you aren't going to wake up... unless you can make it to the red door. Dark Soul is a first-person horror rail-shooter by Vempire Tales, where the path to freedom is a trip literally through hell. A spooky and gory, albeit somewhat repetitive, good time.
A poor little witch is in quite a kerfuffle. Her entire home and front yard look like the little witch conjured a tornado and every item she owns is scattered all about. It's in her best interest for you to help find all the items that she simply can't spot. There's a small catch, however; You only have a small amount of time to find the objects and misclicking will take away that time. In the interest of a Happy Halloween instead of mean tricks, help the little witch in this cheerful hidden object game!
IriySoft delivers a gorgeous and easily accessible real-time strategy title with just the right amount of depth. Seize territory back from the invading armies of the undead as you balance the defense and maintenance of your own structures with aggressively leading assaults on captured buildings to add to your own forces.
Light up all the hexagons in this tile based puzzler. Without backtracking, use your mouse to trace a path until all the tiles are lit. The mazes get more complicated as you go on, getting larger and adding special tiles. What starts out as beautifully simple, ends up fun and challenging.
Would you like to learn numbers? Of course you would, and Frog Fractions is just the game to teach you. With upgrades, maths, and some major hidden surprises, this is the best retro edutainment game you'll play all day. AND NOTHING MORE. Certainly not a parody game you don't want the kids to play. Nope.
BEEP BOOP BEEP. I am a Walkabot. I only follow the commands you give me. If you tell me to walk, I will walk. If you tell me to jump off platforms, I will jump. I require you to program me so I can return to my home. If you do not program me correctly, I will fall to my AAAAAAAAAH BEEP BOOP BEEP (smash) boooop.
Wix Games pays homage to Valve's well-loved Portal 2 in this puzzle platformer that sends you on an epic quest through a mysterious facility in search of your beloved... sandwich. Using the iconic portal gun, manipulate momentum, flip switches, and use your environment to your advantage to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
In this sliding block-style puzzler by Mibix, a flying squirrel faces off against the natural predator of all rodentia: zombies. The cartoony graphics don't quite mesh with the strategic gameplay, but the levels are well designed and the scream the squirrel makes as he flies off the screen is schadenfreudely hilarious.
It's Snake! It's Snazzy! It's Snazzle! A simple idea puzzle game by Amidos, Snazzle takes its inspiration from the classic formula of slithering reptiles extending themselves by chomping on fruit, and trying to avoid crashing into itself. However, by modifying the premise with a shiny coating of tile-based programming logic, it makes for a fresh and cleverly designed experience, though perhaps a little off-putting in its symbolic minimalism.
Haunted Halloween Escape drops you into a room full of spooky features and creatures. TeraLumina knows how to make a good game; the atmosphere is excellent, with the graphics and sound adding perfectly to it without being too distracting, and the puzzles flow just fine. Even the added challenge of making the game Halloween-themed didn't affect its quality. It's an excellent escape, and if you'd like a little Halloween in your day, here it is.
Bloodshed, achievements, upgrades, and the adoration of the crowd await in this bloody action-packed hack-and-slasher! As a centurion betrayed by one of his own men, claw your way up from obscurity and evade your fate in the arena. Simple to play and queerly satisfying, Siegius Arena is a little slow and clunky, but still a fun and addictive bit of coffee-break carnage.
The Maestro has been waxing lyrical for weeks, but no matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to finish his opus. Maybe a little nap will recharge his creative batteries... Dream Symphony is a vertical launch-like action game by Igor Kulakov and George Zarkua, where the higher you bounce, the closer you scale to musical perfection. Excellent sound design and a quirky visual style make for a game that'll be music to your ears.
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Now that our most recent Casual Gameplay Design Competition has come to a close, maybe you're wondering which of the other games from past competitions you should delve into next. There are a lot of wonderful creations that began their life as CGDC entries, and here are three selections to bring out your imaginative, exploratory talents with three very different methods of gameplay.
The monkeys are sad again. This time because fifteen tiny monkey babes have gone missing. Now you need to point-and-click through a variety of scenes, turning over rocks and looking behind walls, to locate and return the mini darlings to the basket. Everyone is sure to be bouncing about with ear-to-ear grins in a matter of minutes.
It's Halloween but your scheduled trick-or-treating has been interrupted by an alien invasion! Only your group of hyperactive, sugar-addicted trick-or-treaters can stop them and get the candy back. They Took Our Candy is a sweet treat for anyone who just can't wait to go out trick-or-treating themselves.
It's a beautiful day outside! The sun is shining, the crabs are trundling, and it's time to go visit your girlfriend! Nothing could possibly stand in your way... uh... right? A short and very simple parody platformer with multiple endings that makes fun of the expectations we have for these games.
Staal Media brings you a cutesy, wootesy realtime strategy game with Cloud Wars. Play as the heroic blue clouds to take down your enemies in pink and yellow. Of the same gameplay style as the Phage Wars series, you'll forget your sending your fluffy units to battle with the endearing, colorful graphics... that is until you build up your tiny cumulus cloud into a big, dominating cumulonimbus. Then all bets are off.
With Tesshi-e's 77th escape offering, you're inside the entrance room to...where? If you want to find out, you'll need to poke around in the drawers and cupboards to find clues and needed tools, deciphering some clever puzzles and making a tough choice in the end. While Escape from the Entrance Room is not the most challenging, it is very clever and fresh and, most happily of all, definitively Tesshi-e. Enjoy!
Anselm, an apprentice demon hunter has been sent by the Divine Order to cleanse the evil that has descended on the city. With naught but a crossbow, a lantern, and a snarky anthropomorphic sidekick, he'll have his work cut out for him. But who else is left to try? Salem is a horror action-platformer by Mar-ble Team, whose ghoulishly gothic atmosphere and twisty plot makes for an early Halloween treat.
Hero Interactive's popular bubbly and strategic tower defense series gets even bigger and badder in this latest installment. Engage in classic defense action with tons of tower types and upgrades, or go free-form and build your own pathway to force your foes past a deadly gauntlet. With more enemies, more towers, and upgrades that range from boosts to entirely new modes of play on top of a whopping 300 achievements, this is one game you won't put down for a while.