When we say 'Love Hotel', we don't mean some tawdry motel off the highway. We mean luxurious themed suites, haute cuisine and state of the art hot tubs. Well, eventually, anyway. Love Hotel is a mischievous, fun-loving management simulation in which you strive to get the coveted six stars by constantly improving your services and catering to your passionate customers' needs.
This puzzle platformer is the story of a spirit who gets chained within an earthly body and must find out a way to get back where he belongs. A beautiful game with a great concept and some flaws dragging it down to earth. If you have the patience for it and a steady hand, it's well worth checking out and admiring. Just... don't expect it to be as forgiving as you.
Instead of being forced to run the new business because Papa is a lazy jerk, this time you're working off a debt. As if making cupcakes to order fast food style weren't inherently hilarious and difficult enough, in addition to cranky customers, batters, frosting and more, you've also got the changing seasons to contend with... and the holidays they bring!
Currently available in beta, Room Escape Maker is exactly what it says on the tin... a free online tool that allows you to make and share escape games, or play those created by others. Besides, it's a free way to help hone your ability to ensnare helpless people in locked rooms filled with diabolical mechanisms.
You stumble through the corridors of the ruined building looking for help, but you might have gone from the frying pan strapped down into the dentist's chair with rusty surgical implements coming straight at your eyeball. So, hey, apart from your distressing ability to stumble right into the arms of one serial killer after another, this is a pretty good time! Click around to gather what you can and try to unravel the twisted secret of this place, but above all else solve the puzzles and escape before you're caught for good!
Transmorpher 2 is a great action-puzzle platformer hybrid in which you control four aliens, each with different abilities. In twenty-two levels you will encounter a large number of things especially designed to kill you, from lasers to acid puddles to hostile creatures, and you'll have to use brain as well as brawn to negotiate cleverly designed stages and reach the end.
You play a cute virus trying to take over the board in this simple to learn turn based strategy game. Click which color you'd like to expand to, and you'll automatically fill all adjacent spots of that color. Try to occupy more spaces than the computer in vs mode. Can you spread your plague enough to rule the board?
Want that refreshing RPG flavor with a slight twist? Deep Dungeons of Doom from MiniBoss has the formula down to a science. Fight monsters, gain experience, buy equipment and complete quests, all by tapping the sides of the screen. The adventure you'll undertake is as righteous as any "gotta save the world from evil" role playing game, but here you only have to worry about the exciting stuff!
Daniel Haslop's puzzle platformer, Leave Me a Clone, will give you quite a challenge through all 35 levels. Play as the cute little yellow alien who just wants to get through the next portal. Create clones of yourself to act as stepping stones (and any other use you can find for them) toward your final goal. And if you happen to earn stars along the way by collecting all the energy orbs or limiting your clone use, all the better!
- • Sorry Mario Bros
- • Sealed & Secure
- • Shrug Song
It's the first weekend of August! That should be something special, but it probably isn't. One thing can help make it interesting, though: a game designed by Knytt creator Nifflas! And a fan-made Mario game! And a real-life postal service delivery simulator!!!
In this game of Tic-Tac-Toe, three in a row is a bad thing! Conceptis presents Tic-Tac-Logic, a puzzler where you've got to fill the grid with noughts and crosses following three simple rules. There's got to be an equal number of Xs and Os in each row, you can't have two identical rows, and you can't have three Xs or Os in a row. It sounds simple, but it takes patience and deduction to figure out the single solution for each puzzle in this app.
Plumber Pickle might be busy for a while, since the leak he's been called on to fix in this point-and-click adventure/escape game needs more elbow grease and creative thinking than usual. Like all Pastel Games titles, Plumber Pickle is stylish and has a few surprises up its sleeve that means this is anything but your ordinary repair job.
Terra Coda is an adventure game originally developed by Zillix for Ludum Dare 19, now re-released in a polished form, wherein you live and relive the life of a time-skipping alien organism trying to escape from disaster. It's a game that throws you in at the deep end, but one that very much evokes the thrill of discovery.
In this pointandclick adventure, an alien hires Harry to find photographic proof of people disappearing at the titular carnival, because of reasons, that's why. I mean, what, you thought aliens were all about abduction and probing? Geez. Rude. The game's campy sense of humour and style make it the perfect light-hearted bit of adventuring to brighten your day.
Now in its third major release, this platformer allows you to play as everyone from better-than-Boba-Fett bounty huntress Samus Aran to Mega Man 10's Bass, all with their iconic abilities intact, tearing up the classic Super Mario Bros. levels you know and love. Dismissing this as just a simple knock-off is doing it a disservice, and this latest update cements its position as one of the crown jewels in the fan creation crown.
Bizarre, unnerving, and always more than a little confusing, this indie adventure sends you on a quest to retrieve artifacts for a goddess to save the world... peeing on everything along the way. Though decidedly low-res and over-the-top surreal in its dedication to parodying almost everything about gaming, it's also surprising, funny, and even... fun?
Alchemystery is a gorgeous game in which you play with various materials in order to reach your goal. You control balls made of everything from stone to gold, and each matter has its distinctive properties. To pick up all the coins and reach the end of the level, you'll have to roll, nudge and transform the balls through twenty-one clever puzzles.
Haretoki doesn't disappoint with this latest escape-the-room funhouse of clever puzzles and baffling devices. Quirky contraptions line every wall, inviting experimentation and exploration. You'll need to think outside the box and work through clues that are logical yet subtle, but the "This is way cool!" payoff is worth it.
Pretentious Game is a series of three minimalistic episodes about love, loss and growth. Although narrated in short sentences and illustrated only by the characters' simple actions, the games are powerful and engaging, handling human frailty in a unique way.
It's time for a simple, soothing word game. What's the Sentence from Tinyworks Games is a straightforward game that combines anagrams with famous quotes. A baseline of six letter tiles rests at the bottom of the screen. Above are several words with blank spots in place of letters. Tap the word you want to work with, then tap your inventory to start filling them in. Repeat the process until the famous quote is complete!
Though still in beta, this zombie-filled first-person action adventure's first installment has atmosphere and action in spades. A routine run for supplies into an abandoned warehouse leads you on a chase to an old hospital with a secret when you discover the clues to a conspiracy.
While it might seem easy to write it off as an imitation of Fragger, Nature Strikes Back stands on its own merits a physics-based projectile game. Each level either introduces new elements or combines existing elements in a new way, giving it a sense of "just-one-more-level"-ness. Can you get rid of the evil polluters and turn the world green again?
How can you win the woman of your dreams? Well, if you're a painter, it's by buckling down and creating a masterpiece in your studio... right after you track down all the little green men hiding throughout the place, of course. Another short, simple, and sweet escape from no1game!
What do you get when you mix Hieronymus Bosch, a minimalistic setting and a curious teenager? Madness, that's what! CAVE! CAVE! DEUS VIDET. is a bizarre trip down the rabbit hole, during which you can expect everything from the seven deadly sins to learning about medieval history to slowly losing your mind. And it's all weirdly awesome.
Acid Bunny is an action-platformer that revels in offensiveness, almost as if its ashamed of the adorable heart beating underneath. Certainly, one can't tell tell the story of a cute lil' bunny with a tendency for acid flashbacks without getting a little dark, but those who stick through the aggressively bleak humor of the opening will find an engaging open-world to explore. Please be aware that this game contains material many would find offensive, including drug use and suicide.
Wanna see a crazy experiment in game design? Experiment 12 is a collaborative game created by twelve developers, with each level building on the story set by the previous ones. You wake up in a testing chamber, but it's hard to tell where you'll be headed from there, as each level chapter introduces a new puzzle or platform element for you to tackle.
- • Invader Invader
- • Time Squid
- • project ARK
Since it's the weekend, why not download some stuff? Come on, it's not like you were actually going to clean the kitchen or cut the lawn or finish that book on quantum physics you've been leafing through in the bathroom.
The days drag by, each one the same as the one before, but in this chilling horror game by Ryuuchi Tachibana, translated by Vgperson, not everything is as it seems. Stuck in a rut in your dreary apartment, you barely notice the changes at first, but soon they'll be impossible to ignore. With almost 40 different endings and a unique approach to gameplay and storytelling, it may require some trial-and-error, but it's definitely worth a look.
Dyna Boy, what is the secret of your power? Things that go boom! And indeed, quite a few things will in Neutronized's new retro platformer. Familiar mechanics are boosted by a slick presentation, and good use of physics puzzles in later levels
Remember the 90's, when blocky graphics and bleepy sound were among the best available on home computers, and adventure games were all the rage? Survive Quest, a slice of retro by 2BAM, is an attempt to recapture those days. Use the mouse and/or keyboard to help poor Captain Copy Mayhem escape his malfunctioning ship before it crashes, preferably without dying in the process.
Just like in real life, cats will stop at nothing if food is at stake. That is, as long as the food is round and can be rolled across ramps and bounced through portals. Cat Around Asia is the third game in the series in which you have to help a hungry kitty get her international snacks while solving a bunch of interesting physics puzzles.
The evil purple alien crystals are trying to take over the world again, this time starting in Greenland. In this enjoyable tower defense game, seed your plants strategically on the board and link them for more power. Can you use your symbiosis to eradicate the crystals for good this time?
Yuri has more seek and find cuteness for you in an escape-the-room game set in a summer backyard. Ten tiny chicks are hidden from view but you'll need their help to get out. So look around and solve puzzles to coax them all out of hiding. There's two endings to enjoy as well.
Yes yes YES. The Kagi Nochi Tobira series is back! The iOS and Android escape game Kagi Nochi Tobira 2013 from Daisuke Suzuki is one of the more polished "100-style" escape games out there (move over, 100 Floors), adopting a simple art style and puzzles that are both creative and challenging. Time to grab your mobile device and binge play.
The end is only the beginning, when one man's decision to commit suicide turns into a bizarre journey to collect the shattered pieces of his soul. Bend reality by creating portals, folding your environment and more to put yourself together as you avoid enemies and complete some seriously challenging levels.
Your favourite spitting, crawling hero is back for another action-filled puzzle adventure! When an evil wizard steals the Life Flower, Oozy sets out to rescue it across 40 levels and four worlds, filled with enemies, bosses, and more wrapped up in one seriously polished presentation.
What's better than an endless horde of angry robots bent on taking over the world? Defeating that endless horde of angry robots. In Oh Noes! Robots!, a new arcade shooter by Tiltr. How long can you survive with only your ship and its color-switching laser beam?
The match-3, defense hybrid game, Tales of Terratos, puts the powers of the elements into your hands. Through 25 levels of fun, back-and-forth action, you'll be creating matches to cast spells and summon elementals of fire, water, air and earth. Claim your victory through destroying the enemy's barriers while protecting your own. It will occupy your brain, eyes and hands as you banish the evil creatures back through the portal from which they came!
Like worms? Like mushrooms? Even if you don't, you'll enjoy WRRRMZ! an adorable unique puzzle game featuring, you guessed it, worms and mushrooms. Stretch the cute worms to their full potential, lighting up mushrooms as you go. Wind your way around 50 levels of brain bending fun as you lead the worms from one hole to the next.
Take Action to Escape is a mobile escape game from Mobest Media that wants to remind you you'll never escape unless you, you know, actually do something! Similar to escape games like DOOORS and 100 Rooms, you're presented with a series of single-screen levels littered with a few objects and a door that's locked tight. By tilting, tipping, shaking, sliding and staring at your device, it's your job to uncover the key so you can head to the next level!
Want to feel free? Take a break and play I Feel Free, a Metroidvania-esque platformer where you start out as just a mere blob, but build yourself up to something greater. Similar to a shorter version of K.O.L.M., you can travel around the caverns collecting upgrades that allow you to access new areas, and maybe even experience freedom from restlessness.
- • Megaman Unlimited
- • Tessalation
- • Sword of the Stars: The Pit
- • Mr. Kitty Saves the World
Weekend Download is back! Because there's always one more game we'd like to share, our weekly indie freeware round-up (well, mostly freeware) has returned, supplying you with more options than the usual "cut the lawn" or "spend time with your family"!
It's hard being an android. Especially after crash-landing on an unknown planet with a directive that you and your AI friend conveniently forgot. Fortunately for the android in PlanetScape, a procedurally-generated resource-management game, the necessary materials to reconstruct your pod are below the surface of the hostile planet.
Noprops' characteristic trickery and visual stunts are all that hold you here in these four white-washed walls. Can you see past the red herrings and decipher the rooms' secrets to escape?
A letter from the past brings you to the secluded estate of your childhood friend. But when you discover the mansion cold and abandoned, you have no choice but to venture into a dark and uncertain history with more than its share of skeletons. The first chapter in a chilling point-and-click horror adventure game series.
Ever wanted to play a pickle-clown bouncing his way into a pool of water? I thought so, and so did Meetreen Games, which is probably why they created the physics puzzle game, Circus. While on the easy side, Circus is a fun, little distraction from your day with cute graphics to boot. Come and help your little pickle friend. The adoring circus-goers await his every bruise and bump.
Peace! Houh! What is it good for? Well, something apparently, as the various factions of Berzerk Studio's new defense shooter, The Peacekeeper, want it, and are willing to slaughter everything in their path to get it. A visceral burst of just-mindless-enough entertainment, The Peacekeeper is a bloody and hilarious good time, if a little repetitive in the endgame
Get in the zone and get ready for a zoning challenge! Blocks & Lots is a nifty educational puzzle where you've got to reallocate the lots of the city of Solano Heights to make everyone happy. But the city's stakeholders aren't easy to please! Tulip wants more parks, but Everett wants more big apartments, and JT wants more manufacturing space. There might not be a way to please everyone, but the fun is in trying to craft solutions that gets you darned close.
Blooming full of sweetness, this escape game from Fuwayura is on the easy side. Explore a single scene, finding the clues and items needed to solve a handful of puzzles and grow a batch of flowers before you can go outside and enjoy the sunny day.
The beloved series about smashing things and smooshing people is back for more, and it has a whole new look. Using a variety of creative new ammunition, smash and crash your way across a multitude of levels and environments, each with their own unique challenges, and prove you're worthy of the love of the beautiful (we assume) Lady Catapult.
Break out your inner tactician to rumble in Berzerk Studio's latest strategy game! Though your army battles automatically, behind the scenes you have an enormous amount to do, since everything from equipment to formation and character race can turn the tide of battle for better or worse. Play in single-player campaigns, or create an army to participate in ranked multiplayer battles, making it the perfect choice for a few skirmishes each day.
This multiple level escape stands out because it's not a simple "clear the stage" game with many doors yet few puzzles. Each well-appointed room invites exploration, handling clues with finesse so it is challenging without being frustrating. You finish with a sense of accomplishment, making this a mobile game that is as satisfying to your brain as it is to your eyes.
Bart Bonte delivers a short, surreal adventure game about a mysterious factory... well, maybe not that mysterious given what greets you. But though you might find this little title, made for the No Future Contest, a bit too simple and more of an interactive movie than anything, it's worth the few minutes it'll take you for a chuckle.
Being a slime...thing...can't be easy. Especially if you're trapped in a series of tests and belittled by your creator. In this puzzle platformer, use your jumping, pushing, and gravity changing skills to escape and show that mad scientist what-for!
Ever since the Behavioral Act of 1923, the government's had a little more freedom to enforce... certain things. Have you done well in school? Have you behaved? If so, you've got nothing to worry about. If not, you may end up in a house stuffed to the gills with surveillance equipment, forced to play 3 Blind Mice: A Remediation Game for Improper Children. Made by Seemingly Pointless, it's more an experience than a game... but if you like creepy situations or dystopian settings, it delivers both very well.
In this escape-the-room game from noprops (also known as Mygames888), you find yourself in a familiar situation: locked in a room in which you must solve puzzles until you reach the exit and make you way out. Yet there is also something different, more surreal, that makes Lift stand out from most games you're used to. For this reason, it's not to be missed.
A retro metroidvania platformer by MNWS, The Ruins of Machi Itcza will have you feeling like Pitfall Harry. The purely exploration gameplay is tempered a bit by slow character movement, but overall, the game captures the archaeological feel of rediscovering something ancient and mysterious.
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!
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.
A simple road trip becomes a nightmare when four friends are stranded in a strange mansion by a swamp, and things start going... wrong. Could it be the mermaid's curse? Mermaid Swamp, a free horror adventure by Uri, is disturbing in ways that many other games aren't, but handles the subject matter well and, in the end, provides a chilling and memorable horror experience.
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.
In the middle of the US Civil War, a soldier has been captured and is about to be executed by hanging. If only the rope would break, perhaps he could make his way home... An Occurrence At Owl Creek Bridge, made by Seemingly Pointless, is an artsy adaptation of a story that many of you may already know. Does it hold up? That's for you to decide.
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?
Arena Quest RPG is a demo of an upcoming action RPG hybrid by gfactoriser. It puts all the ingredients of an RPG into a big pot,then boils it until only the delicious concentrated broth remains. It's got combat, it's got characters, it's got experience points and equipment and skills. But it all takes place on an overworld map that lets you move from one battle arena to the next, cutting out everything except fighting and party management.
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!)
Casper is a boy living in a black and white world with a gambling drunkard for a father. When he finds out his dad has gambled their ranch away, he must find a way to save his home. Cross Stitch Casper is a bleak story of a broken family and an unusual point-and-click experience, made even more poignant by the unique embroidered graphics.
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.
In FireRabbit's unique blend of a hidden object search with an escape-the-room game, you begin with a task list in hand, a garage full of parts and tools, and a classic American muscle car in need of some loving attention. And since it's available on most mobile devices, you can play this "fix'em up and drive away" project almost anywhere wheels will take you.
Sick of doing well in the games you play? Tired of not cursing in anger every 5.08 seconds? Rotational is here to help. The quick-fire arcade game from Kevin Messman is a sort of 3D homage to Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon. Instead of a nice and "easy" flat surface to slide around, Rotational sticks you in a series of shrinking colored boxes with only one way to escape. Rotate the screen so you pop through the open end, then immediately rotate everything again so you'll survive the next layer of box shrinkage. Oh, and, try not to breathe or blink or anything.
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.
You wake up in an unfamiliar room... What happened? Clearly, ninjas have struck you over the head and now hold you captive as they guard every possible exit and you must search around the ninja house seeking out clues, tools and weapons to procure your freedom in this lively escape-the-room mobile game from 58 Works.
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!
Whether you're a die-hard sports fan or not, Kairosoft's latest free mobile simulation deserves its chance to charm you, and will probably do so with ease. Create and micro-manage your own soccer team both on and off the field, and compete against the game, or even other players world-wide... and hire team members from them! Easily accessible and yet packed with a ton of details for unexpectedly deep strategy, it's a fantastic game that's satisfying to play and hard to keep your hands off of.
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.
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.
Outer Wilds is a space exploration game currently under development by Alex Beachum. It's a wide-eyed stroll through your own sense of curiosity, handing you a ship and a solar system to explore led only by your inquiring mind. Maybe you'll mount an expedition to that strange looking watery planet you just passed? Maybe you'll land on an uninhabited chunk of rock and discover ruins beneath the surface? Or what's inside that comet, you wonder? Whatever you do, there's plenty to capture your imagination in this game, and you'll play it for hours just to see what you can uncover next.
Show a video virus who's king of the button-mashers in Totally Tiny Arcade, by Joe Lesko's Flea Circus Games. A fun rapid-fire remix of retro gaming re-creations, parodies, facsimiles and new concepts, Totally Tiny Arcade may be too fast-paced for some, but it's a smart work that makes the most of its premise.
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.
Layton Brothers: Mystery Room is a crime solving mystery game from Level-5, the team behind the well-known Professor Layton series on Nintendo DS. While this incarnation may only bear passing ties to the prof's previous adventures, it's still a solid adventure game that will remind you of Phoenix Wright in some ways. Which is a good thing!
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.
Created by four students over seven months, this action horror adventure game thrusts you into the shoes of a disgruntled academic hot on the heels of his competitor and determined to prove the legends are a lie. Despite winding up as more of an action/arcade horror experience as you flee while searching for treasure, Curse of the Aztecs randomises its scares and uses high production values for a fun and freaky expedition of your own.
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.
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.