If you have a keen eye, a love of solving puzzles and a high tolerance for pixel hunts, After Golden Bells by Timefall has quite a few charms. The key to escape is found via eight golden bells hidden amongst the modest surroundings; as you investigate every angle of the room, looking for answers to the puzzles that guard the bells, gustoso guitar music keeps pace with your efforts. After golden bells, then what? Just the simple satisfaction of a puzzle solved.
Hidden among the subjects of this relaxing springtime scene, there are six sets of object types that you need to find and click on. The rich pastel hues and fanciful design is easy on the eyes, perfect when you seek a light, quick and relaxing way to while away your spare time.
This little girl named Mabel is stuck in a cavern and her only means of escaping is combining letter creatures into words and use them as platforms to climb out. A cross between a platformer and a word puzzle game that gives you the challenge of navigating platforms carefully while making intricate words for as many points as possible. Your high score and hopes of surviving all hinge on your extensive vocabulary knowledge and quick thinking in this game by Joel Esler.
There are a lot of games out there based on carefully balancing stuff on top of other stuff, but you know what most of them DON'T have? Adorable animals literally plucking stars out of the sky, that's what! This charming take on the "stacking" genre has you carefully placing a cutesy menagerie in order to collect stars floating in the air. They're not gonna collect themselves!
This platform game boasts fun physics, deceptive puzzles, and a grinning cubic protagonist who can split into smaller chunks to accomplish his goals. Optimism is infectious, isn't it?
Two creatures find themselves trapped and separated below ground following a cave in, and must use some unique abilities, plus good old fashioned reflexes, to avoid the mechanical monstrosities and reunite. Mike Inel's puzzle platformer might be a bit slow for its focus on running and jumping, but throw in some clever mechanics and a gorgeous presentation, and you have a charmer that will reward the patient.
Pirates and golf, the unlikeliest pairing since chocolate syrup and trombones. Navigate your way through eight stylishly illustrated holes, including some unique obstacles and moving terrain. It's cute and fun, with good level design and an almost unprecedentedly cheesy story. Kids will definitely enjoy playing it, yet it offers plenty of challenges for adults as well.
It's tough to be a worm on a fishing hook. It's a bit easier when you have firearms, though. Bait and Switch is an underwater shooter in which a courageous red-headband-wearing worm fights for his right not to be eaten by particularly voracious fish. With lots of upgrades and types of enemies, silly graphics and solid mechanics, it's probably the most fun you can get out of simulated fishing.
Straight from the ghastly hallows of Nitrome comes the hobbling horror of a humdinger, Stumped! As a hopping foot that can only make right turns, can you bounce your way to the exit while dodging piercing spikes, frightening firepits, and eerie eyeballs?
Psionic's new horror game adventure game has you trapped in a Hell like dimension. With a demon god looking for new souls to devour, will you find the way out with riches and fame or be trapped forever in a world of torture and madness?
At first, it's rather easy. You have a game panel of a few colored squares and, using color affecting tiles, your objective is to change your panel to match that of the target. Then it gets progressively more difficult. Challenging puzzles plus chill music, though, always makes a good match for a game break anytime.
An entertainingly spacey physics arcade golf game from Krang Games, with the distinguishing gimmick being that you can hit the ball again once it's in motion. Not quite a revolution, but a lot of fun.
Creepy, subtle, and unfortunately very, very slow, this text-based horror game about waking up from a strange nightmare only to find your house pervaded with a disorienting sense of wrongness was created in just a month, and is an intriguing example of experimental storytelling.
Join Yuri's chirpy hide-and-seek playing bunch of baby birds in the park playground, where they've nestled into every possible hiding spot waiting to be discovered by you. Your goal is easy: click anywhere you think a baby fowl could fit, pick-up and properly use a smattering of objects, and collect all ten chicks before you can find the exit and escape.
Never in history has one man worked so hard to collect so many that cared so little as to follow him properly. But that is just all part of the challenge in this noteworthy CGDC 9 entry. Zip through the colourful levels trying to gather enough friends to proceed, while trying to keep your massive human chain from blundering into dangerous obstacles.
Spooky rather than scary, Mystic Asylum is an escape game of chills rather than frights. No jump scares here, just a lot of spooky atmosphere enlivened by the standard conventions of a room escape. Stunning to look at and fun to play, Mystic Asylum is also a nice, creepy escape slap dab in the middle of the holiday season, something to cut the treacle and a relief from all of the frantic shopping.
Pixels and physics, two things just about every casual gamer is thoroughly familiar with. Pixel Explorer takes these simple ideas and turns them into a challenging and precision-oriented game of action and reflexes. Using just the mouse, you play a little pixel ball that can transform with nothing more than a [left click]. Turn yourself into a shooting ship that can blast in any direction and work your way through over 30 stages of increasing difficulty, encountering strange new types of pixels while you play!
You can't leave your room without your face on! Or at least, if you don't use it, not without tidying up the five pieces of foundation Funkyland has strewn about the decorative pillows and billowing curtains in their newest frilly escape game.
This game pares the shooter game formula down to its absolute basics. You've got a gun, there are targets, and it's time to put two and two together. Challenge types include Defense, Offense, and Efficiency, which put your target shooting skills to the test.
Clifford's pipes have gotten all rearranged but he needs that fresh cool liquid fast so swap the pipes positions as quick as you can in this simple but cute puzzle game, also available free for iOS and Android!
It's my unfortunate duty to inform you that GrinnyP has accidentally locked herself in a room and Sonic Lover is trying to help her out with a screwdriver. Therefore I've stepped in to welcome you to Weekday Escape, so let's get right to it, shall we? This week we're going to point-and-click our way out of some underground chambers in Mafia Escape 2, by Wild Harmony Studio.
Ready for some spelunking? Descend into the depths of this fiendishly difficult little isometric puzzler, where the goal is just to get to the exit... which only opens once all the floor tiles have fallen... and is usually behind some traps, switches, and unbreakable green crystals. All in a day's work!
Working as one, two little squares must navigate towering structures and pits of spikes to find where they belong. Though this puzzle platformer is on the easy side and doesn't quite develop enough of a personality, its stylish presentation and enjoyable gameplay make it the perfect coffee break distraction.
Alexey Perepechko's The Deep serves up the same scintillating experience as Boomshine while giving players a bit more control over the reactions they precipitate. The graphics and animations are colorful and atmospheric without being distracting, and the ambient soundtrack really sets the mood, especially the joyful, ethereal theme that kicks in when you complete your goal. With its pretty production and well thought-out gameplay, The Deep is a clever twist on a familiar game that fully maximizes its potential.
Fly, float, swing, and sling across Artie's imagination, using help from unique creatures to get to his pillow to find an end to his fantastic but challenging dreams. It's a surreal and colourful physics puzzler with a great sense of style.
You've been kidnapped and taken to a facility to test the killing capabilities of a hostile creature in this blend of survival horror and escape! Hunt for items and food and avoid the monster prowling after you in this text-only adventure game.
Next up for your action/physics fix: Cling, a new release from Ghostwriter. In Cling you control Edgar the electric spider. As everyone knows, electric spiders love nothing more than reaching a goal at the end of a level. Edgar's legs reach out and automatically grab pegs on the wall when he gets close enough to them. This "sticky" movement lets you slowly crawl across a stage, working both with and against your momentum to avoid obstacles and leap over pegless chasms.
A little city-building simulation with your incremental gaming? Build a 3D village from the ground up, from potatoes to rugmaking to jewelry in this new offering from Supercluster. All this and more, from a title still very actively being developed, has put Idle Village firmly on the map.
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 dark, moody world bereft of sunlight, this game has you jumping, leaping and fighting your way through your darkened homeland to reunite pieces of a Sun Gem. Use the [arrow] keys and [S] to jump, attack and interact with the noirish landscape.
While Dungeon Dice is in many ways a typical RPG, its twist on the genre is that instead of fighting monsters with sword and fang, you fight each other with dice, or "magical numeric cubes." In a way, this is no different from any other RPG, but moving a background mechanic to the forefront makes for a different experience.
Stargazers is a minimalist puzzle Ludum Dare entry by Cake and Zeik that's sure to have everyone watching the skies. An interesting variation on connect-the-dots, Stargazers may be short, but it has astronomical amounts of polish.
How long can you last against an endless tide of enemies when your own weapon can be deadly to you in this simple but also simply addictive arcade game from Michel Gerard? Toss your boomerang and leap to avoid it and attack enemies behind you, but it's only a matter of time...
In this adorable little multidirectional shooter, Alone in the Park, you play John the Cook, who after a long day at work, closes down his restaurant and decides to take a shortcut through the park. Big mistake. Because, as we all know, walking alone at night in the park is just asking for a purple multidimensional portal to open up and suck you into a parallel universe controlled by evil mushrooms. In more conventional shooters, you'd have your pick of shotguns, ninja stars, or BFGs. But you're just a cook afterall, so you'll have to make due with thrown cigarettes and pizza cutters, at least until you've earned enough points to upgrade your weapons
Worry not about secret codes or enigmatic messages; Lab Escape simply requires you to take stock of your surroundings and act accordingly. This isn't a bad thing, however; it's kinda nice to take a break from more fantastical situations.
What has royalty ever done that was so bad? Sure, there's been a few taxed-in-the-ground peasants and the trifling matter of some wars of conquest causing untold death and misery, but what's a little abuse of power between friends? Certainly it's nothing that deserves having one's castle knocked in on one's head. Hold Your Ground rectifies this situation by putting you in charge of building a defensive structure to guard the royal person. God save the adorable little bearded king!
As the name suggests, Balancing Act requires you to keep a number of balls (and other ball-ish things) balanced on top of each other. Click on a ball and drag your mouse to rotate it, but remember that each action has an equal and opposite reaction! The stylish and humorous presentation and simple control system are to be particularly commended in this worthy game design competition finalist.
PostBeta invites you to a Tron-like slotcar race, where traffic and obstacles are more of a hindrance than the other racers. Across 6 tracks, race to set the best times possible on densely populated courses that only allow lane changes, rather than traditional steering.
Hamumu's latest creation for Boy's Life is a nightmare... literally! Help Pee Wee escape from his elaborate platforming bad dreams before he has to get up for school... OR ELSE. Run, jump, ninja-roll and soar your way past all manner of dangerous traps and obstacles through three stages of difficulty.
A room where the surroundings are so lush and comfy looking that in real life you'd be kicking back and enjoying living the good life. And Sienna Room has some pretty fun puzzles to distract us with during our stay. So, kick back and enjoy the zen calm of one of Tomatea's early room escape efforts in Sienna Room, a place so comfy looking you might never want to actually leave.
The colours, THE COLOURS! FunByJohn delivers a bouncy, riotous arena shooter about blasting other tanks with blobs of deadly colour across a variety of fun-house landscapes. Chaotic and charming, though not without its sticking points, its a vibrant way to blow up a coffee break.
Place and upgrade towers of all types to defend against the incoming monster horde in this cute tower defense game that will appeal to fans of Kingdom Rush and Demons vs Fairyland! With multiple difficulty levels and even the option to let a stage randomly select and place your towers for you, it's a solid and satisfying addition to the genre.
Certainly we know about the immediate dangers of the undead: the biting and the clawing and the infecting and the whatnot. What about the larger environmental concerns? I mean, a zombie claws his way out of a shallow grave... who's going to be re-sodding that ground? A vampire explodes in a fiery cloud of dust... someone needs to sweep that up. And don't even get me started on what can happen when a werewolf gets in your flower bed. 3kggames's new action looper Dirt of the Dead shows that the clean-up can get just as intense as the confrontation.
Quick, intrepid casual gamer! The world is not at stake, but someone has inconsiderately left these brightly coloured balls lying about! We need someone with a steely eye to launch them into their matching buckets in this physics game of skill. Sound easy? You may be surprised. Simple, effective, and fun, BucketBall 2 is the perfect way to spend your coffee break.
Cubor lets players gently roll colorful blocks to respectively colored designated areas, which will be a familiar trope to veteran puzzlers. But Cubor adds a couple of twists to the formula. Cubes move by rotating in the direction of travel, and as a cube is only truly home when the colored side is face-down, you must assess not only the means of delivery, but also the approach. Not every orientation will do, and part of the solving is in adjusting the cube's orientation so that it can arrive home properly.
Stack Overload is a mobile puzzle game from Bonus Level that feels like a cross between WarGames: WOPR and a memory game. It's your job to crash a series of increasingly complex programs by causing memory overloads one block at a time. This isn't as complicated as it sounds, as all you have to do is match pairs of tiles by turning them over one at a time. Overload the stack and you'll move on to the next level!
In a sketchy, notepad world, a doodled character moves with ninja-like precision over the landscape and deadly terrain. Under birds, over spikes, avoiding pitfalls and collecting floating clocks en route to the exit is a lot more difficult than it seems in this tricky one-button platformer.
Most of us know not to explore shady abandoned asylums. Well... everyone except you, apparently. Trapped inside the Arendel Asylum, you'll need to search for items, solve puzzles, and gather orbs to escape in this ambitious but rough-around-the-edges game from Selfdefiant.
Chompy, the star of the puzzle platformer by Wolve, is a crocodile who loves eating, coins, and eating coins. While the tutorial levels give the game a slow start, it is a game that will win you over with its sense of joy and a level of shine to the mechanics that distinguishes it from similar works.
Is it Zuma? Is it a shooter? Or is it just one of the most funky, deceptively relaxing little browser games you'll play all day? Harvest DNA and chain together matching colors in this gorgeous hybrid game that gradually ups the difficulty. Perfect for your coffee break, or any time you feel the need to take out frustration on that haughty genetic material.
Collect stars and close portals by using the giddy shapes in this physics puzzler. Careful though, once all the portals are gone the round ends, even if you have stars left to collect. So fix your scheduled to leave room for a little joy in your day and start solving some puzzles.
A classic one-room escape game with puzzles that are nicely varied with a lot of combination type and those that use found objects. What is nice to see with Escape from the Room 202 is a designer who seriously understands how an escape game should flow. Let's welcome Tsukisuna-sou to the ranks of promising game designers and have fun playing this wonderful new effort.
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!
A short and somber point-and-click story, this game puts you in the role of an astronaut stranded in space, waiting out the years while he tries to plan his escape. Explore the station and collect memory fragments so you can finally work up the fortitude to do something about your predicament.
Space invaders and Lincoln logs mixed all into one! Build your fort, collect your gold and save the city from alien invasion in this fast paced strategy shooter. Artillerize is a great strategy crafting game that overcomes some of its more frustrating aspects with its entertaining and innovative gameplay.
The princess has been turned into a frog, and only the prince can save her with a magic potion! Too bad he's only motivated by cake, and he has not only a rival to contend with, but spikes, switches, and more are in his way in this cute HTML5 puzzle game.
In this Ludum Dare title, you're a knight fighting your way through an ever-shifting dungeon encompassed entirely by one screen. Scamper about, doing battle with skeletons and collecting treasure before the timer hits zero. You'd better make sure you're on the right portal when it does!
A simple jump-and-run platformer with style, Space Walker shows that a very simple concept paired with simple graphics can be made into an enjoyable and very pretty casual game experience. Variety in enemy type, enemy movement, and gravity for each level provides an increase in challenge, while a randomized color scheme provides something new to look forward to. Nothing earth-shattering or all that innovative here, just a well-designed package from tip to tail.
Gleefully pick off a roomful of unfortunately-placed nefarious henchmen with just a few well-placed billiards-like trick shots in this embarassingly-safisfying physics projectile puzzler. With everything from grenades to insane Tesla guns, you've got a lot of tools for the job.
Don't let the game's charming trappings deceive you, Waiting Room has real substance and some formidable puzzles. The extent of the efforts needed to complete the game, which includes searching the internet, might turn off some casual gamers; those who persevere, however, will surely be delighted by this quirky and clever escape game confection.
An escape game that is heavy on story and light on escaping, since the goal is not to leave the room but to find a time capsule left by your now deceased wife to celebrate what would have been your 10th wedding anniversary. Even if you don't have a sentimental bone in your body The Time Capsule is still a lot of puzzle packed into a small space and definitely fun for any escape fanatic. Let the soothing music clip relax you as you solve puzzles that range from pretty simple to head-banging-hard and enjoy the mid-week escaping challenge.
A twine interactive fiction game where you play as someone living with depression, developed by Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey and Isaac Schankler, Depression Quest hopes to offer empathy and sympathy for what can be a very painful condition. Some awkward prose is balanced by its ambitiousness in subject matter, and makes a convincing case for how games can help us all understand each other better.
Everyone needs money, fast cars, good grades... but what might you miss if you only focus on what you have in front of you? This short but sweet interactive art piece follows one man through his life and asks the same question.
From long-time casual game creator Terry Paton, Waste is a simple but highly-polished puzzle game featuring every child's two favorite things: monsters and goopy green sewage! The undeniably cute release combines quick-action puzzle solving along with a little bit of old fashioned error-driven pressure, forcing you to make snap decisions that are not only efficient, but economical, too. It's an easy game to pick up and play, no matter what mood you're in or how long your "coffee break" happens to be!
Simple, modern, addictive. These are the adjectives this physics-puzzle game uses to describe itself. Click the blocks to make them move, fall, or disappear, so you can guide the green circles and squares onto the blue blocks. An infectiously fun time waster.
Yo ho ho and a treasure chest of physics puzzle levels! In this much improved revamp of Totems Awakening, you'll need to be quick with your mouse to toss a gold coin safely back to the treasure chest, with some help from your pirate chums and your friendly neighborhood bombs and teleportation devices. Teleportation devices are in ALL the best pirate movies.
The underworld stinks, mostly because all the demons do, and it's your job to clean them all up in this ghoulishly endearing physics puzzler. Using a special ragdoll cannon, not to mention dolls with unique abilities, fire and knock each demon into the boiling cauldron to make them squeaky clean, but with new puzzle elements piled on throughout the game, it's harder (and more fun) than you might think.
Created for Flappyjam, Ridiculous Glitching is a mashup of Flappy Bird's gameplay, Pac-Man's sprites, and the malevolence of a monetizing ghost thrown in for good measure. This free but difficult avoidance game done in the glitch style (a la Rom Check Fail) has you weaving in and out of perilous paywalls and scooping up vulnerable birds for valuable bonus points. How long can you keep your Pac airborne?
This mobile and browser game is a delirious little reflex test that's sure to keep you on your toes. Release bombs to hit enemy ships and snag their loot, but be sure not to sink pirate vessels. There are also ice bergs to contend with, and some floating tokens you'll need to grab before they disappear.
Nerdook is back, and once again here to hybridize disparate game genres, this time as an entry for Ubisoft's Project Eden game contest. Jacob and the Magic Piano, a game which deftly combines platforming, music, and tower defense gameplay is the result. A starving artist's unknown Aunt has passed away, leaving him a cat, a chest of drawers, and a piano... a magic piano. Playing the piano releases the spirits resting within, but also the golden stars that are the key to accessing the possible riches of the chest. Can Jacob slay the spirits and save the stars? It's all up to the power of music!
Treasure of the Abandoned City is an action adventure game from Alec Stamos with artwork by Todd Luke. It continues the Tales of the Renegade Sector episodes with a loot hunt through space, sending you on a quest to find Laserbeard's treasure hidden somewhere on the dusty dry planet of Seltan. Fortunately, you get to punch and shoot a bunch of bad guys along the way!
All you want to do is watch your favourite TV show, but everything is annoying you, including your bratty little brother who's trying to make you have a meltdown so he can film it. Figure out a way to get everything just the way you like it in this short, silly point-and-click puzzle game from Carmel Games.
Golf gets a little chaotic as turboNUKE kicks the sport into overdrive in their quirky spin on the game. Compete in a race to see who can get their ball in fastest against other golfers at the same time, dodging UFOs in addition to sandtraps, and nab coins to spend on equipment upgrades. It's weird, wacky, and whacky. Geddit? Because, y'know, you whack... the balls... and... oh, just play it.
Modern Mystery is the escape title of the week this time around. The game, naturally, begins with you trapped in a rather comfy lounge-like room. It's nicely furnished—a bit of abstract art on the walls, a potted plant, two leather chairs, a laptop computer—but you still want out by any means. Go around collecting objects, putting clues together, and solving puzzles in order to collect more objects, hopefully at some point getting one or both of those doors open and terminating your confinement.
Short and sweet, Para Cute sends a teddy-bear out searching for a gift for his beloved the old fashioned way. Parachuting through a series of caves and warp points to collect as many hearts as he can! At only six levels, Donut Games has crafted a tasty little title suitable for your coffee break, or any other time you feel the need to go awwwww.
They're just your average monsters living in a junkyard trying to gather all the food and materials they can before the place closes at the end of the month! A simple and repetitive action game that still manages to shine and charm thanks to a great sense of humour and endearing story and characters.
This physics puzzle game has you launching your legless, square, pixelated ninja man through the air with the mouse, having him slice and dice red enemy ninjas along the way. Take careful aim to avoid pitfalls and traps.
The opening scenario of Unforgiven Room is a nod to Takagi-san's original escape-the-room games, Crimson Room and Viridian Room, in which you wake up with a headache and can't remember a thing, nor even where you are. Such is the begining of a classic escape-the-room adventure.
Robots? Check. Bad guy? Check. Orbital laser and other ridiculously overpowered special attacks? Check check check! Awkward comedic translation?... uhhh... Berzerk Studios serves up an over-the-top arcade shooter complete with a heavy sense of parody, flashy attacks, and just enough frenetic bullet action to spice up your lunch break.
Enter the eerie world of a playground at night and try to escape before becoming totally creeped out in this fun new escape from Dassyutu. The puzzles are a fun mix, mostly use of found objects and observational skills involving colors and shapes. There is almost no dialogue, but what's there is in English.
Megadev's addictive match-3 puzzle game series is back, and this time it's also for iOS and Android! Make matches of three or more coloured blobs to increase your score and advance the game, but watch out for skulls, bombs, and more!
Should you have a yen for social studies trivia, Trip Alone The Globe, an arcade game by Symbio Digital, will more than satisfy that worldy desire. It's a simple challenge of collecting trivia questions, then driving a (somewhat difficult to maneuver) car to the proper location to score points. The graphics are pretty (if a little CPU-intensive), the questions are goofy, but clever, and while the game take only a couple of minutes to play, they'll be good minutes. All that's missing is Rockapella on the soundtrack.
Every gaming sub-genre has to grow up and develop angst some day, and for a lot of them, that means they go steampunk. Use your clockwork pistol scalpel to reshape blocks and sever ropes in this collection of over 40 physics puzzles. If you're a fan of Splitter or Ice Breaker and you want some more levels, possibly a bunch of really obtuse and particular ones, here they are. They are here. Enjoy.
RedWhite Slice is a short action puzzle that's a mix of Fat Slice and JezzBall, whose strength is in its level design and aesthetics. It's not very long or difficult, but at about ten minutes of tidy design, it's a great way to spend a coffee break.
Do pandas eat oranges? Probably not. But in this game, you've got a little cub that's awful hungry, and oranges are the only way to feed her. Click to destroy ice blocks and set the physics in motion, moving the erstwhile fruit to the hungry little bear.
In Broken Pixel's stylish, tongue-in-cheek, old-timey projectile puzzler, you're a most vile criminal indeed, whose deadly eye and deadlier pistol can take down men, women, and children alike with only a few shots... provided you know where to place them!
Breakout: This time its personal! Your friends (and some precious ores) are trapped in the over-hanging blocks, and it's up to you and your bouncing pick-axe of destruction to bust them out. Each friend you rescue grants you a power-up option to use in future levels. Watch out for stalactites though! A very familiar, but very fun entry of CGDC9.
It's a good-natured game of turf wars as you clear the board of all but the last monster standing. Simply roll an adjacent monster into another monster to push him off, continuing the process until all but one remains. Over time, the set-ups are more complicated requiring strategy and planning to complete.
All it takes is a few pounds of explosives to turn boring billiards into a blowout of fun! And deadly. Mostly deadly. As a safer alternative, we suggest trying Blast Billiards Revolution, a take on the table sport where you've got to pot the balls before time runs out and things start to get combust-y. There's not a lot of room for mistakes, but if you can become the king of the cue, you can have a lot of fun with the varied challenges this game provides.
There's not a lot of game here, but what there is is casual gameplay done right. Simple, elegant, easy on the eyes, and over quickly, Hormiga Escape is the perfect little point-and-click gem to go with your early morning coffee, a quick five-minute workout for your brain to kick start the day. Help a little ant get home before disaster strikes!