The way of the Samurai involves keen eyes, swiftness... and puzzles! Use your sword and a limited number of slices to cut down blocks until they fit in the shape provided. A simple idea that will provide more of a challenge than you'd think and require a lot of mental dexterity to win.
In this frenetic physics action title from NSBrotherhood, you play as Lazerman, a fighting robot that has lost everything but his head. But he's going to get it back, even if he has to destroy the entire lab to do it! It's a game of visceral thrills more than strategy, but when brute-force is so fun, who can mind?
Man, don't you ever want to get off the launch treadmill? If only we could destroy this stupid car, we could forget about this whole getting-to-the-right business and get with that cute rabbit in the corner of the screen. Hey baby you so fine baby. Red Jet Rabbit puts you in the cartoonish driver's seat to destroy a mad scientist's car, which will win you a kiss... somehow.
With a score mechanic that challenges you to hone your accuracy and rack up combos, this simple but fast-paced and oh-so-sleek arcade shooter sees you blasting down wave after wave of enemy rockets and missiles across three challenging levels with big bosses.
Watch, learn, adapt... oh, and don't get blown up. Impulse is part physics puzzle, part arcade game, with obstacles modeled after Newton's Laws of Motion. Get the green ball to the portal by generating a pulse that moves anything around it... sounds simple, right? But when propulsion, gravity, positive and negative charges and more come into play, you'll find it's anything but.
A previous project from FonGeBooN, Purism follows the same formula we're used to: you're stuck in a room, and you have to solve all manner of puzzles to get out of it. Some noticeable features of this particular room include some unusual panels in the walls, a door with no handle, a small chest of drawers, some metallic shelves, and a sculpture with many red, blue, and yellow balls. All of these will be instrumental in your ultimate departure.
Fancy Maze is a classic room escape and a fun little time waster in which there are a lot of fun things to discover and puzzles to solve. Wander around, pick things up, see if you are up on the latest (and not so latest) technology, and see if you can find the two different endings in this amusing game.
Clean design, live electrical wires, heavy machinery, and no way out... what more could an escaper want? Onamis warns you to bring your own pen and paper for this atmospheric point-and-click puzzle game, and you'll definitely need it if you plan to decipher all the clues needed to climb your way out.
Help the girl escape reality by meditating. The real world is sometimes amazing, but being in it all the time is often quite tiresome. Help the protagonist empty her mind by systematically preventing her thoughts from disturbing her meditation. Tao is an entry into our 10th Casual Gameplay Design Competition, with the theme of "Escape".
Connect the stars in this minimalistic yet challenging puzzle game. Click your blue dot around each constellation, earning points to form basic geometric shapes. Don't repeat yourself!
JoyBits' newest incarnation of their mobile spin on the Doodle God element-creating puzzle game series comes to your browser, with flashier visuals and quests, though some frustrating ads and a slew of (optional) in-game purchases may not win everyone over.
Bianco-Bianco is back with a simple, two-end scenario room escape that plays on the love of freedom and the open road with some pretty sweet custom bikes and a throbbing soundtrack that makes you want to fly down a deserted highway with the wind in your hair.
Senso Rabbit, the star of Mighty Ducks Entertainment's debut action-strategy game, may lack sight, but he'll need all his other senses to make it through the minefield and grab his desired carrots. An unusual game with a strange sense of strategy to it, Senso Rabbit might not appeal to players in the mood for something twitchy. Those of a methodical mindset, however, should find it quite charming.
It's the famed shooter series that transforms "shock and awe!" into "shock and draw!" Francisco Ferreres' Notebook Wars returns with the first Unity installment of the series: Notebook Wars Saga. The transition to a new engine means losing a lot of the features fans of the series have grown used to, but those looking for a stripped-down throwback or fun on a mobile screen should enjoy this new iteration of shooty fun.
Bianco-Bianco delivers a short but happily weird escape game with two endings. Trapped in a room with some strange artifacts and mysterious boxes, will you be able to find a way out?
A hero deserves as glorious a death you can find in the cold black of space, and you're sure to find it in Dramatic Execution, a Unity SciFi shooter by Abdullah Konash, Addictive old-school arcade fun, though be warned: it has a difficulty curve to match.
Number Connect, the HTML5 puzzle game by Jaime TreSensa, looks a lot and plays a lot like Numberlink. Because it essentially is. And that's fine! A smaller play-screen might be nice, but with 100 free puzzles just full of numbers waiting for a connection, it's a fine implementation of the conept
Manipulate cells and bacteria to your liking in this shiny match-3 game. As you play scientist, get three of the same cells adjacent to each other to form a higher grade cell. Trap pesky bacteria to stop their roaming, and complete level goals to move on. Don't forget to try the shop if you get stuck!
Sometimes you want emotional depth and gameplay complexity, and sometimes you just want to be dazzled by high scores and flashy effects as you swap and match candies across a bizarre landscape while it's all being narrated by the world's most unsettling announcer. And if that's the itch you've got, Candy Crush Saga, it turns out, will oblige.
Jimmy's back, stranded on a strange planet, and ready to be a robot cannonball yet again in Canoniac Launcher 2, FunBunGames' sequel to their 2011 action launch title. For better or for worse, it's closer to a standard launch game than the original, but fortunately, improved gameplay is part of that package. If you enjoyed the original or you just like launchers in general, you might want to check this one out.
A simple but evocative (and maybe a little blunt) puzzle game about the games we play with the people we love from Keybol. Draw lines to connect the coloured dots while dancing around obstacles, using direction and momentum to get there.
Tired of shooters where the experienced players get all the cool weapon upgrades and you get stuck with a lousy squirt gun? In DeGrade, that formula gets flipped on its head because the further you get in each world, the more weapons you lose! This arena shooter tests an interesting game theory-ish idea where progress forces you to play more skillfully later on, although there's a flaw that allows the game to be accidentally far easier.
This party is hopping, but it's hard to enjoy it when someone wants you dead, and everyone is strange enough to be a suspect. Created in just seven days, this simple but uniquely stylish little puzzler has you asking questions of 24 monsters to figure out who's trying to kill you before they get to you first. That's... an extreme sort of party game. Couldn't you have just played charades?
Stolen Sword is a gravity-bending puzzle platform game by NowGamez about a knight whose quest to retrieve a stolen sword will have him bouncing from ceiling to floor. A high difficulty level may make it off-putting to some, but overall the game's puzzles have a nice sense of logic to them that is satisfying to complete.
Getting stuck in an elevator is bad enough, but getting stuck with eight strangers, one of whom is a killer, is even worse. People are picked off one by one as the lights go out in this short interactive movie, and you'll have to figure out which one of them is the killer to get the best ending.
Popular point-and-click game Abandoned gets a puzzling spin-off in this atmospheric escape game that sees you lost in maze-like rooms. Though beautifully designed from an aesthetic point of view, its puzzles might be too vague and unintuitive for many.
Peter's town is destroyed, and it's totally not his fault! Blame the giant chicken. But whatever the reason, it's up to you to rebuild it, unlocking tons of characters, items, and hilarious animations along the way. Just keep one hand on your wallet, because this game has its eye on it.
Created by Markus Persson (the mind behind a certain popular crafting game featuring mines) Drop is a simple experimental typing game with a visual twist. To play, you just type the advancing letters before they reach the edge of the screen all while the fabric of reality bends and warps around you.
Magic is real, but not everyone is happy about it, and your life as a normal teen takes a turn for the strange when you discover you're a witch, too. In addition to dealing with the shocking attitude of your parents and the general populace, you also may just have gotten embroiled in a seriously dangerous magical mystery in this Twine based adventure... whether you're ready for it or not.
Robot Room is a fun, cute, sometimes baffling room escape featuring—you guessed it—robots! Don't worry, though, they aren't scary, mean robots, and their sole purpose, it seems, is to stand around with their hands in the air. Yay!
You can move away from people, you can lock yourself inside to escape from nature, but you can't never escape what's in your head in this free indie adventure thriller where an old house begins to change itself around you.
The cubes are back, and they're up to no good in this physics puzzle game. The only place for them is in the slammer, and by clicking on the environment to change it around or remove it, you can make that happen!
What do fishing, farming, and mining have in common? You can do them all in puzzle form in this expansive matching game. Level up cities by building new buildings and hiring specialized workers as you go until you are ruling an entire kingdom.
Blob's ship is powered by stars, so you'll need to explore an alien plant filled with guillotines, bouncy mushrooms, heavy traffic, and much more if you want to find all 100 stars on each level and help Blob blast off!
Lost and alone you find shelter in a large hidden mansion. In the dark your only goal is to push forward, striving to find a way out. But don't worry, you'll find though you still may be lost, you're not alone anymore in this free indie horror game loosely inspired by a Dwarf Fortress "Let's Play".
Surprise! You're a frog now, and you've got to leap your way up a dangerous spider-infested tower to reach the all-healing princess's kiss. Follow the rules to avoid death by hungry spiders, rogue explosives and even fragile glass windows. Munch down on tasty arachnids and battle terrifying bosses to reach the top!
Dungelot, the casual dungeon exploration tap-fest from Red Winter Software, has finally spawned a sequel! Dungelot 2 bumps up the intensity, the complexity, the quality of the artwork and the number of attacks at your disposal, turning your simple romp through the dungeon into a more full-featured RPG experience.
Mine to Escape is a simple digging and upgrading game created by Nugar Games. Using thick tiles and a whole lot of tapping, you'll dive below the surface in search for valuable ores to fill your inventory with. Return to the green grass above and either sell your valuables for loot or use them to craft parts for your spaceship. After all, the game's called Mine to Escape, not Mine to Mine Some More.
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?
It's all about female power in the superheroine visual novel, Wonder City. Play as the high school student, Ada, as she discovers her superpowers. Make decisions in how the story will unfold and what her path to heroism is. Will she be a confronter, taking direct action against evil, or is she more about subtlety, working from the shadows? Watch the story unfold (with mentions of people from women's history) as Ada takes a stand to prevent a villian's corrupt empire.
Polish your pop culture recognition and your eyeballs in this latest installment of Nitrome's popular word trivia series! Identify more tiny characters, real or fictional, as they file on stage... and no, it turns out "that one guy who was in the show on channel 6, you know, with the pants" isn't a valid answer.
The perfect escape for a coffee break: easy enough to be finished quickly, interesting enough to engage (and perhaps revive?) the mind. I do wish that the game had included some sort of music or soundtrack, but the graphics are well-designed and the overall package good enough to overlook such a minor flaw.
A new game from Donut Games, creator of Castle Smasher, has just rolled onto the web: Chicken & Egg. All of the cute chickens have been trapped in their eggs by the Easter Bunny. It's your job to match like-colored shells together by sliding the eggs across the grid. When the pairs come together, they hatch, revealing a set of rather bewildered chicks!
This Flash game is from Scenta, the same UK folks behind Reverse. Also created by Mobasher Lqbal, Nucleus features the same minimalist-type graphics, which are clean and simple, and adds atoms and valence electrons to create a sort of platform jumping game that is a lot of fun.
Into difficult survival games? Experience this unique navigation adventure — no hunger or thirst here, just using your own navigational skills to get you, your beast of burden and your creaky cart through the elements in a very disorienting barren wasteland in this Pay What You Want indie game.
Who says romance is dead? Well, in the case of biology student Maddie, it really is, since the guys she crosses paths with in this sweet free indie visual novel all might have very different personalities, but share one thing in common... they don't have a pulse between them.
7Days, a first-person horror adventure game developed by RevoLab, has a simple fear at its core: Waking up and not knowing where you are. The experience starts off slow and ends up being at least 95% atmosphere, leaving such things as plot, character development and, in some parts, coherence by the wayside. Those looking for that special surreal style of spooky, though, will find it a nice time waster.
In this cute online visual novel puzzle game, you're just your average, mildly psychic high school student, and your friends have a whole bunch of problems they need you to solve, but you only have a lunch hour to do it. Can you get everything done when everyone keeps moving around as time passes?
Tony and her brothers Pablo and Octavio are just your average, ordinary kids who can turn into playground equipment, but searching for snails near an abandoned factory puts both them, and their hearts, in grave danger in this clever, unexpectedly warm free indie horror adventure that deals with family and humanity.
The hit phenomenon anime and manga series goes mobile, in a free-to-play RPG that follows Monkey D. Luffy on a story full of all the weird characters and pirate panic fans love. Exceptionally high production values and fun cutscenes lend it a lot of appeal, but its initially addictive simple gameplay may prove TOO simple in the long run for some.
My Friend Pedro is back with more slow-mo ultra-violent action, only this time you're backflipping and wall-jumping your way through a series of deadly arena-style levels filled with enemies, guns, and of course a talking banana that compels you to attack gangs.
Haven't had nearly enough of Crazy Digger 2? Well, the Crazy Digger 2 Level Pack will fulfill all your red-circle-chomping, gem-dropping, saw-blade spinning cravings. Essentially a new set of levels that picks up where the original left off, new players will want to start with the original, but fans looking to dive into a challenge will really dig it.
You are a blue block. You job is to shoot all the red blocks. Sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that you've got to shoot all the red blocks while dodging mid-air spikes and pulling off acrobatic jumps! Geote is a punishing platformer that requires your keyboard and mouse to work in perfect sync, as you take out targets while avoiding dangerous spikes. Keep your reflexes sharp, and remember that pain is just weakness leaving the body!
Free for iOS and Android, Rovio's latest installment in their popular physics puzzle franchise stars pink birdie Stella, as she sets out to retrieve a map stolen by a band of evil piggies and their mysterious, feathered queen. Gorgeous artwork and crafty levels await, but so does an obnoxious inter-level ad system.
Play around in Max's clone lab and test out his new machine by solving puzzles. Use your clones as stepping stools and button pushers but make sure they get back, as you find your exit, to prevent a time paradox.
Heartwood is a short audio-visual adventure created by Kerry Turner and Dan Bibby. It was inspired by folk tales, horror movies, theme park rides, and those dreams you have where nothing makes sense but everything "makes sense". There aren't really any puzzles to solve or quests to complete, just a small world of strange events to stroll through and experience.
You play a young adventurer who may have wandered farther than considered reasonable, in Vagabond. In this classic style RPG, you'll enjoy exploring seven distinct areas with different monsters and music. As you venture in to every nook and cranny, you'll discover the secrets that will strengthen you enough to defeat the evil so you can head back home.
The creators of Puzzle Quest bring us this match-3, turn-based RPG spin on the Marvel universe, and despite some frustrating free-to-play aspects and a slow start, Dark Reign offers surprisingly funny writing, and more challenging, strategic gameplay than you might first expect.
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?
To quote the intro of Fallen City, Channel 4 and Big Robot's educational puzzle/real-time strategy game: What is a city? It is a machine; a machine for living in. But all machines can break down. The inhabitants of Fallen City (Angries) have become distracted by their individual lives and dreams and have let the once gleaming metropolis fall into disrepair. Frustrated by their inability to live the lives of fame and fortune they were told could satisfy them, many of the Angries fell into boredom or rage... and the city sunk ever deeper into its gloom. But broken machines can be fixed, right?
No one likes being stuck inside city walls when all they want is the sweet freedom of open land. Problem is, getting out is quite tricky when there's a war raging outside the city walls and the guards are under strict order to not let anyone in or out. In Shifter, you have a trick or two up your sleeves, but in order to make use of that trick you need to get to know people. In this point and click escape adventure use your charm to help shift into a new point of view, literally.
Some people lie. Some people tell the truth. Others tell lies every other sentence, while still others tell things that are part truth, but part lie. Then there are robots, vampires, philosophers, and rabid sheep to contend with! Professor McLogic Saves the Day is a creative game of logic puzzles that is a rare gem in a sea of lookalike games. Play it, puzzle over it, and then figure out which part of the first paragraph of our review is a lie!
Rosslyn: The Templar Mystery is a captivating first person adventure game that is packed so densely with riddles, a dozen of them are staring you in the face from the very beginning and you'll barely even realize it. Taking place inside the Rosslyn Chapel (made popular by The Da Vinci Code), you have nothing but your grandfather's cryptic notes to leaf through as you wander around the chamber looking for clues. It's a challenging experience perfect for anyone who likes a good riddle!
Room W&R places you into what seems to be a girl's bedroom, complete with vanity mirror, photographs of animals and cheerful retro-ish couch. It's a well-made, if fairly standard room escape game.
For our 4th Casual Gameplay Design Competition, Brazilian game author Guilherme Töws has tapped the philosophy of yin and yang to bring us Bisection Dominion. Your charge is to defend a pristine river against a falling tide of poisonous bubbles, using a sword controlled by your gestural input. We often talk about the zen of gaming, but rarely does a game embrace the idea so whole-heartedly.
As if to whet your appetites for the upcoming game design competition, game authors have been putting out a number of excellent ball physics games. The latest offering is Ramps, put forth by web designer Tyler Sticka. Your mission is to guide a ball from the drop pipe at the top of the screen to the exit pipe at the bottom using — you guessed it — muffins!
Free Rider is a brand new take on the massively popular Line Rider, which you voted best web toy of 2006. Pete adds several interactive elements to the mix that actually serve to create an entirely different experience. It's more like Line Rider meets Teagames' BMX series, the result of which is a create-your-own-level style of game.
Months in the making, the latest installment of Inanimate Alice—Episode 3: Russia—is now available through an exclusive arrangement with the Guardian in the UK. Follow Alice as she deals with life and times, at age 13, in Russia with her parents through this rich interactive narrative.
Phase Toy is a simple Shockwave sequencer that allows you to create compositions using a point-and-click interface. Just click on a cell to have the sequencer play the corresponding tone when the 'play head' sweeps over it. Click and drag to add several tones at once. Phase Toy makes a nice little diversion that is as mesmerizing as it is relaxing.
Akai Ryu, or Red Dragon, is a surprisingly addictive little shooter created by Jason Reinsvold and available to play on his LostVectors website. The object of the game is to stay alive as long as possible while shooting down all of the various enemies that come into play.
It seems our hero's balloon has been shot down by the paperclip factory's anti-aircraft artillery, and it's your job to find a way back home. That is the opening sequence that drops you into Industry 2, the sequel to last year's Industrial Place Thingy. Like the first game, this one follows the same point-and-click stick-figure formula popularized by Rob Allen's seminal work with the Hapland series of games.
Slingstar marks the 26th Flash game created and released by David Thorburn on his Teagames.com website. The pace at which he is able to create new games is remarkable! In this one, the most recent of his games, he creates a new game by combining two classic gameplay mechanics: the slingshot and the platformer.
Infect is an action arcade game in which you play a virus. Your mission is to survive by infecting red blood cells while avoiding white blood cells and antibiotics.
Here is another mouse cursor game that is nicely put together. Simple, minimalist graphics with levels of increasing difficulty, 20 in all. Guide the mouse cursor to the goal, however the control of the mouse is reversed. Simple and straight forward, Reverse is yet another short little diversion to cleanse the palette of your brain. Created by Moba...
Borag Thungg, Earthlets! From the UK's 2000AD comics comes this Flash game of Thrill-sucker culling using the Rigelian fireballs of Tharg the Mighty, 2000AD's alien editor and resident galactic spokesman. Thrill-suckers threaten to remove all the excitement and fun from the world leaving only the dull and boring, and it's up to you to help Tharg in his quest.
Here's a Flash game about gene sequencing from the UK which is surprisingly fun to play. The controls took me a couple of games to get used to, then I caught on to it quickly. It's all about constructing genes by piecing amino acids together in the proper sequence. A very odd premise on which to build a game, but it works quite well actually. Be ...
Once thought to be all but a myth Vikings have cropped up once again and this time they are under your command. The Last Viking has you building boats, gaining recruits, grooming your heroes, and of course crushing village walls, raiding their homes and marking your empire to be the strongest vikings around in this free strategic and adventurous sim for iOS and Android!
When your boyfriend has his brain guzzled by an unspeakable creature from beyond the stars, what's a gal to do when the town won't take her seriously? That's up to you to decide in this snarky sci-fi horror text adventure from Steph Cherrywell!
Ready for more hack-and-slash action? The Diablo-esque dungeon crawler returns, with more heroes and enemies to stab, splat, and magic your way through, along with tons of loot of course, though it may be too close to the original and lacking in variety for some.
Finding yourself dead is a real downer. But when a mysterious voice informs you you can receive life once again as long as you do what he says will you think twice about your actions? Find out in this creepy free indie puzzle platformer, also available as a download!
Elio's lovely, serene puzzle game is back for more as you alter the grid before you using various tools to try to recreate the faded overlay shape. It's trickier than it sounds, since you can only use the tools in the order they're provided to you, and with 50 more levels, it's enough to make for a satisfying break for any puzzle fan.
The horrible spiters have kidnapped a bunch of innocent kitties, and they plan to sacrifice them to their leader! It's up to you to save them in this physics puzzler. Not only will you have to carefully place items into the stage, you'll also have to activate level gimmicks like exploding balls and freezing snowflakes! Smash, fry, and explode all the spiters, but be sure not to hurt any of the cats!