The world can be a lonely place. When the world is a monochromatic wasteland and you're the only one in sight, it can seem a lot lonelier. But when you stop and listen, the wind fades away and the world begins to speak. That's how it works in Faint, an atmospheric exploration game by Lesingevolant. Use the arrow keys and your headphones to navigate the character through the desolate world. With two endings, you even get double the playtime.
Max and Anne are two very different young people, but they've both found themselves at the same college in the same student housing. Your choices will determine their lives, grades, and even their love-life in this funny, light-hearted, and addictive visual novel simulation!
Our favourite typing duo is back for more... with a deadly twist! Icarus Proudbottom and his owlkin friend Jerry are enjoying a lovely day of typing when a knock at the door changes everything. Planned as a series of short weekly installments, this first episode brings all the zany hilarity you've come to expect, with some arcade-style typing on top.
Put your strategy cap on and dive into this simple to learn, highly enjoyable puzzle game. Drag your one to three eyed creatures around the board to multipy and capture your opponent. Player with the most of their color on the board at the end of the game wins!
Block Legend is unfairly beguiling. We say this because it's so deceptively simple on the surface, yet its design allows for play sessions that never stop. And that's good, because you honestly won't want to. Created by Alvin Phu, Block Legend feels a lot like 10000000 mixed with Puzzle Quest (you know, back when it was good). It combines samegame with an RPG, allowing you to match tiles to attack, defend and level up. And it does so without ads, in-app purchases, or any other crazy gimmicks!
In this second chapter of TellTale's episodic point-and-click adventure series based on The Walking Dead, danger literally comes knocking when a stranger who seems to be after Clem's new companions shows up. Faces old and new make an appearance, but safety and trust are harder come by than before, and this chapter pulls no punches.
Protect the data center from, glitches and bugs in this computer themed tower defense game. Earn data to place towers, and expand your memory to upgrade them with better programs. Put towers anywhere on the board to create a maze for the threats, and choose your programs strategically to win.
Jonas Kyratzes delivers an experience both magical and melancholy in this Twine-based choose-your-own-adventure game as you play one of seven heroes chosen to take up arms against a legendary beast that rises every hundred years to bathe the land in flame.
Time to get digging. Mines of Mars is a wholly addicting mining and exploration game created by Crescent Moon Games. It plays a lot like the classic Motherload or the criminally underappreciated early iOS release iDigIt. Take your pickaxe and start pecking away at the soil, gathering metals and gems you can carry back to the surface to refine into useable materials. Then take those materials and upgrade your tools so you can dig even deeper!
Billed as a quiet game of exploration, Doggins from Brain&Brain is a sidescrolling puzzle adventure that encourages you to put on headphones and take things slow. The game tells the tale of Doggins the terrier who sleeps in an ordinary doggy bed nestled in an ordinary house that just happens to blast itself to the moon. There he meets Fitzwilliam, the genius squirrel from the 1800s, and wouldn't you know it, that squirrel's up to no good!
Chuck's Challenge 3D is Chip's Challenge for the 21st century. Created by Niffler, a team of indie developers that happens to include the original creator of Chip's Challenge Chuck Sommerville, the multi-platform sokoban-like game takes the tile-based puzzles from the original release and updates it for modern players. You'll still deal with slippery ice floors, falling platforms, enemies marching back and forth, and a large supply of items to collect before you can open the door. But now you'll do it with full camera control and lots of pretty visuals!
ALZ is a very peculiar piece of interactive art. Subtle, yet striking, it offers a precious glimpse into the workings of a troubled mind. Even though it can be finished in about two minutes, it is strangely compelling, saddening and memorable.
- • Candy Rooms #4: Rose Sweet
- • Choco Escape 3
- • Canola Flower Room Escape
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't. Sometimes you just want a sweet, light treat, enough to while away some time with pleasing pastels and simple puzzles. In those moments, these escapes from FunkyLand, Twinkle and Yuri are just what you crave. Nothing to overly tax the brain, just enough to leave you feeling like a kid in a sugar shop. Um, or something like that.
New from Lucid creator YeaBoing, Paper Jumper is an arcade game that's focused on one thing: climbing higher and higher in a world made out of paper! The core of the game is similar to Doodle Jump, Tobe's Hookshot Escape and other games centered around an endless ascent. Your powers are much simpler in Paper Jumper, however, which makes it a more pristine experience.
The pudgy, colour-changing, colour-chomping dino is back in a sequel with shinier graphics and harder levels! Gobble down all the blocks on each stage in order to proceed, but beware. Monsters, spikes, platforms, switches, giant boulders and more are in your way... and so is the timer!
Explore this lovely room for an assortment of items and clues, putting all the bits together, opening drawers and cupboards, until you've uncovered the code that will open the door. If you enjoy pretty aesthetics and logical puzzles, then the occasional fussy mechanism should be little bother. Even with a few flaws, like thorns on a rose, there's ample fun to be had here—as well as two ways to exit.
Shadowscape tells the old story of the battle between light and darkness epitomised in a high difficulty platformer. The protagonist is a boy who must find his true self, and he choses to stage his search in seventy neck-breaking levels featuring moving platforms, spikes and other nasty surprises. The twist is that he gains lives simply by moving around, but starts losing them if his time runs out.
Packed into this lovely mini-escape are some entertaining puzzles including a really tricky color-based one and not one but two endings (the bad and the good) along with some...let's say slightly inappropriate language, which one would probably expect with a hockey team.
Life is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.
Holly's family has a secret, and it's a whole lot weirder and scarier than she could ever dream. Following a letter from her estranged sister, she strikes off on a bizarre journey into her past that uncovers the disturbing truth behind her birth as a shadow dogs her every step in this fantastically freaky hidden-object adventure.
For those who are fans of the art, ballet is a glittering world of glamour, intrigue, music, and movement. Fortunately you are a fan, especially since your sister is making her big debut in a starring role at the local ballet. On the way to see her dance you encounter a few problems however, like the fact that she is missing and a ghost is haunting the theater, amongst other things. Eipix is back with another gorgeous adventure hybrid chock-full of games and puzzles wherever you look in the stunning Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio.
Demakes and PuzzleScript go together like ice cream and sandwiches. The latest puzzle game to get the retrofication treatment is Deadly Rooms of Death (DROD), Caravel Game's classic top-down monster stabbing series. Puzzle Script DROD by Lukas somehow manages to capture the spirit of the original game, complete with baddies to hack, falling floors to rush across, and twisted passageways to navigate. All in the space of a few big, chunky pixels.
In the latest free horror adventure from Uri and vgperson, Sophie's stuck between the bullies at school and the isolation at home, but one night the clocks stop. All of them. And Sophie must search a strange and silent town for answers in the surreal adventure.
Who needs to be diplomatic when crash landing on an alien planet? Simply get out your gun and start shooting. Dodge bullets from many pixelated enemies, and level up to increase your chances of hitting them back. Frantic retro shooting fun awaits!
Ever wanted your own zoo but were concerned it didn't have enough swanky funk style? NimbleBit, the creators of Pocket Planes, along with Milkbag Games (featuring Matt Rix of Trainyard fame) know that feeling all too well. Disco Zoo is a casual puzzle and simulation game that combines simple logic diversions with too-cute visuals that's perfect for mobile devices. Pick up and play, put it down and party.
Short and simple, this platformer will provide just enough of a challenge to fill up a break. Get from one pipe to another in each level by swapping your colour to manipulate walls and platforms, dodging whirling blades and timing vanishing blocks along the way!
Bam! Right in the nostalgia. Chris Martin puts a clever spin on one of the most notorious games of our decade by combining Earthbound and Flappy Bird for a game development jam designed to encourage and inspire. How long can you last flapping through some iconic locations past some mysterious office supplies before you take mortal damage and collapse?
- • Find the Escape-Men 87: Pollinosis
- • Escape from the Room with the Diamond Picture
- • Escape the Japanese Style Room
Our tasty trio this week serves up a rather plain but neatly logical offering from Yomino Kagura, a quick but pixel-hunt flavored repast from Neat Escape, and another story driven escape man search from No1Game. All together, they make a satisfying Weekday Escape lunch break.
When earth is invaded, it's military maths to the rescue! Calculords is a mathe-tactical game where you've got to add, subtract, and multiply digits to reach the summoning costs of your units. Collect the cards of your fallen enemies to build an army of numerical warriors and destroy your opponent's base for the victory!
Color Instinct is an uncomplicated, but highly interesting physics puzzle which lets you play with colourful bouncy balls (whee!). But don't let the simple graphics fool you – this baby is full of deceptively easy levels which will put your out-of-the-box thinking to the test. With five bonus stages and a level editor, Color Instinct will keep you entertained and challenged for a good while.
Goat Guardian is a platform puzzle game that stars Steven and his pet goat, Steven Jr.! Steven Jr. likes to climb to dangerous places, so Steven has to run out and and rescue him. It's a well-made and attractive game with a good set of stages that are just the right balance of reflexes and puzzle solving.
Social Caterpillar is a refreshingly original game about introversion, and goes about demonstrating what it's like by modelling the game's mechanics from it. Conversations with other characters take on the look and feel of an old-school RPG battle, but instead of attacking you're presented with some bizarre shape pattern or geometrical design and must use the [arrows] to navigate the conversation by choosing the appropriate shape or pattern in response.
Threes: The Demake is a clever simplification of Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend's iOS puzzle game Threes!. Created by Benjamin Davis, this demake contains the basic tile sliding/combining mechanics found in its big brother. The board is filled with white, red and blue tiles. Tapping the [arrow] keys lets you slide everything in that direction, smashing red/blue tiles and identical white tiles together to increase their face value, marked by darker blocks at the top. The goal is to keep combining tiles to create as many massive numbers as possible!
Less a game and more a community-driven storytelling experiment, this collection of tales and comics from different authors and artists covers everything from serious sci-fi to epic fantasy, and even humour. The catch? You get to vote on how each new installment of the stories you're reading will go.
Copy and paste your way to freedom in this unique puzzle game. After being abducted by aliens, use their own technology against them to copy any item and temporarily paste it elsewhere for your benefit. Outside the box thinking is a must if you're to get back to Earth!
John Cooney throws his hat into the Cookie Clicker-esque "idle game" genre with a quirky collection of unlockable minigames and piles of upgrades. Buy game after game you can play yourself (or let them play on their own!) and earn piles of cash to build the biggest "mosaic" of games in the world... with goats. And poop.
If something is in your way, just change it! Nitrome puts a clever twist on the puzzle platform genre as you play a hero who can swap the properties of any two items. Turn dangerous spikes into soft clouds, or impassable bricks into collectible coins to boost your score!
Oquonie is one of those puzzle games that will befuddle you with its complex no-assistance design. Created by Hiversaires developer Aliceffekt and illustrated by Rekka Bellum, you must work your way through the innards of a twisty isometric megastructure as you "speak" to various characters to unlock "clues" that will apparently help you proceed. Or maybe you, as a player, are just going mad and the whole thing is really a flashlight app?
Mummy Busters is a puzzle platformer by Dharmasta AW where you clear pyramids of all the somethings strange that are skulking its halls. Mummy Busters introduces elements at just the right pace to keep things entertaining, and even if a few levels are frustrating in the timing skills required, it'll keep you walking-like-an-Egyptian back to it.
Click and mouse to resolve beautiful scenes in a soothing, relaxing environment. This is ideal for a pleasant coffee break or just a peaceful moment away from everything. OFFS3T is a delightful interlude that reminds us that the pleasures in life are in the experience, rather than in the completion.
Cancer research isn't a topic that comes up too often in the world of gaming, mostly because it's slow and tedious work. That's why Cancer Research UK teamed up with Guerilla Tea to help make it more interesting. In Play to Cure: Genes in Space, you're a star pilot and your goal is to collect as much Element Alpha as you can. It's easy to forget when plotting your course and destroying asteroids that you're also helping to save lives.
After bursting out of a coffin, you find yourself lost and disoriented in a strange city, and when night falls things get even stranger. The third chapter of the popular point-and-click horror adventure series provides some of the best atmosphere around in an otherworldly and supremely creepy setting that provides big scares without a lot of gore.
Celebrate the interval between Christmas and spring with The Holidays are Over, Tomatea's ode to that long, dark season. Entertaining whatever the time of year, The Holidays are Over is another exquisite escape from the fertile mind of Tomatea. Let's Celebrate!
- • Chocolate Mint Room
- • Escape from the Triangle Maze
- • Escape from the Cat Room
Funny how one person's idea of a great escape game can differ so much from another's. There are certain styles and formulations that always win fans, but with so many unique variations on the same theme—finding a way out of a place—there's plenty of room to disagree. Do you prefer the pastel sweetness of Yuri's short escapes? Is being trapped in a Hottategoya maze your idea of fun or your worst nightmare? Or, maybe, you'd rather be transported back to your early days of gaming with Cyan Mage's retro stylings?
You've been kidnapped. Or at least, you think so. And trapped in a strange house packed with puzzles, you've been trying to find your way out for, oh, four games now. This final fifth installment in the Escape-Men spin-off series provides even more weirdness and questions, but also some unexpected and welcome complexity to go with its quirky ending.
In Earth Taken 2, an action platformer by SeethingSwarm, you are a survivor, trying desperately to shoot through the hordes of aliens who've turned the world toxic. So a lot like the first Earth Taken, then. Jocularity aside, though, while there's a lot that's the same, gameplay has also been refined, making this the sci-fi horror game the original could and should have been.
You've just moved to a unique town that's got one thing on its mind... card games! In this engaging blend of strategic collectible card battling and quirky adventuring, the great Card King is finally accepting battles, but you'll need to find eight legendary cards to even get a chance at him... and build a deck of 180 different cards in the process!
Cover Orange Journey Knights by Johnny-K is a new installment of the Cover Orange series of physics puzzles that's a return to form for the series. With new puzzle mechanics and interesting integration of hidden-object elements, both fans of and those new to the series will find it quite a-peeling.
It is the year 1959B. You are Polyblank, spy extraordinaire. In Necrophone Games' first person comedy adventure game, Jazzpunk, you are tasked with a variety of missions from infiltrating the Soviet Consulate to doing something involving a mechanical pig. Each mission will take you into a strange new world with an overabundance of objects to interact with. How are these missions connected? What is the big picture here? Is there one?
Let's protect the Moon! Again! In this fast-paced, lasers-everywhere defence shooter you'll mow down wave after wave of intruders in order to save a big hunk of space rock – and with all those cool upgrades and unlimited futuristic ammo, that will be no problem at all.
You are the Fairy Tale Detective, investigating trouble in another fabled land. The once invisible, mythical Sky Kingdom is ailing and wracking havoc on the earth below. Join with a grown-up Jack in this action-packed hidden object adventure to solve task-based puzzles, find fragmented objects, gather together useful objects and save the world.
An evil king has stolen the monkeys' favorite playthings, making them go very sad. Make the monkeys happy again by going on a point-and-click puzzle adventure. Explore the kingdom, gathering up helpful objects and using them correctly to work your way into the castle and rescue the toys. As long as you aren't squeamish about a stinky spider poo, completing your quest quickly should be no problem. Which is a good thing—the sooner you finish, the sooner the simian weeping turns to joyful leaping.
Silvian is down on his luck, and running afoul of a local thieves guild doesn't help matters. He's taking a job to find out what's wrong in a neighbouring town, but before he leaves he has some items to gather. A short first installment to a new dark fantasy point-and-click adventure from Black Olive Games.
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.
You return to the seemingly abandoned town of Raincliff in search of a missing reporter who's in more danger than anyone suspects, since you alone know the town isn't abandoned at all... but full of invisible people! In this creepy and engaging hidden-object adventure, you'll have to deal with a new tyrant who has it out for you in a game packed with cutscenes, puzzles, twists, and more.
Now available as an expanded demo, Nutcase Nightmare's "anti-stealth" puzzler imagines a future where EVERYTHING is public... or else. Use security eyes to make sure you're always under surveillance, since only bad people would ever want otherwise, and guide runaway Poppy on a journey of discovery and darts. Lots of painful darts.
Plexus serves up some sweet seasonal puzzling with this Valentine's Day themed jigsaw. Though not as difficult as others we've seen from them, beautiful colours and cute imagery makes for proof positive that the best way to say "I tolerate you" is to say it with puzzles.
Help a cute, scampering demon-thingy storm the dark castle, crack the magic orbs, defeat devilish bosses, restore sunlight to the land, and score some sweet upgrades in Labyrinth: Secrets of ShadowHaven, a roguelike platformer by Nick Pasto and Luis Castanon. The only real goal may be a high score, but the game's innate humor and likability sees it through
Horse Jump is a simple logic-driven puzzle game created by RatoLibre1. It utilizes a board with colored and marked squares alongside matching tokens you can click to manipulate. Each piece moves like a knight in chess, that clever little L-shape that works so well in puzzle games. Touch each matching square on the screen to progress to the next level. Do it flawlessly and within the move limit to earn a perfect score!
Who you gonna call? No, those guys are probably retired, and when your ghost problem is more of the match-3 variety, you need a specialist. This simple yet addictively charming little game takes you across 45 levels of arcade action as you deal with ghosts of all types that bounce and roll around the screen to make connections... just keep an eye on your timer!
- • Escape from the Room of Six Stars
- • Find the Escape-Men 82: Secret House 1
- • Find the Escape-Men 83: Secret House 2
Every person, every object and every puzzle tells a story, especially when it's escape-the-room games we're talking about. It's just that not every story is so straight-forward or obvious. The key to knowing it is the same as figuring your way out of a room: observing clues and piecing together the parts until it makes sense and you can go home. For those looking for pure puzzle enjoyment, Yomino Kagura's logical escape is sure to please. Next, put your observational powers to work by finding No 1 Game's escape-men in a new Secret House series.
What happens when the team behind Abobo's Big Adventure makes a new game? An old school action arcade game built around mad scientistry, gorillas, pogo sticks, and chainsaws is born! Bionic Chainsaw Pogo Gorilla stars a once-happy gorilla who was kidnapped by an evil corporation and subjected to harsh experiments. Naturally, that involved hacking off his limbs, replacing his legs with a pogo stick and his arms with chainsaws. Now that the gorilla has escaped, you get to guide him to freedom!
Welcome to the exciting world of charging small domestic appliances! This is your chance to tinker with electricity without getting those nasty old shocks. All you have to do is supply the current to the appliances by solving a number of physics puzzles. It's all the fun of being an electrician without ever having to wear overalls!
Science! And lots of clay! The enormously satisfying Grow series of puzzle games created by Eyezmaze is expanding to the world of squishy laboratory experiments and giant robots. Grow Clay puts you in charge of the little yellow clay folk as you work on inventing new materials that can be used to fashion more technologically advanced things. Eventually you'll meet more scientists, build up the town, and maybe, just maybe conquer the world with your fantastical machine.
Cats get into all sorts of things, and their love of laundry baskets is well documented. But Sylviepouetpouet's frisky feline winds up in trouble when it accidentally gets tossed in with the wash and must figure out a way to escape the machine! A short but adorable point-and-click puzzle game that shines with charm and personality.
A unique massively multiplayer strategy game by Jason Rohrer. Build an elaborate system of in-home defense to protect your valuables and loved ones. Then break into other houses to get the cash you need to upgrade your system!
Nevosoft comes roaring back with My Kingdom for the Princess IV, a fun and frantic time management game that is faster, more furious, and more rescue-y, with 50% more dragons! My Kingdom for the Princess IV retains all of the fun of the first three games with the exciting new additions that keep the gameplay fresh.
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
turboNuke's fourth entry in the Harry Quantum series, Doc Star, contains everything necessary for a wild ride: sex, drugs and rock 'n roll! Okay, so there's no sex. And drugs make no appearance either. So it's just rock 'n roll, and that's all Harry and his robotic sidekick, Graeme need. Point and click your way out of a (still) crazy adventure saving Super Burro's brother, Percy, and his recently reunited band.
Your friend is trapped and needs your help. What do you do? Using [arrows] to move, push around some blocks—stack blocks two-deep in the water to form a bridge and cross over to be by your friend's side. Initially this is easy but soon the puzzles are more elaborate as you negotiate around trees and rocks and other landscape limitations in this cute and clever block sliding puzzlescript game by Hayden Scott-Baron.
So your boyfriend ran off, leaving you alone in the middle of a forest to fight off a huge bear. After that, you got kidnapped by a crow-man The only thing to do now is to call your auntie and hope she'll be able to figure it all out and save the day. Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians is an elaborate hidden-object adventure, complete with magic, ancient evil and an impressive story.
Sometimes you're in a mood for a simple, yet artsy deconstructed puzzle platformer. Deconstructed, you ask? Indeed, each level is broken into chunks and you have to make sense of it all while jumping around and trying not to break your neck. It's actually much more serene than it sounds: no complicated goals, no timers, just soothing music, poetic narration and beautiful gameplay.
Mallowin, OttoMoto and Yaros Mjelsky have put together a clean, thoughtful experience in their puzzle platformer, Risen. Play as the god Ra who is climbing his way back up from the Underworld, and, as you may expect, his only way out is through a pyramid. Puzzle your way through each of the 30 levels with your magical ball at your side... or on your head.
Say hello to Threes. It will say hello to you many, many times, and you'll be thrilled each time it does! The minimalistic puzzle game from the team behind Puzzlejuice, Asher Vollmer and Greg Wohlwend (Solipskier team Mikengreg) is as stylish as Gary Cooper and as addictive as watching Gene Wilder sing Puttin' on the Ritz. The key difference is Threes is brand new and available for iOS, whereas those other things, sadly, aren't.
Somehow you've been cooped up inside the gen-kan, where some dangerous devices were placed. Now, can you avoid making the wrong move and escape from this place alive and intact? Since this room escape is by the inventively creative Kotorinosu, you know you can count on heaps of fun while trying.
From Red Medusa Productions, creators of the Versus flash animation series, and XPYC Team, creators of... potato chips (I think?), comes VerSus Ohrustenny Quest. The small amounts of in-game text are in Russian, but the general story of this point-and-click adventure should be clear in seconds: a fair maiden has been kidnapped, and it's up to the Fourth Musketeer (who, lest we forget, is actually a swordsman) to rescue her from her captors. A little naughty as potato chip commercials go, but fans of physical comedy will find it definitely worth an impulse try.
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
Trapped in a dangerous lab of soldiers and monsters and deadly instruments, you've been sprung from your cell by a faceless hacker. Now it's up to you to blast, explode, dissolve, and electrocute your way out in this challenging and varied physics projectile puzzler.
- • Booca in Southern Island Episode 3
- • Find the Escape-Men 81: Muscular Man
- • Candy Rooms 1
This week, CoconutsPark's Booca can't sleep so her brother, Noib, sets out to make her some sleepytime tea; solve a few puzzles to gather all the ingredients. Sometimes a green guy wants to feel like hulk and sometimes he just needs your help opening his special-made 100kg steel door; try to find all ten escape men and maybe they can give you a hand. Lastly, finish your three-course escape meal by finding some sugary treats in this short escape from FunkyLand.
For some people, it isn't the destination, but the journey that matters. Everyone else just wishes for a teleporter already. Teleporter Escape has something for both of these groups. While many elements are standard to the genre, Cool Escapers has created a tantalizing series of puzzles that link together in unexpected ways, all so you can figure out how to open that one door you can't get through.
Use your mad lawn mowing skills in this fun little puzzle game. Cut all the grass, but don't let any clippings get into the pools. Clippings will always shoot out to the right of the mower, so choose your path carefully, use goats to your advantage, and get ready to hit the undo button a lot as you puzzle your way through each level.
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.
Swapster's simple physics puzzle premise comes with a twist... remove all nasty purple objects from the screen by using a teleporter gun to swap their places with other shapes. Though light on bells and whistles as well as extraneous elements, Swapster still provides a surprisingly smart and challenging experience thanks to thoughtfully crafted levels that will engage your brain and your reflexes.
Calling it "The Labyrinth of Keys" is a bit of a misnomer. Perhaps it would better be called "The Labyrinth of One Key". After all, you only get one key, and you've got to use it wisely if you want to have any hope of escaping in Matthew Rodriguez's action-puzzle-platformer game of the same name.
"Earth. Music. Honey." Not the name of a new retro-styled homage band but just some of the words you'll encounter in Robamimi's latest escape-the-room creation. While enjoying the serenely pretty aesthetics, search this room closely, looking for words and figuring out how to turn them into clues. Make the right connections and you'll solve your way out the door.
Don't look at me that way! Instead, look at me from my left side, so it looks like I'm holding the apple over my head. That's the basic idea behind Projective, a perspective-based puzzle game created for the Global Game Jam. Walk around the room and try to line up floating objects so they appear to be stacked on top of one another. See if you can solve these tricky but gorgeous puzzles.
Shay and Vella are two very different people. Shay lives aboard a ship where the AI loves him a bit too much. Vella is being forced to sacrifice literally everything for her village. Neither knows the other exists, but two extraordinary stories are about to come together in an unexpected way in this stunning point-and-click indie adventure from Double Fine.
The first day of work at a new place is always nerve wracking, especially when you, an expert on native American symbols, are heading to the Center for Native Cultures when suddenly symbols and your amulet begin glowing. Eipix Entertainment does it again with the sumptuous Myths of the World: Spirit Wolf, an adventure hybrid which looks as good as it plays and plays as good as it looks.
Winnose is a surreal puzzle game by Todd Luke and Calum Bowen, where you are a creature trying to find its other half. Any other description more specific than that would be nothing more than base speculation. Somewhat akin to a feverish dream, Winnose is as enjoyable as it is goofy and unique.
What started as a crazy student project has grown into a crazy indie game. Octodad: Dadliest Catch by Young Horses continues the mad premise first showcased in the 2010 tech demo, adding a storyline and loads of new environments to stumble around in. What should be a series of ordinary tasks end up being wacky hijinks in the world of Octodad. Think of it as QWOP in a 3D world and you've got a good idea for just how mad this game can be.
Finally, a game that accurately portrays the plight of the snow plow driver! Dan FitzGerald's Dawn of the Plow is an arcade game that's all about clearing piles of snow out of the road so cars can make it home safe and sound. It's as simple as bumping into the drifts while careening around the board, but no goofing off or you'll be fired. Seriously, you will.
What do you do when doom threatens your sweet land of sugary goodness? You hone your skills and fight back! Play as one of three classes, each with different strengths, as you fight your way through mysterious evil to save the world.
Pipkin Game's little red chomper guy is back for another round of Boulder Dash-like arcade action, in Crazy Digger 2! Cleverer puzzles, fairer enemy placement, and much, much better music mark Crazy Digger 2 as the kind of sequel that even those who skipped the original will dig.
It's easy to immerse yourself in this beautiful, atmospheric audio-visual adventure by Connor Sherlock, but your time is limited. You have only 20 minutes before The Rapture Is Here And You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home. So what do you do? Run! Use [WASD] to move and your mouse to look all around. Explore until your curiosity is rewarded with discovery. Or stand around and wait. It's up to you.
Today we are going to make a robot move from point A to point B. Why? Because it's the 21st century! The age when robots cater to our every whim! Or, failing that, the age when you can play a really fun puzzler in which you create paths for a cute robot on its way through ever more elaborate levels.
- • Gatamari Escape 20
- • Escape from the Strange Hotel
- • Chick Hide and Seek 15
Are you looking for more zen moments in the midst of a frazzled week? Or just wanting to extend that happy chill you already have? The three escapes we feature this week will do just that. Gatamari has a lot of clever but logical puzzles to solve, Hottategoya's Strange Hotel is a bit disconcerting, while Yuri's ten chicks are just chilling waiting to be found.
To stop an evil deity, you'll have to empower your own and hold off swarms of increasingly powerful enemies in this real-time strategy defense from Little Giant World. Scores of upgrades and abilities plus some clever ideas make for fun and help smooth out the rougher of the rough edges.
Tesshi-e's first escape game of 2014 reunites you with the mysterious Mr. K, a friend you haven't seen since 2011 who enjoys renovating rooms with all manner of mysterious puzzles and mechanisms to trap you. Featuring hippos, birds, secret codes, and a fine beverage to go with swanky piano music, it's another great example of Tesshi-e's ability to marry logic with whimsy in design.
Ready to solve puzzles? Like... a lot of them? The latest in the popular series of point-and-click puzzle games from Pencilkids throws thirty of them at you as you make pizzas, befriend ducks, help knights, and more to put a smile on your little monkey's face.
Bad weather overtakes you as you're hiking a snowy mountain, so you escape the elements inside this unassuming mountain hut. Luckily, No 1 Game has picked this exact location for another game of find the escape men. Looking everywhere something tiny and flat could be hidden and solving a few puzzles makes for a fun way to wait out the snow storm.