Leap astride a tiny pony and ride into battle against a massive aerial assault force in this bizarre but fun shooter. Though initially slow to start and a little repetitive, it's unexpectedly charming and filled with upgrades and action.
Use the power of polygons to protect the philanthropist in this enjoyable physics drawing game. Draw a shape in the grid on each level to protect the good guy from the assassin's guns to keep your charge safe as he travels the world.
The latest in the increasingly popular genre of Cookie Clicker-esque "idle" games, this webtoy tasks you with amassing a party of legendary Norse heroes as you unlock more locations, items, and characters. Though light on depth and player interaction, it's an interesting twist on the genre, and one that holds a lot of potential.
Everybody likes cake, even monsters. And when they're cute pixellised monsters, you feel obliged to help them get cake. In this lovely puzzler, your task is to get each monster to eat the cake with the same colour. But colours can mix, and cakes can hide behind each other, and soon enough you have a nice little conundrum that will put your skills to the test.
Blink and you'll miss it, but this painfully short action adventure game by a talented indie studio is still worth checking out. Play as a young girl who wakes up in a surreal nightmare realm and must rely only on a strange voice, and a magical camera that can manipulate reality, to see her through to the end.
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.
When college student Miranda stumbles across a castle in Belgium after getting lost late one night, the last thing she expected was to find out vampires are real. Now, she's being held prisoner by two of them while they wait for the rest of the family to return in two weeks... but is there more to Adrian and Luca than meets the eye? A short but gorgeous pay-what-you-want visual novel with six endings and a dark side.
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.
It's just seven short levels, but this prototype is both chilling and clever. In a world where someone is always watching, you have to navigate a series of dark mazes without ever getting out of sight of an omnipresent camera or face the consequences.
Zombie meets zombie in this sequel to last year's cheeky puzzle game. As a scientist with a laboratory filled with dangers and lasers, your goal is to bring two zombified lovers together across a series of increasingly complex challenges with the goal of ultimately curing them... providing the lasers don't incinerate them first.
- • Ex Amante
- • Aaru's Awakening
- • Path of Shadows
Set aside some time this weekend for a few games that might make you think! No promises, though...
When Lilly finds an unusual pair of goggles, they open her eyes to a surreal world of mysterious magic and propels her on a journey that will change everything. In this animated point-and-click adventure from Geeta Games, you get to share in Lilly's fascination and curiosity, and innocently earnest explorations, solving playful puzzles in order to carry on this expedition into the fantastical.
Seething Swarm's darkly adorable and adorably dark hallucination afflicted lapine protagonist is back for more platforming action in Acid Bunny: Episode 2. Though admittedly, it's incredibly similar to the previous installment, that just means the slightly-offensive fun can continue unabated. Please be aware that this game contains material some might find disturbing, including drug use and suicide.
Thieves love diamonds, and there are a whole lot to collect in Theft Punk, a Road Blocks-esque sliding puzzle game from Frip. A jazzy retro aesthetic and nifty details will keep players sliding right up until the strange-but-funny end sequence.
An ordinary day at school turns terrifying after the lights go out in the short but marvelously creepy little horror adventure. With four different endings and some brilliant atmosphere, it makes up for its shortcomings by providing a great creepy break.
One foggy dark night, trolls are seen in the land. As king, it is your duty to protect your citizens by paying them to fight for you. Recruit an army of archers and farmers to feed them in the simple defense game. Build defensive walls to hold the hordes off. Can you survive ten nights?
Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven, Chamber Door takes you on a curious point-and-click adventure. You and your sidekick Eleven are tasked by your master to wake Lenore, who is hidden away in forgotten dark chambers. Though the puzzles are simple, the creepy story and atmosphere make this game worth a play.
Nicole's just started college, but the recent kidnappings of young women mean she has more to worry about than her grades. The school seems to present opportunities to make a lot of friends (and maybe more!) but who can she trust, and is anyone really what they seem in this engaging visual novel?
TomaTea has opened a pretty new sugar shop to tempt you, treat you and delight you. Once inside, though, you'll have to solve some puzzles, reassemble tile mosaics and gather up handfuls of petite chocolates in order to escape. As if you'd want to leave! The soothing music and lovely aesthetics add to the serenity along with a glowing cursor and puzzles with just the right bit of challenge to satisfy without leaving you feeling sour.
Gather round, people, and witness the all new adventures of the world's only ninja miner! His incredible skills allow him to run faster than lightning, collecting gems and stars on his way. Now, in Ninja Miner 2, he will also slay nefarious creatures with his trusty blade and perform fantastic underwater stunts in thirty-two amazing new levels!
So you've become a fish. You have no idea how it happened, but you've found yourself under the sea with a few extra fins and scales than usually. You are now known as Dudefish, and you have to find out who did this to you and how you can get your legs back in a silly and lovable maritime point-and-click adventure.
It's baaaaaaaaaaaaack... aniwey's smash-hit original webtoy/wonder machine gets a sequel with even more content to discover. Allow this little game to run by itself in another tab or window and you'll quickly discover that there's a lot more to it than just a rising number of candies.
Here come twenty new Kolobok levels! Once again, the yellow smiley has to negotiate puzzles by rolling (but not jumping) around and eating magic mushrooms to obtain superpowers. With its clever design, intuitive gameplay and fun challenges, Kolobok Level Pack is a great coffee break amusement.
Wonderland Adventures: Planet of the Z-Bots marks the third in the main series of puzzle adventure games from developer Midnight Synergy. It arrives several years after the previous installment, Mysteries of Fire Island, but because it's such a large and well-built game, it's an easy delay to forgive. Planet of the Z-Bots captures every bit of magic and charm from the other releases, only now there's a lot more of it!
- • OzeanFaust
- • Robot Psychiatrist
- • After the Outing
When robots need psychiatrists, you know we've got a robot apocalypse looming in the near future. Fortunately we have games that help us practice both our conversational skills as well as shooting abilities, so we should be fine. Mostly fine, anyway.
Purple Bard and Orange Druid join the party in Heroes of Sokoban III! These box-charming, wall-transforming members make for some clever puzzles and creative complications, though newbies should probably get up to speed with prior installments first.
It may LOOK like an "idyllic cottage weekend simulator", but this clever twist on a puzzle game is anything but. You'll have to figure out some way to survive the weekend using the limited tools around you, but beware... gruesomeness and red herrings abound.
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.
In Nitrome's latest release in the Test Subject series, Test Subject Arena 2 offers everything the first installment had and more! More characters to choose from (including the funny looking black storm trooper looking guards) and more options to play the game! If single player is more your style, there are levels of target shooting. And if you have more friends than games to play with them, up to four can hover around your computer to battle it out. Challenge them for a roaring good time!
Experience the memories of happy coins past in this, the 91st escape-the-room game by our dear friend, Tesshi-e. And what is a friend for if not to lock us up and force us to point and click all over the place, seeking out clues, useful objects and seven shiny gold coins in order to escape? Although you'll revel in the familiar, Tesshi-e has some sly tricks to keep you on your toes and scratching your head.
"A four dimensional system represented in two dimensions". Sound confusing? Well, just try it out. This deceptively simple turn-based puzzle game uses its clever concept to craft some devious levels, though a lack of explanation of its mechanics and restrictions will make it feel rough around the edges for some.
It's Halloween, and everyone's out trick-or-treating, including Japanese developer Choko-Chai's trademark three cats. When they visit the wrong house and end up locked inside, though, it's time once again for them to escape. Choko-Chai's games have a charm all their own; the puzzles are neither too challenging nor too easy, there's a changing cursor right where it counts, the cats' animated antics are hard to tire of, and the one time there's a puzzle that requires knowledge of something Japanese, the creator provides a Wikipedia link.
Do you remember those puzzles where you have to trace an image without lifting the pencil or retracing your steps? Draw The Line isn't one of those, no matter how much it looks like one at first. Cross every line exactly once, navigate teleporters and double walls, don't cross your own line, and try to finish in the starred area in this deceptively tricky little game.
Everyone went about their uneventful lives rather uneventfully until the day one of them got sick. Sick with happiness! Now anyone the infected touches will also glow with glee. Spread the Happydemic in this physics puzzler using well-planned and carefully timed clicks to remove blocks and drop, roll or propel the happy guys toward the sad ones.
- • Eat All the Things
- • Stoat Adventure
- • The Junkie
We're really arting up the place this weekend. Three games, three themes, and countless ways to interpret each of them (well, except maybe our stoat friend). Not for the faint at heart or the lazy of mind, unless you just want to wander around surreal worlds with no idea what's going on.
Continuing where the first chapter in this eerie point-and-click horror adventure left off, our hero finds himself plagued by disturbing dreams and driven to seek answers at a secluded church that seems to offer more secrets than sanctuary.
Final charge is a difficult platformer, but a straightforward and simply-designed one at that. Run and jump around the sixteen sectors of the strange planet to activate the beacons and clean up the radioactivity. It's just that simple... if you don't count the laser beams, drill bits, rockets, mechanical spiders, acid pits, and buffet line of electrical hazards in your way. Y'know, no biggie.
Day in, day out, Stanley works at his desk pushing keys the way he's told... until one day the orders stop coming and he realises his office is empty. He strikes out to uncover the truth, guided by an omnipresent narrator, and that's what this game is about. Isn't it? Galactic Cafe delivers one of the most surprising, compelling, and unexpectedly delightful indie experiences in a long time.
Jump in the line, rock the mosaic in time! In Mosaic Mingle, you've got to rebuild a picture one tile at a time, but you've got to use the tiles in the order given to you. The tiles are slid in from the edges, so you've got to be careful you don't block yourself out! This is one puzzle that looks easy, but has a surprising edge of trickiness up its sleeve... Its ruffled, multicolored sleeve. Conga line!
You're on a journey to collect 33 pieces of a fallen star which starts out simply enough but soon throws you into an extraordinary quest that tests your wits and precision platforming skills. Some levels will bend your brain while others will mess with your mind. Use [arrow] keys and [space] to navigate and activate special abilities with other keys, doing whatever you must to prove your devotion and gather the star pieces for your loved one.
The human mind is a very complex thing. A very complex, bizarre, fragile thing which sometimes malfunctions and starts creating all manner of horrors. What horrors, you ask? Step right into Dopaminium: The Heal Journey and see for yourself. In this surreal point-and-click experience, you'll go through different departments of the mind, try to mend an ailing psyche and get utterly creeped out.
Bro, Burning Man is like so awesome! But you know what's not so awesome? Having to hoof it through the desert back home because someone stole your car and Bitcoins (yes, Bitcoins). Thus begins your Desert Hike EX, in the form of a hilarious text-based adventure full of geeky references and nerdy shenanigans.
The hunt for doors continues with Heroes of Sokoban II: Monsters! In this expansion to the Sokoban-esque puzzle game, you not only have to deal with the warrior, the thief, the wizard, and their quirky personalities, but you've also got to defeat goblins and dragons. But lo, a mystical priest has also come to join the adventure. With an extra fellow on deck, can you find your way to the exits?
You'll either love it or hate it, but Ice-Pick Lodge's unique indie horror game is one of the most surreal and striking games the genre has seen in a long time. As a mysterious Lodger who's been having trouble sleeping, dawn seems to be taking forever... and it might never come if you can't figure out the rules to the chilling game of hide and seek you're playing with some uninvited guests, and unravel the mystery of your own past.
Based on the iconic horror movie of the same name, a routine baby sitting job turns terrifying late one night following some prank calls. Run, hide, and try to find a weapon in this incredibly tense freeware survival horror adventure... but there's nowhere to hide from the controls!
With both a main quest to help the birdies reunite and a side quest to find all seven hidden eggs, White Cage is a lot of entertainment packed into a little space. So welcome Petithima back and enjoy White Cage!
The way to turn the tide of any war is always more dudes and explosives. I don't know who said that. Probably Sun Tzu. But this simple yet addictive defense game piles on the action with basic, engaging gameplay and a retro style to keep you occupied for a while.
The first murder to hit the Fable community in a long time is hard enough to deal with if you aren't also universally mistrusted and reviled. Former Big Bad Wolf and current Sheriff of the Fable community Bigby must decide (or rather, you will) if it's worth it to fight against his past, or just give in and become the monster everyone thinks he is in this first installment of an action-packed adventure series based on the hit comics.
Ninjadoodle is at it again! ClickPLAY is back with 20 new levels of ClickPLAY clickiness! It's more concerned with how quickly you think, relying less on reflexes and more on the little gray cells that occupy your noggin. Fans of the genre are sure to find lots of entertainment in this quick and amusing little distraction. Come on, click Play and begin! You know you want to...
- • Donkey-Me
- • Fakteur
- • Monsters in the Basement
The weekends are for escaping reality. Why worry about taxes or homework or that leaky pipe in the kitchen that's causing mold to grow across the floor when you can run away to be a postal delivery person, Indiana Jones, or a bumbling kid in a crazy person's basement?
Why rack your brain wondering why Detarou is so so strange when you can spend that precious brain power figuring out the abundance of puzzles in store for you in this latest surreal escape from the weirdness master? Significantly easier and a teensy bit less offensive than some Detarou offerings out there, this episode has three endings and plenty of humorous surprises throughout. And you thought it was just about Japanese floor coverings!
Grab your bombs and take a leap, because in this strange but fun arena action game, you play a lost monkey who has to blast her way down through a floating island full of baddies to defeat the boss and get back home.
Craving your long forgotten days with your nose in your arithmetic book? Well, crave no further as Harrison Mansolf has created a delightfully weird action adventure game to take you back. Play as a lonely janitor who uses his quick-slinging math skills to get to the bottom of the disastrous happenings of his workplace building. It'll help you love math all over again!
A warrior, a thief, and a wizard walk into a bar. The warrior pushed his way through the door, while the thief pulled the door open, and the wizard somehow switched places with the door. (The wizard's a bit weird.) In Heroes of Sokoban by Jonah Ostroff, you've got to control all three adventurers and their quirky personalities to navigate Sokoban-style puzzles. While you're at it, check out PuzzleScript, the new puzzle game engine developed by Stephen Lavelle that can help you make your own games!
It's not a remake, but this fangame homage to cult indie hit Yume Nikki features all new worlds, effects, and content in a 3D perspective. Madotsuki won't, or can't, leave her tiny apartment, but by dreaming she can explore the recesses of her mind through surreal imagery and symbolism. What she finds there is up for interpretation.
Ready for a burst of warmhearted cheerfulness to lift your mood? The autumn leaves are falling and weather is cooling down, but there's still a world of fun outside. In order to open the door , though, you need to play a game of hide-and-seek with ten adorable chicks in this sweet escape game by Yuri.
The Poyas are simple, spherical creatures who don't do much on their own... but using the power of a strange cube they both fear and worship, you can use them to help you solve puzzles and proceed deeper into a temple in this short yet compelling and clever puzzle adventure.
A remade version of the classic Sierra adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded has Replay Games teaming up with original creator Al Lowe to bring Larry Laffer swinging into the 21st century. A bit dated (though that's kind of the point), but a hilariously immature experience.
Full Bore is a puzzle platform adventure from Whole Hog Games that turns you loose in a world of corrupt boar bosses and a mysterious conspiracy brewing beneath the surface. After a successful crowd funding campaign in late 2012, Full Bore has emerged as a gorgeous metroidvania-style game that's heavy on puzzle solving with just a touch of boar-flavored humor.
In the language of flowers, gazania means "I am proud of you." Here, in Robamimi's lovely escape-the-room game, flowers and a feeling of pride go hand-in-hand as your success in deciphering clues and solving puzzles result in a blossoming sense of accomplishment. The challenges that keep the exit door closed are just enough to feel good about as you step out into freedom.
The Inner World is the sort of game you have to tackle with a relaxed disposition. Take your time and soak in the atmosphere. It's worth it. Studio Fizbin has assembled a fantastic adventure game, one worthy of a coveted position as a quick-click icon your computer's desktop. It's the perfect blend of humor and storytelling, puzzle solving and exploration.
- • Braindead
- • Hexcells
- • Mystery Channel
Indie game creators are apparently trying to make us go mad. Evidence pointing to this can be found in a number of horror/surreal games rolling onto the internet on a weekly basis, twisting our reality so we're never really sure what we're playing. Was this thing fun, or did I just dream it?
Here comes some Halloween spirit with Headless Zombie, the sweetest gruesome puzzle platformer in recent history. Help Carl, the adorable once-nobleman-now-zombie reach the evil usurper wizard and reclaim his former life. Carl will have to use his head to reach his goal, and we do mean that literally – he can toss his head around like a spooky basketball, which will certainly come in handy.
When the weather turns cold, do you put on more layers of clothing? In Magic Layers, you've got to stack the colored layers in the right places to rebuild the given picture. While it plays like a jigsaw puzzle, there's plenty of room to flex your observation and logic skills as you try to discover the bizarre rules each of the layers take on.
The little blue dudes are back for more in this satirical, challenging puzzle platformer! Each time you touch a coin, you spawn another plumber that moves in tandem with you... but with new power-ups, challenging stages, and some clever twists, getting that flag will take more work than you might think.
Harness the power of your butt!... stop looking at me like that. Gameshot delivers a silly yet endearingly quirky little puzzle platformer where you must navigate hazards such as spikes and elephants using only the power of flatulence.
You're trapped in a big, box-like room. You have nothing that can help you escape. The best you can do is explore and hope you find something interesting. But don't worry, for such a minimalistic game, Box Life sure is full of fun secrets.
Another enigmatic web toy with Ascii art? Yes, please! Taking cues from Candy Box, Speed Warp takes time and experimentation to figure out exactly what is going on. Enjoy arcade games, crafting, and more as you uncover the secrets of the game.
Meadowland is a slow, atmospheric puzzle exploration game created by JMJ. It casts you in the role of a fairy drifting through a peaceful land, casually observing events as they transpire. Explore the environment, then see if you can interact with things using your simple song ability. It's the sort of game that encourages you to sit back and relax while taking in a delightful atmosphere with some simple trial and error puzzles.
The old, walled-in town of Dubrovnik is the hauntingly beautiful location of Mateusz Skutnik's latest seek-and-find the gnomes adventure. Follow a changing cursor to scan each scene, exploring narrow streets and tightly built houses, seeking out the elusive gnomes. It's near impossible to find all ten before the timer first expires, but this is a good thing: Skutnik's remarkable photography is too enchanting to spend a mere 10 minutes on. The serene beauty of Dubrovnik is wonderful to explore, and who knows what you may discover? Maybe even a troll.
Cyborgs are the bane of your futuristic existence, so you take up a gun and go on missions to make them history. They've come prepared, though, so you'll have to earn money to upgrade your weapons, stats and general awesomeness, until you can defeat all three bosses and reduce their minions to a heap of broken metal.
The ever elusive key. Is it the ongoing quest to open more treasures or doors or find answers to life problems? Whatever it unlocks, this creatively simple point-and-click puzzle game from Bart Bonte is the key to an endless smile—or at least one that will last through 25 increasingly tricky and not-altogether-too-easy levels. With the help of some dapper penguins, figure out how to uncover the hidden key in each stage in order to move on to the next.
Komix-Games and ProGamix deliver a simple yet gorgeous and addictive twist on the classic avoidance genre as you sweep through levels of lovely yet lethal hazards popping all the bubbles in your path. Though some might find it a bit too simple, it remains a fun dose of casual gameplay for a coffee-break sized break.
Alice returns to Wonderland to find the Queen is at it again, and the citizens are missing some valuable items! In this gorgeous physics puzzle, you'll manipulate bits of the scenery to create a path to deliver that precious possession to its owner. With a ton of levels and challenging design, this is a familiar but formidable little game fans of the genre will love.
Ready for more? ChrisJeff's compulsively playable and brutally difficult arcade game is back, with a new twist. Just hit the spacebar to jump over each obstacle. How difficult could it be?
- • La Torre de Nozar
- • Symbol
- • Block Dude X
We've really flipped our lids this week. One game to make you go insane, one to make you do math, and one you might have played instead of doing math. If you play them in the right order, maybe you'll go Super Saiyan?
The rebellion needs a hero... not to save the day, but to go beat the pants out of the other kingdoms until THEY respect you enough to come save the day. It's complicated, alright? Though some characters and a "new game +" mode are only available in a premium edition, this turn-based strategic RPG offers a who lot of quirks and combat and is a clear labour of love.
Prepare to enter a zen-like trance as you play LYNE. In this minimalist puzzle game, you must connect all similar shapes without crossing your path. What starts out simple quickly becomes complex as you bust your brain to solve as many puzzles as you can.
In this creepy bit of Twine-delivered interactive fiction, a young girl's father becomes obsessed with digging a hole beneath their house. As the years pass, he begins to resemble less and less the man she once knew... and perhaps even less of a man at all...
The XBLA indie zombie survival simulation comes to PC. Blending action and adventure with RPG elements, surviving after the end of the world strands you in a remote mountain town with limited resources is harder than you'd think. Gather unique survivors with distinct personalities and build and upgrade your facilities, trading with nearby stragglers and surviving day to night against an increasing variety of the undead.
Though short, this latest installment in the physics platformer series is just as enjoyable as the rest, with many new elements like lasers and bombs to go along with its new industrial setting.
Help Me Fly by Funtomic is a combination logic game and a shape-fitting tangram-style puzzle game. If that sounds like too steep of a learning curve, take solace in the fact that Help Me Fly is designed for casual players in mind, providing heaps of challenge with 60 well-designed puzzles that will give your brain a good but fair workout!
The results of the "10 Seconds"-themed Ludum Dare 27 72-Hour are in, and top prize goes to NXTWPN10: a quirky Unity shooter by Graebor. An explosive combination of color and creativity, if a little disorienting, but a worthy winner and a perfect candidate for expansion.
Anision's adorable, over-the-top cute design masks a surprisingly clever little escape game that hides puzzles and clues in plain sight. It's logical and delightful, and well worth your time.
You've toiled like every other automaton in your factory, but your numbers have been slipping. Sentenced first to confinement and then to the lash, escape presents itself from an unlikely opportunity... but the world is a lot bigger (and weirder) than you may be prepared for, and you're not going to be let go without a fight. A startlingly surreal free indie RPG adventure worth checking out.
Zombotron is back! When your ship off this zombie-ridden world still lacks fuel, you set out to find some. Unfortunately for you, it's never that simple. With more elaborate levels and all the explosive physics action you've come to expect, this latest Zombotron installment is just as weird and wonderfully addictive as ever.
Jeff has a job just like anyone else, but unlike you or me, his job includes rolling into the paranormal and sorting things out. In this short interactive tale, he finds himself called in with the rest of his team late one night to fix a problem... only it might not be fixable. A charming mix of freaky and funny, Catachresis is begging for a bigger, bolder sequel.
The simple things in life are often the best, and Green-Eyed Games has managed to turn a simple sliding-block puzzle into a game about flowers, just by arranging blocks the right way. The rules of Petals are as simple as the idea behind it: click to combine like-colored tiles in a grid, but avoid combining tiles of different colors. That's all there is to it, and it's a great way to spend a few minutes stretching your mind. You don't even have to water it.
The four barons are wreaking havoc in the underworld and it's up to a plucky little hero to put an end to their evil lives. With your trusty bow, you'll wander from cave to dungeon, eliminating various minions of the dark lords, becoming ever stronger as your quest goes on and getting ready to face the dreaded barons themselves.
Isn't it about time you had a good old fashioned quest? Spud's Quest by Chris Davis is a retro-styled platform adventure that draws inspiration from classic games such as The Legend of Zelda and the Dizzy series. It takes place in a fantasy world complete with items to find that unlock new areas, a sprawling map with non-linear pathways, and plenty of characters to interact with. A metroidvania, if you will, and a frightfully good one at that!
[UPDATED VERSION] In this escape game, you wake up in a golden cage with the number 26 on it, in a tiny house and yard that seems to have everything you need... but even more than figuring out where you are and why, finding a way out becomes increasingly pressing as you soon realise that whoever is supposed to be tending these cages hasn't come by in quite some time, and with supplies dwindling and the place falling into disrepair, things are looking grim.
- • elarel
- • Jerry Clouds
- • Amulets and Armor
Nothing like a little nostalgia to start the weekend! Be warned, though. This nostalgia comes with a price. That price is your sanity. Because the games are difficult. But that's good. Go play.
In this follow up to 2012's hit text-based superhero RPG, as a relatively newly established powered hero you find yourself struggling to juggle a failing public opinion, increasingly dangerous anti-powered sentiments... and rent. When the option to take part in a reality TV show designed to create the next great hero defense force presents itself you leap at it... but there are more dangers around you and those you love than you might expect.
In this refreshing twist on an isometric puzzler from Terry Cavanagh, young Naya lives in a post-apocalyptic world and goes searching for something to aid in her quest for clarity. Blending puzzle-platforming with mind-bending level design and a sparse yet atmospheric story, it's as compelling as it is challenging, minus a few bumps along the way.
In The Telekinetic Incident, a love letter to Portal by Matthew Fearrington, you play as a woman named Sarah Walker. That is, you play as a clone of Sarah, and you've been given telekinetic abilities by Ifrit Incorporated. Can you lift, laser, clone, and forcefield your way through Ifrit's facilities and learn the story of how you came to be there? At least there's no shortage of clones.
Ironclad Tactics is a turn-based strategy game created by Zachtronics, the studio behind The Codex of Alchemical Engineering and SpaceChem. Set in an alternate-history post-U.S. Civil War era, the game pits you against the Confederates as you march your way across the country, one town and one battle at a time. There's a twist, however: steampunk technology is a thing, meaning your infantry units will have to take on ironclad contraptions and well-equipped automatons in addition to gunslingers and musket wielders. It makes for a really entertaining setting, but you'll feel bad for those squishy human soldiers.
Yona Yona Games debuts on JIG with this sweet escape named after a children's singing game. By gathering clues and using found items, you must not only secure your freedom but also that of a charming little blue bird. The puzzles are light enough for spirited and happy game break yet pose just enough challenge to make that door key well-earned.
Why is it that something bad always happens to space research missions? You play Captain Robert in this narrative-driven exploration game, made for Ludum Dare 27. After waking up from a bad bump on the head, you'll need to explore your ship to discover the fate of your crew and piece together all the mysterious things going on.
I think we should have some bonding time. Chemical bonding, that is. In the clever chemical puzzler Sokobond, you're given a handful of atoms and the task of them joining them all by pushing and chaining them together. Like Sokoban puzzles you might be familiar with, you don't have much space to do it all in, so you've got to use the splitters, bonders, and rotators provided. Even if you don't give a hoot for chemistry, Sokobond is still a very accessible puzzle with easy-to-learn rules and an enjoyably element-ary design.
Earth Taken is an action platformer by SeethingSwarm that casts you as the desperate measures that the desperate needs of an alien menace require. It's a mishmash of run-and-gun and survival horror tropes, but an entertaining one, with some very cool (and toxic looking) environmental design.