January 28, 2015


Hacker's Escape

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS, Android, Flash — Hacker's Escape Pine Games' traps you in a very Hollywood hacker's lair in this stylish escape game, also free for iOS and Android! With codes and equipment strewn throughout the room, will you ever get out before they instagram our firewalls and hack our internets? Tagged as: android, browser, escape, flash, free, game, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, justpinegames, mobile, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Weekday Escape N°60

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Weekday Escape N°60 Games featured this week: Escape from the Similar Rooms 18; Find the Escape-Men 135: A Typical Escape Game 3; Fruit Kitchens No.16: Banana Yellow — Hottategoya, No1Game, and FunkyLand make up this week's edition of Weekday Escape... now who would ever possibly want to escape from that? Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, flash, free, funkyland, game, hottategoya, no1game, pointandclick, puzzle, weekday-escape



January 27, 2015


Dying Light

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Retail — Dying Light You've been dropped into a quarantined city, searching for a rogue agent and a stolen file, but this place is a war zone. Several months into a zombie epidemic, the people of The Tower are just trying to get by, and when night falls, things get even deadlier in this gorgeous action adventure packed with monsters, crafting, sidequests... and parkour. Tagged as: action, adventure, affliate, console, greenmangaming, horror, linux, parkour, ps4, rating-r, shooter, steam, techland, windows, xboxone, zombies




Shadowmatic

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS — Shadowmatic I spy with my little eye, a lovely and serene puzzle game for your iOS. Rotate and combine shapes to cast shadows that craft different shapes on the wall in this elegant game. Despite some repetition and fiddliness, Shadowmatic is a beautifully presented title that's made for quiet evenings. Tagged as: game, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, microtransactions, mobile, puzzle, rating-g, simpleidea, triadastudio




Easy Joe 3

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Easy Joe 3 Help Joe navigate a bewildering but beautiful neon world in this short and surreal point-and-click puzzle game... it may be low on difficulty, but it most certainly is not low on charm or style! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, functu, game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Vampire Legends: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bathory Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Our Vampire Legends: The Untold Story of Elizabeth Bathory Walkthrough is the ultimate guide for anyone facing a possible vampire encounter as you prepare yourself to enter the Bathory Mansion, a place where young girls enter... and never leave! You'll need all the help you can get if you're to face down this dangerous creature, so remember you can always rely on our detailed gaming instructions, our custom marked screenshots, and our simple puzzle solutions to help you out of a scary situation! 
 



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Retroacan

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Retroacan Aliens have landed in Mexico, and they've transformed an entire city into a retro video game! It's up to a band of plucky geeks with gaming know-how to drive out the extraterrestrials and save their town. This shooter takes inspiration from classic games like Contra, so you'll be running and gunning through platforming stages as you shoot down your alien foes. But did we mention your weapons are things like corn chips and ham? Tagged as: action, browser, flash, free, game, pixcomp, platform, rating-g, retro, shooter



January 26, 2015


Ghostbusters: Bust In Peace

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Ghostbusters: Bust In Peace In this interactive comic that follows the first Ghostbusters movie, the guys find themselves dealing with a very unusual spook. Choose the next panel to impact the story, and kick back for a pitch-perfect, funny homage to the beloved franchise. Tagged as: browser, flash, fmuja, free, game, interactiveart, narrative, playthis, rating-y




Presentable Liberty

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — Presentable Liberty Trapped and in isolation from the world your only solace comes through letters that are slipped under your door. Who are these people who send you letters? Are they even real? And would it matter if they are not? Tagged as: adventure, download, experimental, free, game, indie, narrative, rating-o, visualnovel, wertpol, windows




Episode 375: And We’re Back

from Casual Gamer Chick

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After a problematic week, Episode 375 is now up, with tons of news. So much that there’s no room for a Gaming Flashback or a Gaming History.

The news includes:

  • Joystiq no longer scoring” reviews
  • New Harmonix survey points to Rock Band 4
  • Hatred gets an AO rating in US
  • Disney, Activision both claim landslide victory in toys-to-life category
  • Microsoft maintaining $349 price point on Xbox Ones
  • Windows 10 includes in-home game streaming from Xbox One

This week’s Question of the Week: “What, if any, was your favorite part of Rock Band?”

After a problematic week, Episode 375 is now up, with tons of news. So much that there’s no room for a Gaming Flashback or a Gaming History. The news includes: Joystiq no longer scoring” reviews New Harmonix survey points to Rock Band 4 Hatred gets an AO rating in US Disney, Activision both claim landslide victory in toys-to-life category Microsoft maintaining $349 price point on Xbox Ones Windows 10 includes in-home game streaming from Xbox One This week’s Question of the Week: “What, if any, was your favorite part of Rock Band?”



January 25, 2015


Tangerine Tycoon

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Tangerine Tycoon What do tangerines, cats, and mustaches all have in common? They are all integral to your success in this quirky incremental game. Well, integral may be overstating it on the mustaches. Grow tangerines and use them as currency to produce even more tangerines. Who knows, the fate of the world may end up in your hands. Tagged as: achievements, browser, flash, free, game, gthomas, idle, incremental, rating-y, upgrades, webtoy



January 24, 2015


The Tale of a Common Man

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — The Tale of a Common Man Avenge the murders of your loved ones as an ordinary farmer in this unconventional RPG that breaks the limits and clichés of the genre from veteran game developers Aldorlea Games. Jerrat travels across breathtaking landscapes with other characters that defy the cliches of the genre. Tagged as: aldorleagames, demo, download, game, gemellegames, indie, rating-y, rpg, rpgmaker, windows




Invert Selection Levels Pack

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Invert Selection Levels Pack 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. Tagged as: browser, elio, flash, free, game, piperockarts, playthis, puzzle, rating-g, simpleidea




Qubed: New Adventures

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Qubed: New Adventures This platform game boasts fun physics, deceptive puzzles, and a grinning cubic protagonist who can split into smaller chunks to accomplish his goals. Optimism is infectious, isn't it? Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, physics, platform, puzzle, rating-g



January 23, 2015


Depths of Boatmurdered

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — Depths of Boatmurdered 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". Tagged as: action, adventure, download, free, game, horror, indie, rating-o, rpgmaker, shayden, windows



January 22, 2015


Witch Hunt

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Witch Hunt Lucrea is a young witch (except don't call her that to her face) who just so happens to have come into possession of a magical crystal obelisk. A magical crystal obelisk that turns all her foes to money! Join her on her journey as she transports her crystal across the land, defends it against hordes of goblins, and makes loads of moolah! Swap between the three elements of fire, ice, and lightning as you fire off shots, unleash mighty arcane spells, summon backup penguins, and keep your enemies from destroying your crystal! Tagged as: action, browser, flash, free, game, godseed, kreig13, rating-o, shooter, strategy, towerdefense, upgrades



January 21, 2015


The Enchanted Cave 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — The Enchanted Cave 2 2010's hit addictive RPG roguelike is back and bigger than ever! Descend into an enormous dungeon filled with treasure that gets deadlier as you go... but who put it there, and why? With a robust crafting system and simple to pick up gameplay, The Enchanted Cave 2 will keep you happily grinding for quite some time. Tagged as: adventure, browser, crafting, dauxier, flash, free, game, rating-y, roguelike, rpg, strategy




Fractured 3

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Fractured 3 In this follow up to the popular and perplexing puzzle platformers, guide two little children through a mind-bending, topsy-turvy landscape, where the biggest challenge isn't just figuring out where you are, it's figuring out which end is up! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, grozzler, platform, playthis, puzzle, rating-g




Owls Ever After

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Unity — Owls Ever After A cute and puzzling piece of interactive art originally made by Mike and Tanya Mezhenin for Ludum Dare 31, Owls Ever After lets you take a peek into to the secret life of owls, one year at a time. And, despite some vague instructions and needless pixelhunting, it succeeds in being a quiet, heartwarming tale told well. Tagged as: browser, free, game, interactiveart, ld31, ludumdare, mmezhenin, puzzle, rating-y, tmezhenin, unique, unity




Weekday Escape N°59

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Weekday Escape N°59 Games featured this week: Monster House; Girl's Room No.1: Lipstick; Find the Escape-Men 134: The Forest Restuarant — In this week's selection of fun free escape games, Yonashi's monster abode will charm you with its cute animations, FunkyLand returns from a brief hiatus with a new series, and No1Game continues the green guys' hide-and-seek shenanigans. Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, flash, free, funkyland, game, no1game, pointandclick, puzzle, weekday-escape, yonashi



January 20, 2015


Awakening: The Golden Age Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

If you're looking for an Awakening: The Golden Age Walkthrough to help you beat this latest addition to the Awakening games, than look no further! Our Awakening guide is live and ready to help you survive the Minotaur invasion of your village, as the creatures search for Prince Cedric, the person they hold responsible for their recent famine. Check out  our custom marked screenshots, our detailed game instructions, and our simple puzzle solutions to help you reveal what's really been happening in this supposed Golden Age of humanity in another exciting hidden object adventure game!

 



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Aloners

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux — Aloners You wake up, confused, unable to speak, naked, and threatened with a gun by a young man at the end of the world who seems surprised to find you're human in this free indie visual novel. Your choices determine the heroine's personality and feelings as you struggle to find out what happened to you in this romantic post-apocalyptic tale. Tagged as: adventure, download, free, game, indie, linux, mac, narrative, rating-o, sonnet009, visualnovel, windows




Shifter (Bombocracker)

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Shifter (Bombocracker) If the level isn't working out for you, just break it apart and mix it around in this cute puzzle platformer from Bombocracker that may remind you a little of Continuity. Hit switches to power doors or remove hazards, and line up a pathway to freedom! Tagged as: bombocracker, browser, flash, free, game, platform, puzzle, rating-g



January 19, 2015


Hero Emblems

from Jay Is Games

Platform: iOS — Hero Emblems In this iOS match-3 RPG hybrid, you control a group of heroes out to save their kingdom, provided they can deal with (debateably) handsome demons and their cowardly but greedy priestess. With some unexpected cleverness and challenge thanks to the way different match formations unlock different skills, Hero Emblems is colourful, light-hearted fun that's also surprisingly strategic. Tagged as: fantasy, game, heatpotgames, ios, ipad, iphone, ipodtouch, match-3, mobile, puzzle, rating-y, rpg, strategy, tablet, turnbased




Space on the Case

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Space on the Case Space is a robot... a detective robot! So naturally when a bunch of cows are stolen from their space barn he gets called in to set things straight in this very silly point-and-click puzzle adventure from Carmel Games. Tagged as: adventure, browser, carmelgames, flash, free, game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Switch (Alberto A. Braga)

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Switch (Alberto A. Braga) Need a new rage fix? Switch is what you need for all your high difficulty, platform, puzzle game needs. Help the little bot get to the exit, by switching the light in his head to activate or deactivate his surroundings. Tagged as: abraga, browser, dwallner, flash, free, game, gsharma, highdifficulty, platform, puzzle, rating-g, swaschk, vbrimstone



January 18, 2015


Ricochet Heroes

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Ricochet Heroes A clever send-up of RPG traditions, this Ludum Dare game has you launch your little band of heroes across the fields of each mystical region like pinballs, bouncing off trees and mountains and towns as you go. Tagged as: action, arcade, browser, flash, free, game, ludumdare, rating-g, retro, spotcos




Break The Limits!

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Break The Limits! You're trapped in a room with no memory of how you got there and must get out. Only there isn't any screwdriver here. No puzzles and most importantly no door. All you can do is think in this clever, short incremental game made for Ludum Dare. Tagged as: browser, experimental, flash, free, game, incremental, interactiveart, ld31, rating-g, stormalligator, volute



January 17, 2015


Follow the Darkness

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Windows — Follow the Darkness Rina just woke up for a coma and can't remember anything about the last month, which is bad news for her since she finds herself the target of a murderous spirit that stalks sinners for seven days unless they atone. But how can she atone for something she can't remember? A short but superb free indie horror game! Tagged as: action, adventure, atlasatrium, download, free, game, horror, indie, rating-o, rpgmaker, windows



January 16, 2015


Nameless ~The One Thing You Must Recall~

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows — Nameless  ~The One Thing You Must Recall~ In this massive indie visual novel, Eri wakes up one morning to find her doll collection has come to life, making her home lively and happy for the first time since the death of her grandfather. But is it all as sweet and whimsical as it seems? With a tremendous amount of replay value, secret endings, and high production value, Nameless isn't without its flaws, but still stands as a powerhouse of the otome genre. Tagged as: adventure, cheritz, demo, download, game, indie, mac, narrative, otome, rating-o, steam, visualnovel, windows




Phantasmat: The Endless Night

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows — Phantasmat: The Endless Night After a car accident, you find yourself back in the past on the eve a tragic accident struck your small town, but there's more to the truth of it than anyone suspects in this creepy cool hidden-object horror adventure from Eipix that sets the bar high. Tagged as: adventure, affiliate, collectorsedition, demo, download, eipixentertainment, game, hiddenobject, horror, mac, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-o, windows




Cap'n Marcela: Parrot Charmer

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Cap'n Marcela: Parrot Charmer Puffy Shirt Morgan is going to burn Cap'n Marcela's island to the ground at dawn... unless you can help her find a solution in this quirky point-and-click puzzler from Carmel Games! Tagged as: adventure, browser, carmelgames, flash, free, game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Spiters Annihilation 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Spiters Annihilation 2 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! Tagged as: alex2dio, browser, flash, free, game, physics, puzzle, rating-y



January 15, 2015


Currently working on… this

from Game Producer

Voyages of ol’ skumbucket lickin’ pirates
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Nevertales: Smoke and Mirrors Walkthrough

from Casual Game Guides

Need a Nevertales: Smoke and Mirrors Walkthrough to help guide you through this enchanting hidden object adventure game? Well, look no further as we have a complete guide ready to help Alice as she attempts to save her father from being executed by the Queen of Hearts. You'll find everything you need to beat the game, including complete step-by-step game instructions as well as custom marked screenshots. 



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Saving Zoey

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows, Linux — Saving Zoey Your sister has gotten lost in a staged haunted house. Is this some elaborate game of hide and seek or is something holding her against her will? One thing is for certain, something is amiss in this fake haunted house. For one thing, it doesn't seem that "fake" any more. Tagged as: adventure, auro-vyanide, chocojax, cirno, download, free, game, geckos, horror, indie, jdoran, kaleidofish, linux, mac, nathan, phrostyliciousproductions, r-bit, rating-o, thestral, visualnovel, windows




Shop Empire 3

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Shop Empire 3 Running a shopping mall is all fine and good, but don't you wish it was a little more... forsooth-ish? Little Giant World returns with another cute and addictive simulation game, and this time, they're getting Medieval up in here! Tagged as: browser, flash, free, game, littlegiantworld, playthis, rating-g, simulation



January 14, 2015


Why direct sales matter to indies + sales stats

from Grey Alien Games

As well as using distributors to sell Regency Solitaire (for PC/Mac), I also sell it direct on this site.

When I sell direct to a customer I receive about 90% of the price paid (excluding sales taxes/VAT) and the payment provider gets about 10%.

However, when I sell via a casual game distributor most of them only pay me about 35% (some less, some a bit more), which is pretty lame, especially compared to Valve who pay developers 70% of games sold on Steam. Unfortunately, none of my games are on Steam (yet), RARRR!

So naturally I encourage people to buy direct from indies whenever possible as it really does make a HUGE difference.

If all the games I sold last year were bought directly from this site, instead of 99% via distributors then my financial situation would by wildly different. Instead of failing to pay myself a salary in December, I’d probably have paid off my mortgage instead. That’s the reality of it.

What can YOU do about it?

Well, if you are a customer, please consider buying direct from the developer! It really makes a big difference. Heck if you buy your vegetables and meat from local farmers, then do the same for indies :-)

If you are a developer, are you selling direct? If not, why not? It’s not hard to do, and if you send all your potential customers to Steam or wherever then you are basically making it harder for yourself *and* other indies to survive (by teaching customers that you don’t really care about direct sales). Why would you do that?

First 12 days of sales

OK so how are my direct sales for my latest game so far? Basically shockingly low. Definitely not enough to live on (we spent a year making this game and also spent quite a lot on art and music).

Luckily the game is doing great on iWin (a casual game distributor) and will be on sale on other distributors soon where I expect it to do well – so we won’t go broke hopefully. It’s a shame that I need distributors to survive but I most definitely do because that’s the way most people have been trained to buy games now.


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40 sales in 12 days. The game is $9.99 and I get about $8.74 of that after payment provider fees. So total revenue is approximately $350.

You might think $350 in 12 days is good, and it would be OK if it continued like that for the rest of the year, but it won’t. This is the launch spike and very soon sales will drop to just a couple of units A MONTH.

Newsletter Stats and Existing Customers
I tracked a few interesting things about those sales. Numbers are low, so not great for reliable statistics, but some interesting factoids can still be gleaned.

I sent out a newsletter on launch day, here are the stats:

Sent = 425
Bounce+unsubscribe = 8 (2%)
Opened = 178 (42%)
Clicked = 65 (15%)

And of the 40 sales so far, 12 were from existing customers, so:
Sales = 12 (2.8% of total or 6.7% of opened or 18% of clicked)

It’s possible some of those existing customers heard about the game via my Facebook page or some other means, but I don’t track that. So all I can say is that at *most* my newsletter converted 2.8% of recipients into buyers.

- On day 1 I made 16 sales and 9 (56%) were from existing customers.
- On day 2 I made 4 sales and 2 (50%) were from existing customers.
- Since then I’ve made 20 more sales and only 1 (5%) was from an existing customer.

I believe that sales from existing customers dwindled pretty rapidly and the remaining sales are mostly from the small amount of press that the game got, which I’ll go into in a minute. I think if I didn’t get that press, then sales would have dropped to pretty much zero.

Total sales from existing customers = 12 out of 40 total, so 30%.

This pattern is similar for previous game launches where I’ve sent out a newsletter to my newsletter subscribers.

It’s super-important to maintain a mailing list if you sell direct because selling to existing customers is easy and effective (it’s like the no.1 rule of marketing) – of course that means you have to stay in business long enough to keep making new games.

Refunds

I got 2 refunds out of 42 sales (=5%).

One was because the customer’s email program/browser/anti-virus told her the download site wasn’t safe. This isn’t true of course but she couldn’t be persuaded otherwise. This is a common reason for a refund. The other person thought they were buying a CD not a download for some reason, and didn’t want a download. OK then.

I operate a no quibbles refund policy because it’s easier (and better customer service) than getting into arguments with customers.

Marketing and Press

My wife and I have done a whole bunch of marketing-related activities for Regency Solitaire including Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, press releases, contacting youtubers, forum posts etc. Was it worth it? No. But we do it anyway because we’ve got to try.

We did get a couple of good articles: one on Kill Screen and one on JayIsGames. We are hoping for more too over time as our efforts pay off.

The second small spike correlates with the JayIsGames article and hopefully it’ll keep a trickle coming in over time.

The main problem we, and many indies face, is getting *any* press at all. It’s extra tricky for us because we are making casual games and most of the gaming press and youtubers only cover “mainstream” games, not casual games.

“Casual” games is kind of a dirty word in some circles, which is a shame, and it’s further been sullied by all the free to play casual games on mobile. In fact, these days when I say I make casual games, often people automatically assume I make mobile games. Only old skool devs/customers know I mean downloadable PC/Mac games.

Also casual games are mostly played by women aged 30-70 (up to 90% on some sites.) I know this because I’ve seen numerous large surveys of casual game players over the years. Some casual gamers play games *way* more hours per week than “hardcore” gamers. In fact, one of our testers sat down and beat our entire game in a single 12 hour marathon according to my metrics.

Casual games often have a strong female protagonist too. This is something that the mainstream gaming press seems to be constantly searching for in the name of diversity (largely in vain) in mainstream AAA games, with indies occasionally delivering the goods. However, if the press just took a look casual games more often, they’d find games for women starring women (of course men can play them too, I do!)

Oops, sorry about the rant, anyway…

TL;DR

- Not enough indies sell direct, and they should do!
- Customers have been trained over the years to buy from distributors instead of buying direct, and that sucks.
- My direct sales suck, though I am grateful for every single one of them.
- There are some really great casual games out there. I wish the press/youtubers didn’t ignore them.
- Please buy Regency Solitaire DIRECT from us today. Thanks!




The Sun for the Vampire 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — The Sun for the Vampire 2 One little vampire still wants to see the sun, more than anything else in the world. And he's willing to brave an entirely new spooky castle in search of the secret that will let him do it! He can still turn into a bat to fly around dangerous stakes, knives, and other obstacles, but this time he'll also be lifting crates and solving a bevy of puzzles. After putting both his reflexes and his brain to work, surely he'll find that day-walking potion this time... Right? Tagged as: action, browser, eyesteam, flash, free, game, highdifficulty, platform, puzzle, rating-g




Weekday Escape N°58

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Weekday Escape N°58 Games featured this week: Escape from the Star Picture Room 2; Tsuregemu 5.1; Guest House Escape — To help you escape the weekday, here's three break-sized escape games. Neat Escape brings one of its best games so far, while Yomino Kagura offers up some typical Yomino Kagura puzzles. Then, for something much different, this dismantle-the-box-to-get-out creation of Paradise Kung Fu is sure to please. Tagged as: blog, browser, escape, flash, free, game, neatescape, paradisekungfu, pointandclick, puzzle, weekday-escape, yominokagura



January 13, 2015


Merchant

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Android — Merchant Send your heroes on bold quests to reap crafting materials for you... and then sell them in your shop in this mercantile mélange of elements from several different genres, free for Android and still being added to with new content! Tagged as: android, bearfacegames, crafting, free, game, gjames, gsavo, mobile, rating-y, resourcemanagement, rpg, simulation, zsnader




Monkey GO Happy Western

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Monkey GO Happy Western Howdy, pardner! Our monkeys are a mite unhappy yet again, and only one thing will cheer them up in this short, silly point-and-click puzzle game! PencilKids delivers another wonderfully executed coffee break of a game, despite some content issues that may rub some the wrong way. Tagged as: adventure, browser, flash, free, game, monkeygohappy, pencilkids, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Awesome Ranger

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Awesome Ranger All of the fairies in the blocky nature park have been kidnapped! Now it's up to the park's awesome, awesome ranger to get them back. Why is this ranger so awesome? Because the entire world revolves around them! While you can normally move left and right, you can flip your world to change what directions "left" and "right" are, and explore new dimensions. Run and jump through three dimensions, and get all the fairies back to your spaceship! Tagged as: 2d, 3d, alternativa3d, browser, flash, free, game, platform, puzzle, rating-g, simpleidea, vnayata



January 12, 2015


Boomerang Chang

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Android, Flash — Boomerang Chang How long can you last against an endless tide of enemies when your own weapon can be deadly to you in this simple but also simply addictive arcade game from Michel Gerard? Toss your boomerang and leap to avoid it and attack enemies behind you, but it's only a matter of time... Tagged as: action, android, arcade, browser, flash, free, game, mgerard, mobile, playthis, rating-y, simpleidea




Episode 374: Lost in a Crowd

from Casual Gamer Chick

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This week’s episode of Gaming Podcast has a special guest co-host, Andrew Yoon, formerly of Joystiq and currently in card game and video game development. The Gaming Flashback is the one that started them all: LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game.

The slow news week includes:

  • DDoS service targeting PSN and Xbox powered by home Internet routers
  • Japanese console sales continued to slide in 2014
  • Evolve’s questionable bargain: pre-purchase to avoid the unlock grind
  • Sony delays PS4 in China

The Question of the Week: “What is your favorite, if any, LEGO videogames?”

This week’s episode of Gaming Podcast has a special guest co-host, Andrew Yoon, formerly of Joystiq and currently in card game and video game development. The Gaming Flashback is the one that started them all: LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game. The slow news week includes: DDoS service targeting PSN and Xbox powered by home Internet routers Japanese console sales continued to slide in 2014 Evolve’s questionable bargain: pre-purchase to avoid the unlock grind Sony delays PS4 in China The Question of the Week: “What is your favorite, if any, LEGO videogames?”



January 11, 2015


Find the Escape-Men Part 133: New Year 2015

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Find the Escape-Men Part 133: New Year 2015 You're coming home after your first visit to a shrine in 2015 only to find you can't find your house key and nobody else is home to let you in! Hunt around to find items you need, solve puzzles, and track down those ten little dudes in this silly, fun escape-the-outdoors game from no1game! Tagged as: browser, escape, flash, free, game, no1game, playthis, pointandclick, puzzle, rating-g




Road of Fury 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Road of Fury 2 U Mad Max, bro! Because that's what U will feel like while playing Road of Fury 2, a side-scrolling vehicular rail-shooter by IriySoft. Gorgeous post-apocalyptic sprite graphics give the game a real arcade feel, even if the explosion-packed gameplay gets a little repetitive by the end. Tagged as: action, arcade, browser, flash, free, game, iriysoft, rating-o, shooter, upgrades




Energy Hook Latest News in Podcast Form

from GameDevBlog

Wondering what's going on with Energy Hook? I talk about the latest developments with Josh Bycer of Game Wisdom.



January 10, 2015


Regency Solitaire

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Mac, Windows — Regency Solitaire Help a young woman reclaim her family's wealth and reputation in this indie twist on the classic solitaire formula. With different card obstacles, unlockable power-ups, and more, Regency Solitaire doesn't invent the wheel, but it polishes it to a mirror sheen with 180 levels and a simply sweet storyline. Tagged as: card, download, game, greyaliengames, indie, mac, puzzle, rating-g, solitaire, strategy, windows




Keeper of the Grove 2

from Jay Is Games

Platform: Flash — Keeper of the Grove 2 It's time to defend the grove and protect your gems yet again in this engaging tower defense game. Strategically plan what upgrades to purchase each level to open up high level towers to hold back your attackers. Guard multiple pathways at a time to keep your treasure safe! Tagged as: achievements, booblyc, browser, defense, flash, free, game, rating-g, strategy, towerdefense, upgrades