- • Ib
- • Hydorah
- • Botanicula
The following is a selection of favorite games compiled and reviewed by JIG community member, Wally. It is also one of the winning entries from our previous call for submissions for community favorites, for which Wally will receive some gifts from us of his choosing. Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with us! Look for more community favorites in the coming weeks.
- • Z-Type
- • Fantastic Contraption
- • Treasure Adventure Game
- • Hapland
The following is a selection of favorite games compiled and reviewed by JIG community member, Cornelius. It is also one of the winning entries from our previous call for submissions for community favorites, for which Cornelius will receive some fabulous prizes. Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with us! Look for more community favorites in the coming weeks.
- • Loved
- • Sword and Sworcery
- • Endeavor
- • Dead Like Ants
The following is a selection of favorite games compiled and reviewed by JIG community member, Vern. It is also one of the winning entries from our previous call for submissions for community favorites, for which Vern will be showered with fireworks in honor of the US holiday this week (and some free games, too!). Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with us! Look for more community favorites in the coming weeks.
- • Treasure Adventure Game
- • Escape from the Lodge
- • Bloom Defender
- • The Book of Living Magic
The following is a selection of favorite games compiled and reviewed by JIG community member, Luthy. It is also one of the winning entries from our previous call for submissions for community favorites, for which Luthy will be showered with gifts and prizes, perhaps even some confetti and streamers, too. Thanks to everyone who shared their favorites with us! Look for more community favorites in the coming weeks.
- • A Grain of Truth
- • Submachine 7
- • The Dream Machine
- • Gateway 2
This week we feature a selection of favorite games from JIG community member, AlternativeDave. His is one of the winning entries from our previous call for submissions for community favorites, for which AlternativeDave will be showered with gifts and prizes. Thank you to everyone who participated and for sharing your favorites with us! Look for more community favorites in the coming weeks.
It's time for a new You Are Games challenge, don't you think? We have lots of free games and prizes to give away, but we need you to jump through hoops before we'll part with them. So here's what we'd like you to do...
Usually, you'd be greeted to each Letters in Boxes challenge with a warm smile and an equally warm chocolate chip cookie. This week, however, we're telling you to get lost! We've got another batch of homegrown puzzles for you to tackle, all themed around mazes. In each grid, you'll find a way in and a way out, but how to get from one to the other is left for you to figure out.
In this edition of Letters In Boxes, Steve realizes how big of a nerd he is after basing an entire set of puzzles around a numerical pattern, while slipping in a reference to a British game show in the same paragraph. But you don't have to be a nerd to play our game, you've just got to dive into these cube-based puzzles and find the hidden words to win!
Last week we wanted you to share your gaming memories of 2011. This week, we want you to spin around with those snazzy time binoculars and give us what you think 2012 will bring for the world of gaming. Is it a long-awaited game? A new way to play it? Or perhaps something else entirely? Jump into the discussion and share your thoughts!
You've probably seen our staff highlighting some of our favorite games of the year in our Link Dump Fridays, and we'll be opening the voting for our Best of 2011 within a few weeks, but until then, we want to turn the microphone over to you! We want to know your favorite gaming moments of 2011. Drop us a line and share your highlights with us!
Accidents happen, right? This week, we were going to feature another fantastic set of Letters In Boxes puzzles, hot off the presses and ready for solving. But then, as Murphy's Law would dictate, just before our publication deadline, the puzzles got warmed up by something other than hot ink: Coffee.
Grab your party hat and a plate of hors d'oeuvres, it's time for a double milestone! Not only is this the 25th Letters In Boxes challenge, but it also contains our 100th puzzle! In this extra-tricky bunch, you'll have to put all your word-sleuthing skills to the test, so try not to get too dizzy playing Pin the Tail on the Pinata.
This week's Letters In Boxes challenge is like a crowded elevator. It doesn't matter if it's already over capacity, what would it hurt to squeeze one more person in there? Here, the boxes can be filled with clusters of one, two, or three letters, so breathe in and see if you can squeeze your way to victory!
Those pilgrims had it easy. They never had to deal with endless weeks of leftover turkey and mashed potatoes. For this week's Letters In Boxes, we bring you nothing but leftovers, with a series of puzzles written weeks ago, but left on the cutting room floor. It's more fun than you can shake a can of cranberry sauce at! (Though cranberry sauce is fun to shake.)
Four more puzzles to solve, four more answers to find, four more warm bagels served with strawberry cream cheese. Come on, you know you want it now. It's time once again for Letters In Boxes, a puzzle mini-series that could net you a handsome prize. (It's not a bagel with cream cheese.)
In this Letters In Boxes challenge, you might find things a bit easier if you keep a pair of scissors on standby. Don't worry, there's no crazy three-dimensional folding this time around. Just a lot of overlapping. See how well you stack up with this week's puzzles!
Double, double toil and trouble, Letters In Boxes makes your brain bubble! Can you weave your way through these wicked words to escape the haunted house filled with maulings of classic literature?
Think fast! How quickly can you say the alphabet... backwards? It's harder than you might think! That sort of backwards intuition is what will help you succeed in this week's Letters In Boxes challenge. You've got to throw your brain in reverse to walk away from this puzzle series a winner.
Each week we feature a series of puzzles called Letters In Boxes, but sometimes the letters in the boxes get a bit too much attention. Every once in a while, it's nice to think outside the box, get a bit of fresh air, and find a new perspective on the problems you're facing. This week, we celebrate the box-troverts with a challenge where everything you need to know to solve each puzzle is out of the grid.
Letters In Boxes, Letters In Boxes! Time to get your Letters In Boxes! Time to get your crayons and your pencils! Or your printer and your markers. Or open up your preferred image editing software, if you prefer. However you go about doing it, this week's Letters In Boxes challenge is waiting to be solved.
No one ever said school would be easy. Running from one end of the building to another for your next class, stopping to grab a book along the way, dodging the bullies in the hallway... Oh, and the classes are pretty hard too! Math, science, geography, language... And the older you get, the more they frown on you using fingerpaints in art class! School ain't no cakewalk. For this Letters In Boxes challenge, you've got to go back to school, do a bit of research, and fix one student's silly slip-ups.
Next week is the Autumnal equinox. It's one of two days out of the year where the sun is directly above the equator, and (in theory, but not exactly) gives an equal amount of daylight and darkness. In this week's Letters In Boxes challenge, we take that half-and-half attitude to heart. In all of this week's puzzles, you've got to make look at both sides of the picture to find the winning answers.
Keeping with our fall curriculum of Learning Through Educational Puzzles, we continue our previous lesson on base mathematics with a practical application of what you've learned in the context of paramathematical temporal delineations. Can you overcome the metaphysical obstacles and unnecessary pseudoscience gibberish to solve this week's puzzles?
This week's Letters In Boxes challenge was going to be themed around origami. And it was really cool too, because the last puzzle involved making a crane. Unfortunately, things didn't entirely work out, and that idea had to be scrapped. But there are still plenty of puzzles to solve in this week's edition!
In this week's Letters In Boxes challenge, your goal is to get to the base of the problem, and solve problems involving mathematical bases. Each cryptic answer leads to another cryptic puzzle, but can you ride the (sine) wave long enough to win a prize? Grab your calculator and join in!
Do the cards hold a prize in your future? You've got to play this week's Letters In Boxes challenge to find out! Shuffle your way through four plastic-coated puzzles, and you might be a winner in the eleventh edition of our wordy contest. Sound like a deal? Good. Uno! Sorry. (I'm out.)
Happy birthday to us! Well, sort of. Today we release the tenth installment of our Letters In Boxes series! And for the tenth time, here's how Letters In Boxes works: Below we've got a puzzle to start you off. Click on it to open it in a new window and commence the puzzle solving. When you've worked out a solution, just change the filename in your browser's address bar to the solution word. It's as easy as that. And if correct, you're one step closer to a fabulous prize.
So would you like to win one of these snazzy Humble Indie Bundles? Here's your chance to get your hands on a copy, and all it takes is a little wordplay wizardry. We've got a special five-part Letters In Boxes challenge for you, with a theme that should become clear rather quickly. Solve all five puzzles, and you could win yourself five great games!
We'll cut to the chase on this one: This Letters In Boxes challenge is a bit more hands-on than normal. Please note that this week, you may need access to a printer, some scissors and maybe some tape to solve some puzzles (it's possible to solve them without these things, but it will likely be much harder). We're always trying new things to keep the puzzling experience fresh.
It's no secret that really unique challenges tempt. That's why for this week's Letters In Boxes puzzle, we're trying something different. This batch of puzzles contains four puzzles to solve. On the fourth puzzle, you'll find the email address for sending your final answer. We'll hand out a prize to the first correct entry we receive, plus ten additional randomly-selected correct entries.
In our latest caption contest, Zuma finds out that not all games work in the same way.
This week, we're proud to bring you a challenge like you've never seen before. Which isn't saying much, because we try to come up with new puzzles every week. But we think we've hit the jackpot this week. We've come up with a twist SO INCREDIBLE it will virtually BLOW YOUR MIND in a stream of RATHER UNNECESSARY CAPITAL LETTERS.
This week, we're dedicating our Letters In Boxes challenge to an event that occurred on July 4th, this week's contest deadline. Many Americans mark this historical date by remembering spacious skies, amber waves of grain, and purple mountain majesties above fruited plains. Of course, we all know July 4th as the day we mourn the passing of Bob Ross, who taught us all how to paint beautiful landscapes in the comfort of our own homes.
Take me out to the You Are Games! Take me out to the crowd! Bring me some captions and quirky punchlines, your quip could be featured in an upcoming comic! For it's loot, loot loot you could win if your caption tickles our funny bone, so it's one, two, three strikes you're out, 'cause that frooooooog's oooooooon fiiiiiiiiiire!
In this week's Letters In Boxes challenge, your task is to tackle those puzzles from the outside in. Each puzzle is a "common" logic puzzle, although not necessarily one you might have seen before. Your first goal is to determine what type of puzzle you're facing, then solve it. Even then, you still have to sort out where to get the letters for your next clue. It's a logic/word puzzle sandwich! Which are exactly like motorcycle/hot dog sandwiches.
It's time once again for Letters In Boxes, the word puzzle game where Letters appear in Boxes. Crazy, ain' it? We've featured two puzzle challenges so far, featuring all sorts of literary twists and turns, and those 26 characters we all hold so dearly. It's nice to know that there's nothing that can ever disrupt their lexiconical harmony... OR IS THERE?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back to regular ol' crossword puzzles, a wild Letters In Boxes appears! We had received such a warm response to last week's puzzle that we thought we'd follow up with another set of puzzles for your solving pleasure. This week, we've got a bit of a sideways challenge for you, with puzzles to play on a slight tilt. Can you keep your thinking straight as you solve this set of stumpers?
Need a little puzzle diversion? Hop in line and get ready to strain your brain! Welcome to Letters In Boxes, a new puzzle series from us here at JIG. If you can work your way through the wordy woes, you could win a wonderful prize!
Cheaters never prosper, but there's no harm in a little help with our latest caption winner!
It's your job to come up with an egg-laden pun in this week's You Are Games challenge. That's right, the yolk's on you! Take a look at this unfinished Babylon Sticks comic drafted by resident comicster James Francis. It could use another dipping in the dye batches so it gets some color. But most importantly, it needs a punchline! What humorous quip can you imagine to finish this comic?
Write a HaikCow for your chance to win a free copy of Cow Trouble for iPhone!
Pausing for reflection, the latest winner of the Babylon Sticks Caption Contest, extols some wisdom.
For a while now, we've been doing these Babylon Sticks Caption Contests as some of our You Are Games escapades. We've done seven of these contests so far, and we've had seven winners, out of over seven hundred comments. With the proper focus and concentration on the goal, the winning caption may very well come to you.
Imagine a bunch of magnetic blocks that you can stick to your refrigerator. If you put them in the right spots on the fridge door, you can drop a marble from the top of the fridge and have it bounce and fly about until it reaches the target at the bottom. That's the basic idea behind this webtoy that won the Mozilla Labs Game On open Web game development competition. And yes, it's cooperative, because you're building just one part of a gigantic, continuous marble run with thousands of other players, like refrigerators stacked from here to the moon.
Sometimes you don't get what you thought you paid for.
This week on our semi-irregular You Are Games feature, we ask you to think back to an era centuries ago. It was a time when castles were all the rage and checkerboard designs started popping up on every tapestry and tabletop. If you've got a quirky quip that works well with the Babylon Sticks comic below, post it as a comment. We'll select one as the caption for next week's feature, and we'll award a nice prize along with it.
I don't like Tetris, oh no, I love it!
Take a look at the cartoon to the right. Do any funny quips or bits of dialogue spring to mind as you view this unfinished comic? We want you to send them to us! Post your caption ideas as a comment, and yours could get picked to be the caption in the final version of the comic! Prizes and glory will soon follow.
Never be afraid to answer your door - as long as you know what you are dealing with. It's another cartoon contest winner!
Now, feast your eyes on the giant comic for you to caption. (Giant. Geddit?) What's the funniest punchline you can come up with to go along with the picture? Let us know! Post your caption ideas in the comments box below, it just could be featured in next week's Babylon Sticks, and you'll receive a nice prize for your troubles!
It's a Street Fighter New Years Party aftermath in our latest contest winning cartoon!
Isle of Tune is a fairly simple webtoy, with a mere six elements that you can control to create a variety of sounds. There's just enough tools available to let you create some rather intricate loops. The pre-made loops are a great way to get an island started, and the simple sharing system is good for spreading your island creations with everyone.
Take a gander at the festive Babylon Sticks comic created by our resident toonmeister, James Francis. Can you come up with a party-worthy punchline to fit the scene? If you think you've got one, post a comment below and you could win an Humble Indie Bundle!
We've teamed up with Berzerk Studios to offer you a chance to be a part of Berzerk Ball, the follow-up to the Homerun in Berzerk Land! Not only that, you can win one of four iTunes Gift Cards, each worth $25! Continue reading for more details...
Congratulations to our latest contest winner, who told a tale of a farmer's woes...
Another installment of You Are Games, another installment of the Babylon Sticks Caption Contest. We're asking you to supply a punchline for another Babylon Sticks comic. It's humorous on its own, but it needs a caption to really drive the hilarity home. Submit your ideas as comments, as many ideas as you'd like, but remember to keep them game-related! All entries are due by Monday, December 13th at 11:59 PM (GMT-5:00).
Our latest contest winner shows that with a gamer, pushing the red button is only a matter of when, not if...
In this installment of You Are Games, we're calling upon you, our loyal readers, to scratch your funny bone where it itches and create the caption for another Babylon Sticks comic created by James Francis. Submit your ideas as comments, as many ideas as you'd like, but remember to keep them game-related! All entries are due by Monday, November 29th at 11:59 PM (GMT-5:00).
Our first caption contest winner! Sometimes the handy walkthrough is not meant to help YOU.
We're offering up a caption contest in which you get to fill in the caption for one James Francis' Babylon Sticks comics, made especially for us here at JIG. So roll up your sleeves, put your funny tinfoil thinking caps on and jump start the braincells. It's caption contest time!
The culmination of weeks of grueling riddle work from some of the brightest of the community, the JIG Community Riddle is finally here! A flash game made up of devious visual riddles designed by our players waiting, taunting your brain to crack them open.
For this week's You Are Games, we want you to put on your level design tin foil hats and dial them to "R-I-D-D-L-E". We are looking for submissions of one-panel riddle puzzles to create one big honking JIG community riddle puzzle game that we will share with everyone once it's finished. Prizes will be awarded, and anyone who gets their idea(s) into the game will have a place among the credits inside the game.
This week's You Are Games challenge leverages the awesome and unique opportunity being offered by Inexile Entertainment with its new Prius-branded version of a fan favorite here at JIG! Fans of physics puzzles and fuel efficiency, your time has come at last! Fantastic Contraption is back with a new look, new levels, and a chance to win $1,000!
You Are Games returns with a musical challenge this week. Introducing Nudge, a simple to use musical composition webtoy that gives everyone the ability to create pleasant sounding melodies. And we want to hear what you can do with it. Let loose your inner musician!
This week on You Are Games, we share the entries from the Artists Ahoy! Challenge. Your mission is to browse through the gallery, comment on the complimentary wine, sniff in hoity-toity disapproval, discuss the matter with your handbag poodle, and do other art gallery related things. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Picking a winner was a tough decision!
Q-Block is an extremely nifty graphics editor that runs in your browser. It allows you to build 3D pixel art, just by sticking colorful cubes to each other one at a time. Rotate your artwork in 3D space by clicking and dragging anywhere on the screen. It's just as easy to remove blocks or repaint them a different color.
There's one more step before we announce the theme of Casual Gameplay Design Competition 6, and that's to make it all pretty. Your job this week on You Are Games is to make artwork for CGDC6. The graphics we select will be used as the official logo for the competition and also win money. See the full entry for details.
You say you'd like to vote one more time for your favorite Casual Gameplay Design Competition theme? Your wish is our command. We've compiled the top 12 vote-getters from last week's poll into one little bitty poll. This is for all the marbles. Vote for your favorite theme of the next Casual Gameplay Design Competition.
The suggestions have been made. The big list has been compiled. Let's keep this ball rollin'. Your job this week on You Are Games is to vote for the theme of the next Casual Gameplay Design Competition. Choose up to 10 of your favorite choices from the master list. Thanks to everyone who made suggestions last week!
Simple Puzzle. Grow. Replay. Ball Physics. Upgrade. We've had some good themes over the years for the Casual Gameplay Design Competitions. Your job on You Are Games this week is to answer a question: What should the theme of the next Flash game design competition be?
We are pleased to announce another winner of the Reviewers, Assemble! contest: Mike! Go here to read the winning review of Lights, one of our favorite room escape games this year. Congratulations Mike, and thank you to everybody who participated!
This week on You Are Games, you get to review the games. Send us a review of one of the following games: Upgrade Complete, Minecraft, or Lights. We'll choose our three favorites and feature them on the site! Check out the rules and guidelines in the full article, and remember to have fun. Reviewers, Assemble!
In our inaugural entry for a brand new feature, You Are Games, we are highlighting the latest from Grubby Games: Incredibots 2! Now in open beta, we are leveraging the community and level sharing aspect of the game with a mini-competition instead of a review. Announcing the Jay is Games Incredibots 2 Mini-Brawl!