Gris

Gris

Gris is a beautiful platform adventure with wonderful level designs and interesting puzzles. It is a very serene experience, though, as there is no threat of death or fear of danger. Some players will enjoy this casual experience as they explore the world and engage in light puzzle solving, but others might find it a little too easy and boring.

Gameplay: Very easy, but exploring the environments is enjoyable.

Graphics: Beautiful art style and animations.

Sound: Incredible soundtrack and great sound effects

House of Caravan

House of Caravan

House of Caravan is a first-person exploration and puzzle game set entirely in a small, deserted mansion. The limited amount of puzzles are disappointing, to say the least, and slowly creeping through the mansion opening every cabinet and drawer grows old very quickly. Thankfully, the game can be completed in less than 90 minutes, provided you manage to avoid the bugs and wonky physics. This game could have done a lot more with the story and setting but ended up falling far short in all areas.

Gameplay: Slow, tedious, and boring.

Graphics: Decent enough, but very dark.

Sound: Stilted voice acting and unmemorable music

Zenge

Zenge

Zenge is a simple and straightforward puzzle game that combines tangrams and sliding blocks. The minimalist art style is easy on the eyes and while the game is short it keeps introducing new mechanics to keep the gameplay interesting. It is also just as affordable as its mobile counterpart, so there’s no reason to miss out if you want to play it on your PC instead of your phone.

Gameplay: Simple, straightforward, and quite relaxing.

Graphics: Very minimalist, but the story artwork is quite neat.

Sound: Some soothing piano tunes

Teaser Trailer Released For Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood

Teaser Trailer Released For Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood

Devespresso, the developers behind The Coma and The Coma 2, recently released a brand new teaser trailer for their upcoming game titled Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood. The game, which is set to arrive on Steam in February of next year, is a story-driven fantasy puzzle game described as Groundhog Day meets Brothers Grimm Meets Oz

Carto

Carto

Carto is a unique puzzle adventure with charming visuals and very creative challenges. The protagonist has cartography powers that allow her to manipulate her surroundings using different map pieces and this forms the basis for most of the puzzles. Apart from a few puzzles that can be a little obscure, this is a relaxing adventure that will keep most players entertained for the seven or so hours it lasts.

Gameplay: Moving around map pieces to change your surroundings allows for some creative puzzles.

Graphics: The hand-drawn visuals and charming animations make for a lovely looking game.

Sound: No voice acting, but the soundtrack is great

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice

Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice

Larry is back after his adventures in Wet Dreams Don’t Dry and this time he has to fend for himself on the wild and untamed islands of Kalau’a. His primary goal is to track down the girl he fell madly in love with during the previous game, but as always with Larry, things are never straightforward. From cryptocurrency pirates and lesbian cannibals to secret caves and mysterious artifacts, this is one of Larry’s biggest adventures yet. Some of the humor is a little forced and the game has a few obscure puzzles, but overall it’s a challenging and enjoyable point and click adventure.

Gameplay: Plenty of puzzles to sink your teeth into.

Graphics: Larry gets to visit a lot of diverse locations in this adventure.

Sound: Decent voice acting and the music isn’t bad either

klocki

klocki

Klocki is a short and relaxing puzzle title that should appeal to all fans of the genre. Thanks to the lack of timers, ratings, leaderboards, and points it’s a very calming experience too. Although it starts very easy the game continually introduces new puzzle elements and then combines everything for a bigger challenge. Nevertheless, most players should be able to complete every level in under two hours, but seeing as the game is so cheap this is still great value for money.

Gameplay: Somewhat easy, but very enjoyable and relaxing.

Graphics: The minimal visuals fit the calming nature of the game.

Sound: Just as calming and soothing as the visual style

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition

Home Sheep Home: Farmageddon Party Edition is a casual puzzle adventure based on the popular Aardman Animations license. While it lacks the claymation style visuals of the source material the game still looks good and, more importantly, it is a lot of fun to play. There’s nothing here that is too taxing, so even younger players can enjoy the adventures of the three mischievous sheep. We would have liked to play the multiplayer aspects of the game online, but unfortunately, these are limited to local players only.

Gameplay: Not very difficult, but quite creative and fun to play.

Graphics: Looks like a children’s storybook that has come to life.

Sound: Good, but not great

Palindrome Syndrome: Escape Room

Palindrome Syndrome: Escape Room

Palindrome Syndrome: Escape Room is a slow-paced puzzle experience featuring a character with amnesia waking up aboard a spaceship. Players must help them solve the logic puzzles that stand between them and the truth of what happened. While not a very long game the puzzles are enjoyable and very satisfying to solve.

Gameplay: The puzzles can be challenging, but are never illogical.

Graphics: Not a lot of visual options, but the graphics look decent.

Sound: Voice acting is a little stiff, but the soundtrack is good

TurnOn

TurnOn

TurnOn is a unique platform game where players must guide a small alien spark along electric wires to help restore power to a city experiencing a blackout. The game is very casual and relaxing for the most part, but some unexpected runner style sections can cause frustration. It is also a very short game, but the healthy dose of achievements helps with the replay value.

Gameplay: Casual and relaxing until the runner sections make an appearance.

Graphics: 3D visuals viewed from a mostly 2D perspective.

Sound: The jazzy soundtrack is a highlight