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Interlocked is a three-dimensional brain teaser

Back when I was a kid, I used to love crafting ornate puzzle boxes out of Lego. There would be just one way to open the box, by carefully shifting and rotating a bunch of pieces. Well, either that, or breaking the box in frustration. Interlocked takes that spirit and turns it into a beautiful Flash game. It's a good thing the soundtrack is soothing, because the game itself can get pretty...

Let it Slide is an engaging, difficult puzzle game

I have a thing for physics games, and I've been known to post the occasional platformer or action game here and there. But Let it Slide is one of the brainiest games I've posted to date. The idea is very simple, and far from original: You get a board with pieces arranged in a particular pattern; you have to slide those around until you get the special piece into its target location. It's...

Kamikaze Blocks is an explosive Time Waster

When I write up a game, I usually have to classify it one way or the other: either it's an arcade-type game, or it's something more cerebral. Well, Kamikaze Blocks is one game that says, "why choose?" The premise of the game is simple: It's a physics shooter, the type where you have to set off one or more explosive charges to blow all the blocks off the board. But what's unique about it is...

12 favorite Time Wasters from 2010 to kick off your 2011 gaming!

2010 has come to a close, and that means it's time for us to kill what little remains of your final Friday productivity with a look back at some of our best Time Wasters. Grab your mouse and keep your eyes peeled for the boss, it's time to fire up some casual gaming goodness in your Web browser! Each screenshot is linked directly to the game pictured -- so when you see something which catches...

Entanglement is an engaging, HTML5-powered Time-Waster

I am really enjoying watching HTML5 come into its own and mature into a full-fledged platform for video, Web apps, and now some games, too. Entanglement is an HTML5-driven puzzle game, and it feels just like Flash. It's a simple brain teaser. You start with a hexagon in the middle of the board. An orange line comes out of that hexagon and touches another hexagon right next to it. That other...

Ragdoll Cannon 3 is a fun and easy way to waste 30 minutes

If you hadn't gathered, today is a slow news day -- and when there's nothing to write about, the first thing we do, here in the Download Squad bunker, is play some games. It's a hard life, but someone's gotta do it. First up today is Ragdoll Cannon 3. As you can imagine, there are two (very successful) earlier versions, but #3, in my opinion, is the best yet. It's not hard -- in fact it's...

I Don't Even Game is a LOLspeak puzzle Time Waster

I Don't Even Game doesn't really have a lot of controls. You can only move your stick-figure avatar in one direction -- right. You can speed up or slow down to listen to what the other characters you encounter have to say, but when you come to a puzzle, you'll have to pass it with wits instead of keyboard dexterity. The dialogue in I Don't Even Game is all in LOLspeak, reminiscent of something...

Factory Balls 3 is even more step-by-step puzzling fun - Time Waster

The Factory Balls games are truly great Time Wasters. They're all about experimentation and carefully plotting your steps as you try to duplicate the finished ball pictured on the shipping box. Factory Balls 3 is the latest in the series, and it's more of the same frustratingly good puzzle fun. Drive yourself mental as you re-trace your steps to create Pac Man, flowery little terrarium...

Gluey is a colorful, blobby puzzler - Time Waster

Gluey is not your typical puzzle game. Sure, you have pieces you need to match, but the pieces shift, wobble and stick together. The objective is to match up brightly-colored blobs so you can clear them out. Bigger blobs equal more points, and you can't remove a small "single" blob. The trick is remove the right pieces so the others can fall into place and combine. Gluey is an all-ages kind of...

Jigsaw puzzles online - Time Waster

I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of putting together jigsaw puzzles; it's just not an activity I would ever choose. On the other hand, when there's a partially completed puzzle sitting on a table, I can't walk by it without sitting down and starting to look for pieces to match up together. I suspect this Time Waster is only going to appeal to the real die-hard jigsaw puzzle fans out there....

Grayscale is a gear-turning puzzler (literally) - Time Waster

If you're like me, it takes a little while to shake loose the weekend cobwebs from your brain and get it back into fighting shape on Mondays. What better way to wake it up and shake off the crud than with a puzzling little Time Waster? Grayscale is incredibly simple to figure out. See the white orb with the halo? That's you. Drag yourself around the pathways using your mouse (or move with the...

Libra is a balance puzzler with a Tetris twist - Time Waster

Ah, Libra - the zodialogical symbol of balance. And in Libra the game, that's precisely what you're out to achieve! Each level presents you with an array of blocks with different Tetris-inspired shapes. They're also made of different materials, which gives them different weights. You can never exceed the maximum weight difference indicated on the scale. If you do, it's simply a matter of...

Eenie Bounce - an easy ball-bouncing Time Waster

Let me warn you up front that Eenie Bounce is not a challenging game. None of its 25 levels took me more than a minute to beat. The object of Eenie Bounce is to bounce your ball around the screen, collecting all the stars and landing on the numbered platforms the appropriate number of times before you hit the ground. Some platforms bounce you higher than others, but that's the only challenging...

Boxing Day Time Waster: Take a walk down memory lane

Do you have Boxing Day in the States? I don't think you do. Maybe you did back in the olden days, when you were still a colony -- anyway, Boxing Day is the day after Christmas. Historically, the 26th December would be the day that tradesmen or those that delivered a service -- chimney sweeps! -- would stop by their masters/lords and pick up a gift, a 'Christmas Box'. Nowadays, it's just an...

Portal - the Flash Version is a kick-ass Time Waster

Armor Games is publishing a fan-made re-creation of Valve's incredibly popular game Portal as 2-D puzzle platformer called Portal - the Flash Version, and it's awesome. The concept is the same; you have an Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device (ASHPD) that you can use to create blue and yellow portals that are connected. Objects passing into one portal, including yourself, emerge from the other...