When I was in my senior year of college, I had a heavy course load, and was looking for something mindless and relaxing to do once I was done with classes and homework for the day. I noticed a link to an online game that a friend had posted on Facebook, and gave it a look out of curiosity.
Calling it a game really doesn’t do it justice, 99 Rooms is really more of an interactive piece of art. Developed from photography of abandoned spaces in East Berlin and released in 2004, it is an atmospheric point and click game that has players complete a task to advance through each room. It was the perfect distraction after a long hours of lectures and studying, simple to play, but eerie and immersive.
In my search to find more games like it, I stumbled upon the game review website jayisgames.com. It was a huge resource for online games, with reviews, tips and walk throughs. By combing the site I found many other unusual games to play, and I was hooked. Some were simple “on the rails” point and click experiences, and others were more challenging and interactive with multiple outcomes. I was hooked.
While researching this post, I was thrilled to discover the websites for 99 Rooms and Jay is Games are both still active. So for this week’s roundup I’ve included a link to 99 Rooms and 9 newer games that I’m looking forward to giving a try when I need a quick break from work or writing. Some require a PC and flash, while others are Mac and mobile device friendly.
The games I included fall into the category of horror, some like The Darkest Woods are meant to be truly scary, while others like 99 Rooms merely have an eerie atmosphere. If that’s not your style, visit Jay is Games and find the perfect game for you.