Escape From The Basement
In Escape From The Basement you must try to parachute from a plane cruising at 32,000 feet onto a moving steam train whilst humming the Martian national anthem... well not really, it's slightly more basementy than that... [subbed by Buji].

Entry 3465, Friday, September 19th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(50%)Comments(57)

SSSG Disney Crystal Hunter
SSSG Disney Crystal Hunter takes us to a magical kingdom of crystal hunting [subbed by Cyberjar88].

Entry 3464, Thursday, September 18th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(24%)Comments(20)

ViralNo updates today as I'm super busy trying to shake off a nasty virus (that's the computer kind, not the sneezy kind). Where do these things come from? I'm up to date with Windows, AV software, firewall and Anti Spyware and I'm ultra careful, and yet still I get infected. I wasn't even doing anything when it struck. Anyway...

Currently both Windows Defender and Norton Internet Security insist that my PC is fine, yet every time I use google all the results are hijacked to direct to other sites, and every time I try to visit Microsoft or Symantec (Norton) to get any kind of useful security update I'm either blocked or redirected elsewhere again. Arrrrgh. I don't even what to know what would happen if I used a site that needed security details/credit card details etc and I can't even think about using my remote connection to my office (so work today consists of searching security bulletin boards and rebooting a PC a gazillion times, which is even less fun than usual since 9 times out of 10 it won't even boot up properly as it's clearly too busy committing evil acts upon it's own operating system and files). Hmmmmm.... *deep breath*. Anyway, so that's what I'm doing today.

UPDATE: So the latest update is that my PC seems to be fixed. Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions in the comments, or emailed with help (especially James). I was going to write up a full story of my experiences hoping that they could help someone else out there with the same problems, but to be honest with you I'm exhausted by the whole thing now and really don't even want to think about viruses, trojans and rootkits. I spent 2.5 long days going thru this. Having a break from the computer after sitting at it constantly for hours and hours on end is kind of appealing. But just a quick summary...

I had problems with Trojan.blusod (kind of annoying) and with Rootkit.Win32.Agent.cku (ultra annoying and pretty scary), despite generally "being careful" and keeping my operating system, firewall and security software up to date (which is the no #1 recommendation to not even having these sorts of issues in the first place).

Once infected very useful tools to sort out the problem (which I'll contine to use) were Malwarebytes' anti-malware and Spybot.

I did however also need a lot of help, and a tool called SDFix, to get completely 'clean'. I suggest a visit to bleepingcomputer.com for this if you find yourself in a similar situation (and I'd probably shy away from running SDFix, as excellent as it is, without the sort of help they can offer).

Entry 3463, Wednesday, September 17th 2008, Filed In Diary
Comments(154)

Leaving Your Room 9
Leaving Your Room 9 gives me another opportunity to sing my key finding song as I play along, *joy* [subbed by Cyberjar88].

Entry 3462, Tuesday, September 16th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(56%)Comments(69)

Sealed Room
Sure, Sealed Room might offer the escape the room style point'n'click game play that we all know and love here at Lazylaces, but what I want to know is, where are the seals? As far as I can tell there are no marine mammals, specially trained military units, or (thankfully) singers anywhere to be found in the game. I'm going to go look again now, but I think I'm going to have to ask for my money back, this kind of false advertising has gone on far too long. It's all very well giving us a free game to play, but we demand bizarre animal references as well [subbed by f00].

Entry 3461, Tuesday, September 16th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(70%)Comments(93)

Wogger Inside
Dropping from the sky onto a (seemingly) deserted desert island, inexplicably surviving, and then finding out that all your (mouse) actions you use to try and escape have mysterious consequences you might think you've stumbled into this year's season premiere of Lost. But no. This is Wogger Inside; something entirely different, that's more like Intel Inside. Except not at all like that either [subbed by Cyberjar88, Carol & carm].

PS. A total aside here for those of you waiting for the wedding pics. I did start them, but got caught up with general busy-ness. They will be done soon. Promise.

Entry 3460, Monday, September 15th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(20%)Comments(34)

Lion Cage Escape
You know the best time to attempt Lion Cage Escape don't you? It is of course tonight, when the lion sleeps. You know: When the lion sleeps tonight. Possibly that is only a good strategy in a mighty jungle though and it doesn't work in cages [subbed by Mystery].

Entry 3459, Friday, September 12th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(21%)Comments(43)

Casual Gameplay Escape
You better have your puzzle solving hat on to play Casual Gameplay Escape. Either that or it's time to cheat like hell. But you wouldn't do that I'm sure [ta to jay].

Entry 3458, Friday, September 12th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(54%)Comments(37)

The Ballad of Ketinetto 2
Did I ever tell you about last summer when I invented a time machine and went back to medieval times and worked as a traveling minstrel singing to lords and ladies across Ye Olde England? I didn't? I can't believe it skipped my mind. That was a great summer. You would never believe I would make a go of it since I'm tone deaf and my singing sounds like a squirrel have a tooth removed, but standards were much lower in those days don't you know? Anyway. I became quite the ballad connoisseur as you might imagine, so I can tell you with great authority that The Ballad of Ketinetto 2 is a great one. Try it today, if you haven't already [subbed by Dickie].

Entry 3457, Friday, September 12th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(63%)Comments(37)

Village Escape
The only parts of Village Escape that are difficult are the bits where you convince yourself you are doing the wrong thing as it just seems too incredibly simple. But no. It is that simple. That's not to say it isn't a nice game though, and sometimes a simple game is just what you need to feel better about yourself. One note of caution though - be careful with the tiger on the boat crossing at the end - if he eats one of the other animals you have to re-start right from the beginning [subbed by hank mccoy].

Entry 3456, Thursday, September 11th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(47%)Comments(40)

Lab Escape
If you'd listened to the instructions at the beginning of chemistry class - you know the boring ones about how to get out of the lab and all that jazz - rather that ignoring the teacher and playing Snake on your cell phone you could have exited the laboratory in some normal fashion in a couple of secs. Due to your negligence though just getting out of the room has become this whole "Lab Escape" adventure thing. Good luck to you I say, but remember it's all your own fault, and pay attention next time. Honestly, kids these days, mumble, grumble... [subbed by f00 & Mystery].

Entry 3455, Wednesday, September 10th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(38%)Comments(38)

Tombscape
Unless your first name is Indiana your regular working day probably doesn't involve poking around in tombs, fortunately though we have Tombscape to show us all the cobwebby fun we've all been missing (as well as being a point'n'click adventure). Now, if you'll pass me my bullwhip and fedora, you'll have to excuse me, I have work to do... [subbed by VictoriaV, Psionic, anon & crushed_butterfly].

Entry 3454, Wednesday, September 10th 2008, Filed In Games
Rating(73%)Comments(43)

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