Eight Easy Ways to Celebrate the Autumnal Equinox

The air outside is getting a little chillier these days and on the first official day of autumn, it's a great time to get in the right mindset before your local greenery erupts into a rainbow of yellows, oranges and browns (unless, you're in the southern hemisphere). So grab a cup of cocoa, a blanket and get ready to snuggle with these fall games.

Fall Sudoku

Sudoku's near dominance has since faded into the autumn of gaming popularity but there's always an allure for many to return to the days when solving the 81 square uber puzzles served its goal to consume vast quantities of time. Here, Fall Sudoku is a simple game for kids, with numbers replaced by colored leaves. Without the numbers, the game plays a little differently, but if you're seeking a bit of early fall challenge, heat up some cider and sit back to play.

Autumn Bejeweled

The classic Bejeweled original game dumps the gems and replaces them with acorns, brown leaves and pine cones. While it offers nothing more than the gem replacements a brown interface, we'll admit that playing Autumn Bejeweled makes us feel calmer than our normal brightly colored daily dose of Bejeweled 2.

Leaf Miner

If you're a tree scholar or seasoned Arborist, Leaf Miner isn't your typical quiz game. After a little cardinal drops a leaf from the top right of the screen, you need to identify which tree it belongs to by hitting the appropriate name on the right. Shockingly, we scored seven correct answers during our first round and we didn't even use the "See All Leaves" option on the left side. Think you can do better? We don't be-leaf you.

A Dog for All Seasons

Flash gaming legend Ferry Halim's Dog for All Seasons takes a basic jumping game and turns it into art. Players control four dogs who are running in four different seasons. At first, you make them all jump together. Once you get used to that, you then have to make choices for individual pooches and perform longer jumps. With a calming sound track, it's a simple and beautiful way to pass the time.

Apple Season

Ready to make pie yet? Apple Season rains down with loads of apples and you're tasked with catching as many as you can. With 100 apples, your goal here is catch more than you miss. Sure it sounds simple but with all the apples you'll miss, you'll be making a whole lotta sauce.

The Apple Tree

Catching falling apples is one thing but Apple Tree adds in an extra, and more challenging step, you have to pick the right apples and then catch them. A successful catch gets you 50 points for each red, 100 for each yellow and -100 for every worm with an apple. Since the game only lasts a few seconds, you won't just stop after just a single picking.

Apple Defender

The battle for the best apples is on and while you choose the types of towers and ammo you'd like to use, the worms are getting sneaky and doubling their efforts. Upgrade your towers with everything from sniper guns, shotguns and poison to see if that's more effective at ensuring that you can pluck your bright red apples before the worms do.

Happy Autumn

Pinning the clothes on characters isn't normally our favorite thing to do. Yet, Happy Autumn presents two Japanese animation style figurines with multiple fall outfits and one brightly colored orange background that help set the post-summer mood. While you can't do anything with them, this isn't technically a game but for some, it's an easy way to celebrate the turning of the season without the stress.
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