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Protector (Windows, 73MB, demo) - A gorgeous 3D shooting game that puts you in the seat of a stationary turret floating in the stars. As meteors and mines zip in your direction you must destroy them before they crash into the planet or damage your turret. The unique 3D map shows you from which direction baddies are coming and forces you to find (and oftentimes zoom in) and destroy them one at a time. While the action takes some time to heat up, eventually you'll level-up your guns and encounter faster, tougher enemies that will force you to choose between your own safety and the planet's. Hint: choose the planet. A fun and intense game that's a real treat to look at and to play.
Chromatron (Windows/Mac, <50KB, free) - Chromatron is a series of wonderfully evil puzzle games. The laser-and-mirror concept is familiar to many (see Reflections and Aargon), but Chromatron has some unique pieces of its own to twist your brain around. Until recently the original game was a free sample to entice players to buy the sequels, but now all four games are free for download. (Cheers to Shep and Dan for sending this in!)
HoldoffRed (Windows, <2 MB, free) is a simple shooter game with some RPG elements that give it a suprising amount of depth. You are a heart that needs to defend itself from woes by shooting them. You gain levels with points you receive from shooting your enemies which you can use to upgrade your health, energy, or damage. Keeping a good balance between the three stats is extremely important in surviving later levels. With 8 unlockable special attacks, and several unlockable modes, this game will keep you coming back for more, and is perfect for a quick round or two on your coffee break. (Thanks, Kero!)
The Tuttles: Madcap Misadventures (Windows, 100MB, demo) - An arcade platform adventure game with a touch of zany. Oh, and there's a flying van you get to pilot! You'll recognize a few of the voices in the game, including Bob Saget, Dave Thomas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dave Coulier, and William Shatner. Best of all, 75% of the game's purchase price goes to Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation and benefits seriously ill kids and their families. It's a great little platformer made for a great cause.
Jumper Redux (Windows, ~2.3 MB, free) is a challenging platformer from the maker of HoldoffRed and An Untitled Story which puts you in the place of a robot who is trying to escape a science lab. The levels in this game do get difficult quickly, but none are impossible. With two modes to choose from, Original and Redux, there's loads to keep you occupied and frustrated for days (or weeks if it takes you as long as I did). And with multiplayer mode you can even race against your friends online to see who can finish the fastest or with the least deaths. (Thanks, Kero!)