A lot of indie games have rolled off the presses in the past week, including several as entries in the TIGSource "A Game By Its Cover" competition (which ends today). We've featured one of these games below, but look for more in the weeks to come!
Tricky Truck (Windows, 19.2MB, free) - From the creator of Sumotori Dreams, the game about sumo wrestlers shoving each other, comes a game about parking a truck loaded with a bunch of stuff. Move the truck around each small arena, careful not to tip over, and make it to the marked goal safely. As anyone who has played Sumotori Dreams knows, this is an exercise in patience, precision, and timing, not beginner's luck. Those trucks are are tipsy.
Mind Jolt (Windows, 5.8MB, free) - Built as a tribute to Mind Shock, Mind Jolt is an arena shmup that manages to be intense while staying accessible to a wide variety of players. Much less twitch-action reflex dodging than most shooters, much more intelligent moving, firing, and observing enemy patterns.
The Moonkeeper (Windows, 1.4MB, free) - A very, very old-school exploration platformer that tries to make everything as retro as possible. But, you know, that's kinda awesome. Our moon base has been infested by aliens, so you must find and destroy their gestation pods. Work through a series of interconnected passageways as you hunt for keys, press switches, make perilous jumps, and nab new items to help take care of the strange enemies.
D.O.T.: Dot Order Tie (Windows, 24.5MB, free) - An entry in the TIGSource A Game By Its Cover Competition, DOT is a top-down maze-like game of exploration. It's one of the few games you'll actually need to read the instruction manual for, but the basic gist of things is you're trying to collect 999 dots, and in order to get them, you'll need to find hidden passageways and decipher codes for a number of doors. Very interesting puzzle mechanics, and the story is so great you have to read it to believe it.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista and are virus-free. Mac users should try Boot Camp, Parallels, or CrossOver Games to play Windows titles, Linux users can use Wine. If you know of a great game we should feature, use the Submit link above to send it in!