Video games have existed for so long, game parodies have begun to take hold. Those parodies have been around for so long, they're morphing into full, respectable games. Those full, respectable games are aging quite nicely, producing subtle bits of gaming candy like Space Funeral below!
Space Funeral (Windows, 46MB, free) - RPGs are a thing of the past. RPGs wrapped around a parody are the new thing. Space Funeral takes itself slightly less than serious with its setting, design, and overall... well... everything. It's best not to ruin too much of the experience with details, but suffice to say, old-school RPG fans will appreciate many of the design elements, while everyone else will get hooked on the remarkably fast and non-verbose gameplay. Do yourself a favor and attend this space funeral, even if you're not an RPG fan.
Cell.Protect (Windows, 12MB, free) - A simple little shooter game with an aesthetic that will remind you a bit of flOw. Protect the cell in the center of the screen by swimming around and shooting the incoming spores. Proteins are generated after each kill and will increase your health, but everything else is up to your own vigilance. Nice, simple atmosphere makes the game remarkably pleasing, and the simple gameplay is a great hook. Note that Cell.Protect is still under development, as this isn't the final version.
STREEMERZ 2: Godspeed Towards Oblivion (Mac/Win, 14MB, free) - Remember the grappling game from earlier this year called STREEMERZ? Well, if you're clever, you'll note that this is a sequel to said game, only now it's grown up quite a bit. Mr. Podunkian's action game continues the gameplay set up in the original, taking away your ability to jump but giving you a useful grappling hook (I mean, STREEMER) that can attach to most walls and pull you around. It's a bit short, but the action is solid, and the crude humor is so over the top, you'll roll your eyes on more than one occasion. Oh, and because of the crude-like humor, keep this one in reserve for the adults.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows 7 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!