Confession: every writer behind the scenes at JIG is secretly some kind of mollusc. We hide it quite well, wearing suits and blazers and little thingies in our hair. But when you watch us walk, you start to wonder if something's a bit off. When you see us dance, you're sure of it.
Octodad (Windows, 336MB, free) - Fitting in is never easy. Especially when you're an octopus masquerading as a human dad! Created by students at DePaul University, the same university that housed the creators of Devil's Tuning Fork, Octodad is one of those games that mirrors itself in the control scheme. Moving Octodad in 3D is an exercise in imprecision and hilarity, as you must pick up and swing each leg individually, sliding the mouse around to gain ground. More often than not, you'll end up in a funky position. Gripping objects is handled in the same manner, and you'll probably knock over more things than you'd care to admit. But it's awesome to play around with, and the story keeps you driven to move forward and explore new rooms. Don't raise suspicion, try to blend in, and you, too, can be a successful Octodad!
Maze of Space (Mac/Win, 9MB, free) - So, you remember that guy named Petri Purho? The one who made all those cool games, including Crayon Physics? Well, here's another experimental game crafted for the love of the art. Maze of Space is a roguelike RPG with visuals inspired by his other experimental game, Post I.T. Shooter. Crawl through the chunky pixel passageways, uncovering squares of territory as you move. Fire your weapon to take care of enemies, and pick up any loot they drop for your own personal use. You'll find equipment to increase your stats as well as gain levels, so most of the basic trappings of an RPG are here, minus the bloat. Note: Only the original version of the game is available for Mac. Version 1.1 for Windows features a few fixes.
Snakes of Avalon (Windows, 63MB, free) - A short adventure game with a whole lot of dark comedy, drinking, and possibly a guy who refuses to leave the loo. You start off more than a bit tipsy at the bar, unable to buy another drink, and believe it or not, things go south from there as you discover a murder plot. Four acts to play through, filled with hallucinations, surreal events, and a lot of mystery. This is one weird game. Also note: this isn't exactly the best sort of game for the younger crowd, in case the description above didn't quite convey that!
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!