This week's games were presented before a panel of elite judges prior to publication. They were coffee tasting judges, but you gotta figure their impeccable sense of taste transfers from beverages to games, right? After rigorous screening, the scientifically-verified result is as such: three out of four coffee tasters think the games below are definitely very very fun! The fourth judge thinks they're "rather" fun, but that doesn't make for a very interesting pull quote...
the wall of our hearts (Windows, 13.6MB, free) - This game is so hip. You probably haven't played it yet. You're just so, you know, mainstream. But since you're here, might as well tell you about the wall of our hearts, a cool, lowercase-titled 8-bit-style platformer starring two hipster characters who really want to get together. Problem is, there's a wall in the way. Scale the heights of love one ledge at a time, saving your progress at stereos, using bread to lure ducks to ride on, and experiencing the world's most authentic fish riding simulator. Cool game, good times, but you probably don't really understand it anyway. *dons a dirty flannel jacket, thick-rimmed glasses, a black t-shirt, wool scarf, patched jeans, and mis-matched socks and walks away*
Yeti (Windows, 61.5MB, free) - Adventure games tend to follow a set formula, right? Not this one. In Yeti, you are part of a documentary crew exploring the life of a yeti, filming him in his natural habitat (a well-stocked bachelor pad to a software company in Toronto, of course) and exploring the scene from a somewhat more distant perspective. You can still interact with the world, but puzzles take a more point-and-click feel to them as opposed to a strict adventure flavoring. Marvelously imaginative, quirky, and a great way to learn about yetis in real life. Ok, not that last bit. But seriously, play this game!
Ragmeg Alleycat (Windows, 25MB, free) - The life of a bike messenger is a difficult one. There are cars all over the place, some of which travel in the wrong direction. Pedestrians are always in the way. Police cars chase you for no reason. And packages sit inconveniently on rough patches of sidewalk. What's a rider to do, other than keep trying to get a better and better score? Ragmeg Alleycat is sort of a reverse Paperboy where you navigate the low-res streets to pick up packages and rack up tons of points. A hotseat multiplayer mode is included, but the single player adventure is plenty of game for one person. Just don't try this at home. You know, on a real bike and stuff.
Abduction Destruction (Windows, 3.3MB, free) - A pet project from TIGSource forum member Tipp, Abduction Destruction is an arcade game about an alien with one mean abduction ray. Scoop up animals, apples, people, corn, rocks, and anything else on the ground you can beam your ray onto, then launch stored items as projectiles to keep your enemies at bay. Collect coins to purchase items in the shop, then continue your abducting spree! The game is rather short at this stage, and there are a few level design flaws, but the art style is great, and you can't deny how fun it is to be on the alien end of the abducting business!
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!