Ready for a nugget of the strange and unusual? Three games carved from the walls of the Cave of Indie Coolness, built with non-standard ideas and experimental concepts in mind. No copy/paste genre cloning, more like the genres wish they could copy/paste these games!
Lost and Found (Windows, 14.4MB, free) - Created by Japanese developer Kanoguti with music by Rory Viner, Lost and Found is an unusual and gleefully abstract game built around sound. Each of the game's five stages features an entirely different gameplay idea, from first person to classic arcade-style experiences. All games have something to do with music, but figuring out what to do to "win" is part of the fun. Use the [arrow] keys and [z] to play each game, but beyond that, we're not telling anything. That'd spoil it! Note: If you have trouble downloading the game, try the following links: direct download, mirror.
Six (Mac/Win/Linux, 10MB, free) - The latest interactive fiction competition, IF Comp 2011, produced some fantastic games, but one title stands on its own for accessibility and pure charm. Six is a work of interactive fiction suitable for just about everyone, no real prior knowledge of text-based gaming required. The game accepts simple commands and has a small world to explore, yet the puzzles are smart and the setting wholly enjoyable. As the young Harriet Leitner, twin sister to Demi, you are celebrating your sixth birthday in the park. It's a fancy dress party and you're playing hide and seek tip with your friends. Finding them will require exploration as well as puzzle solving, all accomplished in the traditional interactive fiction manner. A lovely and very enjoyable game, one that everyone should try out, even those who aren't fans of text adventures. Note: Download the file 'six.gblorb' after clicking on the link above. You'll need an interpreter to play this work of interactive fiction. Gargoyle works best for Six, as it supports sound and graphics.
Hyperbolic Rogue (Mac/Win/Linux, >1MB, free) - A simple roguelike that takes place on a hyperbolic plane, something very few games can claim! Move from block to block, searching for the elusive pieces of gold all around. You generate heat as you run, leaving a trail behind and melting ice blocks if you walk by them frequently enough. You'll run across yetis and wolves (represented by Y and w respectively), the former of which will follow you by the most efficient path, the latter tracks you by heat. Stay away from packs of enemies as you gather as much gold as you can! Very basic in terms of gameplay, and not much of a roguelike in the traditional sense, but unique and surprisingly fun all the same!
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!