A rousing mix of games this week, featuring pleasantly strange free releases alongside some sturdy demos. A bunny who likes to yell? A demon that can live in a candle? That'll get you to sit up straight and start downloading some games!
Deity (Windows, 180MB, free) - When was the last time you thought "Man, I could go for a good isometric stealth action game right about now!"? It was probably quite recently, and since you wished it, a team of students at DigiPen made it come true! Deity is a short mouse-controlled game where you play as a demon who is damaged by strong light. You can move around by leaping into light sources or possessing guards via a similar mechanic. As you snuff out light and travel through shadow, you'll also learn to string together chain movements to really take foes by surprise. It's a great little game that shows a lot of promise, but at the moment it's rather thin on content. The team does have plans to release more levels and a level editor in the future, though, so this unique experience is far from complete!
ˆ_ˆ (Windows, 3.5MB, free) - The master of short-form adventure games, Ben Chandler, creator of Annie Android, Eternally Us, brings us another bite-sized retro game that has, perhaps, the most unusual name we've seen for a release we've seen in months. ˆ_ˆ is the story of Julian who is, apparently, the father of the were-bunny race, but he's not so happy about that role. Your job, then, is to help transform him back into a human being, using a combination of biting and headbutting! Not as smart or meaningful as Ben's other releases, perhaps, but it more than makes up for it with wackiness.
Pitiri 1977 (Windows, 56MB, demo) - Your brother was kidnapped by aliens, but with your special skills, it's a good bet you can get him back. This 70s-styled platform adventure sends you across all kinds of crazy landscapes, challenging you with physics puzzles and harrowing jumps while providing you with a series of psychic abilities. The artwork is phenomenal, and the storyline is charming enough to keep you playing on its own. Pitiri is slow to start, but once things pick up, you'll be good and thoroughly hooked on this budget-priced title.
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!