Conspiracy theory time! The order the following games are listed in along with the general theme of their content will, when viewed as a string of text on a single page from afar, show an outline of an Egyptian hieroglyph hidden in the chamber below the Sphinx. At least, that's what we're telling people... Shh!
Hubris (Windows, 239MB, free) - Although it's little more than a stunning map to walk around in, Andrew Yoder's Hubris is a surprisingly atmospheric experience that attempts to invoke emotion and set your imagination running around in a world void of conflict or interaction. Simply put, all you do in Hubris is march around and take in the view. There's a staircase, a small tower, plenty of intricate wall work with shadows and small openings, and a door waiting at the top. Despite (or, more likely, because of) the emptiness, you'll quickly become enamored with this small little game.
Yeti Hunter (Windows, 6.8MB, free) - You, are the hunter. The yeti, is your prey. In this snowy world of trees and, well, more snow and trees, it's just you and your gun versus the ever-elusive hairy beast. Trudge through the land in this 3D game as you scour the distant background for signs of the yeti. When you see him, aim and shoot, and hope you're good with a gun. A surprisingly haunting and chilling game from Vlambeer (with a great musical score from Kozilek), especially when it turns into night.
On the Shoulders of Ancestors (Mac/Win/Linux, 10.8MB, demo) - A retro-themed platform puzzle game from Jarnik, On the Shoulders of Ancestors deploys a few familiar ideas in a slightly different sort of way. You re a scientist training Lemonites, small genetically engineered creatures with an unusual life cycle. Each one carries an egg. When that egg is set down, the current Lemonite dies and a brand new one is born. The old one sticks around, allowing you to step up using the carcasses of your ancestors. It's a familiar mechanic that's put to use in some creative ways, and best of all, no matter what any other game says, at the end of each level, you get cake!
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!