It would take some sort of psycho alien to come up with some of these games below. And we say that with all the affection we can muster. Which is a lot, mind you, as we placed second in the International Hug and General Non-Offensive Physical Affection Competition held last year in Denmark.
Fox Aliens from Space Invade a Planet within Space (Windows, 16.9MB, free) - Filled with action, explosions, and more attitude than a flock of petulant emo teenagers at an oldies concert, this is the game you want to play when you don't want to think, you just want to play. As Mr. Zuper Hero Dude, you have the ability to get rid of aliens, alien ships, and alien walkers by smashing them from above or by bringing them down from below. Rescue your friends while avoiding robot alien fire, then deal some damage in the best way you know how. Short, simple, and filled with pretty colors. Just the way we like it.
Psycho Powers (Windows, 4.5MB, free) - Imprisoned. No way out. Mind is blank. Time to escape. Freedom. I'll get out of here. I'll use my PSYCHO POWERS. Levitating through the sky, collecting blood, and shooting enemies with laser eye powers, this bullet hell shmup is absolutely bonkers. Not that we're making fun of the main character. Nope, that would invite certain destruction! Instead, we're heartily recommending this game for anyone who wants lots of moving objects to stream in front of their face. It's a genuinely tough game, but it's so crazy, it works!
Tombs and Treasures (Windows, 2.14MB, free) - No need to break out the old Atari, this ultra-retro game runs just fine on your PC. Famed archaeologist Charles Laurent has deciphered an old map and discovered a secret tomb guarded by Egyptian gods. He descends into the pharaoh's resting place and discovers more than one kind of danger lurking inside. Your job is to meander through the maze-like levels, collecting keys to unlock doors and nabbing ankhs to destroy enemies. You also have a basic weapon that gets rid of enemies to either side, but you still have to be smart so you don't get backed into a corner. Comes complete with a dozen levels, a secret level, and three boss battles! Yeah!
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!