Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use honey combs. Why do Weekend Downloads have a bunch of games? Because spending your weekend reading about and subsequently sorting pieces of lint isn't nearly as fun.
Glumbuster (Windows, 12.9MB, free) - A quiet, artistic kind of game with a mysterious storyline and equally entrapping gameplay. Without spoiling too much, your goal in each screen is to shoot enemies with the [left] mouse button, then trap them in an energy triangle by clicking the [right] mouse button for the three points. A gate opens, you enter. But is that all there is?
Jed (Windows/Linux, 10.2MB, free) - A retro-styled platform game with chunky pixel graphics and a nice flipping twist. No, seriously, the twist is that you flip the foreground and background in order to proceed. Each level had a curiously active shaded background that can be "turned on" by hitting the yin-yang looking switches, toggling the back to the front and vice versa. Use this to your advantage as you jump and jetpacky through ten levels searching for 50 lost baby robots.
Awakener (Windows, 5.8MB, free) - A short adventure game by Ben Chandler, creator of Annie Android. You play as Fadi, a young boy who fancies himself an adventurer, helping his aunt just outside of her tavern. Everything takes place in this one area and you'll spend most of your time talking to characters and making use of the items they offer up. Short, simple and sweet.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista 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!