A handful of tiny, quirky, off-beat kinda games to enjoy this weekend. Want to step on spikes, die, then come back to life? Gotcha covered. Want to blow things up then run for your life? Check. Want to toss your hat? We're so into that, too.
You Can't Possibly Expect Me To Do That (Windows, 1.8MB, free) - Yes, I can! You Can't Possibly Expect Me To Do That (or YCPEMTDT for kinda-short) is a platform puzzle game that's all about dying, healing, mid-air double jumping, and probably dying again. To reach the star in each stage, you have to smash into spikes and other obstacles to kill yourself. While "dead", you fly through walls, allowing you to maneuver to impossible areas and collect health packs which bring you back to life. Some of these stages are absolutely crazy, and you'll have a great time figuring out what to do.
Mr. Splode and the Fireworks Factory (Windows, <1MB, free) - A short, experimental platform/puzzle game created by Lexaloffle for a previous Ludum Dare competition. Scoot over to the flammable boxes, toss a match, then step back as a chain reaction of fireworks fills the room. Avoid firecrackers and stay safe until they all disappear and you'll move on to the next level!
Hatman (Windows, 2.7MB, free) - A tiny (in many ways) platformer with one interesting gimmick: you have a hat to throw. The hat flies out and comes back, allowing you to jump or avoid it for some boomerang-style attacks. You can also clear blocks and modify its trajectory somewhat with the [arrow] keys. Oh, and the first boss? Awesome.
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!