Weekend Download contains 80% of your recommended weekly allowance of awesome. It is recommended you supplement your intake of downloadable games with a balanced diet selected from other sources, including Flash games, mobile games, and that game you play with a paddle where you hit the ball on the rubber band.
Ultra Mission (Windows, 1.3MB, free) - A moody action game created by prolific indie developer cactus. Ultra Mission gives you a gun and some explosives and challenges you to rescue hostages being held by armed kidnappers. Use the bombs to blow up sections of the wall, then make your way to the civilians while avoiding turrets and other smart stationary-type enemies. Surprisingly challenging, and with cactus' usual flair for the minimalist dramatic.
Shoot First (Windows, 3MB, free) - Shoot First is sort of a combination of a shmup and a roguelike. So, can we call it a rogue-'em-up? Let's pretend you said yes, and then downloaded the game. Run around procedurally generated levels taking out enemies with your projectiles. Pick up new weapons from fallen foes, but you can only carry one at a time, so choose well. You also grab other pieces of equipment from your journey, and weapons are automatically upgraded after you use them for a while. Other than that, just keep heading downwards and rescue damsels whenever you have the chance. Bonus: a two player local co-op mode is also available.
Uchuusen (Windows, 2.3MB, free) - A fun little 20-level arcade game by the creator of A Mini Falafel Adventure. Your cute craft has two burners you can fire, one facing down-left, the other facing down-right. That means you can really only move up and at an angle at the same time, forcing you to tap the keys to move straight up and maneuver yourself through tight passageways. Grab all of the coins in each stage to open the exit, then zip through to move on to the next level!
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!