One of the games featured on this Weekend Download is a product of the GameJolt Indie Game Demake Contest, a recently-completed competition that tasked game creators to strip their favorite indie game of anything more complex than a few elements and scale it down to a retro size. The results were excellent, and you can find dozens more to play on the contest page, including some browser games!
EverEternal WinterWorld 2 (mirror) (Windows, 20MB, free) - Inspired by games such as Cave Story and The Underside, EverEternal WinterWorld 2 is a platform adventure with crisp pixel artwork and a lovely set of ability upgrades stashed throughout the game. You're about to build a Winter Machine when suddenly your plan is foiled by former pal Companion Pot. Yes, a piece of ceramics is your nemesis. Expect about a three to five hour adventure with this game, with an average level of challenge and an above-average level of humor.
Nation of Reincars (Windows, 4MB, free) - A game about death, reincarnation, and probably a lot more death afterwards. You start off as an apparently lowly human walking along a stark yellow landscape. A pit of spikes is in your way. You can't jump across. What do you do? Kill yourself and reincarnate as something that CAN. Come back as a turtle, rabbit, worm, monkey, or bird, each with its own unique abilities that will help you make it through the stage. You can only incarnate as each animal once, so a lot of trial and error will be in order. A very thoughtful and challenging game.
Sulkeis (Windows, 9.8Mb, free) - A demake of Seiklus by Legendary Creations (author of A Picture is Worth a Thousand Orbs) that took second place in the GameJolt Indie Game Demake Contest. If you've played the already minimalist Seiklus, you'll probably wonder what a demake of the game could accomplish. Well, surprisingly a lot! The goals and basic set-up are the same in both games, but you'll find the puzzles and layout different this time around. Simply wander around the landscape, climbing vines and hopping around to gather anything worth gathering.
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!