A definite "physics" theme for this edition of Weekend Download, featuring two games that bank their entire existence on force, momentum, gravity, friction, and all that sciencey stuff. Do they have what it takes to impress you, master of real world physics? Find out below!
Bennu (Windows, 88MB, free) - How about a little physics puzzle action to run on for your weekend? Bennu puts you in control of a little bird with one ability: shooting chains and swinging from them. You can grapple onto any surface and move left and right in mid-air, affording you a surprisingly non-realistic level of control. Touch certain objects to change your color, and depending on the color you are, you'll cause the blocks you touch to disappear. Clear each level of all the blocks to move on. The game has a nice and calm atmosphere with a great soundtrack and some funny dialogue. The physics aren't so realistic, but the more arcade kind of feel suits the game just fine.
Wroom (Windows, 11MB, free) - Nice and crazy are two words that describe Wroom very well. This physics-driven racing game features most of what you would expect from a title of its ilk: multiplayer, best times, ghost races, etc. It also features some really bouncy physics that encourage you to play it fast, make mistakes, and try to recover on-the-fly. While driving, tilt your car back and forth to make smooth landings on the terrain, and jump to reach other areas or get yourself out of a jam. It's simple, but it produces that kind of laugh out loud fun you can't resist in a physics game!
Balloon Diaspora (Mac/Win, 57MB, free) - A dark 3D point-and-click adventure game? Yes, please! You start off stranded on a shadowy world with little more to look at than the balloon in the background. A stranger offers to fix your ride, and soon you learn you'll need to gather pieces of cloth to patch up the balloon. Lots of conversations to have in this quiet sort of game, along with a few fetch quests and a puzzle or two. A short experience, but very well-done with an atmosphere that's tough to beat.
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!