Need a little weirdness in your life? Never hurts to have more, does it?! *high five* A couple of rather strange games on this edition of Weekend Download, one featuring a character whose name is an anagram of a common North American tree, one with solid boulders that are suddenly affected by gravity with you touch them, and a shooter by the creator of Knytt. How's that for odd?
blubLuble (Windows, 17MB, free) - A tiny little game co-created by Knytt designer Nifflas and Steffi Degiorgio for an event at a recent Game Developer's Conference. blubLuble is a colorful sidescrolling shmup that can fire two types of beams: a reverse boomerang-style red beam and a forwards blue beam. Use the correct weapon to take out the shields of foes, and be sure to avoid the laser blasts that are emitted when they die. Each time you get hit you lose a bit of your tail, so play it safe and keep firing! It's a short and simple game, but it's charming and easy to get into. Note: You'll need to scroll down on the game page to find the download link.
SubTerra II (Windows, 5MB, free) - Classically-styled, tons of levels, plenty of obstacles to overcome, and more puzzles than you can shake a downwards-rolling boulder at. SubTerra II is a top-down adventure puzzle game where you race around the level collecting gems and avoiding obstacles. Both of which there are many! The game plays a lot like the Adventures of Lolo series but with a decidedly more complex set of mechanics. For example, you can reverse gravity, have a pet dog, work with wiring systems, and much, much more. A fantastic adventure/puzzle game you'll want to grab like, before you finish reading this sentence!
Oka (Windows, 6.7MB, free) - Cute and simple, this little action/puzzle game from Andrew Brophy fits a bit of challenge into a short game. You play as Oka who's on a quest to find his brother, only he doesn't quite remember what he looks like. Walk around the land obeying the signs as best you can to continue forward. The game plays with your reasoning in a few ways, forcing you to figure out a few riddles in order to progress, but if you stick with it, five or ten minutes later you'll reach the end. Not much to it, but it's a fun little diversion!
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!