One word for all you weekend downloaders: Hide. Not hide as the verb, or even hide as the animal skin noun. Hide as the name of the game that's right below this. Hide. Hide! HIDE! Also, Approaching Dawn and WARP!
Hide (Mac/Windows, 14MB, free) - Want to play just one game this weekend? Make it Hide. It's short. Atmospheric. Hauntingly creepy. And it's all about exploration. You're in a snowy field with alarms ringing in the background. Wander around the grainy 3D world and see what you can see. Eventually you'll come across one of five signposts, and when you do, things get even more interesting. Something with a flashlight is out to get you, and your only defense is to hide. Created by shouldice for a Super Friendship Club game-making pageant.
Vest Trials: Approaching Dawn (Windows, 10-27MB, free) - Exploration-based platformer, anyone? Vest Trials: Approaching Dawn is a phenomenal game with a big overworld to explore, ten levels to investigate, unlockable items, secrets, and all of the other things you would expect from a game in this genre. Control Dareo as he explores an abandoned temple area by area, unlocking more worlds to explore as you progress. Lots of action, spikes, moving platforms, and other traps! It feels a bit like Knytt in design, though it's a fundamentally more action-filled experience.
WARP (Windows, 3.73MB, free) - A pleasing little single-screen platform game that doesn't overcomplicate itself with wacky gimmicks. Your goal is to make it to the exit door on each level. To get there, you'll have to make use of screen warps, stepping off one edge of the level to appear on the other side. It's a tad disorienting at first since your character doesn't just slide smoothly through like in most games, but very quickly you get the hang of it, and the game becomes about smart jumps and stupid mistakes instead! A browser version is playable here.
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!