Kittens, cases, and groups of miserable people in 1800s France? How on Earth does one mix those elements together? Answer: one doesn't! One just adds them to Weekend Download and let everyone else decide which games they want to play! All right!
Case Case (Windows, 13MB, free) - Here's an infuriatingly simple game that would feel right at home on those old LCD handheld "gaming systems". Your goal is to grab the suitcase, and then keep grabbing it as it reappears on different floors. You can move left and right, jump a little, and control the direction all of the doors/bad guys travel in. Each time you touch a white door you move up a level and exit through the gray door. So, before you step in, make sure you aren't stepping out to certain death. Play it over and over again until you get the hang of it, then keep replaying it until you actually collect a few cases before dying!
Go Right (Windows, 21MB, free) - Much like You Have to Burn the Rope, this little game tells you exactly what you need to do to win. Fire it up, go right, and you win! But... actually... what happens if you don't go right? It's not like anything can hurt you. Sure, there's spikes and fire and stuff, but all that narrator is doing is trying to make you mad. Who cares what the narrator says. You do what you wanna do! You and your pet kitty Fluffems!
Les Miserables: The Game of the Book (Windows, 128.5MB, free) - The classic 19th century tale, transformed into a visual, game-like point and click experience. Les Miserables is Victor Hugo's story of ex-convict Jean Valjean, struggling to redeem himself against the philosophically thick world of Paris, France. It's a love story, it's a story of sacrifice, it's a story of pain. But it's also a story of redemption, and this unique telling of the tale focuses on visual aspects with game-like elements mixed in at appropriate times. It's a very different kind of experience, and one everyone should experience regardless of their familiarity with the source material. The company behind this game, Enter the Story, has several other games available based on works of classic literature, so be sure to check those out if Les Mis gets you hooked!
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!