Yay, a second weekend download! Woo hoo! There were so many games to feature this weekend, we had to split it into two parts to accomodate them all. Also, I had to clone myself, and if anybody asks, that was a necessity, not a fun weekend project.
Fairway Solitaire (Windows, 48MB, demo) - The exciting worlds of golf and solitaire finally meet! Well, that doesn't sound exciting, but mixing the two games turns out to be a heck of a lot of fun, as Fairway Solitaire illustrates beautifully. Piles of cards are stacked on the screen with a deck and a key card facing you at the bottom. The object is to move cards from the screen that are either one above or below the key card to remove all pieces from play. Each course is a new challenge with obstacles and card types that appear to throw a wrench in your game. The presentation is nothing short of superb, and the game's sense of humor makes it all the more entertaining.
Aquaria (Windows, 65MB, demo) - After what feels like ages, Aquaria has finally been released! Walking away with the Seumas McNally Grand Prize at the last Independent Games Festival (IGF), Aquaria is a gorgeous 2D game of underwater exploration. The artwork and music are nothing short of stunning and the game itself reminds me of titles such as Knytt, flOw, and maybe a little bit of Cave Story. We'll have a full review next weekend after we've spent more quality time with the game. Until then, download and enjoy.
Jojo's Fashion Show (Windows, 35MB, demo) - Ok, yeah, it's a game about a fashion show. But it's from the folks at Gamelab (Miss Management, Plantasia, etc.), and that's enough in my book to give it a try. Dress models based on their personal taste or the season and send them out on the runway. You earn points for creating complementary outfits and for adhering to their styles. Think of it as a cross between a time management and a dress-up game, but better. It may sound unappealing to your inner manly-man, but I have to admit, it's kind of addicting.
Aveyond 2: Ean's Quest (Windows, 34MB, demo) - The long-awaited sequel to last year's game, Aveyond 2 is a simple yet engrossing RPG that's easy to get into and hard to stop playing. You play the role of Ean, a changeling, and Iya, a song mage, who live in a far away land called the Vale. One day Ean wakes up to find Iya is missing and no one seems to know who she is. And for the first time, snow covers the ground. Embark on a massive journey with over 100 areas to explore, tons of quests and a captivating storyline. It's some of the best role playing the indie scene has to offer.
Wizball (Windows/Mac, ~25MB, free) - A remake of the classic C64 shooter, in Wizball you fly around blasting enemies and powering-up yourself much like every other shooter out there. The key difference with Wizball is you're also trying to color in the world with paint drops you collect. It can be an incredibly challenging game at times, but patient players are well-rewarded.