Along with our usual smattering of games, this week we're featuring one of the games from the recent Toronto Independent Game Development Jam (TOJam), a three day gathering of game makers held every year to inspire creative ideas. Be sure to check out all of the TOJam entries for more experimental gaming goodness!
a game about bouncing (Windows, 2MB, free) - Part of the third annual TOJam gathering, a game about bouncing walked away with the top people's choice award, and for good reason. Not only is there a lot of bouncing to be had, the game is also about about physics, missiles, and maybe a little abstract art. Using the mouse (or a dual analog controller, which is better), grab onto bumpers to bounce off of them to careen around the stage. Bumpers might get angry if you lock onto them, however, and fire a missile that can only be avoided by dashing.
Atomic Worm (Windows, 5.4MB, free) - A beefed-up Snake-type game where you control a worm with the mouse collecting flowers of different types from the game grid. The usual rule against crashing into yourself still applies, but now you can stack up rows of like-shaped flowers to shorten your tail and open a portal to the next level. A great update to an old classic!
Boondog (Windows/Linux, 1.2MB, free) - A great puzzle platformer in the vein of the classic Prince of Persia games. Use basic acrobatic skills to jump, grab onto ledges and push objects around the screen to clear a path to the teleporter at the end. Boondog manages to grab that retro feel without being too frustrating or difficult to play. Take a few minutes to get used to the controls, then enjoy loads of gaming goodness.
G:plus (Windows/Mac, 8MB, free) - A stylish experimental shooter of a different kind, your ship runs in a constant orbit behind a string of indestructible projectiles. As enemies spawn in the circle, use the [up] and [down] arrow keys to increase or decrease your orbit, being careful to let your bullets touch the foes first.