On this edition of Weekend Download, we pose the questions that plague your gray matter the most. What would happen if you could rewind time with the touch of a spacebar? Who owns Majesty Manor? What would happen if the rolling rocks from Indiana Jones got a mind of their own? And just what does Linus Bruckman see when his eyes are closed? For answers, check out the games below, or combine the following words in any order and interpret the meaning yourself: pastry, Madagascar, treeline, Harukio, with, running, a, spleen.
G.H.O.S.T. Hunters: The Haunting of Majesty Manor (Windows, demo, 86MB) - Games named with A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.S. (Always Creating Really Obscure Names Yields Mind-numbing Sentences) bug me, but I managed to look beyond the title thanks to a very attractive number: $2,500. G.H.O.S.T. Hunters is your typical find-the-object casual game set in a haunted mansion, but the icing on this cake is a contest for anyone who completes the game and solves the mystery of who owns Majesty Manor. Find objects in each scene to uncover possible suspects, then piece together clues and send in your guess by October 16th for a chance to win. Full contest details are available on Aisle 5 Games' website, so be sure to read the fine print before getting too excited. But uh... don't expect to beat me, 'cause I'm so going to win.
What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed (Windows, freeware, 42MB) - The answer, surprisingly, isn't "blackness". Linus is an adventure game created by Vince Twelve that takes the dual screen idea to a different level and tasks you with playing two different games at the same time: a space comedy and a medieval Japanese story. Your cursor is split into two parts, one for each half of the screen, and they track each other. When you move on one half you move in the other, likewise with clicking objects. To solve puzzles you have to rely on information from each half of the screen, putting clues together to figure out what's going on. Linus is a genuinely great game that deserves a look from everyone, not just die-hard adventure gamers.
Timetravel Bloboid (Windows, freeware, 2.6MB) - If you're hungry for Jonathan Blow's hotly anticipated Braid, Timetravel Bloboid might quell the fires a tiny, tiny bit. The platformer drops you in the shoes of a little character who must collect every coin in a level to activate the exit door. Spikes and perilous perils stand in your way, and your only real weapon is a limited rewind feature that lets you backtrace a few seconds of movement. Surprisingly challenging, but a level editor lets you create easy-as-cake stages to give you that sense of achievement.
Quinn (Mac OS X, freeware, 2.8MB) - Believe it or not, it's a game exclusively for the Mac(!) This tetromino game, from Simon Härtel of Germany, looks gorgeous and plays as great as it looks. The level of polish present in this title is impeccable. Play solo or with a friend at the same keyboard, or start a server and invite others to connect over a LAN or the Internet. Quinn supports a wide variety of multiplayer rules, global and local high score tables, and it even allows you to customize the pieces and backgrounds for the game. And if all that wasn't enough to persuade you to download the game, this exceptional production can be yours for the very low price of... free. If you have a Mac, Quinn stacks up quite nicely on it.
A Tribute to the Rolling Boulder (Windows, freeware, 5MB) - Another short experimental gameplay project by Kloonigames (creator of Crayon Physics), Rolling Boulder puts you in the granite-encrusted shoes of a rolling rock protecting artifacts from Indiana Jones adventurer-types. Simply roll around and smash the little dudes to keep them away from the statues at the top.