Something for just about every type of gamer in this edition of Weekend Download, including a few titles heavy on exploration (one with a grappling hook! :-O ), a psychedelic shooter, and an experimental art game complete with vomit!
Ivory Springs (Windows, 4MB, free) - An unfinished platformer project by Konjak, author of the Noitu Love games as well as the greatly appreciated Legend of Princess game. In fact, Ivory Springs is very similar to both games and has that great Mega Man-ish/Metroidvania feel we all love to death. Being an abandoned project, expect to encounter a few glitches during your half hour or so of gametime. But that half hour is superb!
Kaivo (Windows, 1.1MB, free) - A breathtakingly simple exploration game that drops you in a deep, dark cave with little more than the ability to jump and a versatile grappling hook at your disposal. Use the hook to latch onto walls, floors and ceilings to move around the sparse landscape. Avoid quicksand, touch the disk icons to save, and keep looking for that elusive gold!
Storm Assault (Windows, 27MB, free) - An unforgiving horizontal shooter made as a tribute to Konami's classic Gradius series. As you defeat enemies you'll pick up capsules that advance a meter on the bottom of the screen. Upgrade each weapon when its rectangle is lit, and don't even brush against an enemy ship or it's all over for you. There are only a few stages to play, but what's there is quite good. The website and game are in Japanese, but the really important texts (weapon names, etc.) are written in English.
The Gutter (Windows, 11MB, free) - A very short and experimental art game similar to The Graveyard in nature. You play a drunken hobo wandering down a dark alleyway. Stop for a moment to admire the ever-swaying viewpoint, take a sip of booze, and maybe even vomit on the pavement. Oh, and is that a cat? If you got a kick out of the free version, donating $5 unlocks a new feature: death!
Squid Yes, Not So Octopus: Squid Harder (Windows, 15MB, free) - Psychedelic colors, rockin' chiptune music, tons of things flying around the screen, and you, squid, in the middle of it all, just trying to stay alive. This is a near-final beta release of the game, with the full version coming soon! Be sure to try out the original Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! for more shooting and torture (but still no octopus).
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista 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!