This week, we'll take a look at the finalists in the 2BeeGames Indie Game Competition. Out of the six, we have previously featured two: Auditorium and Bumps, and the other is technically not a download Buccaneer Battle. Here is a quick rundown of the remaining three amazingly deserving titles. You like to vote, right? After playing these games, go vote for your favorite!
Storm (Windows, 33MB, free) - This is one of those unique puzzle games that comes along every once in a while that makes you sit back and think, "Is it genius or is it just odd?" Using the "powers" of the storm, namely wind, water, and lightning, complete each level by getting the small white balls to fall down various holes and off the screen. The physics are well done, the levels are challenging, and the background graphics are beautiful, invoking a feeling of playing in a painting by Monet.
Save the Planet (Windows, 57MB, free) - A colorful arcade gallery shooter where you have to protect the planet Earth from waves of attacking aliens bent on her destruction. As you frantically shoot at baddies, you also have to complete other tasks, such as moving raindrops to make flowers grow. The game is challenging, and the graphics are bright and happy. It's definitely a unique blasting experience.
Heresy War (Windows, 161MB, free) - A 3D-space battle simulator with production values that rival commercial releases. Play a fighter pilot witnessing the beginning of a civil war on the outer edges of the galactic frontier. The game includes a full campaign mode and an instant action mode that will throw you immediately into the midst of battle. A multiplayer mode is also planned for the game, allowing you to take on other space pilots from around the world. The graphics and gameplay here are top-notch, putting it in the company of classics such as Freespace.
Make sure that you head over to 2BeeGames and cast your vote for your favorite indie title. The winner will not only receive $10,000 for their efforts, they will also get a publishing deal to bring their game to consoles around the world!
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!