Got a little bandwidth to spare? We've got a fresh batch of downloadable games to clutter up your hard drive and eat up your precious weekend time. Most of the games have what we like to call a "classic" look or feel that hails from the days when polygons were nothing more than scribbles on your high school math notebook.
Dive (Windows/Mac, freeware, 1-3MB) - Remember the blocky graphics, primitive sounds, and basic gameplay of the old Atari gaming systems? Dive is a not-so-subtle nod to the simpler days of gaming where an arcade-style idea could keep us entertained for hours on end. Control a little diver guy as he makes his way deeper into the ocean, avoiding sharks and trying to keep his oxygen supply full. Believe it or not the game does have a proper ending, and for such a small download it gives its weight worth of fun many times over.
Barbie Seahorse Adventures (Windows/Mac/Linux, freeware, ~5MB) - Don't panic! This game has nothing to do with plastic dolls! Instead, Barbie Seahorse Adventure is a platformer that took one of the top spots in April's PyWeek game design challenge. You play a cute little seahorse trying to get to the moon. Isn't that beyond adorable? The visuals are breathtaking and level design consistently keeps you interested. Just one question: what's up with the purple mohawk?
MSOIDS (Windows, freeware, 2.8MB) - It's Asteroids... but with spazzed-out vector graphics and a hopping chiptune musical score. Aim and fire with the mouse and move around the screen with the [WASD] keys. As an added bonus, tap the [spacebar] to shift the color palette. An online high score table keeps track of who managed to keep their eyes focused the longest.
UFO: Alien Invasion (Windows/Mac/Linux, freeware, ~260MB) - It may be a hefty download, but plunking yourself inside this deep war strategy game might be worth it. Similar to the X-COM games, UFO: Alien Invasion lets you control a secret organization charged with defending Earth from a brutal alien attack. Build bases, assemble your teams, and engage in turn-based combat against the wily foes.