Look ma, a new feature at JIG Casual Gameplay! Gather the children, call the neighbors, wave to the government satellites spying on your home. It's time to settle down for a few downloadable games. Each weekend paired with the Link Dump we'll show off a few of the latest must-try games from the internet. It's a lot of work to download and install games, so we'll showcase only the best titles so you can spend your time playing. Sit back and enjoy some seriously good entertainment.
Rail of War (All-platform online version, Windows-only download, 10MB, demo, full version available) - An über-interesting game that combines role playing elements, shooting action, and... choo-choo trains! Build and customize your train by buying different cars to attach to the engine. Work your way through each stage firing at foes, gathering power-ups and ducking into refuel stations to regenerate. A truly interesting concept with surprisingly deep gameplay. Rail of War balances cerebral planning and active shooting quite well and gets bonus points for originality. Plan your upgrades carefully, though, as this game can be quite tough without a proper strategy. Whet your appetite with the online demo, then try the downloadable demo or snag the full version.
Kiki the Nano Bot (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, freeware) - One of the most creative 3D puzzle games ever released in our corner of the Milky Way. You play a small robot named Kiki trying to repair her maker. The game is a mixture of Sokoban and Kula-World. You roll around the walls, jump on platforms and move objects around with a slightly strange, slightly disorienting control scheme. Interestingly, the direction of gravity changes with your orientation. Almost everything about the game is stellar (that's two space-related references in one paragraph!), plus it's free and available for all major operating systems. You are compelled to play. (Thanks Monsterkodi!)
Sam & Max Episode 3 - The Mole, the Mob, and the Meatball (Windows, demo, 66MB) - The third installment in the continuing episodic adventures of Sam and Max. More of the same unbelievably fun adventure gaming that I'll never, ever get tired of. Ever. If you liked the first two episodes you'll certainly love this one, especially with Ted E. Bear's Mafia-Free Playland and Casino. Be sure to check out our reviews of the first and second episodes of the Sam & Max adventure games for more info.
La-Mulana (Windows, freeware, 6MB) - Imagine Cave Story. Are you imagining? Now picture it crashing head first into a really long Metroid-like game. Pick up the strewn pieces and put them back together inside of an old MSX computer. Now you have La-Mulana, a formerly Japanese-only sprawling adventure game translated to happy fun English by AGTP. I can't get enough of this game, it's a long and satisfying experience with well over 20 hours of tough gameplay. Great for old-school gamers who want a good challenge, love catchy 8-bit music, enjoy exploration, and who don't mind a bit of repetition.
Blocksum (Windows, freeware, 32MB) - This is one game that will destroy your social life. Join numbered blocks together to add their amounts and cause blocks with the same digits to vanish. As more bricks rise from the bottom of the screen, you must frantically add them together to keep the stack from reaching the top. It's more puzzle gaming enjoyment than I've had in a very long time, and the pacing is perfect to keep you motivated but not frustrate you. Nice visuals and really catchy music are extra special bonuses.