As a detective, you are called upon to investigate the disappearance of a little girl. The clues point to an abandoned castle which was once the home of a noble family, but is now overrun with hideously huge rats. This means you'll have to deal with the Beastmaster, a power-hungry warlock looking for the key to immortality.
Windforge is going to blow your mind. On the surface it sounds like a garden variety Terraria or Minecraft clone with a steampunk coat of paint. Spend an hour with the game and you'll realize it's so very much more than that. Windforge is a sidescrolling role playing game that lets you build and fly an airship and craft tons of items, weapons and parts. Everything in the environment is destructible, giving you a tremendous sense of freedom and making just about every other exploration game look restrictive by comparison.
Cube & Star: An Arbitrary Love is the kind of game you fire up when you know you want to play something but aren't quite sure what you're in the mood for. The delightfully abstract experience from Doppler Interactive puts you in a gray world and says "now go out and do stuff". That "stuff" involves bumping into trees, painting the ground different colors, knocking corners with other shapes, collecting some of the many strange items hidden throughout the environment, and just generally rolling around to see what you can see. Somehow, it's bizarrely entertaining.
Max and Anne are two very different young people, but they've both found themselves at the same college in the same student housing. Your choices will determine their lives, grades, and even their love-life in this funny, light-hearted, and addictive visual novel simulation!
In this second chapter of TellTale's episodic point-and-click adventure series based on The Walking Dead, danger literally comes knocking when a stranger who seems to be after Clem's new companions shows up. Faces old and new make an appearance, but safety and trust are harder come by than before, and this chapter pulls no punches.
Chuck's Challenge 3D is Chip's Challenge for the 21st century. Created by Niffler, a team of indie developers that happens to include the original creator of Chip's Challenge Chuck Sommerville, the multi-platform sokoban-like game takes the tile-based puzzles from the original release and updates it for modern players. You'll still deal with slippery ice floors, falling platforms, enemies marching back and forth, and a large supply of items to collect before you can open the door. But now you'll do it with full camera control and lots of pretty visuals!
Life is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.
Holly's family has a secret, and it's a whole lot weirder and scarier than she could ever dream. Following a letter from her estranged sister, she strikes off on a bizarre journey into her past that uncovers the disturbing truth behind her birth as a shadow dogs her every step in this fantastically freaky hidden-object adventure.
For those who are fans of the art, ballet is a glittering world of glamour, intrigue, music, and movement. Fortunately you are a fan, especially since your sister is making her big debut in a starring role at the local ballet. On the way to see her dance you encounter a few problems however, like the fact that she is missing and a ghost is haunting the theater, amongst other things. Eipix is back with another gorgeous adventure hybrid chock-full of games and puzzles wherever you look in the stunning Danse Macabre: The Last Adagio.
In the latest free horror adventure from Uri and vgperson, Sophie's stuck between the bullies at school and the isolation at home, but one night the clocks stop. All of them. And Sophie must search a strange and silent town for answers in the surreal adventure.
Social Caterpillar is a refreshingly original game about introversion, and goes about demonstrating what it's like by modelling the game's mechanics from it. Conversations with other characters take on the look and feel of an old-school RPG battle, but instead of attacking you're presented with some bizarre shape pattern or geometrical design and must use the [arrows] to navigate the conversation by choosing the appropriate shape or pattern in response.
You've just moved to a unique town that's got one thing on its mind... card games! In this engaging blend of strategic collectible card battling and quirky adventuring, the great Card King is finally accepting battles, but you'll need to find eight legendary cards to even get a chance at him... and build a deck of 180 different cards in the process!
It is the year 1959B. You are Polyblank, spy extraordinaire. In Necrophone Games' first person comedy adventure game, Jazzpunk, you are tasked with a variety of missions from infiltrating the Soviet Consulate to doing something involving a mechanical pig. Each mission will take you into a strange new world with an overabundance of objects to interact with. How are these missions connected? What is the big picture here? Is there one?
You are the Fairy Tale Detective, investigating trouble in another fabled land. The once invisible, mythical Sky Kingdom is ailing and wracking havoc on the earth below. Join with a grown-up Jack in this action-packed hidden object adventure to solve task-based puzzles, find fragmented objects, gather together useful objects and save the world.
You return to the seemingly abandoned town of Raincliff in search of a missing reporter who's in more danger than anyone suspects, since you alone know the town isn't abandoned at all... but full of invisible people! In this creepy and engaging hidden-object adventure, you'll have to deal with a new tyrant who has it out for you in a game packed with cutscenes, puzzles, twists, and more.
A unique massively multiplayer strategy game by Jason Rohrer. Build an elaborate system of in-home defense to protect your valuables and loved ones. Then break into other houses to get the cash you need to upgrade your system!
Nevosoft comes roaring back with My Kingdom for the Princess IV, a fun and frantic time management game that is faster, more furious, and more rescue-y, with 50% more dragons! My Kingdom for the Princess IV retains all of the fun of the first three games with the exciting new additions that keep the gameplay fresh.
So your boyfriend ran off, leaving you alone in the middle of a forest to fight off a huge bear. After that, you got kidnapped by a crow-man The only thing to do now is to call your auntie and hope she'll be able to figure it all out and save the day. Mystery of the Ancients: Three Guardians is an elaborate hidden-object adventure, complete with magic, ancient evil and an impressive story.
- • Ninja Torappu
- • A Catastrophic Date
- • Flabby Blubberin Football
Weekend Download: the only day of the week where cats can go on dates with their owners, pirates demand their captives play football, and ninjas actually get trapped in castles.
Shay and Vella are two very different people. Shay lives aboard a ship where the AI loves him a bit too much. Vella is being forced to sacrifice literally everything for her village. Neither knows the other exists, but two extraordinary stories are about to come together in an unexpected way in this stunning point-and-click indie adventure from Double Fine.
The first day of work at a new place is always nerve wracking, especially when you, an expert on native American symbols, are heading to the Center for Native Cultures when suddenly symbols and your amulet begin glowing. Eipix Entertainment does it again with the sumptuous Myths of the World: Spirit Wolf, an adventure hybrid which looks as good as it plays and plays as good as it looks.
What started as a crazy student project has grown into a crazy indie game. Octodad: Dadliest Catch by Young Horses continues the mad premise first showcased in the 2010 tech demo, adding a storyline and loads of new environments to stumble around in. What should be a series of ordinary tasks end up being wacky hijinks in the world of Octodad. Think of it as QWOP in a 3D world and you've got a good idea for just how mad this game can be.
Finally, a game that accurately portrays the plight of the snow plow driver! Dan FitzGerald's Dawn of the Plow is an arcade game that's all about clearing piles of snow out of the road so cars can make it home safe and sound. It's as simple as bumping into the drifts while careening around the board, but no goofing off or you'll be fired. Seriously, you will.
- • Olson's Journey
- • Inuit
- • Fictions
This edition of Weekend Download is out to mess with you. A serious art game. A game about clubbing baby seals. A game that might as well be made by a troll. Go ahead, download and play. Seriously. Go for it.
The sun hangs unmoving in the sky, and the threat of the creatures known as the dredge puts even more strain on an uneasy truce between the humans and the giants known as varl. In this stunning and challenging turn-based strategic RPG/visual novel, the choices you make determines who lives and dies as you take an epic journey that will change the face of the world and the people who live in it.
Your student Jonathan has thoughtlessly plunged himself into a magical world ruled by an evil king. Against your better judgement, you decide to try to find him and, in the process, get yourself involved in a desperate plot to overthrow king Demario. Find the source of his power, battle his powerful minions and rescue an adorable puppy in this magical hidden-object adventure!
Ivy and Mint are two sisters suddenly left to fend for themselves in a barren and hostile environment after the death of their father. The only option available seems to be a rope... one that hangs down from the clouds high above, and will take them on an unexpected and wondrous journey in this massive free RPG.
- • Dead Cyborg
- • Vindicator: Uprising
- • Env
Game time! Grab some mom-approved snacks (apple wedges? celery? raisins?) and beverages (water? ugh...) and settle in for a good time. We've got cyborgs and evil angels and crazy alien beaming games ready to keep you entertained!
- • Savage: The Shard of Gosen
- • The Art of Dying
- • Bad Dream: Graveyard
A savage in a savage land, a broken colony of bees, and a game that reminds you how terrible you are at games. Such a wild emotional ride could only be the result of a Weekend Download!
They call it the Place of Bones, and that's where you find yourself trapped in this surreal and unsettling indie game. Surrounded on all sides by different factions and people caught up in their own strange wants and desires, you'll have to solve puzzles and use sins to corrupt those around you into changing their views and thoughts.
A murder has been committed at a tourist attraction deep in a swamp said to be home to a mysterious creature... but as the snarky detective in this gorgeous point-and-click mystery, you'll learn the truth is stranger than fiction!
Ever wanted a strategy game that was just complex enough to be interesting but straightforward enough to play on a coffee break? Hoplite has you covered. The casual strategy/roguelike game from Magma Fortress is built around turn-based movement on a hexagonal grid. Using just a few basic pieces of equipment, you'll venture through randomly generated worlds as you quest for epic loot ripped from the pages of Greek mythology. All without having to memorize an instruction manual beforehand!
- • Fantasy Dungeon
- • Sewer King
- • Into the Underdusk
Games, like chocolate glazed donuts, don't just appear in the world fully formed and ready to be devoured. They have to be crafted one ingredient at a time, working their way from concept to prototype to playable alpha and eventually full release. This week's games are all early versions of games that are still baking in the oven. Not that you actually bake donuts or games, but you get the picture.
A Cheyenne Odyssey is the second in the series of Mission US educational point-and-click adventure game titles focusing on American History, created by Electric Funstuff under the auspices of New York PBS Station Channel 13. The year is 1866. You are Little Fox, a twelve-year old member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe. Over the next ten years, your traditional way of life will see many changes. But as the world changes, so does the Cheyenne. And so must you. Another excellent installment of the Mission US series, if hampered by a few too many talking-head conversations.
Eva and Neil work for an organization that can alter your memories... but this season, they're just up to a little office party mischief. In this short holiday themed adventure that follows after indie hit To the Moon, you'll learn a little bit more about what happens at SigCorp... and get a lead in to the hotly anticipated sequel.
- • Kappa's Adventure
- • PUSH
- • Heroine Quest
Hey there. Last Weekend Download of the year. Are you scared? What if all the free games disappear in 2014? There could be a massive plot to stop making them, you know. It's just so secret that nobody knows about it, so they go on and make freeware releases anyway. Now that's top secret.
Join Hidden Expedition: Smithsonian Hope Diamond for one of the best adventure hybrids of the year. Trace the hidden history of both the Smithsonian Institution and the worlds most famous blue diamond in this rollicking hidden object adventure.
Because it's December and everybody likes Christmas stuff (I SAID EVERYBODY!), we've got a couple of holiday-themed games to get you in the cheer. Or to make you even grumpier, it's your choice!
Sixteen months after the finale of season one, season two for TellTale Games' award-winning adventure game set in the popular comic and television show universe starts with a bang. Clementine, back from the first season as the new protagonist, is a little older and a little wiser, but the world is still dark and dangerous. Thrown together with a new group of survivors, is there anyone she can trust... other than herself?
- • Murder at Masquerade Manor
- • Party Run
- • Super Clean Clean
Big-time happy party theme! Even if there's a murder, a party's a party, right? It just might be a little more grim than usual. Plus, everyone's wearing black, but that's a thing, isn't it? A thing hip, cool people that ride skateboards do.
Dan and his family have come to an isolated summer home for a few months to let Dan work on his new book, but each of them has their own wants and problems to deal with, and the choices they make will shape their relationships and their lives in unexpected ways, even if it seems impossible to make everyone happy. Part stealth adventure, part interactive art, this is a unique and compelling indie game best suited to players who favour slow introspection and character drama.
Gomo is a point-and-click puzzle game created by Fishcow Studio. Taking pages from Machinarium, Hapland, and half a dozen classic adventure games, Gomo sends you on an adventure of mundanely epic proportions as you attempt to thwart an evil alien who stole your dog and refuses to give him back unless you delivery a big shiny crystal. The nerve of some trans-galactic species, right?
In this compelling and creative indie RPG, you play stubborn, silent Alice, a human girl living in Shadeling Town in the Land of Time. When the great clock's hands shatter one day and brings the Land of Life to a frozen halt, Alice must brave its dangers, and her past, to set things right.
The Christmas Stories series is back in time for the holidays! This winter you are invited to step inside A Christmas Carol and save Scrooge from a life of selfish misery. Elephant Games delivers Dickens' classic tale gift-wrapped with a pretty bow on top, with a stunning, jolly design, lovely gameplay and hours of heart-warming fun.
- • Super Mario Eclipse
- • Potluck
- • Mr. Red's Adventure in The Missing Balls
On this, a brand new edition of Weekend Download, Mario goes on a crazy eclipse adventure, a witch named Potluck throws a potluck supper, and Mr. Red is all out of balls.
Chucklefish's hotly anticipated indie sci-fi sandbox sim finally reaches playable beta. Fight, mine, craft, and explore your way, along or with friends, through a boundless procedurally generated universe aboard your own spaceship. When each planet has its own randomly created monsters and environments, you never know what you'll find.
Moirai is a short, experimental-style first person adventure game created by Chris Johnson, Brad Barrett and John Oestmann. By most appearances it seems to be a straightforward exploration game with a few characters to talk to and a cave to explore. But Moirai has one key feature that makes it worth several minutes of your time...
Currently playable as a Beta, this free indie horror roguelike adventure by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw delivers a chilling experience as you travel the countryside assembling the clues and spell components needed to banish an invading god whose malignant darkness is warping and consuming the land bit by bit.
- • Continue? Philly Under Fire
- • Elette
- • Fire Point
Saving the world from zombies? Yeah, we've done that (but we never mind doing it again). Saving the world (including cats, they're in the world, too) from fires? Bring it on!
The celebrated series is back and returns to classic form in a massive adventure that focuses on gameplay over cinema and yet still manages to deliver a gorgeous experience in the process. Can you save a doomed carnival and yourself from a specter that has more to do with your past adventures than you think?
The skull of the God of Dreams has been stolen, and as a result, reality has gone a bit sideways in this bizarre but creative hidden-object adventure. More weird than creepy, it's packed with strange creatures, imaginative areas, and a rug with squeezy squeaky egg yolks.
- • Artibeus
- • All the King's Men
- • Calm Time
That's it. Stay calm. It's just a handful of free games to keep you entertained for the weekend. It's not like someone's going to run at you with a knife in the kitchen or a ninja will leap out at you from behind a tree.
Orphaned and amnesiac, young Allen finds himself at a strange school watched over by an eccentric Teacher, where the other children are just as odd. In this surreal adventure game by Miwashiba, translated by vgperson, horror meets psychological fairy-tale for a compelling experience that's a little rough around the edges.
On the eve of your wedding, your mother-in-law is poisoned and your husband-to-be, a brilliant scientist, is whisked away to another world by a maddened competitor who seeks to harness energy... and not for the good of mankind. Though it doesn't do anything new and is slow to start, this is nevertheless a gorgeous and engaging science-fiction fantasy hidden-object adventure worth checking out.
Life aboard a space station... it's both more exciting and more normal than you might think! In this unique indie simulation, you'll manage your personal and professional life by interacting with friends, co-workers, and maybe even lovers on Spacebook while you increase your skills... but what could that mysterious countdown be about?
- • Alter Ego: DreamWalker
- • Time Stone
- • Metrojdvania
Time travel (not really), doppelgangers and scary worm-shadow monsters dominate this edition of Weekend Download. We promise they won't band together and sit beside your bed at night.Don't turn the lights on, just in case.
The Myths of the World series takes us into the formidable Slavic realms where Morana, the goddess of winter, plans to envelop the world in everlasting ice. You are no ordinary human, so you'll take it upon yourself to help Vesna, the goddess of spring, to defeat the cold and bring back the flowers and the birdies.
Welcome to the secret little world of Morphopolis, where tiny forest insects go about their busy lives. In this wonderful and unique hidden-object game, you'll wander into the woods and help maintain a delicate balance by finding items, solving puzzles and thoroughly enjoying the breathtaking, lush environment.
In most roguelikes, grinding levels is the answer, but in Hopoo Games' brutally difficult action game, the longer you wait, the harder things get. When your cargo ship crashes on a hostile alien planet, you're left with no choice but to fight your way through the local wildlife and massive monsters, unlocking new characters and items along the way, if you want to survive.
When your sister is kidnapped by a magical madman who skipped the seven stages of grief and went straight to looney-tunes, it's up to you to save her in this gorgeous and engaging hidden-object adventure that blends mild chills with fairy-tale magic and charm.
Lynnea Glasser (formerly Dally) returns to the interactive fiction scene with Coloratura. Play as a displaced alien who only seeks to get away from the blind, apathetic humans and return to their place of bliss. Without the ability to directly manipulate objects, you can 'color' the humans moods to create situations beneficial to your goal. Whether dealing with them violently or more peacefully, you will get back to your resting place. Whatever it takes.
The maid says all the guests in her hotel are monsters, and she's not kidding. In this standard but gorgeous hidden-object adventure from Elephant Games, the battle for the planet is taking place in a remote hotel, and you're caught in the middle of it.
Takuma wakes up in a bed that isn't his, trapped in a strange house where messages tell him to come play... and that he belongs to someone forever. A short and strange yet chilling supernatural indie horror adventure about obsession gone wrong with five different endings.
In this fast-paced stunning metroidvania indie action adventure, the fight against a demonic army takes you beneath the waves when your ship is sunk and you find yourself in a mysterious underwater world caught between two opposing forces. Though somewhat hard to pick up and not without its flaws, it's still an engaging, gorgeous combat-centric game fans of the genre should check out.
- • SERENDIPITY
- • Post-future Vagabond
- • Get Out of My Way I'm Trying to Eat You
Where will you be after the future happens? Probably wandering around like a vagabond, zapping enemies and hoping you don't get eaten. Serendipitously.
Think you can handle a roguelike easy? You haven't tried this challenging, funny, strategic indie gem. You'll need more than brawn to conquer the quests thrown at you as you struggle to build your kingdom in this turn-based strategy game. Unlock powerful new classes and races, make deals with demons, discover new equipment, and much more with almost endless replayability. Highly recommended.
Blink and you'll miss it, but this painfully short action adventure game by a talented indie studio is still worth checking out. Play as a young girl who wakes up in a surreal nightmare realm and must rely only on a strange voice, and a magical camera that can manipulate reality, to see her through to the end.
When college student Miranda stumbles across a castle in Belgium after getting lost late one night, the last thing she expected was to find out vampires are real. Now, she's being held prisoner by two of them while they wait for the rest of the family to return in two weeks... but is there more to Adrian and Luca than meets the eye? A short but gorgeous pay-what-you-want visual novel with six endings and a dark side.
- • Ex Amante
- • Aaru's Awakening
- • Path of Shadows
Set aside some time this weekend for a few games that might make you think! No promises, though...
When Lilly finds an unusual pair of goggles, they open her eyes to a surreal world of mysterious magic and propels her on a journey that will change everything. In this animated point-and-click adventure from Geeta Games, you get to share in Lilly's fascination and curiosity, and innocently earnest explorations, solving playful puzzles in order to carry on this expedition into the fantastical.
An ordinary day at school turns terrifying after the lights go out in the short but marvelously creepy little horror adventure. With four different endings and some brilliant atmosphere, it makes up for its shortcomings by providing a great creepy break.
Nicole's just started college, but the recent kidnappings of young women mean she has more to worry about than her grades. The school seems to present opportunities to make a lot of friends (and maybe more!) but who can she trust, and is anyone really what they seem in this engaging visual novel?
So you've become a fish. You have no idea how it happened, but you've found yourself under the sea with a few extra fins and scales than usually. You are now known as Dudefish, and you have to find out who did this to you and how you can get your legs back in a silly and lovable maritime point-and-click adventure.
Wonderland Adventures: Planet of the Z-Bots marks the third in the main series of puzzle adventure games from developer Midnight Synergy. It arrives several years after the previous installment, Mysteries of Fire Island, but because it's such a large and well-built game, it's an easy delay to forgive. Planet of the Z-Bots captures every bit of magic and charm from the other releases, only now there's a lot more of it!
- • OzeanFaust
- • Robot Psychiatrist
- • After the Outing
When robots need psychiatrists, you know we've got a robot apocalypse looming in the near future. Fortunately we have games that help us practice both our conversational skills as well as shooting abilities, so we should be fine. Mostly fine, anyway.
You play a young adventurer who may have wandered farther than considered reasonable, in Vagabond. In this classic style RPG, you'll enjoy exploring seven distinct areas with different monsters and music. As you venture in to every nook and cranny, you'll discover the secrets that will strengthen you enough to defeat the evil so you can head back home.
- • Eat All the Things
- • Stoat Adventure
- • The Junkie
We're really arting up the place this weekend. Three games, three themes, and countless ways to interpret each of them (well, except maybe our stoat friend). Not for the faint at heart or the lazy of mind, unless you just want to wander around surreal worlds with no idea what's going on.
Day in, day out, Stanley works at his desk pushing keys the way he's told... until one day the orders stop coming and he realises his office is empty. He strikes out to uncover the truth, guided by an omnipresent narrator, and that's what this game is about. Isn't it? Galactic Cafe delivers one of the most surprising, compelling, and unexpectedly delightful indie experiences in a long time.
You'll either love it or hate it, but Ice-Pick Lodge's unique indie horror game is one of the most surreal and striking games the genre has seen in a long time. As a mysterious Lodger who's been having trouble sleeping, dawn seems to be taking forever... and it might never come if you can't figure out the rules to the chilling game of hide and seek you're playing with some uninvited guests, and unravel the mystery of your own past.
Based on the iconic horror movie of the same name, a routine baby sitting job turns terrifying late one night following some prank calls. Run, hide, and try to find a weapon in this incredibly tense freeware survival horror adventure... but there's nowhere to hide from the controls!
The first murder to hit the Fable community in a long time is hard enough to deal with if you aren't also universally mistrusted and reviled. Former Big Bad Wolf and current Sheriff of the Fable community Bigby must decide (or rather, you will) if it's worth it to fight against his past, or just give in and become the monster everyone thinks he is in this first installment of an action-packed adventure series based on the hit comics.
Olav and the Lute, a music-based puzzle adventure game by Shelly Alon, and Johann and Daniel Von Appen has you exploring a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, wielding the power of a magical stringed instrument. Gameplay will be familiar to players of LucasArts' Loom, but Olav and the Lute is an engagingly unique ride, despite its short length.
- • Donkey-Me
- • Fakteur
- • Monsters in the Basement
The weekends are for escaping reality. Why worry about taxes or homework or that leaky pipe in the kitchen that's causing mold to grow across the floor when you can run away to be a postal delivery person, Indiana Jones, or a bumbling kid in a crazy person's basement?
Craving your long forgotten days with your nose in your arithmetic book? Well, crave no further as Harrison Mansolf has created a delightfully weird action adventure game to take you back. Play as a lonely janitor who uses his quick-slinging math skills to get to the bottom of the disastrous happenings of his workplace building. It'll help you love math all over again!
It's not a remake, but this fangame homage to cult indie hit Yume Nikki features all new worlds, effects, and content in a 3D perspective. Madotsuki won't, or can't, leave her tiny apartment, but by dreaming she can explore the recesses of her mind through surreal imagery and symbolism. What she finds there is up for interpretation.
Inspired by cult hit exploratory horror adventure Yume Nikki, this game uses minimal dialogue and no direction to force you to piece together the story and interpret the imagery yourself. Sabitsuki never leaves her room, but through her computer, she can explore her mind... but is she ready for what she finds?
A remade version of the classic Sierra adventure game, Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded has Replay Games teaming up with original creator Al Lowe to bring Larry Laffer swinging into the 21st century. A bit dated (though that's kind of the point), but a hilariously immature experience.
Full Bore is a puzzle platform adventure from Whole Hog Games that turns you loose in a world of corrupt boar bosses and a mysterious conspiracy brewing beneath the surface. After a successful crowd funding campaign in late 2012, Full Bore has emerged as a gorgeous metroidvania-style game that's heavy on puzzle solving with just a touch of boar-flavored humor.
The Inner World is the sort of game you have to tackle with a relaxed disposition. Take your time and soak in the atmosphere. It's worth it. Studio Fizbin has assembled a fantastic adventure game, one worthy of a coveted position as a quick-click icon your computer's desktop. It's the perfect blend of humor and storytelling, puzzle solving and exploration.
- • Braindead
- • Hexcells
- • Mystery Channel
Indie game creators are apparently trying to make us go mad. Evidence pointing to this can be found in a number of horror/surreal games rolling onto the internet on a weekly basis, twisting our reality so we're never really sure what we're playing. Was this thing fun, or did I just dream it?
Meadowland is a slow, atmospheric puzzle exploration game created by JMJ. It casts you in the role of a fairy drifting through a peaceful land, casually observing events as they transpire. Explore the environment, then see if you can interact with things using your simple song ability. It's the sort of game that encourages you to sit back and relax while taking in a delightful atmosphere with some simple trial and error puzzles.
- • La Torre de Nozar
- • Symbol
- • Block Dude X
We've really flipped our lids this week. One game to make you go insane, one to make you do math, and one you might have played instead of doing math. If you play them in the right order, maybe you'll go Super Saiyan?
Prepare to enter a zen-like trance as you play LYNE. In this minimalist puzzle game, you must connect all similar shapes without crossing your path. What starts out simple quickly becomes complex as you bust your brain to solve as many puzzles as you can.
The XBLA indie zombie survival simulation comes to PC. Blending action and adventure with RPG elements, surviving after the end of the world strands you in a remote mountain town with limited resources is harder than you'd think. Gather unique survivors with distinct personalities and build and upgrade your facilities, trading with nearby stragglers and surviving day to night against an increasing variety of the undead.
You've toiled like every other automaton in your factory, but your numbers have been slipping. Sentenced first to confinement and then to the lash, escape presents itself from an unlikely opportunity... but the world is a lot bigger (and weirder) than you may be prepared for, and you're not going to be let go without a fight. A startlingly surreal free indie RPG adventure worth checking out.
Isn't it about time you had a good old fashioned quest? Spud's Quest by Chris Davis is a retro-styled platform adventure that draws inspiration from classic games such as The Legend of Zelda and the Dizzy series. It takes place in a fantasy world complete with items to find that unlock new areas, a sprawling map with non-linear pathways, and plenty of characters to interact with. A metroidvania, if you will, and a frightfully good one at that!
- • elarel
- • Jerry Clouds
- • Amulets and Armor
Nothing like a little nostalgia to start the weekend! Be warned, though. This nostalgia comes with a price. That price is your sanity. Because the games are difficult. But that's good. Go play.
Ironclad Tactics is a turn-based strategy game created by Zachtronics, the studio behind The Codex of Alchemical Engineering and SpaceChem. Set in an alternate-history post-U.S. Civil War era, the game pits you against the Confederates as you march your way across the country, one town and one battle at a time. There's a twist, however: steampunk technology is a thing, meaning your infantry units will have to take on ironclad contraptions and well-equipped automatons in addition to gunslingers and musket wielders. It makes for a really entertaining setting, but you'll feel bad for those squishy human soldiers.
I think we should have some bonding time. Chemical bonding, that is. In the clever chemical puzzler Sokobond, you're given a handful of atoms and the task of them joining them all by pushing and chaining them together. Like Sokoban puzzles you might be familiar with, you don't have much space to do it all in, so you've got to use the splitters, bonders, and rotators provided. Even if you don't give a hoot for chemistry, Sokobond is still a very accessible puzzle with easy-to-learn rules and an enjoyably element-ary design.
Zombies and Cheepies and Succubbi, oh my! It's so tough being a landlord in the mythical 21st century. You have to contend with groups of creatures who can't stand each other, and everyone has constant demands. On top of that you have groups of adventurers who want only to steal your hard-earned money. This storyline is the genius behind Petit Depotto's simulation/defense hybrid, Unholy Heights. Be you a hard-nosed landlord or a more gentle, giving one doesn't matter as long as they fight your enemies at your every beck and call.