Metal Sphere Solid
Euclid taught us that spheres are masters of espionage. Tactical espionage, that is. One might even say tactical espionage action. This is a basic property of the sphere taught in every high school geometry class... all the good ones, anyway... and it's put to work in Metal Sphere Solid, a new stealth action physics game made by Matthias Zarzecki. As a green sphere, your job is to escape from the base of the villainous Cuboids, rescuing your round brethren in the process. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move around. If a Cuboid sees you, it'll sound an alarm and the doors leading out of your current area will be locked down, which is bad news. What's more, there are plenty of spikes and mines lying around the area that will cause your sphere to explode into bits if you touch them; fortunately, these traps are also effective on the Cuboids.
The name of the game is stealth. You'll have to sneak past the Cuboids to reach your goals. Thankfully, it's possible to see their fields of vision, which makes tip-toeing about much easier. In some cases a Cuboid's vision might block off a path entirely. In that case, you'll need to find a way to covertly dispose of the block, such as by shoving it onto some conveniently placed spikes. All the while you'll need to remember that you're a sphere, so ramps and slopes might prove to be a problem if you're not careful. If this sounds like a bizarre concept, that's because, well, it is. Fortunately it's well executed and there's none of the frustration that indie stealth games tend to cause. If you're caught, it's always your own fault rather than a problem with the game being cheap or too difficult, and since you can reset the area by hiding being caught isn't the disaster it often is in other stealth games.
Metal Sphere Solid is a short game that can be completed in five to ten minutes, but it's still an innovative take on the stealth genre. A longer game of this nature would be great, but everyone with a bit of time to spare should give Metal Sphere Solid a shot. It certainly beats geometry class!