I'm a sucker for cute, quirky games. Throw a few chunky pixels in my direction, slap on a coat of "retro, yet new" gameplay on the top, and you've got my attention. All three games this weekend have that quirky old-school charm, and all three were thoroughly played/nommed by yours truly!
Lily (Windows, 1.6MB, free) - Hey, look, it's a shmup normal-reflexed non-shmup fans can play! Two hippies in the near future want to end all war, so they invented bullets that turn things into flowers. Work your way through side-scrolling levels, transforming planes and tanks into harmless flora. Much slower-paced than most shooters out there, and there aren't nearly as many things moving on the screen at once. That's not to say there's no challenge, just that you'll actually be able to comprehend and enjoy the game from the start.
Kaiser Kitty (Windows, 1MB, free) - Why jump when you can change gravity itself? A puzzle platformer based around the concept of switching which side is "down" with the press of a button. Use the [arrow] keys to move and the [WASD] keys to change which wall the kitty stands on. Move from wall to wall, working your way through each stage collecting the glowing orbs to unlock each exit. Much more difficult than it sounds in writing, but just as satisfying, too. Direct download.
We Want YOU (Windows, 41MB, free) - Falling through enemy territory, you play the role of a "war hero" who simply works his way down the level, finding weapons and killing bad guys as you see fit. Use the [X] key to fire, [Z] to jump, and switch weapons with [A]. If you get caught in a pit (which can happen in a procedurally-generated game such as this one), set some C4 with the [C] key. It's a slightly satirical game with a lot of wartime press blurbs slapped on the screen at set intervals. Good fun for several runs in a row!
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under 32-bit 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!