It's Ludum Dare time again! Ludum Dare 16 has come and gone, leaving with us dozens upon dozens of unique, quickly-crafted games to enjoy. The latest competition's theme was "exploration", and here are a few of the top games as voted by the LD community!
Cat Planet (Windows, 1.7MB, free) - An exploration game created by chuchino in the vein of Knytt, Cat Planet puts you in the winged shoes of a character whose only goal is to float about the land, talking to cats and exploring the underground caves. Surprisingly, the cats' dialogue adds a lot to the experience, and each environment is uniquely colored, giving you enough reason to venture deeper underground.
Scavenger (Windows/Linux, 9.5MB, free) - A simple game of exploration and treasure hunting by Fiona. Fly out from your space station hunting for anything that isn't pure junk. When you spot that valuable spent powercell, pull it in with your tractor beam, then take it back to the station and sell it so you can upgrade your ship. Earn more cash, get a stronger ship, and keep flying deeper into the endless black. If you've played titles like I Dig It or Motherlode, you'll get what this game's all about.
Penguinagain (Mac/Win/Linux, 5.8MB, free) - Penguinagain, by dock, is an isometric game all about hungry penguins in the snow! Help your friends get the food they want by moving around the landscape, nudging things into place by building a bit of speed and bumping into them. It's that simple, but it's so charming you won't help but fall for it.
Apocalypse Adventure (Windows, 1.5MB, free) - Set in a post-apocalyptic top-down world, you take the role of a guy whose plane has crashed in the desert. You need to get away, but the unfriendly inhabitants aren't too keen on helping you out. Use items such as bombs, keys and knives on your journey as you explore the wasteland and try to stay alive. Created by Hempuli.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under 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!