Weekend Download №118
Reflexes are a mixed bag, aren't they? On the one hand, they cause you to do things like uncontrollably kick people if they look at your knees (that's a reflex, honest), on the other hand, they jerk your hand away from painful objects and let you play insanely fast and chaotic games.
Squid and Let Die (Windows, 14MB, pay what you want) - Another arcade game from the Squid Yes! Not So Octopus! creator that will dizzy you with colors and surprise you with its ability to teach you to carve order out of chaos. Your goal is to collect all of the dots on the screen. Cannons around the perimeter will try to end your day, but they move and fire in steps, allowing you to strategically evade them. Trick the cannons into shooting, then scoop up the dots while they reload. An excellent reflex game once you get the hang of the setup!
Theseus and the Maze (Windows, 4.2MB, free) - Oh, sweet, a pixel art platform puzzle adventure game! With a large, sprawling maze world packed with keys, gems, and plenty of dangers, Theseus and the Maze is quite a challenging game. Fortunately you can pick up new abilities that help you traverse the landscape, and the maze's inhabitants provide you with a few hints. Created by the author of Abandoned, Joep Aben, and the art style is just as entrancing. Also, no, not that Theseus. But close.
Wave Goodbye (Windows, 2.9MB, free) - A short arcade game by Tommy Preger where pretty much all you do is hit buttons as quickly as you can. The waves are rising, and you really, really don't want to get wet! So, up the hill it is. Fortunately you seem to find faster modes of transportation when the water draws too near. Just keep an eye on the top middle of the screen and one hand poised on the [spacebar] and you'll do fine. Short, but it's fun for a once-through, and that counts for something!
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!