Weekend Download №128
This weekend we have an enormously interesting game to share: Digital: A Love Story. The title encapsulates the experience quite well, as it's a game that's both about 20 year old technology and love.
Jump, Copy, Paste (Windows, 2MB, free) - Another experimental platform game by Hempuli! Jump, Copy, Paste describes itself with its title, as that's pretty much what you'll do for 16 levels. Copy chunks of the level and paste them over top other parts, creating platforms, blocking dangers, or hollowing out sections of wall to move forward. Simple idea, but as usual, Hempuli pulls it off with an unusual charm.
Digital: A Love Story (Mac/Win/Linux, 34-41MB, free) - A wonderful piece of interactive fiction that plays as if you were using a computer back in 1988. Once you log in to your new system, check your messages and see what's going on. Looks like Mr. Wong sent you instructions on how to dial in to a local BBS. Why not check it out, see what's going on? Soon, a tiny mystery starts to unveil itself, wrapping ribbons of intrigue as you continue playing the game. Very well-written, emotionally touching, and utterly charming thanks to its nostalgic interface.
Ruined (Windows, 3MB, free) - A tiny li'l exploration game with obvious design inspiration taken from Knytt Stories and a few notable Metroidvania games. Trapped in the desert for years, you play a man named Alec who wanders through passageways looking for a way to repair his ship. Digging deeper into this planet's core turns out to be a bad idea, though, as he continues to uncover things that should have remained buried. At least you get to upgrade your abilities while you're doing it, though!
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!