New releases from either Daniel Remar or Ben Chandler, both highly-recognizable figures in the indie community, is always cause for fun-type celebration! Their games aren't as widely known in the mainstream gaming community as they should be, giving us cool people that smug, superior feeling of having a secret source of great entertainment.
Hero Core (Windows, 2.5MB, free) - Explore the vast cave network inside of an asteroid taken over by the war machines of Tetron armed with little more than a jetpack and a blaster. Hero Core is a very Metroid-esque kind of game ripe with upgrades, enemies, and twisty, connected passageways that can only be fully accessed after defeating certain bosses or tripping generators. It's amazing how atmospheric the game is using no more than two colors and chunky pixel visuals, but you'll get pulled in right from the start. Created by Daniel Remar, author of Iji.
Eternally Us (Windows, 43.5MB, free) - Another short adventure game by Ben Chandler (author of Annie Android, Featherweight, and others) and Steve Poulton, Eternally Us tells the story of Flo and Amber, two close friends who have known each other since childhood. They are separated while feeding birds at the park, and it's your job to bring them back together. Eternally Us is pretty light on puzzles, but the strong tale of "love, life and friendship" is masterfully done with good voice acting and excellent visuals.
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!