Piling on the clichés can be fun, and the heaviest-hitting release this weekend, GunGirl 2, does just that. So remember: big releases come in small packages. Also, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And there's no time like the present.
GunGirl 2 (Windows, 118MB, free) - GunGirl was asleep in her giant bed dreaming about puppies when a zombie apocalypse wiped out every human on the planet. When she woke up, she grabbed her pistol and readied herself to take on the hordes. GunGirl 2 plays like Cave Story or Metroid with lots and lots of blood. You work your way through a non-linear world, shooting zombies left and right and gathering tons of items and equipment to play around with. The gameplay is extremely satisfying, and the music by Josh Whelchel is superb. A top-notch freeware exploration shooter zombie game!
Lackadaisium (Windows, 7.7MB, free) - A short, surreal puzzle project with imagery based partly on the creator's dreams and personal experiences. Use the [arrow] keys to fly around the screen, and you'll spend most of your time banging your head against objects. Seriously, that's how you interact with this freaky world, with your skull. It's an interesting and fairly short experience, but a great exercise in oneiric gaming.
Baggage (Windows, 3.4MB, free) - You know that feeling when you're running late for your flight and can't find your luggage? Baggage makes that a little more real. The slanted, static landscape filled with spikes feels just like a more-true representation of an airport, and the constant sense of urgency never leaves you. The platformer is short and you'll die dozens of times. But you gotta find your bags and make your flight, so, you know, perservere!
Beeps and Blips (Windows, 1.8MB, free) - A game from the Action 52 remake project, Bleeps and Blips puts you in control of a flying purple ship trapped inside a bigger ship filled with enemies. Hover around blasting missiles with your own gun, upgrading it with orbs you'll find along the way. It's a classic shmup in many ways, including the high difficulty level, but if you can summon the vim you can charge through the game in a relatively short time.
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!