Weekend Download №153
More games to help your weekend be more weekend-ey than ever! The first item on the list will keep you occupied for several hours, a somewhat rare thing with games of its quality. The rest are great for short spurts or long marathons, whatever helps you get the best score!
The Hive (Windows, 4.5MB, free) - An extremely compelling platform adventure game that plays like a Metroidvania with a bit more linearity. In a small, scenic town, people are mysteriously disappearing. Reporter Alex Rig is in the area, trying to find some answers, when some strange things begin to happen to him. Explore the world with standard running, jumping, and ledge hanging, and take out enemies using a few different inventory items. Collect power-ups to gain access to new areas. The story and atmosphere are surprisingly good for such a simple game, and you'll find yourself compelled to keep going after just a few seconds of playing.
TimeStill 2 (Windows, 7.8MB, free) - A sequel to the original TimeStill unleashed earlier this year, TimeStill 2 brings back more of the unique visual style along with plenty of platform gaming. You control a ball that's working its way across each stage collecting floating shards. Use the [z] key to freeze time, pausing hazardous objects while they're out of the way and turning dangerous things like bullets into harmless platforms. It gets challenging after just a few levels, but just like the original, it's worth pressing forward!
Cenfinity (Windows, 7.5MB, free) - A shmup of the "see how long you can survive" variety, Cenfinity is a little different because it takes place in a circle. Your ship can move forwards or backwards, fire its weapon (not much of a shooter otherwise, is it?), and increase or decrease the circular path's radius. Enemies flow in from the side, you take them out, and stay alive for as long as you can. See how many foes you can vanquish before the inevitable 'game over' arrives!
The Myth of Sisyphus (Mac/Windows, 9MB, free) - It's just cool that this "game" exists. Sisyphus is a king punished by having the constant desire to roll a boulder up a hill. Once it reaches the top, he has to watch it roll back down. The process repeats throughout eternity. As you can guess, this game is just like that, and it presents an interesting sort of commentary on what it means to be a gamer. Or, it doesn't. It's entirely up to you how much you think about the experience. Either way, you get to push a rock in 3D.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows 7 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!