We've got three very special games for you this weekend! Special because they're all retro in style, but also special because they're really good and can be played over and over and over again and still provide loads of fun.
Gobber Assault (Mac/Win/Linux, >5.5MB, free) - Is it a sidescrolling platformer? No, but it does scroll to the side. Is it an RPG? Yes, but there's no story, and you don't have to talk to people. But, there's items and weapons and enemies and swords and stuff, right? You bet! Gobber Assault is a two button game with a constantly moving hero who encounters both enemies and items at regular intervals. Tap [space] to attack, [shift] to jump, and use the same buttons to choose your stat bonus when you level up or to accept weapons you randomly find during your journey. Some pieces of armor and swords have interesting side effects, such as dealing damage to your character or reflecting enemy attacks, so there's a bit of strategy involved in choosing the right equipment. Otherwise, it's a constant stream of neat-o RPG goodness distilled in a casual 2D form!
Zymo (Windows, 2MB, free) - An excellent mixture of platforming and keyboard command-controlled gaming, Zymo is a retro arcade-style game where you control a little guy who must make it to the flag at the end of each level. In order to make it there, you'll have to jump, leap, duck, and switch directions, all while the little guy moves forward on his own. The catch? Instead of tapping keys to command the game, you must actually type "jump", "leap", etc. to interact with the game. It's a surprising addition that adds both difficulty and a unique twist to a very familiar game setup. Best of all, there's an included level editor to craft your own puzzles!
Pheon (Windows, 6.5MB, free) - A vector-styled boss rush shmup that's surprisingly intense for a bunch of wireframe characters and miniscule attack bullets. Move around with the [WASD] keys and aim your constantly-on gun with the mouse. Defeat bosses by, well, shooting them a lot, and stay alive by, you know, not getting shot! Ten bosses to tangle with across three modes of play, each more wickedly difficult than the last. There are a handful of other fun goodies to unlock as well, such as trophies, and online stats track every players' best (and not-so-best) playthroughs.
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!