Fooling around with the titles of this week's selection of games, I discovered something unusual. If you rearrange the letters, you can create the phrase "a decarbonised djinn met musing". Now, that may seem a bit random on the surface, but if you think about it (especially if you're a djinn who has had his carbon removed), you'll either go mad or realize it's kind of a funny thing. But, whatever... GAMES!
Remaddening (Windows, 8.7MB, free) - A perfectly-suited name for a game, Remaddening is a platformer that takes place around a constantly-changing circular playing field. Run from the red beam while hopping over inclines and working your way in one direction. As you move, the environment scrolls on and off your field of vision around the circle, leaving you mostly blind to what's next in the procedurally-generated world. Then, the red light suddenly appears, and you've got to book it! A simple change to a familiar concept sometimes produces great results, and this one is certainly an interesting one to experience!
Sanctum (Windows, 402MB, free) - A single level demo of a work-in-progress game, Sanctum pulls the tower defense genre into first person shooter territory and doesn't lose a drop of strategy in the process. You play a soldier who must defend her home from hordes of hostile alien creatures. Move to the battle corridor and purchase various offensive and defensive turrets, traps and obstacles to deal with the enemies. When you're ready, unleash the aliens and stand ready to attack. Not only will your buildings attack your foes, but you'll use your upgradeable weapons to attack as well. The sci-fi world is drawn with careful detail, and the game is equal parts strategy and action. Keep an eye on this one for its full release!
Inside Job (Mac/Win, 18-23MB, free) - Freelance operative Ryuhei is ready for his first mission. But what should have been a simple smash and grab turns out to be wildly more complex, as someone is watching through the security cameras. Use your special ability to take control of people on each floor, moving them throughout the area to accomplish tasks or just getting them out of the way so you can make it to the exit. Very nice premise that catches you right away with its high level of mystery and intrigue, and as the story progresses, you begin to realize this game has a deeper meaning to convey...
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!