It's time to make with the games! Or, to play the games that have been made for playing! Several fun little diversions below, and if you ignore hyphens (which, let's face it, we all do), each one has a one-word title. Isn't that... neat?
Bun-Dun (Windows, 18MB, free) - In the beginning, there was nothing. Then there was Bun-Dun. Bun-Dun decided to create everything, so he made the universe. Then, Bun-Dun made himself. Looking out into the universe, he decided it was very empty, so Bun-Dun set out to collect energy so that he could make worlds filled with things to interact with. Help Bun-Dun out by guiding it around each stage, collecting good energy and avoiding just about everything else. The story and sense of imagination is a great wind-up for a simple sort of game, but it's charming and oh-so enjoyable from start to finish. Bonus: Bun-Dun is from the creator of Everclimb!
Candles (Windows, 101MB, free) - If you ate up games like Amnesia and Penumbra, Candles is just your thing! A dark, first person exploration game, you find yourself trapped in the forest with little more than a few torches to show you what's around. Some imps have taken over your house, and you must use the light to clear them out. A remarkably atmospheric game, best played at night when you're feeling extra timid. It's on the short side and is not without its glitches, but well-worth the experience.
Monica (Windows, 7MB, free) - Gravity-flipping games are all the rage, especially after VVVVVV graced our screens. Monica is another simple puzzle platformer in that vein of titles. Once upon a time, a little girl was feeling lonely and bored. She wanted to find someone who loved the color pink, so she invented a playmate for herself. You are that imaginary friend, walking and hopping through 20 levels trying to color all the blocks pink by touching them. Tap the [spacebar] to reverse gravity, pulling off some mid-air stunts that would even impress fans of VVVVVV.
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!