This happy weekend time, we are proud to present: fun games! Really, really fun games. It's like, if you wanted to get a bunch of games together that were just plain fun, not so much challenging, not so much brain-taxing, just awesome fun, then you'd assemble something like what we have below. And then you would go play them and have some of that fun everybody's always talking about!
Mecha Spider Island (Windows, 14MB, free) - A lone ark sails the skies to deliver animals to the Earth. An extremely sci-fi-related time vortex occurs, leaving only two animals: a giraffe and a frog. Then the rift combines the two, and somehow a gun comes into play. Now, you are the giraffrog, leaping across 2D retro terrain, shooting mechanical spiders as you climb your way to the top to defeat the ultimate robotic arachnid foe. Mecha Spider Island is everything awesome about retro games, featuring level design and gameplay that screams "unbridled fun" and a soundtrack that, if it were any happier, it would be illegal in some countries. Do yourself a favor, go play Mecha Spider Island!
Grief (Windows, 14.4MB, free) - From Magnesium Ninja Studios, creator of free downloadable indie games such as Bun-Dun and Everclimb, comes a game about happiness, sunlight, sorrow, and darkness. And puzzle platform adventuring! Trot through a nicely-drawn 2D world as you switch between the light world of optimism and the dark world of pessimism, each with its own exclusive obstacles, platforms, and abilities. In the light, you can jump higher and will find orange pieces of ground to stand on. In the dark, you can crawl under tight spaces and stand on blue platforms. You must creatively use these abilities to grab the teddy bear in each level, and the game doesn't shy away from making you do some serious thinking to get the job done.
Terra: Legend of the Geochine (Windows, 283MB, free) - A curious little experiment created by students at DigiPen Singapore, Terra: Legend of the Geochine is a fantasy-themed 2.5D action/exploration game that puts you in control of both a character and the environment. You have a fairly standard set of objectives and moves at your disposal, moving in the four basic directions along with attacks, jumps, and a spell or two. The neat part is you also have control of the world itself, holding a button on the mouse to tilt the screen in any direction. Naturally, tilting the world moves everything on the screen, opening up possibilities for a number of labyrinth-style puzzles and other orientation-centric gimmicks. A very interesting concept that's just simple enough to work yet complex enough to be interesting, and the artwork is of top quality, too! Note: Terra requires Source SDK Base 2007 and Steam to run. If you don't have either installed, first download Steam, then go to "View" followed by "Tools" to grab the Source SDK Base.
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!