Weekend Download №207
Arden's Vale (Windows, 11MB, free) - A comedy/fantasy adventure game chosen as game of the month for October on the Adventure Game Studio website. Arden's Vale is the story of a girl who must journey across a magical barrier to seek the assistance of a sorcerer in the hopes he can cure her sister of a strange illness. Along the way, you'll be treated to a smart dose of puzzles and humorous commentary that often breaks the fourth wall. It's a short but extraordinarily enjoyable game with just the right amount of challenge and intrigue!
Start Fight Run (Mac/Win/Linux, 5-9MB, free) - A short, miniature visual novel game by bentosmile that's bite-sized enough even for people who don't normally like visual novels to enjoy! You're on a quest to find the princess, and in each town you visit, a number of people are willing to help. Should you talk to the little girl, take her balloon, and head into the Creepy Woods? Should you speak with the village bear to see if he can help you in battle? Make a few simple (and funny) choices and see how the story unfolds!
Lao's Quest (Windows, 6.4MB, free) - One of those platformers you hate to play, but you really love to play so you do it anyway. Work your way through the ancient temple, avoiding traps at seemingly every turn. Statues shoot at you when you least expect it, rocks chase you down corridors, and those spikes? Who knows what they'll do given half a chance. Collect keys and use buttons to move things around, but play carefully, as the combination of high difficulty and limited lives makes for an especially challenging experience.