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Vertex (Windows, 39MB, free) - An early-release demo of a game that's been in production for several years and is still a work in progress, Vertex is on track to be the next massive-hit metroidvania. Inspired by the likes of Cave Story, Chrono Trigger, Spelunky and Super Metroid, Vertex drops you in a world that encourages exploration with multiple branching non-linear paths, upgrades, an RPG-like equipment menu, item shop, and much more. The game already looks and sounds fantastic, and the demo is nice and meaty, so you won't feel sleighted when it ends. You will, however, want more, and with any luck, that dream will come true soon enough!
Rogue Moon (Windows, 5MB, free) - A short physics arcade game where you must try to slingshot yourself from planet to planet. Using an unwieldy energy beam, tap the [arrow] keys to influence your direction. When you're close enough to a planet, you'll attach a beam to it. Sling yourself away, though, and you'll eventually break free of its gravitational pull. With any luck, you'll latch on to another planet and continue your journey forward. Takes some time to acclimate to the controls, but once you do, you'll love the spacey feel and the awesome visual presentation.
Omelette Boris (Mac/Win, 8MB, free) - A nice little puzzle platformer made in 48 hours for a game jam earlier this year. In Omelette Boris, you start as a chicken, running and jumping around as chickens do. Your goal is to work your way to a special block that transforms you into a rolling egg, then get that egg to a block that will hatch you. Since eggs are fragile, you'll spend your time as a chicken pushing blocks around and stacking bales of hay to form soft landing spots. Good challenge, great visuals, and an all-around good time, especially for a game made in two days!
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!