Weekend Download №242
Everyone can relax, Friday the 13th has ended. But then again, you probably weren't worried about it, were you? Didn't think so. Either way, here's a reward for surviving the allegedly unlucky day: three awesome freeware games!
Gemdance (Windows, free) - An extraordinarily creative Breakout game that's both imaginative and challenging. Galatea is a dancer from Zodiac, but she wants a life of her own. The only way to do that is by becoming a god and escaping to another world. To do this, she'll need to work through several dozen levels, each featuring its own zodiac-themed gimmick. Gemini stage, for example, has twin paddles that work in concert, while Leo stage has a lion that fires at your paddle. A shockingly fun game, even if you don't normally go for Breakout types!
Don't Move (Windows, free) - A smart little game by Steve Richey that's as much a commentary on the video game-player interaction dynamic as it is a game itself. Don't Move gives you one challenge at a time, but all you can do to unlock it is make the numbers read what they need to read by moving around, standing still, and/or dying. It's designed to be infuriating, but there's an ending, and apparently a rewarding finish if you can make it through to completion.
Super Amazing Quest (Windows, free) - A pseudo 3D game that parodies old RPG tropes left and right. You play the role of a knight who is helping a princess by seeking out her stolen vase. Jump through the free-floating landscape as you fight off enemies, gain experience, pick up items, and encounter the odd NPC or two. And we really do mean "odd". It's a little heavy on the text interruptions, but otherwise it's a quick, light and entertaining game on all fronts.