Weekend Download №29
Bringing fun games to you, from me
Just download and play
Then sit there all day
On Saturday you couldn't be more free!
The Nightshift Code (Windows/Mac, 40MB, demo) - A hidden object/adventure game starring a young security guard, Mike, who catches a museum thief late one night and discovers the rare artifact she's after is connected to his father's disappearance. Instead of reporting her, he joins Isabel as they travel across the globe searching for items and solving cryptic messages. Along with the comic-style cutscenes, unique storyline and great presentation, The Nightshift Code throws a curveball with riddle-type item clues in every stage. For example, the list of objects might include "four tapes", but each tape is a different object -- a roll of tape, a cassette tape, etc. Even though these clues can be difficult, you enjoy them nonetheless, and they complement the hidden object game quite well.
Painajainen (Windows, 5.2MB, free) - Similar in theme to Seiklus and, to a lesser extent, Knytt, Painajainen is a 2D platform exploration game about a boy who gets trapped in his own dream. The goal is to gather all the orbs to open a door, and to do that you'll need to walk, swim and fly into every nook and cranny of the surreal world.
Beneath a Steel Sky (Windows/Mac/Linux, 2-7MB, free) - Widely regarded as one of the true classic adventure games from the early 90s, Beneath a Steel Sky is set in a sci-fi cyberpunk universe and tells the story of a young boy called Robert who is the sole survivor of a plane crash in "The Gap". You'll need ScummVM as well as the game file itself, both of which run on practically every computer system ever conceived.
Simon Tatham's Portable Puzzle Collection (Windows/Mac/Linux, <2MB, free) - Not one, but 27 small puzzle games ranging from number puzzles to familiar games (such as Minesweeper) to more original fare. Perfect for killing a few minutes in-between projects (or distracting yourself from homework). Windows users can download the games individually, while Mac/Linux folk will need to grab the whole collection in one file.
Avernum 5 (Windows/Mac, 26MB, demo) - The fifth installment of the highly-acclaimed role playing series, Avernum 5 sets a standard for independently-made RPGs. Sure, it doesn't look like much, but once you scratch the surface you'll realize there's so much to enjoy about this game. Warning: you'll have to abandon a bit of your casual gaming habits to truly enjoy Avernum.