While playing all the games that I do to find something worthy of a Weekend Download, I get to see a huge variety of wacky, creative, strange, bland, and forgettable game titles. Not featured in this edition of Weekend Download (nor in this plane of existence): The Dentist is Fun, Party Games for You and Your Ex, Three Reasons Tofu is Evil, Help! I've Swallowed an Ant!, Give Me Some Cake, and Super Reptile Diploma.
Akrasia (Windows, 36MB, free) - An experimental art-style game based on the abstract concept of addiction, Akrasia was created to make the player think. Set in a maze that represents the mind, you will experience two different states, one normal and one not-so-normal. Collecting pills pushes your life meter to the left, while running into the ghost will trigger the maze's exit. Depending on your behavior the game will have a number of different outcomes, and the meaning of each is entirely up to you. Play through it several times, experimenting with different strategies each time you do, and see just how much the game can make you think.
Portile (Mac/Windows, <1MB, free) - A minimalistic, 2D take on the portal-creating game Narbacular Drop. Use the [arrow] keys to move, and [WASD] to shoot a portal block in that direction. To create an exit portal, hold [shift] and hit [WASD]. The perspective shift can be a bit confusing at first, but once you get used to it, the game provides some decent puzzles to keep you busy.
The Lake (Windows, 3.7MB, free) - A creepy, H.P. Lovecraft-inspired game (and entered into the TIGSource Commonplace Book Competition) that's more like a brief story told using interactive media. Use the [left] and [right] arrow keys to control the left and right paddles respectively, alternating both to tread forwards in the water. Explore the lake, take in the sights, enjoy the creepy atmosphere, and see how things turn out in the end...
Glider (Mac/Windows, 3MB, free) - Pilot a paper airplane through the house in this simple but surprisingly enjoyable arcade game. Set up your control scheme and float gently around, being careful to avoid the many obstacles in your way. Air vents give you a boost, but running into anything other than the ceiling will end your game. Note: The Windows version of Glider is much older than the Mac OS X version, but the basic mechanics are about the same. Get the serial number to unlock the game from the main Glider page.