Weekend Download №73
Two tiny games and one behemoth in this edition of Weekend Download. Aquarium and Little Ghost Joe are both rather cutesy and simple, whereas Nexuiz is gritty, serious, and all shooty with guns and stuff. Variety's neat, innit?
Aquarium (Windows, <1MB, free) - Created for the TIGSource Bootleg Demakes Competition, Aquarium is a take on Bit-Blot's Aquaria game with simple (and rather good-looking) pixel graphics and retro-style gameplay/soundtrack. Quite a bit more shooting and enemy dispatching than the game it's based on, and don't expect the same level of atmosphere. But hey, it's a demake, what do you want?!
Little Ghost Joe (Windows, 10MB, free) - A really simple Mario-style platformer where you play a ghost who has set out for revenge against the still-living man who killed him. In order to do that, however, you have to cross the Evil Mountains and get past hordes of minions first. Basic platforming controls and rules apply, though the camera movement is kind of annoying, even though you get used to it after a minute or two.
Nexuiz (Mac/Windows/Linux, 375MB, free) - A free open-source deathmatch-based first person shooter. Woo! Comes with a single player human vs. AI bots mode along with true multiplayer, and there are plenty of extra maps you can download and fight in. With a tagline reading "simple, fast, intense, and completely free", how could you possibly pass it up?
Harvest: Massive Encounter (Mac/Windows, 53MB, demo) - Enjoy frantic real-time strategy games that overwhelm you with hundreds (that's not an exaggerated number) of enemies? Harvest: Massive Encounter, reviewed last spring, is now $9.99, half its former price, and is available for both Mac and Windows platforms. Play the humans defending an expanding plot of land against swarms of alien UFOs, mechanized bots and other baddies. It's an extremely frantic game that draws liberally from the tower defense genre and will probably make your brain hurt from the sheer scale of battles that take place.