All three games featured this week seem to be a bit on the chilling creepy eerie ominous side of things. Nothing like hordes of zombies leaping from behind locked doors, more like quiet, haunting environments that are suspiciously empty but filled with cautious intrigue...
The Mirror Lied (Windows, 7MB, free) - A spooky, horror-themed RPG that plays more like a top-down room escape game. It's rich in ambiguity, and as you start you're treated to some cryptic phrases before waking up in a dark, empty house. Move around the rooms interacting with the objects and gathering items to solve the game's simple puzzles. It's a short experience, only half an hour or so, but worth it for the atmosphere alone.
Takishawa is Dead (Windows, 2.3MB, free) - A short, simple, and unpolished 3D platformer created using Game Maker by Andrew Brophy. The art style makes it a treat to see, and even though the game itself is rather standard, it's a good experience and feels different enough to be entertaining. Use the [Z] key to read text and talk to people, [X] to jump, the [arrow] keys to move and [WASD] to switch camera angles.
Somnia (Windows, 30MB, free) - A demo for a game in the works from Cryptic Sea, Somnia is a 3D game that's all about light and shadow. Move around the nightmarish world using standard first person controls, but when you stand on a ledge, take note of where your shadow falls. If it touches another object's shadow, you can use the left mouse button to switch to a 2D "shadow mode" that allows you to gain access to other parts of the world. Roll about in shadow mode, and when you revert to 3D, you'll appear wherever your shadow was. When the mechanic clicks, it's one of those ah-HA! moments I love to experience in a game.
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista 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!