Remakes, revivals, and retro-styled games are the stars of this edition of Weekend Download. We've got that tasty old-school gameplay philosophy, primitive pixel graphics, and a penchant for minimalism all wrapped into one.
Minima Bomber (Windows, 13MB, free) - A great little platformer with bombs and ability upgrades created by Mike Gnade of Graduate Games. The simple goal is to make it through the game's 16 levels in one piece. Use bombs to destroy bits of the landscape to carve a path through the world. Power-ups give you the ability to do things like wall jump, and enemies stop by to make your life difficult. Minima Bomber was created in a week for the Experimental Gameplay Project, so you may encounter a few glitches (bombs that fly all over the place). I thought the keyboard controls were a little awkward, but it was nothing a little gamepad key remapping couldn't fix.
Tasty Static (Mac/Win/Linux, 15.8MB, free) - A remake of the PC oldie Skyroads, Tasty Static is best described by the following text from its homepage: "...a videogame where you go really fast and jump a lot. You'll probably get really annoyed along the way too." So annoyed, in fact, the screenshot you see is of the ship exploding, a sight that will likely occupy as much of your playtime as actual racing will. Use the [arrow] keys to move left and right and increase your speed, [spacebar] to jump, and your computer's [power] button to calm your nerves after the tenth failed jump in a row. Windows users can play around with a level editor, too!
The Thing with 40 Eyes Girl (Windows, 11.2MB, free) - Practically guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, this minimalist rhythm game was created by Ron Carmel for the Experimental Gameplay Project. A highly recognizable song plays in the background (I'll let you discover that on your own) while you mind the moving squares with your cursor. When a gray square appears, wait for the next beat them slide over it. If a square has a hole in it, you have to click it. Easy. The game is highly moddable and anyone with a keyboard and an .ogg file can create their own levels.
Tango Strike (Windows, 12.9MB, free) - A now-classic real-time squad tactics game that puts you in control of three operatives, each with his or her own unique abilities. Think The Lost Vikings but with C4 instead of swords and top-down pixel graphics instead of sidescrolling gameplay. Throughout your missions you'll rescue hostages, disarm bombs, infiltrate enemy territory, blow up doors and fences, and shot a lot of mindless soldiers. Some of the interface choices are less than intuitive, but the game itself requires a lot of patience, practice, and skill.
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!