It liiiiiiiiiiiives! Weekend Download is back for more, and we're kicking off the first new installment with an assortment of games so rag-tag and different they're just some exposition and mana potions away from starring in a JRPG to save the world. Find out whodunnit in a murder trial following a disastrous wedding, search for a way to separate yourself from a mummified corpse (and its nagging former owner), and indulge in some artsy black and white platforming with a very unusual lantern. Remember, folks, just like friendship, free indie games are magic.
Born Under the Rain (Windows, free) [Mac user? Try freeware tool RPG Hub]- You've probably had a bad day or three in your time, but have you had "trapped inside the body of a mummy while being ordered about by its surly, self-important former owner" bad? Masud and Odion are just trying to find the relic they need to break the curse binding Masud to Odion's crumbling remains, and they team up with two intrepid women to scour a pyramid full of traps, puzzles, and monsters for it... too bad the women are looking for the relic themselves to end a drought. A funny, well-written turn-based indie RPG from Kasey Ozymy, Indrah, LockeZ, and Crazy_Leen that offers challenging, strategic combat with a likable cast of quirky characters.
A Knife Made of Whispers (Windows, Pay What You Want including free) - Made in just 48 Hours for Ludum Dare's "Unconventional Weapon" theme, Daniel Linssen's artsy platformer tells a tale of loss and magic as you navigate a world of light and shadows, dodging enemies and projectiles, and using a very special lantern both to light the way and allow you to wield the titular weapon. All of which is doubtlessly going to end up perfectly wonderful, because when has a shadowy indie game with ominous foreshadowing and a mournful, ambient soundtrack ever not been cheerful?
Regeria Hope Episode 1 (Windows, Mac, Linux, free) - Golden Game Barn's free indie visual novel pays homage to everyone's favourite unexpectedly competent spiky-haired lawyer, as it follows a young female lawyer who's trying to prove her client's innocence after he goes to trial for the death of his bride... easier said than done since he seems to want nothing more than to be locked away himself! Your choices will determine the outcome of the case as you quiz witnesses and examine evidence while going up against Regeria's nemesis, all under a time limit! Future episodes have been successfully Kickstarted, but some players might want to be aware that the game deals with some issues regarding its plot in what may be considered a less than tactful or positive way.