Weekend Download №116
It's the first Weekend Download of 2010! We thought we would go easy on you while you break in your new calendar, so all of the games below have a light download footprint. You can handle a few megs worth of games, can't you? Sure you can!
ArGeeBee (Windows, 1.8MB, free) - An excellent game by Nandrew that blends genres and ends up playing like a puzzle game crossed with The Lost Vikings. Ar, Gee and Bee each have their own abilities and control schemes. Ar moves as if the level were a top-down game, fighting monsters by running into them. Gee can move green blocks to make them match, but only one move per block. Bee can run and jump like a standard platform character, and his goal is to turn the generator on in each level. By using each character's abilities in the right order (and by conserving resources, of which each character has an ability that consumes them), make it through all 20 levels of the game. The idea feels a bit strained at first, but after you complete the tutorial missions, the fun really sets in and you won't be able to get enough of this game.
Opera Omnia (Mac/Win, 6.3MB, free) - A minimalist but brain-bending retro-styled puzzle game from indie game developer increpare. You play a historian in a fictional universe who must prove migration paths to and from cities in the past. Using a machine equipped with a timeline, you set routes with the mouse, move the time slider a bit, set more routes, and so on, until you can prove the desired population numbers in the present. It doesn't make a lot of sense in writing, and to be honest, it won't make much sense when you first play. Once you get it, though, Opera Omnia will impress you with its inventiveness and subtle but challenging gameplay.
Audia (Windows, 6.1MB, free) - Not a game, but an experimental music toy by Bitfortress creator Davioware. Create ball spawners, note bars and gates on the screen, then tweak the sounds they make by moving the objects around. As the balls appear and bounce, you get music. Or, at least, you get sound. The controls are a bit mucky at first, but if you fiddle with the program for long enough, you can create some surprisingly coherent tunes, all of which can be shared using the game's save/load interface.
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!