Weekend Download №36
Driving, driving everywhere, but not a brake to squeek. Er... never mind about that lousy rhyme, its driving time! So hop in, close the door, and press that pedal to the floor. And you can also play the other non-driving games. You know, if you want to.
Pac the Man (Mac, 3.4MB free) - About as high a quality re-make as you could hope for of a classic arcade title, Pac The Man is a stylish, download-able smorgasborg of non-descript, yellow dots. Crisp graphics couple with on-beat sound effects and so much polish you can literally see the shine. Best of all, it's Mac-only, at last our revenge is at hand!
Napkin Race (Windows, 10MB, free) - On a tiny, scrunched up surface, tiny bug-wheeled vechicles bounce around with abundant glee. Featuring various modes, such as tag, capture the flag and a track race, this physics-liberal game will have you bouncing around with a gigantic grin as the tiny racers crash, bounce and some how stay upright throughout it all.
Downhill PAKOON! 2.Many Unlimited 2009 (Windows, 26MB, free) - Racing is always fun, but more so when speed is involved. Even more so when jumps are involved. So coming up with an entirely downhill racing game seems like a great idea - and it is! With maps from arond the world and cars of various qualities, race, slalom or "air time" your way down these slippery slopes as fast as possible.
Orbit Racers (developer's page) (Windows, 2.6MB, free) - Racing around a track which is entirely circular may sound repetitive, but Orbit Racers pulls it off magnificently. With each track containing a center of gravity, the goal is to use only one button - the space bar - to steer the ship around the track. During the various courses, pickups, bonuses and ways to destroy your enemies are abundant and will become increasingly useful.
Still hungry for Mac titles? Three previously mentioned casual games have all spawned Mac versions in the last few weeks. Spandex Force, the superohero parody with puzzle/RPG gameplay similar to Puzzle Quest, is now available on both PC and Mac operating systems, while the unique match-3 game Rainbow Web 2 has also made the cross-platform leap. Dream Chronicles 2: The Eternal Maze is available for Mac as well, and its Azada-meets-Myst-meets-casual adventure gameplay is not to be missed.