June 23, 2009

Free video games on the internet! I know way too much about these. Here are some favorites; they’re all easy to pick up and play, fairly short and highly recommended.

Cave Story is actually one of my favorite games, period. A platform game ala Mario made entirely by one Japanese guy over five years, and looks like it first came out on the original Nintendo system. Incredibly fun with a nice story and some good, catchy music. (Coincidentally, the program used to make music for this game is the one I used to make the pixelly tunes posted earlier on this blog. Except these songs completely blow mine out of the water.) Arrow keys to move and point your gun, down arrow key to check things like signs and talk to people, Z to jump, X to shoot, and A and S to change weapons once you get more than one. If you only try one of these, try this one. (This download link has both mac and PC versions.)

Gravity Bone is a freakin’ experience. For sake of spoilers I won’t say anything besides that you should really, really try it, and it might change your perception of video games just a little bit. Kind of a big download (100MBish, I think) and 3D, so you might have trouble running it on older computers, but do give it a try, at least. PC only, sadly. Here’s what the game’s website says: “To make it in Nuevos Aires, one needs nerves of silk and the filthiest of hands. Mix together a batch of espionage, some high- speed car chases, fire-spewing assassins, and you’ve got one oven that’ll never bake cookies again. We provide the pliers and you bring the moxie. “

Death worm took up way, way too much of any of my high school classes that had computers in them. You’re basically a gigantic sand worm that eats jungle animals and soldiers that are trying to kill you. I mean, tell me being a giant death worm rampaging through the desert doesn’t appeal to you. Come on! Up arrow key to move forward, left and right arrow keys to turn. Jumping out of the sand with more speed makes you jump higher, naturally. (This one’s PC only, sadly.)

Torus Trooper (PC, Mac, Linux) is a really creepy retro-future-shooter-racer-techno thing. Arrow keys to move, Z to shoot, hold X for a charged shot. Might induce seizures.

Finally, Guxt, another shooter that’s more like Galaga and much less crazy. Very fun and simple, though a little bit hard. Made by the same guy who did Cave Story. Arrow keys to move, Z to shoot. (Tip: When you beat a boss, keep shooting it and a bonus item will pop it. Really, really helpful.) PC only, sorry!

3 Responses to “”

  1. BAL said

    It appears that two of those images are the same.

  2. gimec said

    FMBL. (Thanks.)

  3. Sarah B. said

    Gravity Bone looks extremely legit, definitely trying it out when I get home! (Yes, sir, I AM reading Guerilla Philosophy at work. WHAT OF IT?)


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