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. “ More Awesome Here!