Weekend Download №32
Hangovers, guns, and retro roguelike games. Sounds like a typical Saturday night in the 80s. This weekend, however, we're celebrating the good ole days casual gaming style, which results in less money spent, fewer blackouts, and absolutely no inexplicable bruises.
Rainbow Web II (Windows/Mac, 24MB, demo) - A colorful and uniquely varied puzzle game that does a great job making you forget what genre you're supposed to be experiencing. Not only do you have to line up colored orbs (which can only be swapped with other orbs connected via web), you also have to spell words, find hidden objects, and complete a sliding puzzle or two. It's an extremely varied game, especially for a match three puzzle title, all set in a beautiful fantasy world with a gorgeous storybook presentation.
Gun Mute (Windows/Mac/Linux, <1MB, free) - Set in a futuristic wild west, Gun Mute is a great piece of interactive fiction that strips away a few of the genres conventions without sacrificing story or gameplay. You can only move forwards or backwards, and you don't have to worry about gathering tons of items and using them in odd ways. But puzzles are still there, they're still tricky, and you'll do a lot of shooting, which is... unusual for a text adventure.
The Hangover (Windows, 1.3MB, free) - Inspired by games such as Passage, The Hangover takes you through each stage of recovering from, shall we say, overindulgence in certain grain-based beverages. Perhaps not as deep or meaningful as, say, The Marriage, but is an interesting experiment nonetheless. Comes with a seizure warning for a very good reason.
Powder (Windows/Mac/Linux, ~1MB, free) - A tiny, graphical roguelike that would feel right at home on the Game Boy Color. Descend into the depths of the dungeon, fighting monsters and gathering loot, until you reach the foul daemon known as Baezl'bub. Slay the beast in heroic combat, then ascend twenty five levels to the surface with his black heart.