#1: Spout: Monochrome Mission
-Jared, The Author
#1: Spout: Monochrome Mission
Spout is a 2D monochromatic pixelated fast-paced mobile game. You are a space ship trying to get as far as you can. You shout fumes out your ship which destroy everything they touch. If your ship touches any of the randomly generated black shapes around you on your journey, you die! This game is extremely difficult and a ton of fun, and is definitely worth downloading from the App Store or Google Play Store.
Mountain is a zero-player mobile and PC game made by one of the CGI animators from the movie Her who decided he wanted to make a game. You start off by being asked some questions and being told to respond by drawing. When you are finished a random mountain is generated. You spend the rest of your time with this game watching this mountain. It has trees that grow, it rains, has clouds, and even changes over the seasons. If you zoom out, you can observe your mountain from space, which looks quite pretty. Your PC keys or the bottom half of your screen serve as a piano that you can serenade your mountain with. Besides that, the piano serves no purpose. As time passes, random objects ranging from spears to cake from space, crashing into and embedding themselves in your mountain. You can then move them around your mountain. And finally, cryptic phrases appear on your screen from time to time. That is literally all this game is about. It is strange, but also peaceful. The ambient noise and piano music are beautiful, and make me feel serene. I feel like this game is worth 99¢, but you can find out for yourself. The App Store link is here, the Google Play link is here, and the Steam link is here.
P.S. Sorry it took so long for me to get a post out guys, my life has been confusing, and I'm trying to get back on schedule. Thanks for your patience!
-Jared, The Author
Outer Wilds is a unique open world space exploration game with a dark twist. The game is set in a solar system (not our solar system, and the system is not randomly generated) that is completely to scale, meaning all of the planets are their real-life (or close) sizes. That means that when you liftoff from a planet, there's no warp sequence or anything, you're simply in space! You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want. You can crash into the moon, go on a spacewalk, or visit the watery core of the Giant's Deep. But there's a catch. You can die, and no matter what you do, you will die, because 20 minutes after you start the game, the sun that all the planets orbit will supernova, killing you. But that's fine, because the world is on a time loop. Just like the movie Groundhog Day, you start the same day over again, except that you remember the events of the previous loop, and all of the ones before that. The difference here is that the ship's computer remembers all of the planets you've been to previously also. Each time, you get a new chance to explore, document and possibly try to stop the sun from imploding. This game is a beautiful game with intuitive, original zero-gravity mechanics and an excellent sense of scale, and for that, you should download it free for your computer from here.
Janus VR is not a game, but I felt compelled to mention it because it will BLOW YOUR MIND. This free program renders the entirety of the Internet--in 3D. That's right. You can literally walk the halls of Reddit. JanusVR turns webpages into boxy rooms with pictures and text hanging from the walls, and with links portrayed as portals that you can walk through. This program processes its own version of HTML, meaning that you can program your own 3D rooms in HTML. A man named Lee Nolan hosts Janus rooms as subdomains of vrsites.com, with an in-browser HTML editor for you to program them in, for free. All you have to do is create an account! As for regular, 2D websites, JanusVR renders them in 3D on the fly! This system is flawed, and most websites just look like a bunch of portals, but JanusVR has special support for certain websites like reddit and Flickr, which means those sites render in a predetermined way. Furthermore, JanusVR has Oculus Rift support, as well as real-time multiplayer with text chat and Mumble voice chat! In this way, JanusVR is almost like the Internet transformed into an open world exploration game! This program will change the way you view the Internet, and you can get it for free here!
Orbitor is a beautiful 2D exploration game made with Unity. You play as a small space ship who flies around in space, jumping in between large bubbles which act as gravity fields, pulling you back towards them. You can accelerate with the spacebar and turn yourself to the left or right using the arrow keys. Inside of the larger gravity bubbles there are smaller circles which you will begin to orbit rapidly when coming near to them. You can then press space to slingshot away from them and pick up speed. This game is highly physics-based, and even allows you to slow down time by pressing z! In this game, you can shoot from bubble to bubble as much as you want, but recently the game became level-based with a large warp device (4th picture below) attached to the final bubble through which you can warp to the next level. The game is a 2D Unity game with awe-inspiring graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, and hours of replayability, this game shows serious potential, and in its development phase is already one of the best 2D games I've ever seen! You can download the free demo here or play an earlier version in-browser (with Unity Web Player) on the same page.
Kairo is a linear, story-based puzzler made on the Unity engine. It has simple, minimalist graphics, and a dark backstory of the world you wander begins to unfold as you venture throughout the huge map. The game has a completely predetermined world, but you can wander it and return to rooms as much as you like. Most of the rooms have puzzles in them that you have to solve to move on, such as a room where you have to avoid walls that disappear into the ground. This game has a dark soundtrack for the majority of the game, adding to its immersive, oppresive atmosphere. The game's ending, though, features light, happy music and beautiful visual effects, painting a picture of forgiveness and a second chance. This game is filled with quality animations, meaning it lags terribly on less powerful devices (ie. my old android), but it is worth it. Altogether, this game's challenging, clever puzzles, quality graphics, beautiful soundtrack and excellent ending make it one of the best game I have ever played. You can get it on Steam for $4.99 here. It is also available on iOS and Android for $.99.
Zineth is a third-person, cartoon-style rollerskating/parkour game which has been one of the highest-rateed games on Gamejolt for a while. In this game, you play as a man in a robot suit who uses his suit to complete various odd jobs for his boss, ranging from collecting and delivering "Zines" to shooting to the moon. This game was made on the Unity engine, and was made for the Xbox 360 controller. Even with a keyboard, this game is a lot of fun, as you use the arrow keys to move and space to jump. You can hold space to ride on walls, which helps you pick up speed, or you can simply speed up by repeatedly clicking. You can even wall jump by jumping while wall riding by pressing space while wall running. You can grind on rails to pick up speed by skating near them. This game is goofy, high-speed insanity that is definitely worth your time! You can download the free game here.
Beyond Perception is a mind-bending Gamejolt dig that I found yesterday that was made using the Unity engine. You start out in a room filled with museum paintings. Stand on a square in front of one of the paintings, and you are instantly teleported into the painting. However, the room is actually just the painting rendered in 3D, so when you're looking around, parts of the room not seen in the painting are the same color as the background, making them nearly invisible. This leads to some confusion on where the floor, ceiling and walls are. This game is a serious challenge, and requires that you look at each of the rooms from a lot of different perspectives--literally. Most of all, for this game you must suspend your disbelief and forget what you know about reality. This mind-boggling game will leave you speechless even after the first level. You can get the the game for free here. Good luck!
While searching through Markiplier's old videos, I watched his Let's Play of this game and decided to try it for myself. This game is made with the Unity engine, and everything is randomly generated, from who the murderer is and how the characters respond to your questions to where Mr. White's body is at the start of the game. In a nutshell, this game is a first-person representation of Clue. You're invited to a masquerade party, but when you arrive, the host, Mr. White, is murdered, and you must solve the case. You have a notebook, in which you check off characters who you think are "innocent" until only one name remains, exposing that person as the murderer. You try to figure out who the murderer is by questioning the characters. There are four different questions you can ask, but watch out, because if you're alone in a room with the murderer, they'll kill you if you turn around! This is a very difficult game which requires good memory skills, but it is absolutely worth a try! You can find the game here.
I was browsing IndieDB one day and a banner featuring Air Brawl came up. It looked cool, so I clicked it, and I'm glad I did. Air Brawl is a brand-new game whose development just started this spring. It's a plane-fighting game made on the Unity engine, and it is currently in pre-alpha development. The developer, Wilhem Nylund, has released a free-to-play demo on their IndieDB site, and the game looks promising. It's in third-person 3D view, and the game features 3 different planes to chose from with a variety of wacky weapons to equip on each, from homing missiles to a "Batapult." This game has online multiplayer that runs smoothly and is easy to connect to, making playing online very simple! (EDIT: I apologize for my earlier mistake of saying that this game was LAN only. The developer has informed me of my mistake.) This game is fast-paced,and it's a blast to play with friends, so this one is definitely worth a try! You can download the game here.