While Russia might be more known for its pussy riots, its common knowledge to the residents that there are dog riots too! ………
In Russian Subway Dogs, you must terrorize kindly subway travelers into dropping their food. The more food you eat, the more stamina you gain and the longer you last. The problem? You have to fight off hoards of rival dogs and avoid other travelers who drop explosive vodka bottles instead of food to do it. It’s a fun survival game that should hopefully enlighten the world to the noble plight of the subway dog.
You can download the game for free here.
Slender, created by Parsec Productions, is a first person horror game where your only goal is to find 8 manuscripts about the Slender Man. Known urban legend. the Slender Man is a mythical creature with a tall, thin body and a blank face. He can shorten and lengthen his limbs at will, and has powers that can induce paranoia, insomnia, and coughing fits. He can teleport at will, and generally resides in forests shrouded in blackness. “Not much is known, as no specific information has been found about origins,” explains one fan site that details the legend, “but his objective and habitat are made very clear. He has the need to kidnap children.”
The less you know about this game until you play it, the better. (Also, do yourself a favor and avoid watching any of the reaction videos until you’ve gone through a few playthroughs.)
You can download the game for free off the developer’s site here or from a fan site here.
The summer, with its lack of major releases, is a good time to play fun, experimental games that require a lot of skill, but not a lot of time. Spelunky, originally released on the PC in 2008, just came out on XBLA, and it’s a blast. Spelunky is an adventure platformer that requires you to grab treasure, fight enemies, and dig through a labyrinth of randomized levels. It’s a tough game that kicks you back to the very start with each death, but with very little of your success relying on luck, it’s a challenge that’s fun to face time and time again with each playthrough. Although in practice the game is short and can probably be beaten in an hour once you’ve mastered the levels, it will take hours and hours to do it.
The new version is currently only available on XBox Live Arcade, but you can download the original PC version (which may or may not be better than the XBLA release) for free from the game’s website here.
KeyboardDrumsetFuckingWerewolf (*gaaaaasp, inhale*) is a short flash game made by the two-man development crew, CATUSQUID. While it’s more of an interactive music video for the band GBSR – it’s a fast paced, colorfully stylized mini-game assault that’s a lot of fun to experience. You can probably beat the game in 20 minutes, but it shows the kind of fun and spastic creativity that is sorely lacking from most mainstream developers today.
You can download it for free here.