Humble Bundle Games: Braid

I just tried out my second game from the Humble Bundle 2. This one is called Braid. It is a 2D puzzle platform jump and run with a little twist. In the first world that I just started, you can let time run backwards, by hitting the shift key. Other than that, you only have the arrow keys for moving around your character and the space bar for jumping. The graphics are wonderful, in style akin to a aquarel or water colour painting. The music is some violins playing a melancholic soundtrack. The worlds seem to be designed with a lot of love, and it’s nice to see a jump and run game with more puzzles than fast action scenes. It’s somewhat of a change. Here’s a nice screenshot of one of the first levels:

Frogatto and Friends

An absolutely cute 2D, very classic jump and run game is Frogatto and Friends. It is for free, comes even with source code. Only the iPhone version does cost a bit. But I guess that is a nice way to support the developers. The game is crossplatform, running on Linux, OS X, Windows and, as mentioned, iOS devices. I assume, if you take the source, you can make it run on several other platforms as well. The music is nice, the characters lovable, and the levels have a great amount of detail. Controls are simple: cursor keys, plus A and S is all you need. What surprised me was that the music is stored as .ogg files, although it sounds like tracker songs. Thus it makes up 90 MiB of the game data, the whole game being slightly over 100 MB in size. Anyway, download it and have fun!

Angry Birds

I have to make some advertisement for a funny little iPhone game: Angry Birds. The idea: green pigs stole some eggs, now the birds are angry! Use those Kamikaze birds as ballistic missiles to destroy the pigs! Nice physics engine. Also available on the N900, and costs only 79 Eurocents. Here’s a shot: