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Short on Games

a collection by Benladen · last updated 2016-09-19 23:42:47

Short on Games is a monthly collection of small or weird games, with thoughts that total a thousand words or less. You can see an index of games by name here.

Games covered that are not available on itch.io are excerpted in the description; itch.io games are part of the collection.


2014

September-October

Moonlit Tower by Yoon Ha Lee, where what is implicit in ray guns or ansibles becomes mechanical.

The Rats in the Walls by Shilov, a game of static environments in which the avatar breathes.

October-November

Real Folk Blues by Jord Farrell, which is mostly a game about how neat it is to watch your character walk.


2015

April

Crypt Community is probably the closest thing I'll ever experience to the pleasures of owning a fish tank.

Room of 1000 Snakes is an associated tumblr where you can buy "Collectible Jpegs." It's all really wonderful.

Eco Fighters is set in a future where green anarchist teens are the space-faring heroes who save the Earth.

******

May

From D, there's something, though, to a potential genealogy of characterization by way of the elision of interaction.

*****

June

Winterstrike has a gamey way that interaction is always only ever a means is a rich vein of fantastical materialist possibility.

You, Me, and the Cubes is a puzzle game where reproductive futurism is an object of mockery and futility.

*****

July

In Grassfires of Veldstar, mostly it's just fun to die again and again and work through these microfrustrations. Also it's really cute.

Without knowing much about how [Helix] goes past the first boss, it's hard to say whether Helix is in a way "about" that hidden space or that extra dimension, but it very much seems to be.

In Chain Blaster, you fight the same six or so waves of enemies repeatedly.

*****

August

Evoland can't be a deconstruction, because it exists within the cultural context of games. Like a brain, it can only chronicle evolution.

*****

September

Art Game's production is the fail state.

a simple co-op art maker.
Other
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Mysterious train exploration adventure - Created for Ludum Dare 30
Adventure
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two wolves go out for a night on the town
Other
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short driving game about pleasuring your car
Simulation
a game for when you feel like you want to crawl into a cave on an alien planet and hide and sleep
Other
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Authentic mystery programming near you.
Simulation
A narrative driven exploration game set in surreal colonial India.
Other
a city appears, its history burnt into the soil
Adventure