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Cursor10  
Yoshio Ishii, NekogamesAction/ArcadeBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

Cursor10 is a puzzler which involves directing the actions of all ten cursors and clicks, one at a time. Events will loop, but it will take at least a couple of tries to figure out a solution for all sixteen floors.

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Ratmaze 2  
Pixeljam GamesAction/ArcadeBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

The lovable rodent from Pixeljam's original maze adventure returns for another go at navigating a dastardly tricky labyrinth in Ratmaze 2, on a quest to nibble down every single piece of cheese or edible material it could sink it's teeth into.

The first maze is made playable in this version as well, and a scroll mode can now be activated for a clearer view of the rat's surroundings. Expect to encounter puzzles such as those that requires pushing objects into certain areas or finding false walls to uncover hidden passages.

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Winged Gear  
ZAPShoot 'em up9.56 MBClick here to download

Winged Gear is another superb freeware title from Japan that could be described as a mix of Smash TV and SHMUP-type gameplay elements. The game is essentially a top down shooter where you have to guide a ship from room to room full of enemies to shoot at.

You're only allowed to exit a room once it has been cleared of every single hostile unit. There's a time limit that makes matter difficult, but it is usually replenished when you enter a new room.

Special items can be collected to increases your ship's firepower for a short while or replenish your bomb supply. The developers have also thrown in a two player mode as an added bonus.

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Tower of Heaven Flash  
Askiisoft, Tadakuni Amano, Dave Zhang, Miroslav MaleševićPlatformerBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

Tower of Heaven is a monochromatic 2D platformer that features eleven levels to play through, originally released by Askiisoft in 2009 as a Windows-only game. This Flash port contains new musical arrangements, achievements, and a level creation system that unfortunately can only be accessed after you've beaten the game once (first-time players are allowed to import levels though).

There are now three secret locations to find (the original had two), and discovering all of them will reward you with a slightly extended ending to watch.

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Iwanaga  
BusterAction/Arcade11.1 MBClick here to download
(external link)

Iwanaga is an action game that is reminiscent of arcade classics like Cabal and Blood Bros., in which the player has to dodge swarms of bullets while shooting back at enemies at the same time.

Hold the Z key to shoot, and use the X key for special moves such as double jumps or dash. The default control scheme can be switched easily during combat.

Items are collected automatically when your character isn't shooting at enemies. Orange items restore health, while blue ones increase your secondary weapon charge and time limit. Swap between both weapons by pressing the X and down cursor key.

Bullets can be slashed by tapping the Z key rapidly, This only works on projectiles with a purplish tinge and not the ones which are blue in color.

There's a certain balance to maintain as shots weaken after prolonged use, so switching weapons regularly can be vital to maintain health and increase the time limit. A small hit point will appear when the Z key is held down.

The final boss requires a certain strategy to beat, and much like Buster's Vacant Ark multiple endings are included for each difficulty setting. Use 7-Zip to unpack the files, and JoyToKey for joypad support.

Additional files/mirrors

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Gravitron  
X-0utShoot 'em up6.65 MBCurrently unavailable

X-0ut returns with a brand new shooter entitled Gravitron, though this one requires a little more tact as it is actually based on Thrust. Instead of transporting pods into the skies you now have to destroy reactors while saving any spacemen wandering on the surface of the planet.

Switch to mouse controls by pressing the tab key when the main menu is shown. Activate the shields next to a fuel pod to fill up your tank. Progress is saved using a pass phrase, plus the nifty level editor facilitate user creations quite well. Expect more content to be posted in the near future.

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7 Days a Skeptic  
(mature content)
YahtzeeAdventure1.35 MBClick here to download

7 Days a Skeptic is an adventure game by Ben Croshaw with a horror mystery theme, and serves as a sequel to 5 Days a Stranger.

You play as Dr. Jonathan Somerset, a psychiatrist on a spaceship named The Mephistopheles. The crew discovers an unknown object floating unprotected in deep space during an assignment, and duly transported it into the ship under orders of the captain. This sets the wheels in motion for a disturbing tale with lots of turns and twists before the suspenseful end is revealed.

7 Days a Skeptic contains fewer puzzles and more action elements than its predecessor, and is also made with the AGS engine.

Additional files/mirrors

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Trilby's Notes  
(mature content)
YahtzeeAdventure2.47 MBClick here to download

Trilby's Notes is the latest effort by Ben Croshaw, featuring his best work to date in terms of graphics and writing. There are considerably more locations to explore this time around, but a strange addition is the use of a text parser for interaction commands.

All actions must be typed into an input box, and some guesswork is required to figure out the exact sentence that the game accepts in certain situations.

Additional files/mirrors

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Dwarf Fortress  
- Windows, Mac, Linux
Tarn AdamsRPG5.64 MBClick here to download
(external link)

Dwarf Fortress is a single-player fantasy game. You can control a dwarven outpost or an adventurer in a persistent world. The world is randomly generated with distinct civilizations, dozens of towns, hundreds of caves and regions with various wildlife.

Instructions/walkthrough
Additional files/mirrors

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Dino Run  
Pixeljam GamesAction/ArcadeBrowserClick here to play
(external link)

In Pixeljam's Dino Run, players are transported back in time just moments before a giant asteroid crash lands and wipe out the entire dinosaur population on Earth. As a velociraptor seeking sanctuary from the impending doom, your objective is to run towards the end of each level as fast as you can, preferably before the wall of doom envelops you.

Power-up plants can either give your dino a temporary speed boost or invulnerability. Hold the shift key to run twice as fast, but only when sparks are coming out of the raptor's feet. Press the S or down arrow key to attack other dinos or grab a quick bite. Eggs can be collected to earn continues, while acquiring super eggs and reaching game milestones will reward the player with DNA to distribute on improving your raptor's abilities. One DNA is awarded for every eight eggs found and every eight critters eaten. Bones are used to unlock new speedruns and downloadable rewards in the options menu.

Dino Run also features multiplayer, chat room support and customizable skins plus hats.

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