Best of the Week

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A week in review, the best free and maybe-should-be-free games of the week for August 15 to 22, 2009
All games free unless otherwise noted

Simulation
Osmos

Osmosis / (Hemisphere Games) / ($10)
A classic amobe-eating game, done fast paced and furious.

Adventure
adventuregame

Pizza Morgana /(Corbomite)/($9 for first episode/$34.95 for full season)
The first episode ‘Monsters and Manipulations in The Magical Forest’ was released last Saturday and runs about 60 minutes long. Cell-shaded with

Schmup
maya

Maya Kai (Reve Au Lait)
A schmup Cave would be proud of, even down to the bullet-hell of a screen filled with vicious purple bullets. Four levels and two varying characters to add some replay value. A perfect short distraction.

Runner up
Scrapp (Andrew Brophy)

Experimental
fig8

Fig. 8 (Intuition Games)
Players guide a bicycle around a diagram drawing pretty squiggels on the page for points.  Nice and pretty.

Runner up(s)
Broken Brothers (Michael Todd)
Be My Bird/ (Pocketwatch Games)

First-person-shooter\
FPS

Boom (Jan Willem Nijman)
4-bit Gameboy-styled replica of Doom. Nijman is responsible for the exceptional 10800 Zombies. One of the few bit-based FPS’.

Puzzler
puzzler

Pandora’s Gearbox / (Indiebird’s) / (Mac release this week)
Players have to get the ball to the red area through what is a weird shaped bottle without being able to see the obstacles inside. Players place their own obstacles inside to steer the ball through.

Photo thanks: developers pages and hey-man from flickr