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The Winter Solstice

Official Site

Vertigo Gaming may be best known for making Cook, Serve, Delicious!, but they also made more than a few fantastic freeware titles back in the day, one of which is particularly fitting for this time of the year. The Winter Solstice is, despite its name, a game about winter as a season. Or rather, it’s a game about an abstract play in the San Aruba Amphitheater in the middle of a desert about a blizzard representing the season of winter. Anyway, you play as a blue paper lantern on a string shooting gel at lights and other paper lanterns to make them pop and spark.

Circa Infinity

Steam Page || itch.io Page

If you’ve ever wanted to delve into the endless depths of a kaleidoscope you may want to consider buying Circa Infinity (or at least check out the demo). Despite generating quite a bit of coverage around the time of its release, Circa Infinity has not really taken off and, indeed, seems to have been all but forgotten about by just about everyone only three months later. ‘Experimental puzzle platformer’ is a label which can be applied to far, far too many games these days and at a price of $9.99 for a game which can be finished in about five hours it’s easy to understand why many may be hesitant to make the purchase. Though the trailers do show off a good amount of uncut gameplay, it can be hard to tell just quite how Circa Infinity actually works so I think it’s best to clarify a few things. This is a game about circles and this is a game about opposites and, for the most part, that is all you really need to understand.

The Ancients’ Tome

Archive.org Page

The Ancients’ Tome is an interesting little gem from all the way back in 2006 and one which I’ve wanted to discuss for a while. As to just what type of game it is…that’s a good question, and one without much in the way of an easy answer. Its developer labels it as an ‘arcade puzzle game’ and that’s probably as close as you can get, though even that doesn’t quite hit the mark. Whatever you want to call its genre, The Ancients’ Tome definitely fits somewhere under the enormous ‘experimental games’ umbrella and manages to be quite entertaining along the way.

Sly Pitch Gameplay

Sly Pitch

Game Jolt Page

There’s nothing wrong with a good, solid Breakout-style game, but I can’t help but think that this genre, with its thousands upon thousands of games, has been, for the most part, horrendously stagnant. Sure, sometimes there are a few cool power-ups and every now and then there might be enemies or some other hazards, but for every entry that tries to change up the formula in a creative way there exists a legion of other games which go beyond being merely unimaginative and enter the realm of being utterly interchangeable. At a glance, Sly Pitch certainly looks like it has effort put into it, but the components of the typical trinity of paddle, ball, and bricks are all present and accounted for. Thankfully, Sly Pitch manages to soar high above nearly every other game in the genre and it could even be said that it outright revolutionizes Breakout games by centering its mechanics around a single tweak to the formula – the ball always returns to the paddle.