Best Of Indie Games: Bring Out the Water Cannon for the Inferno co-editor Tim W. looks at some of the top indie titles released over the past week, including a new GROW game and a take on Conway's Game of Life.
[Every week, The Weblog co-editor Tim W. will be summing up some of the top free-to-download and commercial indie games from the last seven days on his sister 'state of indie' weblog.] This week on 'Best Of Indie Games', we take a look at some of the top independent PC Flash/downloadable titles released over this last week. The goodies in this edition include a new release from Grow series designer Eyezmaze, a Global Game Jam 2011 submission based on Conway's Game of Life, a tile-matching puzzle game for the Dreamcast and PC, and a 2D platformer in which you play as the king of the jungle. Here's the highlights from the last seven days: Game Pick: 'Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles' (Yuan Works, freeware) "Previously a GP2X and Dreamcast release, Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles is now free to download for PC. The gameplay mechanic in this tile-matching game isn't all that original, but the sheer level of creativity and polish make this a must-play. You've got a Puzzle mode, competitive modes, unlockables, secrets to discover, the works." Game Pick: 'Conway's Inferno' (Feras Iskanderani, Alec Thomson and Arshan Gailus, browser) "Imagine Conway's Game of Life, but replace the evolution with fire, zombies and UFOs. The result is Conway's Inferno - a puzzling take on the old zero-player game created at GAMBIT-MIT for the Global Game Jam." Game Pick: 'A Mother in Festerwood' (Austin Breed, browser) "From the mind that brought us Covetous comes A Mother in Festerwood, an interesting take on a mother's job of keeping her child safe. The outside world is a dangerous place, but at some point that child needs to learn to fend for itself. You move the mother around via your mouse, and must stop your baby from crawling out of the central safe zone and into the woods." Game Pick: 'Grow Cannon' (Eyezmaze, browser) "The latest game in the popular Grow series, Grow Cannon is a little different to the norm. Rather than choosing from a set of items to utilize, you're tasked with firing a cannon at different powers to wake a sleeping man up." Game Pick: 'Sprint - King of the Jungle' (Lionsoft, freeware) "Sprint - King of the Jungle is a collect-'em-up that features single-screen challenges and twenty levels to play through, made by Darkleo of Lionsoft with the help of YoYo Games' Game Maker engine. The objective here is to collect fifty red gems before making your way to the exit, and if you complete this task before time runs out you'll be rewarded with an extra medal as well."

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