Howdy. I'm interested in trying new (or old) obscure, flash, indie or just plain weird short games that you might know of or have found recently. Or those with rediculously impossible difficulties, such as the old NES/Sega games. I'm going to list a couple of mine that I would highly recommend, and hopefully, someone else will know of some, and share theirs. There are a couple others that have been mentioned in the EMB and other places, as well as popular ones such as Nethack, which I haven't tried. Other obscure games, including card games, may be mentioned, such as Munchkin Quest and popular sorts such as Magic the Gathering, so basically, this could be a compilation of Indie/Flash/Weird/Obscure games that some people may like to try if they have some time. The ones I'm going to recommend and briefly describe are Way, Ecco the Dolphin, and Escape from the Underworld.
-----------------------------------------------Way (Trailer inside)
A must try. I won't spoil it too much, but 'In Way, two strangers learn to speak.' An amazing concept, well executed, and a heart-warming game - definitely worth playing until you finish it. Unfortunately, it does require two people, and it isn't guarenteed that you'll get a partner immediately. And there is a chance to get a troll, or someone who leaves without warning. Still, definitely worth it given the ending. If nothing else, watch the trailer on the site linked.
-----------------------------------------------Ecco the Dolphin
Ok, as I just gave this game another shot, I want to share my experience with this... game. I enjoyed it as a child on the Sega MegaDrive, but never got far. Lucky for me, as this game is rediculously difficult, and the challenges require patience and time. The story is... You'll see. Let's start from the beginning.
You are Ecco, a dolphin, happily swimming and communicating with your pod, no burdens upon your fins, with happy and positive music. Starts simply enough. No troubles understanding the game yet? Well, unfortunately, this simple premise of swimming with your pod got turned into quite the unusual game.
Under the spoiler is a real spoiler, a simple walkthrough of the story. If you want to give this a go, please stop reading at any point, and try to give it a go yourself. Understand that the there are numerous mazes, the difficulty is very tough, and there are almost no hints as to how you're meant to proceed against some bosses.
SpoilerOne of your podmates challenges you to jumping as high as you can. As you gain control over your form and fins, you leap into the air a couple of times, and soon leap high into the sky... Only to be suspended in mid air, while a vortex appears out of nowhere, sucking everything off the seabed and ocean. The music changes, heartbreakingly, as you land back into the water to find your entire pod has vanished. The quest begins to find out what happened to your pod, and to bring them back.
So, you swim around for a bit, trying to work out the map, and soon find your way to the next level. For the record, the levels are long, twisting paths and caverns, and you have both limited life, and limited air. Expect to run out of air frequently as you try to find the correct path, and be forced to restart from the very beginning of the level, with all puzzles reset. No wonder I never finished this as a kid...
While you search the ocean depths, you wind up finding some dolphins and discovering more about the widespread effects of the vortex. You are hinted towards searching for Big Blue, who tells you that he can't help you, and to find the oldest creature in the oceans: the Asterite.
The what??? The hell is an Asterite? After working out a few more underwater mazes and puzzles, you come across it, and find out this is the Asterite. Ok, serious?
That thing can actually talk to you, and gives you information about the vortex, and that it occurs every 500 years, sucking all life from the oceans. He also tells you that to save your pod, you need to travel back in time, to retrieve one of his balls! Err, 'globes,' as he is weakened without it.
To do this, you must travel to Atlantis, and find the sonar time machine, and find the Asterite from the prehistoric ages. Only this time, the Asterite isn't too happy to see you, and attacks you with a weird lightning bolt that is basically an instakill. Did I mention that if you die, you have to do the whole level again? Believe me, this past Asterite is going to kill you.
Be grateful for save-stating. You are not given any clue or hint as to how you're meant to obtain one of his balls, and he will fry you with his lightning bolt time and time again. You get frustrated, and use google or youtube. Now you know what to do. You die. And die again. Eventually, through save-states, you succeed, and move back to the present to return his ball. There is some form of time-paradox in this encounter, but I can't recall exactly what it is.
Now with the Asterite fully recovered, he gives Ecco some extra power, and says to rescue the pod, Ecco must travel back to when the vortex appeared, and be sucked off the planet with the rest of his pod.
Having done so, Ecco must travel through some rediculous auto-scrolling levels, where death means starting from the very beginning of the level (and death is frequent, whether being squished by walls, or from the almost insta-kill aliens,) only to fight the alien Queen. This 'Vortex Queen' can instakill Ecco by swallowing him, has walls that shoot little globules for weak damage, has acidic blood that spurts everywhere, can spawn alien creatures, and you aren't even told how the hell you're meant to defeat it. And dying to the Queen means doing that stupid auto-scrolling level, which takes probably 15 minutes alone on a clean run...
And the sequel, Ecco 2: Tides of Time gets even better, but that will do for another tale.
-----------------------------------------------Escape From The Underworld
An Indie adventure game. Very simple, but very well executed and quite enjoyable. You play as an angel, sent to the depths of Hell, and stripped of all belongings and power. But who sent you, and why? And will you right a wrong. Who is that 'angel' to order you sent to Hell anyway? Another great game with secret rooms, weapons and items, and various challenges to try to complete.
-----------------------------------------------Now, having heard about three old, indie, weird, or just plain rediculous games, I'd like to give a couple more a go. Please post your own review of any interesting games you've come across lately.