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THE MIDNIGHT POST * December 2007
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The Top Ten Freeware Games of 2007

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Makibishi Comic
Genre: Puzzle/Adventure
Install: Plays in your Browser - Click to Play.

Makibishi Comic is a surreal Japanese adventure filled with off-beat humour and some truly bizarre locations. The unique visual style and sound design fit the gameís strange settings perfectly, and the puzzles are imaginative (if sometimes very abstract), involving anything from rotating entire planets to using a magical clock to switch between day and night.

Stranded 2
Genre: Adventure/Simulation
Install: ZIP File - Click to Download/Extract.

You find yourself lost at sea and shipwrecked on a deserted island. Can you find food, water, and other means of survival? You will need to explore the island, craft basic tools, and hope the wildlife doesnít get to you first. The charm of Stranded lies both in its open-ended design, as well as the lush visuals that bring the island to life.

Sumotori Dreams
Genre: Physics Simulation
Install: ZIP File - Click to Download/Extract.

Okay, perhaps this is not among the best games of 2007, but Sumotori Dreams is a wonderful experiment in minimalist design. Picture two drunken sumo wrestlers, desperately trying to stand up for their final bow without tripping and falling over each other (and breaking the furniture), and you have an idea of what Sumotori Dreams is all about. In this day of bloated software it is also worth pointing out that the entire game fits into a tiny 96 kilobyte download!

Genre: Arcade/Action
Install: ZIP File - Click to Download/Extract.

The winner of a recent Shmup-Dev competition, Varia is an abstract arcade blaster that offers excellent audiovisuals, well balanced gameplay, and interesting enemy and boss designs. Varia also features a rather clever weapons system that allows you, among other things, to steal your enemiesí weapon characteristics. Varia is an old-school shmup, so beware that fast fingers are a definite requirement.

Yin Yang
Genre: Puzzle
Install: Plays in your Browser - Click to Play.

Yin and Yang live in parallel white and black worlds. Yin is black and can only move through white space. Yang is white and can only move through black space. Each, however, can manipulate the otherís environment by opening/closing passageways and even altering the levelís gravity. Yin Yang is a charming puzzle game well worth a look.

Want even more free games?

We hope you enjoyed our selection of the Top Ten free games of 2007. But if your appetite has not been sated, be sure to stop by indygamer.blogspot.com and/or TIG Source for continuous updates on the latest and greatest in independent freeware and shareware games. And for an exhaustive (and exhausting!) list, be sure to check out Adrian Wernerís complete listing of all notable 2007 freeware game releases. That should keep you busy on those cold winter nights!

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