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The scorch of the summer sun brings with it hallucinatory videogame deserts, where death can be endlessly repeated, where dreams play out on loop. To one side, a bird makes a nest from the parts in a treasure chest, and to the other, nimble giraffes with legs like Dali's elephants scuttle around as they play volleyball.

Have a browse through our entire selection below. And if you want to find more convenient collections of games such as this check out our round-up tag.


- to west (Pol Clarissou)

- to west

"⌛ two days and two nights on a ghost train ⌛" - Author's description

Author's warning: "contains occasional flashing lights"

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Play here (Browser)


785 (Leo Burke)

785

"Drive through an endless(?) desert. Follow the stars to a glowing portal to the next level." - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac)


River Bones (Carter Lodwick, Ian Endsley)

River Bones

"You float down the river. You remember:

The Hotel, The Town, The Parking Lot, The Lake, The Fire, The Chase." - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac, Linux)


IF Tutorial (Adam Cadre)

IF Tutorial (Adam Cadre)

"If you've never played interactive fiction before, or have poked at a few games but didn't feel like you really knew what you were doing, start here." - Author's description

Play it here (Browser)

Download Z-code file here

Download on the App Store (iOS)


Independence, Missouri (Pippin Barr)

Independence, Missouri

"Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away." - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac)


Deios II :: Deidia (Barch)

Deios II :: Deidia

"DEIDIA IS A EXPLORATION ATMOSPHERE VIDEO ARTWORK SHOWING THE GRAND NARCISSISTIC WORKS OF THE POET KING OF ART. BERING" - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows)


NEST (Cullen Dwyer)

NEST

"A bird learns to make friends in the forest" - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows)


Giraffes Volleyball Championship 2016 (sandwich puissant)

Giraffes Volleyball Championship 2016

"Embody a giraffe and play volleyball" - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac)


Game Studies (Pippin Bar, Jonathan Lessard)

Game Studies (Pippin Bar, Jonathan Lessard)

"'Step into my magic circle!' Said the designer to the player! 'There will be flow states! And narrative! And no ludology! Or no narrative and a lot of ludology! Whatever you prefer! It will be ergodic if not erotic! And it will be so immersive you just might drown in it!'" - Author's description

Play it here (Browser)


glogwillette (Jake Clover)

glogwillette

"An adventure for the family..." - Author's description

Download on Game Jolt (Windows)


Through the Playground (Victor Komarov, Boris Scherbinkin, Vasily Kashnikov, Sergei Ryzhov)

"Through the Playground is a surreal adventure game with unique visual style, mysterious atmosphere and a stunning music score. Game is inspired by creepy post-soviet playgrounds." - Author's description

Play it on GameJolt (Browser)


Owl Spirit (journeyofadventure)

Owl Spirit ( journeyofadventure)

Notes: Unique aesthetics and cryptic clues always make for intriguing puzzlers. Owl Spirit is intriguing. - gnome

Download it here (Windows)


SKULL CHAINZ

"SKULL CHAINZ IS A FUCKING VIDEO GAME" - Author's description

Play on itch.io (Browser)


Breach & Clean (Rami Ismail, Lovisa Bergdahl, Pablo Sorribes Bernhard, Mateusz Głuszek, Krzysztof Pachulski, Dominik Zgutka, Emilia Pachulska)

Breach & Clean

"Breach & Clean is an Authentic Hotel Maintenance Simulation." - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows)


It ain't over till the fat lady sings (Tim Garbos, Veronyka Jelinek)

It ain't over till the fat lady sings

"It won't cost you an arm and a leg and maybe it's the best thing since sliced bread?" - Author's description

Play on itch.io (Browser)


Crisis Theory (Colestia)

Crisis Theory (Colestia)

"In Crisis Theory you play as the spirit of capitalism, as described by the Marxist model of accumulation. Your singular goal is profit." - Author's description

Download it on itch.io (Windows)


Sacramento (Delphine Fourneau, Glass Body)

Sacramento

"Sacramento is a game about capturing fleeting memories before they fade." - Author's description

Download on itch.io (Windows, Mac)

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