6. An Untitled Story
A platformer in which you play as an egg who must, for some reason, traverse obstacles and defeat 18 bosses. Features an interesting, hand-drawn MS Paint-syle visual style (in the nicest possible way) and a story that is not told to you explicitly, but there if you look for it. Developed in GameMaker by Matt Thorson, available on his website here. Unfortunately though, I couldn't find a gameplay video that didn't feature some bloke talking over the top, and I couldn't be bothered to upload my own, so here's one with some bloke talking over the top.
5. Minishoter RS
An old-school sidescrolling shmup with a distinctly Japanese feel and a mega 90s soundtrack. So much so I used the word 'mega' to describe it. It has a bizarre quality about it that seems to conjure nostalgia in me for a period in which I wasn't even alive, which is perhaps a testament to the game's quality, or perhaps just me being a bit wrong in the head. Either way, you can download it here.
4. A Flipping Good Time
A platformer from students at the DigiPen inststiute of technology featuring a boy with a satchel who can run about on the ceilings and stuff. This turns out to be an excellent and challenging platforming mechanic, and switching between floor and ceiling becomes instinctive after a short period of time. Once you master it, it looks pretty seamless and smooth in action, as this video proves. You can download it here.
3. Nitronic Rush
*JERROD WROTE THIS ONE BECAUSE NITRONIC RUSH DOESN'T RUN VERY WELL ON MY PC*
Nitronic Rush is a high-octane racer like no other game before it, taking its cues from the futuristic-style racers of old (Wipeout, Rollcage, etc.). Nitronic Rush combines fast-paced racing, gravity-defying stunts, and an epic high-energy soundtrack for a completely original thrillride. Though it has no multiplayer, This game is a definite must-play! Download it here.
2. Streets of Rage Remake
You may have heard about this because of the legal issues that developer Bomber Games faced from Sega after this game was released. Thankfully, the game is still readily available on the internet, despite Sega's utter evilness, and so you can experience the incredible piece of remakery (yes, it's a word). Streets of Rage Remake includes extra characters, modes, cheats and a full-blown map editor, along with save states for us modern-era pussies. The game can be played in co-op with a friend or with a surprsingly un-spacky AI partner, and contains stages from all three games sewn together in one ultra-campaign.Yeah, it's awesome. Get it here.
Another sidescrolling shmup with a retro feel, although this time with no graphical compromises, in Cloudphobia you play as a flying robot who must protect the mothership from aggressors by using a laser gun, missiles and jet thrusters. The great thing about the protection mechanic is that it actually puts impetus on shooting enemy ships rather than just avoiding their fire and allowing them to pass by, a valid tactic in many shmups. Feels just as Japanese as it sounds, but in a good way. Download here.
So there you have it, six free games we reccommend. I didn't describe them very well, but they're free. What more do you want, you selfish bastards?