New information about two of cactus' projects in development were recently posted on Cactus Software and Lo-Fi Minds.

Brain-Dead Toon Underworld, or BDTUW! for short, is a slick and stylish platformer set in the bad neighborhoods of the cartoon universe. You're Twink, a harmless little creature who wakes up and finds himself in bad company. Only able to communicate through cute sounds and gibberish, you'll realize that it's a hard task to get yourself back to where you belong.

In Secret Agent Hotel you wake up to find yourself in a strange situation. A mysterious voice is claiming that you are an undercover agent, and is giving you information about your objective through a plug in your ear. It says that the hotel you are staying at isn't really a hotel, but the head quarters and training facility of a huge terrorist organization that is about to unleash fear and terror all over the world. Your first task is to get to room 257, the door that will take you to the deepest inner of the enemy. But what you find behind the door is course upon course of twisted obstacles. As you progress, you start to notice that the enemy seems to be aware of your every move, and the story that the voice in your ear is telling you is getting harder to believe by the second.

Also: the art of play. A symposium on games as art, taking place at CMU in Pittsburgh (March 31st - April 1st). Speakers include Phil Fish, Jason Rohrer, Randy Smith, Heather Kelley and Cindy Poremba.