further2.pngFurther is an easy game to recommend. It's a classical sidescrolling platformer with a few cool twists, exceptional artwork, and tons of personality. You traverse an alien world, navigating platforms and solving puzzles while constantly keeping your suit's battery charged. The planet is plagued with nasty electrical storms, so you'll have to find shelter when they roll through. There are over 20 levels to challenge you, and 9 items to help you along the way. An excellent tutorial level will show you everything you need to know about playing the game.

Further was created by a team of 5 students at the Turku University of Applied Sciences in Finland, and was made for a course in "Beginning" game design, but I'd say it's good enough to submit as a Master's thesis. Further is available to download as an executable jar file, so it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux machines.