September 4, 2013 5:50 PM | Paul Hack
An "author's author" is a writer whose work is adored by other writers (and by critics), but which is perhaps not widely appreciated by the general public. It is for this reason that I often describe Jake Clover as a "developer's developer". He has his share of fans among gamers, for sure, those that enjoy his fearless experimentation and endless imagination, and the way he deconstructs typical video game vocabularies. Jake Clover released Some Games as a gift to those of us that want to peek inside his brain and experience his art even if it is rough, or unfinished, or does not resemble what is typically considered a game.
Some Games contains 8 short works, each displaying Clover's ridiculous artistic talent and originality. Most of them also feature awesome music. Here's a brief description of each:
Taxi: Deliver passengers in your futuristic flying taxi until you run out of fuel, then crash and walk around the city's underbelly.
Wuste: Explore, transform, and stop the sky in this hallucinogenic werewolf story.
GROUND STOOGE: The most "accessible" of the bunch. Grab a gun and fight back against the alien invaders who are laying waste to your city in this explosion-filled action game.
HORSE PASTRY: (AKA HORSE STOOGE) Dash through psychedelic tunnels. This game might crash on Windows 8.
Old Man Stuck in the Desert: Wander the desert. Explore the underground. Find an owl friend to accompany you. Float around.
Space Cheese (Chesse?): Ok, this one is not a game. It's a work of pop art. And it uses an audio sample from Pulp Fiction.
SPACE STOOGE: This one's the biggest/longest of the collection. It combines adventure and arcade elements, first and third-person viewpoints, and disparate art styles in a space opera featuring alien-communication sequences reminiscent of Captain Blood.
Warmollusk: Avoid missles in a sparsely drawn desert. Hop in vehicles and fire missles of your own. Guide them with the mouse.
Download Some Games for Windows. Each game is a separate file (though some sort of launcher would have been cool). Some games explain their controls, some don't. Enjoy!