Bars of Black and White
Gregory Weir, the creator of Majesty of Colors, recently released another Flash-based game. (He's been aiming for a game each month.) This time, it's a point-and-click "adventure" vignette with sketchy, two-tone images. Instead of Majesty of Colors' reflective tone, Bars cultivates a sort of confused investigation reminiscent of Memento.
You play a character who can't seem to remember anything beyond sitting alone and playing video games. The goal is to get outside, but you can't remember the last time you did that. Your door is locked, but you don't remember ever having a key.
The game's title implies bar codes, and the game delivers. There are thirty bar codes in all, and a semi-central mechanic involves scanning them to reveal messages. Some of the bar codes are obvious, but some are hidden. Instead of Majesty of Colors' multiple endings, the game tracks how many codes you've scanned. You can try to scan all thirty, but you can also bungle all the way through to the end without ever even finding a scanner.
Why You Should Check This Out: If you live in the northern hemisphere, you're likely itching for a return of warmer weather, and you might be turning into something of a Jack Torrence. Even if you can't go outside and enjoy a warm day, it's nice to at least pretend.
We can talk about the Platonic-cave themes when you get back.