We’re only hours in, but barring some cosmically monumental development, this week’s (and very possibly this month’s?) most delightful indie game will surely remain Crackerblocks’ Enviro-Bear 2000: Operation: Hibernation.
Created as part of TIGSource’s ongoing “cockpit” competition, the PC game sees you playing as the titular bear with five minutes to collect pre-hibernation sustenance by — naturally — driving a sedan into trees and through ponds to collect loose berries and freshwater fish.
All built around simulated physics, the challenge comes as your cab soon fills with unwanted junk — pinecones, leaves, wasps, rabid badgers and discarded bones — and quickly turns into a game of micromanaging the chaotic situation with nothing more than a single paw.
It’s fantastically manic and unapologetically absurd, and any would-be quibbles about the touchiness of its vehicular controls are instantly headed-off and negated by the bare fact that bears don’t know how to drive cars.
Enviro-Bear 2000: Operation: Hibernation [TIGSource forums]