Freeware Garden: Ode To Cactus

I really do love the idea behind the series of ongoing Clone Jams indie developers are holding in order to do something between paying homage and parodying other devs. It’s all very honest, very cute and quite frankly heart-warming. It feels a bit like making an awkward joke to a friend that suggests intimacy and care. Love, even. Love definitely shows in the six interesting games that comprise the Cactus Clone Jam and, possibly, more so in Tahla Kaya’s very honest Ode to Cactus [official site].

It’s an ode and, handily, also a collection of three mini-games all wrapped up in a weird little thing that loves both Cactus and David Lynch and includes a lovely first person reference to contemporary classic Mondo Medicals –one of the first indie freeware games I truly loved– a stylized platformer of sorts and a highly Cactus-esque shmup. Everything is very simple, properly polished and feels cohesive. It won’t take you too long to play through the whole thing and remember just how incredibly odd such games felt less than a decade ago.

Then, you’ll have all the time in the world to check the rest of the jam’s games out.


  1. Snids says:

    We’re talking about Cactus the indie game developer yeah?
    So this is a jam of other devs riffing on his games?

    While it’s not one of his best, I love Shotgun Ninja as a concept so much I think I want to marry it.

  2. trout says:

    i’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for cactus – i was completely unaware of anything resembling an ‘indie’ scene until i played mondo agency many years ago, and was amazed, inspired, and baffled in equal measure – also; for anyone interested, he does some pretty neat rock(?maybe) music on the side: link to

  3. Frank says:

    Cactus is the best.

    My favorites are The Ultra Mission/Hotline Miami and SeizureDome. I’m a sucker for top-down views and excellent music.

  4. dskzero says:

    It’s a testament to how weird cactus’ games are there are only six games in the jam