Envirobear is funny, and the kind of game we'd definitely have featured even if it weren't an IGF finalist, but the fact that it is an IGF finalist is rather odd; it's amusing, but slight, and surely there are other, better freeware games from 2009. Worth plaything, though -- it's a five-minute game.
You are a bear in a car. Winter arrives in five minutes. You want to drive into berry bushes for berries and lakes for fish. You are apparently a rather small bear, because you can barely see over the dashboard; also, you haven't quite figured out how pedals are supposed to work, and only have one paw. Thus, you can operate the wheel, the gas pedal, the brake pedal, and the gear shift, but only one at a time.
The humor of the game derives mainly from the refractory controls; it's damn hard to get anywhere. In this, it is reminiscent of Minotaur in a China Shop, only with less, you know, actual gameplay.
When you smash into things, as you inevitably will, shit falls in your car -- leaves, pinecones, even a crazed badger who flails wildly about operating the controls randomly as he does. You can, however, grab shit and throw it out the driver-side window, which is a relief.
Envirobear is not, you know, whatchacallit, a sublime product of the human soul, the supreme exemplar that demonstrates for all time that games are undeniably art. But hey, it's only five minutes out of your life, and you'll get a chuckle.