I ignored Mind Control's little web game when I passed by it at the IGF. Something about the weird dude on the left side of the screen and the scarab with sparkles freaked me out. It won the "Innovation in Game Design" award and I thought I should give it a shot.
Oasis is Civ on speed after a few mountain dews. Cities, roads, mines, technology, research, armies, barbarian hordes come flying at you at a blazing pace. Everything is simplified to make you want to play fast and furiously. The tension between exploring the map, building roads between your cities, and investing more workers to do research is tight and enjoyable.