Freeware Garden: Strange Gravity

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 5th, 2015.

If you have played Galcon or Phage Wars you are essentially familiar with the mechanics and central idea of Strange Gravity. What you definitely couldn’t expect though (unless you cheated by looking at the screenshot above) would be that this is not a simple, hectic RTS, but, actually, a unique RTS/FPS hybrid.

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Small Names Take Big Prizes: 2015 IGF Winners

By Alec Meer on March 5th, 2015.

don't let it go to your head, Outer Wilds

Winners have won, partiers have partied, and another year’s Independent Game Festival awards are done. It was a less predictable list of finalists this year than in recent times, and in turn the winners weren’t ones you could spot a mile off or who’d already won in years past. I’m happy about that, though it does leave me in the mildly awkward situation of not having played most of the winners yet.

Sci-fi exploration title Outer Wilds (which we’ve only ever mentioned here, more fool us) proved to be the festival darling of 2015, taking home both the Grand Prize and the Excellence In Design award. while This War Of Mine also wandered off with a gong. The full list is below, you’ll be unsurprised to hear.
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Won’t Take Much Persuading: Syndicate For Free

By Alec Meer on March 4th, 2015.

Don’t panic, I mean the original one, not the forgettable Starbreeze shooter (though it did have a decent multiplayer mode). Given Recent Events it’s a good time to look back at glory days Molyneux/Bullfrog, a time when that studio’s games were rewriting the rulebook. So, I heartily recommend grabbing Syndicate from Origin today, given it’s currently free.
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Freeware Garden: Does Canned Rice Dream Of A Napkin Heap?

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 4th, 2015.

Would you like to tell a story? Of course you would, you are only human, but why rush over to Twine when you could craft your story by playing through Does Canned Rice Dream Of A Napkin Heap? and sharing it with a couple of aliens, a life-hating robot and a dog in a space bar (also, the internet)?

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Unreal ‘Free’ To Devs, Unreal Tournament Free To All

By Alec Meer on March 3rd, 2015.

Ultra-graphicsed Facing Worlds next pls

Even the tallest of titans couldn’t stand against the tide of free game-making for long. With so many developers turning to Unity to make their own games, and Unity’s capabilities improving rapidly, Ye Olde Unreal Engine was starting to look like something of a dinosaur despite being the go-to framework for a great many blockbuster action titles. And now it, too, is free, albeit with one big proviso. While this is primarily big news for devs (more on that below), it does also mean that anyone can now make their own maps for the work-in-progress, community-made Unreal Tournament sequel/remake. Which is currently also free. There’s also a new, super-shiny map to try out the next-gen engine with.

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Freeware Garden: Our Personal Space

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 3rd, 2015.

You are Kelly. You are the newlywed doctor who’s in love with charming Jack and has followed him to far away planet Talaam. It’s a place that excellent sci-fi marriage simulation Our Personal Space [alternate download link] lets you live in, explore and influence.

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Get Lost: Curious Expedition Free Weekend

By Adam Smith on February 28th, 2015.

Curious Expedition [official site] is a wonderful thing. Taking on the role of a famous explorer/thinker, you’ll lead a team of adventurers across randomised plots of land, packed with wonders to discover, dangers to overcome and volcanoes to tinker with. You will watch in horror as your allies resort to cannibalism and you’ll celebrate as you discover salvation when supplies and sanity are running low. You’ll also weep as you eat a donkey.

I’ve written about my own experiences and this weekend you can try the game yourself, for free. It runs in your browser so you won’t even have to download anything. Cancel your evening plans and settle down for adventure.

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Cock And Bullet Story: 12 Is Better Than 6

By Adam Smith on February 28th, 2015.

“Did you gonna piss?”

My character, a Mexican outlaw, asks the question of a dead man in a privy. I stabbed him before he could whip his shooter out. Felled him before he could cock his revolver. The demo for 12 Is Better Than 6 contains a tutorial, some shooty bits and some stealthy bits. The shooty bits are great and the stealth bits are slightly tedious. The whole thing hangs together thanks to an eye-enslaving art style and the delightful tension that awaits between the revolutions of the cylinder.

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Freeware Garden: The Matter of the Great Red Dragon

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 27th, 2015.

Count on Jonas Kyratzes to play with the tropes detailed in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and deliver a brilliant Twine-powered text adventure that simultaneously examines traditional heroic literature values and revels in retelling the classic save-the-world fantasy tale. With The Matter of the Great Red Dragon taking place in the Land of Dreams one can also expect a subtle yet incredibly novel critique of modern societies too. Also a bit of well-placed humour.

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Freeware Garden: Death Ray Manta

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 26th, 2015.

Death Ray Manta [official site], an outrageously glowy shmup designed to make you happy, the very same Rob Fearon game that received appropriately glowy reviews by the likes of Eurogamer and Edge, has now gone freeware. Along with all of Rob’s frantic and occasionally hilarious games.

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Odd Checkout Action In Free Game Forever

By Alice O'Connor on February 25th, 2015.

Beer, baseball bat, and coffin - that'll be Wednesday night for me sorted. The BBBC, I call it. I can ask for it by name at my corner shop and they'll have one waiting for me.

It’s Minimum Wage Week at Rock, Paper, Shotgun! I mean, sure, why not? That could be true.

Yesterday I posted about a cyberpunk call centre game, and this morning I’ve been working a checkout in Forever [official site]. It’s a free game with an endless queue of customers to ring up, fiddling with objects in awkward physics to find and scan barcodes, while wondering “Wait… do we even sell bloody knives or did they bring that themself?” It’s a fine few minutes of fun.

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Freeware Garden: Ode To Cactus

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 25th, 2015.

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].

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Plutoku: A Pleasing Riff On Sudoku

By Philippa Warr on February 24th, 2015.

I demand fiendishness

Here’s a tiny puzzle game which riffs on the principles of sudoku puzzles. It’s called Plutoku and was made by a group of students for a class.

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