Ride A Surreal Metro In Subway Adventure

Leaving from the hospital, I hopped on the metro’s blue Trek line, planning to change at College. A passenger rudely blocked me from getting off, so I had to continue on to Climbing Wall then double back, dashing down to the dock to catch the boat connection to the green Apollo line, awkwardly barging past a weeping man holding a bouquet of red roses, and soon I found myself at my destination: on the platform in the gaping mouth of a vast baleen whale.

I’ve been riding the rails in Subway Adventure [official site], Stephen ‘increpare’ Lavelle’s fine new free game about exploring the Dream World of Sadness Metro.

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Endless Sky Is Free, Inspired By Escape Velocity

Its title caught somewhere between the 4X majesty of Endless Space and the interstellar tourism of No Man’s Sky, Endless Sky is an open-source, open-world game of exploration, trading, and combat. Inspired by Escape Velocity, it’s feature-complete and available to download right now, with free-form rags-to-riches/shuttle-to-battlefleet play fully implemented, and one of three planned stories already in place. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also an editor and a guide to creating new ships, missions and artwork.

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Better Late Than Never: Dying Light Demo Released

Have you played Dying Light [official site]? Techland’s follow-up to Dead Island is pretty good fun, says our Adam. You run and jump and parkour around an open world, killing zombies with guns and fancy knives. If that’s your sort of bag, hey, you might fancy playing its demo, which has finally launched on Steam – eight months after the game’s initial release.

If you have played Dying Light, you might fancy watching 15 minutes of gameplay from its upcoming expansion The Following, which adds a new area and vehicles.

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Red Amazon Is A Free Four-Minute Thriller

Red Amazon [official site] is a lovely little thriller told in only four minutes, made by Bernband creator Tom van den Boogaart. It’s wonderfully restrained and a thrill to discover. No, it’s not a horror game. No, I don’t want to tell you much more. It’s free to download so do so, play it, then come back and we’ll have a little chat. Good? Good.

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Adorable Yeti Game Lets You Be The SkiFree Monster

Oh hi COME BACK

Remember SkiFree? Remember the peeing dogs and the trees that got in the way of everything and the yeti? I loved SkiFree. I think it was the only Windows game I played because I liked it and found it funny rather than because it was a master class in getting you addicted.

A mere two and a half decades later you can now play as the yeti thanks to the adorable Ludum Dare entry, Mr Yeti’s Fast Food [official site]! Look at this cute death monster :D

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Woodland Therapy (Friendship Is Tragic)

Check out my Woodland Therapy visitors

I’ve just started picking through the latest Ludum Dare game jam results. Entries are based around the theme “You are the monster” and I’m currently rather taken with Woodland Therapy by Team-Tiger [Ludum Dare page]. I think that might say more about the day and the headache I am currently having than anything else.

Set in a cutesy forest, Woodland Therapy involves animals appearing in trees and from behind bushes. To select them you just press the letter key above their head then press space to, as the game puts it, “make friends”.*

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A Steal: Payday 2 Free To Play All Weekend

Crime doesn't pay, so don't pay for crime.

Crime doesn’t pay, They say, so why should you pay for crime? This weekend, you can explore both sides of that as the full version of heisting FPS Payday 2 [official site] is once again free for everyone to try. Until 1pm PST (9pm UK time) on Sunday, y’all can join your pals to rob banks, malls, warehouses, night clubs, and other places money likes to hang out if you head on over to Steam.

The game’s on sale all weekend too, with a hearty 75% discount.

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Have You Played… Major Stryker?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every weekday of the year, perhaps for all time.

Truth be told, I don’t know which of my muddled memories are of Major Stryker and which are the many other gloriously over-the-top shmups of the late DOS era. I just know that, for a time, I loved them more than anything: the action, the explosions, the really big guns you got if you collected enough orbs, the fact they weren’t particularly difficult (which made bullet hell games such as Ikaruga a nasty shock when I tried ‘em years later), the way you could blow up things on the ground for no reason other than DESTRUCTION. They were everything games needed to be.
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Ennuigi: Bringing Existential Angst To Super Mario

Ennui. Boredom. Existential angst. Heidegger wrote what was probably the most extensive philosophical treatment on the subject, 100 pages that tackled the tedium of railway stations. Fair enough, Marty, but didn’t you know the truest form of ennui is depicted in the empty eyes of gaming’s second most famous plumber?

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Duff Up And Derobe Otaku Vampires In Akiba’s Trip Demo

Biffo!

You probably already know whether you want to buy an RPG where a boy runs around Tokyo’s otaku zone Akihabara killing vampires by beating them up until their clothes fall off and they evaporate. Ask yourself: “Do I want buy an RPG where a boy runs around Tokyo’s otaku zone Akihabara killing vampires by beating them up until their clothes fall off and they evaporate?”

For me, the answer is “Nnno probably not? But… maybe I would like to at least see it.” Good news, Alice: Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed [official site] now has a demo on PC.

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Kick! Punch! Rising Thunder’s Technical Alpha Open To All

SLAMMO!

What do you get when founders of the world’s largest fighting games tournament and the former Capcom chap who lent his name to Street Fighter IV’s final boss get together? Not the most hardcore of hardcore fighting games, no, but a surprisingly accessible one designed to introduce the pleasures of face-punching to a wider audience. That’s Rising Thunder [official site], and you can have a bash yourself now, as developers Radiant Entertainment have opened its technical alpha version opened up to everyone, with no more waiting.

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Have You Played… Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

The Murder Dog is on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity. He stands charged with the killing of over 1500 people in a brutal attack encompassing the use of toxic gas, a fire engine and a blunt instrument. When these charges are put to the Murder Dog, his opening response is unrepentant and unambiguous: “My Taste For Bloodshed Remains Voluminous.” Welcome to Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog [official site].

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Who Are You? Glitchhikers Devs Open Book Of The Dead

I am Khalfat, They of the Written Word, deer-skulled and carrying a stake and an inverted crucifix. Or maybe I’m Rilloth, Worldly Spectre of Tired Souls, Mistrustful Wizard of Wreckages, Inquisitor of the Screaming Abyss. I’m not sure. It depends on which quiz result I think will impress my friends more. It’s probably Khalfat – more for the antlers than the self-aggrandizing title.

I’m finding myself in the first part of Book of the Dead [official site], a “digital triptych about the ruins of a social network” from Glitchhikers makers Sliverstring Media. As social network things often will, they’ve started with a “which character are you?” quiz. It is, clearly, a bit weird.

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