Freeware Garden: Beneath The Crimson Moon

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 18th, 2014.

Chances are that the average nightmare of an architect looks a bit like Beneath The Crimson Moon, but in this instance the nightmare is narrated by a guilty old woman on her deathbed dreaming she’s a girl. A woman who has run from that guilt for decades and is now finally and cruelly forced to confront it.

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Read Only Memories: Cyberpunk Adventure Gets A Demo

By Graham Smith on November 17th, 2014.

Read Only Memories is a cyberpunk adventure in which you’re bidden to talk-look-use your way through Neo San Francisco in search of a kidnapped friend by a robot who may be sentient or may only be self-improving. As someone who may be neither, I can tell you that the Kickstarted game now has a demo, a new trailer and a release date, and all are worth venturing below to learn more about.

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Freeware Garden: Collaboration 6

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 17th, 2014.

A slime and its slimelings out for their Sunday stroll.

The descriptively named Collaboration 6 is a lovely collection of six mini-games by six different indie game developers who decided to unite and build games around a single theme: Earth’s invasion by the alien, unnamable green slime from above.

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What Did I Just Play? A Weird Free Game About Zambonis

By Laura Kate Dale on November 16th, 2014.

In a world not unlike our own, Zambonis with faces once lived side by side with mankind, until a political faction forced the ice resurfacers onto a single wooden boat to seek safe passage to the Zamboni homeland. They travel through inhospitable mountains, cross bridges guarded by terrifyingly demented stone faces, and stare death in the face. Mortality is rested on a coin flip, mourning is commonplace, and life struggles to continue without reading deeply into meaningless yet cruel acts of nature. This is The Illogical Journey of The Zambonis, one of the most strangely captivating free games I have stumbled across in some time.

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Looking Twice At Art: Veracity & Purpose

By Laura Kate Dale on November 15th, 2014.

Veracity & Purpose is a free Twine game and an exploration of the works of fictional artist Robert Ells, told entirely through the lens of someone else describing his art as they experience it. Made by Castles in the Sky writer Jack de Quidt, it initially appears to be little more than a guide book to a retrospective. You read about a piece of art, you take in what you can, you move on. But returning for a second look can prove quite rewarding.

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Gooooal! Football Manager 2015 Has a Demo

By Laura Kate Dale on November 15th, 2014.

So, any of you football loving types out there who prefer managing spreadsheets instead of having to actually sprint about a field yourself? You know where this is going if you’re a footie fan, yes I’m talking about Football Manager 2015. Our Adam was fairly torn on this year’s entry, so it’s probably a good thing that there’s a demo on Steam. There has been for a week, actually. Sorry we never mentioned it.

So, what do you get in the demo? Me and my sports-averse brain will try and work that out for you.

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Physically Interactive Fiction: With Those We Love Alive

By Alice O'Connor on November 14th, 2014.

Look, you try taking a good photo of your forearm with a phone camera.

One of these symbols I drew on my arm is a lie. With Those We Love Alive tells you to draw icons on your body to represent key choices and reactions, see, which is a lark until you realise you’re marking and changing yourself in response to cruel and oppressive things. One icon represents something I like to think about myself, but know isn’t true. I stared at that lie a lot the next day.

With Those We Love Alive is a free Twine game by Porpentine, a moving visit to a mundanely monstrous world. Her writing is so carefully measured, vivid yet small bursts, and a soundtrack by Brenda Neotenomie wraps the world around you. It is a beautiful and terrible game.

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Freeware Garden: Atticus

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 14th, 2014.

Among the 50 games of the Asylum Jam there was only one point-and-click adventure that grabbed me and didn’t let go until I finished it. It was Atticus. A sleek, browser-based adventure of medium length, excellent hand-drawn visuals and a spooky premise.

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Have You Played… Gorogoa?

By Philippa Warr on November 13th, 2014.

Storytime

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

When was the last time you moved beautifully drawn tiles around to unfurl a charming interactive story world? Be honest with me. I won’t judge you.

Oh who am I kidding? I’m judging you incredibly harshly. To stop this from happening/worsening I’m going to prescribe Jason Roberts’ illustration puzzler, Gorogoa. The full game is still a work in progress but there’s a delightful demo on the website which you can and should play.

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Freeware Garden: Over My Dead Body

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 13th, 2014.

The ghosts, the gunmen and the zombies.

Noel Brody worked for the evil Mortiga Consolidated, but never suspected that protesting the weaponization of her research would lead to her being murdered. What she further failed to imagine was that her death would also transform her into both a zombie and a ghost and get her to star in her very own game: Over My Dead Body.

Noel must now fight her way through Mortiga’s lovely-yet-deadly isometric corporate headquarters and exact horrible, bloody revenge on all the immoral bastards who killed her and are apparently about to kill more people for money. Finding a cure for her doubly-undead affliction, or possibly reclaiming her work for the good of humanity, should be considered an added bonus.

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1, 2, 3, 4: ThumbderDome Wrestling

By Alice O'Connor on November 13th, 2014.

SLAM!

Perhaps a small frisson of sexual energy runs between the you and the person you’re considering thumbwrestling, but it needs time to grow and you fear holding hands might snuff it out. That’s one reason why you choose to instead play local multiplayer thumber ThumbderDome Wrestling.

Perhaps you’re so physically mismatched that your mighty mitts engaging in thumb wars would dishonour the noble and technique-driven sport. Perhaps your opponent is a bit sweaty and gross. Perhaps you don’t have full use of a hand. Perhaps you lack a special move. Whatever your reasons, ThumbderDome is a real game you can play and free for you to grab from itch.io.

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Lego Batman 3 Launches, Heads For Outer Space

By Philippa Warr on November 13th, 2014.

Two people I actually recognise! Green Lantern and Spiderman

And in “opportunities to teach your child more about vigilante justice using playthings they know and love” news, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched yesterday – you can take it for a spin with a free demo.

I confess I’ve not kept up with all the recent Lego releases. At this point it feels less like a franchise and more of a brick-based pop culture library. Lego are basically the modern equivalent of a monastic scriptorium, where the Lego monks transcribe plots and concepts from television, movies and books and then add illuminated letters in the form of construction flourishes.

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What’s Cracking? Plingy Plongy Pair ‘Em Up Egg Boss

By Alice O'Connor on November 13th, 2014.

Eggs.

I have a few questions for you. Do you like bright colours? Do you like chill electronic music and noises? Do you like cute weird animals and the eggs they hatch from? Do you desire to fill several minutes of your existence with something pleasant? If you’ve answered yes to at least two of those questions, you might well enjoy Egg Boss. It’s a free browser-based take on ye olde pair-finding games, where you’re trying to match eggs based on the sound they make when you tap them. Some squawk, some chime, some warble, some burst static, some bubble, and it’s all very nice.

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