Devour Bacteria & Consume Science In Immune Defense

By Shaun Green on January 25th, 2015.

Molecular Jig Games want to get right down deep into someone’s body (yours, maybe?) in Immune Defense, giving you control of a medical microbot helping white blood cells defeat infections. It’s currently in the final hours of a Kickstarter campaign and doesn’t look like it’ll make it, but does have a browser-based demo so you can at least enjoy that.

Cool concept as this is, there have been games before that have drawn on similar ideas. Where they differ is that Immune Defense is also setting out to provide a little education on the subjects it uses as the basis of its gameplay.

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Play God With Otters: Free Lake Simulator Among Ripples

By Alice O'Connor on January 24th, 2015.

All this scene needs now is a foolish woman close to hypothermia.

Ponds, ponds, ponds – they’re all I talk about nowadays. Yesterday I had a lovely swim in 2C water with crackling ice in the center, and I’m leaving now for today’s dip. I never know what’s beneath me in the murky waters, but it might be handy. I get paranoid when a cormorant’s diving near me, wondering if I’d even notice if it plucked off a numbed toe, and last week I think I kicked a fish.

Obviously, I’m delighted to find lake ecosystem simulator Among Ripples free on Steam.

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Have You Played… Brogue?

By Graham Smith on January 23rd, 2015.

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

You hear combat in the distance.
You feel a sense of loss.
You hear something die in combat.

Brogue is a freeware roguelike with attractive ASCII graphics, intuitive mouse controls, and monkeys who will steal your heart and your portions.

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Freeware Garden: Riser

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 23rd, 2015.

Notice how wisely I spent all the money Riser had given me...

Getting really good at tough action games is something that rarely happens to me. To be brutally honest, it has only happened once during my childhood with Manic Miner, many years later with VVVVVV and a few days ago with Riser. Now, I am not certain as to why this simple, procedural platformer really got to me, nor why I really got it, but I know there’s the very real danger of me mainly loving it due to it being kind to me. Do please keep this in mind.

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Be A Cybergumshoe In Free Adventure Game Precipice

By Alice O'Connor on January 23rd, 2015.

Such great mood lighting in cyberbedrooms!

Precipice starts bloody and ends abruptly. That sounds like life in the cyberpunk future to me all right! It’s a free adventure game about a weary private cyberdick called in to consult on a bloody murder case involving a synthetic lady, poking around at evidence and drawing a conclusion.

It’s been years since I had the patience to finish an hours-long adventure game, but I’ve been quite taken with short ones lately. Adventure games like this, Void & Meddler, and a lot of the Freeware Garden‘s brief blooms make them exciting again for me – short, punchy things.

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First-Person Platformer: Free Wait ‘Em Up Endless Express

By Alice O'Connor on January 22nd, 2015.

Choo choo!

Writing about Train Simulator’s pretty Japanese countryside DLC yesterday reminded me: I forgot to post Endless Express last year. It’s a free game about a convoluted train journey through a magical world to get home, consulting timetables and planning changes to catch the right trains. Routes run to a schedule in real time so you will end up waiting a bit, which is grand as it’s time to poke around each station and see the weird scenery and locals. Here, I made a video to show you.

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Freeware Garden: Providence

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 22nd, 2015.

Having hidden a package delivered by a stranger, shot someone I never got to talk to, snuck into a hotel room and listened to lovely renditions of Chopin’s wonderful music, I can safely say that you will not get bored with Providence.

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Buddy, You’re A Vampire Slayer: Nosgoth Open Beta Open

By Alec Meer on January 22nd, 2015.

Celebrate good times c'mon

Fighty multiplayer vampire title Nosgoth (official site) has gone even more free to play than it already was. I.e. anyone is now free to play it, as it’s just moved into open beta. I hadn’t really been paying attention to this, because the words ‘Legacy of Kain universe’ cause me to question the purpose of human consciousness, but now I’ve finally had a look at some footage it looks kind of fun. There’s a lot going on – grappling hooks, crossbows, flying dudes…. Don’t know how it hangs together, but it’s a spectacle.
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Freeware Garden: Adams Drive 32

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 21st, 2015.

Corporation, a shooter the world outside Europe came to know as Cyber-Cop, was one of the first FPS games in the modern sense and, though it’s nowadays quite a chore to play through, it still looks lovely. Its flat shaded environments still work beautifully and also happen to be what stealth-‘em-up Adams Drive 32 instantly reminded me of.

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Cure Me Good: Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital Free On Origin

By Alice O'Connor on January 21st, 2015.

haha you bloaty-headed fool!

Can we all knock off work early? If we stick together, surely The Man will be powerless to stop us as we march in unison out our offices, taxis, shops, warehouses, workshops, fields, pools, forests, and skies to go play Theme Hospital. Bullfrog’s fine comedy hospital management sim is currently free on Origin, see, but I can’t go pop the balloonoid noggins of people suffering Bloaty Head or mock people in blue suede shoes with King Complex because ugh I have to write a thing for the Internet about how Theme Hospital is a great game and free on Origin right now. Unbelievable.

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Freeware Garden: Astrox

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 20th, 2015.

Wow. Having failed to play Elite: Dangerous and having recently been told that ignoring such games as EVE Online was criminally silly, I had forgotten just how compelling open world space trading and combat games can get. And, unprepared like this, I ran into Astrox and barely made all the deadlines I was supposed to.

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Silent Hill Source Engine Fan Game Alchemilla Released

By Alice O'Connor on January 19th, 2015.

BOO! GHOST CAR!

What’s a Silent Hill game without combat? A moody adventure game where you spend too long kicking around a hospital, hoping you won’t see more of those awful twitchy nurses. At least, that’s what I’ve seen so far of Silent Hill: Alchemilla, a free fan game/Source mod which has all of the puzzling and rust without any of the stomping-on-squirming-things. It’s relatively thoughtful puzzling too, and I only stopped playing to write this post because I was stumped. I’ll return later though, as I want to see more of its unarmed first-person take on Silent Hill, and maybe more of those frightful nurses. I do like them really.

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Freeware Garden: Naut

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 19th, 2015.

Is there life on Mars? Well, my theory of a billion fully evolved micro-universes under each Martian rock may have yet to be proved, but one can always form brand new theories by downloading Naut and driving around the sandy plateaus of the planet in a brightly and randomly coloured ’50s convertible.

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