Roguelike Mega Collection Torrent Has 700+ Free Games

Free games are great and roguelikes are the best of all games, so a torrent containing more than 700 of the blighters is a lovely thing to discover on a Thursday morning. The collection is the work of ‘foamed’, a Reddit moderator and roguelike curator, and it’s more than a big pile o’ fun. As well as containing some of the greatest games ever made, this is an important archive – there are variants and minor games included that are no longer available elsewhere, and as long as there are seeders, any future disappearances will be protected until our computers turn to dust.

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Glitched-Out Explore-o-Puzzling In Strawberry Cubes

Okay so what?

I’m not sure what I’m doing in Strawberry Cubes [official site]. I’ve had a few cracks at the puzzle-platformer (I think it’s a puzzle-platformer) since creator Loren Schmidt released it for free earlier this month, and each time find some strange new thing without quite understanding what I’m doing.

It’s not impenetrable, I’m sure, but I’ve been a bit exhausted and dim these past few weeks. I have enjoyed the mystery all the same, gathering and planting seeds, dodging blades, collecting doodads, taking in the sounds and music, and doing… something with frogs. I don’t know what I’m doing with the frogs.

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The Path More Taken: Up Hill And Down Dale

Nature park funsies

I’ve been playing about with The Path More Taken [official site] this morning. It’s a little game about designing a path through a map that will most appeal to your group of visitors for the day.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Olympic Challenge: The Old Man Club

The hairy chests and the steely gazes, the short sentences and the bulging crotches and the calm, almost brotherly invitations to war. The snarling lionhead and the gaping fishmaw, the smirking dolphin and the crab most muscular. Literate arm-wrestling challenge The Old Man Club is Hemingway’s very particular interpretation/incarnation of masculinity twinned with body-horror absurdism. And a touch of Tyler Durden too, of course.

LET US PLAY THE HAND GAME.

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Dark Obelisks Await In Free Horror Walking Sim Sanctuary

Ah, Sanctuary!

Connor Sherlock’s games often remind me of slow, dready horror movies from the ’70s, the sort of oddball thing you might catch at 3am on a Friday night then spend years trying to remember the name of. From ghost stories in the woods to eerie deep space encounters with deserted alien ships, he’s happy to let things unfold slowly and build unease. It’s part pacing, part tone, and part his splendid synth soundtracks.

His latest freebie is Sanctuary [official site], a walking simulator which reminds me of the ominous dreams of lost lands and dark obelisks that’ll surely turn out to be all too real for our protagonist.

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GhostBuskers: Audio Horror Game Sylvio Has a Demo

Sylvio [official site] is my favourite horror game of 2015. It’s a quiet game, set in an abandoned park where the sky runs red, and you’ll spend the majority of the playing time straining to hear voices in the static. Sylvio, you see, is a game about electric voice phenomena and its central scares are based around a tape deck, on which recordings made in the field can be played at various speeds, reversed and analysed. I’ve raved about the game at length and now there’s a demo available for you to try.

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Death Whale: Crush Ships And Get Ahab In Pequod

Really good sunrises and sunsets, this game.

On one end of the Seriousness Scale of Games Inspired by Moby Dick, we have Nantuck, an upcoming series strategy gaming about managing whaling boats in the early nineteenth century. Breaching with thunder and fury far, far at the other end of the scale is Pequod [official site], a free Death Worm-ish game about god-whale named Mobias smashing the heck out of whaling boats and singing laserbeams.

I’m far too serious for such frivolity, of course, but must cover Pequod too lest readers accuse us of endorsing cruelty like punting geese off motorway bridges or mocking dogs to their stupid faces.

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Hard Labour: Devastated Dreams

Did you play Neverending Nightmares? It’s a horror game in which a dapper chap wanders from one unpleasant situation to the next, in a side-scrolling grayscale world, with occasional splashes of the red stuff. I didn’t play enough to explain its appeal, beyond the striking graphics, but it is “inspired by the developer’s actual battle with mental illness”.

The next game from the same developer, Devastated Dreams, is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter and there’s a demo available. This time around, the inspiration comes from Filipino folklore and the fears of an expectant parent. I played the demo just now and saw terrible things.

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Nuts, Bolts, Wheels, Guns: Scraps Is Out Now

After three years in development, vehicle construction and combat game Scraps has entered Early Access. The initial response seems positive (Steam literally says “User reviews: positive”) and that’s understandable: Scraps [official site] allows you to build vehicles that are more or less made out of cannons, and when those cannons fire, the recoil is liable to cause all manner of physics-driven shenanigans. The video below shows a variety of vehicle types, and the final shot demonstrates that spherical cars are the only thing better than galley-shaped cars.

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Six Hours Of World-Saving – Dragon Age: Inquisition Demo

As a sprog replaying demos again and again to draw out the stretches between getting new games, I loathed timed demos. I’d happily replay the same two or three levels over and over. As a growed-up, mind, I’d much rather have a one-off timed chunk to explore a game and see what it’s really about. It’s especially handy for open-world games – difficult or pointless to section up.

It’s high time that Dragon Age: Inquisition [official site] got a demo, and I’m glad that it’s a timed one. It’s on Origin. Six hours of singleplayer isn’t bad, and it offers unlimited multiplayer time too.

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A Tall Glass Of RTS: Etherium’s Free Full Trial Week

Etherium [official site] is unlikely to work its way into anyone’s list of strategy favourites but if you’re a fan of traditional RTS games, its short bursts of action might be as welcome as a cool pint of H20 during a drought,” said our Adam in His Wot I think. Now, I’m not too good on logic, but I believe that means that this game is just the ticket on a hot muggy summer’s day. Perhaps pour a splash of Robinsons orange squash over your computer too – this is Wimbledon time, after all.

You can test that logic for yourself, as the full game is free to try on Steam all week, and half-price if you want to keep it.

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Drift Through Checkpoints In Slipstream’s Demo

WHAT IS THIS CITY I love it

I was always fascinated by the fake 3D worlds of racers like OutRun, Road Rash, and Lotus Turbo Challenge. Roads banked by trees, lamps, and buildings wind through vast and otherwise-empty plains, while mountains and endless cities scroll through parallax layers in the distance. They’re unreal in a way I’m deeply dippy about.

I am quite enjoying the look of Slipstream [official site], an upcoming racer recreating those old fake 3D techniques and their impossible landscapes. A new demo’s out on Itch if you fancy a go.

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Action-RPG-y Minecraftbut Trove Launched

If you fancy a game that’s like Minecraft but action-RPG-y, perhaps have a gander at Trove [official site]. After a stretch of open beta, Rift developers Trion Worlds released their own Minecraftbut this week. It’s like Minecraft but more of an AMMORPG (as we agreed we should refer to MMO action-RPGs), with character classes, abilities, dungeons, loot, and so on.

It’s free to play, available from its site.

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