Freeware Garden: SanctuaryRPG

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 14th, 2014.

Ah, the glory of high fantasy: a wasp is also a nymph.

Describing SanctuaryRPG as a huge, hilarious and most honorable devourer of free time would be an understatement. Also, a rather vague statement too, as this freeware beauty also happens to be a proper, full-fledged text-based RPG with some terrific ASCII illustrations and outrageous bosses, that lets you fantasize about being anything from a burly barbarian or a pious paladin to a roaming ranger or a wicked wizard. Or, well, just an assassin or a druid.

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Unreal Tournament 2014 Playable, Free To All

By Ben Barrett on August 13th, 2014.

Want to play the new Unreal Tournament for free, right this very second? Cor blimey and OMG you totes can! Hero of the people ‘raxxy’ on the Unreal Forums is compiling Epic’s builds and releasing them as small, playable packages that anyone can run, with multiple updates per week. The maps are untextured, the weapons unbalanced, and things change rapidly as everything’s still “pre-alpha” but it’s playable and – more importantly – fun.

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Freeware Garden: Ronin

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 13th, 2014.

The sun. The glorious EGA sun. Let us all salute it!

Looking for an excellent, stealthy murder simulator? Lucky you, then, for here’s Ronin to cater to your every (virtual) killing whim; a game that’s pure of heart and doesn’t really bother with formalities. Or a plot. A game that simply wants to entertain you and help you hone those subtly tactical mouse and keyboard skills.

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Freeware Garden: Nekra Psaria

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 12th, 2014.

Welcome to the very first Freeware Garden comedy alt-text. No comedic bits whatsoever have been inserted here, but I'm slowly getting there.Nekra Psaria means “dead fish” in Greek, which, frankly and regardless of language doesn’t conjure up the best of images. Not that fish or death can ever be avoided, mind you, but escape-the-room browser games used to come with way cuter names back when the internet was young.

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Steam Free Weekend-o-rama: Jets vs. Vampires vs. Soldiers

By Alice O'Connor on August 8th, 2014.

Video games!

A trio of free weekend trials on Steam mean that all and sundry can enjoy what are, as I understand, three figures and ideals important to PC gaming: soldiers, vampires, and jetplanes. They all, naturally, do fighting. Not each other, mind–others of their kind. None of these games will let you e.g. pilot a fighter jet battling winged vampires. More’s the pity, really.

Multiplayer futureplane game Strike Vector and realish FPS Insurgency have respectable sales to accompany their free weekend trials, and technically human vs. vamp arenakiller Nosgoth does too but that’ll be free-to-play at launch so it’s less special.

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Kilrathi Gratuit: Wing Commander 3 Free On Origin

By Alice O'Connor on August 7th, 2014.

Serious stuff, spaceships.

Mark Hamill might be wearing those dusty old wizard robes again, but 20 years ago, the Wing Commander games were the only hope of Hamillaniacs to see him zapping about in spaceships and all that. Perhaps in the spirit of his renewed Star Warring, or patting Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts on the back for Star Citizen, or–who knows!–possibly even promoting their service, EA are giving away Wing Commander 3: Heart of the Tiger free on Origin for a bit.

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Going Up: SimCity Timed Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on August 6th, 2014.

GREEN.

I dream of a city: dense, apartment blocks and tight terraces, lots of parks, even more trees, great public transport, by a river or lake with forest nearby. I skipped last year’s SimCity for obvious reasons but would like to build this dream in it, coo and aah as it bursts into an unconvincing simulation of life, then probably stop after, say, four hours.

Well gosh golly, as luck would have it that’s exactly how long the newly-released demo offers.

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Crossbrover: The Expendabros Out Now For Free

By Alice O'Connor on August 6th, 2014.

This... makes sense. Huh.

Look, I don’t know how to say this: someone has made an advergame for a movie and it feels… not awful? Not something made to fund other games its developers actually care about? Perhaps its creators’ wildest dreams come true? I don’t know what to make of this topsy-turvy world any more.

See, Broforce is a game all about nostalgia for action movie heroes of the ’80s and ’90s, and The Expendables is a movie series all about nostalgia for action movie heroes of the ’80s and ’90s. And now they’re combined. Developers Free Lives yesterday released The Expendabros, a free short standalone version of Broforce starring The Expendables 3 characters. They must be dead chuffed.

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Tetris With Guns: GunBlocks Demo

By Alice O'Connor on August 5th, 2014.

Zappow!

The problem with Tetris, I’ve always said, is no guns. No guns, no walking, and no plot–that’s no video game I recognise. Thankfully GunBlocks addresses those three serious problems with that supposed ‘classic.’ It’s a turn-based shooty puzzle-platformer sort-of-how-much-more-can-I-hypenate thing with a lovely cutesy style and silly sense of humour, starring a little gunbot who needs to place Tetris blocks to pass obstacles so it can shoot more things.

You can play a short pre-alpha demo in your browser, which is much cute intro as it is gameplay, or come on in to watch a bit in a trailer.

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Freeware Garden: Weird City Interloper

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 5th, 2014.

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Welcome to C.E.J. Pacian‘s exquisite, fantastical, yet magically oppressed city of Zendon. Welcome to an interactive tale of conspiracy like no other. Welcome to the wondrous world of Weird City Interloper and one of the most memorable and downright engrossing text adventures you have ever played.

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Real World Tower Defense: MapsTD

By Adam Smith on August 5th, 2014.

MapsTD isn’t a spectacular tower defense game but it slots into a category of interactive jollies that I find it hard to resist. The key is in the name – MapsTD integrates with Google Maps so that players can defend any location in the world. There are some recommended locations but the real pleasure comes from typing in the address of an old school, workplace or home. Maybe even your favourite pub or cafe. Enemies approach along roads, meaning it’s simple to pick an easily secured location, but even well-placed forts become difficult when all four routes open up. The paths that will become active in later rounds are marked from the start, allowing for advance planning.

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Succour And Shelter: The Spare Set

By Adam Smith on August 4th, 2014.

The Spare Set is a free Twine game, commissioned and hosted by the UK homelessness charity Shelter, and written by Rob ‘Black Crown‘ Sherman. It’s the story of a woman arriving home on a day when her life and that of her family is set to change dramatically. Based on the origin of the project, it’s easy to anticipate the general thrust of the narrative but the game’s interest lies in many tales rather than one. The house is a repository of memories, as houses tend to be, and I found one thread that resonated like a nightmare. It involves a spider called Jerome and is ludicrously similar to an experience in my own life. As for the rest, more thoughts below.

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Eerie Late-Night Public Access TV – 2:22AM

By Alice O'Connor on August 2nd, 2014.

I always fall for Tesco's display of Moons by the checkout.

“Play alone,” 2:22AM instructs. “Play at night.”

Approach in that dreamy state of mind and it flickers into life, drawing you into an eerie late-night public access television show. 2:22AM’s a free game made of little vignettes from mundanities like frying an egg to, well, things more surreal and sinister, mixed with bleary video clips and wrapped up in analogue crackle and tracking errors. It’s wonderful to play in that time when the world’s still and blinks are drawn-out rests for your eyes, dreams creeping in around the edges. But if you’re too drowsy for that, the wonders of video mean you can watch me play.

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