Scratch And Spook: Ghost Coin

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

Where do ghosts buy pick 'n' mix? WoooOoOoOoOOolworths. I'm pretty sure I created this joke myself and I'm dead chuffed with it tbh.

I’ve kissed noses, tweaked noses, stolen noses, and once even broke my own nose dancing to Total Eclipse of the Heart. After playing Ghost Coin, I’ll add ‘scratching a box’s nose out of existence with a coin’ to my list of Pleasant Nose-based Activities. It’s a short, browser-based, charming, and free game about scratching away layers of reality with the eponymous spectral coin. It’s one big animated lottery scratchcard where each panel hides surprises like a skellington, dogs, or a cheeky nude.

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Have You Played… 2:22AM?

By Alice O'Connor on January 18th, 2015.

Hey, where'd the moon go?

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

I should’ve mentioned 2:22AM in our end-of-year-wrap-up-o-rama. It still lurks in the back of my head, popping into my thoughts at unexpected moments, and I think lots of folks might like it if they knew about it. So I’ll ask: have you played 2:22AM? Masquerading as an eerie late-night public access television broadcast, it feels more like a dream than any other game I’ve played.

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Freeware Garden: Until I Have You

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 16th, 2015.

Pulling this off is way more complicated than it looks. Honest.

So you seem to have been cast as the grim hero who’ll save the distressed damsel once again, but please, worry not. Until I Have You, despite lacking in the plot department, is different in other ways. In this case it’s through the mechanics that the game differentiates itself, as it’s a platformer in which you move the mouse pointer to accelerate towards the direction of your choice, click one mouse button to shoot and the other to jump, and click on the scroll button to cycle through your weapons.

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Civ: Beyond Earth & Saints Row IV Steam Free Weekends

By Alice O'Connor on January 16th, 2015.

Loading SR4 up to take a shot for this post, I was surprised by how sensible my Boss looks.

Civilization: Beyond Earth does have a demo, but it’s limited to 100 turns – not many to feel how a Civ game ticks. Given lukewarm responses to it, you might want to see more. Here’s your chance: the full game is free for everyone to play on Steam until Sunday evening. Saints Row IV is also running a free trial weekend but surely you already know whether you’d like to be a superpowered scamp flying around cyberspace and punching aliens. Both are on sale too.

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Enjoyable To Borable: 50 Free Minigames From Kenta Cho

By Alice O'Connor on January 16th, 2015.

Colours!

Japanese developer Kenta Cho might be best known round these parts for the shmups he’s made under the name ABA Games, but they’re far from all he makes. In 2014 alone he released 50 free browser-based minigames, from platformers to number puzzles, and has put them all together for your playing pleasure. “But Alice, that’s an awful lot of games,” you might well comment, “and surely some are a bit iffy, so where would I even start?” Handily, he’s also ranked them all in order from, in his humble opinion, enjoyable to “borable”. I’ve had a grand old time getting stuck in.

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Freeware Garden: Mord in Venedig

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 15th, 2015.

Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann has absolutely nothing to do with Mord in Venedig (Murder in Venice). This lovely little freebie is a point-and-click murder mystery which doesn’t really care about artistic inspiration. Or spelling, to be brutally honest. Or even clipping, though these are matters you should probably ignore. If you loved being a sleuth on the Grim Express, you’ll love solving this fresh murder.

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Artface – Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Art Edition

By Alice O'Connor on January 15th, 2015.

Is this face art?

Our Adam might have enjoyed Pippin Barr’s Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment in 2012, but didn’t answer one big question: was it… The A Word? Y’know, The Big Chinscratch. The Great Hmmmer. The Old Wallhanger. The Inherited Necklace. Art. Was it Art? There can be no doubt about the free new Let’s Play: Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Art Edition Edition.

It’s got ‘Art Edition’ right there in the name, for starters. This time, as you play Prometheus scaring off the eagle pecking out his liver for eternity, you’ll find the game hanging on a wall, and its frame reflecting your webcam-captured face back at you. Just like real Art you see in real galleries!

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Kain In The Neck: Nosgoth Open Beta Next Week

By Adam Smith on January 14th, 2015.

Nosgoth, as you may remember, is “a solid-looking free-to-play multiplayer shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe”. A closed beta has been in operation for a good while now and this time next week – that’s Wednesday the 21st, 6pm GMT if you’re reading this in the future – the dark world of Nosgoth will open its doors to everybody. I don’t have any stakes (HAHA) in the Legacy of Kain series, but Nosgoth has my attention because it has humans doing boring human things like capturing points of the map, and vampires hunting and eating them.

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[Aliens Quote]: Roguelike FPS Space Beast Terror Fright

By Alice O'Connor on January 14th, 2015.

Terror!

“Pack a spare pair of spacepants for Space Beast Terror Fright!” writes whatever force of the ’90s has seized my fingers. “To the max!” SBTF, as I shall call it to save time I’ve now wasted explaining this acronym, is a roguelikelike FPS about a space marine venturing into alien-infested spacecraft to download data before setting them to self-destruct. It’s a tense, claustrophobic game about securing routes by locking doors and activating sentry turrets, knowing they’ll only hold so long, then falling back on blasting away with your giant spacegun. It’s still in development, but does have a free demo.

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Freeware Garden: Lightyear

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 14th, 2015.

A most evocative space thing.

From the moment you open your in-game eyes in Lightyear by Jim Bruges, to find yourself inside a manned space telescope crafted by text and choices and bits of Twine, you’ll also start to wonder whether this is a horror game, a technological thriller, an attempt to simulate living in space, or a story about loss and loneliness.

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Freeware Garden: Able Mable Gets A Job

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 13th, 2015.

When Ruth Manning-Sanders retold the spooky, kids tale of The Old Whitch fifty years ago, she couldn’t have possibly anticipated it would spawn such a wonderfully odd interactive thing as Able Mable Gets A Job. Nor could she have expected that so many naughty little jokes could fit into something so short and so whimsical.

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Weird Cyberspace Wanderings With Im Null

By Alice O'Connor on January 12th, 2015.

I'm hung up on its website name. Say it aloud: mooosh. Mooosh. Mooosh mooosh. Mooosh.

“You might like this,” my flatmate tells me, sending me a link to Im null with no explanation. The free browser-based game’s site won’t explain what it is either, simply asking you to define yourself with a number then dropping you into a void with a few white wireframe models. Ah, yes, this is something I might like: a weird little cyberworld to explore, and multiplayer at that. I think. Probably.

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The Generation Game: Breeder

By Adam Smith on January 12th, 2015.

Jimmy doesn't exist in this timeline

Breeder is a creepy adventure game in which you play the part of curious children across three generations of an unusual family. Something’s not quite right in the Carr household and you’ll need to switch between the 1951, 1987 and 2020 to explore all of the secrets hidden beneath the floorboards, behind the broken facades of adults and between the ones and the zeroes of the code. The three little tykes you control can examine any object in the world and can interact with some, but that’s all. No inventories, no combat, just looking and learning. You can play for free or pick your own price.

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