Endless Legend Free On Steam This Weekend

By Graham Smith on April 17th, 2015.

Endless Legend [official site] is the Bestest Best Game Of 2014 says we, but it’s possible that you still haven’t found time or money to sink yourself into the clever, fantasy, 4X strategy game. Good news, then! The game is free this weekend on Steam, from now until the end of Sunday. That seems like long enough to see whether its hexagons are for you.

Alternatively, its cousin Dungeon of the Endless [official site] is also free for the same period.

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How I Lost My Soul In AdVenture Capitalist

By Alec Meer on April 16th, 2015.

AdVenture Capitalist is a free game, in theory. AdVenture Capitalist is an idle game – i.e. one which plays itself – in theory. AdVenture Capitalist is a satire of everything that is wrong with Skinner Box games and free-to-play games. In theory.

In practice, I have dishonored myself.

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I See You: Colourful Stealth Horror Brighter Day’s Demo

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

Brighter Day [dev’s site] is certainly the most colourful stealth horror game I’ve played, though that’s little comfort when giant hovering eyeballs are chasing me down a hospital corridor and I’m out of ways to distract them. Perhaps I should’ve taken my medicine rather than try to fling it at awful eyes.

It goes down in what appears to be a sunny little psychiatric hospital where everything from doors to showers make cheery music. Though I think it’s delightful, apparently we want to escape. The game’s still in development, but you can have a crack yourself in the demo that’s out now.

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Bang Bang Battleships Boom: Free Game USS Tlancy

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

Kersplode!

Vlambeer’s games are big, loud, colourful, and exciting but, y’know, they’re also hard. What if you want noise and colours and flashes and hordes of enemies and torrents of bullets and explosions and screenshake without really having to try? What if you simply want to ‘splode stuff real good?

You might fancy a crack at USS Tlancy [official site], which follows the Vlambeerian explode-o-style. It’s a flak-blasting, torpedo-launching, cannon-firing, screen-shaking point-scoring arcade battleship explosionfest made by Armel Gibson, and you can download it for free.

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Way Down In The Hole: Tunnel, A Free Soundscape Game

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

Do you like long, slow, uncut shots in films where the camera moves steadily through a dark, intimate, and eerie hole and through an unsettling soundscape? You know, the sort of thing where you think it’s going to be inside an ear or a bottom but then feel confident nah, it’s fine, then come back around to suspecting it really is guts isn’t it. I like this one from series 2 of Twin Peaks (consider yourself on spoiler alert).

I also like Tunnel [official site], a short free game about journeying through a murky, mysterious tunnel and a moody soundscape. Play it with headphones.

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Exploration And Reflection In Minkomora

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

I may read readme files but I don’t read video game manuals. What kind of a rube do you take me for? However, I made an exception for Minkomora [official site] and I urge you to as well.

It’s a gentle free game about exploring a hand-drawn world filled with varied places and characters doing their own thing. That’s nice, y’know, but then I followed the urging to read its manual and oh! what a lovely thing! I over-use “lovely” but it’s a warm, caring game encouraging self-reflection. I am reminded, narcissistically, of my time with Dark Souls Nites.

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Push The Button: ICBM Is A Free Nuke Launch Control Sim

By Alice O'Connor on April 13th, 2015.

The Cold War! A conflict immortalised in such action-packed movies as Rambo III, Red Dawn, Red Zone Cuba, and Rocky IV. But what about the real threat of the Cold War, the thousands of intercontinental ballistic missiles pointed at the USA and USSR? ICBM [official site] is a free game which puts you – yes, you! – at the heart of the action.

Across four missions, you’ll be the one sat at the desk with the big red button, waiting patiently for orders to turn the key and unleash the end of the world. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

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Work The Shaft: Pleasure A Gay Car In Stick Shift

By Alice O'Connor on April 9th, 2015.

“I’m in love with my car,” sang Roger Taylor in a Queen song named just that. They didn’t let him sing lead vocals often, so I guess he’d been bottling that up. Robert Yang’s latest short game is about a man who is, at the very least, in lust with his car. And his car – his gay car – is totally into it.

Stick Shift [official site] is the third game from Yang in the past few months that has been so absurdly, wonderfully, and charmingly gay. You’re trying to get your car off, see, working the gear stick and smoothly changing gears. Oh yes.

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Ghost In The Shell Online Uncloaking This Year

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2015.

Go go cyberlegs!

Do I think Ghost in the Shell Online [official site] will be good? No, not really. Am I able to resist posting about rad cyborg ladies able to tear tanks apart with their cyberhands? No, not really.

Look, here, it’s word that South Korean free-to-play developers Nexon are indeed planning a western release for their class-based FPS based on the anime series based on the manga. It definitely has chunky shotguns, cyberarms with pop-out rocket launchers, and thermoptic camouflage, which I shall look at and nod approvingly.

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Connect 4×4: Colour Switch Frustration In Tethernum

By Philippa Warr on April 7th, 2015.

This is about 4x4 times as much Tethernum as I can handle

Today I’ve been tinkering about with Tethernum – a game I found while following links from forums. Tethernum and its sequel, Tethernum 2 are simple but maddening puzzle games where you can change the colour of a block by clicking other blocks to which it connects. In each level you’re trying to get all blocks to be the same colour.

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Dali’s Surrealist Visions In Free Game The Tender Cut

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2015.

Why no why

Have you seen Salvador Dalí and director Luis Buñuel’s surrealist film Un Chien Andalou? You might know it as “that weird film where a load of seemingly unconnected things happen oh yeah and that dude slices that woman’s eye open with a razor right?” This is relevant: The Tender Cut [official site] is a free short game inspired by that film. I think you might enjoy its moodiness, unsettling with odd visions and bloody holes and genital hallucinations and razor-sharpening.

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Beautiful Nightmare: Doomdream Recreates FPS Dreams

By Alice O'Connor on April 7th, 2015.

I think of the ultra-bloody mod Brutal Doom as how Doom is to the imagination of an ten-year-old, with all the guts and the gore and the ripping and the tearing. Ian MacLarty’s Doomdream [official site] is a very different imagined take on Doom.

Doomdream’s a curious free little game that MacLarty calls “An impression of my dreams after I’ve been playing Doom all day.” It’s an abstract explore ‘em up that doesn’t look like Doom, yet still feels a lot like it. Have a look.

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Prepare To Die: Titan Souls Demo Released

By Alice O'Connor on April 3rd, 2015.

We’ve been dying in Titan Souls [official site] for years now. From its beginnings as a scrappy game jam game to its fancied-up modern incarnation, it has a rock-hard core of rewarding care and learning in super-difficult boss fights where you only have one arrow and only one hit will kill you. And it’s pretty great fun.

With the full game’s release approaching, developers Acid Nerve have released a demo which neatly recreates that original prototype, showing how far it’s come. Find it on Steam.

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