Posts Tagged ‘free’

It Ends Like You’d Guess: 2 Raptors And 100 Bullets

By Alice O'Connor on November 28th, 2014.

Blam.

Let’s make an agreement, you and me. I post the odd free game or two with local multiplayer, but I rarely drag a flatmate or some pals over to properly give ‘em a bash. And you, look, let’s not pretend you play them all comprehensively either. But let’s make an agreement: over the weekend, we’ll both really try 2 Raptors and 100 Bullets. Maybe it’ll be pretty fun – it feels like it would be. And hey, at the very absolute worst, we spend a few minutes in the company of someone we like.

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First-Person Stress Disorder: Frail Shells

By Alice O'Connor on November 28th, 2014.

I know, I know. Shhh.

Still playing my way through the many 7 Day FPS creations, I found Frail Shells a strange one at first. The game opens with your standard FPS supersoldier airdropped onto a bustling battlefield, shooting his way through hordes of enemies to rescue a comrade. It ends badly. Then we’re returned to civilian life, back in our home with our partner/comrade, and in a regular job. Just when we’re used to that, things turn odd. Our gun starts popping up in the bottom-right then vanishing again, heroic music swells and falls, and it’s clear everything’s not back to normal. Come see:

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Freeware Garden: Paint The Town Red

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 28th, 2014.

Following last year’s Probably Archery, Matthew and Shane Carr of South East Games have returned to the latest 7DFPS Jam with Paint The Town Red. A first person brawler in which the blood goes fsssssh.

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Freeware Garden: Dungeon Heroes

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 27th, 2014.

I always believed that clothed skeletons make for easier to hit targets than them lewd naked ones.

I have to admit I only scratched the surface of Dungeon Heroes and cannot be absolutely sure of its size or how it wraps things up, but after several hours of surface scratching I’m certain this is a lovely and hefty CRPG genre purists will adore. It is a very traditional hack-and-slash dungeon crawler filled with hidden rooms, puzzles, monsters and everything a ’90s gamer would expect.

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Point ‘N’ Click Platforming In The Rain: Petrichor

By Alice O'Connor on November 27th, 2014.

Alice digs a game about a rainy forest? You don't say! -The Phantom Alt-Texter

As the leaves start to fall, so too the balance of my humours slips. My blood sinks and, as I’m naturally dry of yellow bile, my body is swamped with phlegm and black bile. I’m drawn to ponds and rainy woodlands, phlegmatic and melancholic, sighing wistfully as I drift in cold water and tread carefully across wet litter.

Oh, it’s a lot more pleasant than it sounds. Look at Petrichor (the smell of rain on dry earth – a great word, that). The free point ‘n’ click platformer’s visit to a rainy forest is delightful.

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Have You Played… N?

By Graham Smith on November 26th, 2014.

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

N consumed me. For months, for hours a day, I’d be poking at arrow keys, perfecting jumps, wall-jumps and slides in order to dodge electrifying scooters, crushing thwumps, explosive mines and laser-targeted missiles. My reward, a replay at the end of each exhausting level which discarded my failed attempts and left only the perfect, graceful, balletic triumph.

N had hundreds of levels, then. v2.0 has hundreds more and it’s still free.

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Hot Loot: Torchlight For Free

By Alice O'Connor on November 26th, 2014.

FREE SPIDERS! A SPIDER FOR EVERY READER! WHERE WILL YOU DISCOVER YOURS... OR WILL IT DISCOVER YOU?

You’ve played Torchlight by now, right? Y’know, Torchlight: fine little action-RPG released in 2009 by Runic Games. Y’know, Runic: founded by the Diablo-co-designing Schaefer brothers and Fate chap Travis Baldree (at the time, anyway – Erich Schaefer and Baldree have since moved on), bringing along Diablo musicman Matt Uelmen. Given how many times it’s been on sale or offered as a freebie to entice folks to register for something or other, I imagine you have. But if not, hey, it’s a nice action-RPG I think you might like, and one that’s again being offered for free.

This time Torchlight’s free to entice folks onto Runic owner Perfect World’s own store, Arc.

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Freeware Garden: The Voyage of the Resplendent

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 26th, 2014.

Words, lovely words!

Starting off in the Imperial Constabulary Headquarters of Emera City, Regalia, Haster it is almost immediately evident that The Voyage of the Resplendent takes places in an expertly crafted sci-fi universe. One filled with vast empires, cities protected by diamond domes and Empresses that care for a peaceful and above all stable reign.

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‘Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything!’ Is Its Name

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014.

Smashy smashy.

You know that bit in Red Faction: Guerrilla where you hit things with a hammer and they explode? It’s great, that bit. Where Is My Hammer: Destroy Everything! is, you might have already guessed, about bashing things to pieces with a hammer. Walls? Smash ‘em. Your car? Wreck it. Your art collection? Well, you hardly seemed to be using it. If you appreciate wanton destruction, take a few minutes out, put your feet up, and smash some things in this free game.

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Oh Hi: Oh Hi

By John Walker on November 25th, 2014.

The best puzzle games are those where you never have to guess. It’s why Minesweeper is a steaming pile of elephant poo, and Picross is the greatest thing to happen to humanity. Oh Hi, a neat, simple web-based game by Q42, is in the correct category.

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Freeware Garden: Hypothermia

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 25th, 2014.

An ocean of deadly cold water always breaks the ice at parties.

I only recently (re-)discovered that I love my games with snow storms in them. I seem to find extreme, digital snowfall soothing for some reason. Even if said games are called Hypothermia, which doesn’t sound like a particularly enjoyable thing to experience, but here is a lovely looking game that feels effectively cold and blizzardy.

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Admiring Procedural Islands And Flora In Meadows

By Alice O'Connor on November 25th, 2014.

Meadowy.

You know that scene in a sci-fi film where a scientist is so fascinated by a tiny creature or moving plant that they don’t notice the other dozen rising around them? And then they turn around and are surprised and delighted/horrified to see all the rest? Meadows can feel a lot like that. Created by Tom Betts in this year’s Procedural Generation Jam, it’s about roaming procedurally-generated islands, watching procedurally-planted flora grow according to their needs. Then we turn around and gosh, a whole island has sprouted while we focused on one sapling.

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Freeware Garden: RADE

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 24th, 2014.

The authenticity is palpable.

RADE, the Radically Authentic Dogfighting Experience, is most assuredly not the most realistic flight sim I have ever played. Then again and despite appearances it isn’t much of rail-shooter either. It’s simply exhilarating, action packed and brilliantly fun.

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