Posts Tagged ‘free’

Ride A Surreal Metro In Subway Adventure

Leaving from the hospital, I hopped on the metro’s blue Trek line, planning to change at College. A passenger rudely blocked me from getting off, so I had to continue on to Climbing Wall then double back, dashing down to the dock to catch the boat connection to the green Apollo line, awkwardly barging past a weeping man holding a bouquet of red roses, and soon I found myself at my destination: on the platform in the gaping mouth of a vast baleen whale.

I’ve been riding the rails in Subway Adventure [official site], Stephen ‘increpare’ Lavelle’s fine new free game about exploring the Dream World of Sadness Metro.

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Endless Sky Is Free, Inspired By Escape Velocity

Its title caught somewhere between the 4X majesty of Endless Space and the interstellar tourism of No Man’s Sky, Endless Sky is an open-source, open-world game of exploration, trading, and combat. Inspired by Escape Velocity, it’s feature-complete and available to download right now, with free-form rags-to-riches/shuttle-to-battlefleet play fully implemented, and one of three planned stories already in place. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also an editor and a guide to creating new ships, missions and artwork.

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An Easy Fix For Windows 10 Privacymageddon

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s best operating system in a quite a while, and possibly ever, despite a few foibles. Trouble is that it really, really wants to get mixed up in all your business and then tell the highest bidders all about it – which may or may not be why an upgrade to it from Windows 7 or 8 is currently free. Most of the OS’s monitoring can be turned off, but it’s a bit of a hassle and Windows 10 is far from transparent about what it all does. There is now a quicker method of raising your blast shields, if you so wish.

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Red Amazon Is A Free Four-Minute Thriller

Red Amazon [official site] is a lovely little thriller told in only four minutes, made by Bernband creator Tom van den Boogaart. It’s wonderfully restrained and a thrill to discover. No, it’s not a horror game. No, I don’t want to tell you much more. It’s free to download so do so, play it, then come back and we’ll have a little chat. Good? Good.

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Adorable Yeti Game Lets You Be The SkiFree Monster

Oh hi COME BACK

Remember SkiFree? Remember the peeing dogs and the trees that got in the way of everything and the yeti? I loved SkiFree. I think it was the only Windows game I played because I liked it and found it funny rather than because it was a master class in getting you addicted.

A mere two and a half decades later you can now play as the yeti thanks to the adorable Ludum Dare entry, Mr Yeti’s Fast Food [official site]! Look at this cute death monster :D

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Woodland Therapy (Friendship Is Tragic)

Check out my Woodland Therapy visitors

I’ve just started picking through the latest Ludum Dare game jam results. Entries are based around the theme “You are the monster” and I’m currently rather taken with Woodland Therapy by Team-Tiger [Ludum Dare page]. I think that might say more about the day and the headache I am currently having than anything else.

Set in a cutesy forest, Woodland Therapy involves animals appearing in trees and from behind bushes. To select them you just press the letter key above their head then press space to, as the game puts it, “make friends”.*

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Have You Played… Major Stryker?

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

Truth be told, I don’t know which of my muddled memories are of Major Stryker and which are the many other gloriously over-the-top shmups of the late DOS era. I just know that, for a time, I loved them more than anything: the action, the explosions, the really big guns you got if you collected enough orbs, the fact they weren’t particularly difficult (which made bullet hell games such as Ikaruga a nasty shock when I tried ‘em years later), the way you could blow up things on the ground for no reason other than DESTRUCTION. They were everything games needed to be.
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Have You Played… Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog?

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

The Murder Dog is on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity. He stands charged with the killing of over 1500 people in a brutal attack encompassing the use of toxic gas, a fire engine and a blunt instrument. When these charges are put to the Murder Dog, his opening response is unrepentant and unambiguous: “My Taste For Bloodshed Remains Voluminous.” Welcome to Murder Dog IV: Trial of the Murder Dog [official site].

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Who Are You? Glitchhikers Devs Open Book Of The Dead

I am Khalfat, They of the Written Word, deer-skulled and carrying a stake and an inverted crucifix. Or maybe I’m Rilloth, Worldly Spectre of Tired Souls, Mistrustful Wizard of Wreckages, Inquisitor of the Screaming Abyss. I’m not sure. It depends on which quiz result I think will impress my friends more. It’s probably Khalfat – more for the antlers than the self-aggrandizing title.

I’m finding myself in the first part of Book of the Dead [official site], a “digital triptych about the ruins of a social network” from Glitchhikers makers Sliverstring Media. As social network things often will, they’ve started with a “which character are you?” quiz. It is, clearly, a bit weird.

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Have You Played… Passage?

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

Passage, Jason Rohrer’s small game about life and death, suffers for having become more renowned than it was perhaps intended to be. It was a small thing and an experimental thing, not a signpost to an entirely different future for games.
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Kasketball Is Basketball With Cars, Obvs

Not coffins or anything.

Kasketball [official site] looks broadly like Rocket League with basketball, though with fewer rockets. It’s a four-player local multiplayer basketball ‘em up where, er, you race around in a car and dribble the ball with one hand out your window as you speed towards your a net and pull the car into a drift to shoot. Sounds splendid, that. I don’t think you can dunk, mind.

Alas, I’ve recently moved and am without the usual giant tangled ball of Xbox 360 controllers I usually keep at hand for local multiplayer antics. If you have a few controllers and pals nearby, though, you can grab it from Itch to play for free.

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Going Going Gone: Race The Sun Is Free For One Day

Zoom zoom.

That there Race the Sun [official site] is a fine game. You skim across abstract landscapes in a solar-powered vehicle, trying desperately to outrun the impending sunset while not smashing into the odd architecture like a ruddy great fool. It’s fast and exciting. I’d recommend you pay money for it, and I’ll certainly recommend you snag it for free.

To celebration the launch of an iOS version (and its new chillout DLC on PC), developers Fippfly have made Race the Sun free for one day. Head on over to Steam to nab it and it’ll be yours forever.

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Where Babies Come From: Deabirth – Real

“The experience of an event begins for its audience when they first hear about it and only finishes when they stop thinking and talking about it,” says Tassos Stevens of interactive theatre gang Coney. I dig that. Many small games I like are big on that extended experience.

I suspect the best way to first hear about Deabirth – Real is to spot this freaky animated gif while looking through new releases on Itch and notice the game’s made by someone named LOVE MERCHANT DEAD GHOST (their capitalisation). Eagerly click on through to its Itch page and enjoy the fine description there. Then download it – it’s free – and oh gosh definitely read its readme file. If you read on through to the rest of this post, you’re only spoiling your own fun.

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