Posts Tagged ‘free’

Freeware Garden: Adams Drive 32

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 21st, 2015.

Corporation, a shooter the world outside Europe came to know as Cyber-Cop, was one of the first FPS games in the modern sense and, though it’s nowadays quite a chore to play through, it still looks lovely. Its flat shaded environments still work beautifully and also happen to be what stealth-‘em-up Adams Drive 32 instantly reminded me of.

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Cure Me Good: Bullfrog’s Theme Hospital Free On Origin

By Alice O'Connor on January 21st, 2015.

haha you bloaty-headed fool!

Can we all knock off work early? If we stick together, surely The Man will be powerless to stop us as we march in unison out our offices, taxis, shops, warehouses, workshops, fields, pools, forests, and skies to go play Theme Hospital. Bullfrog’s fine comedy hospital management sim is currently free on Origin, see, but I can’t go pop the balloonoid noggins of people suffering Bloaty Head or mock people in blue suede shoes with King Complex because ugh I have to write a thing for the Internet about how Theme Hospital is a great game and free on Origin right now. Unbelievable.

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Freeware Garden: Astrox

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 20th, 2015.

Wow. Having failed to play Elite: Dangerous and having recently been told that ignoring such games as EVE Online was criminally silly, I had forgotten just how compelling open world space trading and combat games can get. And, unprepared like this, I ran into Astrox and barely made all the deadlines I was supposed to.

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Have You Played… Catacomb 3-D?

By Alec Meer on January 19th, 2015.

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

It’s the first first-person shooter, you know. Don’t listen to those blowhards who talk about Wolfenstein: they know nothing, John Snow. Even then, it depends on your definition of first-person shooter, but if we’re going with ‘you can see a hand and that hand fires things at enemies’, then bingo.

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Silent Hill Source Engine Fan Game Alchemilla Released

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

BOO! GHOST CAR!

What’s a Silent Hill game without combat? A moody adventure game where you spend too long kicking around a hospital, hoping you won’t see more of those awful twitchy nurses. At least, that’s what I’ve seen so far of Silent Hill: Alchemilla, a free fan game/Source mod which has all of the puzzling and rust without any of the stomping-on-squirming-things. It’s relatively thoughtful puzzling too, and I only stopped playing to write this post because I was stumped. I’ll return later though, as I want to see more of its unarmed first-person take on Silent Hill, and maybe more of those frightful nurses. I do like them really.

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Freeware Garden: Naut

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 19th, 2015.

Is there life on Mars? Well, my theory of a billion fully evolved micro-universes under each Martian rock may have yet to be proved, but one can always form brand new theories by downloading Naut and driving around the sandy plateaus of the planet in a brightly and randomly coloured ’50s convertible.

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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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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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“Watch A Dude Stick Stuff In His Mouth”: Succulent

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

Yorp.

Robert Yang is putting his hunky guy to work. Tanned, groomed, ripped, oil-slicked, and stripped, the same beefcake character model has starred in his last two games exploring gay male sexuality and culture. Last time he implored us to “Hurt Me Plenty” and spank him through a Leap Motion controller, now he and two clones are in control in Succulent with a funny and unsettling seduction involving the sexually aggressive eating of an ice lolly.

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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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