Posts Tagged ‘free’

Frogzapoppin': Zuma’s Revenge Free On Origin

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

BLAST THOSE BALLS!

Zuma’s Revenge [official site] may be a lesser sequel to PopCap’s fine ball-blasting action-puzzler Zuma (it’s essentially a colourful Resident Evil 4 without player movement, yeah?), but it’s still some pretty fun froggy action. If you have an Origin account (and probably if you don’t too), it’s perhaps worth downloading for free as the latest freebie in the scheme EA chose not to call “Ahhh g’wan, install Origin, it’s really nice, honest.”

If you’re boycotting EA or Origin and want to rant and rave about that towards me, please imagine doing that to my face in a pub and the look I’d have as I poured your own pint over your head.

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Smash Televisions: Dog Wolve

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

Don’t you ever want to simply smash up a load of stuff? Beat things until they explode? Dance in showers of fragmented glass and china? I’ve been pushing for The Wild Rumpus to make our next event a fair because I want to set up a crockery smash (wisely, everyone’s ignoring me on that).

Free game Dog Wolve [official site] offers me, and you, a virtual taste of wanton destruction. Slam a tape into your boom box, draw your baseball bat, and for six minutes go break some trash televisions with your dog.

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Find Your Daughter In The Hollow

By Cassandra Khaw on July 6th, 2015.

The love between a parent and their child is one of those things that defies logic, defies reality, defies the weight of a ten-ton vehicle. Parents will do everything for their children, including venture into deep, dark woods infested by malevolent fae. Made for the recent Write-A-Game challenge, The Hollow [official site] puts you in the role of a huntsman who must rescue his daughter from the Hollow Queen, a mysterious figure who is apparently quite spooky according to some of the characters in the game.

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What A Pretty Dolly! This Puzzle-Platformer Is Gorgeous

By Cassandra Khaw on July 5th, 2015.

The beautiful Dolly is an imperfect blessing. Visually, this free puzzle-platformer is nothing short of stunning. The minimalist palette, the dream-like art direction, the strangeness of its universe — it all comes together in a perfect storm of colors. In terms of being an actual game, Dolly is… okay. The controls feel accurate enough. But collision is iffy. Sometimes, you hit spikes. sometimes, you don’t. Sometimes, you bump against thin air and shatter into a thousand pixels. That’s how the cookie crumbles.

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Perfect Days Are Made Of Booze And Pub Food

By Cassandra Khaw on July 5th, 2015.

Perfect Day [official site] confuses me. You might even say that it frightens me. Just a little. Made for the No$GAMEJAM, Perfect Day takes players into a no-name “local pub” inhabited by a babbling drunk, a silent blonde man, and a shapeshifting woman. The objective here is to keep drinking and feasting until … you pass out or achieve “maximal life happiness!”

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Increpare’s Bedrooms Is A Slightly Creepy Slumbertime Trip

By Philippa Warr on July 2nd, 2015.

Red roooooom

Bedrooms [official site] is Stephen ‘Increpare’ Lavelle’s most recent game (well, it was this morning, he might have released another three in the intervening hours). It’s a curious experience which as you floating around various bedrooms and other spaces in which people are sleeping. You’re at a weird angle as you drift around, finding out what there is to do.

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Cartoony Free Retro FPS: Blobby Boys 3D

By Alice O'Connor on June 23rd, 2015.

I may pretend I’m above nostalgia, being disinterested in the floods of retro platformers and RPGs, but in truth the wave of nostalgia simply misses what I semi-embarrassedly remember fondly from my formative years. Wonky shareware FPSs and drug dealing games were more up my skeezy alley (I was a well edgy teen, yeah?), supped from cover discs and passed around on copied floppies. Blobby Boys 3D [official site] combines those two.

Blobby Boys 3D is a free short FPS set in a colourful cartoon world with a mix of 2D sprites and 3D art, where you’re out to sell drugs, make money, and kill the big boss. The FPSing is wonky and the drug-dealing window dressing, but it’s charming and stylish.

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Virtual Desktop Spudbud: Electric Love Potato

By Alice O'Connor on June 22nd, 2015.

I love my potato.

Electric Love Potato is not a game. However, nor are Windows or Twitch and we post about those. Creator Natalie Lawhead (of Froggy and the IGF-winning Tetrageddon Games) calls the free virtual desktop assistant “a game enhancer”, explaining that “Like the Oculus Rift, Mouse, or Keyboard, Electric Love Potato will take your game, browsing, or workday, and take it to a new, positively reinforced, level… from the bottom right of your monitor (where it prefers to operate).”

Could this be The Year of the Desktop Imaginary Friend? Perhaps Windows 10’s Cortana will also sing and offer recipes.

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Ink Lets You Paint With All The Colors Of The RGB Palette

By Cassandra Khaw on June 22nd, 2015.

HOW HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGH DOES THE SYCAMORE GROOOOOOOOOOOOOW

Zack Bell’s Ink [official site] isn’t very complicated. It’s a two-dimensional platformer that has you controlling an agile square, who can swoop about and bounce around. Similarly, your goal in this virtual life isn’t very complicated: you just have to reach the exit. Putting the inherent challenges of your average platformer, Ink presents another concern: an invisible world. In order to proceed, you’re going to have to paint it black — er, rainbow colors, actually.
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Catty Contract Killers Go Wild in Badass Inc.

By Cassandra Khaw on June 21st, 2015.

Meow, I say. Meow.

I have to say, guys. Badass Inc. [official site] is the cat’s meow. And not just because the protagonist for this free point-and-click adventure is “a sleek, stylish, feline predator that trades in scalps and briefcases full of cash.” A Ludum Dare entry crafted by the inimitable Sébastien ‘deepnight’ Bénard, Badass Inc will have you taking on an assignment for Ludum-Tek. (hehe). Your goal? To murder a target in an inventive way.

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Increpare’s Shower Game Makes Bath Time Very Strange

By Cassandra Khaw on June 20th, 2015.

SFW NSFW

My avatar won’t stop pooping on the shower floor. Each time it squats, it releases another suspicious brown shape. Unsanitary? I know. Fortunately, Increpare’s Shower Game [official site] allows you to smash your faeces into nothingness with just a click of your right mouse button. (I don’t know what is happening. Tell me what is happening.) It’s not all heeling poo down the drain.

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Tonight You Die: An Eerie Free Brutalist Walking Simulator

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

“Tonight You Die” is not an e-mail subject I especially relish finding in my inbox, but I can get used to that brief shock if it brings me more games like Tonight You Die [official site].

It’s a spooky walking simulator exploring a deserted brutalist estate at night, all angular concrete and dark shadows. And your footsteps. And some suitably eerie music. After all the E3 bustle, I’m pleased to end the week with something quiet – and playable now. It’s pay-what-you-want on Itch.

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Mecha Sports: Regular Human Basketball Out For Free

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

Just shooting some b-ball outside of the school.

Basketball is played by giant robots, right? I must confess the sport is something of a blind spot for me, being raised in Blighty, so I’ll trust entirely in Crawl developers Powerhoof and their free video game adaptation Regular Human Basketball [official site], which is out now.

Basketball, I have learned from playing, is a local multiplayer sport for 2-10 players who scamper around inside a giant robot mashing buttons trying to make them move around, activating their wheels and magnet arms and rocket boosters, with the goal of slamming hot robodunks.

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