Posts Tagged ‘free’

Free Copies of Enclave, East India Company Gold, More

By Alec Meer on September 17th, 2014.

OK, I’ve just done this myself, so if it does turn out to be in any way dodgy at least you can rest assured that I’ll be in the same trouble as anyone else who takes a punt on it. So far as I can tell though, it’s simply a promotional stunt for a German download portal called DLH.NET. To anyone who signs up at the moment, they’re gifting free Steam codes for olden hacker-slasher Enclave, ‘strategic economy simulation’ Knights & Merchants HD and naval strategy game East India Company Gold. None of them are humdingers, perhaps, but hey, they’re going for no-pennies if you want ‘em.
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Freeware Garden: Powerglove

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on September 17th, 2014.

I told him I'd crush him and he just sat there; staring.

Though a freeware release for Windows, Mac and Linux, the equally fresh Commodore 64 version of Powerglove is a commercial offering that even comes complete in its very own, very homebrew cartridge. That’s delightfully different, isn’t it? No need to answer, I know it is, and what makes things even more intriguing is that the non 8-bit version of the game isn’t just an emulated one.

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The Connected Worlds Of Ludum Dare: Superdimensional

By Adam Smith on September 16th, 2014.

The latest Ludum Dare passed me by but the helpful tweets of a little bird in the guise of Tom Francis directed me toward the highest rated submission, Superdimensional. He described Superdimensional as being “like the most stylish possible Flappy Bird”, specifying that the tweet was meant as a compliment. I expected some delicious visual contortions or a thematic twist on the pipe-dodging one button game, but found something else entirely. The comparison holds but Superdimensional is far from a clone – for one thing, there isn’t even a single button to click. Hold onto your mouse and prepare for a challenging journey through overlapping worlds.

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Platforming Inside The Walls: The Sun And Moon

By Ben Barrett on September 16th, 2014.

The Sun and Moon is the latest game to go from Ludum Dare entry to fully released title. It was the overall winner of the 29th iteration of the 48 hour game jam, developer Daniel Linssen impressing with his platforming interpretation of the theme “beneath the surface.” In it you control a ball of light with the ability to phase through walls, reversing gravity while inside. Momentum is retained when transitioning and can be used for acceleration into large jumps. It’s the sort of one-mechanic puzzle platforming I love and an updated version is coming to Steam on October 31st. You can still play the Ludum Dare prototype for free, if you like.

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Freeware Garden: Donald Dowell

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on September 16th, 2014.

Don’t get me wrong, I really do adore those big, ambitious freeware games incredibly kind people make for us, but I simply cannot understand how they manage it. Also, why? Why spend countless hours creating something most people will probably ignore and never get paid for it? Why create a game as big and polished as Donald Dowell and the Ghost of Barker Manor and just give it away?

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In Dreams, I Walking Simulator With You: Oneiric Gardens

By Adam Smith on September 16th, 2014.

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There’s a video store just across the goopy lava, which doesn’t seem to burn as much as it sucks, so perhaps it’s tomato soup with charcoal croutons, perhaps it’s the freeze-frazzled gazpacho of recent cultural remembrance, lapping at the shores of a Skullbuster VHS rental outlet. Oneiric Gardens is a free game (donations welcomed through itch.io) that is made up of a “series of chambers drawing from half-remembered spaces, feelings”. WASD will allow you to navigate the strange and occasionally sinister spaces, holding ‘E’ when prompted will open doors or use objects and scenery, and the only other instruction is “try to grind into as many things as possible”.

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No Need For A Receipt: Receiver For Free

By Adam Smith on September 16th, 2014.

Receiver is a game with “a lot of buttons. A needless amount.” So says Graham, who also claims that the gun simulator is one of his favourite roleplaying games. A gun simulator is not a first-person shooter, just as QWOP is not a walking simulator, even though in some ways that’s precisely what QWOP is. Receiver isn’t a game about pointing and shooting, it’s a game about mechanisms – the gun as machine, with parts that require understanding and manipulation.

For the next ten hours, Receiver is free as part of the current Humble Bundle End of Summer Sale. Go get.

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Belittle Computer People: Smile

By Adam Smith on September 15th, 2014.

Smile is a morose game. It’s The Sims stripped back until you can see the white of its skull, a few beads of blood spoiling the perfection of bone like the piss-burned holes in a field of fresh snow. Your little computer person has needs, just as a Sim or an actual human does, and the entire purpose of life is to ensure that those needs are fulfilled. In Smile, this means that every day is a struggle to survive, as cooking a meal takes valuable time that could have been used playing a game, which would have been fine if you’d been able to have a shower at the same time. Smile is free (donations accepted through itch.io) and was created during the Ruin Jam.

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Freeware Garden: Battle Cube

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on September 15th, 2014.

Battle Cube is neither the latest game by Knytt creator Nifflas, nor his latest freeware offering — that would be lovely platformer Saira. It is a little non-platforming experiment instead and a game he released roughly a year ago and has himself categorized as a miscellaneous creation.

Also, it’s a brilliant little thing I totally randomly bumped into and instantly loved.

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Alice’s Evening Walk: Césure

By Alice O'Connor on September 12th, 2014.

Oh, where do these stairs go?

Isn’t walking great? I adore wandering semi-aimlessly, looking at stuff and thinking about things. Now modern technological advancements mean we can complement our walks with virtual walks from the comfort of our own homes. What times we live in! Shall we walk?

It strikes me that the most famous walking simulators are set in relatively familiar places. They wander countryside, cities, forests, and offices, even if these are sometimes a bit metaphysical or metafictional. For our second walk together, let’s head off in the direction of the weird and alien and unsettling to see something different. Let’s look at Césure, a free game by Orihaus.

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Hey, You Got Your Tower Defence In My Shmup! Excubitor

By Alice O'Connor on September 12th, 2014.

Kaboom!

Part of why shoot ‘em ups are great is explosions. Massive fancy explosions everywhere. Kerblam! Foosh! Splode! Tower defence games are also great at spewing fire, debris, and particles: that’s how you know you’ve defended that thing real good. Sprang! Clonk! Fsssh! Combine the two and you’d surely have fire, lasers, missiles, and explosions just everywhere. Looking at Excubitor shows yep, that’s about right. The shmup/TD has come to my attention by popping up on Steam Greenlight, but it’s got a public alpha version we can play right now too. Blammo!

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Freeware Garden: Sun God Star Bridge

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on September 12th, 2014.

Sun Gods are delicate, subtle creatures. Never, ever shock them.

Back when I was young and impressionable I considered Space Harrier to be the apex of both 3D and shoot-’em-up gaming despite it, well, not being exactly 3D. Then again, when everything looks amazingly and thrilling a seven-year-old rarely cares for details. I cared only for blasting weird alien things.

I seem to have not quite outgrown my Space Harrier obsession and that’s why I downloaded Sun God Star Bridge the moment I saw it.

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Alice’s Daily Walk: Abstract Ritual

By Alice O'Connor on September 11th, 2014.

Abstract, yes.

Maybe Alec and Ben were taking the piss in suggesting this. I certainly don’t intend to back down on rhetoric, though. We’ll see who starts a regular (?) series about walking simulators, shan’t we?

Welcome to Alice’s Daily Walk! Isn’t walking great? I hugely enjoy wandering semi-aimlessly, looking at stuff and thinking about things. Now modern technological advancements mean we can compliment walks with virtual walks from the comfort of our own homes. What times we live in!

Today, let’s take a stroll in Abstract Ritual. Purists might object to it having an objective, sprinting, and a mighty jump, but hey, let’s not bicker! You know what’ll help shake that stress out? A nice walk.

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