Posts Tagged ‘free’

Emily Is Away Is A Chat Client-Based Relationship Game

Ah, the good ol’ days of instant messenger. Hours upon end wasted, waiting for that guy or girl you fancied to sign in, before waiting five minutes to initiate conversation because, if 90s rom coms taught you nothing else, playing hard-to-get was the only way to woo the opposite sex. Five minutes later and they’d have signed out again. So many dreams, so many let downs.

Emily Is Away [official site], an interactive story set in a retro chat client, wants to revisit those days of yore/years of torment with its dialogue decision-based branching narrative that spans five chapters across five in-game years.

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You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Bounce: Breaksout

I have played 36 variants of classic brick-blaster Breakout this afternoon. One let me control the ball in mid-air. One combined Breakout with Snake. One drew inspiration from Patrick Swayze’s most famous cinematic moment. One was literally a novel. Breaksout [official site] is a strange and funny thing which is a fine answer to the question “What am I going to dick about with to distract myself this lunchtime?”

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Make-O: Project Spark DLC Going Free, Conker Dropped


Project Spark [official site] is Microsoft’s latest free 3D create-o-play doodad for making your own games and playing other people’s, but it launched with two irritants: it was exclusive to Windows 8, an OS many people skipped; and it had a fair amount of annoying DLC for its gamepieces and gameprops. Well, now we have Windows 10, which is nicer than 8 at least, and soon all of Project Spark’s DLC will be set free.

Microsoft have announced plans to stop making new Spark bits and turn all the old stuff free. This includes cancelling the rest of that baffling Conker the Squirrel stuff.

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Rub-A-Dub-Dub: Robert Yang’s Rinse And Repeat

It’s late in the year, but between Shower With Your Dad Simulator 2015, Metal Gear Solid V, and now Robert Yang’s Rinse and Repeat [official site], might 2015 become known as The Year of the Video Game Shower? Maybe. You know. It could happen.

A game about scrubbing a hunk in a gym shower, Rinse and Repeat is the latest in Yang’s fascinating series of free sex games exploring physical intimacy, boundaries, body image, gay male culture, and waiting. It’s also his second Twitch have banned.

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Do The Twin Peaks Twist In Fire Dance With Me

What if David Lynch made a video game? As a fan of the artist, I’ve listened to his music, heard him talk, looked at his paintings, studied his quinoa technique, and examined his plans for a bungalow, yet I honestly couldn’t say. I do, however, feel confident telling you that it would probably not be like Fire Dance With Me [official site].

Fire Dance With Me is a delightfully silly free rhythm game combining Twin Peaks and that other ’90s classic: eurobeat remixes. This Friday night, slip on your saddle shoes, roll out your dance mats, and boogy down with poor old Leland Palmer.

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Abe’s Oddysee Is Free For The Next Half Hour Go Go Go

Excuse the rapidly-written post, but I only just noticed this and, at the time of writing, there are only thirty Earth minutes until the offer expires. 1997 platformer, and first game in the ongoing Oddworld series, Abe’s Oddysee is currently free on Steam. But not just in a free weekend sort of way – add it before 6pm UK time / 10am Pacific today and you get to keep it forever.
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Blink And You’ll Miss It: Late Night Shop

Doctor Who’s Weeping Angels could have been designed with first-person horror gaming in mind. They’re the murderous bad-things that only move when you’re not looking at them, which not only creates nerve-shredding tension but allows for playful map design around line of sight and enemy placement. Late Night Shop [official site] scraps the angelic form and goes straight to clothing store mannequins. There’s a pre-alpha build available now, with optional VR support. The SCP-y enforced blinking is an excellent touch.

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Minecraft Precusor Wurm Brings New Version To Steam

Wurm Online [official site] is the sandbox MMO co-founded by one Markus Persson back in 2003, but he left in 2007 to pursue other interests. You might have heard of one of them. While he hasn’t been involved for years, you don’t have to look far to see shared DNA in Wurm and Minecraft: Java-based, building-focused survival in an open world, where everything but the landscape is created by players. It lacks the immediacy of Minecraft (to say the least) and never saw anything like the success, but has its fervent fans – including Graham of this parish, and Quintin formerly of this parish.

Now, a brand new version/spin-off of Wurm is coming to Steam, with an offline option and private server support: does the mainstream await?
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Free Cheese & Whine: Red Alert 2 & Amnesia Now Free

Yeah, I bet you can make it past him before this offer ends.

That’s the cheese of Yuri with his mind-controlled squid and the whine of you whimpering as horrible things stalk you through the dark, to be clear.

Point is: you can now download and keep forever Westwood Studios’ olde RTS Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Frictional Games not-so-oldish first-person spooker Amnesia: The Dark Descent and not in that way, you little urchin. RA2 (plus its expansion) is the latest freebie on Origin to promote EA’s service, while Frictional dropping this freebie shortly before the launch of their new horrorshow Soma.

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Elona+ Is A Wild And Weird Roguelike

In Elona+ [official site], your backpack can crush you to death. In most games, the worst that is likely to happen if you’re overburdened is a reduction in your speed but in this excessively strange Japanese roguelike, the weight will drain your health or cause you to trip, fall and break your face open as you try to navigate some stairs. It’s a game in which you can make money by busking with a grand piano but if you’re not particularly talented, don’t be surprised if your audience stones you to death.

Yes, you should be playing Elona+ and what better time than now? Version 1.49 and the relevant English translation have just been released.

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