Posts Tagged ‘free’

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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Freeware Garden: Lightyear

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 14th, 2015.

A most evocative space thing.

From the moment you open your in-game eyes in Lightyear by Jim Bruges, to find yourself inside a manned space telescope crafted by text and choices and bits of Twine, you’ll also start to wonder whether this is a horror game, a technological thriller, an attempt to simulate living in space, or a story about loss and loneliness.

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Freeware Garden: Able Mable Gets A Job

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 13th, 2015.

When Ruth Manning-Sanders retold the spooky, kids tale of The Old Whitch fifty years ago, she couldn’t have possibly anticipated it would spawn such a wonderfully odd interactive thing as Able Mable Gets A Job. Nor could she have expected that so many naughty little jokes could fit into something so short and so whimsical.

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Icy Inuit Horror: Free Interactive Fiction Beneath Floes

By Alice O'Connor on January 13th, 2015.

Ice floe, nowhere to go.

I hadn’t heard of the Qalupalik, eerie human-like creatures from Inuit mythology who lurk near the edges of ice to snatch disobedient children away, until I played Beneath Floes. It’s a free Twine game with lovely illustrations and music about one person’s encounter with a Qalupalik – yours. It’s also about storytelling, and what stories mean as they’re passed on and retold to different people across years. It’s a mite spooky and unpleasant and cruel and warming and I’ll stop listing adjectives if you go play it. Better you read its words than mine.

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Weird Cyberspace Wanderings With Im Null

By Alice O'Connor on January 12th, 2015.

I'm hung up on its website name. Say it aloud: mooosh. Mooosh. Mooosh mooosh. Mooosh.

“You might like this,” my flatmate tells me, sending me a link to Im null with no explanation. The free browser-based game’s site won’t explain what it is either, simply asking you to define yourself with a number then dropping you into a void with a few white wireframe models. Ah, yes, this is something I might like: a weird little cyberworld to explore, and multiplayer at that. I think. Probably.

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The Generation Game: Breeder

By Adam Smith on January 12th, 2015.

Jimmy doesn't exist in this timeline

Breeder is a creepy adventure game in which you play the part of curious children across three generations of an unusual family. Something’s not quite right in the Carr household and you’ll need to switch between the 1951, 1987 and 2020 to explore all of the secrets hidden beneath the floorboards, behind the broken facades of adults and between the ones and the zeroes of the code. The three little tykes you control can examine any object in the world and can interact with some, but that’s all. No inventories, no combat, just looking and learning. You can play for free or pick your own price.

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Freeware Garden: Sky Dawgz

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 12th, 2015.

I’ll just ignore the way Sky Dawgz is spelled for a moment and focus on the fact that it’s the great looking little arcade game I’ve been returning to for the past month instead. I’ll also ignore how it’s all about a cringe-worthy thing called dawgfighting and wisely pretend it’s all about dogfighting during the epic sky battles of the second World War.

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Guns For Heads (Also Heads): Gat Life

By Alice O'Connor on January 12th, 2015.

Blam.

I could go on at you about how weird our culture is in its different attitudes to sex and violence, but neither you nor I want that first thing on a Monday morning. Besides, any sentiment I might express is a whole lot more fun in Gat Life: Boyfriend Bar. It’s a short, free game which creator ‘empty fortress’ describes as “the first gay dating sim made to game industry standards” because everything squishy is guns. Everything.

I don’t know whether I’m issuing a workplace warning or trying to entice you to read on when I say this post includes an animation of two guns kissing.

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Have You Played… The Lost Vikings?

By Alec Meer on January 9th, 2015.

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

Aka ‘what one half of Blizzard made before Warcraft.’ When I was a clueless British schoolboy, The Lost Vikings seemed to be a much bigger deal on this side of the pond than Warcraft, but I’m probably just saying that as someone who happened to play the demo when he was just that little bit more impressionable than he was two years later. When I played that demo, I had to have the full thing immediately.
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