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Freeware Garden: Collaboration 6

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 17th, 2014.

A slime and its slimelings out for their Sunday stroll.

The descriptively named Collaboration 6 is a lovely collection of six mini-games by six different indie game developers who decided to unite and build games around a single theme: Earth’s invasion by the alien, unnamable green slime from above.

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What Did I Just Play? A Weird Free Game About Zambonis

By Laura Kate Dale on November 16th, 2014.

In a world not unlike our own, Zambonis with faces once lived side by side with mankind, until a political faction forced the ice resurfacers onto a single wooden boat to seek safe passage to the Zamboni homeland. They travel through inhospitable mountains, cross bridges guarded by terrifyingly demented stone faces, and stare death in the face. Mortality is rested on a coin flip, mourning is commonplace, and life struggles to continue without reading deeply into meaningless yet cruel acts of nature. This is The Illogical Journey of The Zambonis, one of the most strangely captivating free games I have stumbled across in some time.

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Looking Twice At Art: Veracity & Purpose

By Laura Kate Dale on November 15th, 2014.

Veracity & Purpose is a free Twine game and an exploration of the works of fictional artist Robert Ells, told entirely through the lens of someone else describing his art as they experience it. Made by Castles in the Sky writer Jack de Quidt, it initially appears to be little more than a guide book to a retrospective. You read about a piece of art, you take in what you can, you move on. But returning for a second look can prove quite rewarding.

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Physically Interactive Fiction: With Those We Love Alive

By Alice O'Connor on November 14th, 2014.

Look, you try taking a good photo of your forearm with a phone camera.

One of these symbols I drew on my arm is a lie. With Those We Love Alive tells you to draw icons on your body to represent key choices and reactions, see, which is a lark until you realise you’re marking and changing yourself in response to cruel and oppressive things. One icon represents something I like to think about myself, but know isn’t true. I stared at that lie a lot the next day.

With Those We Love Alive is a free Twine game by Porpentine, a moving visit to a mundanely monstrous world. Her writing is so carefully measured, vivid yet small bursts, and a soundtrack by Brenda Neotenomie wraps the world around you. It is a beautiful and terrible game.

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Freeware Garden: Atticus

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 14th, 2014.

Among the 50 games of the Asylum Jam there was only one point-and-click adventure that grabbed me and didn’t let go until I finished it. It was Atticus. A sleek, browser-based adventure of medium length, excellent hand-drawn visuals and a spooky premise.

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Freeware Garden: Over My Dead Body

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 13th, 2014.

The ghosts, the gunmen and the zombies.

Noel Brody worked for the evil Mortiga Consolidated, but never suspected that protesting the weaponization of her research would lead to her being murdered. What she further failed to imagine was that her death would also transform her into both a zombie and a ghost and get her to star in her very own game: Over My Dead Body.

Noel must now fight her way through Mortiga’s lovely-yet-deadly isometric corporate headquarters and exact horrible, bloody revenge on all the immoral bastards who killed her and are apparently about to kill more people for money. Finding a cure for her doubly-undead affliction, or possibly reclaiming her work for the good of humanity, should be considered an added bonus.

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1, 2, 3, 4: ThumbderDome Wrestling

By Alice O'Connor on November 13th, 2014.

SLAM!

Perhaps a small frisson of sexual energy runs between the you and the person you’re considering thumbwrestling, but it needs time to grow and you fear holding hands might snuff it out. That’s one reason why you choose to instead play local multiplayer thumber ThumbderDome Wrestling.

Perhaps you’re so physically mismatched that your mighty mitts engaging in thumb wars would dishonour the noble and technique-driven sport. Perhaps your opponent is a bit sweaty and gross. Perhaps you don’t have full use of a hand. Perhaps you lack a special move. Whatever your reasons, ThumbderDome is a real game you can play and free for you to grab from itch.io.

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What’s Cracking? Plingy Plongy Pair ‘Em Up Egg Boss

By Alice O'Connor on November 13th, 2014.

Eggs.

I have a few questions for you. Do you like bright colours? Do you like chill electronic music and noises? Do you like cute weird animals and the eggs they hatch from? Do you desire to fill several minutes of your existence with something pleasant? If you’ve answered yes to at least two of those questions, you might well enjoy Egg Boss. It’s a free browser-based take on ye olde pair-finding games, where you’re trying to match eggs based on the sound they make when you tap them. Some squawk, some chime, some warble, some burst static, some bubble, and it’s all very nice.

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The Witcher 2 And Mount & Blade Free In GOG Sale

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

We said 'Prices so low they're practically free', witcher. PRACTICALLY. Put the sword back.

You know those games GOG sell, yeah? Mostly old ones but a fair number of new things too, right? Those games. Most of them are on sale. GOG launched their autumn sale, with discounts on over 700 of their 860 games. Most seem to be half-price, while bigger discounts come in flash sales and daily deals and bundles and those other sorts of things. They’re also throwing a few freebies out, giving the original Mount & Blade to all and sundry for the next two days, and offering the splendid Witcher 2 free if you visit the site on seven days over the sale. Video games!

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Have You Played… Aisle?

By Adam Smith on November 12th, 2014.

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

Aisle is one of my favourite games. It’s a snapshot of a life in progress that unfolds into a complex character study that you can guide toward tragedy, farce, drama, thriller or romance. The confines within which it operates – a text adventure in which a single action can be taken on each playthrough – are as strict as any I can think of, but from the restrictions of that stage it gestures toward distant cities and a storehouse of memories. You should take some time to play it right now.

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Freeware Garden: One After Another

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 12th, 2014.

This is as spoiler-free as a screenshot can get.

Looking for an incredibly short, but highly effective and beautiful horror game? Well, that’s lovely and you are in luck as one after another is the game for you.

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The Gothic Revival: Off The Map

By Adam Smith on November 11th, 2014.

The Off The Map competition is my favourite part of GameCity. Admittedly, I might enjoy the actual event if I ever managed to drag my self to Nottingham while it was happening, but the delights that Off The Map produces would still be fairly high in the rankings. The competition “challenges higher education students based in the UK to create gaming software inspired by the British Library’s collections.” CryEngine is the weapon of choice. This year, the library’s collection of gothic literature was the focus. No, not the Robert Smith/The Crow slash fiction you left tucked between the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey – we’re talking sunken abbeys, old Poe-face himself and Whitby.

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Freeware Garden: Teddy Tea Leaf

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 11th, 2014.

Teddy is the yellow thing.

Do you remember how the awkward controls enhanced the atmosphere of ZX81 classic 3D Monster Maze? Well, probably not, but you can happily find out just how effectively tense controlling Teddy Tea Leaf via your keyboard’s Q,A,O and P keys can be by, shockingly, actually playing the thing.

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