Posts Tagged ‘free’

Happy Kitty, Cat Petting Simulator 2014, Purr Purr Purr

By Cassandra Khaw on November 9th, 2014.

I miss having cats. Four years ago, I left home and became a professional itinerant, leaving my felines in the care of rich strangers. Today, I am bereft of cats and so, you shouldn’t take me as an unbiased source when I say, “Oh, god. Cat Petting Simulator 2014 is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time.”

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Have You Played… Sub Commander?

By Graham Smith on November 8th, 2014.

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

Sub Commander is a delight: a freeware roguelike set aboard a submarine in which your band of Russian officers are as likely to perish from malfunctioning underwater equipment as from enemy fire.

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Gratuit: Little Big Adventure Free On GOG

By Alice O'Connor on November 7th, 2014.

Bon voyage!

I struggle to give firm opinions on games I played in the early-mid nineties, back when I’d only just started playing video games. I remember thinking Little Big Adventure was rubbish, but was that because I didn’t like it or because I was terrible at all video games then? Mysteries. It’s a game many people seem to remember very fondly, so perhaps I was a petulant child? (I can hear Pip crying “WAS?” from the other side of London as she reads this.)

Perhaps I’ll go back and check, as GOG are offering the adventure-platformer free for a day to celebrate launching a storefront en français. Lots of other French games are on sale too.

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Freeware Garden: Super Skeleman

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 7th, 2014.

A skeleton and a key in a green area. Yes, that was obvious, I know, but also true.

Though far from ground-breaking, I have to admit that what initially drew me to Super Skeleman were its graphics. Their crispiness combined with the sparing use of colour and the overall stylization of the visuals really did it for me. Also, I do have a thing for retro stuff. And for pixelated skeletons too.

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Zeldalike Animal Gods Reborn Will Be Born

By Alec Meer on November 7th, 2014.

what animal is that then?

The age of “Zelda-inspired” is very much upon us. After the best part of a decade of our being besieged by Mario-inspired platformers, Johnny Indie’s sights are aimed a touch higher these, at Nintendo’s deathless action-adventure/fairy-bothering series. Latest case in point is Animal Gods Reborn, which has just successfully cast its Kickstarter incantation and is now preparing for the dark rite of stretch goals. Set in Bronze Age Europe, it’s all about battling the titular beast deities. And speaking of concepts from the dim and distant past, it’s even got a demo.
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Freeware Garden: Mudlarks

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 6th, 2014.

Regular nine to five office jobs, well, those that still exist, have never been good enough for Winston. He always wanted to be a mudlarker and, thus, he took it up as a hobby and promptly became the star of Mudlarks. A lovely point-and-click adventure game about mudlarkers larking in the mud and the debatable joys of scavenging the shores of the Thames for old things that glow.

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Flamberge: Inventive Turn-Based Pike-Stabbing

By Alec Meer on November 5th, 2014.

Graphically somewhat beholden – as 48% of all indie games are, by law – to Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery, but very much doing its own thing in terms of combat controls, Flamberge is a bit of a treat. It’s a simultaneous turn-based strategy-RPG with a medieval fantasy theme, and like fellow simultaneous turn-based title Frozen Synapse & Cortex, much of the tactical thinking revolves around a best-guess as to where your opponents will be when the turn resolves. Then you stab ‘em with a cute little pixel lance. Or shoot them with a cute little pixel arrow. Both, ideally.

Fashionably unfashionably, there’s a demo. (And a Kickstarter, but that goes without saying these days.)
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Freeware Garden: [R]espawn

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 5th, 2014.

That's [R] not R.

Javy Gwaltney, the person responsible for both You Were Made For Loneliness and the (commercial) The Terror Aboard The Speedwell, has returned to his post-cataclysmic science fiction universe with a new Twine-powered text adventure: [R]espawn. A freeware sequel to those games that can perfectly well stand on its own.

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XCOSMOS: Mecha-Scientists At War in Super Sagan RPG

By Alec Meer on November 4th, 2014.

Marie Curie deals massive area of effect radiation damage on death. Isaac Newton emanates a magnetic field which inexorably drags other units towards him. Darwin just ripped up the terrain, which I realise isn’t an evolution thing, but I’m totally onboard with Darwin As Militant Terraformer. This is Super Sagan RPG, a free tactical, turn-based squad battler which stuffs history’s greatest minds into mech suits and has them battle to death.
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Freeware Garden: Slumber Shine

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 4th, 2014.

In Slumber Shine you play as Zane and wake up to the sky falling. Criminally, this doesn’t lead to an Asterix joke or at least a small tiny reference to the magnificent Gaul, but those angsty games usually don’t do humour. Please though, do not hold such trivialities against Slumber Shine for it is freeware, pure of heart and worthy of your time.

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900 Arcade Games Emulated In Yer Browser

By Alec Meer on November 4th, 2014.

Tireless preservers of multimedia The Internet Archive have begun adding videogames to their publicly-accessible non-profit digi-shelves. You can now play 900 ye olde arcadee gamese for no-pennies, including Galaga, Defender, Outrun, assorted Pac-people and as I’ve screenshotted above, the one everyone talks about all the time time, The Three Stooges.
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Freeware Garden: Such Inheritance. Much Saga

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on November 3rd, 2014.

The pirate and the butcher: a drama.

Such Inheritance. Much Saga is much more than a brilliant title for a game. It’s also a brilliant game, starring a adventurous pirate lady. A game that, according to generous developer Abebly, was inspired by the original Prince of Persia, Dark Souls and Spelunky.

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Reflective Puzzling: Sokobond Dev’s Free Mirror Isles

By Alice O'Connor on October 31st, 2014.

Swapsies.

I don’t know what Alan Hazelden has against blocks. He’s always pushing them around, shoving them into unlikely places. Oh sure, they might be dressed up as adorable snowmen or chemicals, but he’s still barging blocks about. I bet he forces them to dress that way too. “You lot, get in these crates now,” he threatens, holding the block up against a wall by its lapel. “You! You’re dressing up as mirrors!” he demands, slapping a long, thin line of PuzzleScript against his palm. The quake, they quiver, and they slip on their mirrored jumpsuits.

You can see the results of his most recent sokobullying in Mirror Isles, a free web-based puzzler.

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