Posts Tagged ‘free’

Freeware Garden: Synclox

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 12th, 2015.

It may have something to do with my upbringing, but blue and white always makes me think of the Aegean. It’s such a profoundly blue and white place I can’t help it, just as I can’t help imagining Synclox taking place in a strange and pixelated version of this particular part of the Mediterranean.

You play through a version of said Sea complete with floating islands, appropriately Doric architecture and a lovely and rather unique type of pixel art, that lets you explore it in the idiosyncratic way that both Ugh! and Space Taxi favoured. Fly around in your pedal-powered helicopter, take in the sights and try to understand what you are supposed to be doing.

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Freeware Garden: Regeria Hope

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 11th, 2015.

Moi?

It took a lot of convincing for me to give Ace Attorney a chance and discover what a clever take on the adventure genre it is. Sadly, I’m also pretty cheap when it comes to playing games on touchscreens and have thus only tried the saga’s free chapters. I was therefore more than glad to discover the lovable freebie that is Regeria Hope – episode 1. Regeria Hope is, as you correctly guessed, a fresh take on the Ace Attorney formula, that manages to successfully replicate its mood and gameplay and add enough new ideas to keep things interesting.

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CLIP CLOP: Horsing Around In Hest Til Fest

By Alice O'Connor on February 10th, 2015.

I say thee NEIGH!

Four legs good, two legs bad, eight legs wow just ridiculous I mean really. QWOP creator Bennett Foddy turned his physics-driven leg simulator all horsey with CLOP a few years back, and now a team of Nordic Game Jammers have slapped on another four legs and another twelve movements to make a game they didn’t, for reasons I can’t imagine, call QWERTYUIASDFGHJK.

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Freeware Garden: Mibibli’s Quest

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 10th, 2015.

Coming from Ryan Melmoth, the person responsible for Peen Peen and Delirious Bird and who makes Games for Weird People, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the brilliant Mibibli’s Quest is the only platformer I know of to combine run-and-gun action with the rhythm mechanics of Guitar Hero, the puzzles of VVVVVV and even bits from King of Fighters.

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Freeware Garden: Alice In The Mushroom Hole

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 9th, 2015.

The idea of an action game that has you constantly falling down has fascinated me enough to actually craft my own very short VVVVVV level of the sort; it was quite obviously nothing when compared to Alice In The Mushroom Hole, but it was mine and I loved it.

Anyway. We all now have colourful, fantasy, falling-sim Alice In The Mushroom Hole and its platforming, puzzle antics to play with and I couldn’t be happier. Following the cute white rabbit is a wise thing to do.

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Thumb Up ‘Em Up: The Long Way

By Alice O'Connor on February 9th, 2015.

Thumbing it.

“Hitchhike your way to weirdness in The Long Way [official site] is one abandoned opening to this post. I would say “I like The Long Way a lot and I hope you might to and it’s free so go play it” but where’s the sparkle, where’s the zazz? Two clumsy attempts is probably enough to demonstrate this is one of those games I struggle to explain because I like it so much. It’s a weird hitchhiking… conversational adventure game? in a land with big, big skies and odd people offering lifts.

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Rule The Skies And Comb The Desert With Tolroko

By Shaun Green on February 8th, 2015.

Stuck for something to play this weekend? Take a look at Tolroko [official site], then, as you may find that its freely downloadable alpha build puts your fancy in its sights and gives it a good tickle. With machine guns.

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Satanic Ritual Simulator: Sabbat Free For A Bit

By Alice O'Connor on February 6th, 2015.

This is the safe-for-work version, obvs. A lot of nipples are covered by that t-shirt. And where those snakes come from...

With the head of a goat, the wings of a crow, the chitinous legs and abdomen of a centipede, and bits of wolf and snake in places I’ll not trouble you with this early in the morning, I have found… maybe not my true form, but a pretty kvlt one. While Satanic rituals always come at a cost, Satanic ritual simulator Sabbat: Director’s Kvt [store page] is currently (and briefly) pay-what-you-want. It’s a jolly funny and slightly unnerving Twine game about trying to invoke dark powers and become something dreadful, then roaring into the night to find people who’ll adore and fear your new form.

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Freeware Garden: Elders Of Madness

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 6th, 2015.

Based on the descriptions of one Abdul Alhazred.

From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent – and I am pretty certain that the Old Ones and their vast armies of unnamable abominations never expected a futuristic jet fighter to stand up to them. They never expected their eldritch existence and the glorious darkness they were bringing to mankind would be threatened by missiles, just as I never expected to ever play through an unashamedly Lovecraftian horizontal shoot-‘em-up called Elders of Madness.

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Freeware Garden: The Static Speaks My Name

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 5th, 2015.

Ominous cybersex.

In less than 20 minutes The Static Speaks My Name manages to be dark, sad, funny and disturbing, mainly by letting you obsess over a not particularly impressive painting, all the while being stuck in a freaky and claustrophobic apartment.

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Character Creation Perfected: Perfect Glowing Bodies

By Alec Meer on February 4th, 2015.

I call this one 'Jimmy Hips'

I am so greedy. Whereas Alice musters great aesthetic appreciation for Strangethink’s experimental gamettes, my mind hungrily inclines to how they can be turned to other purposes. Case in point, I want Perfect Glowing Bodies to be the basis of a character creator in the next XCOM game, or for it to be expanded into a Syndicatelike as some neon holo-dream.
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Freeware Garden: Troll Song Verse One

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 4th, 2015.

Presenting Clod the Magnificent and his dancing trolls!

Kick. Grab. Smash. Bite. Roar. Those are the commands you’ll find in the Troll Song‘s SCUMM-like point-and-click interface and they are as apt as they are original, for this is an adventure starring four trolls and trolls simply do not act like your average genre protagonist. They do not push keys from keyholes onto newspapers. They smash doors; fiercely so, when their own species’ survival is at stake.

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Die To Win: Free Platformer Rock Bottom

By Alice O'Connor on February 3rd, 2015.

Murders.

Jumping from platform to platform is easy in Rock Bottom [official site], it’s the falling that takes skill. Rock Bottom’s a free platformer where falling to our death gives us more power to jump higher, but we need to fall from greater and greater heights to keep growing stronger. The route to the exit is simple – just go up, way up – but reaching it takes a lot of death-planning and careful air control. It isn’t new at all, but I’ve only just encountered it and am enjoying it so here, I’m sharing.

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