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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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What Big Downloads You Have: Red Hood Diaries Demo

By Alec Meer on October 31st, 2014.

The controversial McGee Act of 2000 has not yet been repealed, despite the revolt led by Tale of Tales’ The Path, so it remains the case that every videogame based on a fairy tale must be a broody platformer starring a young lady with a weapon. While we await Snow White: Dwarves Of Darkness and Rapunzel: Hairway To Hell, we can Halloween it up with today’s demo of Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries.

It’s Red Riding Hood with an axe and an acute case of Burtonitis, innit.
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Freeware Garden: One Minute To Midnight

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on October 31st, 2014.

The ultimate in stylized, pre-revolutionary urban environments.

Though the trend towards more personal, almost solipsistic and usually depressing indie freeware games is a strong one, some developers do thankfully tackle matters from a more societal perspective. You know, with games like web-based RTS One Minute To Midnight for example — a game about revolution or, at least, a revolution.

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A Halloween Treat: The Evil Within Demo

By Adam Smith on October 30th, 2014.

As Halloween approaches, do you find that your hunger for horror is increasing? Fear not. Or ‘fear a lot’, I guess. The first three chapters of The Evil Within are now available as a demo on Steam, with demo saves carrying over into the full game should you choose to purchase it. There’s also a 50% discount on the Season Pass and anyone who buys the game during this promotion, or has already bought it, will receive a copy of Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth.

Those first three chapters are a fairly good taster, with a bit of spooky stealth, a big setpiece and just enough freedom and trapping to show what’s coming later.

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Kentucky Route Pitstop: Here And There Along The Echo

By Adam Smith on October 30th, 2014.

Kentucky Route Zero isn’t just gaming’s finest slice of magical realism and shaggy dog symphonies, it’s also a magnificent feat of myth-making. Like so much Americana, it straddles the line between fact and folk tale, and finds recognisable unrealities along the road to the grave. If the melancholic dramas of the main episodes take place at centre stage, the occasional interludes aren’t the entertainment in between acts, they’re happening somewhere in the wings, backstage or downriver. The latest free offering, Here And There Along The Echo, has a sinister setup – a telephone that can only dial one number – but turns out to be the closest the series has come to revealing its own absurd comedic heart.

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