Posts Tagged ‘free’

Have You Played… Caesar’s Day Off?

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

It’s a shame about the Indiana Jones & The Shitty Sequel gag, because apart from dating itself like that free, two-minute browser game Caesar’s Day Off is perfect.
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Freeware J-Horror: The Boogie Man Translated

Everyone should have a favourite freeware Japanese horror game. For me, Yume Nikki takes top spot. It’s an uncomfortable journey through weird dreamspaces, occasionally too vague and empty to maintain its grip on my nerve-clusters, but never far removed from the next jarring moment of dread. The first two entries in the Strange Men series, from designer Uri, don’t have quite the same unnerving charms as Yume Nikki but they’re certainly worth a look. Now, translator vgperson has released an English version of The Boogie Man, the third game in the series.

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Slam City Oracles Is Riot Grrl Meets Katamari Damacy

Slam City Oracles[ official site] is a free slam ‘em up with a riot grrrl tinge from the powerful programming paws of Jane Friedhoff and artist supreme Jenny Jiao Hsia. The premise is simple: You and a buddy continuously slam into the ground below you and cause as much damage as possible in a two minute timeframe. But O it makes my heart go pitter pat with teenage nostalgia, opening up those 90s Bikini Kill valves and pumping out nutritious My So Called Life vibes. This is basically Super Smash Brothers for the teenage girl experience.

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Regeneration Game: Free Doctor Who Game Maker

The BBC have been stealthily using the Doctor Who license to push game design and programming onto kids for a while now. Those monsters: corrupting the minds of the innocent, turning them into people with useful practical skills for a digital future. Scrap the license fee and sell the corporation to Murdoch, that’s what I say. The latest step in their campaign of edutainment oppression is The Doctor Who Game Maker, a free tool due later this month and which, if their bluster is correct, won’t just be capable of making crap platformers. “From the simple to the staggering, the only limits are your imagination and ambition.”

I don’t have either of those things in abundance, but I am totally going to try this. Though if they don’t have Tom Baker and Sylvester McCoy character models, I’ll have a right old sulk.

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XCOM’s Free This Weekend, Or £3/$7 To Own Forever

Is it you? No? What about you? Or you over there, with the… oh God, what is that on your face? Oh, sorry, you’ve just been at the cronuts again, haven’t you? Well, I know it’s one of you. One of you hasn’t played XCOM: Enemy Unknown [official site] yet. Just the one, though. This means that this post will surely be our lowest-trafficking of all time, but I shall write it anyway as a public service. XCOM’s free on Steam this weekend.
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Clickhole’s Have A Low-Key Forest Adventure! Is A Laf

I like to think I know a thing or two about walking simulators – heck, I’ve even LARPed a few. So imagine my surprise when, within a minute of starting playing new walking simulator Have A Low-Key Forest Adventure! [official site], I had joined a biker gang and committed to a life of danger. Starting over, I strolled quietly through lush forest, pausing to stare at a rusty can and walking right past strange and spooky things – never stop by a cabin in the woods – until… I couldn’t help but listen to an old man weep over the thought of Johnny Cash being stung by a stingray. I’d failed again.

It is, you see, the latest text adventure from The Onion’s spin-off site Clickhole.

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Eater Of Worlds: Hot Diggity Is Tense As Hell

Nothing spells existential dread like a game where a monster is devouring your planet and the only way to escape is to burrow endlessly into the center of the earth with a drill. Meet Hot Diggity! Ah it’s good fun.

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BLOODWORM Is The Greatest Snake Game To Be Fuelled By Blood

“Grow longer on the flesh of those that would opress you”, reads the description for Jonathan Whiting’s new elongated flesh snake game BLOODWORM [official site]. Yeah, it’s probably a metaphor for wangs.

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Ride A Surreal Metro In Subway Adventure

Leaving from the hospital, I hopped on the metro’s blue Trek line, planning to change at College. A passenger rudely blocked me from getting off, so I had to continue on to Climbing Wall then double back, dashing down to the dock to catch the boat connection to the green Apollo line, awkwardly barging past a weeping man holding a bouquet of red roses, and soon I found myself at my destination: on the platform in the gaping mouth of a vast baleen whale.

I’ve been riding the rails in Subway Adventure [official site], Stephen ‘increpare’ Lavelle’s fine new free game about exploring the Dream World of Sadness Metro.

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Endless Sky Is Free, Inspired By Escape Velocity

Its title caught somewhere between the 4X majesty of Endless Space and the interstellar tourism of No Man’s Sky, Endless Sky is an open-source, open-world game of exploration, trading, and combat. Inspired by Escape Velocity, it’s feature-complete and available to download right now, with free-form rags-to-riches/shuttle-to-battlefleet play fully implemented, and one of three planned stories already in place. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also an editor and a guide to creating new ships, missions and artwork.

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