Posts Tagged ‘free’

Freeware Garden: Remnants Of A Beautiful Day

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 22nd, 2014.

Art! Such an elusive thing, innit?

Remnants of a Beautiful Day is one of those games some would describe as walking simulators and others would refuse to even categorize as games. The much wiser Joel Goodwin would probably call it a secret box instead; an offer of moments or ideas for the player to explore rather than a test of the player’s abilities.

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The Grandest Stage Of Them All: SpaceWrestler

By Adam Smith on August 22nd, 2014.

Present me with a backstory, a reason why I’m killing and looting, and I skip past it more often than not. Once a game begins and the story starts to unfold, that’s fine, but if I’m expected to read a bunch of lore and legend before I even start, it better be interesting and relevant. Free browser game SpaceWrestler has the most interesting and relevant backstory of any game:

‘Mad Meteor’ Mike was the greatest wrestler the world had ever seen. After winning the 1986 World Championship Belt he became powerful enough to become an all-powerful titan of space wrestling. Now ‘Mad Meteor’ Mike travels through space, slamming entire planets to warp between galaxies. All that stands in his way are the evil wrestlelords.”

SLAM. A live action prologue lurks below the mat.

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Freeware Garden: Glitch Dungeon

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 21st, 2014.

John knew that a collision reversal could be incredibly dangerous. He also knew the heinous dragon could not be stopped in any other way.

Having so far miraculously avoided glitch games and all related jams, I decided to give Glitch Dungeon a try for three reasons: a) one must try everything at least once, b) its trailer looked promising, and c) I quite love games set in dungeons.

Granted, Glitch Dungeon’s dungeon is quite obviously not of the garden Dungeons & Dragons variety, what with the game being a 2D puzzle platformer and all, but still a dungeon it is and like all proper dungeons it is filled with spells, quests, puzzles and monsters. And joy. Oh, yes, and meticulously planned glitches too.

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Freeware Garden: Comedy Quest

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 20th, 2014.

Enjoying some fine comedy. Thank you for asking sir!

If it weren’t for the obviously spoileriffic title, I’d have loved to present you with a riddle. A riddle that’d probably go a bit like this: “What looks like an early Sierra adventure, plays like a late Sierra adventure, smells a bit of Lucasarts and does stand up comedy?” I am certain that nobody would have cried “Comedy Quest!” to that and that’d be sad. Hence, this post’s title and, frankly, this very post itself.

Now, you see, you know.

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Freeware garden: Americano

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 19th, 2014.

A typical text-adventure screenshot.

They don’t merely dream of electric sheep these days. They have actually reached the point of loving old books and lusting over good looking if vacuous boys. Yes, today’s androids are indeed different. More sophisticated*. More mature perhaps and definitely more interesting as characters in and of themselves than as intriguing sci-fi concepts to be explored.

Evidently, they are also perfectly capable of enjoying cheery tunes during storms of melancholy and, of course, of savoring an Americano.

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Freeware Garden: Space Goblin In A Land Of Jello

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 18th, 2014.

Awwwww, a cute little space-ship! Awwwwww, again.

Oh no, said Gelaga of Gelatos. Not again! It hasn’t been a 1000 years already, he whiningly added. But, the truth is he was wrong. It was exactly a 1000 years since the hideously horrible Moussaka abomination had last invaded the planet of the Jelly-creatures and promptly consumed its inhabitants, for it had always been an abomination that craved all that’s squishy and yummy.

Thankfully though, this time things could be different, for this is the time of the Space Goblin in a Land of Jello and Windows-only planet saving.

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Freeware Garden: The Wizard

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 15th, 2014.

All wizard's live in castles; it's a well known fact.Running into a freeware browser game that feels like a full-blown, commercial indie production isn’t something that happens every day, but, happily, it does happen. Mostly when the stars are either right or confused. Occasionally even via the divine medium of turn-based dungeon crawlers; games like The Wizard by Hypnotic Owl.

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Freeware Garden: SanctuaryRPG

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 14th, 2014.

Ah, the glory of high fantasy: a wasp is also a nymph.

Describing SanctuaryRPG as a huge, hilarious and most honorable devourer of free time would be an understatement. Also, a rather vague statement too, as this freeware beauty also happens to be a proper, full-fledged text-based RPG with some terrific ASCII illustrations and outrageous bosses, that lets you fantasize about being anything from a burly barbarian or a pious paladin to a roaming ranger or a wicked wizard. Or, well, just an assassin or a druid.

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Freeware Garden: Ronin

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 13th, 2014.

The sun. The glorious EGA sun. Let us all salute it!

Looking for an excellent, stealthy murder simulator? Lucky you, then, for here’s Ronin to cater to your every (virtual) killing whim; a game that’s pure of heart and doesn’t really bother with formalities. Or a plot. A game that simply wants to entertain you and help you hone those subtly tactical mouse and keyboard skills.

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Freeware Garden: Nekra Psaria

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 12th, 2014.

Welcome to the very first Freeware Garden comedy alt-text. No comedic bits whatsoever have been inserted here, but I'm slowly getting there.Nekra Psaria means “dead fish” in Greek, which, frankly and regardless of language doesn’t conjure up the best of images. Not that fish or death can ever be avoided, mind you, but escape-the-room browser games used to come with way cuter names back when the internet was young.

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Planetside 2: Hunt With The Traitors!

By Jim Rossignol on August 11th, 2014.

Playing Planetside 2 with RPS doesn’t have to be about purple trousers or giraffe textures, no sir. In fact it can be entirely about freedom, unfloating tanks, and impressive armour (above), thanks to Rock Traitor Shotgun, our New Conglomerate faction outfit on the newly repopulated Miller server. (Man, it was busy this weekend.) This alternative team are having a bit of a shindig on the 16th of August from 19:00 BST, and they’d like you to join. Since Planetside 2 is free, there’s nothing stopping you. Aside, perhaps, from a weakly PC. But anyway, you should join in – I shall! – because the details are all over here.

See you there.

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Freeware Garden: Expat

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 11th, 2014.

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Christmas 1969 was already a hazy memory when I walked into the Born Loser for a drink. The faces were grim and mostly unfamiliar, but I was sure I had seen that one before. Yes, there could be no mistake, she was The Thunder. The very same bounty hunter who captured Moon Dora years ago on Mubuka. I promptly bought her a beer and some space ramen. She liked me and thought we could help each other out; an offer I knew I couldn’t turn down.

Then the phone rang. Alma The Husky was seen just outside a cantina on central Buroutwi and I had to hurry and catch her, for, I too, am a bounty hunter. Then again, so is almost everyone else in this geometrical Expat universe of ours.

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Freeware Garden: Bickadoodle

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 8th, 2014.

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day.

Bickadoodle starts off with an apparently distressed damsel waiting in her tower for a knight to come and do knightly stuff of the typical light fantasy variety. Like, for example, serenade her. Or maybe kill the threatening dragon who has irritatingly just dropped by and seems intent on destroying a perfectly adequate romantic evening and a perfectly comfortable trope.

Instead of kidnapping the good lady though, the beast slightly burns the knight and flies him to its lair, thus, refreshingly, leaving her to face insurmountable odds, save the realm and free the armored brute in the only way known to sensible people: by pointing and clicking on things.

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