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Original Origin: EA Giving Away Ultima VIII For Free

By Alec Meer on April 29th, 2015.

MIND-BLOWING FULL MOTION VIDEO

Though rarely doing much with the rights to the old PC games which once made EA’s name, they do at least have this pleasant habit of occasionally making some retro delight free for a week or two. This time, it’s Ultima VIII Gold Edition, the Richard Garriot-designed roleplaying game from towards the twilight of the Origin years.
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Test ‘Em Up – Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Benchmark

By Alice O'Connor on April 28th, 2015.

Final Fantasy XIV [official site] may have launched in a sorry state, but I’ve heard good things from MMOers since its revamped relaunch with the A Realm Reborn subtitle. A big ole chunk of newsness is coming in June with the first expansion, Heavensward, and you can have an in-engine peek at that now running on your own computer thanks to a new benchmarking tool.

The free Heavensward benchmark will run through a few scenes showing off new things in Heavensward. It also includes the character creator so you can play with the new race in advance, and save your toons to use in the full release. Two months is about how long I need to perfect characters I create anyway.

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Flowers And Entropy In Free Game Menagerie

By Alice O'Connor on April 22nd, 2015.

The fine folks at Oleomingus have released another curious little free game, Menagerie [official site]. Based on a script and performance by Prayas Abhinav, Vidisha Saini, and Agat Sharma, it’s a gorgeous room filled with replicating men and deteriorating conversation. Pip and Alice had a look.

Pip: Alice, I feel like we’ve both drooled over Oleomingus screenshots and teasers and game snippets independently. What say we convene and discuss the leafy bathroom chat that is Menagerie TOGETHER? I’m launching it right now so I can tell you all about my favourite leaves, by the way.

Alice: Pip, a game about a chat which becomes increasingly incoherent sounds ideal for us. Also, it is the prettiest dang thing I’ve seen in a while.

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Jazz Jackrabbit Lives

By Alec Meer on April 21st, 2015.

Sprites as crisp as freshly-cut lettuce, eh?

Seventeen years sure is a long time to be an active fan of a shooty platformer starring a macho rabbit. But then millions of people still get excited about the ongoing adventures of floppy-spined blue hedgehogs and dumpy, child-faced plumbers – why should Jazz Jackrabbit be any different? The murderous green bunny, created by Epic long before they turned to Unrealses and Gearses, was last officially seen in 1998’s Jazz Jackrabbit 2, but has maintained enough of a community that long-running mod Jazz Jackrabbit 2 Plus is still updated to this day. They reckon it’s “the world’s premier 2D Arena Shooter”, donchaknow.
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Pleasant Puzzling In Free Game Nine

By Alice O'Connor on April 20th, 2015.

How do you feel about games like Samorost and Windosill? You know, quiet, gentle puzzlers in surreal worlds which follow their own rules. The sort of game where solving a puzzle is often simply a happy side-effect of playing with something interesting, and you don’t mind if what you’ve been fiddling with isn’t the correct solution, because the interaction alone is pleasing. Those games. Do you like them?

If so, do have a peek at Nine [official site]. Released last week for free and playable in your browser, it is one of those games. I enjoyed it.

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Run Through The Internet: Free Platformer 404Sight Out

By Alice O'Connor on April 20th, 2015.

Hack the planet!

“Auntie Alice! Auntie Alice!” the younglings cry, tugging at my skirts of badger pelts and kingfisher feathers. “Tell us again about before The Crash! Tell us again about being an Internaut.”

Ah, little ones… pure white landscapes stretched out before me, angular shapes floating in datafog, datapaths branching and merging, and I sprint down these, jumping, rolling, choosing the quickest path to deliver my precious packets while dodging and smashing The Man’s obstacles.

Well, describing free run-o-platformer 404Sight [official site] excites the younglings more than the sorry truth could. I don’t have the heart to spoil their dreams.

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How I Lost My Soul In AdVenture Capitalist

By Alec Meer on April 16th, 2015.

AdVenture Capitalist is a free game, in theory. AdVenture Capitalist is an idle game – i.e. one which plays itself – in theory. AdVenture Capitalist is a satire of everything that is wrong with Skinner Box games and free-to-play games. In theory.

In practice, I have dishonored myself.

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Bang Bang Battleships Boom: Free Game USS Tlancy

By Alice O'Connor on April 15th, 2015.

Kersplode!

Vlambeer’s games are big, loud, colourful, and exciting but, y’know, they’re also hard. What if you want noise and colours and flashes and hordes of enemies and torrents of bullets and explosions and screenshake without really having to try? What if you simply want to ‘splode stuff real good?

You might fancy a crack at USS Tlancy [official site], which follows the Vlambeerian explode-o-style. It’s a flak-blasting, torpedo-launching, cannon-firing, screen-shaking point-scoring arcade battleship explosionfest made by Armel Gibson, and you can download it for free.

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Way Down In The Hole: Tunnel, A Free Soundscape Game

By Alice O'Connor on April 15th, 2015.

Do you like long, slow, uncut shots in films where the camera moves steadily through a dark, intimate, and eerie hole and through an unsettling soundscape? You know, the sort of thing where you think it’s going to be inside an ear or a bottom but then feel confident nah, it’s fine, then come back around to suspecting it really is guts isn’t it. I like this one from series 2 of Twin Peaks (consider yourself on spoiler alert).

I also like Tunnel [official site], a short free game about journeying through a murky, mysterious tunnel and a moody soundscape. Play it with headphones.

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Exploration And Reflection In Minkomora

By Alice O'Connor on April 14th, 2015.

I may read readme files but I don’t read video game manuals. What kind of a rube do you take me for? However, I made an exception for Minkomora [official site] and I urge you to as well.

It’s a gentle free game about exploring a hand-drawn world filled with varied places and characters doing their own thing. That’s nice, y’know, but then I followed the urging to read its manual and oh! what a lovely thing! I over-use “lovely” but it’s a warm, caring game encouraging self-reflection. I am reminded, narcissistically, of my time with Dark Souls Nites.

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Push The Button: ICBM Is A Free Nuke Launch Control Sim

By Alice O'Connor on April 13th, 2015.

The Cold War! A conflict immortalised in such action-packed movies as Rambo III, Red Dawn, Red Zone Cuba, and Rocky IV. But what about the real threat of the Cold War, the thousands of intercontinental ballistic missiles pointed at the USA and USSR? ICBM [official site] is a free game which puts you – yes, you! – at the heart of the action.

Across four missions, you’ll be the one sat at the desk with the big red button, waiting patiently for orders to turn the key and unleash the end of the world. And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.

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Work The Shaft: Pleasure A Gay Car In Stick Shift

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

“I’m in love with my car,” sang Roger Taylor in a Queen song named just that. They didn’t let him sing lead vocals often, so I guess he’d been bottling that up. Robert Yang’s latest short game is about a man who is, at the very least, in lust with his car. And his car – his gay car – is totally into it.

Stick Shift [official site] is the third game from Yang in the past few months that has been so absurdly, wonderfully, and charmingly gay. You’re trying to get your car off, see, working the gear stick and smoothly changing gears. Oh yes.

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Connect 4×4: Colour Switch Frustration In Tethernum

By Philippa Warr on April 7th, 2015.

This is about 4x4 times as much Tethernum as I can handle

Today I’ve been tinkering about with Tethernum – a game I found while following links from forums. Tethernum and its sequel, Tethernum 2 are simple but maddening puzzle games where you can change the colour of a block by clicking other blocks to which it connects. In each level you’re trying to get all blocks to be the same colour.

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