Posts Tagged ‘Freeware Garden’

Freeware Garden: Does Canned Rice Dream Of A Napkin Heap?

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 4th, 2015.

Would you like to tell a story? Of course you would, you are only human, but why rush over to Twine when you could craft your story by playing through Does Canned Rice Dream Of A Napkin Heap? and sharing it with a couple of aliens, a life-hating robot and a dog in a space bar (also, the internet)?

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Freeware Garden: Our Personal Space

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on March 3rd, 2015.

You are Kelly. You are the newlywed doctor who’s in love with charming Jack and has followed him to far away planet Talaam. It’s a place that excellent sci-fi marriage simulation Our Personal Space [alternate download link] lets you live in, explore and influence.

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Freeware Garden: The Matter of the Great Red Dragon

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 27th, 2015.

Count on Jonas Kyratzes to play with the tropes detailed in The Hero with a Thousand Faces and deliver a brilliant Twine-powered text adventure that simultaneously examines traditional heroic literature values and revels in retelling the classic save-the-world fantasy tale. With The Matter of the Great Red Dragon taking place in the Land of Dreams one can also expect a subtle yet incredibly novel critique of modern societies too. Also a bit of well-placed humour.

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Freeware Garden: Death Ray Manta

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 26th, 2015.

Death Ray Manta [official site], an outrageously glowy shmup designed to make you happy, the very same Rob Fearon game that received appropriately glowy reviews by the likes of Eurogamer and Edge, has now gone freeware. Along with all of Rob’s frantic and occasionally hilarious games.

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Freeware Garden: Ode To Cactus

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 25th, 2015.

I really do love the idea behind the series of ongoing Clone Jams indie developers are holding in order to do something between paying homage and parodying other devs. It’s all very honest, very cute and quite frankly heart-warming. It feels a bit like making an awkward joke to a friend that suggests intimacy and care. Love, even. Love definitely shows in the six interesting games that comprise the Cactus Clone Jam and, possibly, more so in Tahla Kaya’s very honest Ode to Cactus [official site].

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Freeware Garden: Off-Peak

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 24th, 2015.

Off-Peak, the first game I know of that has been created by a cellist — Archie Pelago’s Cosmo D– is much more than an audio-visual experiment with an appropriately excellent soundtrack. It is a wonderfully odd first person adventure game taking place in a cavernous train station with the kind of geometrically wrong architecture one could only find in Kubrick’s version of The Shining.

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Freeware Garden: Don’t Escape 2

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 23rd, 2015.

Games with zombies are righteously considered banal, whereas point-and-clickers that decide to invert the always intriguing but overused escape-the-room mechanics could be considered to be rather novel. So, what should we then make of Don’t Escape 2, a game about barricading yourself in a room and surviving a zombie raid?

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Freeware Garden: I Know This

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 20th, 2015.

The image of the frantically typing hacker whose fingers dance on the keyboard and make digital magic happen is a ’90s cyberpunk and tech thriller mainstay. It’s also here to stay, though in 2015 Global Game Jam Entry I Know This it’s you in the shoes of the protagonist.

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Freeware Garden: Iron Snout

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 19th, 2015.

One of the most important thing we have all learned on the internet is that pigs are both smart and awesome. Now Iron Snout is here to teach us they can also make for excellent fighters, and it does so by being a lovely, fast-paced, vividly coloured and cartoon-y fighting game pitting a single heroic pig against countless wolves.

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Freeware Garden: Rocket Smash ex

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 18th, 2015.

Though obviously an homage to Ultimate Play The Game’s classic Jetpac, Rocket Smash ex is far from a straight retro remake or a Commodore 64 port of the venerable shoot-‘em-up. It is instead a brand new and excellently arcade-y shooter with contemporary design sensibilities that’s been coded for the C64 and repackaged for Windows thanks to the 8-bit focused efforts of (the wider) team RGCD.

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Freeware Garden: Aero Chimera

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 17th, 2015.

Aero Chimera is one of the most bullet-hellish bullet hell shoot-‘em-ups one can currently find for free on the PC. It’s possibly as tough as a vertically scrolling shmup can dare to get; which makes me thankful that the game offers three difficulty settings that render it playable even for the likes of me, and that it goes even further by allowing players to test each of its six, frantic stages and eventually master them. Persisting will after all allow you to attempt an impressive high-score, as Aero Chimera has definitely been built with competitive players in mind.

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Freeware Garden: Ever Yours, Vincent

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 13th, 2015.

Based on the life of impressionist painter (and not dentist though that’d be a really interesting thing to see) Vincent Van Gogh, Ever Yours, Vincent explores the great artist’s life and work via the hallowed medium of point-and-click adventure gaming.

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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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