Posts Tagged ‘freeware’

IFComp 2014 Ballots Open, Lots Of Unusual Free Games

By Graham Smith on October 6th, 2014.

O, glorious IFComp. The interactive fiction competition has been running since 1995 and at times during those 19 years has felt like the last stalwart keeping the community ticking over. Now the genre is more healthy than its been in a long time, and voting for this year’s entries has just begun. Would you like to be Galileo’s assistant and sneak his banned book out of the country for him? Would you like to play a “randomized fantasy begging sim”? Would you like to be an interstellar diplomat trying to satisfy the snooty etiquette of a blob-alien?

This is a lot of free games to play from a lot of talented writers and designers.

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Freeware Garden: Ghost Wheel?

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on August 4th, 2014.

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

Ghost Wheel? is not an oddly named game, but it is an odd theme for a game jam. The result is a downloadable, freeware bundle sporting nine games, each starring ghosts and wheels in different formations.

Walk below to find out what they are called (and what they are all about).

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OpenBVE: The Sim Now Approaching Platform PC

By Tim Stone on March 22nd, 2009.

The news that Microsoft had abandoned another Train Simulator sequel didn’t dismay the entire rail sim community. Many would have been more disturbed had the mysterious code samaritan behind openBVE announced he was walking away. Michelle appeared from nowhere a year ago, declaring he was going to modernise frumpy-but-faithful freeware train sim BVE by rewriting it from scratch. True to his word, he’s done just that. Improvements include finer physics, external views (BVE is strictly cab-based) and animated scenery. Barring leaves on the line at Surbiton or escaped pumas at Chessington North, the first non-beta version of openBVE should enter service today.

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Ski Sunday

By Tim Stone on January 25th, 2009.

While the BBC spends most of its TV licence revenue on overpaying chatshow hosts and making fine nature documentaries, ORF, its Austrian equivalent, prefers to splash its cash on overpaying chatshow hosts and making fine free winter sports games. For years ORF have been dishing out top-notch ski simulators. The latest – Ski Challenge 2009 - lets you slide down six famous European peaks at breakneck speeds. Don’t be put-off by the Deutsch web page. The installer and game menus are all in English.

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