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1 day ago

Frog Fractions will become the Game Of The Decade this August

Have you played Frog Fractions? While it may seem an unassuming amphibious edu-game, Twinbeard's maths 'em up may be one of the most important games of the last decade. Unfortunately, it's one that's increasingly a pain to actually play. Today, Twinbeard "Sandwich Imagineer" Jim Crawford announced that the game's Steam release is just around the corner, gobbling up its own fraction of Steam this August.

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2 days ago

You can grab Watch Dogs 2 free during Ubisoft Forward on July 12

Ubisoft's big not-E3 showcase is scheduled for this Sunday, July 12th where they'll be showing off new gameplay and trailers for upcoming games. As part of the event, they're also letting you claim a free copy of Watch Dogs 2 for PC, though you'll have to be fast. You need to grab it while the show's live, meaning you'll have about a 45 minute window…

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2 weeks ago

Hard Lads is a short meditation on masculine fragility and deck chairs

Sometimes you've just gotta take off your shirt, light up a smoke, and get your best mate to smack you in the back with a stool. The latest game from Radiator 2 and The Tearoom creator Robert Yang, Hard Lads is a brief tale of alcohol, furniture, and cigarettes, all in service of adapting the viral tale of two English lads trying their hardest to…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: RPS says goodbye to Priceless Play

Priceless Play – 20 June 2020

Hey there, Priceless Pals. A melancholy day! This will be my last Priceless Play and the last Free Games Roundup here on RPS. Woe! I have had the undeniable pleasure of writing about the weird niche corners of free games for just shy of two years now, and I have loved every minute of it. Even though I won't be here to tell you what…

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Feature: Two thirds of these games are about dwarves or pharaohs.

The best Steam Festival demos: RTS and city builders

Since the Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition has so many demos in it, we've all run off to harvest our own little crop to recommend, picking different genres as our guiding principle. As ever, though, the concept of "genre" has tripped me up like a rake in the dark, and left me flailing to define what connects the six games below. I guess, if there's…

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Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition starts today with demos and dev talks

Valve today will launch their Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition, a week-long virtual event helping helping fill the gap left by cancelled public games shows like EGX and PAX. The Stegafesumed will bring playable demos of upcoming games, including tastes of Inkle's Pendragon and the weird adventure Genesis Noir. The Steam Game Festival will start at 6pm today (10am Pacific) and run until 6pm on…

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Nuts demo lets you spy on squirrels and their secrets

Squirrels: they're hiding something. No matter how cute they look, they're keeping something from us and maybe it's more than just food. Perhaps you'll see some of their secrets in the new demo for Nuts, a game about surveilling the goings-on of squirrels. By day, carefully place your cameras. By night, sit back to watch where the blighters go. It's a first-person puzzle game of…

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4 weeks ago

Dimension-warping RPG Undungeon now has a free demo

Like a skeleton fired out of a dimensional rift, Undungeon's eldritch creatures have arrived on Steam. Well, one of them did. A free demo for Laughing Machines' hack n' slash n' loot 'em up launched with a new trailer during this not-E3 weekend, letting you roam the post-apocalyptic ruins of seven Earths as Void - a ghostly world-hopping "Herald" who never quite left their goth…

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Ultrakill’s demo offers a colourful Quake-like where blood is fuel

"Mankind is dead. Blood is fuel. Hell is full." What a lovely poem, which is used to describe Ultrakill, a fast-paced first-person shooter that's like Quake with more colourful levels and a lot of jumping. It's been kicking around for a while, but a new trailer and demo are available now.

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You can grab Hitman Absolution free to keep before GOG’s summer sale ends

Lookit that. We're in mid-June already, which means that the first big game sale of the summer is about to get a sendoff. GOG's summer sale will wind up after the weekend so you've got just a few days left to score those deals. As part of the last hurrah, GOG are offering Hitman: Absolution free to keep. Snag it before Monday, June 15th.

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Ark: Survival Evolved is free on the Epic Games Store

As well as a load of old Samurai Shodown games for free, the Epic Games Store is this week giving away Ark: Survival Evolved for keepsies. That's the one with the dinosaurs. The survival sandbox is still one of the most-played games on Steam, five years after first launching in early access, so maybe you're curious to see what it's all about?

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Samurai Shodown reboot hits Epic alongside its freebie predecessors

It may have sat untouched for years, but don't for a second think that Samurai Shodown has let its blade rust. After being given a contemporary coat of paint, a 3D reboot of SNK's swordfighter arrived on the Epic Games Store today. But this warrior doesn't ride alone. For the next week, six Shodown entries from ages past are available to pick up and keep,…

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1 month ago

Feature: Free games from Black developers

Priceless Play — 6 June 2020

The past week has been filled with crises and calls for radical political change in equal measure, and (for me) an accompanying sense of radical possibility. At other times, however, a sense of impending doom. And then back again. There have been callouts and action from numerous games studios, media outlets, developers, and beyond to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in one…

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Overcooked is once again Epic’s freebie for the week

The dust is finally settling on the Epic Games Store's giveaways. After a wild few weeks of big sales, surprise drops and store-crashing mystery guests, Epic are playing it safe by putting Overcooked back up for grabs. Almost a year on, the cooperative kitchen calamity is once again your freebie for the week, available to download and keep forever until this time next Thursday.

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Feature: Stabbed-you Valley

Path Of Exile’s next expansion takes a leaf from Stardew Valley and makes loot-farming literal

On June 19th, the next quarterly update for Path Of Exile - the free-to-play action RPG - will give players the chance to trade blood-soaked knives for green fingers. It's called Harvest, and it tasks you with managing a garden. Of course, your glowing nocturnal plants will blossom into monsters needing slaying, but this should provide some downtime between dungeon crawls in a game that…

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Feature: The most wholesome unwholesome free games

Priceless Play – 30 May 2020

Ok. I'll bite. What's a "wholesome game"? I watched the Wholesome Direct a few days ago, which gave me 53 examples of wholesome games, and I'm still not quite sure I know what falls under the label. Here are a few components of my working definition: wholesome games are nonviolent, often star anthropomorphised animals, and are soundtracked by ukuleles or a delicate piano line. They're…

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Play demos for Desperados 3 and System Shock right now via GOG

You, there, stop that. You've got new videogames to play. Good Old Games has just launched free demos for Desperados 3 and the System Shock remake, along with a handful of other upcoming games. I've already had a sneaky play of both tactical cowboys and cybernetic spaceship loners, so I can already tell you they're worth your time. Aren't I good.This is also another chance…

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2 months ago

Feature: Persistence, persistence, persistence

Priceless Play – 23 May 2020

My dad isn't like most dads. There are many things about him which make him unique, but perhaps none so idiosyncratic as this: the man really, really, really loves Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States. I'm not sure how many children have been taken on car trips to Coolidge's homestead in rural Vermont (where, fun fact, Coolidge was sworn in as president following…

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The Migration is a lovely little apocalypse

Since I've ended up incoherently semi-shouting this at several people recently (sorry, Nat), I'll save myself the time and write it down: Connor Sherlock's The Migration feels to me like witnessing an apocalyptic event, and it's great. There you are, wandering around the surface of some desolate world, only bleached bones and warbling synth for company, when the end comes. Or a beginning. Or... a…

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