Free Loaders: The Quick and the Dad

Dads are a notoriously angry species, we all know this, we’ve seen the documentaries. But what is it like to be a dad? What goes on in those strange, otherworldly minds? Washing up worries? Beer? I can’t answer that question, for I am but a humble games journalist, and thus banned from procreating. But maybe I have something here that can help us decode these dadly mysteries. That’s right, the dadification of videogames continues in this week’s roundup of free games.
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OrbLands: such a cute marriage of FPS and walking sim!

OrbLands

Going through the Screenshot Saturday tag on Twitter is one of the best ways to find eye-catching games. Not always the most playable things, but definitely ones which demand attention for their visuals. OrbLands [official site] is an experimental FPS-walking-simulator project where it was as pretty as it was playable, enticing me across the map with shootable rainbow balls and feeding me sci-fi paperback cover art as a reward! I’ve spent the morning with the version that’s currently playable in browsers (browsers that aren’t Chrome, I mean). Take a look! Read the rest of this entry »

Saints Row 2 is free on GOG right now

C-c-c-crimes!

It’s Saints Row a go-go round GOG today as the store celebrates more of Volition’s wacky open-world crime ’em ups arriving DRM-free on its virtual shelves. Some Saints games have been on GOG for ages but now the lineup is complete with the addition of Saints Row 4 (the one where you’re the President of the USA) and Gat out of Hell (the one in Hell). To mark this Saint-o-rama, Saints Row 2 (possibly still my favourite Saints Row) is free for 48 hours. And folks who own Saints Row games on Steam can add them to their GOG account to get DRM-free versions. GOG are holding a sale too. Read the rest of this entry »

Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion’s lovely launch date trailer

Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion

One of the nice things about garnering a reputation for liking restful, pretty exploration games is that people start sending you more emails about restful, pretty games. Bokida: Heartfelt Reunion [official site] is a game we’ve written about before but not for years so the reminder that it was going to be out on 17 May was welcome! I’ve played a bit of the game and, while I can’t offer a verdict yet because embargo, a short demo is out for all. The launch trailer follows after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Call down the thunder: StarCraft is now free

Blizzard’s seminal 1998 strategy game StarCraft [official site] and its expansion, Brood War, are now free for all and sundry. The game that birthed modern digital sports! The game that launched a thousand zerg rushes! The game that still has the best tanks in all RTSland! Blizzard have updated StarCraft a touch to play nicer with modern computers but mostly it’s still just StarCraft (“just StarCraft” she says!). The real overhaul is coming later this summer in the not-free StarCraft Remastered. But for now, free StarCraft for all is just dandy, ta. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: Meat the monsters

If you are reeling from a Good Friday without delicious burgers, chops or anything meaty at all, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered (and the rest of you heathens too, don’t fret). This week’s best free games include one in which you make monsters out of various pieces of cartoon meat – kidneys, skin flesh, chicken legs, eyeballs. Are eyeballs “meat”? Don’t ask me, I’m a gamesmonger, not a butcher.
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Ride buses forever in 4Ever Transit Authority

If you fancy going somewhere new today, hop on the bus in 4Ever Transit Authority [Itch page] and ride endlessly through procedurally-generated cities. Brendan pointed out the version released after 4Ever was created during the recent Slow Game Jam, and now I’m here to tell you it’s properly finished after a little expansion and polish. The new version includes a map making the layout clear, auto-turn-around so you can let it run forever, updated music, and new buildings to see. Splendid. Read the rest of this entry »