Hearthstone: Whispers Of The Old Gods Rises Next Week

You’ll have to speak up, dearie. The gods are old, so very old, and they’re not what they used to be. It’s going to have taken them two years and several expansions to arrive in Hearthstone [official site], and none of you thought to check up on them or see if they needed help. I hope you feel guilty, Hearthstoners. Well, C’Thun, Yogg-Saron, Y’Shaarj, N’Zoth, and all their chums will arrive with the free-to-play card game’s third expansion next week, Blizzard have announced. I doubt those oldies will be too pleased.

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Ludum Dare 35 Has Ended: Play Windowframe

The Ludum Dare jams are always home to some fantastic games. I haven’t had a chance to pick through the entries from the 35th event yet, which finished yesterday, but I did notice some buzz around one entry. It’s called windowframe and it’s an extremely clever game, an experimental puzzler about vampire slaying, that uses the boundaries of the window in which it’s played to create some tricky quandaries. Simply put, you can manipulate the frame of the game by firing stakes into the borders and dragging them toward your character. You can, and should, play it right now.

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A Crypt-Crawling Tactical Roguelike: Ananias

Ananias [official site] is a traditional dungeoncrawling roguelike with a streamlined interface. No need to consult a text file or help menu that alarmingly reveals a list of inputs that differentiate between (s)ip, (S)wallow and (q)uaff (‘Q’ is quit), everything can be controlled with a click of the mouse. It’s simplified but it isn’t simple, and the latest update adds new tactical options to bring the best out of the turn-based combat. It’s available on Windows, Mac and Linux (also Android). You can download for free, play in your browser or pay what you like through Itch.

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Peer Pressure: Try Blended Together’s Free Demo

As I’m sure is the case with you many of guys, after a busy week I like to relax with relaxing games. Be it a shooter, an RPG, a walking simulator, whatever – as long as I can switch off and chill out at weekends with a game that doesn’t ask too much of me I’m happy. Puzzle-platformer Blended Together [Itch page] isn’t one of these games, but it is great fun and super-challenging. It’s also just released a free five-level demo.

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The Average Everyday Adventures Of Samantha Browne Is About Anxiety & Making Oatmeal

Besides having a particularly long title, The Average Everyday Adventures of Samantha Browne [official site] is a narrative game about an introverted college student who suffers from social anxiety and finds great challenge in even the most straightforward of tasks. It’s the debut venture of Californian outfit Lemonsucker Games and although not due to release until this Tuesday (for free), it has a new trailer. Come see below.

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Free Loaders: Dodge Taxes As The Prime Minister

In reality, the Prime Minister has no agenda. Just the word 'SMILE' permanently inscribed on the back of his hand.

When we launched this column, I named it “Free Loaders” in reference to getting stuff for $0 and also to “loading” games. But do you know who the real free loaders are? That’s right, THE PANAMA PEOPLE. Next week I am going to Panama to see if I can see some of their papers for myself. In the meantime, here is a game about just that, made at the Nordic game jam, where the free games juegoterrorists have regrouped to make an uncharacteristic stand against tax evasion.

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Oh, And Rainbow Six Siege Has A Free Weekend Too

If you want to shoot faces in new and exciting ways, oh my giddy aunt you’re spoilt for choice this weekend! Gearbox’s Battleborn has an open beta going on, id Software’s new Doom’s has kicked off an open beta too, and oh mercy me I’ve just noticed Rainbow Six Siege has a free trial weekend too. Strewth! That’s a fair amount of the face-shooting spectrum covered there, from wall-bursting tactical action through hellfire to co-op storyshoots and MOBAing.

Pip has coined the excellent term ‘freekend’.

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