Toot Toot! Sunless Sea’s Free Steam Weekend Now On

You doing anything nice this weekend? How about: exploring an underground ocean, discovering wonderful sights, meeting strange and terrible things, losing your mind, eating your own shipmates, and meeting a watery death? Sounds lovely, no? Quite! If you’ve not played Sunless Sea [official site] yet, perhaps not hearing our incessant murmuring about how splendid Failbetter’s roguelikelike is, then now’s your chance. The full game is free to play from now until Sunday, see (sea), and on sale (sail) too.

For those who already know the cruel seas well, Failbetter have also recently shared a short video peeking at its upcoming Zubmariner expansion.

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Dota 2’s Winter Battle Pass Brings Icy Prettiness

Valve have launched the Winter 2016 Battle Pass for Dota 2 [official site], a £5.29 virtual ticket giving you access to… new ways to get more hats for your wizards, I think? Look, I’ll be honest: I’ve played 1,498 hours of Dota 2 and I’m still confused by this. The end result is that you can get new cosmetic items by way of a great many progression tracks and statistics and gambling and… ah, go look. Basically, if you want pretty new stuff, you can get it by paying a fiver then playing a load of Dota.

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Snow! (Snow!) Open Beta’s Now Go-o

It’s only two years ago
The man with the suit and the face
You knew that he was there on the case
He wasn’t in love with you, not in love with you
My love is like a high prison wall
But I like to tit about in snow and fall

Snow! (Snow!)
Open beta’s now go
You’ve got the power to know: you’re free for some downhill, always believe in
Because you are Snow! (Snow!) glad that I’m done with this because I’m awful at this whole ‘song parody’ thing good grief let’s get this over with, I’m sorry, what a mess.

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Mind Your Monitor: The Screen Saver Jam

The Internet is full of guides to customising your gaming ‘rig’–your ‘hog’, if you like; your ‘beast'; your ‘hotbox'; your ‘ludobrig’–with lights and windows and plumbing and little seats so you can sit inside and escape the heat on hazy summer afternoons, but they all miss something vital. No pig-hot gaming PC is complete without a really cool screensaver to prevent burn-in on your sweet-as-heck 15″ SVGA monitor. Luckily for those of us who can’t afford After Dark, a load of game developers have made some delightful monitor-minders over the weekend in the #screensaverjam.

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Free Loaders: Playas Only Love You When They Playin’

'RhiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaNON!'

Hello there! I’m sorry to bother you like this at your computer screen but I have a cart full of free games here and I heard you were interested. Of course, have a look! Yes, some of them are falling apart, but some of them are precious and rare. What? Oh no, I wouldn’t take that one if I were you. Well, yes, I suppose it does have some intriguing chiselwork. Are you sure? I’m afraid I won’t be back for some time. How much? Ha ha! Didn’t you hear me? It’s free! Anyway, I will be off now. Goodbye, stranger. And… good luck.

*Dark Souls laugh*

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Test Your Getaway Driving Skills In Free Game Berlin’82

“Cheese it!” shouts Jimmy Two Knees before he’s even through the car door, bundling in big hessian sacks marked ‘SWAG’. “It’s the rozzers!”

The sirens rise behind you but you don’t care. You’re ready for this. You’ve seen, well, not all of Jason Statham’s films but most of them definitely. You even kept watching Crank: High Voltage long after realising it was so much worse than the first. Anyway, he didn’t drive in that one much. But you’re ready! You hit the gas and away your car rockets. Then you try to pull a handbrake turn and crash into a wall and explode. Your score: 480. That’s how my early attempts went in free game Berlin’82 [official site].

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Have You Played… Dice Wars?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Dice Wars is a free browser-based strategy game about conquering and defending territory with dice. You can play it here, but be warned that clicking that link will bring your productivity to an end for the day.

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Free Loaders: The Cat Who Would Be King

What would the world be like if it was ruled by a despotic feline? Do dung beetles possess a deep knowledge of physics? What is France? All these questions and more will be answered in this week’s Free Loaders – your one-stop shop for the best free games on today’s internet.

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In Honor Of Bowie, The Nomad Soul Is Now Free

The god of pop passed away at the weekend, and it’s hit many of us harder than we would have expected. I’ve been listening to nothing but Bowie all week – Station To Station remains his best LP, since you ask – but another, stranger way to play tribute would be to play 1999’s Omikron: The Nomad Soul, the David Cage (I know, I know) game in which Bowie’s face and music play something of a starring role. Sweetly, its current publisher Square Enix is giving away free Steam keys for it (note – a separate link for US folk is below), in honor of the great man’s passing.
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