Deck-based beat ’em up Phantom Dust out now free

Phantom Dust is one of those games that lots of people talk about but nobody I know actually bought back in the day. Originally released for the Xbox None in 2004, it’s a 3D fighting game set in destructible environments. The twist is that all of your character’s abilities are determined by a deck of cards, so you can switch in new attacks, blocks and specials when you earn/buy new cards.

Today Microsoft re-released it free on both Windows 10 and Xbox One, with cards available as microtransactions. You can, I believe, unlock every card in the game by playing. Here’s a video from Microsoft explaining how it works.

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Yager’s spaceship ’em up Dreadnought hits open beta

Honking great spaceships are now blasting each other in the newly-launched open beta of Dreadnought [official site]. Made by Spec Ops: The Line studio Yager, it’s a multiplayer class-based shooter were folks play as capital-class spaceships. You know, the big ones. After a year in closed beta testing, now it’s open to all who sign up over here with publishers Grey Box. Read the rest of this entry »

Cowboy builders: Constructor demo erected wonky

A demo is out for Constructor [official site], System 3’s remake of their estate-building strategy game from 1997. I really dug the original and its classic silly British sensibilities, building up my own estates while sabotaging my rivals’ neighbourhoods with dodgy plumbers, killer clowns, gangsters, and thugs. This remake has been delayed a bit and the demo has troubles of its own, but I am still quite keen for this to launch in full later this month. Read the rest of this entry »

Hanano is a free block-puzzler from Jelly No Puzzle dev

I resist puzzle games, but it’s always a delight when I cave and give myself over to them. Today I’ve been lost in Hanano Puzzle [official site], a game about touching blocks to flowers to make new flowers grow. It offers repeated revelation in the way the best puzzle games do, by having levels that look impossible until you discover some facet of the existing rules you hadn’t previously encountered. It’s by the same developer as Jelly No Puzzle, which received a lot of attention and John adored back in 2013. It’s free; you could be playing it already.

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Free Loaders: Building tiny towns with a Little Land

If anyone is reading this, I need your help. The apocalyptic thunderstorm happening in the clouds above me has already knocked out the power once, and there’s no telling when it might happen again, so I must write quickly, even it makes this opening paragraph sound like the last note written by a doomed character in Prey. I’ve collected some free games, please take them to safety and play the ones you think are neat. You can find them in the locker. The code is 1234.
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Humble Store spring sale gives Dungeons 2 away free

Spring has sprung and Humble have got deals, hun. Their big spring sale has launched with discounts on thousands of games and, for the next day-and-a-bit, free copies of Dungeons 2 for all. Y’know, Dungeons 2, that fantasy overlord strategy game which borrows heavily from Dungeon Keeper and which our Alec really quite liked. Beyond that, heck, it’s a big sale: thousands of games are cheaper than usual until Thursday the 25th of May. In the usual Humble way, some games come DRM-free, some offer Steam keys, and some have both options. Read the rest of this entry »

How chivalrous! Mirage: Arcane Warfare open beta is live

STAB ALL WIZARDS.

Fancy stabbing some wizards this weekend? Check out the open beta test of Mirage: Arcane Warfare [official site], the upcoming magical follow-up to fab first-person stabber Chivalry: Medieval Warfare. Mirage shares many of the fundamentals but with some different tricks in its fantasy classes and the meaty magic spells that its developers say they want “to feel like you’re throwing bricks at people’s heads”. Mirage has been in closed beta for a while, and we flung thousands of beta keys into you adoring crowds ourselves, but this weekend everyone is invited to play for free. Read the rest of this entry »