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Feature: Free and easy and green

Priceless Play – 6 April

I've just come back home from travelling, begun a new quarter of my PhD, and I am getting over a week-and-a-half of illness. I am working on a couple of academic papers for publication, getting ready to move out of my apartment, I still have to unpack, and did I mention that I'm still ill? Sometimes it seems like a to-do list is never-ending, no…

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Let’s Play: Ancient Greek Punishment: Teaches Typing is as hellish as it sounds

Let’s think about chili powder. Base a whole meal around this popular red dust, and unless you know what you’re doing, you’ll end up with a plate of searing garbage fit only for ladboasts. But soothe chili into the ingredient lists of other meals - even those you wouldn’t usually associate with it, like fancy chocolate - and you can add a whole new element…

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The Witness goes free on the Epic Games Store for two weeks

Whether you feel that The Witness is slightly or enormously pretentious, three things are undeniable: It contains a lot of puzzles, it's lovely to look at, and it's the Epic Games Store's new fortnightly giveaway. Developed by Jonathan Blow's (Braid) studio Thekla, it's part Myst, part jumbo puzzle book. In the game, your sole method of interaction with its lovely landscapes is to draw lines,…

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2 months ago

Escaped Chasm is a short, sad, free story by Undertale’s artist

While it's easy to think of Undertale (and its follow-up, Deltarune) as a one-man project, there's a very talented team behind it. Today, artist Temmie Chang released a small game, Escaped Chasm, a short story about a sad young girl alone in her house, haunted by dreams of a magical world. It's heartfelt, full of great art, some very good full-screen animations, and even crams…

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Call Of Duty drops into Blackout free trial month

Blackout, the battle royale mode of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, is free for all and sundry to play from today until the end of April. Get a Battle.net account, download it, and away you go, dropping down into the trees and hills to hike and loot and shoot. Blopout is also getting a second map, set on the prison island of Alcatraz, though…

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Love Thyself – A Horatio Story is a free, real, Endless Space dating sim

I've always liked how Amplitude set their games in the same universe. From Endless Space to Endless Legend, whether their games are flavoured sci-fi or fantasy, each one forms an act in a space opera that spans millennia. Surprise! The latest act came out yesterday. It's a free visual novel where you play as a fresh clone in the Horatio empire, a people born from…

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War Thunder trades WW2 for War Of The Worlds this week

Ordinarily straight-laced free-to-play WW2 combat sim War Thunder is well known for its silly April Fools events. This year, it's an impressively well fleshed-out UFO combat scenario named Earth Thunder. With a HUD full of incomprehensible alien text and instructions that aren't much more helpful, two teams of UFOs clash above a besieged modern-day city. Being advanced alien craft, they're capable of operating on the…

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Feature: Doom mods: The Next Generation

Modder Superior: The many free descendants of Doom

Here is a riddle for you. When is Doom not Doom? Why, when its open-source code has gone through countless iterations and become a modern development platform in its own right! Sometimes a Doom mod outgrows its old home and breaks away as a completely standalone game. This week I'm bringing you an all-you-can-eat buffet of free, full games (and some demos) that are the…

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Morrowind goes free today to celebrate The Elder Scrolls turning 25

To celebrate a quarter-century of Elves, Daedra and cat-people with bafflingly complex lore, Bethesda are giving away The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind today (March 25th) only, so snap it up quickly here. You'll need a Bethesda.net account and their launcher to grab the game, too. A bit of a hassle, but you're getting a sprawling adventure through a deeply alien corner of Tamriel, filled with…

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Feature: Defense is superior to opulence

Priceless Play – 25 March

One of my favourite facts about British culture versus US culture is that what North Americans call "bumper cars," Brits call "dodgems." Where the Brits dodge, Americans bump. Is there any better metaphor than that? As my friend Sean Bean likes to tell me every so often: “Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.” Good old Sean, he's quoting Sun…

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Line ’em up, knock ’em down in cube puzzler Moncage

There’s something about a virtual diorama that just makes you want to get stuck in to spinning it around and peering into all of its corners. Luckily, that’s exactly what Moncage wants you to do, and by lining things up just so you can influence the subtle machinations within. You can see it in action below, though it gives away some of the puzzles so…

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XCOM 2 is free this weekend (and DLC discounts a-go-go too)

Standard-issue XCOM 2 is probably my least-favourite of the four different flavours of XCOM now available to us (i.e. including the Enemy Within and War Of The Chosen expansions), but that's a bit like saying I don't enjoy 29 degrees of heat quite as much as 26, 27 and 28 degrees. They're all great! Make it like that all the time, please. Only, y'know, without…

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The Wind becomes a promo game from the maker of Faith

Talk about promo games normally make me think of high profile stuff like Carmen Sandiego invading Google Earth, so I've got to tip a weather-beaten stetson to IFC films for going low-fi with The Wind. They've tapped Airdorf, solo dev behind the Faith series of bible-quoting exorcise 'em ups to produce a short browser horror game based on their upcoming movie. It's only a few…

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Oxenfree and Tacoma are free right now

Not every problem in games needs to be solved by shooting, stabbing or going very fast. Sometimes you just need to stop, listen and talk things over, like in Oxenfree and Tacoma, two lovely story-driven games that you can snag free right now and keep forever. Contemporary teen ghost story Oxenfree by Night School is the current fortnightly giveaway over on the Epic store, full…

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Apex Legends bounces into its Wild Frontier season today

Apex Legends's first major update since launch is live now. New robo-legged (no apelegs here) legend Octane is all about going fast, although he's a bit tougher than his skinny Borderlands-esque frame would suggest. He constantly regenerates health, and can invest it in temporary speed boosts. His ultimate ability is a big ol' jump pad - a portable trampoline that can be used by your…

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Feature: Leaving on a jet plane

Priceless Play – 16 March 2019

Greetings from Terminal 2 of the Los Angeles International Airport! I'm seated in one of the ubiquitous hybrid chair/benches which grace all airport terminals across our great planet gearing up for a ten-and-a-half hour flight. Hooray! Like many people, the thing I love most in the world is shuffling into a gigantic airborne tube with numerous strangers for an extended period of time. (Bonus: I…

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Dead Or Alive 6 puts four fighters in the ring for free today

Dead Or Alive 6 is the latest fighting game to offer a cut-down free-to-play version on PC - a big demo, if you will. Koei Tecmo launched the full game two weeks ago, but today's Core Fighters edition of DOA6 gives players access to four characters - Kasumi, Hitomi, Diego and Bass - and several play modes, including the DOA Quest mode and the character-customising…

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Pawnbarian blends chess smarts and deck-building tension

Every year, the 7 Day Roguelike Challenge spawns a few gems. One of the most consistently intriguing development jams around, it's exactly what it sounds like - seven days to develop a roguelike. This year's entries are in, and while voting on the winners is still ongoing, I'm throwing in a nomination for Pawnbarian by "j4nw", a stylish, clever little browser game that mashes Chess…

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Semi-classic racer Grid 2 is free for keepsies

Codemasters' 2013 racer Grid 2 is a fairly geriatric entry in the car-wot-goes-fast pantheon - so old that RPS's prior coverage of it was written by the impossibly ancient likes of Rossignol, J. and Smith, A. - but we sure did like it back then. I've just been back in and, yeah, it still looks and feels dang good for a non-car-gonk like me. Its…

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DIY spaceships MMO Exocraft blasts off on Steam today

Spaceship tinkering always gets me going. Captain Forever was one of the first games to shine a light into that void, filling it with eery bleeps and player-designed spaceships. Other games have followed, but never surpassed. I'm still glad they're trying. Enter Exocraft, a colourful, free-to-play Forever-like-lite that launches on Steam later today. It's a relaxed, MMO-ified take on the genre, and you can actually…

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