Ready quick go! Constructor free for another few hours

3 2 1 no time just go: head over to GOG to download Constructor for free. It’s a town-building RTS from 1997 with warring estate developers, and it’s fun and it’s funny and- oh my stars you’ve less than four hours to download it for keepsies. An ‘HD’ remake is coming later this month, sure, but for now you might fancy kicking the tyres and seeing what it’s all about. Good stuff, is the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Get your ass to Mars – the original X-COM is free

Oh sure, it’s basically been pennies for years, but nothing motivates the merely curious like free-free-free. For that is the case for X-COM: UFO Defense aka UFO: Enemy Unknown, the 1994 alien-bothering strategy game that kicked off a series now made something of a household name by Firaxis’ remakes. Only until tomorrow, though. Read the rest of this entry »

Secrets of the Waves now has a delicious storm

Secrets of the Waves

I mentioned Murray Lorden’s work fairly recently after a game jam game where you play as a werewolf caught my eye. He now has a new free/pay-what-you-want project called Secrets of the Waves [itch.io page] which has you bouncing round the ocean on a treasure hunt. I say bouncing because the current ship is very simple and very bouncy, but I wanted to flag the game up because it has a really lovely sense of place, particularly thanks to the addition of a storm in the mid-section of the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Tiles & Tales – A ‘free’ game that forgets to cost money

Free to play is obviously an effective model on mobile, as despised as it may be. ‘Free’ games don’t get world-famous Hollywood stars to appear in their commercials if they’re not raking it in. It’s clearly here to stay while companies get millions and millions of dollars from it. And, of course, no one is obliged to play them. (My opinions get a lot more specific when such pay-to-play aspects are hardwired into games aimed at kids, but that’s another day’s discussion.) However, there’s another aspect to these games that I don’t think gets talked about so much: that bizarre tension of playing one, hearing the ticking countdown of when it’ll stop being fun and start wanting your cash.

That’s very much the case with Tiles & Tales [official site], a nice, simple puzzle-RPG that is so clearly intended for mobile that the PC version is in portrait. That outrageously lazy porting aside, it hasn’t gone through the transition that many such games make for their Steam release, and has remained “free”. Albeit with the option to start spending ridiculous amounts of money from the off. It’s just… you don’t need to. Here’s wot I think. Read the rest of this entry »

Free Loaders: Flipping the bird in Helping Hand

Humans are great communicators. We’ve developed not only spoken langauges, but reams and reams of written ones throughout history. Not to mention Braille and sign language. Truly, the human ability to express emotions, needs and desires is an unparalleled proof of our shared greatness as the planet’s most wonderful species.

Hey! Quit doing that rude gesture! Stop it! I mean it!

Sigh. Here’s some free games.
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