Posts Tagged ‘free’

Tankyou Very Much: Panzer Corps Free Weekend

Panzer Corps [official site], the heir to the Panzer General series of WWII strategy games, is free to play this weekend through Steam. The free weekend has already begun (unlike the actual weekend, I grumble into my third coffee of the morning) and “during that time there will be a 75% discount on the base game and a 50% discount on all the DLCs” say publishers Slitherine. That’s £3.74 for the base game and £30.49 for the gargantuan collection. A splendid opportunity to take these monstrous vehicles for a test drive.

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Chuckie Egg Xtreme: Chicku Has A Demo

I find Chicku [official site] unnerving. Imagine the Aardman Animations film Chicken Run had been part of the Saw franchise, or that eighties gaming icon Chuckie Egg had been crossed with Super Meat Boy. It’s a platform game about chickens escaping from a farm and the farm is full of saws, spikes and other devices that convert poultry into pieces. It’s enough to make Bernard Matthews blush.

There’s no shortage of gore and even though the game is in Early Access, there are already loads of maps and even a local multiplayer mode, which I’m going to imagine is like ultraviolent Joust. If you’re peckish, why not try the demo?

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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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Running The Arkham Press: Daily Chthonicle

Reports of horrors lurking in the shadows reach the newsdesk and one reporter returns from an assignment with a haunted expression and bloodied fists. He asks if he can head back to the streets to follow up on a lead, and slips a holy relic and a revolver into his satchel when he thinks nobody’s looking. One junior editor has been carted off to the asylum already this week and it’s only Wednesday.

Enough about the inner working of RPS though. I’m here to tell you about Daily Chthonicle [indiedb site], a free game about running a newspaper serving an Arkham-like town in the grip of terrible horrors. It’s splendid.

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Guess How: The WikiHow Illustration Game

The WikiHow Illustration Game [official site] has interrupted my workflow this morning and I think the only way I can recover is by sharing it with as many people as possible. If everyone else is playing it, I can enjoy watching their bewildered reactions rather than shouting exclamations of shock, joy and confusion to myself.

WikiHow illustrations are odd. Taken out of context they’re extremely odd. The game shows you an illustration and then you have to pick between four articles that it might have been pulled from. In ten minutes of playing, I laughed more than I have at the entire career of several high-profile comedians.

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Have You Played… Samorost?

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

Amanita Design are no doubt now far more famous for the gorgeous adventures Botanicula and Machinarium. But it all began with Samorost in 2003, designed to be played in a browser. And they hit it out of the park on their first attempt, a beautiful, oddly touching, experimental adventure game blending organic and technological, photography and hand-drawn design, and just the complete loveliness of an alien world that reacted as you swept the mouse cursor over it.

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Prepare To Download: Free Dark Souls Steam Code

the grabby-greedy hand of freeness approaches

Dark Souls is the famously easy and brightly-coloured walking simulator beloved of casual gamers, and scorned by the hardcore. If you’ve long desired to frolic in its pastel fields but been unwilling to scrape together the requisite pennies, the good news is that, if you live in the EU (including UK), you can currently grab a Steam code for it for free. I know it says ‘Prepare To Die’ in the subtitle, but that’s just a typo – it’s actually ‘Prepare To Dye’, in reference to its acclaimed dressmaking minigame.
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