Posts Tagged ‘free’

Competitive Dadding In Who’s Your Daddy

Christmas is a time for family, so Alice and Cara have ventured together into the public prototype of Who’s Your Daddy [Greenlight page]. It’s a two-player dad ‘em up with a father racing around trying to child-proof a home and a baby trying its damndest to die.

Alice: Cara, who’s your daddy? It’s me. I’m your daddy. I’m the best daddy. Daddy Cool.

Cara: If you are my daddy I have a lot to say to my mum. Like. Well. Some sort of question about time travel I guess. And how insemination works.

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Slushy Snake – Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa

Hic! Oh hello there. Hic! I’ve been playing this excellent free stealth game ‘Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa’ [official site] from 2006 and I don’t understand anything in it. Alice tells me that it’s about ‘Solid Snake’ but this seems like a joke name she made up.

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Have You Played… The Static Speaks My Name?

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

The Static Speaks My Name [official site], like Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist, is a short comedy. Dr Langeskov, thanks to the narration of Simon Amstell, feels like a standup routine solidified into a brief story. The Static Speaks My Name is more like a pitch black comic sketch. The kind where the punchline hits you right in the gut.

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The Twelve Years Of Nethack: Version 3.6.0 Out Now

How many games that you’re playing today are likely to be on your hard drive twelve years from now? I’m not going to pretend that I’ve kept a copy of Nethack [official site] installed at all times for the last twelve years but I did reinstall as soon as I saw the news this morning. That’s the news that the venerable roguelike, which has been in development for almost thirty years, received its first update for more than a decade yesterday. Excitingly, this may be the start of a new development cycle, with frequent updates.

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Have You Played… Lumiere?

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

You know that bit at the start of Mass Effect 2 with the space and the destruction and the fragments of tech lit up against the void? Imagine that far larger and without any context or goal, and you have sinister space disaster Lumiere [official site]. It’s a free drift ‘em up made by Orihaus, and my mind still drifts into its shattered megastructure around a dark star.

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Together Alone In Orchids To Dusk

Wandering around the desolate foreign planet you’ve recently crash landed upon in free walking simulator Orchids To Dusk [official site] is a somber yet wonderful experience. With only a few minutes to live, you take control of a desperate astronaut who’s got nothing but the vast plains that stretch out effortlessly in front of her, a quickly depleting oxygen supply, and the soothing electronic melodies which set the tone to keep her company.

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Wot I Think – Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist

Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist is the new game from the new studio from William Pugh, co-developer of The Stanley Parable. It starts British comedian Simon Amstell, and could arguably be said to maybe possibly feature a grappling hook. It’s free, and out now, and here’s whether it’s worth your precious, precious time.
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BioWare’s Jade Empire Is Free On Origin

BioWare may be all about dragons and space-robots nowadays, but a decade ago they’d set aside their wizard hats and pulse rifles to binge hard on martial arts movies. The result was Jade Empire, from that interesting phase when BioWare shifted from, y’know, RPG-y RPGs, to their more action-focused modern ways. It’s a mess in a lot of ways, but it may be interesting to you. It won’t cost you much to find out, as EA have set Jade Empire free on Origin for a while.

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Booze, Bards, And Ballads: Big Dwarf Fortress Update

An early Christmas present has arrived. On December 1st 2015, one of the largest and most complicated works in the history of the realm known as EarthDwelling received new embellishments. The work known as Dwarf Fortress [official site] has been upgraded by master craftsmen and now contains designated leisure zones, performances and procedural art forms, unique to each civilisation. And that’s not all. Details below.

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Spiderling Is A Free Physicsy Web-slinger

I tend to prefer grappling hooks when they are taut and predictable, but 2014’s Spiderling [official site] wrings satisfying physics puzzles from the springy, sticky web its main character can fire. It’s a free game that runs in your browser and it’ll eat up your afternoon.

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