Posts Tagged ‘free’

IF Only: Text Adventures For People Who Hate Guessing The Verb

Emily Short is one of the world’s leading gurus on Interactive Fiction. We’re delighted to tell you that IF Only will be a regular column about the myriad world of IF gaming.

Back in the late 90s, the name “interactive fiction” was applied mostly to parser-based text adventures descended from Zork, where all output was in text and the player had to type commands to proceed. The genre has opened up enormously in recent years, with Twine and other choice-based fiction now often included in IF competitions and databases, and with some players and journalists applying the term “interactive fiction” even to graphical games with 3D environments if they have enough of a focus on story. Contrary to common report, though, this doesn’t mean that text adventures have either gone away or stopped innovating.

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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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