Posts Tagged ‘free’

Have You Played… Activate the Three Artefacts And Then Leave?

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

Activate the Three Artefacts and then Leave [official site] is a name and an imperative. Fly into the giant angular sphere, navigate the twists and turns of seemingly disordered corridors and hidden passages, then get out before the white noise and buzzing bore through your head.

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Kitchen Nightmares: Carrots And Cream

Brendan mentioned Carrots And Cream [official site], but did you play it? No? Then I’ll continue. It’s a free game created during this month’s Asylum Jam, a 48 hour game jam about making horror games free from negative mental health or medical stereotypes. By swapping the asylum for the garden and the kitchen, it offers creeping horror closer to home. It’s deliberately tongue-in-check but is also really quite unsettling. Here’s why.

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Free Loaders: The Undefinable Horror of Carrots

This week’s selection of excellent or otherwise interesting free games features rabid dogs, sharp knives, worms, slime moulds, procedurally generated poops with little smiling faces and, oh yes, a dictatorial owl with severe megalomania.

COME ON IN.

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Crytek’s Dinosaur Island VR Demo Now Dinoloadable

After some foolish experiments in the ’90s left dozens of people dead, scientists have mostly stopped trying to resurrect dinosaurs. It’s fine, don’t worry, now dinofans are only resurrecting them electron-sized within the secure confines of computers. Look at Crytek and their Back to Dinosaur Island, a tech demo with a dino nest safely inside y- wait, what? You have to put on virtual reality goggles and get shrunk down and travel inside your PC to confront the dinosaurs? Reader dear, do not do this – it is not safe.

Crytek today released the tech demo for all to nab through Steam, eight months after first showing it. Do not download it and enter with your cybergoggles. It cannot be safe.

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Roguelove: ADOM Is Now Available On Steam

Ancient Domains Of Mystery (ADOM) [official site] is one of the first things I install on any computer I own or borrow. That’s been the case since I first discovered the game around twenty years ago. Created by Thomas Biskup, ADOM is one of the great traditional roguelikes, a combination of randomised dungeon crawling and a hand-crafted overworld. There are scripted sidequests as well as a Big Plot to follow, and there are oodles of character combinations.

It’s now available on Steam for the first time, in enhanced form. I roguelove it.

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Bellular Hexatosis: Porp & Neotenomie’s Strange Sights

Offer me the chance to step inside one of Porpentine’s worlds and I’d laugh, cry, shed my skin, then run screaming into the woods. I can’t say I’m not curious about her alien landscapes, cruel societies, lost people, and strange loves, though. Good news! New technological advancements mean you can now virtually peek inside 3D recreations and experience emotions in a controlled environment before safely retreating.

Porpentine and Neotenomie’s latest, Bellular Hexatosis [official site], flows like one of Porp’s Twine games but in a shiny 3D world. If you want to help your poorly sister, a spiralling column of liquid, you can leap in now.

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Little Party Is A Warm And Funny Pottering Mom ‘Em Up

I should’ve told you about Little Party [official site] when I first played it in March, but I couldn’t quite find the words. It’s a free potterer starring a mum whose daughter is visiting with her friends for an arty all-nighter, come to your cabin in the woods for inspiration, and it’s delightful. As the end-of-year plaudits approach and I’m thinking about games that’ve stuck in my head, well, it’s never too late to tell you about this.

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All Klei Games Free To Play On Steam This Weekend

If you haven’t been paying attention to Klei Entertainment’s creations for the past few years, you’re missing out on some of the best games in the world. This year’s Invisible, Inc. [official site], recently expanded in fine style, might be the best turn-based game I’ve discovered since I joined the Chess Club all those years ago, and Mark of the Ninja is a completely different but almost equally brilliant rewrite of the stealth genre. All of the studio’s games are free to play on Steam this weekend, starting right now, with discounts should you wish to buy them after having a taste.

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Free Broguelike: Forays Into Norrendrin

Forays Into Norrendrin [official site] is a streamlined roguelike dungeon crawler, perfect to fit between the gobbets of work on your desktop, or long dress-up sessions out in the Commonwealth. It’s similar to RPS favourite Brogue in that it doesn’t use elaborate tilesets to communicate the particular sights, sounds and stenches of its dungeons, relying instead on ASCII figures and lovely snippets of flavour text. It stands out from the pack thanks to heavy use of status effects and exhaustion – it’s free.

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Have You Played… Realistic Kissing Simulator?

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

Kissing? Yeah, I know all about that. I’ve done the best types of kisses. Done them real good. The kiss where you lick their eyeball? Yeah, I’ve done that. The kiss with your tongue up their nose? 100%. The kiss where you lick your own eyeball? Nobody does it better. Yep, as a certified kisspert – did I mention before that I’ve definitely kissed a real not-hand person? because I have – I can confirm that Realistic Kissing Simulator [official site] is the real deal. Have you played it?

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