Posts Tagged ‘free’

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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Digital Horror: IMSCARED Breaks All The Rules

If you’re at all interested in horror games and haven’t already played IMSCARED [Steam Page], you should go and play it right now. The version released on Steam just over a week ago is longer than the free version that you can play on Game Jolt, and I’d be tempted to jump straight into the main course, but the 2012 release is still a beauty.

‘Beauty’ might seem like the wrong word. Even if you’re a fan of retro graphics, and the subtitle “A Pixelated Nightmare” tells you what to expect in that regard, IMSCARED is a grainy and grim beast. The reason I suggest you trust my recommendation and play it right away is that to know too much before starting would be a shame. IMSCARED wants to surprise you and it does some very unusual things to achieve its goal.

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Build Fun Sculptures In Super Sculptor!

Look, it generates the names too, okay.

My career as a sculptor is off to an inauspicious start. Patrons initially enjoyed my forest of green light poles and vision spheres, and beamed when I added video screens, but I started to lose them with the luxury stool. It’s a comment on the viewer, yeah? I added a can of diluted syrup next to the stool. They frowned. I put a gloss rock before the stool and a waving hand at crotch level, because patrons just want to look at something pretty while you wank them off, yeah? I lost them. In spite, I put a violence stick in the hand. The final valuation: Raging War For The Us is worth $5418. I’m a failure. Super Sculptor! [official site] is crushing my dreams, man.

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Have You Played… Mall Quest?

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

Mall Quest [official site] is a special hell, a sprawling vaporwave mall filled with poorly-labelled products, garish decor, and pink fog. In your hands, a shopping list of items you must find and buy so you can leave. This is hell. This is my hell.

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Have You Played… Hernhand?

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

We’ve gushed an awful lot about Bernband, but have you played its fellow waggly-handed walking simulator Hernhand [official site]? The two are companions of sorts, with Tom van den Boogaart (BB) and Jake Clover (HH) riffing off the same idea of exploring an alien city and both citing other as inspirations. They make interesting pals.

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Deliver Calamari To Your Gran In Space: Zunus

Zunus [official site] is the latest short game from Jonathan Whiting, he of BLOODWORM and Traal and Mussel and Sportsfriends and lots of other things. It was made for Ludum Dare and is about delivering calamari to your gran in space while dodging asteroids in a simple, 2D thrust-’em-up.

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