Posts Tagged ‘free’

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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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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Final Girls: Horror Movie Stars Discuss Trauma

Final Girls [official site] is a game about women recovering from trauma. It’s named after a horror movie trope in reference to the last woman standing, and whilst it’s intentionally ham-fisted in its fan-fic-esque delivery – not to mention the caricatured horror/thriller movie hero lookalike cast – underneath lies an important message.

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Crowtel: You’re A Crow Running A Hotel, See

It’s called Crowtel [official site], right, because you’re a crow and you’re working in a hotel. But wait, this pay-what-you-want game has more than a cute pun and a cute crow! They’re also a lazy crow, so the hotel is in an awful state when the health inspector cats come calling. The short platformer will have you fixing toilets, dodging giant balls of laundry, and dealing with slighted skeletons. I haven’t finished it yet, but I will once I finish, you know, writing a news post about it – it’s pretty fun!

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Corpseburg Is Zombie Survival On A Google Map

I live in Bath, England, a Georgian city with an abundance of coffee shops and places to buy hummus, but a real lack of hardware stores. This is a problem when I need to buy nails, but also when playing Corpseburg. It’s a free browser game in which you attempt to survive a zombie apocalypse, the trick being that it’s played upon a Google Map. You provide the starting address, and the locations you’re then looting and dying inside are the real shops, pubs and schools nearby.

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Escape Velocity Successor Endless Sky Available Now

Although not made by members of the original team, Endless Sky [official site] is the closest thing to an Escape Velocity game since the release of Nova in 2002. For those who don’t know Ambrosia’s series, the Escape Velocity games are singleplayer space-based roleplaying fare, sort of like top-down Elite, with all the trading, combat and freedom your pioneering heart craves. They’re excellent and Endless Sky, now available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux, appears to live up to the legacy. It’s free, open source and there are 50+ ships to own and modify as you work your way across the galaxy.

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Tribes! Tribes! Tribes! Earthsiege And Tribes For Free

Say, reader dear, do you like the future? Do you like jetpacks? Do you like mechs? Do you like first-person shooters? Do you like multiplayer with vehicles and bases? Do you like classic series which folks grumble go forgotten too often? Do you like skill-based movement exploiting weird physics tricks? Do you like free video games?

If you answered yes to at least three of those, hie thee to this website, where Tribes Ascend folks Hi-Rez Studios are offering (almost) the full Tribes world o’games for free, from 1994’s Earthsiege through to 2004’s Tribes Vengeance (their own Ascend, of course, being free-to-play anyway).

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Eggscavated: Wonderland Dizzy Found And Freed

You might scoff at the rude ‘tude of ’90s video game mascots, but ’80s icons were weirder. Consider Dizzy, a puzzle-platforming egg with a face, hands, and feet. You may find it difficult to believe, but Dizzy was once so big that he (or a chap in a Dizzy costume) was lined up to present the 1989 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party – and pulled out after being mobbed backstage by a group of egg-crazed teenagers.

Steel yourselves, girls: Dizzy is back. His creators Philip and Andrew Oliver have rediscovered a Dizzy game they never finished, Wonderland Dizzy [official site], and released it finished-up for free.

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Have You Played… Hypnospace Enforcer?

Chasing down KEWLKITTYGURRRRL.

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

Hypnospace Enforcer [official site] is a game I always meant to post about when it came out, but never did for reasons I don’t know. I somehow even managed to talk about it on a podcast, and I try to avoid podcasts and everything. Baffling. Anyway! Made by Dropsy chap Jay Tholen, it’s a short and pleasingly colourful game about policing the highways of Hypnospace – a future cyberzone people go to when sleeping – by chasing perps down the lanes of the information superhighway.

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A Free, Short Roguelike: The Ground Gives Way

The developer of The Ground Gives Way [official site] describes the game as “a coffeebreak roguelike with a lot of stuff”. Having only started playing this morning, when the latest release came to my attention, I can’t vouch for the amount of stuff but I have been enjoying this clever ASCII dungeon crawler. The setup is as simple as the title suggests – you’re walking around minding your own business when the ground falls away and you land on your backside in a subterranean cavern system. There are monsters, there are loads of items to collect and there’s a hefty tutorial to teach you the rules. It’s free.

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The Doctor Who Game Maker Is A Bit Rubbish But Vital

The essential problem with modern Doctor Who – other than its broad abandonment of science fiction in favour of magic did it – is that it’s a show which earns an enormous amount from kids’ merchandise but whose most fervent audience is adult. This creates impossible expectations: to be light and fluffy and full of funny monsters, but to be complex and dark and with long, involved plot arcs filled with secrets and lore. The BBC’s laudable Doctor Who Game Maker project is entirely stranded in that vast no man’s land between ‘y’know, for kids’ and adult expectation. Create your own Doctor Who game – here are easy tools and a ton of official artwork to use as you like, then share it with the world. Anything your imagination can conceive, etc, etc.

The reality: hope you like crude platformers! But I think this is an extremely worthwhile project nonethless.

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Emily Is Away Is A Chat Client-Based Relationship Game

Ah, the good ol’ days of instant messenger. Hours upon end wasted, waiting for that guy or girl you fancied to sign in, before waiting five minutes to initiate conversation because, if 90s rom coms taught you nothing else, playing hard-to-get was the only way to woo the opposite sex. Five minutes later and they’d have signed out again. So many dreams, so many let downs.

Emily Is Away [official site], an interactive story set in a retro chat client, wants to revisit those days of yore/years of torment with its dialogue decision-based branching narrative that spans five chapters across five in-game years.

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You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Bounce: Breaksout

I have played 36 variants of classic brick-blaster Breakout this afternoon. One let me control the ball in mid-air. One combined Breakout with Snake. One drew inspiration from Patrick Swayze’s most famous cinematic moment. One was literally a novel. Breaksout [official site] is a strange and funny thing which is a fine answer to the question “What am I going to dick about with to distract myself this lunchtime?”

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Make-O: Project Spark DLC Going Free, Conker Dropped

Why.

Project Spark [official site] is Microsoft’s latest free 3D create-o-play doodad for making your own games and playing other people’s, but it launched with two irritants: it was exclusive to Windows 8, an OS many people skipped; and it had a fair amount of annoying DLC for its gamepieces and gameprops. Well, now we have Windows 10, which is nicer than 8 at least, and soon all of Project Spark’s DLC will be set free.

Microsoft have announced plans to stop making new Spark bits and turn all the old stuff free. This includes cancelling the rest of that baffling Conker the Squirrel stuff.

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