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Freeware J-Horror: The Boogie Man Translated

Everyone should have a favourite freeware Japanese horror game. For me, Yume Nikki takes top spot. It's an uncomfortable journey through weird dreamspaces, occasionally too vague and empty to maintain its grip on my nerve-clusters, but never far removed from the next jarring moment of dread. The first two entries in the Strange Men series, from designer Uri, don't have quite the same unnerving charms…

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Freeware Garden: Malleus Goblinficarium

Rarely have I seen a game of such elegant and excellent dice mechanics as those found in Malleus Goblinficarium. Well, not rarely. Never. This deterministic tactical dice-based combat game simply has to be experienced to be fully appreciated, though I do suspect that transferring it to tabletops worldwide would be the wisest course of action.

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Have You Played… Brogue?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. You hear combat in the distance. You feel a sense of loss. You hear something die in combat. Brogue is a freeware roguelike with attractive ASCII graphics, intuitive mouse controls, and monkeys who will steal your heart and your portions.

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Ultima Ratio Regum v0.6.0 Adds Cities, Fortresses, Coins

Dwarf Fortress's development is a joy to follow along with, but its age means that each new update, however large, is designed to add greater complexity and nuance to its simulation, and much of the heavy lifting for its procedural world generation was done long ago. Ultima Ratio Regum aims to be a roguelike crossed with a 4X, and at this stage it's not as…

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Have You Played… Sub Commander?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Sub Commander is a delight: a freeware roguelike set aboard a submarine in which your band of Russian officers are as likely to perish from malfunctioning underwater equipment as from enemy fire.

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IFComp 2014 Ballots Open, Lots Of Unusual Free Games

O, glorious IFComp. The interactive fiction competition has been running since 1995 and at times during those 19 years has felt like the last stalwart keeping the community ticking over. Now the genre is more healthy than its been in a long time, and voting for this year's entries has just begun. Would you like to be Galileo's assistant and sneak his banned book out…

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Freeware Garden: Ghost Wheel?

Freeware Garden searches the corners of the internet to highlight one free game every day. Ghost Wheel? is not an oddly named game, but it is an odd theme for a game jam. The result is a downloadable, freeware bundle sporting nine games, each starring ghosts and wheels in different formations. Walk below to find out what they are called (and what they are all…

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OpenBVE: The Sim Now Approaching Platform PC

The news that Microsoft had abandoned another Train Simulator sequel didn't dismay the entire rail sim community. Many would have been more disturbed had the mysterious code samaritan behind openBVE announced he was walking away. Michelle appeared from nowhere a year ago, declaring he was going to modernise frumpy-but-faithful freeware train sim BVE by rewriting it from scratch. True to his word, he's done just…

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Ski Sunday

While the BBC spends most of its TV licence revenue on overpaying chatshow hosts and making fine nature documentaries, ORF, its Austrian equivalent, prefers to splash its cash on overpaying chatshow hosts and making fine free winter sports games. For years ORF have been dishing out top-notch ski simulators. The latest - Ski Challenge 2009 - lets you slide down six famous European peaks at breakneck…

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