Free Games

The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

A teensy shipwreck RPG, foxes on hoverbikes, the tale of Cyrano and ginormous honker – all that and slightly more awaits you in our regular free games roundup, which this week has been cobbled together out of various public domain words such as “flipbook” and “groin”. I've assembled these words in a (hopefully) pleasing order below, so hop aboard your flying cycle and join me, foxlike after the break.


Splash Damage's Extraction now called Dirty Bomb again

Tom Sykes at

Remember that free-to-play, London-set multiplayer shooter that Blink/Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory developers Splash Damage have been making for the past few years? What was it called...Dirty Bomb or something? No, Extraction, that's it, it's definitely called Extraction now. Well it's just been re/unnamed to Dirty Bomb - for real this time, they pinkie-swore and everything. Whatever it's called, ExDirty Bombtraction is still somehow in beta, and be signed up for over here.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

The night belongs to ninjas, shadowy monsters attempting to eat sleeping children, keyboard-based snogging simulators, momentous jumping, cute wickle robots, and Games That Are A Bit Like Flashback. Now that I've neatly teased all six games that lie in wait beneath the break, it's time for you to brew a hot beverage, and sit down at your desk/sofa/beanbag/hammock to get stuck in. Enjoy!


Fistful of Frags relaunches as standalone game, can be downloaded for free on Steam

Phil Savage at

Here's something that nearly slipped unnoticed from our news noose. Fistful of Frags, the Wild West Source engine mod first released in 2007, recently relaunched as a free standalone game. It was hardly a trial to play before—thanks to the free-to-play Team Fortress 2 providing the SDK base required to get it working. Now it's even easier: just head to its Steam page to download the back-to-basics deathmatch shooter.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

You won't need an unreliable spy camera to play any of this week's free games – your trusty mouse-and-keyboard will serve you well, as always. Read on for slooooo-mooooo acrobatic shooting, precision-timed shmupping referencing Jean Michel Jarre, modern-day Minesweeping in a Puzzle Quest stylee, and yet more low-rez Low-Rez Jam games. Enjoy!


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

It's a packed week for free games this week, what with Ludum Dare and LowRezJam and other stray delights, so let's get straight to business with an excellent visual novel about the ins and outs and mysteries of school life, a 32x32 pyramid game, Tie-dye Unity weirdness, several games that lie beneath the surface (of the break), and the foxiest game you'll play all week. Because *cough* it stars a fox. Enjoy!


The Sun and the Moon: defy gravity in this free momentum based puzzle platformer

Phil Savage at

More cool games have shaken loose from the Ludum Dare tree. The Sun and the Moon is a free (obviously) puzzle platformer in which the puzzles are in the platforms. You play a small, er, dot thing, that can dive beneath the surface of the floating world's platforms. Do so, and your momentum reverses, causing you to 'fall' upwards.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

The world's your oyster in this week's Best Free Games thing, which once again collects the great and the good and the pretty cool of the week's free games releases (or thereabouts), presenting them in a linear order for your consideration. Among other activities, you'll roam a pitch-black cave, feed a cowman a tasty herb, contribute to a massive narrative sandbox experiment, and explore an electronic album from the inside. Enjoy!


Vertico: a free isometric shooter about angry fish in a coral reef maze

Phil Savage at

More from the mammoth stockpile of Ludum Dare 29 entries: Vertico, created by Sebastian Janisz, is an isometric "three degrees of freedom" shooter, in which you dive to explore a vertically stacked coral reef. Along the way you'll meet a selection of ocean critters, and, like any good marine biologist, will shoot them to death. Er, it's for the best—a sinister obelisk is making them angry.


Beneath The City: a free turn-based stealth game inspired by Thief

Phil Savage at

It's been another record-breaking Ludum Dare, with 2,497 games made and submitted for the 29th run of the game-making competition. With so many new games now available to try, it'll take a while longer for the best to be found. Even so, some highlights are starting to surface, of which the turn-based, Thief-inspired Beneath The City is undoubtedly one.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Someone must have asciid for an expansive roguelikey JRPG rendered entirely in textart, as we've received one in the form of the delightful SanctuaryRPG. It's a streamlined and grind-free take on Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest and early Ultima and Things Like That, and if I were to hand out badges in this column it would win the coveted Best RPG Featuring Ascii Slimes award (sponsored by that Ghostbusters ectoplasm I used to love when I was a kid). Elsewhere this week: a serene, freeform farming lifesim appeared, along with two very different platformers at opposite ends of the minimalism/maximalism spectrum. Enjoy!


Architects EP: a free collection of games, songs and general weirdness

Phil Savage at

Tom Sykes correctly identified Architects EP as containing some of the week's best free games, but, as a fan of Braingale's previous Brain Theatre EP, their follow-up project seemed worthy of some extra attention.

Architects EP is another round-up of short-form games from the indie collective, this time interspersed with music albums and a rather charming train-based animation. All of it is available, for free, as a zip file full of weird experiments and inventive prototypes.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Some guy once said that the only certainties in life are death, taxes, the endless geyser of internet anger, and good games that happen to be free. I can't do much about the first three (sorry), but I've cherry-picked the best of the last one and stuffed them into this here weekly column for your edification. Read on for a charming fishing game, a maddening rotational platformer, the world's first beard-based puzzle game (I assume), and a safari adventure starring arguably the greatest predator of all: man a marble. Enjoy!


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

This week saw a surprise new Pixel game, a celebration of unsurprisingly good interactive fiction, several smart games that play around with their boundaries, and the sad news that the wonderful Free Indie Games has posted its last after over two dedicated years highlighting excellent and/or interesting free games across the globe. What better way to keep the fire alive than by playing some clever, profound, beautiful or plain fun free games released over the last week or so? Read on for mirror images, multitasking, words arranged in a pleasing manner, and missing presidential documents that can only be retrieved by shooting stuff. Enjoy!


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Oh, so you like free games, do you? Here, have all the free games in the world. Or at least, quite a lot of them – this week's column has over 100 gratis goodies for your perusal. Read on for a non-dodgy game torrent, some very metal gear, a particularly frightful house, and two other things, the details of which have been withheld for reasons of intrigue. Are you suitably intrigued? Good, then I'll join you after the break.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

This week we sample the highlights of the 7-Day Roguelike and Procedural Death jams, which ran simultaneously a week or so ago. (They presumably did this in an effort to get the whole procedural generation thing over and done with in one fell swoop, so we can get back to the business of painstakingly handcrafting levels instead.) Stick around for vamps, lamps, goats and sliding, plus two bonus games with no random bits at all (well, unless you count the fairly random penis door). Enjoy!


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

It's been a good week for free games, what with Cart Life going gratis (and, indeed, open source), and the Hero's Quest inspired Heroine's Quest – which I've written about previously – unexpectedly appearing on Steam. When you're done playing those, prepare yourself for a ghost ship, a train song, space worms, a goldfishlike, and a game that recreates a famous movie hedge maze. (BUT WHICH ONE?) Enjoy!


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Cyberpunks, cyberjam, cyclopses and co-op collide in the most C-heavy edition of The Best Free Games of the Week yet. So much so, in faqt, that I've now used up all my alloted Qs for the week and have replaqed them with Qs as a result. I hope nobody notiqes. Read on for stealth, kissing, jumping, multi-singleplayer, and a qreepy game about a one-eyed qyqlops.


Dragons and Titans review

Ian Birnbaum at

When Dragons and Titans released last year, the notoriously competitive free-to-play MOBA space was already crowded by heavyweights Dota 2 and League of Legends. To find its own niche, Dragons was designed in Unity to work entirely in web browsers, and launched on Facebook to become the F2P MOBA you could play anywhere.


The Best Free Games of the Week

Tom Sykes at

Well we've avoided global thermonuclear war for the time being, and what better way to celebrate the procrastination of our destruction than by playing some free games released over the last week (or thereabouts)? Read on for SNAAAAAAAKE, dreamy sleepy nighty snoozy snooze, replican not replican't, debris fields and delicious block rotation.