Free games of the week


This week, we enter a book, we fight more skellingtons, we battle a great big fire-breathing dragon, we battle the damn keyboard, and we pay one final visit to the shard. Enjoy!

The Curse of Issyos by Locomalito

Curse of Issyos

Locamalito makes free games with the sort of care, attention and time most would reserve for those sporting a price tag, and true to that, The Curse of Issyos is a big, wonderful thing that's been in development, on and off, for the past five years. You're a fisherman trying to save your daughter from eternal torment in Hades, and in a remarkable coincidence, you also play as such a character in this game. It's an old-fashioned, vaguely NES-y, Castlevania-style platformer, this, and it's pretty great.

Trosor by Ditto


Ditto does Ludum Dare 34 (themes: 'two button controls', and 'growing'). If you know of Ditto, you'll know that Ditto favours colours, cool visual effects, and damn good 'gamefeel', and Trosor has these things in spades. You can shoot, and you can jump in one direction—to switch sides you'll need to make contact with a wall. There's the skeleton of something really interesting here.

Another Dragon by George Broussard

Another Dragon

Another dragon? But I've only just cleaned up after the last one! Yes but this dragon is the star of a fairly gorgeous, short adventure inspired by Eric Chahi's visually cromulent Another World. It's an easy game, but worth the few minutes you'll spend with it—I do like entertainment that doesn't outstay its welcome.

Timruk by Studio Oleomingus


Oleomingus' games are just resplendent with texture, something many devs ignore when constructing their glossy, shallow, frictionless worlds. The latest slice of their mythical larger game is a fascinating little storybook, rife with rich, fictional history from a world that exists Somewhere near our own.

Last Visit To The Shard by Connor Sherlock

Last Visit To The Shard

Connor Sherlock's latest walking sim deposits you in a stark, crystalline landscape, home to oddly tilted structures, tantalisingly distant buildings, and various secret little things. It's a place to just be in for a while: a place that envelopes you in atmosphere and with a comforting, shadowy mood.