Free games of the week

Stray by rxi

Stray appeals to me—because of course it does—thanks to its curved CRT screen effect and accompanying scanline filter, but there is a bit more to it than the way it looks. It's an enigmatic adventure set in a creepy black-and-white dungeon home to monsters, strange monoliths, and innocent creatures, and while there's really no story to speak of, the atmosphere reminds me of the Zelda series during one of its darker moments.

Fragments of Euclid by Antoine Zanuttini

Sometimes, when I write about a small, really a sketch of a game, I'll note that I hope the developer returns to flesh out the idea sometime in the future. Most of the time, as far as I know, that doesn't happen, but I'm delighted to say that Non Euclidean Room creator Antoine Zanuttini has returned to the concept of his spatially tricksy (but sadly pretty easy) first-person puzzler.

The result is Fragments of Euclid: a bigger, far more involved puzzle game that turns the world on its head, before turning that world on its side, and then asking you to solve puzzles while trying to remember which way up is across several different rooms. It's bloody smart and bloody difficult, is what I'm saying, so if you like your puzzlers to actually, y'know, puzzle you, you're going to find your brain is being seriously tested here.

Climb Fall Repeat by Drew Fletcher

Oddly, I'm reminded most here of the climbing bits of 1960s Batman series, because as enjoyable as I find the endless clambering of Climb Fall Repeat, it kinda looks like you're crawling all over the ground instead. Regardless, this scrolling arcade-style game—where you have to ascend a treacherous mountain while dodging piles and piles of falling boulders—is pretty fun, not to mention pretty, well, pretty, on account of those lovely low-poly environments. (Via Warp Door)

Forgotten by Kira Zingmark

Inspired by a Peter Booth painting entitled, er, 'Untitled', Forgotten whisks you away to Sheffield at the turn of the 19th century, although locals would be forgiven for not recognising this representation, as this shadow version of Sheffield is here rendered in eerie shades of black and white. Explore a world that is at once rural while at the same time frighteningly industrial, and navigate the hazy hinterland that lies between.