This week, I give up. I try to maintain some sort of level of quality in what is, ultimately, a column called 'This week's best free PC games'. But so inundated have I been with requests that I cover one particular monstrosity that, this week, I've decided to get it out of the way. So without further ado, I present to you one of the most outrageously awful first-person shooters there has ever been. Fortunately, backing it up there's a gorgeous art game, a tense platformer, and a game where you can ride a speedboat through the mouth of an angry shark.
This is a good week for those of you who like Pac-Man. Two new interpretations of the classic arcade game lie nestled below - about as far apart in style as you can imagine, but both an inordinate amount of fun. Elsewhere, there's a first-person shooter that has no right to be as enjoyable as it is, and a first-person puzzle game that I'm sort of breaking the rules for. Because it's a game from Valve, and one of my favourite games in the world. You understand, right? Read on for this week's freebie picks...
One of this week's picks - The Night Circus - might be a social game and almost entirely text-based, but its whimsical storytelling and elegant writing had me captivated from the outset. As well as playing this, I've also spent my week collecting raindrops to be scientifically analysed, charging headfirst through scary monsters in tunnels below the Earth's surface, and attempting not to be squished by moving walls while being irritated by a story. Guess what? You can spend the next week doing the same if you read this week's selection of PC gaming freebies...
See that guy right there in the Mexican wrestling mask? He's commanding you to have a read of this week's free gaming picks! And you wouldn't want to mess with him, right? He's from a game called Sake Express Pro Wrestling, in which you punch pandas. Exactly. Elsewhere, you might want to try your hand at solving a murder case, go a bit insane after cutting your finger, or have a shot at saving the human race. Here's your week's worth of free gaming goodness...
It's not often that I play a game and, midway through, realise my mouth is literally hanging agape. It's certainly not often that a free game on the internet makes that happen. Which is why it's been so delightful this week to discover Wonderputt, a game so magical that I've done my best not to spoil any of it in my write-up below. Elsewhere, there's a game about punching people so they'll take your free stuff, a room escape game that riffs on The Wizard of Oz in a troublingly dark way, and a point-and-click adventure drawn in crayon and marker pen. Read on for this week's free PC gaming picks!
This week's big free release sees you being killed by an enormous asteroid. But then it develops into a surprisingly complex game about life and death. It's an ambitious title made for Channel 4, and while it has its problems, it's well worth experiencing. Also this week: low-def survival horror, a nude man searching for his apparently kidnapped girlfriend, and Prime Minister David Cameron going completely bonkers with legal reform. Read on, humans.
Despite a certain tower defense game having gone free-to-play, this week's 'towering achievement' (ha!) is a game about a dog being charged for several counts of murder. Murder Dog IV (even though it's the first game) is exceptionally strange, but once you get into it it's surprisingly invigorating. I love that so many free indie releases seem to fall into that camp. Read on for more information on that, as well as Newerth, Soul King and Alight (In Dreams).
There's some fairly substantial free gaming goodness to discuss this week. Most notable is Dead Cyborg, a fully-fledged 3D adventure game with an oppressive atmosphere to rival the darkest professional releases. Elsewhere, you can manage a sweatshop, shout the word 'balls' at an MP with the name 'Balls', and change the adventure genre from the inside out. Read on for this week's freebie picks.
In this week's collection of free PC games, we explain how you can play Super Meat Boy for free! Well, sort of - and in a way that's well worth checking out. Elsewhere, we've got snakes, robots, werewolves and disgusting, lazy students. Computer games are awesome...
This week's pick of free games mainly sees you either killing or being killed in a bunch of hilarious ways. That's why one of these titles stands out somewhat. Soldiers are Dreamers might be extremely short, and it does at times feel like the setup to a more substantial game - but it's also thoughtful and thought-provoking, which is always a good sign for that type of experimental release. Read on to find out more about that, plus a few more delightful freebies to add to your collection.
As PC gaming's apparent shift towards free-to-play continues, PC Gamer let me write about actually famous games like World of Warcraft. Of course, the indie studios still dominate the free games scene - and so they should, if they're continuing to churn out material of this quality. In addition to Blizzard's MMO masterpiece, this week we have a trio of splendid games from tiny studios. Read on for the best free PC games of the week...
A quiet week for free PC games - pretty much all I could find was something called an ArmA 2 and some sort of war-themed hat simulator. Team Fortress 2 mean anything to you? Apparently that's free now. Luckily, the lineup is bolstered by some gorgeous indie gems.
Another week, another collection of glorious free PC games from around the web. This week's picks are pleasingly varied, from the simple ambience of Revolutions to the silliness of Dinosaur Zookeeper. Read on for five great free games to play right now.
I think my fingers are dead from typing so many words during E3 week. Hasn't it been hectic? Sadly, though, it seems the PC was largely forgotten about by the major players - especially Microsoft, whose Kinect focus meant we PC gamers had rather little to get excited about at their media briefing this expo.
Still, the great thing about being a PC gamer is that we don't need the big guys to provide us with our gaming fun. We have countless hard-working individuals, and ludicrously talented small teams, churning out great games that we can play on our computers for free. Here are some of them.
It's that time of the week again, folks: the time when we all wave goodbye to work for a couple of days, and settle down to play some games. But what if you haven't bought any games recently? What if you'd rather spend your hard-earned cash on getting drunk tonight, instead of shelling out several notes on one of the hottest new releases? Never fear, for PC Gamer's here, with this week's selection of freebies we've found scattered around the internet.
Would you like to join me on an adventure? Good, because that's what the majority of this week's best free PC games have been. It seems it's been a week of indie point-and-clickers, and a handful of them are absolutely worth a play. One was even made by a five-year-old girl, if you can believe it.
Alas, I've only stumbled upon four truly awesome freebies this week, but they're all sure to pass the time quite nicely. Read on for PC Gamer's picks...
Ladies and gents? After almost a year of writing them, I am sad to announce the end of [Month's] Best Free PC Games here at PC Gamer. Sniff.
But hey, look! A new thing exists! So welcome to the first ever roundup of the best free games of the week. Good gracious! These will, as you can imagine, be published weekly. Read on to find out what I've been freely enjoying in the past seven days.
You know what? It's been a hell of a month for free games. Normally, when planning this column, I've to scour the internet high and low to locate some hidden gems. This month, they've been coming out of the walls, man! Special mentions should go to Picaroon, Space Engine and Pragmatica, all of which are worth a look, but read below the jump to find out which titles I've ended up loving the most.
Ah, Spring appears to be upon us. But far from scurrying around outside, lapping up the sun's rays and trying to delude myself that it's warm enough to just wear a t-shirt, I've spent a portion of the month playing all the latest free games on the PC scene. And this month, a trend seems to have developed for unusually complex browser games. The Unity engine: we do love you. Read on for this month's picks!
February's been an interestingly finance-based month for free games. Two of the five picks below involve some sort of economical consideration as their core mechanics - though, in fact, they could hardly be more different. Where one revels in silliness and invites you to try to make a million dollars, the other attempts to show us how easy it is to lose everything and become homeless. A bit like being a games journalist, then. Which is interesting, as there's a game about that, too. Read on for our February picks.