At A Distance

Free PC games are awesome, thanks for reading about them

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Writing a regular column about free games has been one of the most transformative jobs I've ever taken. Buried away in the depths of the internet are some remarkable things, and being able to unearth them, then share them with a huge number of like-minded people, is always an absolute pleasure.

It's also changed the way I think about games, changed the way I write about games, and even inspired me to make games. All this from spending one day a week playing mostly amateur creations then scrawling down some words about what I made of them.

The top 10 free PC games of 2011

Lewis Denby at

With New Year celebrations just around the corner, it's understandable that you might not have time to trawl through our weekly Best Free PC Games archive, analysing every write-up to construct your own top ten list. So, since we understand the importance of ranking free games in order of perceived quality, we've done it for you. Here are PC Gamer's ten favourite freebies of 2011!

This week's best free PC games

Lewis Denby at

This week's best free PC games are reassuringly dark, given that festive merriment has begun to encompass our entire universe. There'll be no Santa hats here, grump grump. Instead, we have games about fear, solitude, ice wolves and Cthulhu. Well, I suppose ice wolves are at least as cold as December. Read on for this week's picks - including a fascinating new title from VVVVVV's developer, and an awesome take on the maze exploration game.

At A Distance: a free co-op game from the creator of VVVVVV

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At A Distance is a co-op puzzle game from Terry Cavanagh, creator of wonderful indie platformer VVVVVV. It's designed to be played by two people on separate, nearby PCs. Each player must wander through a fuzzy environment, messing with everything they come across. Actions in one world will affect the other, and it's up to the players to figure out exactly how through experimentation and shouting. Once the relationship between worlds has been discovered, you and your partner must work together to solve the grand puzzle.

Shacknews reports that the game is now free for everyone. You can download it now from the At A Distance site, where you'll also find instructions on how to get it working. Good luck! Let us know how you get on.