This week's Best Free Games of the Week is brought to you by detachable robot heads, two plastic dolls doing it, a procedural ninja, “these are small, but the ones out there are far away”, a unique perspective on puzzle games, and an even uniquier perspective on science fiction. It's been a particularly good week for free games, and below you'll find the pick of the harvest.
Death. Glitches. Mouse-people with cyber-legs. Dog-people enjoying picnics. It's fair to say this might be the strangest free games roundup yet. If you like jumping, noiring, repeatedly dying or occasionally transforming into a spaceship, you're going to want to read on.
This week is all about creation, destruction, poking around in nightmares and taking on terrifying monsters of the sea. Build a world of blocks (then smash it up) in the beautiful Bokida, hunt the great sea-land-whale in the tense From Hell's Heart, and make use of your dead, blocky body in the clever Transcube. That and more gratis goodness awaits in The Best Free Games of the Week. Enjoy!
Happy new year! Things are pretty darn quiet in the world of big budget shoot the men/drive the car fast gaming, but in the less explosiony provence of indie games, 2014 is already off to a cracking start. If you've quite recovered from the hootenannying and rampant boogie-woogying of New Year's Eve, read on for desert adventures, spaceship puzzle combat, contest-winning dungeon exploration and an art game that is literally about art. Enjoy!
You've devoured all your chocolate coins. You've tired of festive telly. You've grown bored of or broken all your new toys - Christmas is officially over, and the New Year's drunken festivities are lurking tantalisingly around the corner. How to fill the void? Well, you play a bunch of free games, selected by yours truly to minimise the amount of time spent watching Christmas episodes of terrible talent shows with your parents. Read on for titans, bad dreams, digging and darkness, and absolutely no Christmas-themed games. Enjoy!
Christmas is nearly upon us, and what better way to celebrate than by playing a nice story? Playing a nice story about COUNTER-TERRORISM. If that's not up your alley, how about a childrens' classic that's now been preserved for future generations, a first-person find-'em-up featuring everyone's favourite non-dog family pet, a game with a single bullet, or a game that's, like, really freaking hard? Read on to open some of your Christmas presents early – all made by Santa's industrious elves, of course.
Zoom. Wizards. Zoooom. Clothes. Zoooooooom. Sheep. What else is lurking inside this week's roundup of the best free games? It's time to go deeper. Zooooooooooooooooooom. How about a robot-based shoot-'em-up, a camera-based shoot-'em-up, and an isometric mix of Syndicate and Deus Ex? That'll do nicely – now how do you make this camera zoom out?
Parties! Parties are great, as Andrew WK is fond of shouting at anyone who'll listen. You get free food and drink, several free awkward conversations, and a free fridge to hover uncomfortably around while the person you came with saunters off to talk to their friends. If only our parties were a bit more like the ones organised by Major Bueno, and almost entirely revolved around dancing on the spot to hilarious electronic music. This week: notorious partyhound Caesar throws a box social, hip new system the ZX Spectrum gets a roguelike, and a bunch of sailors head to sea to please their king. Glitches and weirdness also await after the break.
Damn near every retailer is holding some sort of mega sale at the moment, but if there's one thing better than cheap games, it's free games, and this week saw a bumper crop of fun, weird titles released for precisely no-monies. Read on for the best piece of theatre I've ever played, a stunning sci-fi glitchfest, theft of the highest order, Driver from Drive's favourite browser game (probably), and a game where oh God what have you done. Enjoy!
Someone somewhere in some capacity probably once said that there's “no such thing as a free lunch”, but as everyone knows they were dead wrong because soup kitchens. If you substitute 'lunch' for 'games' they were even dead wronger, because there are free games coming out of the goddamn walls. We've scoured through all the Slender clones and zombie games to bring you the very best gratis games released over the past week or so. To put it another way: The Free Webgame Round-Up has levelled up. This week: slime, bobcats, vagabonds, knife parties and murder...murder most foul.
This week saw the return of *spit* Bubsy the Bubcat, but not quite in the way you may have been expecting. He's not the star of a misguided Kickstarter project - we've so far managed to avoid the likes of Zool and Cool Spot
and Boogerman - but rather the hero of a fantastic indie platformy thing from the equally fantastic Arcane Kids. This week also features a lot of clicking, a lot of reading, a lot of dying repeatedly, and a lot of fun, free rogueliking - enjoy!
Look at the assorted items up there. A ghetto blaster. A baseball. Bog roll. A saw. Will any of these come in useful when it comes to removing a scorpion from a turtle enclosure without killing the creatures inside? This - like every week - is the question we must ask ourselves, and it's one that has particular resonance to witty adventure game The Scorpion Box. Also this week: tactical bullet management, fussy thievery, a punny take on a platforming classic, and a pretty darn terrifying text adventure. Enjoy!
Fans of shapes are well catered for in this week's roundup, which features all your favourite geometric configurations: circles, rectangles...even the mythical 'triangle'. There's shapes shooting at each other, shapes just trying to fit in, and shapes obscuring deadly drops of doom. There's also a lightly harrowing adventure game and a prototype that sets out to be the antithesis of stealth - the latter featuring our old friend Mr Triangle. Enjoy!
By now you've probably cracked open Candy Box 2 and dined on the delicious lollypops within, so where do you turn to now for your browser-based, free gaming treats? You turn to The Free Webgame Round-Up, obviously, and to our weekly (mostly) collection of the best webgames around. This week: more Candy Box-style clicking, some 70s/80s-esque horror, turn-based shooting, pizza and a kingdom on a horse, not necessarily in that order.
Candy Box has a sequel and it's available to play right now. If you're still reading and a bit baffled, then here's some background: Candy Box was a surprisingly deep (but not that deep) ASCII browser-based RPG released earlier this year. It tasked the player with accumulating candy, and importantly lollipops, in order to conquer a series of increasingly difficult dungeons.
Puzzles, puzzles, puzzles and...not-puzzles – it's a good week for webgames, particularly if you enjoy, y'know, puzzles. Escape Goat shows what happens when a goat and a mouse (and a magic hat) put their wits (and their stitching) together; Olav & The Lute asks you to solve puzzles with sound rather than by merging stuff; Puzzle Script, meanwhile, lets you create your own puzzle games relatively easily. When your brain's suitably worn out it's time to hike home from Burning Man...something far easier said than done. Enjoy!
This week's roundup is all about time. In TIMEframe, your time – in fact, the world's time – is slowly running out, while Speed Warp starts with 0 and goes from there. Other developers have toiled under the challenging conditions of the Indie Speed Run, to create memorable experiences in just 48 hours. It's been a particularly good week for browser games, all told, so be sure to make time in your busy schedule to get stuck in.
An isometric world gradually succumbing to the nothing. A deeper sleep. A nested multiverse and a psychopathic Pac-Man. Dun-dun. Dun-dun. Dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun dun-dun – it's a particularly good week for browser-based indie games, five of which we've collected for you below. Just don't go in the water, OK?
There might be no such thing as a free lunch, but there is certainly such a thing as free lunchtime entertainment. Over the following pages you’ll find a list of the best free indie games on PC – from 20-minute diversions to weekend-consuming, endlessly-expanded strategy epics.
All of the games on this list are free in their entirety. That means no microtransaction-supported free-toplay games and no shareware. We’ve also excluded ‘pay what you want’ games on the basis that developers who give you the ability to chip-in would probably like you to consider doing that. That said, there are always exceptions and you’ll find games on this list that sit in a grey area – normally where there’s a substantial free version with the option of also buying an upgraded paid edition. In these cases, we’ve gone with our hearts. Which is to say that we argued about it for hours.
You've all played SuperHot, yes? Then we can begin. This week's roundup features a utopian paradise, a very punchy sailor, and a couple of dancing secret agents, among other things. Unless it turns out this was all some sort of daymare, you can join me to hear more after the break.