free games you should totally play

FreeCiv available in HTML5 browsers, worldwide productivity plummets

Ian Birnbaum at

FreeCiv has been in development since 1995, but that doesn't mean it’s stuck in the past. Everyone’s favorite not-Civilization nation-builder is now playable in browsers and on mobile devices so you can fully lose every waking moment enjoy multiplayer games anywhere you go.

Cardinal Quest is free for a day

Owen Hill at

Turn up the volume and click play. That's how all video games should sound.

Cardinal Quest - the roguelike from Ido Yehieli - is free to download today. It normally costs $4.45/£2.87. To download use the code and URL Ido tweeted earlier today. Feeling short on bandwidth or hard drive space? Try out a demo version of Cardinal Quest on Kongregate or Ido's own site.

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The Cat and the Coup: free, fun and beautiful documentary game about a CIA-funded coup

Graham Smith at

The Cat and the Coup is a free documentary game in which you play the cat of Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh, the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Iran. It plays like a simple physics puzzle game, it looks like a storybook with artwork inspired by Persian miniatures, it features music by Nine Inch Nails, and if you give it just 15-minutes of your time, it'll teach you the story of a really fascinating period of American and British history involving communist paranoia and a CIA-funded coup d'état.

A video, screenshots and some thoughts below.