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Brilliant indie game Oikospiel is free to keep for the whole of March

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Oikospiel, which is on our list of the best indie games you can play on PC, is celebrating its second birthday by going free to keep for the whole of March.

It's about a group of dogs making a video game dog opera, and it doubles as a satirical critique of the game industry’s labor practices. It's as utterly surreal as it sounds. "Play as a German Shepherd named Pluto and explore the enchanted climates of planet Earth and the asteroid 433 Eros. Visit an Arctic Ocean wind farm, Kochiri Forest, a computer OS, a cluttered desk, a union-busting prairie in Kansas, a private jet, a flooded city at the North Pole, and many more fevered landscapes," reads the description on its page. That clears that up, then.

The camera is a nightmare to control but, as James pointed out in his playthrough, that's the point. The soundtrack is majestic, and reacts to your actions: it's composed by David Kanaga, who co-designed Proteus, another brilliant indie game.

To say more would be to ruin the constant string of surprises you'll find if you play it, but James' piece linked above is a good starting point if you want to learn more of the nuts and bolts. 

If you want to jump straight in (it is free, after all), then you can grab it over on—you can still pay for it if you like, and any money will go to the international pro-union activist group Game Workers Unite. It usually costs $12.

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.