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It's you versus a giant worm in free sci-fi adventure Fleshworms

(Image credit: Tom Sykes)

Fleshworms. It's a great name for a sci-fi game, if a slightly inaccurate one, as you're only facing one wormy monster here. This is the third entry in Malte Burup's Tales From The Outer Zone series, a bunch of connected, short point and clicks set in a slightly pulpy, vaguely Moebius-y science fiction universe.

Where the first game evoked cyberpunk, and the second was largely a horror game, Fleshworms feels more classically sci-fi, reminding me of Dune thanks to its huge, grossly puckering alien worm. It's a little smaller than the previous games, asking you to escape a single room by solving a few challenging, but not annoying puzzles.

But really it's the short, sharp, punchy story that's the star here. Fleshworms has you playing as, well, a bit of a jerk: a man who boasts of murdering 'savages' and stealing a magical artefact. The ending is hugely satisfying, is all I'll say: a worthy reward for all your labours spent opening the exit.

Fleshworms was made for this year's Adventure Game Jam. You can find a load more, similar games over on the jam site.

For more great free experiences, check out our roundup of the best free PC games.

Tom Sykes

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.