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Mr Flipper is a free pinball game with one hell of a twist

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(Image credit: Tom Sykes)

Mr. Flipper is one of the strangest games I've come across. One of the most left-field ideas, but implemented wonderfully in a cartoon pinball game that seems to have come from the same neighbourhood as Rocko's Modern Life, and Toejam and Earl (ie, the '90s).

In it, you play as a pinball flipper with the singular power to come alive. To run around on an extremely tall pinball table, chasing after a ball that seems determined to fall to its doom. Your enemies include gravity, naturally, but also roaming monsters, and a steadily rising pool of lava that will destroy the ball if it lingers too long inside.

By flipping between the two modes constantly—normal pinball flipper, and a frantic character running after the ball—you're able to slowly ascend the enormous pinball tower, and reach the even trickier geometry of the upper table. Or, rather, you are if you're not me, and actually good at it.

This is one of those agonising games where messing up even once can cause you to lose minutes of progress. So you'll need a tolerance for frustration to see more than a few metres of this wildly inventive, enjoyably strange pinball game. (Via Warp Door.)

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.