Pikuniku, the adorable game of dystopia and revolution, is free on the Epic Store

The calendar has turned over on another week, and thus the Epic Games Store has turned over on another free game. This week it's Pikuniku, an exploration-puzzle game about strange characters living in a colorful world that's not quite as happy and fun as it seems.

The game's description at pikuniku.net really goes places: "Pikuniku is an absurdly wonderful puzzle-exploration game that takes place in a strange but playful world," it begins, which seems simple enough and a good match for the cute visual style. But then: "Help peculiar characters overcome struggles, uncover a deep state conspiracy, and start a fun little revolution in this delightful dystopian adventure!"

I am curious. And on top of sounding tantalizingly weird, Pikuniku is also very good: We called it "a wonderfully absurd tale of insurrection and kicking stuff" in our 79% review, and it's got an "overwhelmingly positive" user rating on Steam.

Pikuniku is free on the Epic Games Store until October 8. Next week, the freebies will continue with Abzu and Rising Storm 2. For even more giveaways, be sure to keep a watch on our running list of free games you can grab right now.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.