Archive for the ‘Free Games’ Category

Free Game Watch: Age of Conan (trial)

In what appears to be an attempt to drum up some interest in Age of Conan, Funcom are offering an unlimited free trial to people who sign up before the first of January.

The trial allows players to play all of the content on Tortage Island at no cost whatsoever, but there are catches. For one thing, characters can only reach level 20. Another catch is the inability to use public chat channels, the forums, in-game mail, or trade with others – all in the hope of preventing spam and gold farming. Fair enough, really, for a trial which lasts as long as you want it to – you can even level multiple characters.

Those looking to take up the offer must sign up and, notably, log in (almost certainly meaning a large download is necessary) before January 1.

[Age of Conan Trial via Evil Avatar]

Free Game Watch: Tex Murphy 1 + 2

The kind people over at GOG.com, the classic game download service, want to give you a nice present for the holidays.

That’s why, until December 24, their bundle of the first two Tex Murphy titles, Mean Streets (1989) and Martian Memorandum (1991), is free to download. Weighing in at just 27MB, the adventure titles feature the eponymous private investigator. After “buying” it, you can even grab the game’s manuals and some avatars, as well as a map and detective information chart for Mean Streets.

Oh, and if you already own the bundle? You get a different present!

[GOG.com via Evil Avatar]

Free Game Watch: Tinker

Microsoft’s Tinker is a 60-level puzzle game, previously only available in the Windows Ultimate Extras program, for owners of Windows Vista Ultimate. But as part of the launch of Games for Windows Live’s Games on Demand service, it’s now free for anyone who installs the GfW client.

The game has 15 Live achievements, worth a total of 200 Gamerscore. The gameplay is simple enough, making it accessible to anyone; just guide the cute little robot guy to the exit, by passing obstacles and hitting switches.

[Tinker via NeoGAF]

Free Game Watch: Wallace & Gromit Episode 3: Muzzled!

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The lovable duo, Wallace & Gromit, are 20 years old – A Grand Day Out, the pair’s first outing, was released in 1989. As part of the celebrations, Telltale Games are giving away one of the four episodes of their series, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures, on their website.

The episodic adventure titles were fairly well-received. The episode in question, Muzzled!, received a Metacritic score of 75, and features Gromit, as ever, attempting to foil a dastardly plot.

The deal runs until Monday, November 9, 12:00PM PST. In addition, you can grab the whole series for just $20 ($15 off), and $1.60 of that will be donated to either Child’s Play or Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Foundation.¬† Brilliant!

[Telltale Games via Big Download]

Free Game Watch: Death Rally released for free – download it now

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Remedy Entertainment, creators of Max Payne 1 and 2, as well as the long-awaited Alan Wake, have made one other title: 1996’s classic DOS game, Death Rally. Of all of the classic violent racing games, this is my favourite, and I actually play through it whenever the mood hits me every couple of years.

The game sees you earning money through top-down racing, winning money via cash pick-ups, winning, and even destroying other racers. This money can be used to purchase new cars, upgrades such as engines, tires, and armour, as well as buying rocket fuel, land mines, and spikes for each race.

The game has a cheeky sense of humour. As you progress through the rankings of characters (including Duke Nukem – seriously though), the action gets more intense. Eventually, you will race the Adversary. Good luck with that.

There’s no question that you should download this game. At 42MB and $0.00, it’s a must-play. The game has been ported to run on modern Windows computers.

Note: Remedy’s servers are currently slow. Also, Hellforge’s version was corrupt when I downloaded it.
Update: Use FileShack here instead.

[Remedy via Hellforge via @goodgaming]

Free Game Watch: Fable II Episodes – Episode 1

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The first episode of the 5-part Fable II Episodes – the downloadable release of Fable II – is freely available to all Xbox LIVE members today.

While technically not a demo, the hope is obviously to attract new players to the title. It is unknown when the subsequent chapters will be released, and pricing is similarly a mystery. However, all progress made in this episode is compatible with the game’s retail release. The 2GB file is available for download at the link below.

Met with both critical and popular acclaim, the Game of the Year edition is also a possibility for those without the patience to wait for future episodes to drop.

Fable II Episode 1
[Major Nelson via Joystiq]

Free Game Watch: The Shivah

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Today marks Yom Kippur, one of the holiest Jewish holidays. To celebrate  the occasion, indie developer Wadjet Eye Games, perhaps known for Emerald City Confidential, are giving away their point-and-click adventure title The Shivah.

For your copy, visit their website and purchase the game, using the coupon code ‘FreeShivah’. A note of warning: The email containing my download link (90MB) turned up in my spam folder. The download links only remain active until midnight tonight. Use the Secure Credit Card option, as it won’t actually ask for a card number.

While short (apparently 30 minutes to 2 hours), the game has won a number of awards – and the price is hard to argue with.

Wadjet Eye Games
[via McBacon at NeoGAF]

Free Game Watch: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1 – Launch of the Screaming Narwhal

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In celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, Telltale Games are giving away the first chapter in their episodic Tales of Monkey Island series. Launch of the Screaming Narwhal is the first of 5 episodes, the third of which is only 10 days from release. The full Tales of Monkey Island series is also available today for $29.95, a $5 discount. These deals are available until midnight PST today.

The Monkey Island series is one of the most renowned adventure series, known for its humour and quality. These episodes are the series’ first foray into 3D, and have so far been well-received by fans and critics alike, with Metacritic scores of 79 and 76.

Unrelated to Telltale Games, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition is available at Steam this weekend for $5, a 50% discount.

Update: Those who have already subscribed to the Tales of Monkey Island season pass instead receive a coupon to receive any Telltale Games episode free of charge.

Free Game Watch: Sins of a Solar Empire & Speedball 2: Tournament

Update 2: What a bloody mess. Anyone who did get a Sins key out of this: “They” are apparently de-activating all keys obtained through this promotion.

Update: Sorry, all. They’re all out of Sins keys, but Speedball keys remain up for grabs.

CD-Action, a Polish gaming magazine / website, seemingly have a lot of copies of Sins of a Solar Empire to give away. The same publication previously gave away copies of Speedball 2: Tournament – and still appears to be.

Bargain-hunting blog SavyGamer has all the details, with the Sins of a Solar Empire key working on Impulse, and the Speedball 2: Tournament key working on Steam.

Sins of a Solar Empire, the 2008 “RT4X” (Real Time Strategy eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) game from Stardock, was met with critical acclaim, as reflected in the game’s Metacritic score of 87.

On the other hand, Speedball 2: Tournament received middling reviews, averaging out at 62 on Metacritic. By French developers Kylotonn, the game has fairly low production values. I’ve played it, and for free, I guess I can’t complain.

[SavyGamer]