While there certainly are a variety of blockbuster games being released this month, we don’t all have the cash to splash out the likes of Mass Effect 2 and Bioshock 2. If you aren’t going home to the warm embrace of these AAA bombshells this week, fear not – independent games are always there to gently rock you back and forth and whisper sweet nothings into your ear. Did you come here for analogies that make sense, or for a list of awesome free games?
Notrium falls into the ‘oldie-but-goodie’ category of indie games – if you haven’t played through this one before, it is highly recommended. The game is a top down survival adventure which sees one of the four playable character’s spaceship escape pod crashing onto an alien planet. The game area is divided across a number of zones, each with its own environmental effects on the player, who must explore, collect items, survive, and ultimately escape the planet. The items and graphical sprites are randomly generated, and there is an active modding community, making for a fair degree of replayability.
Karoshi 2.0 is a quirky platformer that quite simply requires the player to find a way to kill themselves. The game is humourous to boot and version 2.0 covers 42 levels – good for an hour or two of entertainment.
Trilby Quadrilogy (4 games)
This series of adventure games revolves around the deeds of master cat burglar Trilby, who finds himself in a number of confounding situations, such as being imprisoned in a mansion by a supernatural intelligence and having to seek out and destroy a soul. The game also explores the supernatural repercussions of Trilby’s actions through instalments set in the future. The series was developed by Ben ‘Yahtzee’ Croshaw of Zero Punctuation fame. In release order they are: 5 Days A Stranger, 7 Days A Skeptic, Trilby’s Notes, and 6 Days A Sacrifice.
Built on the Quake 2 engine, Gravity Bone is a short but sweet first person espionage game that puts the player in control of a hired killer who infiltrates the circles of high society. Not too much can be said to describe Gravity Bone without giving away all the best bits, so just dive right in to explore this unique little game for yourself.
A Tale of Two Kingdoms
A retro styled adventure game in the vein of Sierra and LucasArts classics, A Tale of Two Kingdoms is told in a fantasy setting which boasts five endings, numerous sidequests, usable NPCs, 75 minutes of original music, and even director’s commentary. Sure to satisfy a craving for adventure gaming of yore.
So there you have it – there should be enough gaming goodness packed into this page to keep even the most voracious gamer satisfied for the next few days. Happy gaming!
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