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Hello and welcome back to Free Games Friday, your source of all things free. It’s been quite awhile since I posted one of these, so I’m coming back with a vengeance with 9 brand spankin’ new games for you to enjoy.

 

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So I was going to do a halloween themed week, but little known fact about me (or possibly a well known fact) is that I’m not very good with horror games. So that didn’t happen. I did decide to give you guys at least one horrorish game, which is this very well done 3D remake of a classic title: Yume Nikki. This game falls firmly into the “surreal” category, as you wander through the dreams of a young girl, collecting various effects and exploring the world within. While not a true horror game, the combination of the music and visuals serve very well at giving off an uneasy feeling, and you’ll keep going, wonder what awaits you around the next corner. This game can be downloaded by following the link here.

 

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This next game is a fun and somewhat random point and click game called The Scorpion Box. In this game, you have a turtle in a little box, and inside the box is a scorpion. Your goal is to retrieve the turtle and find a way to dispose of the scorpion without getting killed. With multiple endings and solutions, this one is sure to keep you guessing. You can play this game here.

 

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Next up is a puzzle game known as Flying Kick. The goal of this game is to make it to the door at the end of every level. Your only method of travel is by… well, flying kicks. You have to use your limited movement options to make your way to the door, usually by stacking items and avoiding traps. This game can be played here.

 

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Finally, The next set of games are kind of interesting. These games all utilize the same save file, under the program known as SHARECART1000, a game designing program that allows you to make some fun and fairly interesting games. I’ve only tried a couple of the games from these so far, but what I have played is really fun, and they are certain to add more games as time goes by. Do be warned though, due to all games using the same save file, you are require to have all your games in the same place. So just remember that when you extract the games, to put them all in the same folder. You can see all of the games that are currently out here, and they are sure to add more as the days go by.

 

 

That’s all there is for this week, hope you come back another time for some more free games.

We all have our favourite games. We all like different games for many different reasons. Whether it’s for the amazing story, the awesome characters, the super tight controls, or just because it entertained you, each game you have played has impacted you and the way you choose which games to play. This is my list of my top 10 favourite games of all time, for now. This list will use the traditional top 10 format, only games I’ve played (duh) and only one game per franchise.

 

I would put the honourable mentions here, but doing so would give away parts of the list ahead of time, so I’m going to put them at the end.

 

10) The Legend of Dragoon

Starting off the list is a cult RPG classic from the PS1 era, The Legend of Dragoon. I was introduced to this game on two separate occasions, but it wasn’t until the second time that the game really stuck with me. The first time I saw this game in action was when I was visiting my cousin, and he was playing the game. The second time was through a very good friend of mine, and it was this time that I played through the game myself. Legend of Dragoon was nothing like any RPG I had played up to that point. With it’s unique combat system, interesting characters, and engaging story, this game had my attention right from the opening cutscene. It had it’s cheeseball moments here and there, mainly in the cutscenes, and in some of the voice acting, but the overall package was enough for me to overlook those. A classic title that is deserving of my number 10 spot.

 

9) Bayonetta

This spot was a tough decision. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to put Bayonetta or Devil May Cry 3 here, as they are both extremely fun games with an intuitive combat system and interesting characters. I eventually decided on Bayonetta for one reason: it’s over the topness. Bayonetta took the DMC formula and ran with it, and kept running. Each level manages to out do the previous level in terms of scale, with the bosses spread out through the game being absolutely gigantic. Most of them don’t even fit on the screen most of the time! On top of all that, add in the title character and her cast of supporting characters, all of which have various complexities and nuances to them, and you have a fun game that isn’t afraid to venture into the absurd, and my spot for my 9th favourite game.

 

8) The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

 

And here is the obligatory Zelda mention. This game is fairly low on the list because it hasn’t aged quite how I hoped it would have, but it also had to be on this list because this was the first game I ever beat on my own.  I don’t feel like I really need to say much here, everyone more or less knows this game, everyone knows why it’s good, and anything I would say here has already been said a million times.

 

7) Terranigma

 

This game on the other hand, I could talk about forever. This entry is a bit of a sentimental one. I stumbled across this game when I was about 13 years old, which was an extremely difficult time of my life. I managed to find some solace in this game, and to this day I can still remember most of the details despite only ever playing through it fully one time. The characters are very unique and interesting, the story is very complex and compelling, and will keep you invested all the way through. Also the main character uses a spear as their main weapon, which was a fresh departure from the usual heroes wielding swords cliche that is present in many RPGs. You would only be doing yourself a favour in playing this game.

 

6) X-Men Legends

 

Continuing the trend of RPG games on this list, this game is here purely for the fun factor. Being able to build your favourite four person team from a diverse X-Men cast, each with their own uses and abilities, was extremely fun. The story wasn’t anything to write home about, but the combat system and the sheer variety of characters made this game notable enough for me to remember it years after playing it. It also had a great deal of replayability thanks to it’s wide cast, as well as the fact that many characters had alternate outfits you could unlock. A fun experience all the way through, this game doesn’t quite make the top 5.

 

All of the top 5 are in my list mainly for one or two moments in the game that had an extremely big impact on me as a gamer, so from here on out there may be some spoilers. This is your one and only warning.

 

5) Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

 

Taking the number five spot is the story of Big Boss, in the prequel to the original Metal Gear Solid game, which has since developed it’s own franchise basically. While I enjoyed MGS 2, it wasn’t exactly what I was expecting as a follow up to the classic that was the original MGS. Making the third game a prequel was a smart move on the part of the developers, and they sure as hell delivered. There was three moments in this game that I can still remember to this day, which is why this game is in this spot. The first one was the boss fight against The End, an ancient and legendary sniper who more or less (in the world of MGS) pioneered the art of sniping. In your battle with The End, it’s just you, him, and a wide expanse of forest. Using your wits and your own trusty sniper rifle, you are pitted one on one against one of the most memorable bosses in the entire franchise. I spent a good 3 hours on this fight the first time I played through the game, and I even went so far as to make a separate save file just so I could fight him any time I wanted.

 

The second moment was the “fight” with The Sorrow, the ghost of a spirit medium who passed away prior to the events of the game. He shows up at various parts in the game, usually as a sort of guide, but the moment that sticks out the most for me, and I’m sure many other people who played this game, was the scene in the river where he brings back the spirits of every single person you killed in the game up to that point. It was an extremely unsettling and eerie scene, and one that I wasn’t expecting at all. It really made you think on your actions, and gave some send of responsibility for the countless guards you may or may not have needlessly slaughtered on the way.

 

The final scene that stuck out was the final battle against The Boss, your mentor who you believe betrayed you. I won’t go into too much detail on this one on the off chance that there is someone out there that doesn’t know the details behind this battle, but those of you who have played the game know exactly why I mention it. And if you don’t this scene alone is worth playing through the game.

 

4) Shadow Of The Colossus

 

There is precisely one moment that hooked me on this game. After sitting through a 15 or so minute cutscene, you get on your horse, and begin to travel the expansive, beautiful, empty landscape. You go towards where the guiding light of your sword points you, and come across a sheer cliff. Having no other direction to go, you begin climbing it, serving as a little tutorial as you climb. Then, as you reach the top, you hear those thunderous footsteps, followed shortly afterwards by your very first sighting of one of the many Colossi you will face throughout the game. And that was the exact moment that I still remember the most vividly to this day. That one moment, of seeing that first Colossi, and figuring out how to take it down, is the biggest reason why this game rests so high on this list. Because if it wasn’t for that single moment, I wouldn’t have continued the game, and I wouldn’t have gone on to experience one of the greatest games that I had ever played.

 

3) Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core

 

Apparently I just really like prequels. In this prequel to the classic RPG Final Fantasy VII, you play as Zack Fair, the mentor and friend of fan favourite (or unfavourite, depending on where you are on the scale) Cloud Strife. Anyone who has played the original game will know how Crisis Core ends. And it is precisely for that very ending that this game is my 3rd favourite game of all time. I enjoy when a game can make me feel emotional. When a game can tell it’s story so amazingly well that it causes me to tear up, I will instantly appreciate that game. The ending of Crisis Core achieved that in spades, and it did so in such an amazingly heartwrenching way, that it didn’t even matter that I knew how the game was going to end before I even went into it. I don’t want to go into too much detail, as you really need the entire experience of the game to understand the impact, but anyone who hasn’t played this game and was a fan of FFVII, you owe it to yourself to play this game.

 

2) Okami

 

Taking the runner up spot is another cult classic title, though it’s probably a bit more popular now thanks to the inclusion of the lead character Amaterasu in Marvel vs.. Capcom 3. I really wasn’t sure what to expect out of this game when I first picked it up. I was a little late to the party on this one, as I didn’t play the game until some time after the game was released. This entire game was memorable to me, and it all culminated in it’s final boss. In the marathon of a final boss that was Yami, everything you have done in the game up to that point is driven home in the climax. The final battle starts with you losing all of the powers you have accumulated to that point, and you have to slowly earn them back. As you regain access to your powers, the battle becomes more and more engaging and frantic, until you reach the final form, when you regain the first ability you had in the game, the ability to make the sun rise, and engage in one of the most epic boss fights in video game history, set to one of the most triumphant video game themes ever composed. Once again, if you haven’t played this game, you are only doing yourself a service in doing so.

 

1) Chrono Trigger

 

Anyone who has known me for any amount of time saw this one coming, but for those of you who don’t know me, Chrono Trigger is my favourite game of all time. I have beaten this game more times than any other game I have every played, and I have owned it on every single console it has been released on. This game is single-handedly responsible for me becoming as much of a gamer as I am today. Before this game, I played video games, but I didn’t really think about them all that much. After playing Chrono Trigger, I was a different person. I know that is kind of clichéd to say but whatever. The characters, the music, the story, the bosses, the numerous endings (both serious and silly), the time travel, everything that this game did was excellently executed. It went at a nice, unfrustrating pace with little filler, to the point where even the side quests were actually relevant to the overall scheme of the plot. If I was told I had to chose one game for the rest of my life and only be able to play that game, I would choose this game without hesitation. To sum up, the one moment in this game that made me love it and warrant putting it on my top ten favourite games of all time, is the entire game. From the moment I picked my lead character’s name, right down to the final line of the credits, there was not a single moment in this game that I do not love.

 

HONOURABLE MENTION: My honourable mention for this list is Radical Dreamers, the first sort of sequel to Chrono Trigger, which also became the foundation for what would become Chrono Cross. If not for the one per franchise rule, this game would have been right between Crisis Core and Shadow of the Colossus. While it was never released in North America, there are ways to get a translated version of this text based adventure, and playing this game gave me a better appreciation for the franchise as a whole.

 

That’s my list, I hope you enjoyed it. I apologize for disappearing for a couple of weeks, I hope that this will make up for it and I’ll be back next week with a super super sized edition of Free Games Friday.

Free Games Friday

Duckie —  18/10/2013 — 2 Comments

Welcome to Free Games Friday, your source for free games. I missed last week and I have no reason or excuse for it. However, to make up for this, I will be giving you four games to play, two of them are download only, and two of them you can play right on your browser.

 

The first game is a cute little puzzle game that’s part Bomberman, part block puzzle. In Explod (which I couldn’t find or make a decent image of, sorry), your goal is to get to the exit, signified by the big black door. However, there are walls in your way that prevent you from just walking straight to them. Thankfully, you have some bombs around you, which are more than enough to take care of those pesky walls. Lighting a bomb will start a brief visual countdown, which only moves when you do. The bomb will explode once the fuse reaches the bomb, destroying any walls it’s touching, or lighting another bomb if it gets caught in it’s explosion. You have to navigate your way through the levels, getting to the entrance while avoiding the bombs yourself, or else you’ll be killed. You can find this game here.

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Game number two is called Baron’s Gate. This one is a sidescrolling Shooter/RPG/Platformer type of deal, where you play as a soldier with a bow. As you progress through the levels, you will find new equipment to use, which have a variety of abilities and the like, from poison arrows to ice arrows. At the end of many of the levels you will fight a boss, which provide a greater challenge and test your skills and equipment up to this point. Be warned though, this game is tough. If you’re looking for a challenge, then you can find this game to play here.

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Third up today is a Japanese title, known as Metal Shinobi Assassin. In this Contra/Metal Slug clone, you play as a… well, metal shinobi assassin. Armed with weaponry way advanced for the era, you plow your way through various enemies, dodging bullets and killing to your hearts content. Much like it’s inspirations, this game is fairly unforgiving, but it’s all good fun. This game can be downloaded here (just click the big blue link).

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And finally, my personal favourite game from this week’s list of game, Null Divide Plus. In this top down shooter, you play as a spaceship pilot who is running low on supplies, and comes across a seemingly abandoned space station, which you scout out for fuel and other supplies. You are given a free range of motion within each level, where you have to find various upgrades as well as 3 colour coordinated keys, which allow you to access other areas of the level, and you can only face the boss if you have all three. With fun puzzles and a challenging difficulty curve, this game is sure to keep you entertained. You can download the game here.

 

And that’s all folks, see you next time for more Free Games Friday.

It’s time for Free Games Friday, ignoring that this is being posted very early Saturday morning. Today I have three (!) games for your enjoyment.

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I’m kind of cheating on this first game, because it’s actually a two for one. Enough Plumbers is a puzzle platformer that pays homage to everyone’s favourite princess saving plumber. In this game however, any time you touch a coin you spawn a new plumber, until eventually the screen is filled with them. Using these various bodies, you have to navigate the various challenges, reaching the flag. It’s extremely fun and a lot harder than it sounds! You can find the first game here, and the recently released sequel, Enough Plumbers 2, is right here.

Speaking of princesses….

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Sorry Mario Bros. takes the concept and flips it on it’s head, giving the damsel in distress the ability to jump, and thus allowing herself to rescue herself. Recreating three of the original Super Mario Bros. levels, this time you play them in reverse. While the game isn’t perfect (it was created over the course of two weeks), it’s a fun experiment in taking old games and flipping them on their head, which has become almost a genre in itself. This particular game can be found here.

Finally, how’s your math skill?

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This final game doesn’t really relate to the other games, but it’s just too good for me to not post as soon as I possibly can. In this game, named The High Road, you play as a janitor. The place where you work (I haven’t beaten the game yet so I don’t know very much), which appears to be some form of insurance agency, has been devastated on the inside. You travel through the building, trying to determine what happened (while cleaning up some of the mess along the way). Featuring a cast of fairly interesting characters, and a math based (yes, you read that right) combat system, this is an extremely interesting and fresh take on the RPG genre. If you’re a fan of RPG games, then you should enjoy this one, even with it’s strange and unusual combat system. You can download the game here.

That’s all for this week folks, tune in next week, where I’ll hopefully be on time.

Welcome back to Free Games Friday, your source for well… free games. Today’s games are from the Ludum Dare, a game design competition where people are given 48 hours to make a game. Currently on Ludum Dare 27, with a theme of “10 seconds” these games are meant to be quick and fun to play, so once you’re done with these games I post here, I urge you to go to the Ludum Dare homepage and try out some of the other fun and interesting entries. These were just my favourites that I played.

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Game number one is a bit of a somber entry. You work as a transcriber at a series of executions (in this case three) and you have to record the last words of the people being executed. However, your only method of hearing them is through an old one-way radio, which occasionally cuts out, making it so you have to fill in the blanks sometimes. This game is not perfect by far, but for a 48 hour effort I see a lot of potential for this game, and hopefully the developer will expand upon this and make a full fledged game, since I think he’s got a potential hit on his hands. You can play the game online or download it from the Ludum Dare entry page here.

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The second game in the entry is called NXTWPN10, and is an enjoyable experience for pretty much the exact opposite reason as Last Words. In this game you play a small space ship, using the WASD keys to move and the mouse to aim and fire. You go through several rounds, all of which last ten seconds. If you defeat all of the enemies on the screen, then you get bonus health, but you only need to survive the round to win. Every round you are given a new weapon, some of which are admittedly better than others. A small warning on this game though, as there is quite a bit of flashing, so be warned. You can find the link to play this game online at it’s Ludum Dare page here.

Once again, feel free to check out other entries from the Ludum Dare, and chances are I’ll be highlighting some of my favourite games when they eventually do Ludum Dare 28. For now, enjoy playing and see you next week.