TimeEaters: Seven Freeware Games You May Not Have Heard Of (part seven)

The White Chamber (2005, Studio Trophis)

Most of the games on this list are suitable for people of any age, at least in content, with very little actual gore, and no nightmare fuel to be found. However, well-placed gore and well-paced creepiness can do a game good. Sometimes, a game is enhanced by that feeling of dread one gets when one is expecting something at least mildly horrifying to happen at every moment

The White Chamber supplies this feeling, and then delivers the horror, whether it’s severed body parts or some eldritch abomination living in the floor. All of this is made far more potent by the fact that our protagonist has lost her memory and consequently doesn’t know why she is alone on a spaceship.

This is a point and click game, which may be slow paced for some, and the anime-styled characters may not be to everyone’s tastes, but hopefully the effective creepiness of being isolated in space will override these factors.

You will not enjoy this if: You want something quick, you don’t like horror or gore and you want something upbeat.

You will enjoy this if: You like horror and suspense, and enjoy well placed doses of gore.

Available from: http://www.studiotrophis.com/site/projects/thewhitechamber

So, there you have seven freeware games to go and eat your time with. If you have anything to add please do so in the comments.  In the mean time, enjoy matching teddy-bears, killing orcs and finding severed arms in fridges.

Email: elemcee000@yahoo.co.uk

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TimeEaters: Seven Freeware Games You May Not Have Heard Of (part six)

Pickies

There were several games that I passed over for this list, simply because they were untranslated. A couple of downloadable games were both fun and fiendishly difficult, and possessed a sweetness that is endemic to Japanese media. Unfortunately, they were untranslated,. So I tried to find another game with would replicate these qualities without the language barrier.

Also, every game on the list so far has been downloadable, and it does happen to be that many of you, for some reason or another, do not want to download anything. So here is a browser game that mirrors those Japanese games.

Pickies is simple, with a ‘match-three’ style gameplay that you’ve probably played many a time, before. The objects you need to match are a rainbow of cute teddy-bears and these are to be placed into a crossword-like grid, until the needed amount of teddy-bears have disappeared. The difficulty lies in making just the simplest mistake in placing the bears; if the grid fills then a life is lost, and after three lives, the game is over. It isn’t loud or overly complex and can be played on your web browser with a minimum of loading.

You will not enjoy this if: You want something complex, non-cutesy and don’t mine downloading things.

You will enjoy this if: You want something simple yet challenging, and only have the browser available.

Available from: http://www.onemorelevel.com/game/pickies

LMC

TimeEaters: Seven Freeware Games You May Not Have Heard Of (part five)

Battle For Wesnoth (2003, Dave White)

In the amorphous fabric of video game trends, high fantasy runs through it like a shining, everlasting thread of mithril. We could look at the gritty realism of first person shooters and the crime spree themed games in the vein of Grand Theft Auto and its like, then swap the guns for swords, the tracksuits for suits of armour, the scantily clad prostitutes for wood-nymphs and the mob-bosses for robed wizards and somehow, everything is okay again. Even the most grim of scenarios here are merely part of the whole fantasy; a place suitable for a child and, in turn, a reminder of that time.

Battle For Wesnoth is not particularly new or exciting in its execution, particularly, but the fact that it has grown and continues to grow to the point where almost all of the campaigns available are made by its own fans is testament to how undying Tolkien-esque high fantasy is (the original makers of the game in fact stated outright that Lord Of The Rings was the direct inspiration, here). If you are familiar with turn-based strategy games and high fantasy, then you will not find anything particularly innovative or unique. However, this is the game’s charm; there are no bells and whistles to throw you off, this is the deadly, war-torn fairy tale you knew from your youth and it leaves you free to concentrate on devising increasingly complex combat strategies to lead your men/elves/orcs/merfolk to victory. It’s a good specimen of its genre, as well; the graphics are decent, the storylines are clichéd but that doesn’t much detract from the fun, and the music keeps the game atmospheric.

You won’t enjoy it if: You want something speedy, platformy, modern or a mind-screw.

You will enjoy it if: You want something with a challenging level of difficulty and you have hours to spare.

Available from: http://www.wesnoth.org/

Next week, the penultimate game! (On time, next time)

LMC

TimeEaters: Seven Freeware Games You May Not Have Heard Of (part four)

O.E Cake (Softwear.Inc)

Sometimes you don’t need a game to play, but rather just something to mess around with, without any conceivable goal or concept of winning or losing. O.E Cake will supply this. It can be described as Microsoft Paint with physics, giving you the option of creating substances such as water, fire, walls,  and gas among other things, which will behave as they would in real life. The water will splash, the fire will burn, the gas will remain airborn and the walls will…well the walls will stay where you put them (and will block the less solid of the other materials).

With this, you can paint pictures as you would in paint, but you’ll probably begin just by playing with the various materials just to see what they can do.

You will not enjoy this if: you’re looking for a structured game to play.

You will enjoy this if: you would like something stress-relieving to play with; you enjoy paint and its elk.

Available from: http://www.pearsoncoles.com/gareth/oecake.htm

Tune in or….just…log in and then navigate back here next week for part five!

LMC