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Freeware Recommendations

From time to time I find freeware games that are interesting and worth a play, but that don’t really warrant a full review.  Here are the latest, all of which are playable in your browser:

Depict1 - When this game starts, I admit I rolled my eyes at the prospect of another indie game with an unreliable narrator/instructor.  They say to go right, you go right and get killed and learn all about thinking for yourself, blah, blah, etc. If you’ve played Loved, you get the idea.  But give it a minute, because this game is actually much better than other games that use that device.  For starters it is simply a really solid platformer that just feels good to play (can’t say the same for Loved).  And the unreliable narrator aspect, rather than being used just to make a point or make you feel stupid, is used almost as a series of puzzles.  You have to figure out what to do based on what the instructor says and the clues you can get from your surroundings.  You get to use your brain a bit to figure out your next move and then also get to use your twitchy platforming skills to pull it off.  I’m glad I gave this game a chance, because it’s a really solid effort from top to bottom.

A Mother in Festerwood - This one is interesting.  You play as a mother with a small child, trying to survive in the area near your house, which is infested with all sorts of monsters. You use the mouse to corral your child.  If you keep him close to the house, he will be safe from the monsters, but he won’t become strong either, which means he’s more likely to get killed once he gets old enough to go out on his own.  But if you let your child run around, he will get experience and level up, and help protect you against horde, but he may venture too far off and get himself killed.  The designer made the game based on how his mother must have felt when he went off for college.

Wicked Rider - This one reminds me a bit of Neon Race which I profiled a while back. It’s still got that Rad Racer thing going on, but now there are other racers with you, and you’re on a motorcycle.  It’s simple but difficult, and has a great sense of speed. I like the way the nitro is implemented and the background visuals are very nice.  This is not going to blow your mind, but it’s fun and worth a play.