Sunday, May 13, 2018

Free games of the week

The best freebies from the last seven days.

This week, genres get mashed up, knights take terrible risks, and here's a game that's frankly unbelievabubble. Enjoy!

You are a car, and you're in a dungeon in the aptly named Dungeon Racer: a colourfully silly top-down shooter that certainly does what it says on the tin. It looks great, and when you're picking up shiny gold and shooting baddie machines into tiny bits, Dungeon Racer can feel pretty good to play too. My only problem—and it's a big one, unfortunately—is that the car is damned difficult to control, seemingly requiring teeny, gradual movements to get anywhere, and without bashing into a wall. Bashing into a wall causes damage to your car, and it's the surest way to an early car grave.

Roulette Knight by Four Quarters Team

Roulette Knight is a surprisingly deep and involved RPG where, instead of delving into dungeons, you're bringing the threat to you by loading a revolver, spinning the cylinder, and then shooting yourself in the head. It's never explained exactly why you're doing this, but perhaps it's for the rewards, which can be numerous.

This is a game of Russian Roulette, as the name might clue you in, where you're given experience and cash every time you shoot yourself in the noggin without dying. Levelling up gives you ability points that grant greater health, magic spells and so on, while cash can be spent on better armour, and magic items that will give you boons in battle (hang on, is it battle if you're battling yourself?)

Meanwhile, if the chamber happens to be loaded, you'll lose a big chunk of health or potentially die if your HP isn't at max. The risks increase as you load additional bullets into your revolver, but so do the rewards, with a combo system granting additional cash and experience if you load, say, three bullets into the cylinder and survive the shot. It's a fabulous risk/reward mechanic, supported by a deep loot and levelling system and scrumptious pixel art, and all of that makes Roulette Knight one of the best freeware games I've come across lately.