Ib (windows & Mac): http://www.vgperson.com/games/ib.htm
Ib is a 2D, RPG Maker, horror game. You play as a girl going to a new art gallery, where you are trapped in a demonic world where the artist’s creations come to life. The game consists of many difficult puzzles and some heart-attack jump scares.  Some of these puzzles give me the thought “how on the living Earth are we supposed to know that?” Well, the answers are hidden pretty well. This game also contains many different endings, all dependent on your choices. Play this game and see what ending you’ll get!

*Drum roll*

The results are in!
First prize goes to http://hat-dance.tumblr.com/ #2619
Second prize goes to http://williamhatner.tumblr.com/ #2368
Thrid Prize goes to http://whokilledrubytuesday.tumblr.com/ #31
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I’ll be sending asks to each of you asking for a steam name and the desired games. To iterate once again, first place gets to pick first, then second, then third. 

P.S. If I do not hear from one of the victors within the next 48 hours, they forfeit the prize, and a new winner will be selected.

Giveaway over!!!

Winners will be announced tomorrow! 

Extreme Exorcism (Browser)http://www.kongregate.com/games/goldenrubygames/extreme-exorcism
Extreme Excorsism is a 2D platform-oriented battle arena that pits you against your former ghost selves. You use upgrades to defeat the ghosts, but as soon as you defeat them, the person you used is added to their ranks, along with their upgrades. This makes the game more and more complicated and difficult over time, until you become overwhelmed and die. An easy-to-learn-difficult-to-master game, this game brings a concept to the table that I could eat for thanksgiving. Terrible puns aside, I highly recommend you check this game by Golden Ruby Games, as it’s a freeware gem that shouldn’t be missed.

Façade (windows, osx): http://www.interactivestory.net/
Façade is one of the most unique games I’ve played. It is an interactive story game, where you are a character. You are able to input almost anything you want, and the others will respond to whatever you say. The point of the game is to go through the dinner without getting kicked out for being too crass. Everything you say will change the outcome of the end. Weather you side with one character or another is completely of your volition. I love this game, because it really has a nice story progression, and each play through, though similar, has very unique outcomes. Try it out, and let me know what you think!

Burn It Down (windows)http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/burn-it-down/18465/
Burn it down is an interesting beast. While one of my more difficult and unforgiving platforming experiences, it kept me coming back. Perhaps it was the ominous setting and mysterious character. Maybe it was the interesting jumping mechanic, where every long jump requires a running start. It could be it’s because I like the challenge it presented. If it was for any of these reasons, it’s still a great game to check out. 

OH MAN IT’S A GIVEAWAY
To celebrate the spirit of free games, I am doing a game giveaway. Because, really, what’s a free game blog without a game giveaway?HERE ARE THE PRIZES
Limbo
Spelunky
Hotline Miami
Alice: Madness Returns
The Alan Wake Franchise
Don’t Starve
Darksiders
Darksiders II
Natural Selection II
Amnesia: The Dark Decent
The Walking Dead
Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons
Home
Miasmata
The Swapper
Closure
140
Dead Rising 2
HERE ARE THE REWARD TIERS:
Three winners will be selected via a random number generator once the giveaway is over 1st Prize: You get the FIRST PICK of EIGHT of these wonderful games
2nd Prize: You get the SECOND PICK of SIX of these amazing games
3rd Prize: You get the FOUR REMAINING GAMES
HERE ARE THE RULES:
Likes and Reblogs both count as entries, giving you two whole chances to win.
The Giveaway lasts till NOVEMBER 25, 2013 @ 10:00 PM PST
You don’t have to be following me, but check me out; you may see something you like.
You must have a steam account so you can receive said games (kind of why it’s a steam giveaway.)

OH MAN IT’S A GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the spirit of free games, I am doing a game giveaway. Because, really, what’s a free game blog without a game giveaway?

HERE ARE THE PRIZES

  • Limbo
  • Spelunky
  • Hotline Miami
  • Alice: Madness Returns
  • The Alan Wake Franchise
  • Don’t Starve
  • Darksiders
  • Darksiders II
  • Natural Selection II
  • Amnesia: The Dark Decent
  • The Walking Dead
  • Brothers: a Tale of Two Sons
  • Home
  • Miasmata
  • The Swapper
  • Closure
  • 140
  • Dead Rising 2

HERE ARE THE REWARD TIERS:

Three winners will be selected via a random number generator once the giveaway is over

1st Prize: You get the FIRST PICK of EIGHT of these wonderful games

2nd Prize: You get the SECOND PICK of SIX of these amazing games

3rd Prize: You get the FOUR REMAINING GAMES

HERE ARE THE RULES:

  • Likes and Reblogs both count as entries, giving you two whole chances to win.
  • The Giveaway lasts till NOVEMBER 25, 2013 @ 10:00 PM PST
  • You don’t have to be following me, but check me out; you may see something you like.
  • You must have a steam account so you can receive said games (kind of why it’s a steam giveaway.)

SCP - Containment Breach (windows)http://www.scpcbgame.com/
Words cannot describe how much I fear this game. For those of you who don’t know, SCP - Containment Breach was based on a large collection of creepy-pastas (found here: http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-series).  This game brings a lot to the table. Multiple unique enemies and obstacles , an extremely unique blinking mechanic, and a giant base of additional stories, make this game simply fantastically horrifying. While the game is very fun (for you horror enthusiasts out there), it is very hard, even unfair at times. But that is a small price to pay for an amazing horror experience and innovative gameplay to boot. Tell me what you think of this game, I’d love to know!

Swift*Stitch (windows, osx, linux, ios)http://swiftstitch.sophiehoulden.com/
Swift*Stitch is a game “about going fast, taking the right route and trying not to crash into stuff.” This game that was a paid game, went free after the developer decided she didn’t need the revenue. You control a little arrow with a two button control scheme, only able to change into two different directions at a time. This game gets me nervous, as it’s fast pace and different mechanics leave me sometimes flabbergasted, and I love it. Its challenging, but not punishing. Try this out, and let me know what you think!

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Persist (browser): http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-26/?acti%20on=preview&uid=11391
Persist is an adorable little platformer I played a while ago that goes of the mechanic of losing your abilities over time, making how you go through puzzles and control the character different. Losing everything makes it a challenging experience, and from my opinion a very interesting concept in terms of design. Try this out and let me know what you think of it!

Collapse (browser)http://www.puzzlescript.net/play.html?p=6877455
Collapse is a 2D puzzle-platformer (I think?) made with PuzzleScript. It’s certainly different, and offers a unique challenge that I struggled with. All the while, adding snippets of dialogue that make you wonder what you really are, and why you want that flower. Go try it out!

Naya’s Quest (browser)http://terrycavanaghgames.com/nayasquest/
Naya’s quest is an isometric platformer that boggles the mind. The game mechanic is the scanner, that allows you to see what truly is below and next to you, instead of what your eyes think they see. The ambiance is mesmerizing and ominous, and the aesthetic seems adorable but sinister. Go try this out, it’s worth the play through. 

Don’t Look Back (windows, osx, ios, browser): http://distractionware.com/blog/2009/03/dont-look-back/
Don’t Look Back is a short 2D platformer-shooter created by Terry Cavanagh. It’s completely without dialogue, but still delivers a beautiful little story that resembles that of Orpheus from Greek mythology. It’s a little difficult, but I did not find it a problem and enjoyed my entire play through. The music is brilliant, and sets up an ominous tone. I loved this little gem, and recommend it to anyone.

Freeware Developer Spotlight: Terry Cavanagh

Terry Cavanagh is an indie game developer based in Cambridge, England. His more recent popular games include VVVVVV and Super Hexagon. But beyond his games that he sells, lies the games that he has made for anyone to play for free.

Cavanagh serves as a constant reminder to me that games are always more about aesthetics than graphics. Each game encapsulates a look that sets you up for just what you are going to play. The mechanics, colors, and general game play synchronize so perfectly, I absolutely love it. These games accomplish this without any high resolution images, usually focusing on low-bit assets.

One other theme I see a lot of in his games is deeper meaning. Each game has a mysterious way of making the player think. I love this effect, especially in Cavanagh’s games, because they each deliver a different message. Any game makes me stop and think profoundly is a grade “A” game in my book.

I wish there were more game developers out there like this guy. Don’t get me wrong, I love what the majority of game developers do as well. But Cavanagh’s games deliver equal, if not more profound experiences than most games, with less flash and more meaning and thought, and in a relatively short amount of time. My next three games I feature will be my favorites from Cavanagh, and I will go into more depth as to why I love them so much.