Posted By Shaun K. about 9 months, 2 weeks ago
A tribute to SFB games, student projects, and gaming in the real world are just some of what awaits you in this week’s edition of your best source (that’s our story and we’re sticking to it) for free gaming on the net.
Our first game this week is the creation of a group of 11 students in the Swedish based Södertörn University’s Högskola game program and is not for those who suffer easily from vertigo. The game really does do a terrific job of giving players the feeling they are soaring through open air and this a very promising start from a group of developers who will hopefully go on to contribute much to the industry, either together or separately.
And continuing our look as quality student made games, The Mask of Qi is also a 3D platformer, albeit one that plays out from a third-person perspective and features as much of a focus on combat as it does mad jumps. This Unity Awards 2012 Student Game finalist has at least on major thing in common with A Story About My Uncle: both games stand as a testament to bright future the video game industry will hopefully have with such strong creatives voices soon to be entering it.
Next up is platformer that really brings the challenge. You have 60 seconds to reach your favorite burger restaurant before it closes for good but seven challenge packed screens stand in your way. While seven might not sound like a lot, keep in mind that the clock does not reset if you die and once you run out of time there are no continues. Meaning a game over forces you to restart from the very beginning every time. Throw in any number of devious puzzles, false paths, and tricky jumps, and you have a game that packs a ton of difficulty into its brief running time.
Generally when most people think about adventure games, images of fantastical worlds and epic quests of one form or another are what spring to mind and with good reason. That being said, it can be good to remember that regular everyday life can offer challenges and difficulties every bit as seemingly daunting and insurmountable as any found in a video game. Many of us play games, at least in part, as a form of escape from the travails of the everyday world but sometimes it can be just as fun to experience those very same problems from outside our own individual perspective. Certainly that would seem to be one of the driving forces behind the continued massive success of The Sims and it also serves as the heart of our next game as well.
Of course, sometimes the real world can just as easily be used as a setting filled with every bit as much madness and over-the-top action as any other. As our next real-time turn-based strategy game hybrid proves. Take the battle to your neighbors and slowly build the strength of your own team. In an especially nice touch, the final boss in the game is always a team created by another player like yourself. Upon beating this fight, your team then gets uploaded into the game’s database for use down the line against some other poor unsuspecting schlub. So make sure your team is as dangerous and deadly as possible since, after all, you would not want to make it too easy for other players, right?