Free Bytes: Mirage


“If you’ve ever had a freaky craving to suddenly fire shards of broken glass at weird bags of pulsating meat, then hoo boy do we have the right game for you. Many travels through the darkest, most obscure nether reaches of the freeware indie gaming world have unearthed some strange and beautiful projects, but scant few are as beautiful and creepy as Mirage. As far as we can tell, you play as a boy who fell in love with some girl, touched a magic mirror to peep her bodacious beauty, and then wind up cursed for being naughty. You’re suddenly trans”

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Free Bytes: Shoot First


“Like milk and cookies, some combinations of very different game genres just go so well together. Ironically, it’s often the least obvious combinations that sometimes mesh the best. That’s the case with this week’s downloadable freebie. Ever wondered what might happen if a roguelike and a retro arcade shooter had a one night stand resulting in unexpected mutant offspring? Look no further than Shoot First – a game loaded with mind-blowing dungeon-crawling, pistol-toting awesomeness.”

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Free Bytes: Coma


“Locked inside his own subconscious, Pete must navigate the creepiest inner reaches of his noggin. Aside from being lost himself, his sister is missing. It’s your job to help find her and figure what else he needs to get on his way and return to the waking realm. While we never learn what caused him to get there in the first place, the poor young fellow’s comatose condition has trapped him in a dark, grim world spotted with snippets of color and unusual characters. Your strange adventures to help Pete find his sister will put you in touch with some outlandish critters, including “Jon” who’s not a girl, a giant blob mama living in the clouds, and a starving earthworm with vibrating fangs.”

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Free Bytes: Space Disposal


“This one is for those from the “safety is for wimps” school of thought. Imagine this: instead of taking out the space trash the normal sissy way, why not concoct a scheme to get rid of your garbage using the most potentially dangerous and lethal means possible? That’s the order you’ve been given from your higher ups, as the new garbage commander in Space Disposal. Apparently, getting the job done is so much more fun when there are countless lives at stake, including your own. “

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Free Bytes: Igneous


“The last thing anyone wants to have to deal with when just waking up from a nice, cozy slumber is a massive wall of molten lava barreling down on them. As a little square totem creature residing in a dank underground cavern filled with ancient ruins, this is exactly the dangerous predicament you find yourself forced to deal with in Igneous, a well-crafted project put together by a group of students at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Assuming you don’t want to meet a fiery demise, it’s time to roll.”

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Free Bytes: Civilization Wars


“Knowledge is power, and power can corrupt. When a once-grand civilization’s possession of ancient knowledge unleashes a destructive curse, all of the people are suddenly wiped out of existence by a fiery cataclysm. After many ages have passed, new tribes sprout up beyond the reach of the destruction, and they retain the legend of an untold power that will be given to those who seek out mystical fallen star. When such a star does indeed fall from the sky, everyone scrambles to acquire its might with little concern about what gets trampled in the process. That’s how the stage is set for battle in Civilization Wars, an extremely sharp-looking and addictive real-time strategy flash game.”

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Free Bytes: Sugarcore


“What do a dude in a mining cap, a stuffy old prude, and a trigger-happy, corn-cob-pipe smoking general all have in common? Nothing, really, except that they all seem to have some sort of serious candy-related issues to work through in this week’s freeware indie game. While a trip to the shrink might be the only reliable method of curing their individual sugar-induced mental roadblocks, spinning hypnotic candy orbs that are being whittled down by incoming gunfire is possibly the next best form of therapy. If you’ve got a sweet tooth for weirdness, then Sugarcore is just the thing to satisfy your saccharine gaming-related cravings.”

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Free Bytes: Nimbus Sky Princess


“When the king doesn’t seem terribly interested in dropping what he’s doing in order to save the poor kidnapped Prince Lucious from the clutches of the evil Pod Empire, his adolescent daughter steps up to the plate. Princess Nimbus might be young and bratty, but she’s packing a need for speed and an itchy trigger finger. Hopping into a pimped-out fighter craft and stealing off into the skies above, the daring princess sets out to rescue her capture sibling by blowing the Pod forces out the sky. Evildoers beware: Nimbus Sky Princess is locked, loaded, and read to kick some Pod ass.”

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Free Bytes: Small Worlds


“Even the most microscopic worlds are worth exploring. Nothing proves that point quite like Small Worlds — a game that has no enemies, no power-ups, no traps, no clear goals, and no story. It’s a game that’s simply about exploring the unknown and uncovering the mysteries found therein. Oddly enough, that core premise is enough to draw you voraciously through the short adventure in its entirety and leave you craving even more beautifully pixilated landscapes to venture through when it’s all over. “

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Free Bytes: Cursed Treasure: Don’t Touch My Gems!


“Rather than scrutinizing body counts, the number of villages burned to the ground, or the gruesomeness of accumulated battle scars, they say an evil overlord can measure his true worth by the amount of shiny gems he’s amassed. There’s nothing more undignified than having these precious baubles wrenched from your clawed grasp along with the fond memories they represent of victorious conquests long past. No, you’ve worked too hard for your treasure to let it go so easily. When greedy heroes come swarming towards your lair with a little smash and grab in mind, they must be punished most severely.”

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