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: 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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Flash Game Freebie: Give Up, Robot


“You know a game is awesome when you’ve just died about a hundred times in the last five minutes but still want to keep on pushing forward to beat the next level, or when the jittery on-screen flashing reaches seizure-inducing levels of crazy but you still can’t look away. With its psychedelic retro style, solid grappling action, and twitch-inducing puzzle gameplay, Give Up, Robot is that kind of game – as much as it brutalizes you for playing, you simply won’t want to stop.”

Check out the full article here at GamesRadar.

Free Bytes: Magic Planet Snack


“There are tons of snacks out that are bad for you in one way or another, but I’m pretty sure scarfing down the inner core of a ginormous planet is bound to earn you a major scolding from your doctor for breaking a slew of healthy living rules. Then again, food just tastes better when you know it’s on the naughty list — even celestial bodies. The standard simply doesn’t apply in Magic Planet Snack, a silly arcade-style game the sends you flying through the cosmos to stuff your gullet with the guts of crushed worlds.”

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Flash Game Freebie: Koi2


“Who needs drugs when you’ve got something as screwed up as Koi2 to completely blow your mind? Party-Tencho makes some of the weirdest free games we’ve ever experienced, but this one might take the cake. You play as a young man seeking to woo a female companion sitting at the table across from you. Instead of sweet words, pretty flowers, or chocolates, you express your undying love by launching your decapitated hand to whack her in the forehead. Yeah, it only gets freakier from there.”

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Free Bytes: Hero Core


“The problem with evil sentient robots is they have a nasty habit of not staying dead once you’ve gone through all the trouble of figuring out a way to finally kill them. Being made of metal and wires has its perks, including the convenient ability to be resurrected and rebuilt from scratch. That’s the problem the aptly named Flip Hero runs into when he travels to the heart of an asteroid to defeat his mechanical warlord nemesis Cruiser Tetron. Leaving his adversary a pile of space dust, he later finds out wicked robotic minions have built a new base in a new asteroid and have completely reassembled their previously slain master. Man, this jerk needs some re-killing. There’s work to be done. “

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Free Bytes: Balloon in a Wasteland


“Taking a long hot air balloon ride high above the scenic landscape below may be a relaxing and breathtaking experience for some. For me, the thought of sitting in a basket tethered to a giant floating sack situated not far from the clouds has always been accompanied by uneasiness over all of the many horrible and catastrophic things that could potentially go wrong. Balloons rip and burst. Burner tanks explode and catch everything on fire. People fall. While crash-landing in a desolate wasteland swarming with dark, wicked blob creatures hungry for my flesh was not on that list, it sure as hell is now.”

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