With Portal being released for free for a short while, it seems a good time in these dark days of the economy to highlight some excellent free games that everybody should try. The only things these vastly varied games have in common is their price tag:
A stylish black and white ‘decision’ game, Masq creates its own genre with multiple choices and endings set around a struggling business owner. While trying to gain money for your business decide whether you want to sleep with your secretary, hide it from your wife, rob a bank, blackmail the mob and sell out your friend. While the decisions sound over the top they feel grounded with huge consequences behind every action.
5 Days a Stranger
While not as well known as the other entries on this list, 5 Days a Stranger is by no means less impressive. A classic point and click adventure game with murder, mystery and horror (And made by ‘yahtzee’ himself), this game will hook you from the beginning and make you fall in love with the point and click genre all over again.
Love it or hate it, Farmville has been an incredible influence on the Facebook gaming scene. Nurture and grow a variety of produce including: Cabbage, Purple Asparagus, Blueberries, Apple Trees, Rainbow Trees, Snow Cone Trees, Pigs, Ducks and Unicorns. Even if it’s not your thing, everybody should have a go at one of the most successful social networking games ever made.
An intense co-operative top down shooter, AlienSwarm exudes a level of quality rarely seen in free games. Alien Swarm is water cooler gold, with tales of sacrifice; selfishness and carnage abound in every match. It is as close an experience you will get to playing the film Aliens before the new game is released.
Team Fortress 2
Previously a retail game, Team Fortress 2 is now free. No other game shows so much polish, tweaking and balance without carrying hefty price tag. Trading and buying loot keep its quality afloat, but they are not required to have fun in this funny and entertaining game.