Don't look back is a short, pixelated, 2D flash game made by Terry Cavanagh, the developer of the famous indie game VVVVVV. Its graphics are simple but beautiful, and its soundtrack complements the game well. This game is a modern retelling of the myth of Orpheus (or so I read) but it is its own story altogether. While difficult, this game retains a sad, halfhearted atmosphere. Don't let this game's low resolution fool you, though. This game is immersive and will grow on you as you venture further into it. This game is short, but is well worth playing until the end. You can play this game in your browser here or download it for iOS and Android.
Janus VR is not a game, but I felt compelled to mention it because it will BLOW YOUR MIND. This free program renders the entirety of the Internet--in 3D. That's right. You can literally walk the halls of Reddit. JanusVR turns webpages into boxy rooms with pictures and text hanging from the walls, and with links portrayed as portals that you can walk through. This program processes its own version of HTML, meaning that you can program your own 3D rooms in HTML. A man named Lee Nolan hosts Janus rooms as subdomains of vrsites.com, with an in-browser HTML editor for you to program them in, for free. All you have to do is create an account! As for regular, 2D websites, JanusVR renders them in 3D on the fly! This system is flawed, and most websites just look like a bunch of portals, but JanusVR has special support for certain websites like reddit and Flickr, which means those sites render in a predetermined way. Furthermore, JanusVR has Oculus Rift support, as well as real-time multiplayer with text chat and Mumble voice chat! In this way, JanusVR is almost like the Internet transformed into an open world exploration game! This program will change the way you view the Internet, and you can get it for free here!
Project Zomboid is an isometric zombie survival game which takes place in a completely open world. In it, you must gather and craft materials like most survival games, but in this one, there is an underlining, linear story. Unfortunately, I have only played the tech demo, which only gave me a small taste of the game, but even then, this game shows serious promise. The sad soundtrack, open world replayability, and simple isometric graphics make it an interesting play. In this game, you encounter huge hordes of zombies (fighting them is futile!) as well as other survivors. Some are friendly, some not so much. On the top right of your screen, the game will alert you of your character's specific status, from being well fed to having a panic attack. This game will keep you on your toes just trying to survive. You can download the free tech demo here, and you can get the full game off of Steam here.
Orbitor is a beautiful 2D exploration game made with Unity. You play as a small space ship who flies around in space, jumping in between large bubbles which act as gravity fields, pulling you back towards them. You can accelerate with the spacebar and turn yourself to the left or right using the arrow keys. Inside of the larger gravity bubbles there are smaller circles which you will begin to orbit rapidly when coming near to them. You can then press space to slingshot away from them and pick up speed. This game is highly physics-based, and even allows you to slow down time by pressing z! In this game, you can shoot from bubble to bubble as much as you want, but recently the game became level-based with a large warp device (4th picture below) attached to the final bubble through which you can warp to the next level. The game is a 2D Unity game with awe-inspiring graphics, a beautiful soundtrack, and hours of replayability, this game shows serious potential, and in its development phase is already one of the best 2D games I've ever seen! You can download the free demo here or play an earlier version in-browser (with Unity Web Player) on the same page.
Kairo is a linear, story-based puzzler made on the Unity engine. It has simple, minimalist graphics, and a dark backstory of the world you wander begins to unfold as you venture throughout the huge map. The game has a completely predetermined world, but you can wander it and return to rooms as much as you like. Most of the rooms have puzzles in them that you have to solve to move on, such as a room where you have to avoid walls that disappear into the ground. This game has a dark soundtrack for the majority of the game, adding to its immersive, oppresive atmosphere. The game's ending, though, features light, happy music and beautiful visual effects, painting a picture of forgiveness and a second chance. This game is filled with quality animations, meaning it lags terribly on less powerful devices (ie. my old android), but it is worth it. Altogether, this game's challenging, clever puzzles, quality graphics, beautiful soundtrack and excellent ending make it one of the best game I have ever played. You can get it on Steam for $4.99 here. It is also available on iOS and Android for $.99.
Zineth is a third-person, cartoon-style rollerskating/parkour game which has been one of the highest-rateed games on Gamejolt for a while. In this game, you play as a man in a robot suit who uses his suit to complete various odd jobs for his boss, ranging from collecting and delivering "Zines" to shooting to the moon. This game was made on the Unity engine, and was made for the Xbox 360 controller. Even with a keyboard, this game is a lot of fun, as you use the arrow keys to move and space to jump. You can hold space to ride on walls, which helps you pick up speed, or you can simply speed up by repeatedly clicking. You can even wall jump by jumping while wall riding by pressing space while wall running. You can grind on rails to pick up speed by skating near them. This game is goofy, high-speed insanity that is definitely worth your time! You can download the free game here.
Unturned is a free-to-play steam game that was featured by Alpha Beta Gamer a while back. Unturned is a zombie survival game in a semi-blocky style in that the world looks normal, while entities, items, and vehicles are made out of blocks. This game features multiplayer with a server hosting style similar to Minecraft. This game is a serious challenge, but also a ton of fun to play. The map is predetermined, but everything else is randomly generated. The game has driveable vehicles and also is populated with animals that can be killed and looted, along with, obviously, zombies that will try to kill you. This game is open world and has no real goal, meaning you can do whatever you want. This is possibly the best free survival game on steam, and you can get it here.
Pulse is an interesting game with an even better game mechanic similar to Devil's Tuning Fork, for those who are familiar with that game. I had remembered hearing about a game called Pulse a while back, so I decided to Google it, and got more than I bargained for. In Pulse, you play a blind person who uses sound to mentally visualize their environment. For example, when a creature squeaks, it appears for a second, and then disappears. This makes the game extra creepy, as you play in a nature-like world with constant squeaks, drips and chirps which become visual waves of blues and greens on your screen. There a two types of monsters, one being the Mokos, who will stop at nothing to help you. You can can pick them up and throw them, or use them as sound "flashlights." The second type of creature is a large black dog-like creature who will try to eat you. When under attack, you can distract it by throwing a Moko which it will then chase and eat. The game seems to have a wondrous feel to it at the beginning, but then takes a turn towards being dark and morbid. This game is fun and terrifying, and the huge (~1.5GB) download is available here.
Beyond Perception is a mind-bending Gamejolt dig that I found yesterday that was made using the Unity engine. You start out in a room filled with museum paintings. Stand on a square in front of one of the paintings, and you are instantly teleported into the painting. However, the room is actually just the painting rendered in 3D, so when you're looking around, parts of the room not seen in the painting are the same color as the background, making them nearly invisible. This leads to some confusion on where the floor, ceiling and walls are. This game is a serious challenge, and requires that you look at each of the rooms from a lot of different perspectives--literally. Most of all, for this game you must suspend your disbelief and forget what you know about reality. This mind-boggling game will leave you speechless even after the first level. You can get the the game for free here. Good luck!
While searching through Markiplier's old videos, I watched his Let's Play of this game and decided to try it for myself. This game is made with the Unity engine, and everything is randomly generated, from who the murderer is and how the characters respond to your questions to where Mr. White's body is at the start of the game. In a nutshell, this game is a first-person representation of Clue. You're invited to a masquerade party, but when you arrive, the host, Mr. White, is murdered, and you must solve the case. You have a notebook, in which you check off characters who you think are "innocent" until only one name remains, exposing that person as the murderer. You try to figure out who the murderer is by questioning the characters. There are four different questions you can ask, but watch out, because if you're alone in a room with the murderer, they'll kill you if you turn around! This is a very difficult game which requires good memory skills, but it is absolutely worth a try! You can find the game here.