Fotonica is an infinite runner like no other. With a mostly white on black worrisome style, and a first person view with moving arms similar to parkour games, this game is a mashup of elements from many types infinite runners which come together beautifully. This game's visuals and soundtrack give it an echoing and ethereal feel to it. This has beautiful, strange, and abstract music and sound effects. It has three different modes: arcade (level-based), endless, and versus, where to players play in split-screen on opposite ends of the same device. Though this game is about running in a straight line, jumping, and landing, don't dismiss it as another infinite runner. This game is a unique experience, and its stunning visuals, excellent soundtrack, and intuitive controls make it worth every penny of its $2.99 price. You can get it on the App Store. The PC version is in development, but you can pre-order it from Humble or Desura. You can also look at the game's Steam Greenlight page here.
Melodive is a beautiful procedurally generated game. In this game, you "dive" into a randomly generated 3D world filled with bright colors and strange flora and fauna. This game is an infinite falling game, wheeler you cannot hit the ground too many times or you will become "out of tune", and then it's game over! The most interesting feature of this game is its procedurally generated soundtrack. The world is filled with little crystals that fly around, and whenever you come near one, it pops and makes an instrumental noise, like a flute note or drum beat. These small crystals are everywhere, and they travel in groups, so you are constantly popping dozens of them as you fall, effectively creating a random soundtrack. The soundtrack sounds more like random noise than music at first, but it grows on you, and adds to the game's open feel. This game gives you a serious feeling of flight and its completely open-world, combined with its breathtaking audio and visuals, make this game more than worth $.99. You can get this game on the iOS App Store here.
Perspective is a great little platformer that turns out to not be so little. This game is another stab at combining 2D and 3D into one game like Fez or Monument Valley, and this one is the most interesting implementation yet. In this game, you control a little man who runs on little blue blocks to try to reach a portal at the end of the level whilst avoiding dangerous red blocks. The catch: whenever you click, you go from 2d view to a First person 3D view of the room. The man is on the wall, but whenever you move around, his location changes based on your (you guessed it!) perspective. This explain may not make sense to you right now, and when you first play the game, your mind will be blown. That's okay, and as you play more, you'll become accustomed to this game, and you'll enjoy it that much more. That's about all I can say about this game. It's amazing, so download it for free for PC here.
Outer Wilds is a unique open world space exploration game with a dark twist. The game is set in a solar system (not our solar system, and the system is not randomly generated) that is completely to scale, meaning all of the planets are their real-life (or close) sizes. That means that when you liftoff from a planet, there's no warp sequence or anything, you're simply in space! You can go wherever you want and do whatever you want. You can crash into the moon, go on a spacewalk, or visit the watery core of the Giant's Deep. But there's a catch. You can die, and no matter what you do, you will die, because 20 minutes after you start the game, the sun that all the planets orbit will supernova, killing you. But that's fine, because the world is on a time loop. Just like the movie Groundhog Day, you start the same day over again, except that you remember the events of the previous loop, and all of the ones before that. The difference here is that the ship's computer remembers all of the planets you've been to previously also. Each time, you get a new chance to explore, document and possibly try to stop the sun from imploding. This game is a beautiful game with intuitive, original zero-gravity mechanics and an excellent sense of scale, and for that, you should download it free for your computer from here.
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!
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.
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.
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.