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.
SuperBrothers: Swords and Sworcery is a high-quality pixelated adventure game created by a gaggle of different developers, the Superbrothers community (artwork) Capybara Games (code) and Jim Gutrhie (music). This game blends pixelated style with high-quality effects to create sprawling, beautiful landscapes that please the eye. The soundtrack is one of the absolute best I have ever heard, and matches the overall mood of the game well. This game has a strange, abnormal storyline that requires you to forget reality, and immerse yourself in the story of the game. You play as The Scythian, a warrior from a faraway land who seeks a book of all knowledge called the Megatome. From there, the story gets even weirder, but it doesn't matter, because the gameplay is a blast. It involves exploring the huge world, fighting epic battles (with intuitive controls on mobile devices) and singing magical Songs of Sworcercy. This game will change how you view pixelated games forever, and is an absolute delight to play! You can get it on Steam as well as the iOS and Android stores.
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.
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.