A List Of Good, Free Art Games For My Classes

If you’re here, you’re probably in one of my EN140 classes. That’s cool. This is my personal website. Uh, don’t poke around unless you want to ruin the illusion or something. Everything on here is my personal views, and outside of a professional setting, I tend to curse like a sailor. So, uh, you’ve been warned if you want to poke around.

Anyway, here is a nice list of free Art games, in no particular order.

Digital: A Love Story – http://www.scoutshonour.com/digital/ – A romance story that simulates the BBS culture. Touching.

don’t take it personally, babe, it just ain’t your story – http://www.scoutshonour.com/donttakeitpersonallybabeitjustaintyourstory/ – A visual novel that takes on issues of how social networks are going to affect us in the future.

One Chance – http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/555181 – Save the world. You have one chance.

Small Worlds – http://jayisgames.com/cgdc6/?gameID=9 – A game about perspective.

Today I Die – http://www.ludomancy.com/games/today.php – A game that is also a poem.

Passage – http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/ – An interesting simulation of life.

Photopia – http://www.wurb.com/if/game/255 – An Interactive Fiction game. Very structured and linear. No frustration. All text. Very sweet.

The Graveyard – http://tale-of-tales.com/TheGraveyard/ – There is a paid version. The only difference in the paid version is that you can die. Interesting stuff.

The Endless Forest – http://tale-of-tales.com/TheEndlessForest/ – The strangest online chatroom you’ll ever use.

Eversion – http://zarat.us/tra/offline-games/eversion.html – Probably better for the more experienced gamer, it’s a platformer with a twist.

Samorost – http://amanita-design.net/samorost-1/ – A visual adventure, puzzling solving game.

pOnd – http://www.kongregate.com/games/peanutDre/pond – A “zen relaxation game” with a twist.

Progress Quest – http://www.progressquest.com – A critique of RPG mechanics.

Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure – http://www.ponycorns.com/game.html – A very young girl dictated a game to her older brother. She did all the voices and art. This is the extremely charming result.

Achievement Unlocked – http://armorgames.com/play/2893/achievement-unlocked – A critique of achievements in modern video games.

Every Day The Same Dream – http://www.molleindustria.org/everydaythesamedream/everydaythesamedream.html – A look at the boredom of life.

Hide – http://www.superfriendshipclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=117 – A horror game of sorts.

Minotaur China Shop – http://blurst.com/minotaur-china-shop/ – Attempt to sell fine dishes and vases while being a hulking minotaur. Requires the free Unity Web Player.

MLP: Friendship is Magic: Story of the Blanks – http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/573755 – Yeah, this is a My Little Pony horror game.

KnifeTank: The Hauntening – http://knifetanks.com/kt2/index.html – An adventure game sequel to a game about tanks with knives. Fairly silly.

The Killer – http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/569834 – A “game” with a message about Cambodia.

Argument Champion – http://www.argumentchampion.com/ – A game about game systems and argument. Hey, that’s what we’re talking about in this class!

Promises – http://ded.increpare.com/~locus/Promises/ – A game about keeping your promises.

Gravity Bone – http://blendogames.com/files/gravitybone_v11.zip – A game about being a spy.

QWOP – http://www.foddy.net/Athletics.html – A game about how hard it is to walk.

Don’t Look Back – http://www.kongregate.com/games/TerryCavanagh/dont-look-back – A game about loss.

Barkley: Shut Up and Jam Gaiden – http://www.talesofgames.com/related_game/barkley-shut-up-jam-gaiden/ – Pretend that Final Fantasy had a child with the plot of Space Jam and also The Internet. This would be the game that would be created. It’s time to Slam-Jam.

The Visit – http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/604582 – Time to go visit your girlfriend, hero!

Frog Fractions – http://twinbeardstudios.com/frog-fractions – You haven’t truly experienced this game until after you’ve gotten the Warp Drive. Trust me on this.

Cart Life – http://www.richardhofmeier.com/cartlife/ – A retail and life simulator where you run a food cart or similar. There is a paid version, which unlocks another playable character, but there’s plenty to do with the two characters you get in the free version. Work harder, hard worker.

High End Customizable Sauna Experience – http://aliendovecote.com/uploads/twine/sauna.html#8 – A Porpentine game through and through, she actually told me to recommend this one to you all. So here it is! Give it a try! Enjoy your perfect sauna experience!

Howling Dogs – http://aliendovecote.com/uploads/twine/howling%20dogs.html#2m – Another game by the odd internet game designer and writer Porpentine. A little surreal, but an interesting message.

Even Cowgirls Bleed – http://scoutshonour.com/cowgirl/ – A story about relationships… with Cowgirls! Audio highly recommended.

Depression Quest – http://www.depressionquest.com/ – Trying to spread the message about depression and how difficult it is to deal with. There’s no difference in the game if you pay. It’s a donate thing, if you feel what they’re doing is good work (and it is!).

Icarus Proudbottom Teaches Typing – http://www.holywowstudios.com/teachestyping/ – Learn to type as only Icarus Proudbottom can teach you! Yes, there is a good reason why this is a game to play!

Icarus Proudbottom’s World of Typing Weekly – http://www.holywowstudios.com/worldoftyping/ – Can’t get enough hot typing action? Here’s a web series of typing MURDER MYSTERY!

HUGPUNX – http://mkopas.net/2013/06/hugpunx/ – Be sure to read the instructions on that page before getting into the game proper in order to maximize your hugging potential.

Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before – http://philome.la/kaittremblay/stop-me-if-youve-heard-this-one-before/play – A horror story, of sorts.

The Stanley Parable Demo – http://www.stanleyparable.com/ – The full game is SUPER GREAT but the Demo is completely unique from the for-pay game and just an excellent experience in its own right. And totally free, of course.

Kindness Coins – http://www.freeindiegam.es/2013/04/kindness-coins-arden-kehoe-spider-jordan-battiston-michael-real/ – A game about expectations, made for the quite wonderful Pulse-Pounding, Heart-Stopping Dating Sim Jam.

Save the Date – http://paperdino.com/save-the-date/ – A game about destiny. Note that you are supposed to fail at this game many times in order to complete it. Keep at it!

Bubsy 3D: Bubsy Visits the James Turrell Retrospective – http://bubsy3d.com/ – Bubsy is back and this time he’s visiting an art exhibit.

Coming Out Simulator 2014 – http://ncase.itch.io/coming-out-simulator-2014 – A Half-Game of Half-Truths.

Horse Master – http://noncanon.com/HorseMaster.html – The Game of Horse Mastery. Can you master a horse?

Crypt Worlds: Your Darkest Desires, Come True! – http://cicadamarionette.com/Games/CryptWorlds/Main.html – A game lovingly referred to by it’s creator as “the piss game.” A surreal experience you won’t want to miss.

the entire screen of one game – http://entire.spacebar.org/ – A real mind trip.

GAME OF THE YEAR: 420BLAZEIT vs. xxXilluminatiXxx [wow/10 #rekt edition] Montage Parody The Game – http://www.gameoftheyear420blazeit.com/ – A commentary on culture, gaming and otherwise.

the uncle who works for nintendo – http://jayisgames.com/games/the-uncle/ – A horror game. Well written and worth playing. Getting all the endings is easy, rewarding, and recommended.

how do you DO it – http://ninasays.so/howdoyoudoit/ – A short game about childhood experimentation.

The Terror Aboard The Speedwell – http://jgwaltneiv.itch.io/the-terror-aboard-the-speedwell – An interactive story inspired by the movie Alien. The page will ask you for a donation, but you don’t have to pay anything. (Though if you like the game, consider doing so!)

Unsolicited – http://dukope.com/play.php?g=uns – A game about Junk Mail.

Sonic Dreams Collection – http://hedgehog.exposed/ – The Sonic Games of your Dreams.

Siren for Hire – http://maddymyers.itch.io/siren-for-hire – A game about Magical Girls and Expectations

Hot Date – http://georgebatch.itch.io/hot-date – A game about speed dating. (You can download it for free, but if you want to donate money, it’d be appreciated, I’m sure!)

Lost Constellation – http://finji.itch.io/lost-constellation – A game about searching for something lost. Also about building snowmen. (Again, you can download it for free, but if you think it’s cool, throw them some money!)

American Dream – http://ded.increpare.com/~locus/american_dream/ – Buy Low, Sell High, Buy Stuff. What more could you ask for?

More to come as I think of or find them. Remember, you don’t have to play everything. Look at what sounds fun, or interesting, and play that.

OMG! The Ponycorn game is absolutely adorable! Love it! Her brother must be really sweet to make a game for her.

Comment by Megan — September 4, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

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