Desura is a great Steam alternative for those who are particularly interested in indie games and the mod scene.
It's also a great place to find some freebies for those on a budget -- or those of you who just want to check out the more creative end of the market. In an attempt to highlight the exciting things that a lot of creators are putting out there for free, the company has launched a new campaign called "Freedom Friday," each instance of which will introduce some new, free PC games as well as highlighting some of the more popular offerings on the service.
Yes, I know it's Tuesday today, not Friday, but let's take a look at what the company saw fit to highlight last week anyway.
First up is Festival, a "short story involving discovery, love and playful imagination." The creator openly admits that "the game will only last you 30 minutes at most and there is no replay value," but also notes that "you'll find a suitable amount of mental stimulation in those mere 30 minutes." The game was built using RPG Maker VX and apparently won R3 Year's End Festive Game Competition, whatever that is. The developer, Cleril Calamity Studios, is currently working on an original visual novel about porn addiction.
Second is Vega Strike, a futuristic space sim in which you can fly, fight, explore and trade. The project is in an early state at present -- some Desura reviewers are complaining of instability or even a complete inability to start the game -- but it's already looking quite impressive. The open-source custom engine the team built for the game will also be going on to power a number of other spaceborne projects, including what appears to be a remake of the excellent Wing Commander Privateer.
Third on the list is Sloth Patrol, which claims to be "the most realistic sloth-based video game ever conceived." It's a twin-stick shooter that also incorporates elements of bullet hell games.
Finally, Battle for Wesnoth is a turn-based high fantasy strategy game that includes both single player and either online or hotseat multiplayer. It's one of the more well-regarded games on the service, and has been around for a good few years now.
So, whether you're looking to save a bit of money or just try out something a bit different from the usual, these games are well worth a look -- and Desura will be highlighting a bunch more just like them every Friday from now on. Keep an eye on Desura's News page each Friday for the latest.