An awkward dinner party simulator, Facade drops you into the apartment of a voice-acted and entirely AI-controlled couple. Interact by picking up objects or entering any text you like, and they’ll respond appropriately. Usually by kicking you out after you’ve turned the air blue with the filthiest swear words you can muster.
Transformers in everything but name, AirMech is now available as a Chrome App, which is exciting news for people who know what a Chrome App is. Zip about in a jetplane, morph into a stompy robot and destroy everything around you in the colourful, noisy and ultra-competitive PvP blaster.
A freeware, single-screen Flash platformer from approximately four hundred years ago, you’d be surprised to hear that N: The Way of the Ninja still holds up as a game. The physics are bouncy, your character springs and wall-jumps, avoiding missiles and collecting coins to unlock doors. This is minimalist, pixel-sharp, reaction-testing platforming.
A 3D, physics-based fighting game in which both players take turns to decide how each of their fighter’s individual limbs will move in the next second of play, Toribash takes ages to master but is immediately hilarious, fun and wildly clever. You’ll scream with primal delight the first time you manage to boot off your opponent’s face with your custom fighting move.
Mother to the incredible physics puzzler World of Goo, 2D Boy’s Tower of Goo is a more basic affair, challenging you to construct a tower of gooballs as positively vertitudinous as you are capable. The higher you climb, the more the wibbling structure quivers and the daintier your construction must become.
The best roguelike since Rogue, Nethack’s an ASCII dungeon crawler in which you, a brave @ symbol, must adventure ever downward through monsters, caves and mountains of loot. It’s approximately two thousand years old but still eminently playable. If you want to see where Dungeons of Dredmor learned its trade, you need to start right here.
A seemingly impenetrable simulation that mixes Dungeon Keeper, Roguelikes and ridiculous levels of detail to create something truly unique in games. Manage an expanding fortress of dwarves by mining materials, setting up industries, defending from goblin attacks and satisfying the whims of nobles.
Utterly charming 8-bit retro, Metroidvania platformer Cave Story wouldn’t have been a NES-era classic to rival Mario had it been released way back when. As it stands today it’s simply one of the most heartfelt freeware platformers around. Clever levelling weapons, excellent music and hours of game make this worth a download.
It’s Arma 2, sans campaign, mit some HD shine and user made add-ons. A hardcore military soldier man simulator that’s in the process of being superseded by Arma 3, this version of the shooter is still hugely supported by a community of content creators. Grab it if ballistic accuracy is your bag.
The first and second Grand Theft Autos are available to download from Rockstar’s own website. The top down crime sims arguably spawned a genre of such open city capering, as well as the hateful phrase “living, breathing city”. Still playable, still oddly funny, and, in the case of the first game, still excellent.