Free games: Ashes of the Singularity puts you in command of swarms of laser deathbots

What would happen if human beings could individually control thousands of lethal drones with the power of their minds alone? Ashes of the Singularity, that’s what – it’s an RTS based on huge swarms of laser-armed robotic fighters, battling it out across distant planets, and it’s free right now at the Humble Store. But you’ll want to hurry to pick up your copy.

The Humble freebie is available for the next 24 hours or so, and supplies are limited. But if you head to the store now, you’ll get a 100% discount on a Steam code for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation. If you already own the game, its DLC packs are discounted too, with markdowns ranging from 10% to 55%.

Ashes of the Singularity is an RTS that’s all about managing the flow of an economy, reminiscent of the Supreme Commander series. You’ll set up resource extractors that determine your income, and then set production queues for your factories to start pumping out robots. These you’ll send to your front lines to apply lasers directly to the face of anyone standing in your way.

Ashes of the Singularity has always been a pretty game, and since Escalation’s 2.4 patch, it’s supported the Vulkan graphics rendering API. It’s a great RTS for showing off a beefy graphics card, since you can get huge crowds of buzzing units on screen all at once, each firing lasers or artillery rounds at its own target.

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Again, you’ll have to hurry to pick this up: the offer is only good until 13:00 EST / 18:00 BST tomorrow, May 10, and if Humble runs out of keys before then, well, you’re out of luck. So if you have any interest at all in unending drone wars, grab your copy now. All you have to do is subscribe to Humble’s email newsletter.