Each week, check out my latest article for the new hit game or add-on released for free from the Epic Games Store! This time, it’s Gods Will Fall, a rougelike game experience full of Celtic warriors, gruesome and terrifying supernatural monsters, and an epic quest to strike back at humanity’s cruel oppressors.
This is a game well worth full price, so getting it for free is one of the most exciting Epic deals in a long time.
The gods’ torturous rule over humanity has lasted for millennia. Bent on cruelty and suffering, they demand to be served with blind worship through an oath of fealty pledged from every man, woman and child. To those who don't submit to the gods’ will; a slow and merciless death awaits.
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Takes some of the best rougelike elements we’ve seen popularized by games in recent years, and builds upon them, working to undermine those elements that are frustrating whilst advancing those that provoke a real sense of urgency, danger, and loss.
After your rebellious invasion force of many thousands is struck by a god-flung storm at sea, your eight surviving Celtic heroes are the only chance you have to slash and hack your way through the gods’ monstrous minions… so you can eventually face the gods themselves. These heroes are randomized at the start of the game, as are other elements of the boss battles and dungeons, meaning that there’s always a fresh feeling to this one.
Unlike some games that feature randomization, Gods Will Fall doesn’t let things feel like an arbitrary blank slate. You’re going to get attached to your little warriors, and sometimes you’re going to find yourself unexpectedly rooting for the one you thought was your least favorite earlier on.
Clever Beans does not have many large games under their belt. So-far, they only have two, and neither is anywhere near the scope and scale of Gods Will Fall. They obviously have a lot of creativity and passion in their studio, however, so it will be exciting to see what they turn up with next.
If you want something similar to Gods Will Fall, I recommend trying out Dreamscaper (2020) by Guerrilla Collective. Which features a very similar top-down style, beautiful graphics, and a cool story.
The Epic Games Store has been around for a while, the lesser-known alternative to Steam, the nearly-ubiquitous platform for game purchases since it launched in 2003. But, where Steam originally existed and launched to promote Valve games, Epic Games Store launched in 2018 and quickly rose to success on the Fortnite franchise. At the time of Epic’s launch, Steam took a dramatic 30% cut from the sales of video games through their platform! This hurt both game designers and users, just wasn’t very nice. But the folks behind Epic realized something excellent: they could take a much lower cut and still have a profitable business. This led them to fast domination of the indie market, as small publishers flocked to the far better terms offered by Epic.
Epic Games Store offers some seriously incredible discounts on a regular basis, in addition to all the normal discounts one would expect on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the usual holidays. But the most exciting is their weekly free game or add-on, which simply harpoons all competitors.
When I first heard about this free game, I thought that can’t be real. They must only offer tiny indie games.Not at all, dear reader. Not. At. All. Epic frequently lists unbelievable A-lister games on their weekly deal, as well as sometimes offer two free games instead of one. In addition, just because a studio is smaller doesn’t mean the games it makes aren’t impressive. I’ve picked up some of my favorite new games, for free, from this platform, and most of them have been made by smaller studios (or as side-projects for teams from big studios).