Three Free Games on Epic Games Store!

Epic Games Store goes mental with this amazing deal: 3 free games between Nov. 18-25th!
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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 around, Epic Games Store has thrown up a massive offering for follows, with three incredible games released completely free. Epic has offered great games in the past week, like the Tiny Tina standalone game, but they don’t seem content to stop there. Maybe they’re just determined to show that it’s Epic, not Steam, that’s destined to be the best games distributor in the decades ahead.

Between the 18th and 25th of November, you can grab these three games for free: - Guild of Dungeoneering (this one looks so awesome) - Kid A MNESIA Exhibition (Incredible artwork from the classic Radiohead albums) - Never Alone (will clearly make you sob).

I go into all the details in this article, so read on to learn about this epic games!

Three incredible games released completely free

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 Fortnight 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.

Mega Discounts

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).

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Guild of Dungeoneering
Guild of Dungeoneering

Guild of Dungeoneering is a turn-based, dungeon-crawling, card-battler with a twist: instead of controlling the hero you build the dungeon around them.

This totally reminds me of card games like Boss Monster, where the goal is sort of the opposite of what you might find in Dungeons&Dragons: instead of simply defeating the dungeon, you try to build the dungeon to defeat the adventurer!

One of the most obvious things about this game is it has the absolute best theme song, ever.

A turn-based game, the goal is to build the dungeon out around the adventurer, drawing cards to add rooms, monsters, and treasure along the way. Is it fun? Heck yes! There are some limitations to turn-based games, but it’s ultimately one of the best games of this type I’ve seen in a long time.

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KID A MNESIA EXHIBITION
KID A MNESIA EXHIBITION

An upside-down digital/analogue universe created from original artwork and recordings to commemorate 21 years of Radiohead’s Kid A and Amnesiac.

Two years in the making, this incredible digital exhibition that commemorates 21 years since Radiohead's Kid A and Amnesiac albums. Originally intended as a physical exhibit, the pandemic changed everything, and Epic Games stepped in as an unlikely publisher, brining the Radiohead artist’s unique and intense artwork to life in one of the most unbelievable ways. The exhibit features artwork from Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood and sound design is by Nigel Godrich.

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Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)

Experience the epic journey of Nuna and Fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.

Based on a traditional Iñupiaq tale "Kunuuksaayuka", this amazing and atmospheric puzzle platformer brings the myth to incredible new dimensions, connecting modern audiences with a traditional story. The original tale was first recorded by Robert Nasruk Cleveland in his collection Stories of the Black River People, and it’s incredible to see it brought to life in this way.

Players take on the role of an Iñupiaq girl named Nuna and her arctic fox companion as they puzzle out the meaning of the blizzard that ravages the world. The game was developed in conjunction with an Iñupiaq storyteller and is remarkable for the way it helps draw the player into aspects of traditional Iñupiaq culture. I really cannot gush about this one enough.

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More games from these designers
More games from these designers

Gambrinous

Based in Dublin, Ireland, Gambrinous is an indie game studio dedicated to bringing the wonder of traditional tabletop and board games. They’ve released a bunch of simple games, always riffing off these traditional tabletop themes. One of their newest is Cardpocalypse, which is about saving the world in an RPG setting dedicated to being a 90s kid.

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Radiohead

Well, it’s not really a “game” per se, but video games have a long history as art exhibits in and of themselves. Really, though, the best thing to do in this case is sink into the albums being commemorated themselves, or maybe watch this excellent mini-documentary about the artistic process behind this exhibition.

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Upper One Games

Upper One Games is the first indigenous-owned video game developer and publisher in US history, a massive milestone on the road toward showcasing the incredible work and heritage of native people and culture. If you like this game, you’re certain to adore other stellar aesthetic platform games, like Ori and the Blind Forest.

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This Kickstarter has passed its goal but users can still preorder.
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