Free Games Roundup: Globetrotting, Gender Roles and Great Big Dinosaurs Jenni Goodchild February 6, 2014 Features Less cute, more countries was my promise last week. I figured picking something called Fists of Patience would be a good place to start. It hails from South Africa, and has possibly one of my favourite titles for a game, ever. The concept – a game about aggressively not punching people – merely confirms that. I won’t say anymore on this, simply because you should just go and play it. Sticking within South Africa, we’ve got Echo. You’re blind, and can only ‘see’ via sonar, or echolocation. The goal is to avoid being eaten, and to eat things yourself in order to grow. Whilst I got a little bit thrown by just how much I grew, it’s a fantastic concept and one I would love to see built upon further. Moving to another country, we’ve got Wandering Soul from Indonesia. In this, you must switch your soul between inanimate objects and move them to solve puzzles. It’s a clever little concept, and though the controls are occasionally a little hard to get to grips with, the levels are short and varied enough that it’s not really problem. Also from Indonesia is Jolly Jump, a game with some really interesting things to say about how restrictive gender roles can limit your personal progress. The best part is, it manages to say these things solely through its mechanics. A brilliant example of how gameplay can show concepts as much as writing. Next up – Germany! Dispersion is a game about sticking to your path, to the extent you stop being able to see or follow others. It’s also quite difficult – or maybe that’s just me. Our other game from here is also pretty challenging – As We Are requires a lot of patience, as the world grows clearer as you stand still. Of course, the fact you can’t complete the game without moving makes this somewhat inconvenient. Finally, there’s Mimic. In mimic, your goal is to spot aliens attempting to move unobserved throughout humanity. This is somewhat complicated by the fact that you’re also an alien, and since it’s a multiplayer game, all the others are watching for you. This one is from Sweden, and one of the developers has an interesting roundup of the jam, for those who are curious as to how it works. Okay, I lied – one more. I just couldn’t finish this without including another great example of how cute some of the submissions have been! HungryRex comes from France, and you get to play a little dinosaur whose goal in life is to eat more, to be bigger, to see better. It’s absolutely adorable – go check it out!