Free Games Roundup, vol. 5: Some not-so-scary Halloween picks! Jenni Goodchild November 1, 2013 Features This week is full of spooky happenings, Halloween having just mercifully passed us by. But as you may have learned in my round-up of Asylum Jam, I’m a massive coward. So if you’re very lucky, I might pick one horror game to tell you about. One. Instead, I’m going to start this week’s round-up by talking about comics! There’s a link in here, trust me. The highlight of my Halloween is that Vertigo are bringing out a prequel to The Sandman by Neil Gaiman! One of the main things I’m hoping for is more of Delirium – a delightfully trippy character whose realm is presented as one filled with colour, broken thoughts and pays little attention to the laws of physics. And as I played Fuaim by Dreamfeel, I came to realise that Delirium’s realm is what it reminds me of. (There, told you there was a link!) Fuaim lasts around ten minutes, and those ten minutes might be some of the strangest I’ve spent recently. The soundtrack lulls you into a particularly peculiar state of mind, one where the changes in gravity and the twisting of direction on the screen start to make sense. You can control where you go by changing direction and jumping, but you follow the flow of the objects before you – leaping from one bizarre shape to another, only to be confronted with fragments of thought and the screen tilting until your perspective is warped and confused. In the best possible way, of course. Fuaim’s tagline is “Longing, wonder and an infinite terror.” If that sounds like how you want to feel on Halloween, you can download it for Windows, Mac or play in your browser. Other games you should check out this week are: Heavy Bullets is in very early days – the current game you can play is their pre-alpha demo, available to download for Windows, Mac and Linux. It’s an interesting idea – a game where you have to pick up every bullet you fire if you don’t want to run out of ammo – and worth checking out. Olav and the Lute can be played in your browser, or downloaded. Made in Unity, it’s a game about music, and the way it affects the world. Your weapon of choice is a lute, and it’s up to you to figure out the music to play to succeed. And the promised horror game of the week…Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before. This is a beautiful little body horror based game with some excellent writing by Kaitlin Tremblay. If you fancy something short, creepy and aren’t afraid to find yourself squicked out – this is for you.