Free Games Roundup, vol. 4: Steals of the week at Nottingham’s GameCity Jenni Goodchild October 24, 2013 Features This week I’m at GameCity 8, checking out the gaming wonders on show in Nottingham, the home of Robin Hood. Taking from the rich and giving to the poor this week is the Open Arcade, full of consoles and PCs to play on all for free – and it’s here that I found this week’s gems: Strongroom is a browser-based game, best played on Chrome. It’s available for a limited time, as it’s actually a prototype for a larger, more detailed game. The graphics are currently very simple: you play as a cube, in a cube-based world, which will eventually represent an art gallery – and your tiny orange cube, an art thief. This simplicity adds a certain charm to the game, and makes it easier to focus on the core mechanics without anything attempting to cover them up. These mechanics involve the use of sight and sound, as you attempt to sneak your way around the gallery without being seen or heard. Though the final game will probably not be free, it’s worth checking out as a prototype for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s a classic stealth game with no combat involved, and secondly, if you have any interest in game design you’ll get a glimpse into the design process. More games to try this week: Tiny Games by Hide and Seek Studios is an iOS app designed to allow play to happen anywhere. You’ll be asked a set of questions – where you are, who you’re with – and it gives you a set of rules for a game to play. They’re often silly, always entertaining and a great way to get some simple games going with a group of friends. Bit Battles is a flash game that involves controlling entire armies. You have three armies, three lanes and three invading enemies. The battles are frantic, fast-paced and ridiculous – involving smashing your army into theirs and hoping you bounce off with more soldiers left.