Video game freebies roundup: ‘For the King’, ‘57 North’, ‘Gruffalo Games’


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  • Tuesday, 28 Apr 2020

'For The King' blends turn-based play and a fantasy setting with inspiration from tabletop games. — Iron Oak Games

Play-and-keep board game-inspired For The King for PC (with Total War: Shogun 2 expected soon), immersive adventure 57° North for mobile, and child-friendly compendium Gruffalo Games, among our nearly dozen-strong selection of free offers for computer, console, iOS and Android.

A fantasy adventure inspired by lavish board game layouts, For The King is the week's PC game giveaway from the Epic Game Store, free until April 30.

On Steam, 2011's Total War: Shogun 2 for PC, Mac and Linux is expected to go free from April 27 to May 1, according to backend changes marked by unofficial tracker SteamDB.

The long-running strategy franchise has much more recently visited China, albeit 14 centuries further back in history, through 2019's Total War: Three Kingdoms; perhaps we'll learn more about the timing of this Shogun 2 giveaway in due course.

Excellent super-powered police parkour playgrounds Crackdown and Crackdown 2 for the Xbox 360 surfaced again this week as free downloads from the Microsoft Store, both compatible with the Xbox One.

In fact, they've been free for a while – since November 2018 and March 2019 respectively, sandwiching the February release of Crackdown 3.

The third game is currently part of Xbox Game Pass, the Microsoft brand's US$9.99 (RM43) library subscription scheme that includes all new Xbox Studios output as well as over 100 contributions from partnerships.

The existence of subscription services like XGP might be one reason why console companies have been relatively reluctant to participate in Covid-19 related giveaways in recent weeks, though PlayStation still has The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey available to keep if claimed before May 5.

On Android and iOS, we suggest checking out highly rated retro-style role-playing adventure Evertale, currently free as periodically happens – though be aware that its usual and modest price, less than US$1 (RM4), is dwarfed by optional in-app purchases that run to US$89.

Beautifully rendered choice and consequence journey 57° North is also free across iOS and Android, until April 26.

As well as mobile devices, it's also designed for use with a Merge Cube, usually a 3D-printed object but one that can also be made using paper or card, scissors, and glue, according to the Wakelet guide.

Just as eye-catching on Android, especially for puzzle fans, are SLOC, a two-dimensional twist on Rubik's classic toy, and the exquisitely minimal Zenge (also on iOS though paid at the time of writing), while Gruffalo Games (iOS version, still paid on Android) offers interactive entertainment for a younger audience. – AFP Relaxnews

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