Another week, another bundle of freebies courtesy of Epic Games! This week we’ve got extreme dinosaur survival classic ARK: Survival Evolved and Gloomhaven, a turn-based tactical RPG adapted from the table-top game of the same name. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
ARK: Survival Evolved
ARK is a survival game where you wake up mostly naked on an island full of dinosaurs, giant ants, huge dragonflies, fancy primal tigers and ravenous pigeons. I’ve put somewhere around 40 hours into the game and here’s what I’ve learned:
You really want to tame a giant herd of dinosaurs.
Almost everything you can craft has a purpose and upgrades feel impactful.
Being unable to skip the night by sleeping makes for a good rhythm of hunting & gathering during the day and crafting / chilling at night.
You might go to the nearby river just to get some water and get attacked by seven dinosaurs of all shapes and sizes. Yes, this has happened to me, several times!
While I really enjoy crafting, get ready to spend a lot of time hauling rare resources back to your base as things get expensive really quickly.
ARK has given me nothing but challenges; it’s been a brutal journey so far, oftentimes downright unfair (do not attempt to build a base on the shore) but it’s the fact that ARK never holds your hand that makes this game a must-play for those of you who are looking for a proper survival experience.
P.S. This game can become a lot easier with friends!
Gloomhaven is a turn-based tactical RPG that simulates the table top game it is based on, released in 2017. The game is co-operative, supporting up to four players. Here’s a list of the juice contained within this game:
17 playable classes.
95 unique playable scenarios (branched together depending on player actions).
One session takes on average 90-115 minutes.
Characters and monsters move on hex tiles that represent dungeons and cellars.
Randomization is not created through die rolls, but rather through a deck of cards.
Next week we’ve got Runbow, a 2D platformer racing video game that supports up to 9 players, locally and online, as well as The Drone Racing League Simulator, which is, well, pretty self-explanatory!
Have you already played ARK or Gloomhaven? Let us know your thoughts on them in the comments below!
Tokyo Games Show is happening this week, but that doesn’t mean Epic games will stop coming. This week, we have a nice little foxy adventure and… Well, let’s get into it!
Spirit of the North
A game where you play as a fox.
… Ok, fine, here’s some more details! You play as a fox in an exploration game set in an environment inspired by the Icelandic landscape. As you travel around the world, you’ll cross paths with the fox spirit of the area, and help each other on your journeys.
Generic and hard-to-Google name aside, The Captain is a unique adventure game where you explore the galaxy and try to make your way back home. Make tough decisions and decide who you save and who you leave behind, as the game has multiple paths you can take.
Next week we’ve got a returning freebie in the form of ARK: Survival Evolved (warning, this game is as brutal as it is fun!) and Gloomhaven, a co-op board game dungeon crawl for up to four players.
Have you tried Spirit of the North or The Captain? Did you enjoy either of them? Let us know in the comments below!
We’re back once more with the free games from the Epic Store! This week, we’re getting an indie winemaking simulator, and another cosmetic pack for a free-to-play game.
Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator
Have you ever wanted to have your own brand of fancy alcoholic beverages? Well, now’s your chance! As the name implies, Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator is a game where you make wine, from growing your crops and harvesting, to bottling the wine and even making your own bottle design.
Realm Royale Reforged
This is a free-to-play battle royale set in a fantasy setting, but where you still have access to guns. What sets Realm Royale apart from other games in the genre are a class system, the ability to travel on a mount, the ability to use melee weapons, spells or guns, and the fact that you turn into a chicken when killed, allowing you to turn back to normal later.
The Epic bundle offers two skins and a mount. Quite odd to see Epic having a promotional offer for another battle royale, since they own Fortnite.
This is all the free stuff for this week. Next week, we have Sprit of the North and The Captain.
Are you ready to start your winemaking empire? Or will you go up in arms against 100 other players? Let us know down below!
It’s that time of the week again, where Epic gives us free games! This week we have a triple, with an indie game, a AAA that should be familiar to those that use the service, and a bundle for a free-to-play game.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider Definitive Edition
People who have been using the Epic Store for a while should already have this one in their library. The conclusion to the trilogy that started with the 2013 Tomb Raider, Shadow sees players taking Lara to the Amazonian forest to stop the evil Trinity paramilitary organization.
Submerged: Hidden Depths
The sequel to Submerged, Hidden Depths follows a similar pattern to the original, where you explore a post-apocalyptic Earth what was submerged in water and overtaken by plant life. You play as a brother-sister duo, traversing the world by boat to uncover its mysteries.
Epic seems to have gotten into the habit of giving away bundles for free games rather than.. well, paid games. Knockout city is a PvP multiplayer shooter, only with dodgeballs instead of guns. The bundle offered by Epic is purely cosmetic, themed around an armadillo kaiju.
That’s all the freebies for the week! Next time, we’ll get into wine making with Hundred Days.
What do you think of this week’s lineup? Will you go raiding into the Amazon, or boating in a sunken city? Let us know down below!
We have 2 free games this week. Starting out with Ring of Pain, this is a roguelike deckbuilder in the vein of Slay the Spire. In this game, you go up against various creatures, two at a time, with the option to either attack the one on the left or the right. The choice you make will impact what you face this round.
The other free “game” is Destiny 2: Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack. No, Destiny 2 hasn’t been out for 30 years, you’re not that old. This is pack celebrating Bungie’s 30th Anniversary, as well as the launch of the game to Epic Store. It contains a new dungeon, along with various weapons, armors and cosmetics. You’ll need to buy or own the base Destiny 2 game to claim this.
This is all the free games for the week! Next week, we have a triple with Knockout City, Submerged: Hidden Depths, and the return of Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.
Are you delving deep into the woods of card games, or are you celebrating 30 years of Bungie? Let us know down below!
Epic Games is back with another free game on Thursday, this time the old-timey DOOM 64! Originally released on Nintendo 64 in 1997, this enhanced version debuted in 2020 in celebration of the DOOM franchise’s 25th anniversary, on PC on consoles.
In addition to this classic, there’s also a goodies pack for Rumbleverse.
DOOM 64 is the fourth game in the franchise and regarded as a spin-off of the mainline games. Here’s what you can expect in this enhanced version:
Improved mouse and keyboard controls.
Widescreen resolution support.
Native 60 FPS support.
Additional “lost levels” continuing the story.
Rumbleverse – Boom Boxer Content Pack
In another instance of a non-game being offered in the ‘Free Games’ category, this Rumbleverse pack comes equipped with the following:
The exclusive Boom Boxer set (headset, gloves, tank top, trunks, shoes)
An exclusive title card background and border
A 120-minute gameplay Fame boster.
That’s all for this week! Next week, we’ve got Ring of Pain to look forward to claiming. DOOM 64 can be claimed right now until August 25th.
Excited to take a romp down pixel-shooter lane? Let us know in the comments below!
No place to grab a table, just get the food from the truck. “Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!” is this week’s free game from the Epic Store.
The third instalment of the Cook, Serve, Delicious! series follows up the narrative from the previous game. In 2042, in a dystopian America ravaged by war, the player character known as The Chef is found by two search and recovery androids, Cleaver and Whisk, after the former’s restaurant was blown up in “Cook, Serve, Delicious 2!!”.
The two android will allow the chef to use their little truck in order to serve food, and this is where most of the game will take place. Your job is to cook various dishes for your clients and get a quota until the timer runs out. You have control over the menu, with the ability to have between 2 and 8 items that are ranked with stars depending on how hard they are to make.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! is free to claim until next Thursday on the Epic Games Store.
If you’re into cooking games set in dystopian America, this looks like a great meal. Next week we’ll get a booster pack for the Free to Play Rumbleverse, a Battle Royale Brawler.
What do you think of “Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!”? Any recipe you’re looking forward to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Another Thursday, another refresh, this time bringing us Unrailed!, a railroad construction game where you and your team build a train track across procedurally-generated worlds!
Unrailed! is a co-op game which can be enjoyed both online and locally (there’s also single player with AI friends). There is only one tool of each type, so you have to rely on your team members and coordinate in order to survive.
Survive? Your train can catch fire, there’s lava, weather effects, thieving enemies; no one said it would be easy! The train moves at a set speed, which means you’re under the stress of time as you rush to build the rail before the train falls off the track; because the track, you know, ends.
Unrailed! is free to claim until next Thursday on the Epic Games Store.
Overall, it looks like a fun, engaging and adrenaline-fueled experience to enjoy with friends or against friends. Next week we’ll have ‘Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?!’ up for grabs, so if you’re into cooking games, I’ll see you on Thursday!
Planning to get your train tracks on with Unrailed!? Already spent some time in the pixel dimension? Let us know in the comments below!
Epic Games have refreshed their selection of free games for this week and we’ve got a new, singular title you can pick up from now until August 4th: Lawn Mowing Simulator!
Lawn Mowing Simulator is pretty straightforward: You mow lawns. Naturally, they look a lot more deliciously clear-cut in the game than the result you’d get in real life, so in a way, it’s even better than the real deal!
Mow through the entire Great British countryside with authentic, licensed lawn mowers (who knew lawn mower companies get gaming money?). Complete contracts, mod your mower with attachments, build your own business (hire people, advertise, do finances) and more. It’s basically a crash course into starting a mowing business in Britain.
Come August 11, Lawn Mowing Simulator will no longer be free but will be replaced with Unrailed!, a game that looks like an isometric Minecraft where your main shtick is getting a bigger and badder wagon; but, more on that next week!
Will you be picking up Lawn Mowing Simulator? Already played it? Let us know in the comments below!
This week we’ve got 1.5 titles rather than two, with Tannenberg up for grabs as well as a giveaway bundle in Shop Titans.
Tannenberg is a squad-based multiplayer FPS that takes place on the eastern front during World War 1. It supports up to 64 players (or 40 on consoles) and the gameplay is split into three game modes:
Maneuver: Basically Domination. Capture sectors, gain control points.
Attrition Warfare: Team-based Last Man Standing. Each team has a limited amount of respawns.
Rifle Deathmatch: FFA Deathmatch. Choose a rifle and an add-on at the start of the game and earn enough points to win.
Make no mistake, Shop Titans is already a free-to-play game. All players who log into Shop Titans through the Epic Games Store this week and achieve level 8 will receive a giveaway package which includes some blueprints, decorations, currency and crafting materials.
While technically not incorrect to put Shop Titans under the ‘Free Games’ category of the Epic Games Store even if it is permanently free, it does feel a bit like a bait & switch sometimes, doesn’t it? We have no reason to complain about getting games for free, but the way Shop Titans is framed can make you believe the game won’t be free-to-play next week.
Next week we’ll be able to claim Lawn Mowing Simulator for free, so make sure to be on the lookout next Thursday if you’re into using power tools to fight nature!
Are you going to pick up Tannenberg? Let us know in the comments below!