10 Essential Free Games of 2016

From RPG puzzlers to first person shooters, download platform Itch.io is giving free to play a good name

'Void Pyramid' Will Electrix

Void Pyramid

Out of all the games on this list, Willy Electrix's Void Pyramid might seem the hardest to approach: a top-down role-playing game that has more in common with dungeon-crawling relics like Wizardry and Ultima than the brazen dragon-slaying of, say, Skyrim. But by stripping back the game to its barest elements – only one button, a handful of attributes, and the sparsest combat this side of Earthbound Void Pyramid manages to embody the "play-it-your-way" ethos of the tabletop games that so clearly inspire it. And don't let the game's distinct "space Egypt" setting put you off – Void features some of the best writing and puzzle design of the year. Better-still, it doesn't obscure those winning attributes with punishing mechanics like permanent player death, which means that anybody patient enough to look past its raw character can experience its charms.
Play Void Pyramid at Itch.io

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