If you’ve read my site at one point or other, chances are you’ve noticed just how big a fan I am of point ‘n click adventures, especially those made with AGS (Adventure Game Studio), freeware or not. Now, while I didn’t cover last year’s AGS Bake Sale at all, I did buy a copy and let me tell ya, there’s some good stuff in it – even if they’re not all point ‘n click games. But wait, why am I telling you this, since the games are not available outside of a sale that long ago? Well, 7 of the 14 games have since been released as freeware.
I know my The Freeware Indie articles tend to be a mix of impressions/reviews and as such, end up being quite heavy on details, but this time will be different. Let’s face it – there’s no way I’d fit six games into one article otherwise, without it turning into a novel-sized post, and I think very few would want to read that much at once. I’ll update the article with the remaining eight, should they at some point decide to join the freeware crowd. (Note: the game descriptions below were written by the developers, not me – you’re gonna have to wait for a future The Freeware Indie piece to get my opinion of each game).
9 Months In (Tzachs, Noavana, and gameboy)
Life is hard when you’re a prisoner, wrongly accused. When you’re pregnant in prison, life can be even harder. You will want to give up. But when you are then accused of a new crime, the murder of one of the inmates, you finally get the desire to fight back, and prove your innocence once and for all!!!
Barn Runner: The Rich Dame Who Cut The Cheese (Ponch)
An antique wheel of priceless, pre-apocalypse, real moo cow cheese has gone missing and it’s up to Detective Prick Peckard to find it! Along the way, he’ll encounter stuffed shirts, plunging necklines, co-workers in fancy dresses, corrupt politicians, exotic Spanish accents, uncomfortable encounters in the mens’s room, abandoned underwear, an AGS forum member masquerading as a lounge singer, gigantic TVs, cartoonishly over-sized breasts, crisp white linen, reflecting mirrors, overpriced cocktails, abundant whipped cream, and looping rooms! All this and Oceanspirit Dennis too!
Escape The Barn (Cat)
Oh no! Someone has locked you in the barn – can you escape using only the stuff you find inside? Find your way out in this colorful, childfriendly escape-the-room game.
Indiana Rodent and the Raiders Of The Lost Cheese (Crystal Shard Games)
Take the role of the Mouse With The Hat and go in search of the vaunted lost cheese. Traverse forests, deserts, and the halls of illusion; jump over hedgehogs, hitch a ride on a turtle, and evade vicious snakes – all for the reward of more cheese than you could ever eat, and what more could a mouse want?
The Rail (Technocrat)
On a tidally-locked world, the only way for resources to be moved under the deadly sun is by high-speed train. The management refuse to automate it entirely – after all, then there’d be nobody to blame when things go wrong – and it’s been your uneventful duty for the past several years to see the train back and forth along The Rail. So naturally, things are going to go wrong on your watch. Things like, oh, maybe a hijacking? And a little bombing? And how about ‘all of the above’?
RAM Ghost (Ghost)
Adopt a RAM Ghost! With our self-installing Hopelessly Oldfashioned, User-Supported Environment (H.O.U.S.E.), you can lure a bit of abandoned game code into a simulated house. Just like you and me, these ghosts love fun and entertainment, and it’s up to you to take care of your little guest. Who knows… maybe you can even make it into the game it was once supposed to be?
Ben Chandler: Paranormal Investigator – In Search of the Sweets Tin (Grundislav)
Oh no! Ben’s sweets tin has gone missing! How will he ever enjoy life without his delicious candy?!
This is where you, the player, come in. Guide young Ben Chandler (aka Ben304) through the wild and rugged Australian wilderness as he goes searching for his beloved tin. Who knows, he might even encounter some paranormal phenomena along the way.
That’s it for the free ones, and for completion’s sake these are the eight that – as far as I’m aware – are only available to those who bought 2012’s AGS Bake Sale bundle: Abner The Amazing (poc301 and LocutusOfBored), Entrapment (Lightbulb Games), Falling Skyward (ThreeOhFour), Fragment (Kaputtnik and ThreeOhFour), Red Volition (Richard Hofmeier), Retina (Dualnames), Zombie Attack (ShiverMeSideways)
Another AGS Bake Sale this year would be awesome and even though nothing has been confirmed yet, a quick glance at the AGS forums says it just might, so… fingers crossed!