The Cloud Gaming company, OnLive has certainly gotten a whole lot publicity this week with the amount of fiscal troubles its had. On the bright side of things, OnLive’s service still remains uninterrupted and this weekend will conclude it’s Indie Weekend Giveaway promo. If you have an OnLive account you may just want to get these games before the weekend is up.
Here’s the following games that you’ll be able to play for free:
- PoP – Methodology Experiment One
- Dear Esther
- Defense Grid Gold
To claim the codes to get one of these four games, go on over to OnLive’s Facebook page, click on the links that are based on your country and/or territory, and then follow the instructions that will lead you to redeem the game of your choice. You are free to take all of the games, but you’ll have to go through the same redemption process for each and every title. I personally see Dear Esther and Defense Grid Gold worth going through the redemption process while I feel Lume and PoP is just a waste of your time
Here’s a complete overview of the games thanks to Google Play and the popular Steam Client:
Lume – Small and perfectly formed, introducing you to the perplexing world of Lume. A hit on PC, Mac and iOS, the unique Indie game Lume is now available for Android, including remastered sound and an improved interface for touch devices. With a set built entirely out of paper and cardboard, and sumptuously filmed, Lume is a game with a style unlike any other. Power to your grandad’s house has failed. What’s more, he’s nowhere to be seen. Immerse yourself in Lume’s photoreal world, solve perplexing paper puzzles to help restore the power, and uncover a deeper mystery behind the blackout. This game forms Part 1 of a larger, ongoing story. – Google Play
Dear Esther– Two years in the making, the highly anticipated Indie remake of the cult mod Dear Esther arrives on PC. Dear Esther immerses you in a stunningly realised world, a remote and desolate island somewhere in the outer Hebrides. As you step forwards, a voice begins to read fragments of a letter: “Dear Esther…” – and so begins a journey through one of the most original first-person games of recent years. Abandoning traditional gameplay for a pure story-driven experience, Dear Esther fuses it’s beautiful environments with a breathtaking soundtrack to tell a powerful story of love, loss, guilt and redemption.
Forget the normal rules of play; if nothing seems real here, it’s because it may just be all a delusion. What is the significance of the aerial — What happened on the motorway — is the island real or imagined — who is Esther and why has she chosen to summon you here? The answers are out there, on the lost beach, the windswept cliffs and buried in the darkness of the tunnels beneath the island… Or then again, they may just not be, after all… – Steam
Defense Grid Gold – Defense Grid: Gold is a unique spin on tower defense gameplay that will appeal to players of all skill levels. A horde of enemies is invading, and it’s up to the player to stop them by strategically building fortification towers around their base. Beautiful environments, spectacular effects, and a dynamic, engaging soundtrack bring the world to life. The controls are intuitive and the gameplay is deep – the special attacks and properties of each tower work together to provide many ways to succeed.
In the far future, humanity struggles against a relentless enemy with weak tactics, but seemingly infinite troops. On one small planet, they were successful in driving the invaders off by using advanced technology to protect the power cores that the aliens were desperate to have. One of the generals in the war volunteered to have himself uploaded into the computer to assist the colony should the aliens ever return.
A thousand years later, the aliens are back. The player manages to make it to one of the ancient bases, and awakens the artificial intelligence construct of the general who was placed there in the previous war. The general understands how the bases operate, and can assist the player when needed, all while facing his own memories and losses from the previous engagement. – GameStop
PoP – In POP, the player plays through a series of erratic minigames stylistically tied with the music. The vignettes are interconnected by idiosyncratic videos creating a purposefully disjointed experience. POP is an experimental game in the most literal sense. The game was purposefully built in way that explores a different approach to the typical game development pipelines. It was developed by first approaching the music and running with the first game concept that happened to emerge during that creative process. POP was developed independently by a sole developer. It was self-funded with the proceeds from auxiliary contract work. – PopMe1
If you want to to take my word for it, Dear Esther is actually a really fun game. I enjoyed playing it a lot over the Steam client and is something I would really suggest to anyone. As for PoP and Lume, I would tell you that those games are really not worth your time at all. Just stay away from those. Unless you’re really wanting to check out on what it’s all about, that is. As for Defense Grid Gold, it’s an okay game, I liked it but was nothing I would put on my permanent play list.
Is anyone looking into getting these games this weekend for free with OnLive? Again, I would so highly suggest that you guys look at getting Dear Esther on OnLive for this weekends deal. Totally recommended.
If you do decide to get the game (again, it’s totally free this weekend) let us know what you think of it and how well it plays for OnLive. Even getting it now in anticipation of the Ouya console would be a fantastic deal. Dear Esther would look amazing on the Ouya based off of the many tech demos we’ve already seen of the console.