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As well as enjoying some festive TV, reading some of my Books and Comics, watching the DVD box sets that Wife and I got for Xmas, I have also done a fair amount of gaming.

I didn’t receive any games for Xmas, to be fair I didn’t ask for any. My PS3 has yellow lighted and until I sort out Xbox Live I can’t seem to get myself playing anything but Skyrim on my 360.

So I have instead returned to the PC for my gaming needs over this festive season, I’ve got my staple 2 games already installed and ready to go (World of Warcraft and Football Manager 13) but its not even these time killing giants that have been keeping me occupied for the last few days.

It is instead a selection of FREE, that’s right totally 100%, no strings attached FREE games that have been keeping me occupied. Some are simple 20 minute games, but a few are equal in both length and quality to many of the blockbuster titles that you or your loved ones have been shelling out for this Xmas.

They vary in genre but all have kept me entertained for various amounts of time over the week or so, some I have only just started playing and some take a little getting used to at the start but I recommend persevering.

Below In reverse order is the top 10 that I have been splitting my time between.

10.  Ruins http://cardboardcomputer.com/2011/09/15/ruins/

Simply put Ruins is a game about a dog chasing rabbits. I have to be honest I am not entirley sure what the rest of it is about, their is a lot of text which seems to be related perhaps to the dogs owner? Im really not sure.

I liked the art style of the game which is what made me give it go. I think with a little more patiance I might have got more out of it but in the end I kinda just ended up wandering aimlessly.

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9. Candleshttp://www.lasse-westmark.dk/2011/03/candles-got-new-host.html

Candles is a first person Horror Puzzle Game, I gave this a short go and got a little frustrated. I think however this was my own fault as like all gamers I didn’t read the instructions and took me a while to figure out what I needed to do. Really liked the atmosphere and the music, and graphically was pretty good.

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8. Quadraxhttp://quadrax7.xf.cz/app/p1_en.html

Quadrax is a puzzle game, you control 2 (3 in latter levels) characters who you must get to the exit in the level. Basically you need to not get your character killed or stuck and complete each level in the shortest amount of steps. Graphically this game is incredibly simple but it does really get your brain working.

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7. UnEpichttp://www.unepicgame.com/en/downloads.html

UnEpic is a platform RPG, i really enjoyed this and could see myself sinking some serious time into it. The intro is a little long winded and if I hadn’t already seen some screenshots so I knew what to expect I might not have made it that far. It has some adult language and humour so might not be one for the kids. Graphically it is in the style of NES and adds that nostalgic feel to the game.  It also turns out that it is to be published for Wii U sometime this year.

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6.  Spelunkyhttp://www.spelunkyworld.com/

Spelunky is a cave exploration / treasure-hunting game inspired by classic platform games and roguelikes, where the goal is to grab as much treasure from the cave as possible. What I particually like is the randomly generated caves, meaning there is heaps of replay. For those of you with an Xbox, a new version is available for 1200 Microsoft points, and has new graphics, music, zones, monsters, items, traps, and secrets. The controls are much smoother, too, and designed specifically for the gamepad.

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5.  Comahttp://www.atmosgames.com/coma.html

I loved this game, its only around 15 minutes long, but I found myself spending more time than that due to the atmosphere of the game. There is just something about this game that makes running from screen to screen occasionally bouncing as enjoyable as completing the puzzles set along the way. Whilst playing it I also discovered Skinny – http://www.atmosgames.com/skinny.html created by the same team, which I enjoyed as well.

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4. TAGAP  – http://www.tagap.net/tagap1.htm

This 2D side scrolling platformer shoot-em-up is really addictive and frankly bonkers. You play as a gun wielding penguin, jumping, shooting and exploding your way through various levels and killing many a bio engineered penguins along the way.

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3.  Quakelive http://www.quakelive.com

This is essentially Quake 3 Arena, one of the best multiplayer FPS’s of all time, playing this was still as enjoyable today as it was back in 1999. If you have not played Quake before and current FPS’s are you only reference there is a good chance that the pace of these matches is going to be a little overwhelming at first.

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2. Planetside 2http://www.planetside2.eu/en/landingpage/408

I have recently created an account on Planetside and started playing it over the last few days, but even with such a short amount of playing time I am suitably impressed!  Graphically it doesn’t quite hold up to the likes of Battlefield, but it’s not a million miles away. The game play is on a par with any of its competitors and the size of the map, choice of guns, gadgets, vehicles and classes mean that this is a game that will keep you playing for many hours/days/weeks/months and years. I found that the learning curve was a little steep to start with, but overall for sheer multiplayer experience I would take this over any of its Triple A rivals and when a Free game can be this good it really makes you question how publishers can justify their RRPs right now.

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1. League of Legendshttp://euw.leagueoflegends.com/

This game is as addictive as the two time sink kings that I mentioned at the start of the post, with an average game taking anywhere from 20 -60 minutes and closing the client the only way to leave a game.

The game is what’s called a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena), or as it is more commonly known, a DOTA clone. Players are formed into 2 even teams of Champions, 3v3 or 5v5. As of December 7, 2012, there are 108 different champions from which to choose. Each player begins at opposing sides of a map in an area called the Spawning Pool, near what is called a Nexus. A match is won when either team’s nexus is destroyed. To destroy a Nexus, each team must work through a series of Turrets placed along a path to each base referred to as a Lane. Along the way, each player gains levels from killing the opposing team’s champions and Minions (NPCs that constantly spawn and attack the other team) and defeating neutral monsters. Completing objectives rewards players with gold which is used to purchase items.

There are various roles that each champion fulfils and to win matches ideally you will want each of the 5 main roles filled, at the lower levels this is less of a problem. LOL’s only downside is the behaviour of some members of the community, but frankly this is present in most online gaming.

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Well hopefully if your feeling a little cash strapped over January or dont want to wait for Easter for the next wave of big games to keep you occupied, some of the above might tide you over until then and all without putting a dent in your wallet.

And if none of these appeal to you then there are plenty of others out there.

Top 40 best free games you should play today

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  1. March 25, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I am going to check these games out. I was a huge fan of Spelunky. Never, ever finished it but loved it. I still remember the day I accidentally killed a shopkeeper and took his shotgun…after that ‘discovery’ It became a common habit of mine to take their guns.

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