We love you! And not just in a platonic, help-you-move-your-furniture type way, but in a have-some-free-stuff way! That's right, because you're so awesome we're now going to be doing weekly giveaways here at Casual Gameplay with copies of some of our favourite old and new indie digital games! Check back each week for a new chance to win a piece of gaming greatness, and check below for this week's contest. Additionally, ponies are finally playable on your computer, London is creepier and more fascinating than ever, you can't keep adventurers off your lawn (or out of your volcano) and more!
My Little Demo The game is afoot! Or, uh... ahoof, I guess, which just sounds weird. Regardless, the Case 1 demo for the adventure game My Little Investigations has been released! It's on the short side, which is why it isn't getting its own article just yet, but it is free and available for all platforms. In it, Twilight Sparkle, fed up with the incompetence and slowness of the only investigative team Ponyville can call on, decides to go looking for Rarity's stolen gem and cat herself. The gameplay is very similar to the Phoenix Wright titles, and you'll need to talk to everypony you can to get to the bottom of things, as well as track down evidence. Fully voiced and with beautiful graphics, it's a stunning example of fan dedication and the perfect itty-bit of gaming to help tide you over until Season 3.
Giveaway Quest There's a lot to love about Level Up Labs' addicting, funny, and engrossing tower defense RPG Defender's Quest. Trust me, I know; I can't shut up about it, I can't put it down, and I'm very excited for the upcoming GOLD edition. And to help you get excited, we're giving away five free copies of the full game! To enter, just play the free flash demo and leave a comment using your Casual Gameplay account with valid e-mail address about it on the original review. We'll select five winners at random to journey with Slak and Wrenna, and a bunch of other heroes who aren't Slak and Wrenna and thus not as important.
Contest rules: Entries must be submitted by May 17th, 11:59 p.m. EST (GMT-5). Winners will be announced shortly thereafter. One entry per person only. You must be at least 13 years of age or older to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
Cursed Productivity You might remember a little game from 2010 called Cursed Treasure. If not, let me tell you about it briefly. It was a tower defense game, and it was stupidly addictive. Well, prepare to have your work load suffer once more, and get your excuses ready for your boss because Cursed Treasure 2 is on the way! At the moment, the only thing we've got is a brief teaser trailer, but if the original devoured your time like it did ours, it's enough to start getting excited. For more news, you should keep an eye on developer IriySoft's Facebook page. You kids these days and your Facebooks.
Get Your HD On Hey there good lookin'. Whatcha got cookin'? Well, in this case it's the stunning HD release of SkyGoblin's luscious and intriguing point-and-click adventure The Journey Down, which focuses on Bwana and Kito as their ordinary life is disrupted by an unexpected adventure that might lead them to the truth about their father. We rather loved the game in our 2010 review, but on May 18th Chapter One will be re-released for PC and Mac (iOS and Android to follow) with more than just a shiny new style. In addition to full voice acting, you can expect a lot more content in the form of more story, characters, locations, and even puzzles. If you're interested, you really should think about pre-ordering to support a talented indie developer. Of course, the original version is still free to download and play!
Fallen Echo London Bazaar If you haven't made the trip to Echo Bazaar in a while, you might want to do so, but don't be too surprised if it looks a little different these days. Rechristened as Fallen London a while back, the multiplayer RPG with the air of sinister yet bizarre gentility is just as richly engaging as ever before, though tweaked to feel more streamlined and packed with more stories to engage. If you've never played it before, there's no time like the present to sign up for a free account (old members will, of course, recall that making a stock Facebook or Twitter account solely for gaming like this is a great way to keep your privacy if you're concerned about that). Get back on the streets and see what Fallen London has for you to experience. Which is to say, quite a bit, and if you're Persuasive, Watchful, and even a little Dangerous, you might just survive it all.
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