Haluz 2, the sequel to the surreal Samorost-like point-and-click adventure Haluz, is now entirely free! When it was first released in August, players could experience the first half of the game and pay a modest fee to access the second chapter. Now the creator of Haluz, Tomas, sends word that both versions are available online for the low low cost of absolutely nothing.
Haluz 2 follows the basic puzzle-type layout of Samorost, Hapland, and Warbears where you attempt to guide a character through the environment by clicking on-screen objects. For example, in order to move a makeshift elevator to the top of a tree, you might have to wake a sleeping bird at the right time, flip a switch, or do something even more creative. It's very Rube Goldberg-esque at times, and you can't help but smile at some of the solutions to these odd puzzles.
Overall, the levels aren't very difficult to solve, it's usually just a matter of finding what to click and then clicking it at the right time or in the right order. But Haluz isn't about bending your brain, it's about the sheer delight of navigating a beautifully rendered world and grinning along the way. It's a treat for your eyes and ears, and now completely free!