Surprise, surprise! The weekend is almost here, and that means it's time to get yourself ready for it by playing a pack of free online games to get you in the right mindset. You might, for example, need to be ready in case an evil computer digitizes you and puts you on a race course, and also you are a spider. Or maybe you'll be lucky enough to get three wishes from a benevolent spirit, but haven't though about the consequences. Or, oooh, you could suffer from unrequited love, day after day, as the object of your affections remains oblivious. Or maybe you're going to be blackmailed by a so-called friend and you need to know what to do to make sure the coppers don't find nothin', if you get my drift. Whatever the case, Link Dump Friday has you covered!
- After School - [Requires Unity for browser, available as a download for all systems] Best regarded as a short interactive movie rather than a game, this melancholy little tale is about a girl who admires a boy from afar every day, but can't bring herself to say anything to him despite constantly wishing for him to notice her. The game was made over two days as a collaboration between two groups of students from ECV Bordeaux and Atelier Sentô, and the watercolour artwork combined with the dreamy soundtrack makes this a short, atmospheric slice of life, despite an ambiguous ending.
- A Subtle Kind of Murder - Most of us probably aren't going to murder anyone, at least not unless someone takes that last slice of pineapple pizza I've been saving in the office fridge, but Michael Jameson wants to see if you could get away with it if you did in this short puzzle adventure game where you must try to clean up the crime scene and dispose of a body. You've only got a few minutes before the restaurant closes, and of course, you don't want to do anything that incriminates you when the fuzz comes by to talk to you the following day...
- Spider: Downloaded - So it turns out that when you see a spider, glance away, then look back to find it gone, it isn't lying in wait under your pillow for later swallowing after you've gone to sleep, but rather it's been absorbed by your computer and is being forced to run an increasingly dangerous series of physics-based acrobatic platforming race levels that involve swinging from webs, wall-crawling, and leaping through lava, spikes, and more. Who knew?... well, apparently Sakupen did!
- Three Wishes - Anybody who's ever cracked a book of fairytales knows that wishes are serious business. Unless you word them so carefully you wind up getting your words twisted to misfortune so some snot-nosed brat can learn a lesson about greed or whatever. But in this short visual novel, a young baker's apprentice who is enamored with the idea of wishes coming true learns that even if you get what you want, it might not be what you need. You'll talk to Delwyn's friends and learn their heart's desires as he goes about his business, but when the time comes, what will you wish for?