Gone Home, Panoramical And More Go Free In This Post-Trump Era

If you wanted to try Gone Home, Panoramical or a few more games, now is the time to distract yourself.

By Daavpuke, Posted 12 Nov 2016

It’s been a wild ride, hasn’t it? For those of us who are having a rough post-election time, some indie developers have come to the rescue, by making their gams temporarily free. While the message isn’t explicitly a rebellious move against a Trump US presidency victory, it is likely tied to the chagrin the world has been plunged in after the United States of America decided to elect a xenophobe steak salesman as their leader. And here I thought weird moves like that were only possible in Civilization, where I suddenly emerge in the year 2020 as the Zulu supreme ruler of Earth, nuking anyone who oppose.

Anyway, on to free games, shall we? To get the free goods, your best best is to follow the links, by clicking on the post dates. This is our way to ensure some exposure to these artists' social media and give you a chance to follow their work.

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Bleeding heart proto-game Gone Home is the most expected, but not least appreciated, offering of this freebie waterfall. Developer Steve Gaynor of The Fullbright Company posted the following on Twitter:

For people that need something about hope and love right now: We've made @GoneHomeGame free this weekend on @itchio. https://t.co/F7RCOZAj5Y

— Steve Gaynor (@fullbright) November 12, 2016

Those who choose to donate, regardless of the free giveaway, will see their money donated to Lambda Legal, an organization protecting LGBTQ people, who are currently skeptical as to their safety under a Trump rule, who previously expressed, let’s say, lesser than popular views around equal rights.

Developer Polytron of Fez fame has joined in and made their audio experience, Panoramical, free as well. A similar hopeful message on Twitter states:

Stay strong, we'll get through this. Get @panoramical for FREE this weekend. It's yours to keep. We love you. https://t.co/0k2yivto1f

— PANORAMICAL (@panoramical) November 11, 2016

Polytron’s Phil Fish has previously expressed their own rather extreme views. They’ve since calmed down and moved on to create SuperHyperCube on virtual reality (VR) devices. Though that game was previously also scrapped for Oculus Rift, after their executive Palmer Luckey was ousted as a meme-loving right-wing supporter.

We found some more, lesser known games that you could give a whirl for free this weekend. Developer Florian Veltman scratched off the price for Lieve Oma, which translates to “Dear Grandma.” Their message states:

We could do with some consolation right now, so I put Lieve Oma on a Consolation Sale, get it for free this weekendhttps://t.co/JARZpgjirm pic.twitter.com/4CC0GhzRdm

— florian (@FlorianVltmn) November 11, 2016

Dutch-based developer Ted Martens released Pixel Fireplace for free as well. The game is pretty much what it says on the tin. Burn stuff in a fireplace and watch it go. Here’s their Twitter post on the matter:

Pixel Fireplace is FREE through the weekend because we could all use some mental chill time right now https://t.co/qhtdH4brC0 #indiegames pic.twitter.com/WTgFtPaKWH

— Ted🔥Martens (@ted_martens) November 10, 2016

Finally, it wouldn’t be an indie dev feature without some neon synth experience in there somewhere. Arclight Cascade from developer Hexdragonal lets you whack your bits about, to let off some steam. They also took to social media to announce their reasons, stating:

https://t.co/L5C8WaQNXW Please, take it. Distract yourself from this shitshow and try to be calm.

— Milo Keeble 🍺 LA (@Ragepyro) November 9, 2016

Ain’t this a riot?

Daav Valentaten, NoobFeed (@Daavpuke)

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