Celeste and Inside Now Free on Epic Games Store

The EGS' currently-free games are indie platforming gems well worth your attention.

The Epic Games Store is back to its recent pattern of releasing two free games per week. Now through September 4, Celeste and Limbo are free on the EGS.

All you have to do to snag them is have an EGS account and add them to your library in the week they are available. Any free games downloaded to an EGS account will remain free and on that account for the lifetime of the account. 

Celeste

If you've been following the indie scene over the past couple of years, Celeste probably doesn't need much introduction.

Lauded as one of the best platformers in recent years, Celeste combines razor-sharp level design with tight controls and an intriguing story in a package that's probably going to enthrall you as much as it makes you want to scream and walk away.

It offers a definite challenge, in other words. But it's also forgiving, letting players respawn in the same room where they met their demise and providing an easier path for those who don't have a compulsive need to collect all the strawberries.

That means it's a good PC game for any member of the family too.

Inside

One might be forgiven for thinking, at first glance, that Inside and Celeste are rather similar. Both have bone-crunchingly difficult puzzles and platform action, and both revolve around an existential plot.

However, Inside provides a much moodier, more atmospheric adventure, one where the protagonist is almost always in the dark — quite literally, at times. The mystery of not knowing is what spurs even latecomers to the game on to completion. And it's not nearly as speedy as Celeste

Those looking for a darker, shorter but nonetheless gripping puzzle game would do well to check Inside out.

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From the looks of it, Epic will continue it's two-games-a-week course, at least for next week. The End and Abzu are up next week. 

Contributor

Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Aug. 29th 2019

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