It’s been a particularly busy period for free games, with the Epic Games Store giving away Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and a new Devolver Digital game right now, and memberships like PlayStation Plus and Games With Gold announcing their next round of free games. As usual, Steam also has a few freebies available to claim forever or try out for a limited time this weekend, including a free-play period for the excellent Darkest Dungeon.
Like all free-play weekends on Steam, Darkest Dungeon is free to play until Monday, and it’s accompanied by a nice discount if you want to add it to your library and keep playing. The rogue-like turn-based RPG earned a 9/10 in GameSpot’s Darkest Dungeon review for its deep, strategic gameplay; foreboding atmosphere; and spectacular art direction.
“Darkest Dungeon plays the long game. It builds you up for a grand bout that will test everything you’ve learned, as well as your ability to plan several in-game weeks out,” wrote critic Daniel Starkey. “The pay-off for this constant offensive comes in short bursts–just enough to keep you going, just enough to keep you hopeful for the next excursion. It’s an extraordinary cycle that bears a special teacher–rewarding your cleverness and punishing your foolishness. It transfixes and binds you to this grand journey, dotted with failures and successes. And because you endured, because you thought your way through it, the final victory against the unimaginable evil you face at the bottom of the Darkest Dungeon is personally valuable.”
Cultist Simulator, a single-player digital board game, is also free to play until Monday, along with roguelike FPS Genesis Alpha One and Pixark, a survival-adventure game and spin-off of Ark: Survival Evolved.
Finally, there’s one free game you can add to your library at no cost this weekend. Showdown Bandit is an indie horror-adventure game about a puppet who was once the star of a popular children show that’s since been canceled. While we haven’t reviewed this game, overall reviews are “Mostly Positive” on Steam, but recent reviews are “Mixed.” Still, you’re not losing anything to try it for free.
You can check out all of this weekend’s Steam freebies below; plus, see our updated list of all the free games you can claim on PS4, Xbox One, and more.
Free-to-play games this weekend:
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