Two new games are now available on the Epic Games Store, those being Abzu and The End is Nigh. Both of these games will be available until Thursday, September 12th, which is just a few days away. After that date they’ll be replaced by Conarium, which will mark the first time the free game has been one single title in several weeks. Point being, if you haven’t nabbed the two current free games yet, you’ll want to hop on it as soon as you can, because you don’t have long.
Abzu is a highly stylized, gorgeous oceanic exploration adventure, by the developer Giant Squid. It was also worked on by Matt Nava, the art director for Journey and Flower. It’s an insightful and introspective game that’s all about the visuals and sense of wonder as you swim alongside all sorts of sea life, explore underwater ruins, and discover the mysteries hidden beneath the depths. It’s quite linear and one of those games that’s really only a solid experience the first time, but it’s nevertheless well worth acquiring, especially for free. This relaxing game is one everyone should try at least once.
On the other hand, The End is Nigh has none of the aforementioned traits of its partnered freebie. It’s a challenging 2D platformer from Edward McMillen, known for his equally difficult Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac. If you’re familiar with those two games, then you already know what the mechanics of The End is Nigh are all about. Lots of dashing, jumping, and dying. It possesses a dark story similar to Binding of Isaac, but a cute aesthetic, making for an interesting contrast. Bear in mind that the game is very likely to induce frustration, as McMillen is so well-known for.
Whether or not you are interested in the games just based on their premise, it’s definitely still worth acquiring the two for free and forming your own opinion of them. After all, under normal circumstances buying these two games would cost you around $35, so you would be much better off getting them now while they are free. That said, don’t forget that you only have until September 12th to pick them up, which isn’t very far away at all. Don’t miss out on this chance to get two games at no cost to yourself whatsoever.