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Free Friday: BrowserQuest, Craequ, Apollo 18+20

An MMO written entirely in HTML 5, a beguiling puzzler, and a set of games made by They Might Be Giants fans.

This week in free games we’ve got an MMO created by Firefox developers Mozilla as well as a puzzle game created in 48 hours and 38 separate interactive games created by fans of the album Apollo 18.

BrowserQuest

BrowserQuest is an MMO created by Mozilla to show off what a browser can do natively with HTML 5. Gameplay wise it’s fairly simple: “kill enemies, get loot.” But there’s enough content here for at least a few hours of play. The game runs on Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari, as well as iOS devices, and Firefox for Android. Mozilla has also made the source code available on GitHub, if you’d like to poke around under the hood.

Craequ

Craequ is a mysterious little flash game created in 48 hours for the latest Ludum Dare competition. It’s a puzzle game that’s controlled using the arrows keys on your keyboard… revealing much more than that will risk ruining the mystery of the game’s puzzles. The first few levels can be a bit frustrating as you figure out the game’s gimmick, but once it clicks into place you’ll find yourself speeding to the ending.

Apollo 18 + 20

Here’s a strange one. This interactive project was created by fans of the band They Might Be Giants. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s album Apollo 18, fans have created 38 separate interactive text fiction games, one for each of the album’s 38 tracks. Some of the games are slight little things that only take a command or two to win, but there are also some real gems in here that can be fun (if a little inscrutable), even to non-fans.

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