One of the best resources for good, free games is definitely Itch.io, the Steam for indies. Today I’m introducing my Avant-Garden collection on Itch.io, a collection of surreal, engrossing, and sometimes just lovably weird games that I love. And most of them are point-blank free!
Free Points is a series of weekly(ish) free game recommendations. The games may range from the most surreal of Alt Games to the most traditional of platformers; the only requirements for a Free Points game is that they’re free (real free, not free to play!) and very much worth your time.
What Is Avant-Garden?
Avant-Garden started out as “Cool Weird Games”, a collection I’d add every…cool, weird game I found into! I frequently use Itch.io to find interesting experiences for my YouTube, and after removing games from my “to review” queue, I liked to add them to another “worth playing” collection for others to see.
Like Sacremento here, many of these games are brief, but leave a lasting impression.
After a while I grew a bit tired of the old name, and I’ve noticed some of my favorite game developers don’t appreciate the simplicity of calling their games “weird” in general discourse—though I certainly don’t mean it as a negative myself! It is a bit frustrating to see fantastic, unique games reduced to “look at this weird crap I found!” on various big YouTubers’ channels, after all.
Looking for a better word, I came upon a fun pun and Avant-Garden was born. I find it encapsulates the feeling of a quick, meditative romp that many of these games offer, and matches the experience I have of cultivating and adding to the collection. I adore finding new games to add to my garden.
A sample from the gallery, which shows metadata, thumbnails, and descriptive blurbs. The icons show which platforms a game can be run on; itch.io can have Android APKs too, not just PC games!
Not absolutely everything in Avant-Garden is free; many are Pay What You Want, some are premium, but most can be played free of charge. Itch.io collections helpfully list the price if any.
Why Play Avant-Garden?
Not everyone likes “walking simulators” and other such “weird” games, but I find playing short, meaningful, and strikingly unique little things an extremely refreshing and rewarding experience.
Variety is the spice of life, and I feel like gaming is an aspect of life most people are very picky about. Avant-Garden—like my YouTube Channel—is meant to boot you out of your comfort zone and help you try new things.
Earthtongue, one of the first games I put in Avant-Garden. Also, an actual gardening game.
You might not like everything in Avant-Garden, and that’s okay; I find playing games I don’t like, much like eating food that isn’t my favorite, helps me appreciate what I do like all the more. Whether you find a new favorite or gain a better understanding of what you do and don’t like, I hope you’ll find Avant-Garden a worthwhile and truly unique romp. And almost all of it is free!
If that sounds good, why not take a stroll through the garden now?
What Do You Think?
If the collection helps you find something cool, let me know in the comments! Don’t forget to let game devs know when you liked their games too.
I like to make a video for most games I add to the collection, you can find all of those here if you prefer to watch games first!
Tuesday May 21, 2019
A fantastic sequel to the UNSTABLE game, featuring new prototypes of robots that you must develop and test in the …
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Check out the Free Points archives or this YouTube Playlist also by SirTapTap for more free, worthwhile games!
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