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3 Free Games Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face

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Sometimes you want to play a sprawling, fantasy epic where you get to pick flowers, learn blacksmithing and wander the countryside slaying dragons for 150 hours. Other times you want to drive around the city, robbing prostitutes and smashing tanks into things for 200 hours. And then there are the times where you just want something you can play over a cup of coffee that’ll drive the crankies away.

With game development tools becoming more and more accessible and game jams becoming more and more popular, there is starting to be a preponderance of short, silly games that are available online for little or no cash. While you can play all of the games on this list for free, two of them do give you the option of making a small donation to support the developers. These games won’t be winning any awards anytime soon, but they can be just the thing to put a smile on your face when you’re feeling down.

Here are 3 of my favourite free games I can count on to cheer me up.

Vin Diesel DMing a Game of D&D Just For You

Vin Diesel DMing a Game of D&D Just For You | 3 Free Games Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face | Gamerwife.com
This one does exactly what it says on the label. Basically a text adventure augmented with promotional shots of everyone’s favourite unlikely dungeon master, VDDAGODADJFY has an infectiously optimistic vibe that will have you grinning from the moment you boot it up.
Get it on itch.io.

Jeff Goldblum Staring Contest

Jeff Goldblum Staring Contest | 3 Free Games Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face | Gamerwife.com
Again, this is a game that is pretty much summed up by the title. This early effort by Zoe Quinn (yes, that Zoe Quinn) is goofy and quick and pretty much required playing for anyone with a Jeff Goldblum fetish (which, let’s face it, is everyone).
Download it for free here.

My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up at 3AM Every Day

My Garbage Cat Wakes Me Up At 3AM Every Day | 3 Free Games Guaranteed To Put A Smile On Your Face | Gamerwife.com
This game describes a struggle that Rick and I can relate to intimately. In MGCWMUA3AMED, you get to take on the role of the titular “Garbage Cat” and do everything you can to make noise and fuck shit up until your beleaguered owner finally gets up to feed you.
Play it in your browser now.

Do you have a favourite silly game?

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7 Comments

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    susanpatrick
    June 10, 2015 at 9:59 am

    I’m currently hooked on Neko Atsume on iOS. It’s a very basic cat sim in an adorable cartoon style. Gameplay is ludicrously simple: 1. Put out food and toys. 2. Wait for cats. 3. Take pictures of cats (optional). Instructions are Japanese-only, but many English walkthroughs are available online. It is highly silly and mostly self-playing.

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      Mariko
      June 11, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      I downloaded that a while ago when it first blew up Twitter, but I never really got the hang of it (weren’t any English walkthroughs yet) so I kind of gave it up. Will probably give it another try now that I can find out what what I’m supposed to do. 😉

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    Ari Carr
    June 10, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Tsum Tsum, Sailor V Dash and Catlateral Damage! Basically anything cute and/or involving cats.
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      Mariko
      June 11, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      Oof. I played waaaaay too much Tsum Tsum for a while there, but I hate that I had to be online to play it. Catlateral Damage is great. Garbage Cat is basically the (even more) low-fi 3rd person version.

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        Ari Carr
        June 11, 2015 at 2:21 pm

        It’s such a pain. I love mobile games, but having to be online is pointless. I usually default to mobile games when my internet doesn’t work!

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          Mariko
          June 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm

          Exactly! Offline or nothing for my mobile games!

          • Ari Carr
            June 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

            Agreed!

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