Welcome to this week’s installment of F2P Friday, where we highlight our favorite Free-2-Play games. The video game market is oversaturated, and sometimes, hidden gems fall through the cracks. This is where we dig for you and feature a new F2P game we know you will enjoy every week. Let’s dive in!

WARNING: Blackout Hospital deals with heavy topics such as child death and suicide and includes flashing lights.

Blackout Hospital

In the latest game by developer arcadekitten, Blackout Hospital, you’ll play as Vasilis, a nonbinary janitor at Altobuck Hospital. When the power goes out while working the night shift, the emergency lights flick on and bask the halls in an eerie, ghostly glow. Vasilis wants no part in any of the strange events happening around the hospital as they try to look for a way out.

The Basics

Let’s get down to the basics. Blackout Hospital is a narrative RPG with a branching storyline boasting multiple endings. The puzzle elements, unique character design and walk cycles gave me major Undertale vibes from the start. The combat style, however, is more aligned with a typical turn-based RPG. 

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The art design is familiar but captivating. I enjoyed the bright colors that contrasted with the dry humor of the main character. It breathed life into the great personalities of the NPCs and helped take them from enjoyable to lovable. The soundtrack was also well-suited to the game’s style and complemented the stages. 

Why Should I Play?

Why should you play Blackout Hospital? This surreal story of a pessimistic custodian that gets spirited away during their night shift is beautifully designed with tight controls over a great story. It is a must-play for fans of unique, story-driven RPGs.

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I was also amazed at the amount of time and content in this free game. While most free-to-play games last less than an hour, I was about to squeeze nearly five hours of gameplay out of it. The game has branching endings, and I don’t feel like I’ve found everything yet. 

Ready to check into Blackout Hospital yourself? You can find the free download on Steam here.

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