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 can fall through the cracks. This is where we do all the digging for you and feature a new F2P game every week that we know you will enjoy. Let’s dive in!
High Entropy: Challenges
If puzzles, first-person shooter (FPS) and stealth are things you find enjoyable in games then High Entropy: Challenges is right up your alley. Developer and publisher Álvaro García, under the name Binarynonsense, gifted us this challenging adventure in September 2020 on PC through Steam. Players take control of an unnamed protagonist who agrees to run a test with a new virtual reality chair. There are 15 levels the player will need to progress through in order to test the effectiveness. Each challenge adds in new mechanics and objectives for the player to master.
High Entropy: Challenges’ levels each have a set of objectives to complete. The main objective, and the only one that needs to be done in order to move on, is to find the next elevator. The side objectives, such as finding a set amount of paper cranes, picking locks and avoiding sentry robots can be completed to reach a higher score on each level. There is a special ending that comes with completing every side objective in a playthrough. This isn’t as easy as it sounds. The player will need to stealth or fight enemy sentries, solve codes to unlock doors and computers and navigate the maze-like levels.
Why You Should Play
Who doesn’t want to test out a virtual reality chair from a guy who was denied funds for his project on the belief that its a bit too dangerous? The first few levels of High Entropy: Challenges may seem like a walk in the park, but don’t let that fool you. Álvaro García did an amazing job coding the enemy sentries so they really feel like a challenge. They react to the sounds you make and will continue to search out the source until it is satisfied. This means you will need to think through every choice to make so you don’t accidentally draw the attention of some unwanted company.
High Entropy: Challenges does a fantastic job of increasing in difficulty as the levels progress. Even just trying to speed run without completing the side objectives takes time. Navigating through the locked doors, around sentries and finding the exit elevator requires thinking outside the box. Now think of how fun it will be spending even more time unlocking the secrets within each level. You can try and complete everything in the first playthrough or split it into two in order to see both endings. Regardless, this promises hours of fun gameplay.