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!

Monolight

The main character looking over a set of graves in Monolight.

The Basics

If dark and grim platformers similar to Limbo and Inside are your style, then Monolight is right up your alley. It was developed by two university students under the name Bit Paradigm. They released the title on PC through Steam in June of this year. Players take control of a young boy navigating this unknown world with nothing but a lantern. He has basic abilities like jump, run, climb and can even interact with levers. The goal is to guide him through each level and reach the door to the next.

The mechanic that sets Monolight apart from the rest deals with the lantern. Within this world are darkened clouds that deal damage to the player upon contact. The lantern itself needs to be charged in order for it to work, and will only last for a short duration of use. It is the player’s responsibility to navigate through the darkness using only the light. This is all to finish one man’s journey to save the last blac, the last of the people who can provide light to the world.

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Why You Should Play

Darker toned platformers have a certain charm to them. They are proof that they don’t need bright colors or overly complicated mechanics to be memorable. The simplicity is what really drew me into Monolight and kept me invested until the end. The setup of each level and the layout of how to complete the interactive puzzles felt fresh. It consistently kept increasing the difficulty as I cleared through levels, introducing new ways to deal with the basic mechanics.

Monolight‘s difficulty never goes over board, which makes completing the game in one sitting a pleasant experience. One playthrough lasts just shy of two hours, which makes for one perfect afternoon. If you are the kind of player who likes to break up their play times, the save system in Monolight is by far one of the best in a free to play platformer game I have seen in a long while. With a mix of dark atmosphere and simple to learn but engaging mechanics, this is a must play game.

 

 

Julia Roth
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