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!

The Imagined Leviathan

Words appearing from the story on screen in The Imagined Leviathan.

The Basics

The Imagined Leviathan dropped on PC and Mac through Steam back in June 2020. It was developed by Chard and de Fault with music and audio done by Richard Campbell. Far Few Giants helped the small team produce the project for us to enjoy. It is a story rich and atmospheric survival game that takes place in a future arctic covered Britain. Players will navigate the snow covered landscape in search of fuel for their fire in order to stay warm. 

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Fires may be built with sticks and flint, but they only light and burn with words. These words are found near objects like cars and boats that are now covered in snow. By burning them, the player can listen to stories read out bits of short stories. The game features a perma-death mechanic in the form of freezing over. If the player spends too much time navigating away from fire, they will feel the full effects of this permanent winter. The ultimate goal is to reach the end of the journey and leave behind the bitter truth of the world of future generations.

Why You Should Play

Heavily story driven games can go one of two ways. The story can either be beautiful or fall flat. In the case of The Imagined Leviathan, the story is what really carries this game. The words that are used to start the fires to keep us warm are bits of our soul. When listening to the story, it helps to guide you forward, like those parts of your soul have guided you in the past. The story you burn last will determine what ending you see.

The minimalist style of The Imagined Leviathan helps to further the game’s narrative. Set in a future destroyed by climate change, the stark white of the world littered with black objects gives a feeling of unease — almost like we are the last people in Britain. We might even be the last people on Earth. The idea of going out and facing not only the freezing cold but what might lie out in the wilds gives us the overall survival feel we know and love.

 

 

 

Julia Roth
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