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!
Warren The Warlock
Warren the Warlock is a 2D platformer for PC by David Owens, Sky Yoon, Nelson Nava and David Kinns. It released on Steam in June of 2020. Warren, the adorable yet ominous warlock, is on a mission to stop an invading horde. Players have a long list of abilities they can use as they navigate through each level. This includes the basics like double jumping and dash, to abilities like phasing through walls and tossing a magic orb. Each of the abilities either help make navigating the levels easier or are used to fight the enemies Warren finds along the way.
Each new level introduces more ways to use Warren’s abilities. It becomes even more interesting when you need to use more than one ability at a time. For example using double jump and then dash to break through a wall. My favorite level is when a wall of jagged daggers begin to chase Warren adding to the stress of his eventual doom. The story itself is a simple but memorable tale of a young warlock fighting to save his home. When you face off against the final leader of the horde in the end, there will be no end to Warren’s bag of tricks!
Why You Should Play
If 2D platformers are your thing, then you will love Warren the Warlock. There really seems to be no end to the abilities Warren possesses or the situations in which you will be using them. The increase in difficulty through the levels never feels punishing. It is important to mention though that it isn’t a push-over either. I spent quite a bit of time repeating levels after finding myself on the opposing end of a dagger or enemy. Along with multiple abilities comes multiply play styles. Some situations require a specific course of action while others are a little more open ended.
The team did a great job introducing each new mechanic and giving the player time to learn it before things get too difficult. The development team also provided the ability to use a controller instead of a keyboard, which I highly recommend. It makes managing the different abilities a lot easier. If you don’t happen to have a controller, the keyboard method still works just as well. In the end, Warren the Warlock‘s overall charm comes from its hefty amount of abilities and countless situations the player will have to navigate to win.
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