Good and evil. Night and day. The Yin and The Yang. Balance is vital to a healthy lifestyle, even when gaming. Whether we’re full-time gamers, Star Wars cosplay artists or something in between, balancing passion with the more mundane facets of our daily lives is important.

We can’t have fun every moment of the day. A little time has to be set aside to earn our personal time and disposable income. We have to pay for those rare fun moments. Usually, by spending hours working a dreary job or parting with something precious.

That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway.

At Strangely Awesome Games, we’re taking a stand. For all those forced to save up cash for a bit of video game fun.

First of all, we’re here to tell you about champions like Prime Gaming or Epic Games Store. Those courageous souls who say: “Enjoy this game on us, gentle gamer, and buy yourself something nice with that cash. Like a burrito.”

Take advantage of their generosity and pick up these games. In fact, get yourself a snack while they download.

Burritos are always good.

Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

(Codename Entertainment, 2021)

A casual adventure game set in the world of Dungeons & Dragons.  Form your merry band of dungeon-divers and take on enemies to score some tasty gear. Also, Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is a light RPG with a little depth for those willing to pry beneath the surface. The game is free on Epic Games Store from June 22nd through June 29th, 2023.

The Hunter: Call of the Wild

(Expansive Worlds, 2021)

Second of all, stalk rabbits, elk, and bears, but watch out for the dangers stalking your own footsteps in this immersive sim. In sum, choose the bow or the gun as you hunt big game around the world, with regular free and paid DLC updates. The Hunter: Call of the Wild is free on Epic Games Store from June 22nd through June 29th, 2023. 

Prey

Gaming deals Prey

(Bethesda, 2017)

Is that a chair, or a bloodthirsty extraterrestrial? In Prey, any object can be mimicked by the cunning Typhon aliens. Briefly, creep through space station Talos I, but keep your Gluu cannon handy. This Metroidvania-style classic is a fine example of emergent gameplay, letting players craft their own adventure with the tools at hand. Lastly, Prey is available for Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Gaming.

Steamworld Dig 2

(Image and Form, 2017)

At last, the fourth installment in the Steamworld franchise, Steamworld Dig 2. The game drops you into the rusty innards of steam-driven robot Dorothy, in her quest to save fan-favorite Rusty. Use precision bombing, a hook shot, and a pneumatic arm in your exploration of a vast subterranean landscape. Steamworld Dig 2 is available for Amazon Prime subscribers through Prime Gaming.

From the lowest dungeons to the far reaches of cold space, this week’s offering of free games will keep you busy for another seven days. Then, we’ll start the whole thing over with a new slate of no-cost titles. It’s a cycle, you see. We tell you about the free games, and you go to play them. Balance achieved. See you next week!

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