If one waits long enough and if luck is with you, then you can get all kinds of good games for free, as is the case with Artifice Studio‘s action-strategy adventure Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves.
There are just too many games to play these days, especially indie games which are usually already quite inexpensive being featured in various bundles or sales. But if giveaways like Eador: Genesis or Dungeons 2 become the norm, then it’s even more difficult to get through all of them. Unlike these two titles, Sang-Froid: Tales of Werewolves isn’t available for free for a limited time, but indefinitely, it seems.
The game was released in 2014 and received some pretty good reviews, although it has passed me by unnoticed so far. It’s about two brothers who aren’t on good terms with each other, but who have to fight together against creatures of the night in order to protect their sister who’s pursued by the Devil himself in 19th century Canada. What this means is a tower-defense kind of gameplay, i.e. preparing for nightly attacks by setting up traps. Taking the role of one brother involves real-time hacking and slashing as well as leveling up, so it’s a mix of strategy, action, and RPG gameplay. The graphics look rather dated, so one shouldn’t expect too much, although the art direction and some weather effects are quite nice. Having best-selling Canadian author Bryan Perro (who wrote Amos Daragon and Wariwulf, although I’ve never read anything of him) on board for writing duties should make the story more engaging, too.
The game is now available for free on both GOG and Steam with courtesy of the developer, so there’s really no excuse missing out on this one.
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