Not only is Friday a day to celebrate the oncoming weekend, get a takeaway and go out for a couple of bevvies with your friends and family, for us here at GameSpew it’s time for #FreeGameFriday. That’s right Spewers; it’s the best day of the week.
Developed by Dean Moynihan, One Chance is a game about choice. You’re a scientist who’s discovered a cure for cancer after a long, arduous journey – sounds great, right? Wrong. The cure you’ve discovered is deadly and in six days, all life on earth will be dead. The big question this game presents is about morality and personal choices. If there was a small possibility you could create a cure to save the world would you? Or would you choose your family?
Yeesh, I know, this week’s choice is pretty dark but for such a simplistic project it’s really made me think and feel more than I thought I would. One Chance is well rounded, with a pixel style and artistic feel to the design, the music has also been chosen carefully to fit the atmosphere of the game, which is something a lot of developers tend to miss. Regardless of whatever ending you get, good or bad, it leaves you with a melancholic uncertainty that just doesn’t sit right with me; but that’s a good thing. It’s reinstated that games don’t have to be all about appearance and money and is an excellent example to show why these articles exist. Just because the games are free doesn’t mean they’re going to be badly made or thrown together – I’ve got many, many examples that say otherwise.
In keeping with some of my previous articles, One Chance is playable online which makes your choice even easier: go, play it, and live with your decisions. Moynihan also has a portfolio of other games under his belt, all of which follow the same style so I’d be a fool not to revisit his work in future #FreeGameFriday articles. Let us know how you get on in the comments below, we always love to hear your views and as always: until next week, folks.