This week, Eternal Threads is free to keep on Epic Game Store. A 10/10 game for us, and rated second in our 2022 Games of the Year round-up, it’s an absolute must-play. In fairness, it may well have been the game of the year, but of course it was beat by Elden Ring. Understandable, really. But this time-travelling indie gem is an adventure that’s really stuck with us – and one more people absolutely should play.
Eternal Threads is set in a future where time travel – and manipulating the past – is very much a thing that can be done. As an agent, you travel back to the present day, to a house in the North of England where six housemates have died in a fire. Your goal? To ensure everyone survives. And to do that, you need to relive the week leading up to the fire, changing decisions they make that ultimately save their lives.
There are over 200 scenes to experience in Eternal Threads, each revealing something about the members of the household. Some are mundane conversations about work or friends, but many of them contain pivotal moment that unknowingly affect the game’s outcome. The ‘Butterfly Effect’ is well and truly in force here, with seemingly innocuous decisions shaping each housemates’ fate.
What we particularly love about Eternal Threads is that you can go above and beyond simply saving each character. The game can be considered complete when everyone survives. But make the right decisions and not only will each housemate survive, but they’ll go on to live their best lives. When you’ll come to care for each one of these characters like they’re your own friends, you’re of course going to want the best for them.
You can read our full review of Eternal Threads here, where we called it “…a remarkable piece of storytelling, expertly written and crafted, weaving together the ordinary and the futuristic to create something incredibly compelling.”
Or, you know, you can simply jump in and experience one of the best story-driven games we’ve ever played. It’s free on Epic Games until next Thursday, 26th October, so don’t miss it.
Oh, and The Evil Within is free this week too – an excellent horror game just in time for Halloween.